Nikon D4 (s)
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The Nikon D4, launched the 6 January 2012, replaces the Nikon D3s, but not the D3x which is still available.
The D4's design, as D800 is signed by Guigaro (Italdesign) and is closer of the shapes of Canon 1dx. This design less traditional Nikon is however rather elegant, the lighter case and a little less bulky than D3.
The Nikon D4 is the new professional camera with Nikon’s FX-format (36.0mm x 23.9mm) CMOS image sensor delivers 16.2 effective megapixels (7.3-micron pixels), enable image capture up to 10 fps with full AE/AF performance, ISO range of 100 to 12,800 (expandable down to 50 and up to 204,800), new EXPEED3 image processor, a 91,000-Pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering III 9 with Advanced SRS Face detection. 100% Viewfinder Frame Coverage, Dual memory card slots CF (UDMA 7) and XQD. 400,000-cycle tested Kevlar/carbon fiber-composite shutter.
This camera confirms that the Photo part is now mature, if sensitivity and the number of pixels of the sensors increase, it is more improvements than technological jump.
Nikon integrated video into its flagship camera to answer the market's request and come back on this market initiated and dominated by the Canon 5D MarkII.
Nikon D4 offers a D-Movie function working with Multi-Area Full HD D-Movie Video Recording Modes on FX-format and DX-format, and 1920x1080 Crop format, an uncompressed video via HDMI. In low-light, all operation buttons and dials are beautifully backlit to facilitate operations, It has also plug for ME-1 Stereo Microphone and on-screen audio level indicators and a headphone jack help you monitor and adjust audio in 20 incremental steps. It is possible to regulate the audio part in a way isolated before and during recording, an adjustment of entry line for linear recorders PCM is also provided. Shutter and diphram have now separate motors that allows to change aperture during video shooting.

inside the Nikon D4

Nikon D4 system
The Nikon D4 system

In March 2012, Nikon Sendai factory plans to produce 5000 D4 and 30.000 D800 cameras ... per month.

Nikon D4 has the following key specifications:

The Nikon D4s, announced in February 2012 after the winter games of Sochi 2014, which replaces the D4 retains the same design.
Among the improvements : a 'newly designed' full frame CMOS sensor of 16.2 effective megapixel (16.6MP total), is able to take 11fps shooting with AF, an ISO Range of 100-25,600 (extendable until 409,600 ISO), a EXPEED4 image processor, a video part upgraded with 1080p50/60 HD video with uncompressed video output, A new EN-EL18 battery and a Gigabit Ethernet built-in plug of 100/1000TX, a new 'small' Raw sizeformat, and a new group area AF feature.
It is proposed at the price of 6500 $ (February 2014).

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Created January 5th 2012, Updated February 25th 2014
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