S3Pro vs S5Pro


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nik34

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If you able to get a NEW S5 at $1k +- now,were you?:devil:
 

JoeJerry

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I think its still possible to get..hav to find...is S3Pro still good enough a camera???or issit too outdated??
Bro,

I suggest to buy S5Pro since it is NEW, thus, got warranty.
 

Fotophilic

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However performance wise...does it differ much??
S5 is faster. S3 is slower. S5 is also smaller. S5 can meter on AIS lenses.

IMHO, S3 colors are better.

If given a choice, i will pick S5. more for warranty and its newer.
 

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Here is a summary of their differences:

  • S5 Pro is based on Nikon's semi-pro D200 body (magnesium alloy, weather-sealed), whereas the S3 Pro is based on the F80 (N80) body (high-impact plastic with metal sub-structure, not weather-sealed).
  • S5 Pro uses SuperCCD SR Pro (with an optimised low-pass filter to reduce moiré), whereas S3 Pro uses a SuperCCD SR II.
  • S5 Pro uses a newly-developed RP Processor Pro features two cycles of noise reduction with a claimed reduction in noise at higher ISOs.
  • S5 Pro allows you to shot RAF+ JPEG. You cannot do so with the S3 Pro.
  • The S5 Pro has an extended dynamic range of up to 400%, whereas the S3 Pro has an extended dynamic range of about 230%.
  • The S5 Pro uses MULTI-CAM 1000 with 11/7 AF focusing points, whereas S3 Pro uses MULTI-CAM 900 with 5 AF focusing points.
  • The S5 pro has 5 film simulation modes (F1, F1a, F1b, F1c and F2), whereas S3 Pro has 2 film simulation modes (F1 and F2).
  • S3 Pro accepts both xD-Picture Card and Compact Flash Type I/II (inc. Microdrive), whereas S5 Pro accepts Compact Flash Type I/II (inc. Microdrive) only.
  • S5 Pro has a 2.5" LCD, S3 Pro has a 2" LCD.
  • S5 Pro has a maximum ISO of 3,200, whereas S3 Pro has a maximum ISO of 1,600.
  • S5 Pro has a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000, whereas S3 Pro has a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000.
  • S5 Pro has a flash sync shutter speed of 1/250 seconds, whereas S3 Pro syncs at 1/180 seconds.
  • S5 Pro has a 3 steps exposure control (1 EV, 1/2 EV and 1/3 EV), whereas S3 Pro has a 2 steps exposure control (1 EV and 1/2 EV).
  • S5 Pro's White Balance features 9 presets, 5 manual presets and Kelvin temperature settings. S3 Pro has 6 presets and 2 manual presets without Kelvin temperature settings.
  • S3 Pro has both Firewire (IEEE 1394) and USB 2.0 connections, S5 Pro has USB 2.0 only.
  • S5 Pro uses i-TTL, whereas S3 Pro uses D-TTL.
  • The S3 pro uses four AA batteries, S5 Pro uses proprietary Li-ion battery NP-150.
  • S5 Pro has a AI aperture coupling ring thus enables the use of many excellent Nikkor AI-S manual focus lenses.
  • You can use any conventional shutter release cable with the S3 Pro, but the S5 Pro requires a 10-pin remote module such as the MC-30.
  • S3 Pro has a built-in battery grip thus physically bigger and heavier than S5 Pro (without Nikon MB-D200 battery grip).
  • Just as Fotophilic had pointed out, the S5 Pro reads/writes onto card faster than the S3 Pro.
  • In terms of JPEG images, S3 Pro has better colors. But the S2 Pro is still the undisputed "King of Colors".
 

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just to let you know
the other day I saw that there's still an S3pro selling for about $3700 at Mustafa
you can go grab it if you are really interested

frankly, I sometimes do enjoy looking at the range of cameras there...
got potential to become camera musuem
 

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just to let you know
the other day I saw that there's still an S3pro selling for about $3700 at Mustafa
you can go grab it if you are really interested

frankly, I sometimes do enjoy looking at the range of cameras there...
got potential to become camera musuem
soon sure museum if they kept on using the old price tags.....

1 S3pro = 3 S5pro?????
 

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just to let you know
the other day I saw that there's still an S3pro selling for about $3700 at Mustafa
you can go grab it if you are really interested

frankly, I sometimes do enjoy looking at the range of cameras there...
got potential to become camera musuem
?!?!?!?!?! I would rather use that money to buy D700!
 

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?!?!?!?!?! I would rather use that money to buy D700!
I had a D700 to play with last week. Personally, I find it overrated. The highlights tend to blow out.
 

Fotophilic

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I had a D700 to play with last week. Personally, I find it overrated. The highlights tend to blow out.
in terms of those highlight, of coz cannot fight S5 Pro mah. But D700 can be better in other aspects. Ok, I shall stop here. :)
 

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wah..... all veli gentleman. gd.... i like this attitude. keep it up guys.

ps: D3 so so only.
fm2 with velvia SUPERB!

ok i stop here too.:bsmilie:
 

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wah..... all veli gentleman. gd.... i like this attitude.
Most of us here are at least or more than 30 years old. I guess older folks have better control of our emotions. ;)
 

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Most of us here are at least or more than 30 years old. I guess older folks have better control of our emotions. ;)

i younger than 30 leh :p

in terms of those highlight, of coz cannot fight S5 Pro mah. But D700 can be better in other aspects. Ok, I shall stop here. :)
i agree a friend of mien uses the D700 he say my exposure swee LOL as his always blown
 

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Big Bird is back from Escape. ;)
yeah!! not fun de.. heng i didnt pay a cent, my gf got free tickets. i brought my s5pro along but didnt shoot much no strap so out in bag when nt used.

i was keen to learn more abt s3pro too but cant meter with ai-s lenses :( for me the only nikon worth me buying now is the D300 D50 i have already hehe
 

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