Nikon has officially announced the Nikon D4s, its new flagship FX-format DSLR. The Nikon D4s price tag will be £5,199.99 / €6,199.00 with a release date of 6 March 2014.
The Nikon D4 successor offers a number of new features, including an expanded ISO range of ISO 100 to 25,600, which is extendable up to ISO 409,600 – an industry first, Nikon says.
Also on-board the 16.2-megapixel, FX-format Nikon D4s is a new EXPEED 4 image processor, which – along with the improved ISO performance – improves image rendering and makes the Nikon D4s more capable in low light situations, Nikon says.
Along with its low-light capabilities, NIkon says the new D4s offers localised noise reduction, edge sharpening and tone control, and a burst rate of 11 fps that isn’t compromised by ISO settings or lens choice, which should appeal to action and sports photographers.
Nikon also says that advances to AF performance in the Nikon D4s offer improved acquisition and tracking at 11 fps, as well as finer control over the AF area with a new Group Area AF mode.
The 11 frames-per-second with AF tracking marks an increase over the Nikon D4’s 10fps, which makes the Nikon D4s the fastest autofocus DSLR in Nikon’s history, the company says.
Meanwhile, the NIkon D4s also introduces a RAW Size S file – a new low-res raw format option – that makes it faster for photographers to transfer images onto networks, and a Gigabit 100/1000TX Ethernet port offers faster connections.
While incorporating the same 51-point AF system (configurable in 9-point, 21-point and 51-point coverage settings and sensitive down to -2 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F), the Nikon D4s adds a Group Area AF mode which constantly monitors five different AF field that can be shifted across the 51-point array as your composition changes.
Again, this should appeal to sports photographers and perhaps wildlife photographers who need to shoot fast-moving subjects over long distance.
The Nikon D4s can also record Full HD (1080p) movies in FX- and DX-format at 60p/50p/30p/ 25p/24p frame rates. , and photographers can set the camera’s sensitivity and select maximum ISO in M mode, as well as choose one of three sensor crop formats (FX, DX, and native crop (approximately 2.7x), control power aperture and fix shutter speed.
Other Nikon D4s video features include 3D noise reduction, which helps reduce noise and noise flicker at high sensitivities, uncompressed full-resolution HDMI output to external devices and the ability to simultaneously record full-res HD movies in-camera and with an external recorder via HDMI.
Nikon D4s Price and Release Date
The fully weather-sealed Nikon D4s body is made of magnesium alloy and comes with two memory card slots.
The Nikon D4s price tag will be £5,199.99 / €6,199.00, with a release date set for 6 March 2014.
Summary of the Nikon D4s’ Key Features
- Revamped 16.2-MP FX-format sensor
- Improved light sensitivity: ISO range of 100–25,600 is extendable up to ISO 409,600 (equivalent).
- 11 FPS with AF: 11 fps in FX format with AE/AF superior to the D4.
- New EXPEED 4 image processing engine.
- Multi-CAM3500FX 51-point AF system configurable in 9-point, 21-point and 51-point coverage settings and sensitive down to -2 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F).
- AF advances: improved lock-on, new options for AF mode restrictions, plus a new Group Area AF mode.
- Multi-area D-Movie: Full HD (1080p) movies in FX- and DX-format at 60p/50p/30p/ 25p/24p frame rates. Offers three sensor crop formats FX, DX and native crop (approximately 2.7x) and clean HDMI-out. Access the ISO range from ISO 200 up and control shutter speed, aperture and audio levels while filming. Nikon’s 3D noise reduction reduces random noise, and the camera offers sophisticated options for audio control.
- Weather-sealed full metal body.
- Gigabit 100/1000TX Ethernet port and RAW Size S file format for accelerated image transfer. Compatible with Nikon’s WT-5 Wireless Transmitter.
- Colour adjustable monitor: anti-reflective 8 cm (3.2-in.), 921k-dot LCD monitor that lets you push the colour balance and brightness in any direction.
- Kevlar/carbon fibre-composite shutter unit with 42 ms shutter lag, standard life cycle rating of 400,000 releases and a shutter speed of 1/8000 to 30s, with flash synchronization at up to 1/250 sec. A new shutter and mirror mechanism delivers a stable viewfinder image with minimal blackout during high-speed shooting.
- Spot White Balance metering: acquire manual, pre-set White Balance data based on the selected area within the frame: the size of the area acquired can be retained even when the image is enlarged, and consecutive data acquisition is possible.
- High-capacity EL-18a battery: compact and lightweight lithium-Ion rechargeable battery with a capacity of 2500 mAh (10.8V).
- Storage media: two card slots—one for high-speed CF (UDMA 7) cards, and one for high-speed, high-capacity XQD cards.
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