The official announcement: Nikon D4, AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G lens, Wireless Transmitter WT-5

Nikon D4, AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G lens, Wireless Transmitter WT-5 are now officially announced!

Nikon D4 related links:

Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G lens related links:

Pre-order options:

Nikon D4

Nikon D4 accessories

Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.8G lens

Nikon WT-5A wireless transmitter

Some Nikon D4 highlights:

  • In-camera HDR
  • The camera’s large buffer memory allows shooting up to approx. 100 frames 2 in RAW and up to 200 frames 3 in JPEG (when using SONY XQD Memory Card H series QD-H32 with 32 GB capacity)
  • The first XQD card was also announced today
  • Shutter is rated for 400,000 actuations


Press releases:

When There Is No Second Chance: The New Nikon FX-Format D4 Multi-Media Digital SLR is The Definitive Unification Of Speed And Precision

The New 16.2 Megapixel Nikon D4 Wields a Formidable Fusion of Swift Performance, Battle-Tested Technologies and Innovative New Features to Create High Caliber Photo and HD Multimedia Content 

MELVILLE, N.Y. (Jan 5, 2012) – The new Nikon D4 digital SLR builds upon the legacy of the proven Nikon flagship D-SLRs before it, engineered to give today’s professional multimedia photographers a new apex of speed and accuracy with unparalleled image quality, low-light capability and Full HD video. The Nikon D4 hosts a multitude of advanced new features and useful functions that deliver speedy performance and amazing image quality for when missing the shot is not an option.Every aspect of the new Nikon D4 D-SLR has been designed to emphasize rapid response and seamless operation to help professional photographers consistently capture incredible content. Nikon’s proven 51-point AF System has been further enhanced for maximum speed in a variety of challenging shooting situations, even at 10 frames per second (fps). Considered the new Nikon flagship, the D4 renders supreme image quality, a feat accomplished with a new 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, coupled with the latest generation of Nikon’s EXPEED 3 image processing engine to help produce images and videos with stunning clarity and color. Photographers are also able to shoot in even the most challenging environments and lighting conditions with the assistance of Nikon’s new 91,000-pixel 3D color matrix meter and a broad ISO range from 100 to a staggering 204,800 for low-light capture like never before. The Nikon D4 is engineered for the modern professional and incorporates never before seen HD-SLR video features for those who also need to capture multimedia content from the field.“Speed without accuracy is irrelevant,” said Bo Kajiwara, director of marketing, Nikon Inc. “The status of a Nikon flagship camera is not given lightly; this next generation of Nikon’s most professional body exceeds the needs of a wide variety of both still and multimedia professionals that rely on Nikon to make their living. Besides overall performance and burst speed, the D4 provides Nikon’s most advanced AF system to date, as well as enhanced workflow speed to give professionals the edge in the field.”

Velocity Meets Versatility

Speed is a necessity for today’s multimedia photographer as milliseconds matter when the action commences. Whether an assignment relies on fast processing power, burst rate, write speed, enhanced workflow or even streamlined camera controls, the D4 is the epitome of professional-caliber photographic horsepower. Ready to shoot in approximately 0.012 seconds, the new Nikon D4 can capture full resolution JPEG or RAW files at up to 10 fps with full AF / AE or up to 11 fps with AF / AE locked. Immediately before image capture, the camera interprets data from the AF sensor, including subject color as detected on the 91,000-pixel RGB sensor, to deliver consistently tack-sharp focus frame after frame. Whether a photographer is shooting a full-court fast break under gymnasium lighting or the downhill slalom in the bright sun and frigid temperatures, the D4 will instill the confidence with consistently great results.The Advanced Multi-Cam 3500 AF autofocus system is the next generation of Nikon’s proven 51-point AF system. The fully customizable system offers users the ability to capture fast moving subjects and track focus with precision or select a single AF point with pinpoint accuracy. The Nikon D4 D-SLR aligns 15 cross-type sensors in the center to detect contrast data in both vertical and horizontal planes. In addition to detecting each AF-NIKKOR lens with an aperture of f/5.6 or lower, the camera also utilizes nine cross-type sensors that are fully functional when using compatible NIKKOR lenses and TC14E or TC17E teleconverters or a single cross-type sensor when using compatible NIKKOR lenses and the TC20E teleconverter with an aperture value up to f/8, which is a great advantage to those shooting sports and wildlife. For maximum versatility in situations such as photographing nature from afar or competition from the sidelines,  photographers are also able to select multiple AF modes, including normal, wide area, face tracking and subject tracking, to best suit the scene.The Nikon D4 D-SLR also employs a new 91,000-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix metering system that meticulously analyzes each scene and recognizes factors such as color and brightness with unprecedented precision. This data is then interpreted and compared against D4’s on-board database to implement various settings, resulting in vibrant images with faithful color reproduction and balanced exposure. In addition, this new AF sensor now has the ability to detect up to 16 human faces with startling accuracy, even when shooting through the optical viewfinder, allowing for correct exposure even when the subject is backlit. Additionally, to capture every brief moment from a bouquet toss to a photo finish under nearly any condition, the 51 focus points deliver fast and accurate detection down to a -2 EV with every AF-NIKKOR lens.

All of this image data is funneled through a 16 bit pipeline and are written to dual card slots which have been optimized for the latest UDMA-7 Compact Flash™ cards, as well as the new XQD™ memory card. The D4 is the first professional camera to harness the capabilities of this new durable and compact format, which offers blazing fast write times and extended capacity essential for multimedia professionals shooting stills and video.

Image Quality That Hits the Mark

The heart of the new D4 is the Nikon-developed 16.2-megapixel FX-format (36 x 23.9mm) CMOS sensor that provides amazing image quality, brilliant dynamic range and vivid colors in nearly any lighting condition. By achieving the optimal balance of resolution and sensor size, professional photographers will realize exceptionally sharp, clean and well saturated images throughout the entire ISO range.

Like the D3 and D3s before it, the Nikon D4 retains Nikon’s status as the sovereign of low-light capture ability, with a native ISO range from 100 to 12,800 ISO, expandable from 50 (Lo-1) to an incredible yet usable 204,800 (Hi-4). From a candlelit first dance to nocturnal wildlife, the large 7.3µ pixel size absorbs the maximum amount of light to excel in any situation. Additionally, the sensor’s construction features a gapless micro-lens structure and anti-reflective coating which further contributes to images that retain natural depth and tones with smooth color gradation. For ultimate versatility, photographers can also take advantage of the camera’s extreme high ISO ability while recording video.

Another factor contributing to the camera’s rapid performance and stellar image quality is Nikon’s new EXPEED 3 image processing engine that helps professionals create images with amazing resolution, color and dynamic range in both still images and video. From image processing to transfer, the new engine is capable of processing massive amounts of data, exacting optimal color, perfect tonality and minimized noise throughout the frame.

There are also a variety of shooting options available to help capture the highest quality images and video. In addition to standard NEF (RAW) files, the D4 is also capable of shooting smaller compressed RAW files to ease storage and speed up workflow. Users are also able to capture even more dynamic range with the in-camera High Dynamic Range (HDR) function that merges consecutive exposures. For deep contrast and further tonality, Active D-Lighting can also be activated during shooting for balanced exposures even in backlit scenes. Additionally, the camera features a dedicated button for quick access to Nikon’s Picture Controls, allowing users to quickly select one of six presets.

Professional Multimedia Features

The Nikon D4 D-SLR is engineered with innovative new features for the multimedia professional that needs the small form factor, low-light ability and NIKKOR lens versatility that only an HD-SLR can offer. The new features add functionality for those professionals looking for the best possible experience to capture a moment in Full HD 1080p video at various frame rates, providing footage that is more than suitable for broadcast.

    • Full HD video recording - Users have the choice of various resolutions and frame rates, including 1080p 30/24fps and 60 fps at 720p. By utilizing the B-Frame data compression method, users can record H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC format video with unmatched integrity for up to 20 minutes per clip. This format also allows for more accurate video data to be transferred requiring less memory capacity. The sensor reads image data at astoundingly fast rates, which results in less instances of rolling shutter distortion.
    • Full manual control of exposure - Shutter speed, aperture and ISO can be changed while recording to adapt to lighting and alter depth of field for professional cinematic results that help realize a creative vision.
    • Uncompressed output: simultaneous Live View - By using the camera’s HDMI port instead of the CF or XQD card, users can stream an uncompressed full HD signal directly out of the camera. This footage can be ported into an LCD display or appropriate external recording device or routed through a monitor and then to the recording device, eliminating the need for multiple connections.
    • Audio recording for professionals - The Nikon D4 features a stereo headphone jack for accurate monitoring of audio levels while recording. Output can be adjusted in up to 30 steps for precise audio adjustment. The D4 offers high-fidelity audio recording control with audio levels that can be set and monitored on the camera’s LCD screen. The microphone connected via the stereo mic jack can also be adjusted with up to 20 steps of sensitivity for accurate sound reproduction.
    • Multi-area Mode Full HD Video: FX/DX, and 2.7x crop mode at 1080p video modes - Whether shooting for depth of field in FX format mode, or looking for the extra 1.5X telephoto benefits of DX mode, the high resolution sensor of the D4 allows videographers to retain full 1080P HD resolution no matter what mode they choose. With the 2.7x crop, users can experience ultra-telephoto benefits in full HD resolution all at 16:9 aspect ratio.
    • Simultaneous live view output without display / simultaneous monitor - Shooters have the option to send the display signal directly to an attached monitor via the HDMI port. This signal can be viewed on the camera’s LCD screen and external monitor simultaneously. Additionally, the image data display can be cleared from the screen, to remove distracting data or when feeding a live signal.
    • Full-time AF - In addition to manual focus, four modes are available, including normal, wide area, face detection and subject tracking, which uses fast contrast detect AF to accurately focus while recording video and in live view.
    • New LCD screen - The large high resolution 3.2-inch LCD screen is 921K dots, and includes auto brightness adjustment. Users can also zoom in up to 46x to check critical HD focus.
    • Time lapse shooting - This new feature combines a selected frame rate and “shooting interval” in a dedicated time lapse photography menu. Playback can be achieved with a wide variety of speeds from 24x to 36,000x while producing a fully finished movie file output for faster multimedia workflows.
    • Remote shutter operation - Using dedicated Movie Custom Settings, recording can be set to be engaged by the shutter release button -users can now use a variety of remote accessories to trigger video recording.
    • NIKKOR lens compatibility - The highest caliber optics are vital to creating HD images and Nikon is the world leader in optics manufacturing with a legacy spanning more than 75 years. Nikon has a vast NIKKOR lens system, with more than 50 lenses with a variety of focal lengths and features, including VR II vibration reduction.

Professional Construction, Superior Operability

The reputation and respect bestowed upon a Nikon D-Series flagship camera is earned from those who use it; therefore the chassis of the Nikon D4 is machined from magnesium alloy for maximum durability and reliability. The body of the camera is sealed and gasketed for resistance to dirt and moisture, as well as electromagnetic interference. Photographers are able to easily compose through the bright optical viewfinder, which offers 100% frame coverage. The shutter has been tested to withstand 400,000 cycles for maximum durability, while sensor cleaning is employed by vibrating the OLPF. The self diagnostic shutter unit also encompasses a mirror balancer to minimize the residual “bounce” to enhance AF and extend viewing time. What’s more, the viewfinder is coated with a new thermal shield finish which works to resist overheating during prolonged use, enhancing overall reliability. Users can easily compose on the camera’s wide, bright and scratch resistant 921,000-dot high resolution 3.2-inch LCD screen.

The overall controls and operability of the camera has also been engineered with a renewed emphasis on speed and functionality. During critical moments, users will appreciate refined button layouts with renewed ergonomics, such as a quick AF mode selector placed near the lens mount for fast access on the fly. A new joystick style sub-selector is also placed on the camera’s rear for AF point and option selection, while vertical controls have been enhanced for improved operability. Finally, to continue the D4’s moniker of the best tool for just about any condition, key control buttons on the back of the camera can all be illuminated, making the camera simple to operate in complete darkness.

Nikon has also made enhancements to overall workflow, adding options to streamline the process and maximize shooting time. Users are now able to automatically generate IPTC data for their images and image sets, making organizing and chronicling images easier for both the photographers and their editors. A wired Ethernet port is also utilized so that a user can shoot tethered and transfer images easily and quickly to clients. Nikon has also introduced the new WT-5A wireless file transmitter, to transmit via FTP server or computer. The device can be set to transfer either automatically or manually selected images. This device also allows for remote operation of the camera using Nikon’s Camera Control Pro 2 software. A mobile application is also in development to control the camera using this accessory, which will include the ability to trigger the shutter and record video, making this a must-have remote accessory for many professionals.

Price and Availability

The Nikon D4 will be available in late February 2012 for the suggested retail price of $5999.95.*

To see the new D4 D-SLR and other new Nikon products, visit Nikon at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at booth # 11039 from January 10-13th, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV.

The New Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Prime Lens Combines Practicality with Portability Resulting In A Versatile Portrait Lens

MELVILLE, N.Y. (January 5, 2012) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the addition of the new AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G FX-format lens to its legendary line of NIKKOR lenses. The new 85mm is a fast, fixed focal-length lens with medium telephoto capabilities and a large maximum aperture of f/1.8 that is capable of performing a wide variety of imaging tasks with amazing sharpness and clarity.

“Whether a professional photographer who needs extreme sharpness or a photo enthusiast looking for an affordable, lightweight lens with amazing clarity, Nikon photographers appreciate and rely on the vast selection and dependability of NIKKOR lenses for their imaging needs,” said Lisa Osorio, general manager of marketing at Nikon Inc. “The new 85mm f/1.8 is fully optimized for capturing amazing photos and videos, while providing the ability to utilize background blur to compliment the subject of their photo.”

A welcome addition to Nikon’s growing line of versatile prime lenses, the new AF- NIKKOR 85mm is ideal for travel, general photography, low-light, landscape, portraiture and capturing movies with extreme depth of field. The 85mm is designed to capture photos utilizing beautiful image blur achieved due to its large maximum aperture. Furthermore, the lens is lightweight, easy to carry, and provides an equivalent focal length of 127mm when attached to a Nikon DX-format D-SLR camera body.

The construction of the 85mm f/1.8 consists of nine optical elements, with a seven-blade diaphragm which contributes to a substantially more circular bokeh for a natural appearance to out-of-focus background elements. Additionally, instances of lens flare and chromatic aberration are suppressed using Nikon’s exclusive Super Integrated Coatings, which also help ensure vividly accurate color balance.

The new lens also comes equipped with a carefully engineered optical system optimized to deliver superior image quality. The integration of an ultra-compact Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ensures fast, whisper-quiet AF operation, which is essential when recording movies. The 85mm also features two focus modes, M/A (manual-priority autofocus) and M (manual) to further enhance versatility and adapt to a shooters needs. Additionally, Internal Focus (IF) design prevents the front element from rotating, allowing for the use of filters and attachments.

Price and Availability

The lightweight AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G will be available in March 2012 for a SRP* of $499.95.

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  • Neil


    • Mike

      I second Neil’s comment!

      • Neil

        Lol. I’m thinking of upgrading my D700 to get one. I just wonder if anyone outside NPS will see one till summer?

    • Nikonmaoners

      I’m calling it a fake. No way is this picture real

      • preston


  • Hallelujah!

  • drumbo


  • I CAME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • George


      • mike

        I still am.

    • Sahaja

      Now that you’ve all had your orgasms, that’ll be $6K for the privilege of the real thing.


  • JB
  • penangdude

    a worthy upgrade!

  • Ironchester


  • microodu


  • NanDub

    Aha! Finally!

  • D700guy

    It seems they prevaricated back to the second statement regarding the ISO range: ”
    with a native ISO range from 100 to 12,800 ISO”

  • Samples from 85mm 1.8 Please : D can’t wait for that

  • A little pricey but worth it.

  • ukj

    wish i could afford the d4 🙁

  • Where is it manufactured?

    • NOT Thailand 😉 bye bye D5100 haha!!

  • cowboycoffee

    ok, wow! i need to know more about the FX and DX video record modes. Does this mean i don’t have to order a Red ScarletX?

    • Rabi

      It’s recording at 1080p regardless – I think it must be doing the same thing the Canon C300 is, using a bigger sensor to extrapolate better video.

  • D4_Buyer
  • ukj

    where’s the new 16 – 85mm f4 dx lens 🙁

  • paul j

    6400 iso sample looks as clean as 200 iso

    • I was thinking the same thing, Paul… Pretty freakin’ amazing. I still want to see the 12,800 and all the HI settings too though. No matter what, this is going to be an amazing jump in capability from my D200, where ISO 400 is the end of my comfort zone.

      • BP

        Same for me! I’ve been holding out with my D200 for the next gen cameras. Taking photos with a D4 is going feel like day & night, literally

    • Andrew

      That is what I thought. Impressive!

    • Greg

      lol .. based on the .3 MP sample? Would DSLR wouldn’t look that good at that resolution?

    • George

      You DO realize that the first samples from Nikon ALWAYS suck?

      User pictures are what I go by and always have as to me they show the true capabilities of the cameras.

      Check this D3s pic out

  • Joe Bloggs

    ISO 12,800??? What a disappointment. They had years of lead time and this is what they come up with? Nikon is asleep at the wheel.

    • Jba

      Did you see this? “204,800”

    • paul j

      expland to 200,000 iso

    • gt

      Can anyone explain the designation of “native ISO” to me. What made them decide 12,800 was “native” and 25,600 was not?

      • “Native” means that the sensor is not brightening or darkening the image after it is “sensed” by the sensor. “HI” means they’re basically just taking a lower ISO and then brightening it AFTER capture. As far as I know, at least.


        • gt

          oh…I imagine that’s a little underwhelming then if you’re already a D3s owner…

          Although, clearly the D4 is still the better camera — but in some ways it only seems marginally

          • George

            Not if the D4’s 12,800 is equal to the D3s’ 3200 ISO which is VERY possible.

            The numbers don’t always tell the story

      • Zeke

        I _suspect_ it’s just analog gain vs. digital gain. The native range being the range of the amplifiers upstream of the a-to-d converters.

  • Iluminated buttons are the best 🙂

    • TheInconvenientRuth


      I nearly shed a tear when I read that…
      Been waiting SOOOO long for that feature!
      I hope they toggler on/off in sync with the LCD illumination, using the same switch.

      Oh.. wait.. it’s Nikon, of course they do!! 😀

    • Zeke

      I agree. For all the other improvements, it’s actually the illuminated buttons that would make the biggest difference to my photography. Using a D3 on a tripod at night or in a dark studio is frustrating.

      • Banksie

        You should have them memorized by now (?) It’s like typing, you know where the keys are by rote.

  • ironchester
  • InfraRed

    Worth every penny… The 599,995 of them (plus tax!)

  • Wonderful work Admin!!!! 🙂

  • Mark

    This announcement answers my earlier question about ergonomics. This camera sounds like a winner and I can’t wait to get my hands on it to try it out. I’ve had difficulties with focus at low light with my D700 and I hope the D4 solves that problem. Now for the bank loan.

    Good insight, Admin. You have proved yourself to have exceptional judgment!


  • Are we going to get any sleep tonight??

  • This is interesting: in-camera HDR processing? “Users are also able to capture even more dynamic range with the in-camera High Dynamic Range (HDR) function that merges consecutive exposures”

    • Russ

      Pentax has been doing for ages. Latest one even aligns the images so can be done hand-held.

  • sjms


  • Russ

    No 25fps video? Ignore most of the world why not. Dumb.

    • Mark

      It does do 25fps.

      1,920 x 1,080; 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p
      1,920 x 1,080 crop; 30p, 25p, 24p
      1,280 x 720; 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p
      640 x 424; 30p, 25p
       Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; all options support both high and normal image quality

    • Mongo

      It has 25P in all modes

      1,920 x 1,080; 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p
      1,920 x 1,080 crop; 30p, 25p, 24p
      1,280 x 720; 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p
      640 x 424; 30p, 25p

    • td

      I thought the same thing when I read the press release, although if you watch the video tour video that was posted on youtube by Nikon Australia it says HD video at 30/25/24 fps. Lets Hope that the video is right!

      • Onn

        It’s weird, some website write it have 1080 @25p, and some not.
        Nikon UK have 25p, and Nikon US doesn’t.

        There is a chance that they have to models? one for the NTSC country’s and one for PAL?

    • erik

      There is 25p, look on the Nikon site, they just didn’t list it in the article.

    • Gerry

      Speaking of dumb….. the video posted here says 30/25/24 fps @1080p

  • Stevens

    Iron Man!

  • Saving to buy it after june, when the all bugs come out and the price drops a little.
    I´m counting that Nikon produces a great stock this time.

    Start saving and planinng.

    Cheers for all Nikon User today!

  • wublili

    So… NR was right, more or less.

  • Halo9

    Awesome! Now to refinance the house.

    Nice work admin, bet it feels good to be right. Unlike some who will wake up with egg on their face after recent comments on their site the last couple days. Haha!!!

  • Cloke

    Where is it made?

  • I just want to know who is opening up for preorders first. Because I have a sack full of $20’s I want to give them.

  • masi

    Ohhhh man!!!! <3

  • Visualiza

    Who’s gonna say that it’s fake now? Bravo Nikon, bravo. This looks to be an ideal low light monster; I can’t wait for this year’s lens announcements and the D800 announcement.

    • Zeke

      Maybe that guy (who later claimed to have designed 10 cameras) who burst into a profanity-laden rage at anybody who had a nice thing to say about the red swoosh.

  • Brook

    What is the eithernet for?
    Lame the USB is v2, not 3 for tethering though.

  • Fred69

    Why is everyone so hyped? The photos are tiny. Where are the full sized images? You can’t judge a camera with small images.

  • Michael Devonport

    Nikon Rumors, you did good on this rumor. Take a bow. My question, when will D800 will be release to general public?

  • top-shuttabug

    there’s a reason this was released after the christmas hoilday’s…..
    but sadly its goin to be a few years before i own this beast but I WILL!!!
    …just about to see what’s the going rate for a healthy kidney.

  • extjac
  • top-shuttabug

    there’s a reason this was released after the christmas holiday’s…..
    but sadly its goin to be a few years before i own this beast but I WILL!!!
    …just about to see what’s the going rate for a healthy kidney.

  • hmmm

    reckon this beats the canon 1dx? native still is ISO 100 to ISO 12800

    • Andrew

      The ISO means nothing, check the pictures.

  • J0rge

    Excellent job NR admin!! Your reporting was extremely accurate, including the photos!

  • John quill

    With all the bells and whistles of a Swiss army knife on steroids,… Nikon forgot one thing… How the hell do I justify this to the wife?…

    Does anybody have Dr. Phil’s number?…

    • Mark

      Simple. Tell her you need it to take photos of her in her new shoes – the shoes she gets to buy after you have the D4. 😉


    • preston

      Admin, I’d be very curious to see a poll to see demographics of NikonRumors readers. Male to female? 20-35 year old vs 35-50 year old vs 50-75 year old. Could be very interesting!

      • AXV

        Check those statistics at (any page you like)

      • Mark

        Okay, I give up. I’m 12. I am politically incorrect. And I love humour.


  • Paul

    I like how the WT-5 is small and seems to attach to the side of the camera. Finally!

  • Paul

    “automatically generate IPTC data”
    Sweet! I’d love to find out more about this feature.

  • KLP

    Nikon Rumors give yourselves a big pat on the back – well done. Keep up the good work!

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