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Nikon D4 vs. D3s specs comparison

Here is a quick comparison between the Nikon D4 and Nikon D3s based on the specifications listed on Nikon's website:

 Nikon D4  Nikon D3S
Announced January, 2012 October, 2009
Lens Mount Nikon F bayonet mount Nikon F bayonet mount
Effective Pixels 16.2 million 12.1 million
Sensor Size 36.0 x 23.9mm 36.0 x 23.9mm
Image Sensor Format FX FX
File Format Still Images JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal Quality
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
TIFF (RGB)
Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Compressed): approx. 45-60 percent
Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Lossless Compressed): approx. 60-80 percent
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal Quality
TIFF (RGB)
Uncompressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW)
Picture Control Landscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Portrait
Standard
User-customizable Settings
Vivid
Monochrome
Neutral
Nine User-customizable Settings
Standard
Vivid
Storage Media CompactFlash© (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA)
XQD Type Memory
CompactFlash© (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA)
Card Slot 1 CompactFlash© (CF) card and 1 XQD memory type card 2 CompactFlash© (CF) cards
Viewfinder Frame Coverage FX (36x24): 100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical Approx.
1.2x (30x20): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
DX (24x16): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
5:4 (30x24): 97% horizontal and 100% vertical Approx.
100 % Approx.
Viewfinder Magnification 0.70x Approx. 0.70x Approx.
Interchangeable Focusing Screens -- Type B BriteView Clear Matte VI
Type E Clear Matte VI
Lens Compatibility at a Glance*** AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
Metering with AI lenses
AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
Metering with AI lenses
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/8000 sec. 1/8000 sec.
Slowest Shutter Speed 30 sec. 30 sec.
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution 10 frames per second
11 frames per second (AE/AF Locked)
9 frames per second
Scene Modes -- --
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV ±5 EV in increments of 1/3
1/2
1
Exposure Bracketing 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Mirror Lock Up Yes Yes
ISO Sensitivity ISO 100 - 12,800
Lo-1 (ISO 50)
Hi-4 (ISO 204,800)
ISO 200 - 12,800
Lo-1 (ISO 100)
Hi-1 (ISO 25,600)
Hi-2 (ISO 51,200)
Hi-3 (ISO 102,400)
Dynamic AF Mode Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking) Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)
Auto-area AF Mode Yes Yes
Focus Modes Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Normal area
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area
Continuous-servo (C)
Manual
Single-servo AF (S)
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points 51 51
Built-in Flash -- --
Flash Bracketing 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Top FP High Speed Sync Up to 1/8000 Up to 1/8000
Flash Sync Modes Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
Front-curtain sync (normal)
Rear-curtain sync
Red-eye reduction
Red-eye reduction with slow sync
Slow rear-curtain sync
Slow sync
Front-curtain sync (normal)
Rear-curtain sync
Red-eye reduction
Red-eye reduction with slow sync
Slow sync
Flash Compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV --
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) CLS Supported CLS Supported
White Balance Auto (2 types)
Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K)
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored)
Shade
Auto (2 types)
Auto (TTL white balance with 2,016-pixel RGB sensor)
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Fine Tune by Kelvin color temperature setting (2,500 K to 10,000K)
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Preset manual (up to 5 values can be stored)
Seven manual modes with fine-tuning
Shade
White Balance Bracketing 2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV 2 to 9 exposures
Live View Shooting Photography Live View Mode
Movie Live View Mode
Handheld mode
Tripod mode
Movie HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
HD 1,920×1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 30 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
VGA 640x424 / 24 fps
QVGA 320x216 / 24fps
Movie with sound
HD 1280x720 / 24 fps
Movie Audio Built-in microphone, monaural
External stereo microphone (optional)
Built-in microphone, monaural
Monitor Size 3.2 in. diagonal 3.0 in. diagonal
Monitor Resolution 921,000 Dots 921,000 Dots
Monitor Type Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD Super Density
Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
Playback Functions Auto Image Rotation
Full-Frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar)
GPS data display
Highlights
Histogram Display
Image Comment
IPTC information embedding and display
Movie Playback
Movie Slideshow
Photo information
Playback with Zoom
Slideshow
Voice Memo
Auto Image Rotation
Full Frame
Highlight Point Display
Histogram Display
Image Comment
Movie Playback
Shooting Data
Slideshow
Thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 segments)
Voice Memo
Zoom
In-Camera Image Editing Color Balance
Color Outline
Color Sketch
D-Lighting
Distortion Control
Edit Movie
Filter Effects
Fisheye
Image Overlay
Miniature Effect
Monochrome
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Quick Retouch
Red-eye Correction
Resize
Selective Color
Side-by-Side Comparison
Straighten
Trim
Color Balance
D-Lighting
Edit Movie with Save Selected Frame
Filter Effects
Image Overlay
Monochrome
NEF (RAW) Processing
Red-eye Correction
Resize
Side-by-Side Comparison
Trim
GPS GP-1 GPS unit GP-1 GPS unit
Battery / Batteries EN-EL18 Lithium-ion Battery EN-EL4 Lithium-ion Battery
EN-EL4a Lithium-ion Battery
Battery Life (shots per charge) 2,600 Battery Life (shots per charge) (CIPA) 4,200 shots (CIPA)
AC Adapter EH-6b AC Adapter
Requires EP-6 Power Supply Connector
EH-6 AC Adapter
Approx. Dimensions Width 6.3 in. (160mm)
Height 6.2 in. (156.5mm)
Depth 3.6 in. (90.5mm)
Width 6.3 in. (159.5mm)
Height 6.2 in. (157mm)
Depth 3.4 in. (87.5mm)
Approx. Weight 41.6 oz. (1180g)camera body only 43.7 oz. (1,240g)camera body only
 Price $5,999.95 $5,199.95

Battery, Battery chargers, Remotes (note that the Nikon D4 has a shorter battery life compared to the D3s)

Nikon EN-EL18 battery for Nikon D4 ($169.95)  |  Nikon EN-EL4a for Nikon D3s ($109.95)

  

Nikon MH-26 for Nikon D4 ($349.95)  |  Nikon MH-22 for Nikon D3s ($209.95)

Nikon D4 also supports the infrared ML-L3 remote control ($14.95):

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  • http://flickr.com/athlex Athlex

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned the body shape itself. Nikon seems to have put a good amount of effort into improving the vertical grip and the new multi-selector looks good, I like the ones on Canon bodies. Not sure how I feel about XQD cards, surely dual UDMA cards are up to speed for HD video and bursts of photos.

    • studio460

      Yes, I think it’s quite nice, and I’m sure the steeper angle surface for the shutter release will have a demonstrative ergonomic benefit.

      • Not Surprised

        What I don’t like is that Nikon failed to make a new camera.

        Its going to charge you $1,000 more so you can have the privilege to buy an untested new mixed-memory format (against common sense) and to be able to take half as many shots you used to be able to take, unless you buy another battery.

        Way to go Nikon — you did nothing. But hey, those video droolers now have a $6,000 camcorder.

        • Dan

          At the risk of dignifying your response, I will respond briefly:

          I don’t think most people wanted or expected a new camera, just an improved version of the D3-series, which it certainly appears to be. And the MSRP is $800 more, not $1000.

          If you’re going to introduce a new memory format to pro DSLRs, a mixed format seems to me the best way to do it. After all, you don’t have to use the XQD slot if you don’t want to, but it’s a good way to begin using the format. At least one other pro cameras did it with SD and CF.

          Frankly, the 2600 shot life is more than sufficient for most shooters in most situations. And for users of this camera, it really isn’t a big deal to have one or two extra batteries with you–which is a good idea no matter the capacity.

          • Arden E. Olson

            I think I’ll keep my old D3, It’s tough It’s a proven workhorse & I love it.

        • No Name

          +1

    • Komalkumar

      As for the XQD slot i feel what Nikon has done is correct as these top end bodies get replacement only after 3 to 4 yrs which means for all those who want to move on to the latest technology which has many advantages need to wait till then….

      clubbed with the wireless handling of the camera and speed of transferring the pics to your office with in the shortest time possible should appeal a lot to the press….

    • Steve Starr

      I’ve been wondering that XQD vs. SD UDHC speed thing too. Nikon owners will shell out about another $300 for a XQD card to fill that slot (or two of them) so the camera is costlier overall than just $6K. They may already have some CF around so that is nil to the cost.

      Fwiw, Sony wants $270 for their 32GB XQD which runs up around 125MB/sec. claimed and the SDHC UHS-I 32GB runs over $500 and is around only 95 MB/sec. so the XQD is actually cheaper speed-wise than the high-speed SD variety. Still, it may be a format only be used by Nikon and Sony.

      No telling the power consumption between the two types either.

      Still nothing about how long the D4 runs in video mode. If it can only do 30 minutes, someone needs to come up with an external power pack if it can be done.

      Too bad Nikon cannot standardize on anything, other than lens mounts, as Canon has. Nikon batteries change between models. Chargers change. Memory changes. Too much stuff to sort and carry on the road with more than one Nikon body now. Canon did something right by standardizing their gear and I know the newspaper guys like that they can grab stuff and go without sorting their bags to match up gear to camera. One of the things the Reuters news people push about Canon too. They can go out and use the same charger where with Nikon you have to sort and make sure you got the right stuff to run with. You can’t share a battery in the field unless you have the same model with Nikon. Really dumb.

      Would be nice if Nikon allowed for different viewscreens as in the past too. Maybe the electronic displays preclude that being done easily. I used to have gridded, micro-prism, a split, and a matte which were nice, but I can’t use them anymore either.

  • Zeke

    Nikon appears to have preserved one of the D3′s worst user-interface features: the separate Custom Settings and Shooting Menu memory banks, both of which are buried in the menu system. Switching between pre-set camera states on a D3 is a chore.

    Unless there’s a way to, say, hold down Fn and turn the command wheel to select a Custom/Shooting bank _combination_, this is a great disappointment.

    • http://www.robertash.com Robert Ash

      Hi Zeke,

      How can you tell that? Before reading your note I didn’t think about the menu organization changing or not, but couldn’t find anything on the Nikon site or in the comparison above that would indicate that for certain.

      • Zeke

        I can see the same separate Shooting and Custom bank indicators in the pictures of the top-panel LCD, and I saw both menu items in some screen-shots of the back-panel LCD.

        • http://www.robertash.com Robert Ash

          Cool. Thanks.

    • bikinchris

      On my D3, there is a way to program the Fn button to change settings banks. If I manage to afford a D4, I will program the video button to do that. I sure won’t be using the video function very often.

      I say I ‘might’ be able to afford the D4. With the new cards and battery, I would want to get rid of both of my bodies and get compatible extra batteries and cards before I did that. Not cheap by far.

      • Zeke

        Same here of course, but it only changes the “Shooting” bank, not the “Custom” bank. So only some of your settings get recalled.

        On the D3, Nikon couldn’t assign the “Custom” bank to a control without a reorganization of their UI, because the control menu itself is one of the Custom Menu settings!

        Having various options scattered arbitrarily between two banks is a drag. What the camera needs is a quick way to recall all settings in a single operation.

    • http://Www.novumlucis.com Dr SCSI

      @Zeke, I agree that programming those two to a Fn button would have been nice. You can however add those two selections to you own common settings quick bank. This helps, but it is still less than ideal.

  • MashingTheGas

    Interesting comparison and comments. The only big difference (most likely the reason for the red letters…) is battery life. I’ve never shot 4,200 stills without re-charging and doubt that most who post here have, either. Even shooting time-lapse @ 1:15secs you get 86 seconds of 30fps output, more (than five individual 15-sec max segments) that will take 10 hours to shoot. What’s the down-side?…. Gotta have multiple batteries. If you can afford $6,000 US for a camera, you’re probably not going to be persuaded to skip the purchase because you have to spend $400 for a couple spare batteries. If you are a real pro who shoots extensive night time exposures, you probably have a direct-power solution rigged up anyway.

    As a guy who’s been shooting Nikon for over 32 years (currently shooting D2X and D300), this new flagship is just the ticket. Don’t need 24mp of the D3X or the extreme high ISO of the D3S and feel the opportunity to shoot HD video with my large selection of Nikkor glass is a rare opportunity to shoot some incredible stuff.

    Mine’s ordered. The rest of you who’re all wound up in the Canon/Nikon, ‘who is Nikon kidding? with this miniscule upgrade’, esoteric falderall here can just continue to flap your jaws. Either this is a good camera for you or it isn’t. If it is . . . . buy it. If not, wait a while and Nikon will be rolling out another choice for you, no doubt better than the one you own now.

    • Max Archer

      I’ve emptied my D3s’s battery in a day plenty of times. Shooting motorsports all day will do that, and you can’t expect to really get 4,200 shots out of the camera, although it comes pretty close.

      The camera burns through batteries like crazy when using live view, too. I use it when doing product photography on a tripod and I have to keep a spare around.

      • http://www.robertash.com Robert Ash

        Great point about the Live View burning through batteries. Same for my D7000, which is otherwise great with its batteries. That’s a given today for any electronic device that uses an LCD so any greater battery life is wonderful and any lesser battery life can be painful.

      • Allen Wicks

        Who cares? Changing out a battery in a day of shooting is less than a zero issue.

        • http://www.robertash.com Robert Ash

          Not necessarily. Depends on what you’re shooting when your battery dies. For a fast-moving scenario like a sports event, a news story or a travel assignment, if your battery dies at the wrong time you miss your shot. And there’s no retake option. The longer the battery life the less likely that scenario will happen.

          • asdf

            What did you do before digital? Carrying two cameras at a football game wasn’t for different focal lengths, it was so that if you only had two frames left in one camera you could switch to a second body and not miss a shot. Watch your battery meter and change it between plays.

        • MashingTheGas

          Precisely. It’s called “planning your day”.

    • Yusuf

      go for third party battery…..dont be rip off by nikon……we are paying extra too much for rebuilding their factory in thailand

      • Hom Thogan

        Recommending a 3rd party battery is like recommending someone to play russian roulette, look I know there are some good 3rd party batteries (specially duracell) but if you don’t say which ones the problem is the market is flooded with really low quality batteries:

        The least they can do: not withstand half the shots the original can, the most dangerous thing they can do: if they don’t have the mechanism to stop charge when they are full they explode (kaboom you know?) and lithium or the separators ar so thin and bad they go kaboom too…

        Look 169 bucks isn’t expensive at all, guarding yourself from a burn from lithium onf fire (which would make a silly hole through you) and protecting your gear doesn’t has a price

      • Allen Wicks

        I agree with Thom. I have tried third party batts for Macbook Pros and for the Nikon D2x. They are just bad value and and often bad news as well. Saving a relatively small amount of money on the workflow of a $6k camera is no way worth the headache.

        • http://www.robertash.com Robert Ash

          +1

  • http://www.nikonnative.com heartyfisher

    Hmmmm …. you seem to be missing a whole bunch of features on the D4 that are not on the D3/s .

    Just to name a few off the top of my head in no particular order.
    1) ability to export a set of time lapse photos as a movie.
    2) ability to shoot 1080 video in 2.7, 1.5 crop mode. What a boon for nature videographers!
    3) ability to shoot in SOUNDLESS mode at 24 frame per sec.
    4) Rj45 connector.
    5) new xqd card. that can provide at 10fps over almost 100 shots and about 60 shots to the CF up from about 30 on the d3S at 9fps.
    6) errr .. there must be more i am sure but cant think of them at the moment..

    • http://Www.novumlucis.com Dr SCSI

      @Heartfisher, exactly 100%.
      7) f/8 Capable AF crosspoints

    • Albert Yap

      My fav is

      7) AF performance gained a stop to f8 courtesy of 9 extra sensors placed differently…

    • studio460

      Yes, I’m happy with the many “small” improvements as well. As per your list, I was particularly impressed that they were able to accommodate a full-size RJ-45. Completely eliminates the need to look around for that “special cable.”

  • SimonC

    Although the final image quality may not differ much from D3s, the D4 is simply a much more refined D3s in practically all areas. Most folks here are truly spoiled by the D3s – it set the bar so high on STILL image quality

    Of course, video got a big boost in D4 but let’s not short the other areas, particularly low-light AF and initial AF acquisition speed have been greatly improved. Combined with the new focus then release priority (see Rob Galbraith’s awesome article http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/multi_page.asp?cid=7-11673-12223 ), and new AF sub-selectors, the AUTOFOCUS improvements are substantial over D3s.

    With the exception of battery life (god knows why it plummeted), I see the D4 as a finished, refined D3/D3s.

    • studio460

      Agreed. If you like the D3s, you’re gonna love the D4. The D4′s many incremental improvements will make the camera overall feel like a super-tuned shooting machine.

      As for the battery, I’m sure the reason for the decreased battery life is the Exspeed3 processor. Higher-performance processors draw more current, and processing huge RAW/JPG files at 10/11fps, I imagine, chews up quite a bit of processor resources, not to mention the horsepower required to acquire 1080p30/720p60 full-motion video bitstreams.

  • http://www.DaltonPhoto.com Rick

    Here are some additional features that are not being mentioned much:
    1. The ability to shoot time-lapse images, and the D4 will create the video, in camera!
    2. Remote viewing and operating of the camera for stills and video from your laptop/iPad/iPhone in real time. Yes, I expect this to be used by still photographers and networks at the Olympics.
    3. The 1080P video crop at 3 different sizes.
    4. Constant video via HDMI output for as long as you have memory.

    This and other features tell me that Nikon is back in the growing HDSLR video niche.

    For still photographers, how many more megapixels do we need? How much ISO coverage do we need? How much better can auto-focus get? How much better can auto WB, and exposure get?

    • http://Www.novumlucis.com Dr SCSI

      @rick, great comments…. As for WB, I would love to see the manufactures get down to 2000 Kelvin. 2500 as the current starting point is too cool for candlight. Candlelight is closer to 2000 and as such, images created under candle lighting are yellowish where they should be a softer orange in appearance.

      • Rob

        15) Being able to separate the exposure compensation from flash compensation. Presently, I you adjust the compensation in body it is a global adjustment, i.e. both image and ambient exposure are impacted. The D4 allows you to separate the flash from that so it only affects the ambient exposure, allowing you to fine tune each.

    • studio460

      Agreed. I think the wireless remote shooting capability is actually revolutionary. On the video side, Nikon knew they had to knock it out of the park since their video capability so far had been sub-par to Canon’s. I’m happy with the still improvements, but a bit surprsied with how well (on paper) the video capabilities have been stepped-up. The wireless remote capabilities may actually be more beneficial to video shooters since so many V-DSLRs are replacing specialized film “crash cams” for stunt shots (think vehicle mounts, in-ground cameras, etc., where physical access to the camera’s controls are either impractical or impossible.).

  • jack ladd

    that battery life is puzzling ,on Nikons own global site it says ,battery life (cipa1-2,600 shots) and right beside it it says, ( nikon standard#2 5,500 shots) and states new battery for greater battery life ,how are they working that one out .

    • Steve Starr

      They omitted the battery life for video too.

      I doubt the still shot life of 2,600 as they allowed a 30 second recover buffer in the testing. Probably 70% of that would be more accurate and maybe far less if they do the RAW to one card and JPG (or a video) to the other.

      Batteries never seem to run as long as they claim in laptops. My notebook’s 5 hour claimed run time is more like 3 hours – and in a year, about 10 minutes the way they die off so quickly like they have an internal timer to kill them quick after the 12 month warranty is up.

      I don’t know, but it’s not that overwhelming for a 3 year wait to compel me to dump the D3s or D3x. Phasing out the D3x might not be a good idea if this is their new flagship model for still photographers.

      I agree that XQD is s dumb name. Maybe micro-CF like they did with the SD cards would be easier. Saying XQD card to some clerk in a store is going to get you an odd look and with some linguistics, they may not even know what you mean.

      • Allen Wicks

        The folks who buy $6k cameras do not buy their cards from “some clerk in a store.” They care about competence, and the folks at B&H et. al. will know exactly what an XQD card is.

  • http://www.mercuriostudios.com.br Gui Coelho

    Besides all the new features, another thing to consider is that you have one stop more on the D4′s ISO. Shooting at 6400ISO on D4 gives you the same image quality as shooting at 3200 ISO on a D3s, for example.

    • jake

      Let’s also not forget this is the D3 successor, not the D3S.

      The fact that it has better low light performance than a D3S can only let you begine to imagine what the D4s will be like when it comes out. If it does. Olympics?

      • Robert Daniels

        Ahhhhhh well spoken my friend. After seeing what the D3s has produced I’m willing to wait another year or so for the D4s. The s series of Nikon cameras seem to be more superior in every way. I will stick with my D700 and invest $$$ into lenses. By the time I’ve acquired the lenses I want the D4s will be coming out. This is when I will buy . Until now enjoy your D4′s people.

      • http://www.nikonnative.com heartyfisher

        errr ? there is no guarantee that there will be an ‘S’ model .. there are only a few nikon ‘S’ model camera. ‘S’ as in ‘special case’

  • Dr GP

    The comparison indeed reads rather disappointing. It seems there are many “upgrades” (eg. wireless, ethernet etc.) that can be very useful in some situations (like remote camera controls some sports guys will find great) and the video is welcome (I found shooting video on my D3S extremely hard when subjects were moving – impossible to focus). But it does not seem to be a gamechanger like the D3S was in terms of low light capabilities. I am sure the D4 isnt worse in this regard.

    So, I think Mr Admin maybe you can convince the chaps from Nikon to send you a few side by side pictures with same glas, same objects, so we can compare some shots to look at IQ.
    Can’t wait to read the reviews but fear that may be 2 months out until reviewers get their hands on one….

    • Zeke

      DSLRs are getting pretty mature. With the short interval between generations, I don’t expect game-changing updates. Nikon should be congratulated for their process of gradual, continuous improvement. It’s much better than leaving a product alone for a decade.

      Why do we judge new products by the standard that they must somehow render the previous product obsolete?

      I have a D3 so I don’t require a D4. But if I accidentally dropped my D3 off a cliff and I was in the market for a replacement, it’s nice to know that Nikon’s made some updates during the last few years.

      • GH

        Spot on. If you already have a D3* camera, you would be foolish to `upgrade’ to this, you won’t your money’s worth. I really don’t see 3 years worth of technological enhancements between the D3 and the D4. Mostly just minor tweaks here and there.

        However, if you are in the market for a new pro-level camera, the D4 won’t disappoint you.

    • Allen Wicks

      The point of cameras like the D4 is _not_ “a few side by side pictures with same glas” [sic] but rather the improved ability to _get_ the pic. The value add of a DSLR like the D4 is not in capturing a reproducible stagnant shot like a landscape (except for the +1 ISO improvement), the point is added competence that facilitates capturing pix that one otherwise might miss.

  • KitHB

    D4 has ethernet connection, D3S doesn’t. Not sure what that really means for remote operation and tethering, the D4 press release says apps “in development…” .

    If they’ve been smart and implemented the IEEE 802.3at ethernet standard, then people doing long shoots whilst connected to a wired network (stadium sports and Olympics) could overcome the short battery life by using power from their network hub to run and recharge the camera.

    On the reduced battery life, the smaller battery could be about managing heat build-up from drawing continuous power when shooting video.

    Wouldn’t everyone carry at least one spare battery with them anyway? Shooting HD video you’re going to be swapping memory cards fairly often, so swapping the battery at the same time is no great hardship.

    • Jabs

      Perhaps those back-lit controls in the D4 cause the lower battery use estimate plus almost everyone carries multiple batteries anyway. The increased processing power within the D4 and the newer Video modes also perhaps use more battery power. Maybe later on, Nikon introduces a higher capacity battery to give some relief.

      Non issue!

      I noticed that the Nikon 1′s have higher capacity batteries too, so maybe Expeed 3 takes more power?

    • thegregferris

      It won’t be long before Anton Bauer and the like release adapters for the D4 for their batteries and mounts for shooting video.

  • http://- E.M. de Klerk

    So there is no possibility to use an E-focusing screen in the D4???
    How’s that for architecture photography?
    Or did I miss something, like illuminated grid-line on the standard screen?

    • EnPassant

      There are both built in grid-lines and virtual horizon that now also work for tilting forward and backward, just like in Canon. No need for an additional grid focusing screen!

    • Thomas

      Wot, no Interchangeable Focusing Screens?
      The standard screens are much to transparent and don’t support manual focus very good.
      So Nikon must think that all this can be done in live-view!?
      Too bad…

  • Jabs

    Nice Comparison, especially since they are side by side!

    D4 is evolutionary and revolutionary in many features. It is as though Nikon did ask Pros and the users of the D3s what they wanted as improvements plus updates and then carefully made them.

    People here fail to realise that in a Pro body, you do not change things too much or you will alienate your current Pro users plus cause a problem from too steep a learning curve for new buyers accustomed to the older bodies. Seems like the D7000 was a bridge and trial camera for some new features and controls now brought forward to the Pro D4.

    Nice body and the usage will probably show how much quicker the D4 is via Expeed 3, as the D4 is now 16bit digital in its pipeline – thus unreal output and a need for those new fast cards. Glad that Nikon kept the older CF card too, as not including it would have been ‘suicide’ and too disruptive.

    I am very interested in the HDMI out, as it is Broadcast ready and a constant output, so great function as now you can use it basically as a Video Camera and then daisy chain them via Ethernet or an HDMI Switcher or Box for multi-cam shots – Wow! Newtek Tri-Caster – here we come!

    Nikon has truly brought DSLR’s into the future and just time needed to digest all these updates. Another ground-breaking body in the Nikon Pro ranks.

    Thanks Nikon! Nothing to complain about as Nikon has exceeded my expectations again.

    • craig

      I just don’t understand all the nikon lovers. What a terrible upgrade. yeah the handful of people out there will use a new feature here or there but overall its just nikon trying to once again come out with something so that they don’t get walked all over by canon. This is why I shot for years and decided to switch to canon. No innovation on nikons part.

      • Jabs

        Thank you craig and now that we see Canon’s supposedly answer to the Nikon D3, when will they have an answer to the D4?

        BTW – it is Canon who has been in a stupor since the introduction of the original D3 and got buried further by the D3S. Not one new FF Pro Canon since before the original D3 of almost 5 years ago. (5D MK2 does not count!)

        What was that you were saying now about possible stagnation?

        • craig

          sure sure. WellI guess I knew I would get a stupid answer from a terrible photographer. I was hoping for a smart answer from someone else. Someone who can actually give me an intelligent answer. Oh and by the way. Why does the mark ii not count. Such a fool. Shame Shame.

          • Jabs

            @craig

            You claimed that Nikon has not innovated and I said that you were wrong. The Canon 5dMK2 is based upon an older Canon sensor and AF system released before the original D3 and Canon has NOT released a Full Frame DSLR since. Canon does not list as far as I know, their 5dMK2 as a Pro body and thus they are way behind.

            The only innovation of the Canon 5dMK2 has been Video pioneered first by Nikon in their D90 and Canon raised the bar with FF Video.

            The newer MK4 is a cropped body (not FF) yet a Canon Pro body and thus my comments. Maybe you do not understand that yourself.

            Nikon’s innovations since the D3 was released:
            Better low ISO response
            Better high ISO response
            Better AF response with more AF points than Canon
            Better focus tracking with 3D and an integrated color RGB sensor which Canon never has had, as Canon uses a monochrome sensor for its meter. Nikon thus meters in color and Canon in monochrome!
            Better Flash System integrated which Canon has never had
            Horizon indicator

            Plus many more!

            Now name Canon’s innovations since their MK3 as this new unreleased 1DX is their first FF camera since the Mk3 which was released before the original D3 in 2007???

            Maybe you don’t like my answers and wish that your implications would stick and not be refuted.

    • GeofFx

      Jabs said: “People here fail to realise that in a Pro body, you do not change things too much or you will alienate your current Pro users plus cause a problem from too steep a learning curve for new buyers accustomed to the older bodies”.

      This comment seems really ironic. A lot of the complaints posted here are that there are so many changes! You come on here to say that “people here fail to realize”? Are you one of those people?

      What I’ve been reading here is that people are not happy with:
      -the change to different memory cards (XQD)
      -the change to a different battery
      -the change to the AE-L button

      Those are changes that will have a real world, negative effect on a lot of people.

      • studio460

        As pro-D4 as I’ve been here, it’s the change to the AF mode button that really irks me. This will be far more difficult to do in a hurry than with the rear switch, as on the D3s (I also own a D7000, so I’m familiar with the new switch design).

        However, that really is my only serious complaint. Sure, I’m not happy about buying pricey new batteries and chargers (and more of them) either, but that’s just how it is.

      • Jabs

        Quite often from generation to generation the batteries and chargers on Pro Nikon’s do change. There are new Regulations covering exposed contacts in effect, so the new batteries and chargers are now a must.

        Moved or relocated controls takes about an hour or less to get used to, so nothing to worry about. Nikon usually has Clinics for Pros to gauge how they react to new ideas and it seems that from these Clinics and Feedback, they have revised things for a quicker and more fluid use.

        One has to wait for hands-on use by Pros but some have welcomed the changes, so let us wait and see.

        Much ado about nothing and thus too early to say. It’s not like they did major changes but more refinements to actually speed camera handling and use.

        People over think small issues because they like to complain or are not familiar with Pro Nikon bodies and with every new generation, you get initial complaints until people get more familiar with it. Nikon usually has the best control and handling layout and to me as a long time Nikon user, I see improvements but then I have to wait until I try the camera or how experienced Nikon shooters whom I trust such as Joe McNally evaluate things and report on them.

        Too soon to complain – to me!

        Just another piece of gear to get used to and then master.

        • http://micahmedia.com Micah

          BZZZZT! Wrong! There are no exposed contact on the EN-EL4 and it’s contact design is identical to the new battery for the D4. The form factor appears to be changed and the voltage has been lowered (looks overall lower capacity, but efficiency has likely improved to compensate–time will tell!)

          The charger was bloody expensive to buy extras of and (unless you were smart and bought off brand) the actual batteries are expensive. The economy of the industry is changing and this gear is at odds with that fact.

          If they really expect people to buy the newest thing every few years, there is something to be said for making the transition as painless as possible.

          As an owner of the D700 and D7000, I will say that I still prefer the AF switch on the back of the camera to the new one the D4/D7000. The physical toggle give feedback that allows you to use it blind. I find myself setting the wrong AF modes on the D7000 when I change. Better notation in the viewfinder and the ability to customize the modes (temporarily remove ones that are less used) are the only cures to the poor usability vs. the old switch. I might also note that the D2 series used a similar switch on the back, and that was also a joy to use.

          I agree that Nikon as some of the best ergonomics and UI design, but that doesn’t mean they are faultless. Since you’re not a working pro, it’s not surprising that you don’t understand the frustration.

          • Jabs

            I have noted that you amongst a few here have some disdain for me and my stances here and thus who cares – adult here and thus not bothered one bit.

            The fact of the matter is that Nikon has to comply with new Standards in batteries and this has given them no choice but to introduce new batteries and chargers.

            Professional to ME means – an ability to figure out HOW to work new and changed items that are beyond your control rather than complaining about it online. A Pro is able to use anything from a Medium Format body, to a TLR, an old film SLR to several different modern DSLR’s as they are job focused and not petty persons locked in their own world.

            If it makes you and others here feel better to harp on me, then who cares – enjoy yourself. And YES, a Pro and for a long time too, plus NOT interested in showing any pictures here = my choice. My take is that if you are not intelligent or adaptable enough to know how to use a new Control, then perhaps it is YOUR fault and not the equipment.

            Nikon made a choice and thus complaining does nothing to change this – just like how Nikon has changed Batteries, Chargers and Control Layout between many generations of cameras, so Pros have adapted and moved on – perhaps you do that too.

            Happy now!

            • studio460

              FWIW: I certainly wasn’t harping on you, or anyone else, or even Nikon for that matter–this is one of the few nits I had to pick. I actually enjoyed reading your first post, and am probably one of the few here who even knows what a VideoToaster or NewTek TriCaster is. But I honestly don’t like what they did with the new AF mode switch, and I expect a lot of other pro shooters won’t like it either. It just seems an odd and unwarranted design/usability change. If it ain’t broke . . .

            • Jabs

              @Studio460

              It wasn’t aimed at you. Yeah, we can all complain or discuss changes in Controls and Layout, but alas we cannot do much about it. We assume Nikon, through numerous Clinics, has found out that many want those changes, so who knows.

              Yeah Lightwave and Newtek rock – long time Amiga user here too from back in the days.

              A couple of D4′s and a TriCaster = total happiness.

              Digital cameras are going through an evolution that is interesting and perhaps many of the changes in the D4 were to facilitate its new role as a Multimedia tool.

              Can’t wait for the after-Market to release new accessories and enhancements for this new tool. It’s gonna be one hectic and wonderful Olympics this year with the D4 and the D800.

        • Jabs

          Here is the problem and the affected models in the Battery with exposed contacts made unlawful for sale in Japan.

          Story:
          http://nikonrumors.com/2011/11/08/nikon-d700-d300s-and-other-products-no-longer-shipping-in-japan.aspx/

          Nothing more to say then!

  • Extja

    I think video is also 25fps

  • http://StevenGeorges.com Steven Georges

    No RAW Compressed for the D4?
    Must be just an omission in the list.

  • dongiorgio1959

    I find it strange that the expeed3 processor requires less battery power and nikon revamps the battery to cut cost down which mean less shoots now around 2600 compare to the d3s around 4200shots on a full charge.I sorry to say nikon you made one big stuff-up you change the battery which mean we pro users that have more then two cameras around us now need to carry two types of batteries.WHILE canon smart enough to leave the battery design the same so that 1dmk111,1dsmk111 and 1dmk4 users can use the LP-4 battery in the 1DX.The 1DX has a better battery then the LP-4.
    On the video side I don’t care I have a pro panasonic video camera.

    • dongiorgio1959

      I forgot to mention the Ethernet port why 100 speed very old technology .Canon uses 1000speed ????. the wireless adaptor why is it around $900 you could of added it into the D4 build.

      • http://mike.heller.ca/blog Mike

        What can the camera possibly generate that would even require 100Mbps?

        • Dr SCSI

          Images!

          • http://mike.heller.ca/blog Mike

            It can create images fast enough that they need to be streamed off the body at more than 100Mbps? Not even close.

            • Zeke

              Sure it can. 100 Mbps is only one raw file every 2-3 seconds.

              More importantly, the faster the network connection, the faster you can download all the images accumulated on the flash card.

            • ericnl

              one RAW file is about 20-30Mb.
              so 100Mbs means 3-5 RAW files per second,
              not the other way around

            • Steve

              100 Mbps can transmit data at 12.5MB/s. Ten times that get you a gigabit connection. Delays everywhere from camera to the computer will greatly reduce the speed. Gigabit connections for cameras are pure advertisement because current technology such as USB 2.0 doesn’t support 125MB/s either. Trust me, Canon cannot get an image out at 1Gbps. Glad Nikon did the right thing.

              It will be interesting to see if these new XQD cards actually can read at 1Gbps with USB 3.0. I wouldn’t be disappointed if it doesn’t even reach 500Mbps the marketed speed cause half the memory cards rarely do reach what its advertised.

            • Zeke

              100 Base-T is 100 megaBITs per second, or 12.5 MB/sec. As I said, that works out to one raw file every 2-3 seconds (depending on file size).

              The interface is more than an order of magnitude slower at transferring images than the D4 is at taking them.

        • john

          real time raw file back to the computer for review

      • French Flies

        exactly…we are paying too much premium for wireless transmitter…its not invented yesterday….more like last decade technology…..wait for third party wireless transmitter…..phottix should make one for 1/5 of the price…..

  • jeff

    A couple points, trivial though they may be.

    1. Does the new charger also charge the old d2x, d3, d3x, d3s batteries? That would be a huge help since, if I travel and bring an old body and the d4, I wouldn’t want to lug around two chargers if I didn’t have to.

    2. How does the high iso performance compare to the D3?

    3. Where is the best (most likely place) to get one of the first ones without too much wait?

    • dongiorgio1959

      Jeff
      you need to carry the D4 and D3 charger with you now .

  • alvix

    i dont know (well I know..but) why Mcnally talks a lot about smoothness here and there.. etc…everytime a new camera is out…”it’s so smooth..and look at those tonal gradations!…omg…fabolous…” and all of this magic is just with 14 bit a/d go figure ! fantastic…

  • http://www.affinityseattle.com Sean

    I thought I read somewhere that there are multiple RAW sizes: full and reduced?

    (error) I’ve used the D3s for video and there is a stereo mic input.

    Ugh, a 1/250 flash sync still? Good thing we can advance that with PocketWiz, but I was hoping for a 1/500 native by now.

    • http://www.robertash.com Robert Ash

      +1 on the flash sync. 1/500 would certainly be more convenient.

  • disco

    CIPA battery test standards between the D4 & D3s could be different, re type1/type2, hence the difference. If the D3s was tested at type 2 then the D4 is better.

  • http://ronscubadiver.wordpress.com Ron Scubadiver

    Evolution, not revolution. Except perhaps for those desiring to shoot full HD video, it will be hard to justify an upgrade. Native top ISO is unchanged, fps increased from 9 to 10 and the MP count increase will be barely visible.

    Still, it is an improved product that demonstrates Nikon intends to stay at the top.

  • David

    im def going to upgrading from a d90 to a d4 or a d800…question is which one..all i really want is high iso

    • http://mike.heller.ca/blog Mike

      I’m going from D90 to D800 but I want more resolution. The D800 won’t be as good high iso as the D4, I can guarantee that.

      • David

        i shoot alot of nightclubs and do real estate photography. im leaning more to the d4

  • bob2

    No Scene Modes = Epic Fail

  • Ayon

    Will D800 be under $3000?

    • Not Surprised

      Expect the D800 to cost an arm and a leg and do NOTHING better than the D700.

      But the video whiners will have yet another camcorder.

      • Allen Wicks

        “Expect the D800 to cost an arm and a leg and do NOTHING better than the D700.”

        Too bad we cannot legally bet, because you will be wrong.

        • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

          My guess for the D800 – $4,000. Keep in mind that the D3x was $8k when announced. Those MP are not cheap.

    • http://galleries.gorji.com/ Gorji

      Probably around $4000. Add the grip and one is within striking distance of D4.

    • toad

      Probably not under $3K, but closer to $3K than $4K.

      My guess is $3000-3300.

      Price is a design parameter.

  • http://mike.heller.ca/blog Mike

    Unlikely.

  • curx

    i just wanna know. does d4 have AF when recording movie, like in d7000 or still have to MF. been looking at the spec sheets but can’t seem to find info about that.

  • J C

    based on these specs, why is everyone soo hyped for the D4?

    • Opor

      exactly…….external wireless transmitter……new battery& charger…..its more like more innovations scheme to rip us off……..not technological innovations

      • GeofFx

        Opor,
        I don’t know if it is the case or not, but I got the same feeling from the D4 release. I was actually thinking the same sort of thing earlier.

        To me, it almost feels like when previous cameras were designed, they were designed with benefiting the photographer as much as possible while also being able to make a profit. Now it seems like the camera was designed to make as much profit as possible and benefiting the photographer just enough not to jump ship. Like I said, this is just the feeling I get, it might not (probably isn’t) be the case.

        I just hope that trend doesn’t continue in future models like the D700 and D300s replacements.

        • Not Surprised

          +1000

          Nikon stopped being a camera company and is charging you $1000 for the privilege of half-assed video and fiddling with new button placements.

          What a waste of 4 years.

        • http://www.robertash.com Robert Ash

          I can understand some concerns here but I don’t think that is really the case. Nikon did three key things in recent years:

          1. Set an amazingly high bar with the D3 series in high ISO, image quality and resolution
          2. Responded to the key, crucial market reality that video and DSLR need to be together nowadays.

          The shift to including video in still cameras is real, is crucially important in the larger market, is exciting to many, many photographers and videographers — and will not go away. Demand for video will only increase.

          What I’m personally proud of is that Nikon was late to the video game like it was to digital and to full-frame, but when they did it with commitment they really did it right.

          • http://mike.heller.ca/blog Mike

            I agree, they are giving people what they want. The whiners like to come here and complain that the feature they wanted is not included or the camera isn’t half the price.

            The video isn’t ‘half-assed’, if DSLRs didn’t shoot quality video you wouldn’t see them in multi-million $ Hollywood productions. They are a useful tool in skilled hands.

  • Scott McLeod

    I don’t think the price increase of the camera is much to bitch about when you look at the battery & charger:

    - 2600 shots vs. 4200 (62%)

    - $170 vs. $110 (154%)

    - which is about 2.5x the “cost per shot” in terms of how many batteries you need to carry for a given amount of shooting.

    And most outrageous of all, THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY BUCKS for the twin-charger??? (167%)

    These are the sort of prices I would expect to see in Australia (where we traditionally get fleeced on camera gear), not US RRP. Amazing…

    OT the new 85/1.8G looks nice and the price is okay IMO provided they fixed the focus shift of the 1.8D.

    • NikonCEO

      yeah man…..remember the Thailand flood?….thanks for your contribution…

      • Yusuf

        so they were delaying to redo the math and that is the latest figure to rip us enough for rebuilding the thailand factory….

        • Green Pattern

          Byebye nikon….haloo canon

    • Sammy

      u can go for third party battery……

    • Mark

      According to Nikon’s website the D4 comes with the MH-26 dual charger. In other words, it’s free if you buy the camera. :)

  • R!

    I THINK i LL WAIT 3 MORE YEARS!!!!!!LOL!!!!!!!

  • emilien

    I guess everybody here has a D3S already! But for me, the evolution from D300 to D4 is a huge magic leap! My ultimate wishes: excellent full HD video capabilities, excellent low light sensitivity for pics!
    Who cares about the extra battery? I always carry 3 with me anyway (plus 35 kg additional equipment for my work)!
    And all those new features like face detection in 3D – which is amazing for portrait photography at 1.4 – or the improved low light focusing, … there are too many to mention!
    I understand that those that just bought a D3S or D3X and are a bit short on cash won’t want to upgrade just now, but this is no reason to say it’s not a huge step forward in many aspects!
    Anyway, mine is ordered and I will be more than happy to show off the results and convince the unconvinced in 40 days!

  • Pierre

    I am upgrading from D700 so unlike those having D3s, the D4 choice is easier to make. To me the D4 is the dream machine I was waiting for, resolution between the D3s and D3x with D3s ISO and full video. It is even slightly lighter than the D3s.

    Perhaps they will shrink in size but I don’t think the camera of the future will have significantly better performances. In the personal computing world, we start seeing a reverse trend where most people are walking the performace path backward and find themself perfectly happy with a tablet or a smart phone. As the demand for high performance machine decreases, their price will most likely go up.

    • Allen Wicks

      I thought the D2x would be my last camera. What more could there be? Then the D3 literally knocked the camera world’s socks off.

      Today I have no doubt that there will continue to be real substantive improvements in the future.

      • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

        The rumor is that Nikon creates a revolutionary camera every other generation. The Nikon D5 should be revolutionary.

        • John Richardson

          maybe no mirror ….

          • Banksie

            Yep, no mirror and no OVF. That’s where the manufacturers R+D money will now be concentrated on. The SLR/DSLR form factor is really no longer necessary with current and future technology.

            And Pierre, just for the record the D4′s resolution in MP is not really ‘between’ the D3s and the D3x. It’s close to the D3s yet still quite a long distance from the D3x. 12.1 for the D3s, 16.2 for the D4, and 24.5 for the D3x.

          • No Name

            …John, maybe no camera? :-)

  • http://assuredphotos.com RRRoger

    At $169 Nikon sure has made it lucrative for third party battery suppliers.
    And it would not even be too hard to even increase the battery power and life.
    So, I am looking forward to buying a better battery for less than half price.
    The same goes for the WT-5

    • Allen Wicks

      Fuggedaboutit. I tried third party batts and they suck. Do not waste your time. My experiences are a small sample but I have never heard anyone (other than a vendor pimp) rave about how wonderful some third party battery performed. Lots of negative reports though.

    • Steve Starr

      Yeah. I bought one aftermarket battery for my laptop and the lid wouldn’t even open fully as it hit the larger battery case in the back. Sent it back and got their smaller version with the same OEM capacity – so they said.

      It lasted less than the factory OEM one by about half the time. Good stuff – not!

  • yakker

    If you don’t shoot video, these specs just seem underwhelming, at least if you already own a D3 or D3s.

    The bump to 16 mp is nice, as is losing a couple ounces. But other than that, there’s nothing here that makes me want to dump my D3. Would really like to have seen full-frame AF coverage, or RF CLS.

    Will be interesting to see what type of improvements aren’t quantified well by the specs, such as the sensor and real-world AF performance.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure it’s a great camera, I just thought we’d see a bigger jump for non-video shooting from what the D3 was four-and-a-half years ago.

    • studio460

      I own a D3s and I’m impressed enough to want to buy a D4. Even little things, like illuminated buttons and a two-axis level are getting me excited. But if it only had a one-stop improvement in sensitivity, and reportedly, somewhat improved AF, that alone would’ve been enough to convince me. At this level of optimization, you’re simply not going to see the dramatic jumps in performance seen among previous generations of DSLRs.

      If you don’t already own a D3/D3s, choosing between a D3s and a D4 would be a no-brainer to most pros–a difference of only $800 is a trivial amount for the announced improvements.

    • studio460

      I wanted to reply again to your post, now that I have a bit of distance, and some comparative data. Yes, I agree, I would’ve hoped for a more impressively improved AF system, especially, as you mention, a more rule-of-thirds friendly layout of AF points. This incessant focus-recompose drill is really getting old. This alone, if added, would’ve sold me.

      Also, I’ve since learned that the D4 has the same CAM 3500 AF system as the current D3s (although it’s reported to be faster), and that there’s no cross-type sensor in the area needed to focus a face on a head-to-toe fashion shot in the vertical position (would facial recognition assist this?).

      So, yes, overall, I agree with your statements, and from some comparisons I’ve made of my own high-ISO D3s images, I’ve found that I may be better served with a used D3s as a second body instead of a pricey new D4. So, yes, if I only had a D700, a D4 would be the more obvious choice, but as a current D3s owner, it’s a much harder purchase to justify if you’re not interested in the D4′s otherwise stellar (as reported) video capabilites.

  • http://esoxluciusdegothia.blogg.se/ Christian Johansson

    Did they use the Nikon D4 in the latest episode of CSI:NY, in the beginning when photographing a corpse under the bridge?

    • Eve

      D2x

  • Don

    How about dynamic range. Any word on that?

    • GeofFx

      I haven’t heard anything but am also really interested in finding out about this. I’m looking forward to seeing D3s vs D4 comparisons for dynamic range and seeing if there is much of an improvement in ‘smoothness” and “skin tones” like Joe Mcnally suggests a lot more than I am to high ISO comparisons.

  • A.T.M.

    Admin how come there is no D4X category?

  • Jade

    Reading your comments my thought is if we don’t need the video ..we keep seeking for a D3S? I was hoping the D800 to be a small “D3S”…seems rumors are not going this way.

    ..my dream would be a D3S in the body of a D700! but it’s a dream

  • Jeff

    Two things I notice. The “in camera HDR” seems to merge two jpegs, not two raw images. Is that correct? What’s the value over actually shooting multiple RAW images?

    The autobracket feature STILL seems limited to a maximum of one stop. I’ve been asking for more (2 stops for instance) to ease HDR but still, it isn’t here. Why? It can’t be more than a 30 second coding change to the firmware. Right? I really expected it as firmware upgrade to my d3 (or even d2x) but no. Any ideas why?

    • PHB

      In camera HDR only makes sense if the camera is combining the images. Otherwise it would just be bracketing a series of RAW shots.

      I guess that feature is in there for the photojournalists, many of whom use JPG over RAW because they have to send their pictures in to their editor ASAP.

    • jeff

      I’ve actually read different reviews, some saying the maximum increment for autobracketing is 3 full stops (up from 1 on the d3/d3s/d3x). The Nikon announcement says 1 stop increments. Who to believe? It could be a mistake on Nikon’s site.

  • Willy

    Someone knows about silent mode?
    And taking pictures during video?
    I am eager to see those specs.

  • boraci

    I am a nikon collector and shooter..I have 45 nikon bodies ranging from SP from the fifties, to nikkormat, to F6 and to the late d3x..this announcement of the *NEEEW* D4 simply disappointed me..maybe it should have been called d3SLV or something like that..
    It would be a much better idea for nikon to just say :
    “sorry folks, due to the tsunami in Japan and the flood in Thailand we are not yet ready for ur expectations, just give us 6 more months..”

    • http://assuredphotos.com RRRoger

      boraci, I do not know how you can say that.
      Everything about the D4 is better except possibly not matching the cards in the two slots and a weaker battery.

      • boraci

        yes, at the first glance battery and card slots seem to be the only weak points but that is not the real problem..after 3 years this machine had to be MUCH MUCH better, not slightly better..I do not think any Nikon enthusiast fullheartedly said ” WOW I must buy this immediately” after seeing this announcement.. 3 years is a full generation, difference must be sumething like d70s versus d90..unless of course u are telling me that DSLR technology have matured enough and changes will be minimal from now on..
        Maybe Nikon guys should occasionally check what other guys at Canon and Sony are up to..

        • http://assuredphotos.com RRRoger

          The D3s is a much, much better camera than the D2xs was.
          It is a hard act to follow.
          I do not expect the “Canon” 1Dx to do more than catch up in a real world comparison except for Video.
          You Canon trolls can quote all the specs you want and I hope they deliver.
          The D4 is evolutionarily better than the D3s and will actually blow Canon away again in every way.

  • Edit Reject

    Where is the auto composition button? For $6K I think it would behoove Nikon not to include one.

  • http://Burat.com Beklog

    Good decision to enable support for the ML-L3 Remote! … Those shutter release cables are expeeensive!

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