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Very nice camera
Pros: High quality construction, Image quality, features, and speed
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Item #: 054D4
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No need to tell serious shutterbugs the obvious: the Nikon nameplate is purely legendary, and the D4 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 D4 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 in challenging shooting conditions available.
With its full-frame FX sensor and aforementioned pixel count, the sensor was a prime candidate for extension of its sensitivity range, and so Nikon chose to expand the ISO to a whopping 204,800. A close-up in a dark room at night, lit by one candle? Yes. The D4 can pull it off. Crisp, continuous, 10 to 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.
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 D4 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.
The D4 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.
The Nikon D4 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 port. And, as you might expect, the D4 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, for secure and rapid file transfer. The WT-5A also gives you the capability of controlling your D4 with an iPhone® or iPad® through your device's web browser.
Not surprisingly, it's the overall recipe of features that makes this camera deserve the "flagship" title. Nikon says that it's done its best to strike an ideal balance between resolution, sensor size, image processing and ISO range in order to give us a camera that is as versatile and responsive as top professionals demand it to be. Add the fact that the magnesium alloy body is outstandingly rugged while providing for exceptional connectivity, and you'll find this will be your go-to camera for years to come.
For some solid lessons on how to best use the Nikon D4, check out the Nikon Digitutor D4 tutorial.
Very nice camera
HN, Bay area, CA
Average Customer Review(s):
Very nice camera
Pros: High quality construction, Image quality, features, and speed
Nearly 2 years after it's introduction, the D4 is still Nikon's flagship camera for the combination of reliability, mage quality, ease of operation, and speed with auto focus capability to f/8. This is my 2nd D4, which I use as a backup for the 1st D4 that was purchased in March 2012 for wildlife and bird photography. My 1st D4 has had 50,000+ activations without a single problem. Remember, when you get the camera, to upgrade the firmware to its current version.
Pros: Reliability, image quality, speed, and autos focus capability
Cons: Price and weight
This camera has brought my photographic capabilities to new highs. All are stunned by the amazing image quality being captured. It is nothing short of amazing! The metering, speed, auto-focus and dynamic range blew me away. Having a full frame sensor is like returning to 35mm film roots, getting the most out of every Nikkor lens I have.
Pros: This camera doesn't need an introduction. If you buy one, you know you got the best one there is on the market.
|LCD Screen Size||3.2"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||N/A|
CompactFlash Type I
XQD Memory Card
|Sensor Size||36.0 x 23.9mm CMOS|
|Highest Resolution||4928 x 3280|
|Video Resolution||1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||47.2|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Overview: The D4 is Nikon's new flagship digital SLR, built for today's professional photographer. It can produce stunning still images and broadcast quality video. The package includes the camera body with a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery pack and battery charger. The camera has the Nikon F bayonet mount, and is compatible with Nikon AF NIKKOR lenses, including Type G and D lenses, as well as DX lenses. No lenses are included with this "body only" kit.
Image Sensor: The D4 is equipped with the Nikon FX-format, 36.0 x 23.9mm CMOS image sensor with 16.6 million total pixels (and 16.2 million effective pixels). The Nikon FX format enables photographers to take advantage of the familiar perspective characteristics of 35mm film photography. You can choose to shoot in the FX format, or switch to 1.2x (30 x 20), 5:4 (30 x 24) or DX format.
Dust Reduction System: The camera has an integrated ultrasonic Self-cleaning Sensor Unit, which employs four different resonance frequencies to vibrate the optical low-pass filter and shake dust away from the sensor. Image sensor cleaning can be set to operate automatically when the camera is turned off or on, or can be operated from the camera's menu.
Magnesium Alloy Body: The D4 features rugged, durable and lightweight magnesium alloy for the body, exterior, and mirror box, to achieve better durability and lighter weight.
EXPEED 3 Image Processing: Nikon's EXPEED 3 technology provides superb image fidelity and reduced noise, even at high ISOs. EXPEED 3 can also handle data-intensive tasks, like Full HD video recording at broadcast quality 30p, with ease.
Still Image Size/Quality: The D4 records still images in JPEG, TIFF (RGB), and NEF* (RAW) formats. It can also record in both NEF (RAW) + JPEG formats simultaneously. JPEG images can set to fine (1:4 compression), normal (1:8), or basic (1:16) image quality. Depending upon the selected format (image area), you can choose from the following image sizes:
|Format (Image Area)||Large||Medium||Small|
|FX (36 x 24)||4928 x 3280||3696 x 2456||2464 x 1640|
|1.2x (30 x 20)||4096 x 2720||3072 x 2040||2048 x 1360|
|DX (24 x 16)||3200 x 2128||2400 x 1592||1600 x 1064|
|5:4 (30 x 24)||4096 x 3280||3072 x 2456||2048 x 1640|
|FX format 16:9
(Movie Live View)
|4928 x 2768||3696 x 2072||2464 x 1384|
|DX format 16:9
(Movie Live View)
|3200 x 1792||2400 x 1344||1600 x 896|
|FX format 3:2
(Movie Live View)
|4928 x 3280||3696 x 2456||2464 x 1640|
|DX format 3:2
(Movie Live View)
|3200 x 2128||2400 x 1592||1600 x 1064|
* RAW data from the image sensor is saved directly to the memory card in Nikon Electronic Format (NEF). Once transferred to a computer, NEF (RAW) images can only be viewed using compatible software such as the supplied ViewNX2 software.
Movies: The camera can record movies in MOV format with MPEG-4/H.264 advanced video coding and Linear PCM audio. Audio is recorded using the built-in monaural microphone, or an external stereo microphone. Image quality can be set to High or Normal. The maximum length of movies are up to 29 min 59 sec (20 minutes for High Quality movies). The available movie options include:
|Frame Size||Frame Rate||Maximum Bit Rate|
|1920 x 1080||30, 25, or 24 fps||High Quality: 24 Mbps
Normal Quality: 12 Mbps
|1280 x 720||60 or 50 fps||High Quality: 24 Mbps
Normal Quality: 12 Mbps
|30 or 25 fps||High Quality: 12 Mbps
Normal Quality: 8 Mbps
|640 x 424||30 or 25 fps||High Quality: 5 Mbps
Normal Quality: 3 Mbps
|1920 x 1080
|30, 25, or 24 fps||High Quality: 24 Mbps
Normal Quality: 12 Mbps
Dual Recording Media: The D4 has dual media slots that can accommodate Compact Flash (Type I) and the new XQD Memory cards. Images are recorded onto Type I CompactFlash memory cards (UDMA compliant) up to 128 GB, or XQD memory cards up to 32 GB. No memory card is supplied with the camera.
Memory Buffer: The camera is equipped with a memory buffer for temporary storage, allowing shooting to continue while photographs are being saved to the memory card. Up to 200 photographs can be taken in succession. The display will indicate the number of images you can take until the memory buffer is full.
LCD Monitor: The Nikon D4 features 3.2-inch, 921,000-dot (VGA), color TFT LCD monitor with a 170° wide viewing angle and 100% frame coverage. The monitor has adjustable brightness control using an ambient brightness sensor. The D4 features a Live View that lets you use the monitor in place of the camera's viewfinder to confirm your subject and composition while shooting.
Optical Viewfinder: In addition to the LCD monitor, the D4 has an eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder with approximately 100% frame coverage in FX format (97% in other formats). It has a diopter adjustment knob so you can set the viewfinder to your personal eyesight (with or without eyeglasses). The bright and sharp viewfinder makes focusing in low-light situations possible. The viewfinder offers approximately 0.7x magnification. The viewfinder also has a built-in eyepiece shutter to prevent light from entering the viewfinder when shooting self portraits on a tripod. The viewfinder uses a Type-B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with superimposed AF brackets and on-demand grid lines for clear and accurate focusing of your subject.
Ethernet and Wireless Networks: The D4 has an RJ-45 Ethernet port, and can be connected to an Ethernet network. You can also connect an optional WT-5 or WT-4 wireless transmitter to the camera's peripheral connector for connecting to a wireless network. Through the wired or wireless network, you can upload photos to a computer, control the camera from a computer (using special software), take photos or view existing photos remotely via a browser-equipped computer or an iPhone, and synchronize the shutter releases of multiple remote cameras with a controlling "master" camera (WT-5 only).
Electronic Virtual Horizon: The innovative Virtual Horizon provides instant, accurate confirmation of the D4's position relative to horizontal level. When using Live View, you can choose to display the virtual horizon on the LCD, a feature ideal for landscape and architecture photography. You can also level the D4 while looking through the viewfinder using the convenient analog scale.
51-Point Autofocus System: The D4 is equipped with Nikon Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module, which features up to 51 focus points. The system selects the focus point that best applies to the subject, demonstrating an outstanding level of precision, even when shooting in constantly changing conditions. All 51 focus points, including the array of 15 cross-type sensors located in the center, maximize the potential of lenses with maximum apertures of f/8.
Vertical Shooting Controls: The camera features separate controls that are positioned for use during vertical shooting: a shutter-release button, Fn and AF-On buttons, main- and sub-command dials and a sub selector. These controls allow you to operate the camera more naturally when the body is rotated counter clockwise for portrait-orientation photography.
AF-Area Modes: The D4 offers a choice of four focus area modes that together cover a wide area of the frame. The AF-area mode determines how the focus area is selected and what happens if the subject moves out of the selected focus area while the camera is still focusing. You can choose one of the following AF-area modes:
Focus Modes: You can choose from the following focus modes:
Predictive Focus Tracking: In continuous-servo AF, the camera will initiate predictive focus tracking if the subject moves toward or away from the camera while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway or the AF-ON button is pressed. This allows the camera to track focus while attempting to predict where the subject will be when the shutter is released.
Focus Lock: Focus Lock can be used to change the composition after focusing, making it possible to focus on a subject that will not be in a focus area in the final composition.
Electronic Range Finder: If the connected lens has a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster, the camera's Electronic Range Finder can be used to confirm whether or not your subject in the selected focus point is in focus (the focus point can be selected from any of the 51 focus points).
Release Modes: The release mode determines how the camera takes photographs. You can choose from the following shooting modes:
Interval Timer Photography: The D4 is equipped to take photographs automatically at preset intervals. Shooting will begin about 3 seconds after the interval is set or you can set a start time. You can also select the number of shots taken per interval. The images can be replayed at rates from 24 times to 36,000 times faster than normal. The images can be saved as a movie file (in 16:9 aspect ratio).
Exposure Modes: The Exposure Modes determine how the camera sets shutter speed and aperture when adjusting exposure. You can choose from the following Exposure Modes.
Long Time-Exposures: When Bulb shooting is selected, the shutter will remain open while the shutter-release button is held down. Bulb shooting is used for long time-exposure photographs of moving lights, the stars, night scenery, or fireworks (an optional tripod and optional remote cord are recommended to prevent blur).
AE/AF Lock: If your subject is off-centered in the frame, it can become difficult to achieve proper exposure and focus. By engaging the AE/AF Lock feature, you can focus and meter on your subject, lock the exposure and focus by pressing the shutter release button halfway, then recompose your shot before taking the picture. You can choose from the following AE/AF Lock settings: AE/AF Lock, AE Lock only, AF Lock only, AE Lock Hold, AE Lock Reset, and AF On.
Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from -5.0 to +5.0 EV in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV.
Metering: The D4 utilizes through-the-lens (TTL) metering using the camera's 91,000-pixel RGB sensor. You can choose one of the following metering methods:
Multiple Exposure: This feature records a series of two to ten exposures in a single photograph. Multiple exposures can be recorded at any image quality setting, and produce results with colors noticeably better than photographs combined in an imaging application because they make use of RAW data from the camera image sensor.
White Balance: White balance is used to preserve natural colors under different types of lighting. You can choose one of the following white balance options: Auto (2 options), Incandescent, Fluorescent (7 options), Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, or Shade. You can also choose a color temperature from a list of values (2500K-10000K), or manually set the white balance using the subject, light source, or existing photograph in the memory card as reference. The White Balance Fine Tuning feature allows you to compensate for variations in the color of the light source or to introduce a deliberate color cast into an image by adjusting the amber, blue, green and magenta color settings.
Bracketing: Bracketing automatically varies exposure, flash level, Active D-Lighting (ADL), or white balance slightly with each shot, "bracketing" the current value. You can set the increment to 1/3, 2/3, or 1 EV, and the number of shots to 2, 3, 5, 7, or 9. In exposure, flash level, and ADL bracketing, multiple shots are required to complete the "bracket" as the camera will vary the settings with each shot. With white balance bracketing, the camera creates multiple copies of each photograph, each with a different white balance. Bracketing can be combined with continuous shooting or the self timer modes.
ISO Sensitivity: ISO Sensitivity is the digital equivalent of film speed. You can set the ISO Sensitivity to Auto or Manual. You can manually select settings of ISO 100 to ISO 12800 in steps of 1/3 EV. When using Auto ISO, you can set a maximum value of 200, 400, 800, 1600, or 3200, as needed. For special occasions, expanded settings of Lo-0.3 (equivalent to ISO 80) through Lo-1 (ISO 50), and Hi-0.3 (ISO 16,000) through Hi-4 (204,800) are available.
Noise Reduction: Photos taken at high ISO sensitivities can be processed to reduce noise. The amount of noise reduction performed can be set to High, Normal, or Low.
Preset Picture Controls: The camera offers six preset Nikon Picture Controls. You can choose a Picture Control according to the subject or type of scene:
Picture Control Settings: The Preset Picture Controls listed above can be modified to suit a particular scene or your creative content. The following manual adjustments can be made:
Color Space: The color space determines the gamut of colors available for color reproduction. You can select either sRGB for photos that will be printed or used "as is" with no further modification, or Adobe RGB for images that will be extensively processed or retouched after leaving the camera.
Active D-Lighting: Active D-Lighting preserves details in highlights and shadows, creating photographs with natural contrast. Active D-Lighting offers the following application strength levels: Auto, Low, Normal, High, Extra High and Off.
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS): The D4 does not have a built-in flash. Optional flash units can be attached to the camera's accessory shoe. The camera supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System when used with CLS-compatible flash units, such as the SB-400, SB-600, SB-700, SB-800, SB-900, and SB-910. The following flash modes are supported:
Flash Control: The camera supports two flash control modes:
Flash Compensation: Flash compensation is used to alter flash output from -3 EV to +1EV in increments of 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, or 1 EV to change the brightness of the main subject relative to the background. Flash output can be increased to make the main subject appear brighter or reduced to prevent unwanted highlights or reflections.
FV Lock: This feature is used to lock the flash output, allowing photographs to be recomposed without changing the flash level and ensuring that the flash output is appropriate to the subject even when the subject is not positioned in the center of the frame. The Flash output is adjusted automatically for any changes in ISO sensitivity and aperture.
MC-30/MC-36 Remote Shutter Release: The MC-30 and MC-36 Remote Shutter Release cables can help prevent camera shake by triggering the shutter release without touching the camera. The MC-30 has a 32" cable, and plugs into the camera's 10-pin remote terminal. The MC-36 is 36" long and can be programmed for interval timer photography and long time-exposures.
ME-1 Stereo Microphone: The ME-1 can record stereo sound while shooting movies. Audio recorded with the ME-1 play back in stereo when the camera is connected to a TV via an HDMI cable.
GP-1 GPS Unit: The Nikon GP-1 is an optional GPS unit designed for use with Nikon digital cameras, including the D4. When connected (to the 10-pin remote terminal), the GP-1 allows the current latitude, longitude, altitude, and local time to be recorded with each photograph taken.
Additional Connectors: In addition to the 10-pin Remote Terminal and Microphone input, the D4 also includes the following connectors:
Auto Image Rotation: Photographs taken while Auto Image Rotation is set to "On" contain information on camera orientation, and allow the images to be rotated automatically during playback, or when viewed using the supplied ViewNX 2 or optional CaptureNX 2 software. Recorded orientations include Landscape (wide), Camera Rotated 90° Clockwise, and Camera Rotated 90° Counter-Clockwise.
Playback Menu: The playback menu contains the following options:
Single-Image Playback: During single-image playback, you can view all the pictures stored on the memory card one at a time.
Thumbnail Playback: This feature allows you to view four (2x2), nine (3x3), or 72 (9 x 8) images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly.
Playback Zoom: During single-image and thumbnail playback, you can zoom in on the selected image. You can zoom in up to 30x for large images, up to 23x for medium images, and up to 15x for small images. Once the image is enlarged, you can move it around on the LCD monitor using the multi selector.
Retouch Menu: The Retouch Menu allows you to create trimmed, resized or retouched copies of the photographs you have taken on the memory card. The Retouch Menu gives you the following editing options: D-Lighting, Red-eye correction, Trim, Monochrome, Filter effects, Color balance, Image overlay, NEF (RAW) processing, Resize, Straighten, Distortion control, Perspective control, Edit movie, and Side-by-side comparison.
Image Comment: The camera allows you to input up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text and save it to a recorded image. The comment can be viewed in CaptureNX 2 (software available separately) or the supplied ViewNX 2 software.
PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is a standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.
Battery: The D4 is powered by the EN-EL18 Lithium-ion battery (10.8V/2000mAh). A fully-charged EN-EL18 can provide enough power for approximately 2600 shots (CIPA standard). The battery charges in approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes using the supplied MH-26 battery charger.
Optional AC Adapter: You can power the camera for extended periods on ordinary household current with the optional EP-6 power connector and EH-7b AC adapter.
ViewNX 2: The supplied ViewNX 2 CD-ROM contains a Nikon Transfer 2 function for transferring pictures from the camera to the computer, where ViewNX 2 can be used to view and print selected images or to edit photographs and movies. ViewNX 2 is compatible with computers with the following Operating Systems:
Note: All installed programs run as 32-bit applications in 64-bit editions of Windows 7 and Windows Vista
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