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The Nikon D4 is a new professional-grade digital SLR camera with a sixteen-megapixel FX sensor, EXPEED 3 processing engine, upgraded Multi-CAM 3500FX auto-focus module, a brand new 91,000-pixel RGB metering sensor and a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body. Capable of recording 1080p Full HD movies at 24/25/30fps as well as 720p HD footage at up to 60 frames per second, the Nikon D4 comes with microphone and headphone jacks and an HDMI port that allows for the streaming of uncompressed video to an external recorder or monitor. Other highlights include a Kevlar reinforced shutter rated for 400,000 actuations, the ability to shoot full-resolution stills at up to 11fps, an expanded buffer, dual CF and XQD memory card slots, two ergonomically placed rear joysticks for quick AF point selection, two different LiveView capture modes, in-camera HDR exposure blending, a user configurable Exposure Delay Mode, a dual-axis Virtual Horizon, a 3.2” rear display and a new focusing screen.
The Nikon D4 continues the tradition of being the alpha male (if there can be such in the camera world) of Nikon's DSLR lineup. Introduced back in 2007 as the D3, Nikon's professional full-frame offering has had variants cater to both studio and sports photographers alike (with the D3, D3s and the D3x). Despite the excellent feature set, there were some minor shortcomings with each of the cameras (such as no button illumination for situations when shooting in pitch black) and the D4 is testament that Nikon has been listening. Besides addressing many cosmetic and ergonomic concerns, Nikon has also done the usual tech-update on its latest offering. It really is very difficult to choose where to begin when speaking about the D4's build and ergonomics, so we'll start with a situational truth. Often when photographers travel to far-flung, unknown regions of the world for whatever god forsaken reason, the first question you see them post in forums is \"will I be safe walking around with my gear?” If you're one of the few who own a D4 (or plan on owning one), you won't be asking such silly questions – this is because, besides being a sweet shooter, it is also a lethal weapon.
The Nikon D4, the company's update to its D3S pro body, kicks it up a notch in all respects -- higher-resolution sensor, faster continuous-shooting performance, better and more flexible video quality, and a host of attractive new features. Without question the D4's photo quality is excellent, with a great noise profile. Its JPEGs look clean as high as ISO 1600, and are decent at ISO 3200 -- there you start to see some detail degradation -- and usable at ISO 6400, depending upon content. I compared the in-camera NR off to the normal at ISO 1600, and didn't really see much of a difference in the JPEGs. There's a noticeable bump in artifacts between ISO 3200 and ISO 6400. But rather disappointingly, the artifact profile for JPEGs doesn't look quite as good as the D3S' at sensitivities below ISO 12800. Although better by the numbers than the D3S's JPEGs at ISO 12800 and above, I wouldn't suggest using the JPEGs beyond ISO 6400. On the upside, shooting raw yields significantly better shots at higher sensitivities. Color rendering looks great as well. The default Standard Picture Control boosts saturation a little, but not enough to induce hue shifts; it does increase contrast to the point where you do lose a bit of shadow detail, however.
The Nikon D4 is the remarkable flagship professional DSLR for the company's line, with high-speed shooting, durable construction, and the ability to utilize the new XQD memory card type. The Nikon D4 also features a new 91k pixel RGB metering sensor, 51-point autofocus system, and an ISO range that tops out at an ridiculous 204,800. The D4 doesn't have the high resolution of the D800, but it does feature a full frame FX 16.2-megapixel image sensor. With such high end components and a level of control designed to benefit professional news and sports photographers, there's not much surprise that the D4 comes with a hefty price tag. If $6000 body-only sounds like something that might be in your budget, then read on for our full breakdown of the D4. The Nikon D4 is a powerhouse of a camera. It shoots incredibly fast, can produce visible images with very little light, will autofocus quickly and accurately in almost any conditions, features remarkable dynamic range, and features a host of custom user controls to tune white and color balance to your heart’s content. The Nikon D4 produces some fantastic images that don’t compromise accuracy for speed of capture.
The Nikon D4 ($5,999.95 list, body only) represents the dream camera of many a professional photographer. It's a huge beast that can rattle off shots at an impressive 10 frames per second, focus with speed and accuracy, and do just about anything else you need it to. On the sidelines of an NFL game? Pop on a telephoto lens and plug a cable into the Ethernet port—your photos will go straight to the wire service. Covering a wedding in available light? Reach for the 35mm f/1.4 lens and shoot at just about any ISO you can imagine—the resulting images will be printable. This is not to say that the D4 is the perfect photographic tool for every occasion—no camera is. Landscape photographers may opt for a D-SLR with an ultra-high-resolution sensor, like the 36-megapixel Nikon D800 ($2,995.95), and working pros with an investment in Canon glass are probably more interested in the EOS-1D X ($6,799) or 5D Mark III ($3,499). As it stands, the D4 is a worthy follow up to the company's D3s, easily earning our Editors' Choice award for full frame D-SLRs. Design and Features Far from a small camera, the D4's full-frame sensor necessitates a large, heavy optical viewfinder—one that is stunning when compared with even the finders in the best APS-C cameras.
Lori Grunin's rated review of the Nikon D4 will appear here soon. In the meantime, please enjoy this hands-on review from Lexy Savvides of CNET Australia. Following in the footsteps of such a successful lineage of professional SLRs isn't easy. Fortunately, the Nikon D4 offers enough important features like Ethernet and wireless connectivity, plus a huge improvement in video, to make the upgrade worthwhile. The D3S wasn't particularly difficult or cumbersome to hold, but the D4 has received some fine-tuned ergonomic improvements that make the shooting experience even more enjoyable. A thermal shield at the top of the camera protects the panel from heating up when used extensively outdoors -- something that sports photographers will welcome. There's also an autodim sensor on the side of the (3.2-inch, 920,000-dot) LCD screen that detects the ambient light, and can automatically adjust screen brightness. The screen is very easy to see outdoors. The new addition of a special gel layer between the plastic and the LCD itself prevents fogging during temperature shifts. There's a new rubberized focus point for vertical shooting, as well as improvements for vertical shooters where the same focus point is retained when the orientation is changed.
The Nikon D4 is the camera that Nikon is hoping will be the camera of choice for professional sports photographers and photo journalists shooting the Olympic games this summer. Consequently, it is designed as an all-purpose, go anywhere, shoot anything camera with improved low-light shooting capability and enhanced video technology. While the Nikon D4 replaces the D3S in Nikon's DSLR lineup, the 24MP Nikon D3X continues as the company's flagship camera - even if its pixel count is now dwarfed by that of the Nikon D800. While the Nikon D4 has plenty to get excited about, its pixel count is arguably not one of them. However, with 'just' 16.2 million effective pixels on its full-frame (36 x 23.9mm or FX format) CMOS sensor, the Nikon D4 should be capable of producing relatively clean images at high sensitivities. This is just as well, given that it has a maximum native sensitivity setting of ISO 12800 and extension settings up to the equivalent of ISO 204,800. Nikon D3s owners, however, may be a little more excited about the Nikon D4's pixel count, since it represents a big jump from 12.1MP to 16.2MP.
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When the Nikon D3 arrived back in 2007, it heralded a new dawn for Nikon. The company's first ever full-frame DSLR, it offered a ground-breaking native sensitivity range up to ISO 6400 and expanded to an ISO equivalent of 25,600. The photographic world hadn't seen anything like it before, and it opened up a whole new world of low-light photography. This was backed-up by a build and performance that made it the must-have camera for many professionals. Since then we've seen the updated Nikon D3s (with an even greater ISO range of 102,400), and now the D4. With pretty much every area of the specification improved on over the D3s, the D4 promises a lot. Lets find out just how good it is... The Nikon D4 uses a new 16.2MP, full-frame CMOS sensor that improves on the 12.1MP in the D3 and D3s. This resolution may seem fairly conservative compared to even some high-end enthusiast DSLRs and CSCs, but it's all about the light-gathering capabilities of the photosites on the sensor and how it performs under a range of lighting conditions.Combined with the newly developed EXPEED 3 image processing engine (with 14-bit A/D conversion and 16-bit image processing), the D4 has a native ISO range from 100-12,800.
The Nikon D4 is a serious photographic tool at a serious price. At $6000 the D4 is twice the cost of the recently-released D800, and offers just under half of its pixel count. But it's what the D4 does with its pixels - and how quickly and reliably it does it - which makes it so potentially attractive to working professionals. The D4 is built for speed and versatility. It might not offer the highest resolution on the market, but it is designed to deliver its 16MP images at a rate of 11 per second in all winds and weathers. A few days ago we took delivery of a factory-fresh production D4 in our Seattle offices and it's hardly been turned off since. We've already published a detailed overview of the D4, and we've also asked a group of professional photographers what they think, but in this article, I'll be explaining what the D4 is actually like to use, as we move forward towards a full, in-depth review. Full disclosure here, I use a D3S regularly, and outside of my day to day shooting for dpreview, much of my personal and professional photography over the past five years has been shot using either the D3 or D3S. Like all camera reviewers I swap between different systems constantly, but I happen to know the D3 and D3S very well.
The Nikon D4 is the company's newest flagship full-frame professional DSLR, offering a 16.2-megapixel image sensor and 10fps continuous shooting. The large sensor and relatively low pixel count maximizes the camera's low light potential, offering a combination of speed and flexibility designed to appeal to news, sports, and action photographers. The D4 also comes with a host of state-of-the-art features to appeal to both photographers and videographers, including support for the new XQD memory card format and a maximum ISO sensitivity of 204,800. Overall, the Nikon D4 is a durable, professional workhorse for more than just weekend warriors. It will begin shipping in February for an MSRP of $6000 body-only. The Nikon D4 is very much a refinement of previous D-series cameras, with a body that very closely resembles the previous Nikon D3s. The main differences are in the collection of ports and compartments on the camera, with upgrades like XQD card and ethernet support that should speed up the camera’s integration with a modern workflow. The design of the body itself is all function over form, with a landscape/portrait dual grip familiar to the full-frame DSLR market. There have been some slight improvements to control scheme when shooting by the portrait grip, likely to appeal to photographers who need to get professional-quality portraiture on the go in challenging settings.
The Nikon D4 is the company's new flagship professional sports DSLR. Announced in January 2012, it replaces the D3s with upgrades in resolution, movie capabilities, AF performance, metering and connectivity. The previous D3s was optimised for speed and sold alongside the externally-similar, but higher resolution D3x for those who demanded the maximum detail. It's currently unknown if there'll be a high-res D4x to accompany the D4, but a torrent of rumours and leaks suggests the next high resolution full-frame body from Nikon will be the upcoming D800. The headline specification of the D4 is a new 16.2 Megapixel full-frame FX-format CMOS sensor, up from the 12.1 Megapixels of its predecessor. The sensitivity now runs from 100 to 12800 ISO, expandable down to 50 ISO and all the way up to 204,800 ISO - that's double the maximum and half the lowest sensitivity options on the earlier D3s. As before there's two memory card slots, but while one remains for Compact Flash, the other accommodates the new XQD card format. This is a nice upgrade, although it does mean anyone wanting to record to two cards at the same time for redundancy will have to invest in the new XQD format.
It's not just the world's top athletes preparing for the London Olympics in 2012: photographers are also getting ready to capture the action. And just as the runners and jumpers want microfibre unitards and shoes made of kevlar and unicorn feathers, top snappers want the best camera kit too. Enter the Nikon D4, Nikon's new full-frame flagship. The D4 is a 16-megapixel professional dSLR that costs £4,800. It's available on 16th February, and provides stiff competition to rival flagship, the Canon EOS-1D X.Our first impression upon picking up the D4 is that it's surprisingly light. With its dual grip and heavyweight specs, we expected it to be much weightier than it is -- but with a smaller pancake lens on the front we were able to move with the grace of an Olympic gymnast in that event with the twirly ribbons. The D4 contains a 16.2-megapixel full-frame sensor, known by Nikon as FX-format. Inside is a speedy Expeed3 processor. It won't just be the runners impressing with their speed at the London games: Nikon claims the D4 starts up in 0.12 seconds and shutter lag is just 0.042 seconds. And it fires a blisteringly fast 11 frames per second -- crucial for sports photographers when action occurs in a split second, giving snappers a choice of pictures even when the action is over in an instant.
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