Nikon D3s Goes Through Swamp, Shower, Car Drop, Ice Block And Fire. Survives To Tell

Nikon advertises their D3s as a war tank that can withstand some serious damage. French site pixelistes took it to the test. And when I say “took it to the test” I mean beat the living juice out of it.

Nikon D3s Goes Through Swamp, Shower, Car Drop, Ice Block And Fire. Survives To Tell

Aside from using the D3s under running water, soaking it in a tub, dropping it from a car, dumping the camera in a swamp, freezing it in a block of ice and setting it on fire, they were actually pretty soft with it.

Surprisingly the camera lived to tell the tale. Albeit with some of the plastic molten. I guess this is how Nikon justifies the $6,799 price tag. (Movie after the jump, not for the faint of heart)

In Nikon’s brochure the camera chassis is described like this: The body, exterior cover, chassis and mirror box are comprised of strong-yet lightweight magnesium alloy to perform in demanding real-world conditions and assure superb, reliable performance and longer life.

And the sealing is humbly described like this: Assured protection against invasive moisture, dust and even electromagnetic interference. A comprehensive series of O-rings and other specialized seals, combined with additional Nikon engineering, keeps you shooting when lesser cameras would fail.

Nikon D3s Goes Through Swamp, Shower, Car Drop, Ice Block And Fire. Survives To Tell

Now if I were Nikon’s marketing person, I would just replace the catalog with this video.

Nikon D3s Goes Through Swamp, Shower, Car Drop, Ice Block And Fire. Survives To Tell

Nikon D3s Goes Through Swamp, Shower, Car Drop, Ice Block And Fire. Survives To Tell

Nikon D3s Goes Through Swamp, Shower, Car Drop, Ice Block And Fire. Survives To Tell

Nikon D3s Goes Through Swamp, Shower, Car Drop, Ice Block And Fire. Survives To Tell

Nikon D3s Goes Through Swamp, Shower, Car Drop, Ice Block And Fire. Survives To Tell

Nikon D3s Goes Through Swamp, Shower, Car Drop, Ice Block And Fire. Survives To Tell

[pixelistes via Nikon Rumors]

  • AshWind

    I really do find these kinds of videos annoying. While the shower and mud tests were good (things that can happen to an extent, rain and mud) the freezing is less likely but still something I suppose some people would have to deal with. The fire test is rather useless as a test and really serves no other purpose than to damage or destroy a perfectly good camera. If you really have the money to literally burn a $7,000 camera, why not donate the money and do something useful with it?

    • George

      Agree 100% to rather donate the cash then to destroy something perfectly working. Material World Show of Trash

    • Jayson Carey

      If they did this to draw views to their videos and make money from advertising, then it was simply an investment. Saying things like “why didn’t they just donate it” shows a lack of understanding how things like this work. How many 7D bodies digitalrev sold after they did this exact thing to one?

    • kotozafy

      And what about a fruit seller who litteraly cut an orange in 2 parts to show that it is good inside ? And several cars completely blown up by an aircaft’s air flow for a live TV show ? And millions of dollars spent by a drink manufacturer to drop an Austrian guy from the stratosphere ? And Amazon.com offering free shipping instead of giving money to the poor ? Do you whine about those ?

  • Ikke

    Well, I’m quite curious how waterproof/-resistant my eos 6D is. Anyone wants to try (not with mine, of corse)? :-D

    • $48565746

      Apparantly, the 6D is about as weather-sealed as the 7D. One of them took a similar beating to that Nikon above by the DigitalRev guys … and lived to tell the tale: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCT-YMgjm9k

      • ikke

        Hey THANKS! Now I feel better, shooting on rainy days. That showercap-raincoat-thing looks silly. Now I can leave that at home. :-P

  • CraigI

    I love my D3s — but it fell from about 3′ off the ground and the D3s and the attached 70-200 2.8 were unusable and with US$1000 total damage. So — while the other stuff might work, it really cannot sustain a fall.

  • Dwight Demmers

    Such a shame… I’m saving up all my spare money so I can buy a camera like this some day in the future and then you have some weird French dude who just literally throws away my dream camera… Why?! :(

    • mars

      so we don’t have to :)

  • David Blackshaw

    I’d love to know how the equivalent Canon model would compare!

  • djflush

    I have always found this stuff confusing, now why would any body burn their D3 up!! I mean who got all that money and I have never heard camera getting burnt in a fire and survive :p it’s joke all these tests.

  • jacek

    They forgot to mention how many bodies they used;) And this tripod drop test was weird. Why there’s is cut in the middle of scene just before standing tripod up? Body switching? And, yes, consider nikon logo in the beginning as kind of support:)

  • yada

    No kidding, what’s the point of the video? Too much $$ to throw away? We are supposed to take good care of our gears, not to abuse it!

  • http://www.johnralphcamerawarehouse.com.au/ camera_warehouse

    I suppose some people would have to deal with. The fire test is rather
    useless as a test and really serves no other purpose than to damage or
    destroy a perfectly good camera. If you really have the money to
    literally burn a $7,000 camera