Precise, artistic... and it sees in the dark
No need to tell serious shutterbugs the obvious: the Nikon nameplate is purely legendary, and the D4s is the current DSLR flagship. From those two facts alone, you know this camera's going to have a LOT of features that make it special. But if for some reason you've just come out of hiding on a remote Pacific island, we'll clue you in on some reasons why this camera is an amazing value in its class.
Unlike some other cameras at the high end of the DSLR world (even some made by Nikon), the D4s is not out to overwhelm you with pure pixel counts. Its substantial 16.2-megapixels are plenty for its primary mission. What mission, you say? Simple: to give you the most uncompromising image quality and the best performance possible in challenging shooting conditions.
With its full-frame FX sensor and aforementioned pixel count, the sensor was a prime candidate for extension of its sensitivity range. And thanks to the latest EXPEED 4 image processing engine, Nikon was able to expand the ISO to a whopping 409,600. A close-up in a dark room at night, lit by one candle? Yes. The D4s can pull it off. Crisp, continuous, 11 frame-per-second action shots in the field? No sweat, because the 51-point autofocus system, informed by the 91,000-pixel RGB sensor, will keep you locked on target no matter how complex the scene in front of you.
Video without tradeoffs
In the past, those who have wanted to shoot video with their DSLRs have had to deal with one big quality downgrade at the end of the signal chain: substantial compression. In order to store video on internal memory cards, the signal had to be reduced in bandwidth by a compression scheme, and that led to undesirable artifacts in your video, especially when color correcting later. But the D4s has a spectacular feature — an uncompressed 8-bit, 4:2:2 HDMI output for video, which can be routed to a solid-state outboard video recorder for high-quality file capture while simultaneously allowing you to record to an internal memory card. The D4s can record stunningly smooth, full 1080p HD video at up to 60 frames per second, and even capture 2-megapixel stills at the same while shooting movies.
The Nikon D4s' controls are ergonomically placed, whether you're shooting in portrait or landscape mode
More mileage from your lenses
The D4s has another surprise in store: three different crop modes for HD video capture, at full FX, DX and 2.7X crop sizes. This gives you three different effective focal lengths from one lens, vastly increasing your creative composition opportunities from your collection of Nikon lenses.
Storage and accessory options abound
The Nikon D4s has been equipped with an industry-leading XQD memory card slot, optimized for data-heavy bandwidth uses like continuous shooting and HD video. There's also a standard CompactFlash slot. And, as you might expect, the D4s is compatible with a whole constellation of Nikon accessories, from NIKKOR lenses to Speedlight flashes. Plus, it offers the option of attaching a wireless transmitter, the WT-5A (not included), for secure and rapid file transfer. The WT-5A also gives you the capability of controlling your D4s with an iPhone® or iPad® through your device's web browser.