In impossibly dim conditions, Nikon's D3S captures impressive images. It combines a new high- sensitivity image sensor with improved noise-reduction algorithms to make flash-free photography possible anywhere. The 12.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor has the horsepower to offer an enhanced signal-to-noise ratio that does away with graininess. And whereas most SLRs top out at an ISO 6400 light-sensitivity setting, the D3S boasts an astronomical 102,400. $5,200.
And one of the most expensive gadgets of the year.
My advice: Wait until next year and buy it half price once the new model comes out, with at least ISO 204,800.
Or turn on the light :-)
We will not see a better sensor in the next year. Wait 5-10 years ;) We will see more megapixels but not the sensor with improved noise-reduction :( Companies need invest more money for next sensor generation.
2,500 for a 12 megapixel? The Nokia N8 has the same at 550. And it's a phone.
Apparently you know nothing about photography if you can compare a D3S to your cell phone camera based on the number of megapixels.