Nikon D4

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Nikon D4 is a 16.2 MP CMOS FX Digital SLR with Full 1080p HD Video. It comes with a 91,000-Pixel RGB sensor, improved 51 point AF System, High-speed continuous shooting at approx. 11 fps* in FX format, Advanced Scene Recognition System, High ISO sensitivity up to 50-204,800, and a wide-viewing angle 3.2-inch TFT LCD monitor with resolution up to 921k-dot. The camera measures (W x H x D) Approx. 160 x 156.5 x 90.5 mm/6.3 x 6.2 x 3.6 in. and weight Approx. 1,340 g/2 lb 15.3 oz with battery and XQD memory card.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

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Nikon D4 Reviews

Ephotozine reviews the Nikon D4 and writes;
“The Nikon D4 shows a good level of detail, excellent colour, low noise, and offers extremely rapid focusing and continuous shooting. What’s even more impressive is the cameras ability to keep on taking high speed photos and when set to 9fps it will shoot 199 shots at 9fps without slowing down when shooting JPEG! This is extremely impressive and this camera would make the ideal sports or wildlife photography camera.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Digitalcamerainfo reviews the Nikon D4 and writes;
“Its 51-point autofocus system and 91k-pixel metering sensor ran laps around the 5D Mark III in low light. In addition, the D4 is extremely responsive, shoots amazingly fast, and offers some of the best dynamic range scores we’ve seen yet.”
Rating: ★★★★★

Pocket-lint reviews the Nikon D4 and writes;
“The autofocus system is among the best, if not the best, available in the world; the design is bang on the money; the burst mode and huge buffer make continuous shooting effortless; and the new movie capabilities are up there with the best too.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photographyblog reviews the Nikon D4 and writes;
“As to other aspects of image quality, they are also top notch: colours are pleasing, tonality is superb, and dynamic range is wide. The Vignette Control feature works just as well as it did on the D3S, Active D-lighting is better than ever, and HDR capture also does a great job. The night shot came out very well even with long-exposure noise reduction turned off.”
Rating: ★★★★½

CNET Australia reviews the Nikon D4 and writes;
“The Nikon D4 offers many significant improvements from previous professional-grade SLRs, such as the D3S, as well as excellent shooting performance, autofocusing speed and video recording.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Techradar reviews the Nikon D4 and writes;
“It may be 2MP shy of the 18 million pixel Canon EOS-1DX, but it has the flexibility of the DX crop for more affordable extra reach when necessary and greater AF sensitivity. This is combined with comprehensive video functionality, compatibility with the fastest available memory cards what promises to be superb ergonomics.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Squidoo reviews the Nikon D4 and writes;
“Nikon D4 is definitely an excellent camera for any photography with passion and is extremely serious about their craft. If you loved the previous Nikon D3S then you will really appreciate what you are getting with this D4. This camera is highly recommended if you are looking for an upgrade with added features and superior video and image quality.”
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Btobey reviews the Nikon D4 and writes;
“The overall shape of the camera has not changed much from the D3 or D3s, however, the controls and ergonomics are a bit different. The Nikon D4 now provides better control when the camera is used in the portrait orientation. The joystick and autofocus control is closer and easy to control now when held vertically.”
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CNET reviews the Nikon D4 and writes;
“Video is good enough to go straight to your TV. Broadcast-quality 1080p high-definition video at 30p, 25p and 24p captures every bead of sweat on an athlete’s face. “
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Trustedreviews reviews the Nikon D4 and writes;
“With the addition of the microphone and headphone jacks, the D4 could become a very viable option for those looking to shoot films with DSLR cameras, a trend which has been picking up pace recently.”
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Imaging-resource reviews the Nikon D4 and writes;
“Largely eliminating the need for a flashlight in low-light situations, many of the Nikon D4′s buttons are illuminated; a great idea for a high-end camera whose key feature is excellent performance in low light. Indeed, while standard ISO settings range from 100 to 12,800, that can be extended to 50 on the low end and 204,800 on the high side. Pretty impressive.”
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CNET Australia reviews the Nikon D4 and writes;
“Metering, and specifically the tweaked 3D colour matrix mode, delivers spot-on, accurate exposures. The matrix mode makes exposures in tricky lighting situations particularly easy, optimised for exposing correctly for faces. Colour rendition on JPEG images is particularly pleasing, and images appear to have slightly more depth in terms of dynamic range, compared to the D3S.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Whatdigitalcamera reviews the Nikon D4 and writes;
“The 3D Color Matrix metering coped very well under a range of lighting conditions – the system is clever enough that when shooting a backlit portrait, it’ll balance the exposure, giving prominence to the face. Tonal range of images is very good, with smooth graduations in colour.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Engadget reviews the Nikon D4 and writes;
“the image quality is truly remarkable on the D4. But here’s the rub: it’s just as remarkable on the D3S and EOS 5D Mark III, both of which are markedly cheaper. The color reproduction is just mind blowing at ISO levels below 8,000, and even between 8,000 and 12,800, the wash-out that emerges is applaudably minor.”
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Nikon D4 User Manual (PDF)

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Nikon D4 Features

The Nikon D4 comes with a 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor that is paired with Nikon’s powerful EXPEED3 image processor to capture stunning stills up to 11 fps. It also offers a 91,000-Pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering III sensor that combined with Nikon’s Advanced SRS to deliver unmatched accuracy in every frame. While the 51-point AF system provides a faster performance to capture images of fast moving subject.


By using the FX-format (36.0mm x 23.9mm) CMOS image sensor that delivers 16.2 effective megapixels of resolution, the Nikon D4 offers high speed and accuracy to produce images with exquisite detail result. The sensor also has designed to collect maximum light to produce stunning images and video in variety ISO range of 100 to 12,800 (expandable down to 50 and up to 204,800). While the EXPEED3 image processing is able to produce the most faithful colors, tones and a wide dynamic range.

The camera also allows users to record Full HD D-Movie (1080p) video that available in three mode format like FX, DX or the new 2.7x Crop mode at 16:9 aspect ratio. There is a manual exposure control that helps camera to keep the same look from start to finish. Not only that, the camera also offers a Built-in HDMI which allows users to view footage on an external monitor or record uncompressed 8-bit 4.2.2 footage directly to an external recording device. Users can attach the ME-1 Stereo Microphone and record high fidelity audio with minimal camera noise.


The Nikon D4 has a 8-cm (3.2-in.) wide viewing angle LCD monitor that offers high resolution approx. 921k-dot for bright, crisp image playback. This LCD monitor comes with anti-reflective feature which offers clear, glare-free performance even under bright conditions. In addition, when the monitor brightness is set to “Auto”, the camera automatically adjusts the LCD brightness which gives easy image confirmation in both bright and low-lit situation and it is very useful when shooting video and stills.


Nikon D4 Feature Highlights

+ A WT-5A Wireless Transmitter
+ New 51-point AF system
+ 3.2-inch, 921,000-dot LCD Monitor
+ Dual memory card slots
+ AF detection up to f/8
+ Built-in HDR
+ Time lapse shooting
+ Two Live View shooting modes
+ Dedicated Nikon Picture Control button
+ 400,000-cycle tested shutter


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Comment by glenn capers Subscribed to comments via email
2012-08-03 08:50:20

NIkon D4 , D3s, D3,D800, D700, 200-70mm, 70,24mm, 24-14mm, for starters. All fantastic. HOwever the truth of Nikons Fantastic over price gear for glory is not over rated by any means. HOwever they are over weighted. I don’t do weekend shooting. And anyone that is a weekend shooter can be compared to a car enthusiast that pulls out the Maserati to drive down a city avenue just to pick out a bottle of wine in white pants and shirt. I know this sounds wild to some. but when you look at the price for a few hours of joy you begin to wonder and see the comparison. Too many shooter with pristine cameras After shooting for six weeks in India and walking about 10 hours a day. Mr. hot stuff NIkon becomes nothing more than dead weight and an ideal tool for body building for a photographer. This brings me to street style shooting. The Nikon1v1. is highly underrated. A camera that can shoot up to 60 frames a second. and regardless of what reviewers think.You can get images that can run on the cover of any magazine, pus never fiel the weight.

I’m not to hot on the Nikon D4. I have a feeling the “D5 and D900″, will incorporate the shutterless technology and screen operations as the Nikon1V1 and other four third cameras. So I’m not buying until NIkon shows me why its a great camera. It’s time NIkon gets out the iron age and into the advance electronic and light conducting age.

Here is a link to what the Nikon1 V1 can do at 10.1 mega pixels

Until Nikon see’s the light from its efforts , Like a few of my friends I’ve stripped down my Nikon gear big time and Picked up the Olympus -D EM5.

It’s 16 Mp like the D4. a four third camera and the fastest focus going in any light situation. touch screen ,programable function buttons as well and weather /rain proof. By the way the image quality is outstanding. So whats second… The Nikon1 V1 the second fastest focus tool on the block. I carry both.


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