Me and my gadget - Nikon D3

Jason Hosking, New Zealand-based wildlife, nature and travel photographer.
Jason Hosking, New Zealand-based wildlife, nature and travel photographer.

Jason Hosking, New Zealand-based wildlife, nature and travel photographer, tells Chris Gardner why he can't live without his Nikon D3s.

What is your favourite gadget?

My Nikon D3s. A professional level DSLR camera that also has the ability for stills photographers to capture HD video. It has incredible high ISO noise control that allows me to shoot handheld in very low light yet still maintain excellent image quality. This noise produced at higher ISOs have an almost film-like quality about them which is very nice. It's built from magnesium alloy, so it's really tough and is completely sealed against the elements. Although you can't literally submerge it underwater, it has withstood many heavy showers and hikes along windswept beaches. The battery life is really impressive and allows me to capture about 3000 still frames before having to recharge and it has twin CF card slots which allows me to make an exact duplicate of the first card, double my capacity for image capture or assign one of the cards just for video. It's a really handy feature.

What do you mainly use it for?

This is my go-to camera for shooting photographs and video around the world and of New Zealand's amazing wildlife, landscapes and natural places. During a recent project photographing tui, I was able to capture on video a never been filmed before encounter of an Australasian Harrier Hawk raiding a tui's nest. This video and other photographs from the project can be viewed at

How would you change it to make it better?

The D3s was recently replaced by the Nikon D4 which has few great improvements but in reality this camera is so good there is very little I would change about it apart from the ability to capture 1080p video.

I would really love to see Nikon release a firmware update that would allow for this.

Another thing I would really like to see all pro-end HDSLR camera manufacturers do would be taking a more environmental approach and designing cameras so that they can just have just their internal parts upgraded with the new electronics, as technology is improved and developed. The bodies on these top-end cameras are built so well that they can last for decades so it's such a waste of natural resources having to replace the entire camera every time a new model comes out with features that you need to remain competitive.

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