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The Nikon D4S sets a new benchmark for top of the range DSLR cameras. Surpassing all that came before it, the D4S features major improvements focussed around the inclusion of the EXPEED 4 Image Processor.
An expanded ISO range, stretching from 50 to 409 600, along with a new Group Area Autofocus system provides the increased versatility. The Nikon D4S also features a faster continuous burst shooting rate of 11 frames per second and the ability to capture 1080p video at 60 frames per second with RAW video output via the HDMI port and simultaneous recording to the memory card.
Nikon D4S Key Features:
Nikon’s aim was to produce a camera which responds more directly to the demands of a professional photographer, both in terms of performance and workflow. This process starts with the 16 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor. While largely unchanged from the D4, Nikon has coupled the sensor with the brand new EXPEED 4 Image Processor. The results speak for themselves. Unmatched image quality with superior sharpness and further improved depth is exactly what the professional photographer requires.
The EXPEED 4 Image Processor further allows the Nikon D4S to deliver JPEG images that are usable straight from the camera. Sharper and with more natural skin tones, the JPEG output is easily usable in publication and, due to the smaller size when compared to RAW or TIFF files, can be transmitted easily by photographers working on-site in high-demand scenarios. Couple this with the fact that less noise is generated at all stops within the standard ISO range from 100 to 25 600 and the D4S becomes the ideal camera for the working professional photographer.
At higher ISO ranges the D4S delivers images that are sharper around the edges and with smoother, more accurate colours throughout the range; even when shooting under harsh and unpredictable artificial light. Push the ISO to the edge and you can shoot at 409 600 and deliver a viewable image. Nikon’s research and development is putting on a strong showing in the D4S.
No compromise is visible in the improvements offered by the Nikon D4S. Nikon have managed to improve visibility through the viewfinder with shorter blackout periods during continuous shooting. Operation is also improved with slight layout shift and an overhauled grip section. This makes operation smoother and more precise with improved comfort when holding the D4S body for extended periods of time. Improvements to components such as the mirror assembly within the D4S reduce shake caused by movement of the mirror for more stable display of the viewfinder image.
The Nikon D4S is equipped with a new 3.2-inch wide viewing angle TFT LCD monitor with the protective glass and LCD panel integrated into a single surface in order to suppress internal reflections. Display characteristics have been carefully adjusted for more faithful colour reproduction.
The Nikon D4S utilizes the Advanced Multi-Cam 3500FX autofocus sensor module to enable focus acquisition of all manner of subject. Erratically moving subjects with little contrast is no longer a problem and the newly improved algorithms allows moving subjects to be kept in focus even moving away from or towards the photographer at high speed using all 51 autofocus points. The D4S also introduces a new Group-Area Autofocus mode. In this mode a single focus point is chosen and the camera enables one point to the top, bottom, left and right of the chosen point. This automated smart function enables far better tracking and certainty without focus shifting. Continuous autofocus, even while using the Group-Area Autofocus mode, can be used while shooting at the 11 frames per second that the Nikon D4S is capable of; all down to the new EPXEED 4 processor.
As already mentioned, the Nikon D4S features 51 autofocus points. 15 of these are cross-type sensors and use phase-detection autofocus at the centre of the frame. All 51 points support a maximum aperture of f5.6, but the 15 centre points can support up to f8 and so does 9 points running horizontally. This will allow for full function using the 1.4x and 1.7x teleconverters and limited capabilities with the 2.0x converter up to a combined maximum aperture of f8.
Nikon have added 1000Base-T support to the D4S which is perfectly suited to wired LAN communication and ultra-fast image and data transfer. Workflow has further been enhanced by the addition of a new Small RAW image output option. This is a 12-bit uncompressed RAW file using ¼ the amount of pixel used when shooting a full RAW image. This will allow for faster post processing and the file size will be half the size of the Large RAW files.
For the first time, the Nikon D4S is capable of recording video at 60 frames per second at 1080p. Video can be recorded with an ISO from 200 – 25 600 applied and noise suppression is extremely effective throughout the range. Uncompressed video can be fed via the D4S’ HDMI port and recorded onto an external device in live view mode and, compressed video, to a memory card inside the camera at the same time.
The D4S is a natural evolution of Nikon’s flagship camera. All the improved functions have been tailored towards the real-world needs of professional photographers. This shines through in all the minor improvements culminating in a brand new design to head up the professional photographic market.
|Type||Single-lens reflex digital camera|
|Lens mount||Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)|
|Effective angle of view||Nikon FX format|
|Effective pixels||16.2 million|
|Image sensor||36.0 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor|
|Total pixels||16.6 million|
|Dust-reduction System||Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)|
|Image size (pixels)||FX (36x24) image area: 4928 x 3280 (L), 3696 x 2456 (M), 2464 x 1640 (S) 1.2x (30x20) image area: 4096 x 2720 (L), 3072 x 2040 (M), 2048 x 1360 (S) DX (24x16) image area: 3200 x 2128 (L), 2400 x 1592 (M), 1600 x 1064 (S) 5 : 4 (30x24) image area: 4096 x 3280 (L), 3072 x 2456 (M), 2048 x 1640 (S) FX-format photographs taken in movie live view (16:9): 4928 x 2768 (L), 3696 x 2072 (M), 2464 x 1384 (S) DX-format photographs taken in movie live view (16:9): 3200 x 1792 (L), 2400 x 1344 (M), 1600 x 896 (S) FX-format photographs taken in movie live view (3:2): 4928 x 3280 (L), 3696 x 2456 (M), 2464 x 1640 (S) DX-format photographs taken in movie live view (3:2): 3200 x 2128 (L), 2400 x 1592 (M), 1600 x 1064 (S) Note: A DX-based format is used for photographs taken using the DX (24x16) 1.5x image area; an FX-based format is used for all other photographs.|
|File format||NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed; small size available (12-bit uncompressed only) TIFF (RGB) JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats|
|Picture Control System||Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls|
|Media||XQD and Type I CompactFlash memory cards (UDMA compliant)|
|Dual card slots||Either card can be used for primary or backup storage or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; pictures can be copied between cards.|
|File system||DCF 2.0, DPOF, Exif 2.3, PictBridge|
|Viewfinder||Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder|
|Frame coverage||FX (36x24): Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical 1.2x (30x20): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical DX (24x16): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical 5:4 (30x24): Approx. 97% horizontal and 100% vertical|
|Magnification||Approx. 0.7 x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)|
|Eyepoint||18 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)|
|Diopter adjustment||-3 - +1 m-1|
|Focusing screen||Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)|
|Reflex mirror||Quick return|
|Depth-of-field preview||Pressing Pv button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (P and S modes)|
|Lens aperture||Instant return, electronically controlled|
|Compatible lenses||Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G, E, and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC lenses) and DX lenses (using DX 24x16 1.5x image area), AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only). IX NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses can not be used. The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supports the 11 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster).|
|Type||Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter|
|Speed||1/8000 - 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV, bulb, time, X250|
|Flash sync speed||X=1/250 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/250 s or slower|
|Release mode||S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), self-timer, MUP (mirror up)|
|Approximate frame advance rate||Up to 10 fps (CL) or 10-11 fps (CH)|
|Self-timer||2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1-9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s|
|Metering||TTL exposure metering using RGB sensor with approximately 91K (91,000) pixels|
|Metering method||Matrix: 3D color matrix metering III (type G, E, and D lenses); color matrix metering III (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame. Diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15, or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circle) Spot: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)|
|Range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)||Matrix or center-weighted metering: -1 - +20 EV Spot metering: 2-20 EV|
|Exposure meter coupling||Combined CPU and AI|
|Exposure mode||Programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)|
|Exposure compensation||-5 - +5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV|
|Exposure bracketing||2-9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV; 2-5 frames in steps of 2 or 3 EV|
|Flash bracketing||2-9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV; 2-5 frames in steps of 2 or 3 EV|
|White balance bracketing||2-9 frames in steps of 1, 2, or 3|
|ADL bracketing||2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3-5 frames using preset values for all frames|
|Exposure lock||Luminosity locked at detected value with the center of the sub-selector|
|ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)||ISO 100 - 25600 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV. Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2, 3, or 4 EV (ISO 409600 equivalent) above ISO 25600; auto ISO sensitivity control available|
|Active D-Lighting||Can be selected from Auto, Extra high +2/+1, High, Normal, Low, or Off|
|Autofocus||Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, and 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors; f/8 supported by 11 sensors)|
|Detection range||-2 - +19 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)|
|Lens servo||Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used|
|Focus point||Can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points|
|AF-area mode||Single-point AF, 9-, 21-, or 51- point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, group-area AF, auto-area AF|
|Focus lock||Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing the center of the sub-selector|
|Flash control||TTL: i-TTL flash control using RGB sensor with approximately 91K (91,000) pixels is available with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, SB-400, or SB-300; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighting metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering|
|Flash mode||Front curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off, Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported|
|Flash compensation||-3 - +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV|
|Flash-ready indicator||Lights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output|
|Accessory shoe||ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock|
|Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)||Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, or SB-700 as a master flash, and SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes, or SU-800 as commander; Auto FP High-Speed Sync and modeling illumination supported with all CLS-compatible flash units except SB-400 and SB-300; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units|
|Sync terminal||ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread|
|White balance||Auto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view), choose color temperature (2500 K-10000 K), all with fine-tuning.|
|Modes||Live view photography (quiet or silent), movie live view|
|Lens servo||Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time servo AF (AF-F) Manual focus (M)|
|AF-area mode||Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF|
|Autofocus||Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)|
|Metering||TTL exposure metering using main image sensor|
|Frame size (pixels) and frame rate||1920 x 1080; 60 p (progressive), 50 p, 30 p, 25 p, 24 p 1920 x 1080 crop; 30 p, 25 p, 24 p 1280 x 720; 60 p, 50 p 640 x 424; 30 p, 25 p Actual frame rates for 60 p, 50 p, 30 p, 25 p, and 24 p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; all options support both high and normal image quality|
|Video compression||H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding|
|Audio recording format||Linear PCM|
|Audio recording device||Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable|
|ISO sensitivity||Exposure modes P, S, and A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 200 to Hi 4) with selectable upper limit Exposure mode M: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 200 to Hi 4) available with selectable upper limit; manual selection (ISO 200 to 25600 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV) with additional options available equivalent to approximately 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2, 3, or 4 EV (ISO 409600 equivalent) above ISO 25600|
|Other options||Index marking, time-lapse photography|
|Monitor||8-cm/3.2-in., approx. 921k-dot (VGA) TFT LCD with 170 ° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, manual monitor brightness control, and automatic monitor brightness control using ambient brightness sensor|
|Playback||Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, auto image rotation, voice memo input and playback, and IPTC information embedding and display|
|HDMI output||Type C HDMI connector|
|Audio input||Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter; plug-in power supported)|
|Audio output||Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter)|
|Ten-pin remote terminal||Can be used to connect optional remote control, optional WR-R10 (requires WR-A10 adapter) or WR-1 wireless remote controller, GP-1/GP-1A GPS unit, or GPS device compliant with NMEA0183 version 2.01 or 3.01 (requires optional MC-35 GPS adapter cord and cable with D-sub 9-pin connector)|
|Ethernet||RJ-45 connector - Standards: IEEE 802.3ab (1000BASE-T)/IEEE 802.3u (100BASE-TX)/IEEE 802.3 (10BASE-T) - Data rates: 10/100/1000 Mbps with auto detect (maximum logical data rates according to IEEE standard; actual rates may differ) - Port: 1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T (AUTO-MDIX)|
|Peripheral connector||For WT-5|
|Supported languages||Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian|
|Battery||One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL18a battery|
|AC adapter||EH-6b AC adapter; requires EP-6 power connector (available separately)|
|Tripod socket||1/4 in. (ISO 1222)|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||Approx. 160 x 156.5 x 90.5 mm (6.3 x 6.2 x 3.6 in.)|
|Weight||Approx. 1350 g (2 lb. 15.6 oz.) with battery and XQD memory card but without body cap and accessory shoe cover; approx. 1180 g/2 lb. 9.6 oz. (camera body only)|
|Temperature||0 °C-40 °C (+32 °F-104 °F)|
|Humidity||85% or less (no condensation)|
|Supplied accessories||BF-1B body cap, BS-2 accessory shoe cover, EN-EL18a rechargeable Li-ion battery with terminal cover, MH-26a battery charger with power cable and two contact protectors, USB cable clip, HDMI cable clip, UF-2 connector cover for stereo mini plug cable, UC-E15 USB cable, AN-DC11 strap, ViewNX 2 CD|