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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  • Does anyone know when to expect pre=ordering to begin?

    • pre-orders will start in an hour

      • Thanks, Admin. And thanks/congrats on nailing this one. Your efforts are appreciated.

      • Jason


      • Any news on where to pre-order, yet?

      • I rather enjoyed watching you ping pong between 102,400 and 204,800 ISO. Looks like you nailed in on both counts.

  • M!
  • gt

    anyone know if a CF card will fit inside an XQD slot? It seems odd to have cards of two different speeds.

    • seriously?

      that was the stupidest question of the day

      • Zeke

        What is wrong with you reflexively nasty people?

        That question wasn’t stupid at all. The XQD standard was only announced a month ago, and actual XQD cards haven’t even been demonstrated to the public yet. Plenty of other storage media are backward compatible, and there are card readers that manage to read cards with different interfaces and physical dimensions from the same slot.

        All that said, I don’t think Nikon has managed to bury a second CF reader inside the XQD slot.

        • Clark Tanaka


      • Clark Tanaka

        >that was the stupidest question of the day

        not really, I would actually prefer that option. In fact, by looking at the image only, it looks like there’s some extra space that looks like it could fit a CF card.
        I’m sure lot of pros would have preferred the double CF like the D3s.

      • The only stupid question is the one you’re afraid to ask. I don’t see anything stupid about asking a question like that, especially when you can put an SD card into an adapter and fit it into a CF slot. (the Nikon D3s doesn’t count)

    • au8ust

      D300s also takes dual slot card with different type, CF and SD.

      • Clark Tanaka

        true:) but did everyone really want that??

        *also considering that it’s not a FX flag ship camera.

        • BartyL

          Nope. It pisses me off (well, just a bit). Mixing card types involve mixing maximum write speeds and for those who prefer to use the 2nd card as a backup having one card lag behind the other seems like a design flaw.

    • Jabs

      @gt – NO!

      The new cards are totally different, but there probably will be combo Readers for both formats to USB 3.0/2.0 and possibly Thunderbolt.

      This new card allows the D4 to move more Data than any other camera on the Market.

  • M!

    “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). ”

    this is THE OLYMPIC Camera.

  • 85mm

    on this youtube video uploaded by Nikon Australia, the hotshoe on the D4 looks a bit different from the traditional ones. looks like a canon hot shoe.

    • Zeke

      I wouldn’t read too much into the specific camera details depicted in that video. It is pretty clearly computer-generated from a not-quite-right model of the D4. For starters, the Nikon logo grossly oversized.

  • SojIrOu

    So where do I swipe my credit card?

  • M!

    and the Sony XQD cards are conveniently announced:

    …following retail prices:
    QD-H16 card, 16 GB, $129.99
    QD-H32 card, 32 GB, $229.99
    Card Reader, MRW-E80, $44.99
    ExpressCard Adapter, QDA-EX1, $44.99

    • pj

      wow that a lot cheaper then i thought it would be.

    • benck

      That really is a lot cheaper than I thought! It’s right in line with CF cards. That’s a huge relief.

  • Tonny

    I need rumors on D4S now!!!!!

  • The most exciting part, that we had no prior rumors / leaks about?

    SRAW, FINALLY!!! This gives me great, great hope for the D800. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll get to do my job (weddings) and my hobby (landscapes) with the same camera!!!



    • Martin Rock

      Hi Matthew, the D4 is great for you. I guess for weddings, photographing in low light should be really convenient with the new D4. The D800 for landscapes and portraits in the studio!

      • If only, Martin! I’d love to own both. My 2012 gear budget won’t fit both, though… 🙁

        For now, I can just hope that those people who claim that pixel density has zero correlation to noise are right, and that the D800 does just as good in low light as the D4. Or at least, almost.

        I’ll check back in a couple months when it’s time for the D800. Until then, I shall entertain myself by coveting the 85 1.8!


    • yes this is the only good news for me, if d800 have sraw too, maybe it’ll help to get + 1-2 fps I’ll buy it even for wildlife (i’m used with 4fps on d90 so…). I think we’ll see some surprises for d800.
      Anyway, when you see the official announcement “big things will happen” it’s not really new when you read rumours, i hoped more than 1 dslr 😉

      • If the D4 can pull off 10 FPS at 16 megapixels, I wouldn’t worry about the D800 pulling off 4-5 in FX and 6-8 in DX, even without an sRAW mode. But, you’re right, maybe they’ll give us 6-8 FPS with sRAW, although I don’t know how the throughput would work for that…

    • Michael

      Hi, Matthew.
      What makes you say that D4 supports SRAW?
      When the article mentions “smaller compressed RAW files”, I think they just mean that compression (think zip) is applied to the RAW file. This is corroborated by the RAW file sizes listed here: The “compressed” raws are less than 50% smaller than the originals.

      • Crap, you’re probably right. Ugh. Well hey, 50% is still 50%. Almost. I’ll keep on hoping that if Nikon’s next “affordable” FX camera has 36 megapixels, …they will have developed sRAW by then.

        Oh well, it was fun to get excited for a little bit…


      • kevline

        arg 🙁
        but if it’s compressed you lost some data, it’s not useful for raw format :/

  • Did anyone catch the in-camera HDR? That should be interesting!

    • Rolf

      Yes, I saw that. I’m wondering if they do it with bracketing a couple of frames and combining, or one exposure and multiple reading of light levels (e.g., one half-second shutter activation, and grab the bits at 1/500th, 1/60, and final at 1/2 second, compare, do the math, and spit out four files to work with later), or something else. Lots of cool possibilities, each with their own idiosyncrasies. Given what I often run into in the woods (mostly dim 1/4 second exposure stuff, with stabs of brilliant sunshine needing 1/250th or faster), it could potentially be very useful.

  • William

    2.7x !! At a moment I though they were talking about N1. Now…if D800 also have this…I should be putting off getting the FT1 for now, and can save it if D800 really gets it. For birding, can’t afford Super Telies….

    • cici

      I agree! – Best video-feature ever since LUMIX GH2…

      I use it a lot and it makes any tele lens become a telescope! – Priceless for HD-Video!

      And yet the tracking, magnifier etc. etc. … hopefully same for D800

  • kaze kaze


  • Paul

    We have a new battery!
    The D4 uses the EN-EL18 battery.

  • Ken Elliott

    Actually, I’m more excited about the Wireless Transmitter WT-5.

    • Jetfire

      Yeah, I want the data sheet on the WT-5A

  • Ale

    Finally :’)
    I can sleep at night now.

  • Paul

    Admin, where’s the motorcycle commercial?

    • it was for the D800 as initially reported

  • Jonny Ray
  • Adnan

    Now bring on the D800,please:D.

  • pj

    much higher quality 6400 iso sample then other nikon sites.

    • How does this compare to D3S? They look pretty similar based on this image alone.

  • BartyL

    I dunno, this looks kind of photoshopped to me, and out of focus, and the ‘D4’ doesn’t look quite level, and the red thing on the front is ‘wrong’. I don’t think this is real.

    • pj

      u do know it’s announced not a rumour any more right??

      • The Manatee

        You do understand sarcasm don’t you?

    • Jordan

      I agree, fake. I’m switching to Canon…

  • Pegdrgr

    Wonder what gem of knowledge Ken Rockwell has to drop for us now? Clearly the information NR has had all along was wrong, and the information leaked last night was garbage.

    Now that I am excited about the spec’s I really want to see how it really performs, and then see if I can scrounge enough penny’s by the time it is available for the masses.

    • I really don’t understand all the animosity less successful photographers seem to have towards Ken. He’s doing what he loves. You should probably spend less time flaming and more time becoming a better photographer.

  • I Should Be Shooting

    You nailed it, Admin/Peter, thanks and congratulations!

  • M!

    100 RAW pics for the buffer with an XQD. nice.

    • M!

      nikon d4 brochure:
      1180g with body only / 1340g with battery and XQD card.

      dpreview comparison:
      D300 825g/903g
      D700 995g/1075g
      D3 1240g/1420g

  • Ill take 2 please with cheese! : )

  • Anjan

    only 12,800 ISO for $6000 : ((

    • assdfgt

      read the f**king article before posting.

    • M!

      oh yeah my friend, and it’s only 16.2MP for $6000, go buy yourself a D5100 instead 😛


      • Martin Rock

        In this case, go for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570 !
        The important thing for Anjan is that he understands the importance in why resolution in pixels is not the only measure of image quality…See S/N ratio

  • EE guy

    metering bar in live view?

  • Clearly geared towards the Olympics, this reigns as the king of sports photography, at the moment.

    • Or really really fast wildlife action; I could have used this when I was in Kenya in September when the sun was going down on me and the big cats were just starting to hunt.

  • JonMcG

    Interesting, the 85 1.8G only can shoot up to F16. Is it just me or does that seem a little low?

    • M!

      very few comments on the 85 1.8G.
      the bokeh is really nice. and $500, it is a good lens upgrade for many, (especially to those who think $6k D4 is not worth upgrading).

    • Roman


  • D4_Buyer

    “The D4 also offers an Auto ISO function, which now takes into account the mounted lens type, automatically selecting higher shutter speeds when the attached lens has a longer focal length.”


    • M!

      They should put that into a firmware upgrade for our ‘dated’ D3S. 😉

  • The Manatee

    This camera is a beast. The only downside I see is two different memory formats with different speeds, but I’m sure I’ll get passed that.

  • Harry Lavo

    Now all I need is the $6000. Let’s see, 2.7x = 6mp and with my 300/4, equals 1000mm. Good stuff.

  • Mike_Suzy

    I want I want and will get it…goodbye me trused D200….I loved you but I have found something newer and better…so here i come and to order one

  • Ron Scubadiver

    What’s up with these samples? Do they not unveil it with legit full-res samples?

    And are there sensor spots on this one or is it just me and my grandma?

  • We need more test images… Hi iso in nef.

  • Rich

    Hey Admin,

    As this D4 announcement to the public was unexpectedly brought forward, do you believe that there is any chance of an announcement regarding the d800 or d400 (or equivalent) on the 10th or later on in Jan?

    Speculation is all that I’m after.


    • M!

      I am not the admin but i can guess the timing of the D800 announcement would closely follow when Canon announces their 5D3 or 5DX or whatever they want to call it.

      The D4 announcement is expected (2 years after the D3S, a few months before the 2012 Summer Olympics).

      Historically the D700 followed the D3 a few months (half a year?) (considering they have the same sensor) the D800 should be within the year, depending on the production line and marketing.

    • no, the earliest possibility for the D800 is in February

      • Martin Rock


  • Marin Rock

    D-movie with 1,920 x 1,080 crop is fantastic but why it is limited to minimum iso 200 and not 100. Anyway, I guess the D-movie is great.

  • Zeke

    Interesting/strange that in the movie, which was probably computer-rendered, Nikon’s own logo on the pentaprism housing is depicted as far too large.

  • Fred
  • Brian

    Congratulations, Admin of NikonRumors! Your update and news and accuracy are almost as incredible as the D4 itself!

  • Johannes

    This will rock! I’ve looked forward to this camera for so long now. I have been upgrading to FX lenses while waiting faithfully over 1,5 years for a Nikon FX body with Full HD video. Yeah, that’s almost the most interesting bit for me. So all people that have whined about video not being important in a top of the line-SLR, silence please!

    I’m expecting wonderful video and of course stonking stills. The time is nigh to retire my D300s, bless it’s soul. And yes, Nikons have souls, don’t know about “the opposition” though.. 😉

    Thank you NR for serving us with all those much needed rumors to aid in this long wait that is now finally over. *pre-ordered*

    Random whiner: “Yeah smart move dumbass, ordering a camera before any thorough tests have been done.”

    Shut up whiners, this is going to kill. Why? Because it’s a flagship, a NIKON flagship. 😀

    Looking forward to many years of happy new memories, let’s just hope the Mayans were wrong!

    • D4_Buyer

      “Pre-ordered” as in “I just pre-ordered it,” or as in “I am going to pre-order it”?

      If the former…. Where?!

      • Johannes

        Pre-ordered as in “Hello “undisclosed company”, yes well you know this new Nikond D4?? Well I WANTS IT!”

        I live in Sweden and I have “connections” in just the right place. Sorry, cannot say anything more, not yet anyway. 🙂

    • Simon Chung

      I’m in the same boat as you. Building up my FX lens collection while hanging on to my dear D300 until the right FX camera comes up. D4 will be a tremendous upgrade but the price is a little steep.

      Good times.

  • DFive


    Ohhhhh Yeeeeahhh !!!

  • Kerr

    Well if D400 ISO is 1 stop worse than D4………it would still be better than D3s right…?

  • Jetfire

    $877.00 for WT-5A according to NikonUSA website.

  • Chris

    damn that is one ugly camera.

  • Juergen.

    Please add the brand-new Nikkor Lenses brochure which includes the just released 85 mm f1.8G at
    (page 10 of 16)

  • kent rochwell

    LIES! There is NO D4!!!! Don’t believe anybody else, and come donate some money now!!!

  • Maybe I missed it, but no where can I find mention of the Auto FP high speed shutter sync for flash, other than:
    Flash sync speed X=1/250 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/250 s or slower . That’s on the
    Am I missing something?

  • A.T.M.

    I’m not really sure what to do with my hands right now….

  • benck

    Is it reasonable to expect the major online retailers to start taking preorders like within the next 24 hours or will it be a little longer (like next week or so)? With the products supposedly going into the hands of users by the end of next month, I would think orders will be happening sooner rather than later.

    • When the D3 came out, NPS members had priority. I don’t think many D3 units went to non-NPS members for the better part of 6 months or more. I could be wrong, but that’s what motivated me to get my NPS, so that I could get priority access to this unit.

      • benck

        That’s interesting and disappointing if true.

        • You take care of your best clients first, right? The ones who will, on average, have over $20,000 to $30,000 of kit, not just the lawyer who wants a fancy new camera. I feed my family with my camera. The D3 was also in incredible demand, in part due to the Olympics and Canon’s 1DIII horrible autofocusing problems, plus the ability to shoot a much higher iso and therefore higher shutter speed. A lot of pros switched to Nikon as a result, further fuelling demand, and therefore the short supply. This time around, Canon’s 1DX looks like it may stand up to the D4, so those pressures may not be there. It’s specs are very, very similar. Let’s see how its autofocus does in the heat.

          • benck

            Oh I certainly understand it. It just doesn’t make waiting for it any more enjoyable. I was hoping to have this before the start of the MLB season.

      • Zeke

        I’m not NPS, and I placed a pre-order for my D3 the day after it was announced. I got it in December ’07, about a week or two after the very first shipments.

        We weren’t in the middle of a big economic downturn then, and the D3 was a huge advance over what Nikon had before. If you wanted full-frame or low-light performance from a Nikon, it was the one and only game in town.

        Now, nobody has any money and the D4 is more evolutionary, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the cameras were easier to get. On the other hand, who knows what the supply situation is.

        • Exactly. That they will have any supply at all so soon after the earthquake is amazing. I just hope there are no bugs as a result of having to rebuild/recallibrate the factory. Even though it missed the tsunami, it did get a lot of shaking like the rest of Japan.

          • benck

            Well I imagine the D4 was originally planned to be announced last August, but the tsunami obviously delayed things. So the fact they have waited an extra 6 months makes me less concerned about quality. They obviously took their time and I’m sure they are just as concerned about putting out the best product they can.

            That’s good to hear about the availability of the D3. I’ll cross my fingers about the D4 availability.

  • Blank0

    There’s one tiny but really important spec here – finally, a headphone jack on a HD DSLR. About time. I hope that feature at least carries through to the D800. I rarely shoot sports, and like my cameras a little smaller, lighter (and cheaper) so I’ll be holding out to see how the D800 compares to the D4 before I decide which one will best fit my uses (documentary, journalism and video). I didn’t get the D3 because I don’t like these bulky big cameras, and I didn’t get the D700 because it lacked video. I used a D200 for a long time and I’ve been using the D7000 for over a year now and have been very impressed with the dynamic range and general image quality so I look forward to finally getting an FX camera to make proper use of all my non-DX lenses. It’s just a question of which one fits the bill. If there’s a lack of proper video features on the D800, it might have to be the D4, but there’s no way I’m spending more than I need to. For those that need it (sports journalists, mainly – some wildlife too I can imagine) this looks like a great camera. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the right features and price on a D800….

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