Nikon D4 specs: 16.2MP, 11 fps, 12,800 native ISO, XQD memory card

I was able to collect some specs from several sources for the upcoming Nikon D4 camera. The [NR] rating on those specs is 90% which means this is the real deal with maybe some small details being wrong possibly due to wrong translation.

Nikon D4 specs:

  • 16.2 MP
  • 11 fps
  • Correction: 100-12,800 102,400 native ISO range, expandable to 50 and 204,800
  • CF + XQD memory card slots! That's right, the Nikon D4 will have the new Compact Flash XQD memory card slot.
  • Compatible with the new Nikon WT-5 wireless transmitter
  • Integrated Ethernet in the camera
  • Face detection/recognition function that will be working in the viewfinder (maybe some type of a hybrid viewfinder? Nikon had several related patents)
  • Improved video, I have no other details on that but my guess is 1080p/30/25/24 and 720p/60/30/25/24 similar to the Nikon D800
  • Uncompressed video out through the HDMI port
  • Ability to assign the two buttons on the front of the camera to smooth aperture control during video recording
  • Improved 51 AF points
  • AF detection range will go down to EV-2.0 (the D3s went to EV -1)
  • Autofocus system: 9 cross-type sensors that are operational up to f/8

The Nikon D4 is clearly made to compete with the Canon EOS 1Dx. I will stay conservative on the announcement date, but there is a very good chance that the Nikon D4 will be announced right before or during the PMA show in Las Vegas (January 10-13, 2012).

With the next round of pro DSLR cameras I think Nikon will make a clear separation of the D800 and D4. This is why they will probably announce both cameras around the same time in 2012. The D4 will have low MP count, high fps, high ISO. The D800 will have high MP count, low fps, lower ISO. This is a clear differentiation from the previous D3/D700 offering that shared the same sensor/technology.

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  • hi fndz that a really good news for those photographer who want to make a history with his own machine and NIKON at last give us the new one .congratulation for those who make the next level……………………

    • pat

      Im so desperate to buy a new camera but why would I not by the Cannon with 24 megapixels instead of a Nikon with only 16?

      • Yamasaky Oshi


      • Jason

        Megapixels aren’t always what matter. My 12MP D700 takes MUCH better pictures than my 16MP Pentax K20d

        I’m willing to bet that the 16MP Nikon will walk over the 24MP Canon when it comes to noise.

  • Richard

    Reading the CFA release:

    “XQD cards will be shown at the CompactFlash Association booth at CP+ 2012, February 9-12 in Yokohama, Japan.

    Licensing for CFA members will start in early 2012.”

    If the card isn’t even going to be shewn the light of day until February 2012, it looks puzzling how Nikon is going to be able to show a D4 in January, with xqd slot, and certainly delivery will be a long way down the road, presumably with priority to photographers who can show a London Olympics accreditation?

    • JohnBee

      I don’t see what all the fuss is about.
      The memory slot will likely be backward compatible.

      • Rob

        No it won’t. It’s a completely different format. 8 track players can’t play DVDs, and CF readers won’t be able to read XQD.

        • but you can get a SD to CF card adapter.

          • Rob

            And an adapter has nothing to do with backward compatibility.

            And in case you’re wondering, an XQD to CF adapter is physically impossible, based on the dimensions.

            • thery

              Didn’t apple add those thunderbolt connections to their computer before any product was capable of using such connection.
              Wasn’t it the same for usb 3 and usb 2 even plain old usb…
              The list goes on.

    • Walt

      the rumored specs say the camera will feature “CF + XQD memory card slots” – that is, it’ll have a standard CF card slot AND an XQD slot. if this is correct, Nikon can introduce the camera in January and boast that while you can use your existing CF cards with it, it will also be compatible with the XQD when it’s released.

  • Shaun t.

    Question….so would the price point be around the d3s or above the d3x?

    • broxibear

      Hi Shaun t.,
      With the Canon 1Dx pre-order price being £5300 in the UK an educated guess would put the D4 in the same region.

      • thery

        If you are asking who much, then you can’t afford it 😀

        • thery

          How much*

          • G

            at least he can spell

      • studio460

        If my conversion is correct, 5,300 GBP equals $8,234 USD (is this right?). The only pricing rumor I’ve read is that the 1Dx is supposed to be about $7,000 USD. Where did you find the 5,300 GBP figure? I was expecting the D4 to sell between $6,499-$6,999 USD MAP. But, 8K+ is getting a bit steep!

        • Your conversion is correct, but it isn’t. If you compare USD prices of current cameras with GBP prices you will note that cameras are rather expensive in the UK.
          A camera that costs $4000 in the US, usually costs around GBP 3500 in the UK.

  • Ben J

    With the technology available in phones, how have Nikon and Canon managed not to include features that can send photos directly from the camera to a newsroom. My editor would pay a hefty data fee if Nikon partnered with At&t of Verizon to speed up content delivery. Even if there was a tethering option through a smartphone, the tech is there, what are they waiting for?

    • Eric

      Depending on the exact requirements, there’s no reason it couldn’t be done with a separate device. It wouldn’t be as slick as total integration and wouldn’t be consumer-cheap, but considering the application it wouldn’t need to be.

      The biggest problem is that it might take less time for you to drive a memory card to the newsroom than it’d take to transfer more than a handful of raw images over the cell network…

    • Welcome to’s nightmare.

    • Raymond

      The cell networks wouldn’t nearly be able to handle all that data streaming over the network, especially if there were lots of photographers in the area. They do resize and compress pictures and videos if you send them to people (not via email).

    • Ronan

      Huh when i worked on the field, we uploaded our images onto our field laptops then used our satellite uplink to send everything to the office…

      You don’t do it via your camera because your laptop is much more powerful, DUH…

  • Stop NDAA

  • Landscape Photo

    Finally the Dee-Four… It’s not my camera. I’d much rather get the D800 with its exciting features.

    D800 vs D4:
    More than twice pixel count +++
    Tweener body +++
    Better value +++
    Onboard flash ++ (though not essential, it is handy to have)
    High iso – (but it won’t matter much as long as it is on par with D700)
    FPS & AF speed: = (it’s not a deciding point for me)

    • D700guy

      I’ve been shooting with a D700 for three years, and I can tell you from my experience that while although ISO 6400 is supposed to be great, I’ve found that what my D700 has been capable of just isnt enough for most low light applications. I welcome this D4 with open arms.

      • Grind matthews

        Sounds like you need to stop shooting slow zooms mate. I use a 700 and a collection of fast 1.4 primes, I rarely find light I cannot shoot in, and on the times that I do, it’s better to put the camera away because poor light equals, guess what = poor photograph.

    • Douglas Adams

      I’ll tell you…I’ve never shot with D3s, nor with D3 or D3x. On the other hand, I’ve never shot with D700 either. And I tell you, I don’t like this D4 cause its missing some features that D800 has. In that regard, I will never buy D800 because D4 is now out! And I will never buy D4 because I ain’ got no dough! I’ll rather wait for D400 which will be no better than D800, that’s for sure! So if one D800 equals two D700s then one D700 is clearly D400 + D90. Which I already have…Cheers!

      • Douglas Adams

        Allow me to apologize to all the D300 owners, that are clearly missed out of aforementioned equation.

      • Kris Grimes

        “… I will never buy D800 because D4 is now out! ”

        Um…Douglas, they’re completely different cameras with unique capabilities. Maybe you should stick to your D90. Cheers.

    • 700dude

      how do you determine the better value if you don’t know the price yet? I think everybody who expects the D700 price tag for the D800 will have a bitter awakening – that sensor and its processor are expensive.

      The question really is why anybody would need these high pixel counts. I would probably choose the higher ISO over the pixel count.

    • rodent

      I consider the pop up flash esential so I can utilize CLS without having for fork out extra dough for Wizards or the Nikon SU-800. I’d like to see the D4 have one, or at least incorporate the IR function of the SU-800.

  • Batman

    OMG …
    Stringers Unite!!! Can we get a group rate loan to help us buy a couple ech??

    How $,$$$,$$$.$$ for one?? Can I afford two at today’s stringer-rates? I already have five mortgages to afford to stay in business and competitive for assignments NOW!!!


    • Strung Out

      Stringers: Perhaps we need to “pool” our cameras in future just to break even, or switch to a couple of Nikon 1’s !!

  • PeterO

    I recall that when the D3 was launched in 2007, Nikon launched the D300 simultaneously. Has admin heard of any rumors that the D400 will be launched along with the D4?

  • Likely brought up earlier…

    but these rumors makes me think that the D400 will also be FX.
    Perhaps the low-cost D400 will use a hand-me down D3x sensor.
    It would fit in nicely between the D7000 and the D800 if you think about it.

    • dave

      I would buy this. I just basically want a D700 with video. I don’t need a whack of pixels or any of that other garbage. Just give me FX with video and slightly improved ISO and I’m good to go.

  • dave

    For the life of me why does anyone need the high pixel sensor of the D800? All I really want is the D700 with video that has the best ISO performance possible??? It’s not really that complicated! I’m not going to be blowing up many pictures to 80 inches on the short side (who really does that that isn’t shooting with Medium Format?), so there’s no need for the ridiculous pixel counts. The high ISO rating and the video are far more useful, and I can’t imagine that the ridiculous pixel count rumor of the D800 is that useful to most people either. Amiright? What on earth are people going to be using the 25+ pixels rumoured on the D800 for? I never bought the D700 because I’ve been holding out for some good video. Kind of frustrated right now. D700 + video and I’ll take it (and hopefully better ISO).

    • Davix

      Interestingly this is the point of view of many readers here, i am one of them but it seems that we are not what Nikon targeted with the anticipated specs on D800. D4 is more in line with the D3S philosophy and certainely will be bought by pro using D3S already. For the 700 holders that’s different indeed.

      My guess is that this 36MP will be optional through the menu and therefore we will be able to shoot at 18MP (16.1MP?) with increased ISO. I am not a technician, please don’t whoot me for saying that, it is only kind of a wish.

    • Fortuny

      Totally agree, give me a D700 body with a D3s inside and I’m golden!
      I own a D3 and a D200, and i’ve wanted to replace my old D200 for some time, the D700 with video would be perfect right now, but give me a D700 with video and a D3s sensor then I sell my D3 and buy 2 of those!!

  • Landscape Photo

    I’ve always been in the search of more resolution since my first dSLR of D200 after Mamiya 7. While film MF was affordable in a stretch, digital MF prices remained stratospheric. This D800 will be the “poor man’s MF” keeping the size & usage practicality in every means of photography.

    I am a low-volume, but earning all of my income from photography, mostly from landscape & cityscapes. Yet, I may not need clean ISO 25K for professional results. I can get a buiding-size billboard stitching a dozen of my D700 + (cheap) 50mm f/1.8 or 20mm f/2.8 images , running the computer for half an hour or so.

    Anyway, I’m waiting for the D800, being aware the optics & shooting conditions may be the restraint and I may not always pull out the real resolution what its sensor offers (but 24mp-ish). Still it will improve somewhat over D700 which I think will be worth trading it for the D800. I hope its price will drop below $ 3500 in a few months. Instead, I’d have preferred a 24mp D-whatever with no video for less money but as the D800 will be the only one what Nikon offers in that area, there is no other option than buying it. It must be the result of what Sony offers at this timeframe, since Nikon may not find reasonable to stick the D3x sensor on a D700 body at 2012 (neither the D3s sensor as some people are expecting).

    I’d choose the higher MP / less high-ISO formulation with a smaller & lighter form factor body in a heartbeat over the bulky ones that may provide higher ISO & speed at the expense of pixel count.

    I can’t think of conditions confronted that frequent to justify ultra-high iso formulation in a trade of valuable information of detail that comes from high resolution sensor. How often any photographer would need to go over ISO 3200? Rarely ! D700 high-iso is more enough than most people will need.

    • Landscape Photo

      There has been only one instance that I wished if I had a D3s & a f/1.4 lens. In a commercial plane, the lights went off for some minutes at takeoff (perfect for photography), and the view was breathtaking at night.

      The image with the city lights, some low clouds and plenty of boats on the harbour rendered useless out of my D700 @ ISO 6400, 50mm , f/1.8, 1/15. Underexposed, grainy with color noise + blurry (even tried panning) due to speed relative to ground.

  • Landscape Photo

    D4 is for the high-volume, high-income pro, mostly for sports, action & fashion along with the expensive & bulky optics.

    D800 is mostly for studio & landscape pro possibly with less income or wealthy amateur & to be mostly used with primes. Studio work may be different, but for sure there is less demand & and less money involved in landscape photography compared to branches that are directly related to commerce. I can’t think of myself becoming wealthy from landscape photography; I’d rather choose a slower paced peaceful life…

  • Landscape Photo

    Nikon, please make a compact 28-105 mm or 28-135mm N VR walkabout lens for the D800. 24-135mm & 28-300mm are too bulky, it should rather be in the size of the 28-200mm G. It doesn’t mean poor optics. I have a good sample of that; @ f/8 to 11, the results are hard to distinguish from 50mm prime. All it lacks is the VR.

    And a collapsible 200mm f/5.6 to pocket size would be my dream lens ! Why carry an f/2.8 if it will used @ f/8 or f/11 anyway ?

    • Grind matthews

      You obviously have a poor understanding of optics. Comparing lenses at F8 to 11 as you say, most lenses will look exactly the same in terms of sharpness. Plus to add to this sharpness is not the only thing that a lens is judged on; CA, bokeh, contrast, vignetting etc etc…

      The reaason those zooms are “big” is because they are FULL FRAME and have a large focal length. Really, if you think they are big try a 70-200 2.8 professional zoom and you’ll see they are quite small by comparison. If you want a point and shoot buy one, or else stop moaning please.

      Why carry a 200mm 2.8 when it will be used at F8 to F11? Are you seriously asking this question? Fo a start, people buy these fast lenses in order to actually use them wide open. Take the 200mm f2 – perhaps nikon’s sharpest lens wide open.

  • random

    so by the end of 2012, we can expect the Nikon/Canon pro FF line ups to be very similar:

    D4 – full size body, high speed, high ISO, medium mp
    D800 – compact body, medium speed, medium ISO, high mp

    1dx – full size body, high speed, high ISO, medium mp
    5d3/6d – compact body, medium speed, medium ISO, high mp?

    whereas Canon have converged their 1ds and 1d lines into the 1dx line, Nikon look like they will also produce for late 2012/2013 a high mp full size body (d4x) and both will also offer pro oriented crop senor updates (D400, 7d2) later in 2012.

    The Nikon roadmap looks to have a slight edge to me.

    The lens I would like to see in 2012 is a 135 f/2 DC with AF-S.

  • Spooky

    And then comes XXXX and brings out an FF with high dynamic range, high ISO, high Speed, 16 MP, Integrated Wireless, Open Programming Interfaces, integrated Bluetooth + integrated Flash for an affordable $3500.-

    …and everybody who did not know where to put his money finally got a home! I doubt it will be Nikon or Canon though…. they are to slow to react on technological advances just outside the topic of Photography (like Wireless!).

    • random

      but does XXXX have the glass?

      To be honest, for the Pros that these top end cameras are aimed at, price is not the issue. Its whether the tool can do the job. Anyone moaning that they want feature X, Y and Z for under $$ is not the target market.

      • Spooky

        Yeah, I don’t talk about the Pros…. and you’re right with the glass comment. Despite all that I think there is a big room for improvement and innovation and the giants sleep over it to long. Don’t underestimate the people doing photography only for passion not for the money and without to much money to get always the high-end gear. They are a lot more in numbers then the Pros.

        They don’t want to choose between a big slow monster for 4000$ (D800) or an even more and too expensive dream machine (D4) and they may be on the lookout for an affordable FX body. Things like wireless receiver/sender could make the difference between taking up a used D3s or something else….

  • “Dear Santa, I’ve been hoping for new memory cards for Christmas. Can you make them incompatible with all my other cards, only faster, and with a random-letter-generator kind of name, say XQD?” If anyone wrote that letter, please raise your hand. There’s a new memory card format coming in 2012 that has lots of users scratching their hands and wondering, “Don’t we have enough card types already? Can’t we make CF faster or SD more rugged, or something?” The parent Compact Flash Association (CFA) says XQD has the speed and ruggedness pro photographers and videographers need to deal with 20-megapixel still cameras and full-HD video cameras. They imply it’s nothing for most users to get concerned about; their present and future may remain SD.

    So here’s the CFA company line: CompactFlash, or CF, is an aging standard based on the even-more-aging PCMCIA (PC Card) standard. XQD cards are built around the faster PCI Express interface, which has a maximum transfer rate of 2.5Gbps, or real-world speeds of 125MB/sec to start and potentially 250MB/sec, which translates to 15 to 30 20-megapixel images per second. XQD is 25% smaller than a CF Card (see footprint comparison in the illustration above) although slightly thicker. An SD Card is 33% smaller than XQD. XQD will be more rugged than a CF Card, CFA says, which means way more rugged than SD Cards. XQD would be ideal for the next generation of high-end cameras beyond the $6,800 Canon 1D-X shown above that will have dual CF slots. XQD will be more like a miniature solid state drive (SSD) than just a downsized, speeded-up CF card, CFA says.

    XQD card

    The landscape is littered with flash card standards that didn’t work. Example: the paper-thin, easily snapped SmartMedia Card. Example: the proprietary Sony Memory Stick, which was Sony’s way of showing that the industry leader in all things digital (in 1998) didn’t need no stinking industry standards. Hubris Stick was more like it. Role players Olympus and Fujifilm tried the same with xD cards and after eight years gave up and adopted SD Card. Despite both looking like smiley faces, xD is no relation to XQD, incidentally.

    Supporters of existing cards also believe there’s always room for speed enhancements under existing specs such as CF. Memory companies have been hot-rodding them for almost as long as the cards have been out. (See this 2003 story about ultrafast CF and SD cards.) Now, there’s a high-speed offshoot of CF called the CFast Card, based on the Serial ATA (SATA) interface. “These cards have begun to be used in the industrial market,” the association says, but “camera makers have not started supporting CFast cards.” With uncertainty about how soon XQD cards will come to market, that could well be never. The CompactFlash Association members will show XQD cards at a February trade show (CP+) in Japan and licensing will begin next year, they say. Hopefully the specs will include waterproof (or at least strongly water-resistant) and device-connector pins that can’t be damaged. Sometimes, the pins in your $1,000 DSLR can bend to protect a wrongly inserted $50 CF Card.

    While breathtaking leaps are the hallmark of the tech industry — the iPod rather than a portable CD with 3.5-inch discs, digital not analog high-definition TV, Google not MSN or AOL broadband — there have also been spectacular failures of revolutionary tech. Just six years into the Windows PC business, IBM one-upped the competition with the MicroChannel bus architecture. It was technically better by far than the existing AT connector bus for expansion cards, but Compaq and itty-bitty upstart Dell tweaked existing tech and left IBM in the rear view mirror.

    Best guess: There may be room for XQD two digital camera generations and three PCs down the road. Like USB or Bluetooth, the time from first product to critical mass may be half a decade. In other words, nothing to worry about for a couple years and by the time it arrives, your current computer’s 27-in-1 flash card bay will have XQD.

  • congratulation canon for another release of the first excellent quality CANON EOS 1D X letting us do the nikon with water at the mouth waiting for a release height but again leaves us with the guy on the ground .. the nikon is dying .. I’m moving to canon. . I will not be expecting a new machine .. the nikon because it has more to change the nikon .. nikon died

    • Theo

      Are you on crack?

      • Davix

        more certainely someone looking for to be famous (flammed?) on NR lol

    • Spooky

      *grabbing popcorn* …. Ok, ready!

  • Davix

    Wow Peter 794 comments for this article! Did you reserve a new server for THE DAY? 🙂

    • PeterO

      Perhaps this tells us that there is a lot of pent up demand in the market. My guess is that in 2012 (barring unforseen disasters) there will be a bumper crop of new cameras loaded with new tech along with new lenses. Bring it on Nikon, the money is waiting.

    • I recently did some upgrades and the new setup is holding up so far. The only drawback is that there is few minutes delay for new posts and sometimes comments.

  • What about this for a short and medium term Nikon lineup:

    D7000: 16MP, high performance consumer DX
    D400: 24MP, semi-pro DX. More rugged body and pro controls
    D800: 36MP, pro FX, tailored to shooters that need pixels vs low light performance
    D4: 16-18MP, pro FX, high speed, high performance, high price.

    That would be a fairly complete lineup, and competitive with anyone else out there. Canon has already shown that the high end camera won’t be the megapixel monster as the 5dII already has more pixels than the latest and greatest (not even released yet) D1X. Nikon seems to be following suit if rumours are true. The high end models (D4/1DX) will be high frame rate, high ISO, tech laden flagship models. The step down models will be smaller body, higher pixel, lower priced cameras with good video features.

    I’m not sure if Nikon will use the D3S sensor in a smaller body down the road. It would be nice, but doesn’t seem likely.

    The D4 sounds like a winner in low light, but remains to be seen. We may not get a D4S but possible to see a 48 MP D4X in 18 months?

    • this would be a dream for us that Nikon User … a dream that will not be possible so we can do is cry

    • studio460

      That’s pretty much how I see it as well (with the D400 being the wild card–but a good guess!). I concur!

    • uibuyf

      24MP for a DX sensor would too much; there aren’t sharp enough lenses for than kind of pixel density, imo.

  • photdog

    Hey guys, maybe some of you are just a bit confused by the type numbers: by the introduction of the D4 specs it appears as if the D4 now becomes the successor of the D3s while the D800 becomes the successor of the D3x. In any event these both are complimenting each other in a very good manner: one serves the ones who need the MP and the other delivers speed and high ISO. So both side should be happy and not complain any longer.
    I’m sure both Nikon will deliver great technology, tangibly ahead of the line up existing now. But since personal preferences have skyrocket with technology available and thinkable, this would be only doable with a modular design, where everybody can plug the features as he desires. But I guess this finally would go at the cost off ruggedness and the price as well. So if you’d ask me, i’ rather leave it as it is.

    • studio460

      Yes, that appears to be the current product-line strategy, and I think a good one. Makes sense. A half-priced, D3x, and souped-up D3s–bring it on!

    • Bernie Yomtov

      There is something wrong here. Nikon made a major distinction between the D3 line and the D700. It does not make sense to me that they would throw that distinction away.

      If they are going to have a D800 and a D4 I woulkd expect that there would be a major difference in the price, among other things, and that the D800 would be positioned as a successor to the D700, while the D4 replaces the D3 line.

      I’m not questioning the accuracy of the information presented here, but it does smell a little fishy from a straight marketing point of view. Product names, prixces, etc., ard not chosen lightly, and the notion that the D800 is not a successor to the D700, in terms of features, relative price, and so on, seems very odd. I’ll believe it when I see it.

      • rob

        this is what I have thought from day one …..what Bernie Yomtov says !

  • I just wiped up my drool from my desk. I am pretty much excited to see what the Nikon D4 will actually include. The specs do sound awesome though.

  • Frank

    Any chance the D4 will not have an integrated grip and cost less than $5000, or that the D400 will be a full frame lower MP high-ISO camera?

    • No, and unlikely.

    • PeterO


    • lolly

      IMHO, there will be an entry-level, Nikon FX body and that the future Dxxx line will be FX. Whether Nikon calls that entry-level FX body a D9xxx (thousand) or a Dxxx (hundred) it’s Nikon call.

      Concerning the D4, I think you’re looking for a camera that’s not called a D4.

  • Estimated price for Nikon D4, please… I guess Nikon D800 and Nikon D4 will be launched in March, maybe May, 2012. Good luck, ppl! 🙂

  • The Canon EOS-1D X is the latest in the company’s professional range of DSLRs. Its job is to replace both the sports-orientated 1D series and the high-resolution, studio-focused 1DS range of cameras. As is usual for upgrades in this class of camera, the changes are incremental and subtle but aim to raise the bar of what is possible.

    The biggest specification change to the 1D X is its new sensor – an 18MP full-frame CMOS chip capable of shooting at 12 frames per second. This represents a big change over the 1D Mk IV (it represents a move away from the smaller APS-H format that Canon has previously used in its sports cameras), and a decrease in pixel count compared to the 1DS series. However, as Rick Berk, Technical Specialist in Canon USA’s Pro Engineering and Solutions Division says: ‘there’s more to image quality than just resolution.’

    The move from APS-H up to full-frame is enabled by a sensor with faster data readout explains Chuck Westfall, Technical Advisor in Canon USA’s Pro Engineering and Solutions Division: ‘The new sensor has 16-channel, dual line readout, compared to 8-channel, single line designs in the previous generation of chips.’ This lets the company offer a large sensor (and the low-light capability that brings) for 1DS users, with the fast capture speeds that current 1D Mk IV users need. ‘It’s clear the time has come for the 1DX to replace the whole 1D series,’ says Westfall.

    Under the skin, the big change is the more sophisticated metering sensor. A move from the 1D Mk IV’s sensor to a new 100,000 pixel unit affords the camera a much better understanding of the scene and this information is fed into the camera’s autofocus system to improve the quality of its AF tracking. This isn’t a new idea (Nikon’s sports cameras have done something similar for several generations), but it’s a sensible way of improving what’s already an impressive system.
    Autofocus changes

    The other big change to autofocus is simpler configuration. The 1D X does away with the complex inter-related network of custom settings that defined AF behavior in previous models, instead offering six presets for different shooting situations (see table below). Each of these can be adjusted for ‘Tracking sensitivity’ (which defines how doggedly the camera attempts to stick with the originally chosen target or whether it will re-focus on nearer subjects if they cross in front of the target), ‘Acceleration/Deceleration tracking’ and AF point auto selection (how readily the camera should move off the selected AF point).

    Westfall acknowledges the complexity of the previous systems could prevent users getting the most out of previous cameras: ‘A common response to the 1D III and 1D IV was that people loved the idea of a high spec AF system but they wanted an easier way of get the most out of it. The improvements from the 1D III to the 1D IV were substantial but also incremental – to make a bigger step forward this time we needed to start from scratch.’

  • Canon EOS-1D X AF mode presets, defined by subject behavior:
    1. Versatile multi purpose 4. Subjects that accelerate or decelerate quickly
    2. Continue shooting, ignore obstructions 5. Erratic Subject Movement
    3. Instantly refocus suddenly with obstructions 6. Subjects that change speed and move erratically

    In addition to making the system more accessible, the 1D X has the first entirely new AF arrangement since the launch of the (film-era) EOS 3 in 1998. The new 61-point AF sensor has 21 cross type AF points at the center, which are sensitive enough to be used with lenses with maximum apertures as slow as F5.6. The central five of those points also have diagonal AF elements that are active with F2.8-and-faster lenses. All other AF points are sensitive to horizontal detail with lenses faster than F5.6, while 20 of these (in two flanks towards the outer edges of the sensor), act as cross-type points with F4 maximum aperture lenses or faster.

    As with the EOS 7D, the AF point selection can be narrowed-down to a series of sub-sets of local AF points. It’s also possible to adjust what factors are considered during AF tracking: AF info only, AF and color information or AF and face detection information.
    Getting a sense for the sensor

    When asked to for the biggest improvement in the new camera, Westfall stresses that every aspect of the camera has been re-assessed but finally concludes: ‘If you had to highlight just one thing, I’d say the sensor. It’s a new level for us in terms of image quality.’

    ‘There’s a couple of things that we consider when we think about IQ: number one on this sensor is noise. It’s clear the noise level is better than in the 1D Mk IV or the 1DS III. The pixel size is larger than in the 1DS III or 5D Mark II (6.95 microns, versus 6.4) and the difference is even more striking compared to the 5.7 micron pixels in the 1D Mark IV. That helps us in terms of light capturing ability and increases the signal to noise ratio. In turn, that does nothing but help the dynamic range of the camera.’

    And its this improvement in image quality that Westfall believes will make the 1D X appeal to 1DS as well as 1D users. ‘I think the factor that’s going to make that a reality is the noise level is better than anything we’ve seen before. With cleaner images, people are going to feel much more comfortable up-rezing an image. Not many people need a 21MP file to begin with, so they’re going to love the IQ of this camera and the quality’s good enough that those people who do need those huge files will find the images clean enough to use them.’
    Changes to the body

  • The body of the 1D X closely resembles previous 1D cameras, but close examination reveals a series of changes. The most significant is perhaps the addition of a second joystick on the rear of the camera, to ensure all functions remain available when using the portrait orientation grip. The camera also features twin buttons next to the lens, in either orientation. These are customizable, allowing you to access features such as the electronic level gauge or jump to registered AF point.

    Beyond this, the camera gains a direct live view button, a ‘Q’ button to jump to the ‘Quick’ function menu, and has had its flash exposure lock button re-dedicated as a customizable function button.
    Processing power

    As you’d expect, the camera’s processing has received a considerable refresh, Westfall explains: ‘You’ve got dual Digic 5+ processors, which our engineers are telling us are 17x faster than the Digic 4s used in the existing models.’ In addition, the metering sensor, given its added complexity and the need to interpret its output to feed into the AF system, gets its own Digic 4 processor.

    This processing power allows the camera to conduct a wider range of lens corrections. In addition to the vignetting correction that could be conducted by the 1D Mark IV, lens profiles can be uploaded using EOS utility and the camera will correct for geometric distortion and chromatic aberration (both lateral and axial) in real-time. These corrections are all optional and can be engaged separately.

    Another benefit of more processing power, combined with an improved sensor is an expansion of ISO range, says Westfall: ‘The ISO range on this camera, just the standard range, goes from 12,800 on the 1D Mark IV and 1600 on the 1DS Mark III, up to 51,200. And this can be expanded up to 204,800 – that’s going to be an enabler of all sorts of new possibilities for a lot of people.’

    The final processing option is the ability to shoot multiple exposure images. Four combination methods are available, which can be used to create composite images either from consecutive shots or from an existing Raw file and an additional exposure.
    All about speed

    The faster sensor and greater processing power are combined with a new carbon fibre shutter and revised mirror mechanism to allow 12 frame per second continuous shooting. The camera can shoot at 14fps if you’re happy to lock the mirror up (and hence lock focus), and capture only JPEG images. The shutter has a rated lifespan of 400,000 cycles (a 30% improvement on before, despite the additional demands of the faster continuous shooting). The company also says it should be more accurate at high shutter speeds. It also offers an X-sync speed up to 1/250th of a second.

    At first, the move from 10 to 12 frames per second doesn’t sound terribly impressive – until you remember that the camera is now based around a larger sensor, so there’s a much bigger mirror to move. Westfall is keen to stress this: ‘The high-speed rate is greatly improved. Our full-frame cameras up until now have only been able to offer up to five frames per second, whereas this can shoot at 12fps, or 14 if you’re willing to shoot JPEG. The 1D X means you can have full-frame quality and high speed.’

  • make it possible with canon

  • Specifications
    Body type
    Body type Large SLR”
    Max resolution 5184 x 3456 ?
    Other resolutions 4608 x 3072, 3456 x 2304, 2592 x 1728 ?
    Image ratio w:h 3:2 ?
    Effective pixels 18.1 megapixels ?
    Sensor photo detectors 19.3 megapixels ?
    Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm) ?
    Sensor type CMOS ?
    Processor Dual Digic 5+
    ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600, 51200 (50, 102400 and 204800 with boost) ?
    White balance presets 6 ?
    Custom white balance Yes (5) ?
    Image stabilization No ?
    Uncompressed format RAW
    JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal ?
    Optics & Focus
    Autofocus Contrast Detect (sensor), Phase Detect, Multi-area, Selective single-point, Tracking, Single, Continuous, Face Detection, Live View ?
    Digital zoom No
    Manual focus Yes ?
    Number of focus points 61
    Lens mount Canon EF mount
    Focal length multiplier 1× ?
    Screen / viewfinder
    Articulated LCD Fixed ?
    Screen size 3.2″ ?
    Screen dots 1,040,000 ?
    Touch screen No
    Live view Yes ?
    Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) ?
    Viewfinder coverage 100 % ?
    Viewfinder magnification 0.76× ?
    Photography features
    Minimum shutter speed 30 sec ?
    Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec ?
    Aperture priority Yes ?
    Shutter priority Yes ?
    Manual exposure mode Yes
    Subject / scene modes No
    Built-in flash No
    External flash Yes (Hot-shoe plus Sync connector)
    Flash modes E-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual
    Continuous drive Yes (14 fps) ?
    Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, remote)
    Metering modes Multi, Center-weighted, Average, Spot
    Exposure compensation ±5 EV (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) ?
    AE Bracketing ±3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
    WB Bracketing Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis) ?
    Videography features
    Format MPEG4
    Audio channels Stereo
    Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps, 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)
    Storage types Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA compatible ?
    Storage included None ?
    HDMI Yes (Mini) ?
    Wireless Optional ?
    Remote control Yes (N3 connector)
    Environmentally sealed Yes (Water and dust resistant)
    Battery Battery Pack ?
    Battery description Lithium-Ion LP-E4N rechargeable battery & charger ?
    Dimensions 158 x 164 x 83 mm (6.22 x 6.46 x 3.27″)
    Other features
    Orientation sensor Yes
    Timelapse recording Yes (by cable and PC) ?
    GPS Optional
    Notes With a built-in LAN connection

  • If that “corrected” ISO turns out to be fact, Nikon should not release this camera.
    It would not be a competitor to any existing consumer body. It would be the death of this company. 4MP more (after tree years) to its own 3Ds would imo not make any sense. 2MP, 1FPS and two stops less would be just a cry for help.


    • Forgive me if I’m mistaken, but you sound like a Canon troll. First of all, it’s been over 4 years since the release of the D3, and 2 years since the release of the D3s, not 3. Also, you have called Nikon’s flagship camera the 3Ds which reflects Canon’s naming conventions, not Nikon’s.

      Also, being engrossed with the triviality of irrelevant details such as the difference of 2mp resolution (which represents a nominal 5% increase in linear resolution) or 1fps speed (which won’t make one iota of difference in the real world) is petty at best. Oh, and comparing Canon’s hyped ISO figures over Nikon’s RUMORED traditionally conservative figures is just the icing on the cake.

      You’re clearly not happy with Nikon gear or the company that makes it. Further, you never will be. If you aren’t a Canon guy who’s simply trolling these parts, may I suggest you promptly go out and buy all Canon gear today. Also, good luck with that.

  • Tony

    Wouldn’t be great if Nikon makes all of their camera customizable? Then anyone can have their dream camera, with high pixel, ISO and speed. Something like what Apple does with their computers.

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  • Stenka

    I hope to see a FX camera model that has Full HD video to SD card and a HDMI output video without any markers.
    Thats the camera i will get next.
    Ive been waiting for Nikon to show their colours since ive stuck with them so far.

  • Andrej Milas

    Frankly I don’t care for the two roads diverged into Nikon Wood dynamic.

    If A then C.

    IF B then D.

    Is the landscape, or scene photog supposed to feel guilty for getting the D800 when he is asked to go photograph a football game, or a wedding. I realize they can’t please everyone , but I wish the roads didn’t have to go in so diametrically opposite directions.

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