Additional Nikon D4 coverage

"The live view image can be displayed on the iPad or iPhone screen and most of the key camera settings (though it would seem not aperture) can be adjusted via the interface. It is even possible to use the screen’s touch sensitivity to set the camera’s focus point."

"The camera will allow 3-5-7-or 9 exposures in either 1/3 – 2/3 – 1 full stop, plus 2 stops and 3 stops!!!! The possible dynamic range capture for very difficult HDR situations has been massively increased! The D4 also features a quick HDR feature that makes an in camera file based on a overexposed and normal frame."

  • Nikon D4 will start shipping around February 16th, 2012 - from an email sent to NPS members:

"Dear NPS Member,

Priority delivery on new, and sometimes hard-to-get products, is one of the benefits of being an NPS member. As Nikon approaches the delivery date for the exciting new D4 FX-Format Digital SLR Camera, we would like to offer you expedited delivery through your favorite Nikon Authorized Dealer. Deliveries are scheduled to begin on February 16, 2012."

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  • Brian

    The D4’s AF point toggle switch on the back reminds me of the same on my Contax N body.

    • D7000 Fan

      I love that autofocus toggle. I already have one on my D7k grip, and it is fantastic for autofocus selection, unlike the multiselector. Smart move nikon.

      • nwhiker

        My $30 Meike grip (for the D7k) has it

        • …my $60 Meike grip (for D300/D700) died after a year. They offered to fix/replace it, but shipping to China is more than I paid for the thing in the first place.

        • Samuel

          I had several issues with Meike grips on my D700 body. I’ve bought one, but was accidentally firing shutter so I get a replacement within warranty, but that one died after few first shots so I get 3rd replacement, but battery life was too short. I’ve returned the last one and bought original grip for my D700. After this point I hadn’t any issues and everything is working flawless. So I don’t think anymore that Meike grips are good choice.

  • There is new function button next to vertical shutter which is new I think.

    Still not clear if it has USB 3.0 or 2.0. And also ethernet connection speed if its 100 or 1000 MBps.

    • bigbt

      according to nikon usa
      HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
      Headphone Connector
      Stereo Microphone Input
      Super Speed USB 2.0 (sigh)

      • bigbt

        Further proof is the picture of connectors. It is clearly a standard mini-B-usb and NOT a usb 3.0 connection.

        • yo

          who cares? why would you buy a camera with swappable cards just to plug it to the USB to a pc? get a card reader with UDMA. it will be faster.

          • Steve

            Or the USB 3.0 XQD reader! Soon to be released by Sony.

          • Amen! No camera out there dump pics from a card as fast as my Sandisk FW800 reader. ($35 after rebate). I can’t remember the last time I wasted my time trying to plug a camera into a computer. Why bother?

            • I feel pretty lucky to have one of those too. They seem to be discontinued — at least I can’t seem to find any now that are less than nearly $200. It’s insane, and obviously WAY overpriced via third party sellers. Too bad, because if you have a Mac and CF cards, there is no better way to transfer the images to your computer. That thing is fast.

            • Otto Peter

              Tethered shootig perhaps? Although this, admittedly, would be more in the realm of the D4x.

    • bigbt

      I have not read anywhere that is MIGHT be gigabit ethernet?? Everywhere I’ve seen shows 100base-t. Provide a link if possible for the gigabit…that would be exciting

      • Manuel

        Any other than Gigabit Ethernet would be completely senseless. Let’ see!

    • jen

      do you download via camera and not card reader????

  • Sam

    The transmitter is very neat on the side. On the other hand it covers all the other ports – I guess you can’t have both!

    • Mac

      I guess WiFi and GPS as in every small and cheap $100 phone has not still been invented around Nikon’s factory.

      Otherwise if a $100 phone can have a Wifi and GPS why a $6000 camera could not?


  • Brian

    On the other hand, where did AE-L/AF-L button go? Did that become a special function assignable to AF-ON? Or is it what Koray mentions?

    • WoutK89

      AF-L and AE-L are now under the rocker switch selector (you have to push it to use the lock)

  • WoutK89

    you’re first to make a grammatical mistake (your is not same as you are (you’re)

    Is it just me, or was DPReview left in the dark on this one? Their coverage on this camera is below average to say the least.

  • LD

    Hey – what lens is there used on the transmitter image? Looks like a 24-70G but the front of the lens i rounded in a different way than the 24-70G or??

    • BillM

      It’s the new 70-200 f/4 VR I’ve been waiting for 😉 Seriously, it looks like the 24-70 to me…

  • Dweeb

    Does that free up the front port for Canon’s new GPS dongle?

  • It makes me cringe to see people “use up” their shutter cycles just for the show. The guy at the end of the Engadged video used up about 0.04% of the 400K cycles for which the shutter is rated. Sure, not a lot, but why put extra wear on a camera (even if it’s not your own)?

    Save the burst for when you really need it I say (those pesky humming birds can be blazingly fast!). But hey, I guess I’m just jealous that he was able to hold Nikon’s latest toy ;).

  • wublili

    They should have had the WT5 built in. It’s ridiculous to leave it out like that. The electronics would take the size of bit of a thumb inside the camera… But I guess it’s better money for Nikon to sell it separately.

    • BillM

      It would make the cost of the D4 more and some people don’t care about that feature, so keep the cost of the D4 down and provide an add-on option for others, seems reasonable. By putting it “in” camera, there might be some interference with the camera body for the wireless signal as well. I like that it is so small.

    • Benck

      Well if Nikon made the wireless transmitter built-in, then it would add more weight to the camera and everyone would be complaining that it’s heavier than the D3s! 😉

      I’m not talking about you wublili at all, just in general, but I have to say it’s funny reading people nit pick about every single line in the spec sheet. The Canon people are quick to point out that the 1Dx shoots at 11 fps and the Nikon only shoots at 10 fps as if the 0.01 second difference in frame rate is meaningful. Or that Nikon’s already perfect 51-point AF system was only “improved” and not completely revolutionized. I guess that’s to be expected from a new release. I’m sure once this gets in the hands of everyone things will become a little more rational. That is until the D4s rumors begin, haha.

    • WoutK89

      The true reason, there is more than 1 WT5 to be released, 4 if I am not mistaken, for different regions in the world. So now they can build the same cam for all over the world, but dont need to make it specific for a region. The accessory for now is a cheaper solution. It is already smaller than the previous WT’s.

      • BartyL

        I think if I were a globe-trotting photojournalist I would rather carry a number of different WT5s to suit different regions than a number of different bodies.

        Also, imagine arriving in region ‘X’ to find that in your haste to pack for the assignment you’d packed the camera for region ‘Y’. Carrying a short handful of WT5s means always having wireless capability wherever you go.

      • ausserirdischegesund

        If this were true, why am I allowed to travel with my smartphone?
        iPhones have WLAN included, so why should this be a problem for Nikon?

  • Kurtis Kronk

    That wireless transmitter is what I’ve been missing since switching to Nikon… oh how I want that. I do not want to spend $6k on a DSLR, but oh how I want that…

  • nuno santacana

    Those 12800 ISO samples doesn’t look better than D3s

    • They don’t look any worse either… wich is good considering the MP increase !

    • Budiman Lays

      You are right… the ISO 12800 Looks exactly just like D3S hahaha….. just this time they improve the MP counts

    • Paul H.

      Actually, both samples that I found at 12800 are underexposed. Most know that even slight underexposure at higher ISO’s will exacerbate the appearance noise. I’d like to see some controlled and well lit images at 12800 and higher before making a comparison to the D3S.

    • rob

      I’m attending the Joe McNally workshop yesterday and today and 3 Nikon Canada reps are attending and they brought 3 or 4 D4 bodies with them. I asked about high ISO images and they told me they won’t release any officially until production models are available. The bodies they have are still considers preproduction. In fact, they were doing a firmware update at the back while the workshop was going on.

  • Me

    Little real innovation on the D4, here comes a skeptical preview from Gordan Laing
    It goes a little bit in the same direction than the blog of Trey Ratcliff

    • iamlucky13

      The tethered interface and ability to tether over ethernet are more innovative than people are giving credit for. Man, if some of the 6-figure industrial measurement equipment we use at work had an interface like that, it could mean huge increases in productivity for us. I bet studio photographers will be raving over it, as well as just about anyone who has reason to set up remote cameras.

      It’s hard to innovate over the D3, so most of the other features are incremental improvements, and mostly related to video instead of stills. The video improvements are remarkable, however. 1080p30 and 720p60 was to be expected. I was not expecting either stepless aperture adjustments or live HDMI output, however.

    • Eric Calabros

      Gordon thinks Pro sport shooters get fooled by looking at features, as consumers do. totally wrong

    • Banksie

      I totally agree with Ratcliff. We’ve reached a plateau with conventional DSLRs and anything truly innovate in respect to IQ will be part of a new paradigm outside of the DSLR form factor. And from now on, each successive ‘new’ D camera will be the same thing: electronic tweaks that help with workflow.

      The ‘new’ D4 is for people who don’t have the D3s or may need a replacement because of wear or loss, and for DSLR videographers (video is where the D4 is truly ‘new’ relative to the D3.) Otherwise there is no cost effective advantage (in respect to capturing images as you have already been doing.) It’s really probably better to spend the cash on lenses and production costs, etc..

      • mikils

        or in D800! That will nicely complement either D3s and D4

        • Banksie

          “or in D800! That will nicely complement either D3s and D4.”

          Yeah, I may do that myself. The D800 for large prints and also as a smaller footprint when traveling and out on the streets, etc.. The 12MP D3s and a 36MP D800 could certainly complement each other. And if the dynamic range of the D800 is going to be somewhat close to MF, then it could be a less expensive way of getting good IQ and big print sizes. Although I kind of have my doubts due to the physical sensor size alone (between FX and a full MF sensor.) We’ll see…..

      • BartyL

        In the next 4 years (flagship DSLR cycle timeframe) the quality of EVFs will probably improve to be comparable with OVFs. The maligned Nikon 1 provides an insight into the future IMO. Mirror and pentaprism are 20th C solutions to the parallax problem posed by rangefinders. Discarding the mirror will be the next big step forward for this class of camera. Lighter, quieter, less (mechanically) complex machines with staggering frame-rates.

        • Calibrator

          I agree with your opinion and the time span you mentioned.
          The new Sony SLTs show the future more than anything, though. I wouldn’t get them for various reasons (lens selection, for one) and they still lose light thanks to the current state of fixed mirror and sensor tech but this will improve with the years to come.

          The EVF is a logical consequence simply because it will be cheaper to produce than an optical viewfinder at some point (if it isn’t already as you don’t need the mirror mechanics of a DSLR anymore).
          This configuration has some powerful advantages, too, like absolutely 100% viewing area, brightness according to ISO, HUD-like control elements with stuff like visible highlights etc.

          If sensor tech and mirror tech evolve to a point where you don’t lose brightness compared to professional DSLRs the whole market will shift. There will be only three types of cameras:
          – Cheap consumer cams without viewfinder (only LCD/OLED on back)
          – Prosumer and professional SLT-like cameras (Nikon may even use it already on the D5…)
          – Expensive “specialty cameras” with optical viewfinders for the diehard crowd and people both needing it and able to pay for it.

          Digital cameras are digital, after all, and the analogue/optical component will continue to be reduced to digital as much as possible, just to save costs. So whether people like it or not – the moving mirror will be mostly a thing of the past.

          • Calibrator

            After reading the Ratcliff article I now see that there are a lot of similarities in my argumentation (which I think is a good thing ;-)).

            The difference, however, is that I think that DSLRs like the D5100 and up won’t be replaced by EVILs but by fixed mirror designs like SLT (whatever one calls it to prevent patent infringing).
            Nikon may be more conservative than other manufacturers but this is because Nikon has more to lose: Their existing lensbuying customership — which is why they will switch to fixed mirror with anything above Nikon 1 and not dump lens-compatibility. Mr. Ratcliff may be able to keep using his expensive Nikon equipment (=lenses) in five years, when Nikon has established compatible SLT designs.

            Yes, it may take longer than five years – especially given the conservative nature of Nikon – and it may take even longer to get EVFs to clearly exceed OVFs in every aspect but it will happen and the Nikon 1 at least proves one thing: Nikon knows it. Perhaps better than most Nikon customers.

      • Nikon WTF

        as a D3S owner, I couldn’t agree more, 6K on pro glass makes more sense than on a D4 . A nice 200 f2 vrII for instance…

        • Carlitography

          yeah, but you did spend your 5k on the 3ds back in the day, didnt ya? 🙂

  • One thing I’ve noticed is that the Nikon site still only states up to 1 EV max increments in bracketing:

    Exposure bracketing 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV

    • Thomas

      Yeah right, so will be interesting to see who’s right.
      I personally would love to have 2EV steps in bracketing

  • sirin

    kind of disappointed with those 12K shots. the noise performance is great, but the colors went straight to hell into greenish yellows, as always. i was expecting it to be much more careful color-wise, but i guess we’re not there yet. (

    • Eric Calabros

      wait for D5. its 12800 is clean as 1DXs iso 100, and also generate photons for you not visible subject and absorbe them, a real threat to IR camera industry

    • Discontinued

      I was just going to say I am impressed by the 12K performance. Looks like D300 at 640.

  • Banksie

    And now the user will have to carry around two different CF cards to utilize the dual slots. They did this only so they wouldn’t anger potential buyers by forcing them to buy new cards (although you’re still going to have to get new cards to use BOTH slots.) So instead you’re stuck with a camera that uses two different protocols of CF. Now you have to fumble around to be sure you’re grabbing the right card and putting it in the right slot, etc.. And when the new XQD protocol becomes standard in all CF cameras, you’ll still have to keep some regular CF cards around to use both slots.

    I think the first production of D4 cameras will eventually become “that camera with an old card slot in it.” I’d probably wait until next year when they build the D4 with two XQD slots and when XQD has become the standard.

    I realize it’s no huge deal breaker to carry around two different kinds of cards, but it’s just going to be awkward nonetheless. And you’ll be fumbling around with two card readers, too. Changing protocols is always a PITA at first, but having both slots is an awkward ‘solution’ by Nikon.

    • Discontinued

      >>awkward ‘solution'<<
      You or others probably would have said the same for any of the two other options.

      • Banksie

        I personally wouldn’t have. There’s nothing about current CF cards that inhibits me from doing the work I need to do from a DSLR. And I wouldn’t have an issue getting new XQD cards if that’s what the new D4 required in both slots. It would just be part of the deal of being an early adopter.

        And this new XQD protocol is to be expected from the CF industry otherwise how do they keep sales and profits going? When XQD starts to become the accepted norm, then that will mean a new ‘refresh’ in sales and profits (a CF card doesn’t fail very often and you only replace them if you lose them or they eventually do die; they aren’t the same kind of consumable product like film is.) And in reality recording speeds are already fine with current CF and any real speed bumps are going to be bottlenecked by your computer (and WiFi) and not the card or the camera’s processor.

        I’d personally wait for a D4 that has both XQD slots. This ‘dual CF and XQD setup’ is for one reason only: to be sure people can use the camera now and not get pissed off because they have to buy the XQD card right away. Even though they’ll have to buy a new card anyway if they want to use both slots. And it’s also about being sure to announce that the new camera has the latest XQD capability (it would be stupid to not have it from a marketing standpoint.)

        So yes, I think a new D4 means an ‘awkward solution’ in respect to the fact that you’ll need two different types of cards to use the dual slots. And you’ll need to always have two different types of cards for as long as you own the camera. Wait a year instead….

  • HKW

    The announcement of D4 is held in Hong Kong as shown in youtube.

  • “The camera will allow 3-5-7-or 9 exposures in either 1/3 – 2/3 – 1 full stop, plus 2 stops and 3 stops!!!! The possible dynamic range capture for very difficult HDR situations has been massively increased! The D4 also features a quick HDR feature that makes an in camera file based on a overexposed and normal frame.”

    If I remember correctly my D80 could 9 exposures in 1/3-1 stops….

    • Sorry, but as a current active D80 user I can tell you D80 can only do 1/3 to 2 stop with 3 shot only. If you need to do a HDR photo with 9 exposures, you will need to set the EV 3 time to do that. Which is such a pain.
      And with the slow FPS on the D80, to do shot with fast moving cloud you are going to have huge trouble. Last time I try that it take me 3 hours in Photoshop just to repair the badly damage cloud in the sky

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  • Dan

    I wonder why the wired Ethernet port is built-in with Wi-fi optional, instead of the other way around. It would be trivial to design a “dongle” no larger than the one that provides the WiFi, and connecting to the same port (or, frankly, connecting to no port at all, but talking to the camera via WiFi) that provided wired Ethernet for the 7 photographers who actually prefer it over WiFi, while the space of the bulky RJ-45 was used for a WiFi or even WiFi/GPS chip and antenna. The only thing I can think of is that the antenna was tricky because of the camera’s metal shell?

    • NoFunBen

      WiFi uses different frequencies in different country’s. they would have to make a different camera for each market .

      • jeffs

        That’s the line from Nikon but I think its simply the desire to make more money from a customer base they know will fork it over. After all, my $99 smartphone has WiFi and I can travel with that. So much for regulations. They simply need a menu option in which to select your location (or perhaps build in GPS instead of an awkward add-on). Oh, wait, that is built into my phone as well!

  • more D4 ISO samples just added to this post:

    • I took the 203200 ISO photo and ran it through Noise Ninja. Wow.
      Yes, it’s still grainy, but it’s mind boggling to see what can can be done at 203200 ISO.
      See it here . . .!i=1662116675&k=nfvw725

      Scroll down to see the Noise Ninja version. Yes, it would be a better example with a full resolution photo instead of the screen resolution I grabbed from the web.

      We’ve come a loooong way from the days of pushing Tri-X. 🙂

  • Clark Tanaka

    So do we no longer get the plastic protection cover for the back LCD?

    • NoFunBen

      the d3 did not come with a plastic lcd cover, just hardened glass. so it is the same.

  • Manuel

    As far as I can judge from the photos from, the new design with the higher shoulders lets the camera with the photographer’s hands on it appear much smaller to a bystander, compared to a D3. That’s quite nice.

  • Just wondering Admin, are there any samples of the new 85mm f/1.8? 😀

  • bigeater

    Every photo I’ve seen of this camera makes it look twice the size of the D3 and even bigger than an old Pentax 6×7. And the lens they show look gigantic. Is it really that big or are they only letting people with tiny hands hold it?

  • malchick74

    Well… for the HK launch I dropped by at the last minute and could’ve slipped in… only that I got cold feet. Some press guy was kind enough to grab me a kit on the way out, although in the end I still couldn’t secure a brief hands-on. Dang!!

    But from my observations, the interview/photo sessions went on forever. By 3pm the press folks were still busy testing the hardware etc. — although, the venue was in the process to be cleared for a night wedding banquet.

    One thing is strange though. Nikon HK has its own PR team which had been responsible for past press launch events, but since the local Nikon 1 system launch, PR operations has been outsourced to a third party (this one is no exception). I don’t understand why.

    BTW, didn’t know Endgadget has a local operations there. (Just saw their videos)
    Good. Let me see if I can get to them and ask for any help with press materials etc. etc. next time during the D800 launch. Wish me luck.

  • Sean

    I can’t understand anyone complaining about this camera. It looks to be better in every respect than any predecessor (or competitor) without much useless bloat added. You asked for pro calibre video? There you go. You asked for high ISO performance? Done. You asked for reasonable MP count? Seems just right. You asked for improved ergonomics? Nicely done.

    In fact, aside from me not having $6000 today, the D4 seems perfect for my professional needs. Well done Nikon!

    …And live view with full control on the iPad? So cool. Would be awesome to see some third party app developers really make this feature shine. Fingers crossed for APIs!

  • jim

    Guys does the crop factor only work in video mode or its possible in Still Mode also ?

  • Sean

    …Oh, and I just noticed the backlit buttons… That’s so Macbook Pro. Nice touch when shooting at night.

  • Doctor_EVIL (Russia)

    Very weak picture on ISO-12800, approximately at level D700 or even concedes to it. On ISO-2000 in general a nightmare!

  • As per people demand from yesterday post (see Additional ISO 12800 samples), I’ve compiled a new post with more samples: ISO 50, ISO HI 1 & HI 3, more ISO 12800 and some videos.

    Also, the images are in higher res (2048 px).

    • THE MAN

      Amazing colour rendition at ISO 12800…there is still an element of finesse in the photo…totally usable for that particular scenario.

      Would like to see more ISO 12800 samples in an environment with more black shadows if available…

    • Thanks!

    • Thomas

      Thanks Alin for your work.
      Were these jpg straight out of the cam or processed externally from RAW?

  • Boxphoto

    I heard that my old ML-L3 remote used with my retired D80 will work with the D4. Is there any truth to this? Would be nice. I was disappointed my D300 could not utilize this very small and inexpensive remote.

    • Boxphoto

      NR Admin – thanks! Just saw you answered my question on your recent D3s/D4 comparison post. Glad to hear that the D4 can use the ML-L3.

  • PhilK

    Re: WiFi – yes there are different frequencies used in different countries, but technically they can build them all in (they are all very close together in the 2.4 Ghz frequency band) and simply enable the requisite freq’s via region-specific firmware. (this is typically what is done in portable computers etc with embedded wifi)

    What I would really like is 5Ghz support. The product page for the WT-5 on the Nikon USA site doesn’t have any detailed specs.

    Regardless, they made a huge improvement in compactness from the WT-4, and people are still griping. 😛

    I’m sure the D4 is a great camera. Looking forward, here is my current wishlist for the D4s:

    -USB 3.0
    -2x XQD slot (no CF)
    – Built-in GPS (looks like the WT-5 and GP-1 may not be simultaneously attachable)
    – Focus points spread wider in the frame
    – The usual tech improvements

    And for the D5:

    – New, larger, fully electronic lens mount, inc full compatibility with F-mount through full-function adapter. (Time to stop getting slapped by Canon with high-speed lenses that are very difficult to produce in F-mount)

    – Mirrorless
    – Ultra-high resolution eye-level EVF
    – Attachable EVF options (waist-level, zoomable, etc)
    – Ultra-high frame-rate, optional electronic shutter
    – “AF bracketing” using ultra-high frame-rate
    – Eye-controlled focus point selection option

  • Delacroix

    Sorry , but the color @12800 iso are just awful

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