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.
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.
Now if I were Nikon’s marketing person, I would just replace the catalog with this video.
Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.