Nikon D4

Nikon D4

The Nikon D4 Digital SLR Camera is described as a “complete professional image machine” by the company. They would be quite accurate in their assessment. Designated specifically for professional photographers, the D4 fulfills and exceeds the requirements of the most demanding photographers.

This equipment is more than a digital camera; it’s a shooter’s bread and butter since it’s jam-packed with capabilities that are critical to getting the job done right the first time.

After building on the fundamentals of its predecessor, the D4 makes significant advancements in a number of areas that are certain to be appreciated. Among the camera’s many highlights are its 16.2MP 36 x 23.9mm CMOS sensor, which uses Nikon’s FX-format, as well as its EXPEED3 image processor.

In addition to the typical ISO range of 100-12,800, the ISO sensitivity may now be expanded as low as ISO 50 and as high as ISO 204,800. Additionally, continuous filming at 10 frames per second in FX format for up to 200 images at a time assures that the key moment is never missed again.

The D4 shoots in RAW, JPEG, TIFF, and RAW + JPEG formats, among others. RGB 3D Color Matrix III metering, center-weighted metering, and spot metering are all available as choices. Aside from that, suitable storage media includes the future of professional storage, XQD memory cards, and Type I CompactFlash memory cards, among other things (UDMA compliant).

Of course, NIKKOR AF-S and AF-I lenses are compatible with the D4 body, allowing photographers to choose from a diverse selection of lenses.

Additionally, the slightly larger LCD screen on the D4’s smaller brother would be a welcome addition. The D4 sports a 3.2-inch LCD panel, which is an improvement over the D3, with a 170-degree viewing angle, roughly 100 percent frame coverage, automatic monitor brightness management, and Live View.

In Live View, the image may be magnified up to 46 times in order to do on-the-fly focus confirmation. There are LED buttons all around the display to make it easier to operate even in low light. Also included as a fast access Live View feature, which allows you to quickly confirm exposure, white balance, monitor hue, histogram, focus modes (including autofocus area mode), and focusing accuracy with ease.

The D4 also has excellent autofocus capabilities, with 51 autofocus points, an AF mode selector lever, and a rapid AF point selection button.

Each of these components of the AF system works together to provide precise and quick shooting, whether the subject is a room full of youngsters or a high-speed sporting event.

A professional-level DSLR would be incomplete without the ability to record video in full HD, and the D4 is no exception. The D4 does this, making it equally useful as a tool for professional videographers as it is for professional photographers.

The D4 is more than simply a digital camera that can record video in 1080p broadcast quality at 30 or 24 frames per second; it also has complete manual control and the ability to connect an external microphone for stereo audio capture.

Cameras with Live View capabilities, such as the one described above, allow videographers to validate the recording of their film on both the camera’s LCD and an external (optional) display at the same time.

It also provides access to Picture Controls, which allow you to control the appearance and feel of the video while it is being recorded. Peak audio meters also allow the cameraman to manually alter sound levels in increments of 20 decibels in the field.

It is also possible to start and stop the viewing experience remotely utilizing wired and wireless remote devices, among many more options.

16.2 effective Megapixels on an FX-format CMOS sensor (36 x 23.9mm) manufactured by Nikon.

It strikes an excellent balance between high pixel count and FX-format sensor size, creating photos that are incredibly crisp, clear, and well-saturated. It also provides flexibility in post-production cropping, resulting in photographs that are suitable for magazine-quality print and web publication.

3.2″ Super-Sharp 921,000-Dot LCD Monitor with Automatic Monitor Brightness Control (3.2″ LCD Monitor with Automatic Monitor Brightness Control)

For bright, sharp picture playback, menu adjustment, and Live View shooting the LCD’s ambient brightness sensor automatically changes the LCD’s visibility depending to the surrounding environment. Images may be magnified up to 46 times in order to provide on-the-spot focus confirmation, which is essential for high-resolution photography.

Video in Full 1080p High Definition Broadcast Quality

Using Full 1080p video at 30 or 24 frames per second in the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC HD standard, you may produce full broadcast-grade video. Because of the 16.2Mp sensor and B-frame data compression, the D4 is capable of capturing high-quality video with unparalleled moving picture fidelity for clips up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds in length.

A quick sensor readout allows for a reduction in the rolling shutter, which is particularly advantageous during panning sequences.

View the Live View output on many external monitors at the same time and record uncompressed video through HDMI.

Observe video recording on both the camera’s LCD and an external display at the same time; this is very useful for focus pullers and camera operators. It is possible to skip memory cards and record uncompressed film straight from the image sensor onto an external storage device when you demand the greatest possible image quality.

The clean HDMI output signal is a 1080p video in 4:2:2 color space with a resolution of 30 frames per second (8-bit). Additionally, there are options for customizing the signal.

Crop Mode Settings for Full HD Recording with FX, DX (1.5x crop), and 1920 x 1080 (2.7x) Crop Modes

In addition to offering exceptionally shallow depth of field (DOF), the FX-based format also allows for wide-angle shooting. When using a current lens, the DX-based format provides a picture angle that is 1.5x crop to the focal length, making it suitable for situations where you can’t get near enough to the action with your present lens.

The 1920 x 1080 crop format provides you with a 2.7x magnification, which is even more of a telephoto effect. With the broad and complete array of NIKKOR lenses, you may experiment with diverse moods thanks to this level of versatility. Full HD 1080p output is provided by all three modes.

Typical ISO 100 to 12,800 range, expandable from ISO 50 up to ISO 204,800 equivalent range

When shooting at ISO 12,800, the 16.2 megapixel D4 delivers crisp, low-noise performance identical to that of its predecessor, the D3s, while expanding the range by one stop, thereby making ISO 100 standard.

Reduce sensitivity to ISO 50 equivalent for more harsh or demanding situations, or increase sensitivity to as high as ISO 204,800 equivalent. You may shoot comfortably in practically any light conditions – even in situations where the human eye has difficulty concentrating 10/11 frames per second with the D4.

Continuous shooting in FX format for up to 200 frames per second is possible.

In FX-format, you may capture 10 frames per second shutter bursts with complete AF and AE capability. Increase the frame rate in FX format to up to 11 frames per second, while keeping the focus locked on the position identified in the initial frame.

Faster, More Responsive 51-Point AF System

By working together like a net to capture moving images or by focusing on individual points for pinpoint precision. Focus on one specific point on your selected subject with a single autofocus point (AF point).

As with all AF NIKKOR lenses, each of the 51 autofocus points provides fast and accurate autofocus detection down to an impressive -2 EV (ISO 100, 20oC) in low light, allowing you to shoot more smoothly in low-light situations such as night stadium assignments and poorly lit indoor arenas, cathedrals, theaters, and other low-lit venues.

AF (Automatic Focus) Detection Up to an aperture of f/8

In order to detect contrast for both vertical and horizontal lines with lenses f/5.6 or faster, D4 places its 15 cross-type sensors in the middle of the image. The five central points in the middle line, as well as the three points to the left and right of them, are all compatible with f/8.

In order to get faithful colors and fine tones while maintaining a wide dynamic range, EXPEED 3 is used. Optimized for still images and high-definition video

EXPEED 3 produces still photographs that are true to color, well-saturated, and have a natural depth to them. Colors range from absolute pitch black to pure white, with subtle and nuanced variations in between. D4 output keeps smooth color gradation with rich tone and detail in photographs taken in low light conditions as well as in bright light.

With high ISOs in low light, the camera’s clever noise reduction reduces the amount of noise produced while maintaining or improving image clarity. Full HD 1080p video is displayed with less moiré, false colors, jaggies, and crisp edges than standard-definition video. Clarity is preserved thanks to noise reduction technology that was particularly created for video.

Audio Recording and Playback Control with High-Definition Audio Capability

The built-in external stereo microphone input, which may be used in conjunction with the optional ME-1 Stereo Microphone to capture crystal clear sound, can be precisely regulated in increments of 20 decibels. As you record, use headphones that are directly attached to the camera to check the audio in isolation. Adjustments can be made before or during the Live View recording process.

Time-lapse photography allows you to capture a wide range of scenes and subjects at a breakneck speed.

The D4’s time-lapse photography allows you to choose intervals and frame rates in order to powerfully convey slow-moving activities at dramatic speeds. When shooting time-lapse photography with the D4, you may achieve playback rates that range from 24 times to 36,000 times quicker than normal. Time-lapse photography files may be stored as video files as well as still images.

Advanced Scene Recognition System with 91,000 Pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering III and Advanced Scene Recognition System

Using the optical viewfinder to recognize faces and the 91K RGB sensor to analyze complex scenes, the camera is able to achieve outstanding auto exposure, auto white balance detection, autofocus performance, and i-TTL flash exposure.

There are two different Live View shooting modes.

The Photography Live View and Movie Live View modes provide greater versatility; exposure, white balance, monitor hue, histogram, focus mode, AF area mode, and focusing accuracy may all be verified with greater ease.

Using the built-in HDR feature, you may increase the dynamic range of your photos.

When two exposures at up to 3EV are combined, a picture with an incredibly broad dynamic range is produced with less noise and better color gradation than ever before.

For greater creative control, the flash compensation and exposure compensation have been separated.

In addition to the traditional global flash and background exposure compensation, as well as flash exposure compensation, the Nikon D4 includes a new function that allows you to compensate only the background exposure, independent of the subject illuminated by Nikon Speedlights, which is particularly useful when shooting in low light.

A dedicated Nikon Picture Control Button has been added.

While the convenient Picture control button gives six preset options for stills and video: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Landscape, and Portrait, the nine customizable settings allow advanced, individualized color management for stills and video.

Two Axis Virtual Horizon Graphic Indicator

Check the camera’s level using either the LCD monitor or the viewfinder; horizontally, or with the camera’s forward or rear rotation.

Operation of the Vertical Shooting System has been improved.

There is only one set of controls that can be used for both horizontal and vertical firing. Each set, which consists of a main-command dial, an AF-ON button, and an AF selector in the shape of a joystick, is laid out similarly to the other for more straightforward use regardless of camera position.

AF Point Selection is now more responsive.

In addition to the spherical multi-selector that is used for AF point selection, the D4 has a new joystick-style sub-selector made of rubber that is more sensitive to the touch of your finger. This new button, which is strategically placed for excellent control during both horizontal and vertical photography, allows for a faster movement of AF points.

Illuminated Buttons Make it possible to use the camera in low-light and even dark shooting conditions.

D4 employs back-illuminated operating buttons and release mode dials to provide excellent visibility in low light conditions.

Body made of magnesium alloy with weather sealing.

The D4’s body, exterior, and mirror box are made of a strong-yet-lightweight magnesium alloy, which allows it to function at its best even in the most challenging weather circumstances. This ensures the camera’s exceptional dependability as well as its very extended life. There are extensive procedures in place to seal and safeguard against the intrusion of moisture, dust, and even electromagnetic interference. Thorough weather and dust sealing system, along with extra Nikon engineering, further protects the camera body’s structural integrity.

Shutter Unit with Mirror Balancer with 400,000 Cycles of Durability and Accuracy

The D4’s shutter has been tested for 400,000 cycles on fully constructed cameras at extraordinary continuous burst rates for lengthy periods of time in order to ensure the highest level of dependability and performance.

A sophisticated mirror balancer minimizes the bounce of the mirror’s downward movement with such finesse that it extends viewing time and allows for more time for AF operation – one of the factors that allow for autofocus and focus tracking to be offered by the D4 even when shooting at high speeds in continuous mode.

Shutter Monitor with Self-Diagnostic Function

The D4 contains intelligent shutter monitor technology, which ensures that precise shutter functioning is maintained throughout the mechanism’s lifespan. If the camera detects a difference between the actual shutter speed and the right shutter speed, it automatically adjusts the shutter speed to the correct value.

WT-5A Wireless Transmitter Compatibility

It is possible to transfer photos to an FTP server or PC using the Image transmission option. Images can be selected automatically or manually and transmitted. With PC mode you may operate the D4 via Camera Control Pro 2.

For HTTP mode, you can use a web browser on a computer or smartphone to show thumbnails of images stored on the camera’s memory cards, or to create slide shows, view images, operate simple camera controls for remote shooting, or begin live view shooting, which includes video, which is new to the WT-5A. For HTTP mode, you can use a web browser on a computer or smartphone to show thumbnails of images stored on the camera’s memory cards or to make slide shows, view images, operate Release up to ten remote D4 camera and WT-5A combinations at the same time from a single master camera.

A remote control application for the WT-5A is also available as an optional download for the iPhone.

Intelligent Power Management is a term used to describe how a computer manages electricity.

The EN-EL18 rechargeable Li-ion battery, which is tiny and high-capacity, is used throughout the D4 to reduce power consumption and improve power management systems, resulting in even higher operational efficiency. It is possible to expect a lengthy battery life and the capacity to take around 2,600 photographs per charge.

Modes of Flashing Lights

Auto for the first curtain shutter, red-eye reduction for the second curtain shutter, slow rear curtain sync for the second curtain shutter, slow sync / red-eye reduction for the third curtain shutter

Nikon D4 Specs

MSRPUS: $5999.95, UK: £4799.99
Body typeLarge SLR
Max resolution4928 x 3280
Other resolutions4096 x 2720, 4096 x 3280, 3696 x 2456, 3200 x 2128, 3072 x 2456, 3072 x 2040, 2464 x 1640, 2400 x 1592, 2048 x 1360, 2048 x 1640, 1600 x 1064
Image ratio w:h5:4, 3:2
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photodetectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (36 x 23.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 3
ISO100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (204800 with boost)
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
Boosted ISO (maximum)204800
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (4)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
AutofocusPhase DetectMulti-areaSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousLive View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points51
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT color LCD with brightness control
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.7×
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Front curtain, Rear-curtain, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High-Speed Sync
Continuous drive11.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2-20 seconds, 1-9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 seconds)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing(2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (2-9 frames in steps of 1, 2, or 3)
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Storage typesCompactFlash, XQD
Storage includedNone
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Type C )
Wireless notesvia WT-5, WT-5A
Remote controlYes (via ten-pin remote terminal)
Environmentally sealedYes (Water and dust resistant)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion EN-EL18 rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries)1340 g (2.95 lb / 47.27 oz)
Dimensions160 x 157 x 91 mm (6.3 x 6.18 x 3.58″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (Playback speed 24x to 36000x )
GPS notesGP-1 or GPS device compliant with NMEA0183 version 2.01 or 3.01 (requires optional MC-35 GPS adapter cord and cable with D-sub 9-pin connector)

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