Nikon D4s camera's sensor
Update: here is a much more detailed hight ISO comparison between several full frame Nikon cameras.
A reader did some quick high ISO comparisons between the Nikon D4 and D4s cameras and sent me few screenshots (available also on flickr). I have another comparison coming in the next few days.
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I had the opportunity to test both a D4s and a D4 together. Here is a side-by-side comparison of their high ISO performance using the world's best DSLR lens (believe the hype), the Zeiss Otus 55 mm f/1.4. I carefully AF fine tuned both cameras with this lens using Lens Align II, then shot the same object, an extraordinarily finely carved vessel, at f/4, the aperture at which the Otus is sharpest in the center. The photos were recorded as 14-bit NEF files.
→ Nikon D4s at Amazon: "In stock but may require an extra 1-2 days to process":
→ Nikon D4s in stock at eBay via Kenmore Camera (Update: back in stock again):
→ Nikon D4s is again in stock at OneCall:
The Nikon D4s started shipping worldwide today. B&H confirmed that they got their first shipment and are currently fulfilling their existing pre-orders on first come first served basis. In the US, OneCall currently has D4s cameras in stock (update: all sold out now):
Additional Nikon D4s in-stock updates:
The latest rumors are that the Nikon 1 V3 with a new 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD VR lens and the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR zoom will all be announced next week, probably on March 12th or 13th. There will also be a new Nikon 1 light (LED?) accessory - maybe one of those prototypes:
FYI: last year Nikon announced the LD-1000 LED movie light that is still available today and I doubt that it will be replaced next week.
I expect this to be a Nikon 1 announcement only and I don't think we will see anything else (the rumored Nikon Coolpix P8000 camera is expected in April-May).
Here is an updated list of the rumored Nikon 1 V3 camera specifications:
Some new rumors started circulating that Nikon will not release a D4x camera but instead refresh the Nikon D800 (D800s?) the way they updated the D4s (same sensor, improved ISO, slightly faster, higher price tag). It is too early to mark this rumor with anything above 50% probability.
I addition to the new version of the Wireless Transmitter Utility, today Nikon also released v.2.17.0 of their Camera Control Pro software ($134). The modifications enabled in this version are:
I received some additional specifications for the rumored Nikon Coolpix P8000 camera:
- The lens could be even faster than previously reported: f/1.8 - 3.0
- Maximum shutter speed: 1/8000 sec.
- The P8000 will use a new 1" Aptina sensor
- Expeed 3 imaging processor
- Magnesium body
- Comfortable grip similar to the Nikon P5100 and P6000 models
Previously reported Nikon Coolpix P8000 camera specifications: