Nikon D3S Video Samples – Panning

The Nikon D3S offers video recording to its FX-format 12.1-megapixel sensor at 1280×720 resolution and 24fps. These videos are short clips from panning a landscape – with the top one being a slow pan and zoom and the bottom video being a faster panning action.

720p Sample Download (Right-click and choose “Save as…”)

You can download the full-resolution versions via the links below each video.

720p Sample Download (Right-click and choose “Save as…”)

Attached to the D3S was the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. The camera was mounted on a Manfrotto 190XDB tripod with a 501HDV head.

The D3S video features and controls are very similar to what is found on other Nikon DSLRs with D-Movie.  Unfortunately for those interested in taking D3S for a serious cinematography spin, the controls over video exposure, resolutions and framerates are overshadowed by Canon’s recent video-capable DSLRs like the 1D Mark IV and 7D, both of which feature more flexible exposure controls, along with multiple resolution and frame rate options.

Like many photographers, I am a bit of a fish out of water with the video recording capabilities of DSLRs; however, I am (as I imagine many of you are) very curious about these features and have made it a personal goal in 2010 to learn and share more about this new trend and the creative opportunities that it affords. As a result, in future camera reviews, I will try to take a deeper look at some of the video features and possibilities when applicable. I’ll also be trying to share more sample shots from these cameras. Make no mistake though, I am just dipping my toes into these waters and am learning along the way with many of you. I’m certainly open to comments and suggestions on what kind of video content that you want to see along the way. Drop me a line through the contact form, or join in the conversation in the comments of these posts.



  1. James says

    Like you I am very curios of the video abilities of the new DSLRs. I would love to see how these cameras react to filming motion as well as filming from something that is moving car, bus, boat whatever. Thanks and keep up the great work.

  2. Roderick says

    No offence intended James, but I for one don’t give a sh** about it’s video capability. I’d much rather these companies spent more time advancing the SOTA for still photography.
    If one wants the best video performance available, then they might be well advised to buy a dedicated video camera. These things will forever be a compromise…