Something that really impressed me about the D3s is that it performs very well in extreme cold. In my case i used it to shoot both handheld and with a tripod well below zero Fahrenheit. I shot about 100 frames at high ISO including long exposure over a period of 2 hours, but only lost 25% of the battery. There were also no screen artifacts, response slowness, or control lockup like I've experienced on other Nikon bodies.
Nikon D3S Digital SLR Camera
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The Nikon D3S Digital SLR Camera features a 3” LCD screen, 170º viewing angle, 100% frame coverage, and an EXPEED image processor inside a strong-yet-lightweight magnesium alloy body with a professional form factor. The high pixel count, FX (full) format sensor produces exceptionally sharp, clean and well-saturated images. An electronic virtual horizon is available during Live View shooting for perfectly straight shooting and dual CF card slots allow you to record the same data on both cards for backup. Set the D3S in DX mode and get extra reach from your lens as well as a shooting boost (up to 11 FPS). The factory-installed buffer memory is twice the capacity of the D3, which dramatically increases the power of continuous shooting. This camera is ideal for high-speed shooting of events, sports, and nature.
The Nikon D3S is a sports shooters dream, I used this while shooting pro wakeboarding in Lake Powell. The main "claim to fame" of this camera, and the main thing that impressed me was the sensor, and it's astounding high ISO capabilities, the sensor produces completely usable images, even up to ISO 10,000; allowing you to shoot in just about any lighting situation; even more so with a f/1.4 prime lens. The overall extreme speed of the camera makes it a joy to use, especially shooting action or moving subjects. The giant buffer will allow you to keep shooting at full speed for quite some time making sure you get the shot that you want. The battery certainly seems to keep up as well, having it barely need a charge after a full days worth of shooting. Probably the best camera in existence for any sports shooter.