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Nikon D4s DSLR Hands-On Preview

We go hands on with the new Nikon D4s, the update to the Nikon D4 adds a number of new and improved features.

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Nikon D4s (6) (Custom)

The new Nikon D4s, is based on the Nikon D4 (read our review here), but with a number of upgrades and improvements, in areas including AF performance, image quality, workflow and operation speed, and movie recording. The Nikon D4s is due to go on sale on the 6th of March priced at £5199 body only.

Key Features

  • 16 megapixel full frame FX sensor
  • 3.2inch screen, 921k dots
  • 11fps with continuous AF/AE (improved over the D4)
  • EXPEED 4 image processor
  • ISO100-25600 range extends to ISO409600 (higher than the D4)
  • 51-point AF system 
  • Improved AF lock-on, new options for AF mode restrictions, plus new Group Area AF mode
  • Full HD (1080p) movies in FX- and DX-format at 60p/50p/30p/ 25p/24p frame rates
  • Gigabit 100/1000TX Ethernet port
  • Weather sealed full metal body
  • Compatible with WT-5 Wireless Transmitter
  • UDMA7 CompactFlash / XQD Memory Card slots
  • 400,000 shot shutter life rating
  • 2,600 shot battery life rating
Nikon D4s (8) (Custom)

The camera will let you set the continuous shooting speed as well as the maximum number of shots you want to shoot. A new focusing mode has been added called Group-area AF - this uses 5 focus points: one specified by the user, as well as one above, below, to the left, and to the right of the selected focus point. AF (auto-focus) and AE (auto-exposure) can now be using while shooting continuously at 11fps, we've recorded a quick video, shown below, to show the camera shooting at 11fps:

Nikon D4s Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Nikon D4s Specifications

Effective Magnification1x
Image Sensor
Pixels16.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4928
Pixels (H)3280
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeFull Frame
Sensor Size (width)36mm
Sensor Size (height)23.9mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3.2in
Screen resolution921k dot
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • AF Fine Tuning (Micro Adjustment)
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • TTL
  • Centre Spot
ISO sensitivity50 - 409600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Flash
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Shade
Exposure Comp+/-5
MagnificationNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting11fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
Video FPS60, 50, 30, 25, 24
Stereo SoundNo
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • CF
  • XQD
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium Ion, EN-EL18a
Battery Life (CIPA rating)3020shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsRechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL18a, 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

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Photographs taken using the Nikon D4s

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parallax 12 204 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2014 1:05PM
Nuke proof and with every conceivable button/option. Formidable no doubt. But get ready for the physio' after lugging it about for and hour or three.

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