The new Nikon D4 Digital SLR is Nikon's flagship professional model, featuring a new 16.2 megapixel full frame sensor, 11fps shooting, Full HD video and a number of unique features. We had a hands-on look at the new camera and give you all the details here.
Nikon D4 Features
The camera has been designed after listening to photographers needs and offers performance better than the D3s in low light, with an increased pixel count, lower noise at high ISO settings and increased dynamic range. The camera features improved subject detection and tracking.
Nikon D4 Illuminated
The Nikon D4 also offers the best video output of all Nikon Digital SLRs to date, with Full HD recording, 20 level adjustments for the microphone in port, a headphone out port with 30 level adjustments, visual sound level monitoring and professional level sound recording with the ME-1 microphone. ISO200 to ISO204,800 is also available for video recording and it's possible to take a live frame grab whilst recording video at 2 megapixels. Video is recorded as H.264 with B frame compression and the camera provides a clean HDMI out at 1080/720 with no compression allowing video to be recorded to an external device beyond the 29 minute limitation recording internally. Index marking is available to assist with editing. Multiple frame sizes are available FX, DX and a pixel matched 1920x1080.
Nikon D4 Top
Another new feature is the ability to create time-lapse videos in the camera from time-lapse photos for immediate playback avoiding the need to put the photos together on a computer.
Nikon D4 Ports
16.2 megapixel FX Full Frame Sensor (Brand New)
11fps Shooting, 10fps Continuous AF/AE
ISO100-12800, expandable to ISO50-204,800
3.2inch 921k dot screen, improved colour range
Full HD Video, 30/25/24fps
Slow motion 60/50fps in 720p
New AF system,51 AF points, focus and take picture in moonlight (-2EV)
AF with teleconvertor up to f/8
Illuminated buttons, back, side, top LCDs
10/100 Ethernet - with FTP/HTTP support for instant uploads
IPTC can be added in camera, GPS GP-1 compatible to update time from GPS signal
Newly developed Kevlar/carbon fiber-composite shutter unit rated to 400,000 shots
Active D-Lighting, HDR, Picture Control, variety of retouch menus
Uncompressed HDMI output
Dual-axis electronic virtual horizon, also visible in the viewfinder
XQD and Compact Flash Slots
A new Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G lens also announced:
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Photos of Equipment
Nikon D4 Handling
The Nikon D4 has a solid body with a magnesium alloy core and is weather sealed. It certainly felt solid in the hand and extremely ergonomic and comfortable in use. The comfortable handling seemed to aid in making the camera feel lighter / smaller than it actually is and it didn't feel unweildy or overly large despite having a built in vertical grip.
Buttons on the camera have been redesigned, with a new AF switch and button that allows you to change the AF mode without taking your eye away from the viewfinder. Vertical shooting has been improved with a mirrored layout whether using landscape or portrait shooting. There is a dedication movie record button, a vertical function button and a re-designed shutter button position with a "more comfortable" 35 degree angle compared to 28 degrees which is designed to be more comfortable for extended periods of shooting.
Menu walk through video:
Menus are clearly laid out and the screen is extremely clear with excelling viewing angles. The screen has an improved colour range which is said to be very close to sRGB. It features a built in illumination sensor to automatically adjust brightness, contrast, saturation and gamma depending on the environment.
Wireless control demonstration:
New WT-5 Wireless Transmitter: The new transmitter supports 802.11 a/b/g/n, features a linked release mode to trigger up to 10 remote units simultaneously and HTTP/FTP and PC control is also available letting you remotely control the camera with any HTTP compatible device such as the iPad shown in the demonstration video above. The WT-4 will also work with the Nikon D4.
Battery Life: The camera gives better battery performance despite the new battery being smaller than the battery in the D3s. A new law recently introduced means they can't use the D3s battery. The camera is rated as providing 5,500 frames in continuous shooting mode or 2600 in single frame mode.
Nikon D4 Battery
Nikon D4 Performance
Due to the model being pre-production and not running the final firmware, we were unable to assess the image quality in great depth, but from what we saw on the camera screen image quality was very high and we plan to fully evaluate image quality when review samples are available.
Shutter speed video:
Nikon D4 Verdict
Things just got interesting! Already 2012 is looking like it's going to be an exciting year in the photographic industry, with the introduction of the new Nikon D4 set to take on the new Canon EOS 1D X head-on. The Nikon D4 comes in at a cheaper price than the Canon, offers AF with teleconvertors up to f/8 and with a slightly lower megapixel count should offer better high ISO performance. The Nikon D4 will also be available to purchase sooner than the Canon and is said to be ideal for the professional sports photographer covering the upcoming Olympics. Thanks to the camera being release in February, it shouldn't be too long before we have the camera in house in order to provide a full review of the camera.
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL18, Battery Charger MH-26, USB Cable UC-E15, USB Cable Clip, Camera Strap AN-DC7, Body Cap BF-1B, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-2, Mic Stereo Input Jack for Stereo Microphone ME-1 UF-2