Holy moly. Not only does the new Nikon D3s shoot at incredibly high ISOs (according to rumor, anyway) like ISO 102,400, but it can apparently also shoot 720p video at that ISO. While people are largely bitching about it not doing 1080p, I think they’re missing this point. The video coming out of the camera at this ISO is going to be quite a bit better than natural eyesight would have seen the scene in person. Amazing.
Personally, I don’t really care about video in my SLRs, so I’m not lusting after this camera because of that feature, although I can totally understand why video pros do. Sooner or later this video/photo convergence is probably going to have to revolutionize the actual shape of the camera. While I find the SLR form factor to be the most satisfying for shooting stills, I don’t particularly like it for shooting video.
Still, pretty exciting stuff. I’m looking forward to the official announcement and really hoping that some new lenses, particularly fast primes, are announced with the D3s. When the D3 was originally announced, it was accompanied by the 24-70 f/2.8 remake that I bought and love. Come on 35 f/1.4 for FX!