Nikon D4 overview

UPDATE: Click here to read our first impressions of shooting with a the D4 (including samples)

Like its predecessor, the Nikon D4 looks as if it’s going to be an incredibly impressive camera. Nikon has looked to its professional user-base and tried to work out what it needed to add or adjust on a camera that just a couple of years ago represented the best they were capable of. The result is a camera with few big changes but a extensive series of small improvements.

The biggest change is, of course, the improvement in video capabilities. Given the increasing demand for video footage from professional photographers, and the incredible success of Canon’s 5D Mark II in the professional video market, it was inevitable that Nikon’s pro flagship would need to offer a more compelling feature set than the existing models.

Beyond this, the changes to the stills-shooting specifications are relatively modest – there’s a higher-resolution, 16.2MP, full-frame CMOS sensor and the ability to shoot at 10 frames per second with autofocus, but that’s about it. The new chip's capability has prompted Nikon to offer an ISO range from 100-12,800 that can then be extended to 50 – 204,800 (Hi4). The significant changes, beyond video, are a profusion of smaller tweaks, additions and improvements to what was already a well worked-out camera. These include a carbon fiber shutter rated to 400,000 actuations that can fire at up to 1/8000th of a second.

The biggest technical changes are the addition of a 91,000 pixel ‘metering’ sensor, replacing the 1005 pixel example used up until now. This sensor is used for much more than just metering, playing a key role in subject tracking, white balance and 'Active D-lighting' (a trick Canon seems impressed with, given the appearance of a similar system in the 1DX). The higher-resolution sensor allows the camera to offer face detection when shooting through the optical viewfinder.

Then there are the ergonomic changes to the camera’s body. Again like Canon’s 1DX, moves have been made to make the ergonomics of portrait-orientation shooting more closely resemble those of shooting in landscape format. The camera no longer features a dedicated AFL button, instead gaining push-button joysticks for both the vertical and landscape shooting orientations. An additional rubberized lump has also been added to provide a better grip in the vertical orientation and an additional function button added next to the vertical shutter button.

Key Specifications:

  • 16.2 effective megapixel, full-frame sensor (16.6MP total)
  • 10fps shooting with AF and AE, 11fps with focus and exposure locked, 24fps 2.5MP grabs
  • 91,000 pixel sensor for metering, white balance, flash exposure, face detection and active d-lighting
  • ISO Range 100-12,800 (extendable from 50 – 204,800)
  • MultiCAM 3500FX Autofocus sensor works in lower light and with smaller apertures
  • Two sub-selector joystick/buttons for shooting orientation
  • 1080p30 HD video at up to 24Mbps with uncompressed video output
  • New EN-EL18 battery (21.6Wh capacity, CIPA-rated at 2600 shots)
  • Twin card slots - one Compact Flash and one XQD

Click here to read page 2 of our Nikon D4 Overview

Comments

Total comments: 859
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Shahi Hasan
By Shahi Hasan (Jan 6, 2012)

Great Stuff, very impressive features.

0 upvotes
olindacat
By olindacat (Jan 6, 2012)

Glad they've finally come out with something. I guess time will tell just how good it really is, and if it is worth the price. I have been waiting to pounce on a FF Nikon with 1080p* video. I wonder what else they have up their sleeve for 2012?

1 upvote
korayus
By korayus (Jan 6, 2012)

On NikonUSA site D4 has USB 3.0 connection. Interestingli on DPreview spect and niconusa thet never mention about ethernet port but on dpreview page 3 there is a ethernet connection picture... So confusing :)
http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Digital-SLR-Cameras/25482/D4.html#tab-ProductDetail-ProductTabs-TechSpecs

0 upvotes
korayus
By korayus (Jan 6, 2012)

On NikonUSA site D4 has USB 3.0 connection:
http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Digital-SLR-Cameras/25482/D4.html#tab-ProductDetail-ProductTabs-TechSpecs

0 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Jan 6, 2012)

I'm afraid our database doesn't yet support USB 3.0, I'll get it added in the morning.

3 upvotes
yet another anonymous
By yet another anonymous (Jan 6, 2012)

Yes, this is interesting.
I checked the same info from http://www.nikon.co.jp/ (in Japanese). I found that the USB interface of D4 was High Speed USB (USB2.0 not USB3.0) and wired Ethernet was mentioned.
I think they changed the interface at last minutes.
Did they make a right decision? It is hard to say.
As the targeted D4 users are high-end professionals, the choice may be right.

0 upvotes
RovinHoot
By RovinHoot (Jan 6, 2012)

Must be a mistake on Nikon USA website, there is no USB 3.0 connector on the camera. Looking at the picture in this article all I see is a Mini USB 2.0 port, the 3.0 connector is different.

0 upvotes
BR41NFCK
By BR41NFCK (Jan 6, 2012)

They should have added thunderbolt next to the USB.

2 upvotes
MasterOfGoingFaster
By MasterOfGoingFaster (Jan 6, 2012)

Thunderbolt? Why do you want a connector that only a few computers use? USB 3 is much more useful, works with all existing modern computers, and will get faster as you get a computer with a USB 3 port. That ethernet port will be very useful.

0 upvotes
Stanchung
By Stanchung (Jan 7, 2012)

i would want a thunderbolt and you can get an adapter for anything else.

0 upvotes
nathanleebush
By nathanleebush (Jan 6, 2012)

I'm a Nikon shooter, but on the spec sheet at least, Canon looks stronger.

My take here: http://arcrental.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/nikon-d4-vs-canon-1d-x-the-race-begins/

3 upvotes
Stanchung
By Stanchung (Jan 7, 2012)

sounds like fair comment-but 18 mp means 11% slower productivity and shooting more FPS means even more to go through. Real life? I don't shoot flying jets or F1[that ppl pan anyways] so this camera will be fine IMHO.

0 upvotes
jmmgarza
By jmmgarza (Jan 6, 2012)

Will this camera get an 80+ review from DPReview?

0 upvotes
a l b e r t
By a l b e r t (Jan 6, 2012)

The question should be: would it get more than 89, which is the score for D3s?

2 upvotes
BR41NFCK
By BR41NFCK (Jan 6, 2012)

The question is not IF it will score better but HOW MUCH better it will score ;-)

2 upvotes
pacogwapo
By pacogwapo (Jan 6, 2012)

OMG!!!!!

0 upvotes
Neil
By Neil (Jan 6, 2012)

Nice but will stick to my D3x for now. 10fps & video is not important to me.

Neil

5 upvotes
ezradja
By ezradja (Jan 6, 2012)

Canon video user but use Nikon for studio work here. Nice high end camera, probably would never handle this one just like the Canon 1D series. Too expensive :)
The clean video output is the greatest thing this camera has, probably, but the limitation of 30fps would turn off a lot of video-makers. You know, 24fps holy-grail. :)

Same price range, similar spec (compared to 1Dx), I would predict that the photo performance would be in similar fashion. Noise, Color, speed etc etc.
In video area, 1Dx has new h264 coding method that made it easier to edit but the D4 has clean external output (that you could put external recorder such as atomos ninja or else)

2 upvotes
Alexey Polonsky
By Alexey Polonsky (Jan 6, 2012)

citing from the preview:
"D4 can shoot 1080p movies at 30, 25 or 24 frames per second and at up to 24Mbps."

3 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 7, 2012)

Yeah, it's 30fps, 25fps, AND 24fps, folks.

But of course the maximum bitrate of "up to" 24Mb/sec for video is a cruel joke from Nikon, you can get the same these days out of any $300 bridge camera. At that low of a recording bitrate (probably only a sustained 21Mb) and a lowly 8-bit color, the video quality of the D4 will not be all that great, I fear.

0 upvotes
Sanook777
By Sanook777 (Jan 6, 2012)

USB 2.0 for transfer :(

No Thunderbolt, fire-wire or even USB 3.0, This seems to me to be a huge oversight for an updated 2012 camera shooting such large file sizes.

Very disappointed on that one......

7 upvotes
lifesayko
By lifesayko (Jan 6, 2012)

USB 3.0

http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Digital-SLR-Cameras/25482/D4.html#tab-ProductDetail-ProductTabs-TechSpecs

1 upvote
migus
By migus (Jan 6, 2012)

Ethernet (GigE?) and USB3 are mighty fine. Thunderbolt not likely too soon in cameras, for power reasons; i also can't justify addding PCIe to a camera that already sports GigE (if true), USB3 and HDMI1.4a

1 upvote
ezradja
By ezradja (Jan 6, 2012)

well just use your usb 3.0 card reader then tsk tsk tsk

4 upvotes
jmmgarza
By jmmgarza (Jan 6, 2012)

If you are a very-busy working photojournalist this is the perfect camera. If you are not, other cameras will take excellent pix and don't cost or weigh as much. If I was rich and had money to blow to impress the yokels... this is the perfect camera. Great lenses back up this camera. I have used the Nikkormat, F1 to the D3s. This is a worthy successor. Recently I pulled my Nikkormat out of mothballs to take pix of friends lecturing on photography at UCLA. Fun times.

6 upvotes
pboehi
By pboehi (Jan 6, 2012)

I am rich and have money to blow and have ordered this camera today! My only gripe is the fact that maximum regular iso is still 12'800, I hoped this would be bumped up with the d3s successor. I shoot a lot of low light concert photography, so let's see how the sensor holds up at high isos.

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djedi
By djedi (Jan 6, 2012)

Hey, how about sharing? I'd love to test-fly thiis baby for roller derby, but oh, that price. My wife would skin me alive.

0 upvotes
Debankur Mukherjee
By Debankur Mukherjee (Jan 6, 2012)

Excellent release from Nikon, but people who want high quality video - why dont they buy a dedicated HD Video Camera to do their Video work ??

By the way when will the D700 replacement come up ?? 8-))

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1 upvote
ezradja
By ezradja (Jan 6, 2012)

hmm, point me if there are any HD video cameras (non DSLR) with full frame sensor, pretty please

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2 upvotes
MaikeruN
By MaikeruN (Jan 6, 2012)

there are. But non under $20k body only.

2 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 7, 2012)

Hmmmm, here we go again with these totally uninformed questions. From people who obviously know nothing about professional video camcorder sensor sizes, weight, and prices vis-a-vis what today's HDSLRs can deliver.

0 upvotes
Stanchung
By Stanchung (Jan 7, 2012)

Agreed-Francis but we have you & others to inform them. ^^

0 upvotes
Solarcoaster
By Solarcoaster (Jan 6, 2012)

Nice camera, but it costs $6000. Very few people need that many buttons on a camera. I'll be more interested in something at around $2000 like teh Sony A850 was.

0 upvotes
Fullframer
By Fullframer (Jan 6, 2012)

Wait for the D800 version. If history repeats itself the D800 will be HALF the price of the D4 with the same image quality in a smaller-lighter body.

1 upvote
Stanchung
By Stanchung (Jan 7, 2012)

Then go buy the Sony. I prefer buttons than menus. In fact I want one that can talk to me like Siri.

0 upvotes
kevwil
By kevwil (Jan 6, 2012)

I heard 16-bit raw files - if that's true, that's medium format territory. *drool*

Wondering why the card slots are different formats is giving me a headache.

0 upvotes
MashingTheGas
By MashingTheGas (Jan 6, 2012)

Faster image processing?

http://photorumors.com/2012/01/06/sony-unveils-new-high-speed-xqd-memory-cards/

0 upvotes
lightshooter98
By lightshooter98 (Jan 6, 2012)

At least for me... it will allow use of my old CF cards while I slowly build inventory on the new XQD cards.

0 upvotes
photo perzon
By photo perzon (Jan 6, 2012)

I cannot see true pros who need this godzilla monster in the same web site as those of us trying to decide wether to stuff a Sony 5N or NEX7 or m4/3 PM1 or GX1 in our jacket.

6 upvotes
Roger Knight
By Roger Knight (Jan 6, 2012)

Believe it or not photo perzon, there are people who read this site daily that would readily buy this D4 plus lenses and carry with a Leica M9 too. Sadly that is not me! But there are a lot of people to whom $50,000 is not overboard for their Photo kit.
Just as there are many who will buy a Ferrari for themself and a Fiat 500 for their girlfriend. (The a car for their wife is another matter again).
So what I'm pointing out is that there are entheusiasts and consumers at all levels to whom this blog appeals and is relevent. Not just thee and me.

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nikonnikon
By nikonnikon (Jan 6, 2012)

agree with roger, there are people out there who still prefer this 'godzilla monster' than nex7 or other m4/3, they divided into 2 group which are true pros and true enthusiastic. pros will carry this monster to warzone without worrying physical damage will ruin it. and enthusiastic, they will buy anything they like even this monster although they dont need or understanding what the price had offer to them.

4 upvotes
Double Dust
By Double Dust (Jan 6, 2012)

pros go to warzone? silly statement. pros also use little ones because not every pro wants to show he's a pro!

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Jan 6, 2012)

well there are some ferrrari owners sure.... but in the camera market it´s the normal customer who brings in the big money... not the D4 or 1D buyer.

1 upvote
MaikeruN
By MaikeruN (Jan 6, 2012)

Big money in consumer products yes, but its flagships like these that make the reputation

1 upvote
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 7, 2012)

Six thousand dollars today is not much for a good digital camera, really.

0 upvotes
Stanchung
By Stanchung (Jan 7, 2012)

It's a great digital camera-as a video camera it's just good. LOL

I remember drooling over an F4 but could only afford an F80, I enjoyed my camera very much and I only use a D7K at the moment-so come Feb D800 is very welcome.

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pacogwapo
By pacogwapo (Jan 6, 2012)

this is handsome! love this much, i want one.

3 upvotes
Sanook777
By Sanook777 (Jan 6, 2012)

Id the D4 using Thunderbolt, Fire-wire, USB3 or some combination?

0 upvotes
Webb Deneys
By Webb Deneys (Jan 6, 2012)

Ethernet maybe? I will say I have always used the cards not the camera so it has not been something I have worried about.

1 upvote
MashingTheGas
By MashingTheGas (Jan 6, 2012)

This may not be enough to convert D3s or D3X users, but for those of us with D300s and D2Xs it's the perfect upgrade. Already put my deposit down at my local camera retailer. Can't wait till February and hope the delivery predictions are accurate.

6 upvotes
Jogger
By Jogger (Jan 6, 2012)

if you want to shoot with dual cards for redundancy, youre going to have to pick up a qxd card.. i dont suppose those are going to be cheap

0 upvotes
MashingTheGas
By MashingTheGas (Jan 6, 2012)

Or readily available for a while. IMHO the benefit will be tied directly with the video capability. A fast CF card with 32GB (now priced well below $150 (capable of holding 1,200 RAW images) will cover stills and the XQD will cover vids.

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Jurgen M Lobert
By Jurgen M Lobert (Jan 6, 2012)

That was a stupid decision. Professionals will want two of the same cards, not two different ones, of which you can't yet buy one...

2 upvotes
MashingTheGas
By MashingTheGas (Jan 6, 2012)

Surprisingly NOT as expensive as I thought they would be.

http://photorumors.com/2012/01/06/sony-unveils-new-high-speed-xqd-memory-cards/

1 upvote
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 7, 2012)

XQD card prices for 16 & 32MB cards, also XQD card readers $45 from Sony.

http://www.sony.net/Products/memorycard/en_us/xqd/index.html

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/sony-unveils-new-high-speed-xqd-memory-cards-136787368.html

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Stanchung
By Stanchung (Jan 7, 2012)

If you're shooting video- you'd like be shooting tethered. 32GB runs out very fast.

0 upvotes
a l b e r t
By a l b e r t (Jan 6, 2012)

Batt capacity went from 28W for D3s to 22W for D4...hmmm...

0 upvotes
a l b e r t
By a l b e r t (Jan 6, 2012)

Batt life went from 4600 shots (CIPA) on D3s to 2600 on D4. That's a pretty big drop.

6 upvotes
tbower
By tbower (Jan 7, 2012)

That's right and the camera has additional features that use power such as the bigger LCD and the lighted buttons.

0 upvotes
Octane
By Octane (Jan 6, 2012)

Looks like a very solid improvement in every aspect and expanding the low light capabilities is a high deal for many photographers.

The price is disappointing to be honest.

5 upvotes
MaikeruN
By MaikeruN (Jan 6, 2012)

serious? this is pretty cheap

2 upvotes
Tubed_Jazz
By Tubed_Jazz (Jan 6, 2012)

Did I read the spec's correctly, that it has a tilting articulated LCD?

Nice, if true.

0 upvotes
Jurgen M Lobert
By Jurgen M Lobert (Jan 6, 2012)

I wish! I believe it means: you have to tilt the camera to see the image... :-) 170° viewing angle, though.

0 upvotes
Tubed_Jazz
By Tubed_Jazz (Jan 6, 2012)

They changed it to "fixed" - must have been a typo :(

1 upvote
Aaron MC
By Aaron MC (Jan 6, 2012)

That uncompressed video stream is very cool. Actually, it's the only cool thing on the camera. Everything else is purely evolutionary.

1 upvote
graybalanced
By graybalanced (Jan 6, 2012)

They need to be more specific about what that means. Technically, nobody has uncompressed video output except in very high-end studios with extremely fast custom-built computers.

All HD video is compressed, especially coming out of a handheld camera. It is only a matter of how much. H.264 is notorious for being compressed too much, for delivery, instead of for editing. What it sounds like is that the D4 dials back the compression a bit to make the codec more edit-friendly.

But it will still be compressed. You could bet any amount of money on that.

0 upvotes
TCSJordan
By TCSJordan (Jan 6, 2012)

The HDMI out will us inter-frame compression, which leads to higher resolution, especially when the frame is filled with motion. Colour space and latitiude will still be compressed. My Hyperdeck Shuttle is on order right now in anticipation!

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aruk5
By aruk5 (Jan 6, 2012)

also will it be uncompressed 1920 x 1080 video or will it be like in some models of red camera where each frame is a 12 or higher megapixel uncompressed frame?

0 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 7, 2012)

Pricey external video recorders can be hooked up to the D4, true, but why? You would still be recording only a lowly 8-bit color depth video, the lowest quality by far that we have today.

(HINT: Sony Digital Betacam SD had 10-bit color digital video quality back in 1994, he-he-he.)

0 upvotes
Stanchung
By Stanchung (Jan 7, 2012)

More bits give more leeway in the DR for 'telecine' like saving burnt highlights- a bane for videographers.

[I direct TC commercials in the film days of SD-still learning all this digital goobledegook]

0 upvotes
Doug
By Doug (Jan 6, 2012)

Sony HDR-CX700V for video all the way. Now let's get back to full frame Nikon photography. Gotta like the new sensor technology. Go D4!

1 upvote
gonzalu
By gonzalu (Jan 6, 2012)

So far one of my favorite features are the Wi-Fi based Web Based controls... very useful. The illuminated buttons are a nice touch as well for working in the dark.

Remote operation via The Internet is literally a solution in search of a million applications. Just think of the possibilities!

4 upvotes
Johan01
By Johan01 (Jan 6, 2012)

Glowing buttons in dark? Why did this take so long! Totally big win, IMO. I hate messing up other people's night shots trying to see my own camera buttons with a flashlight...

Of course Canon gave us illuminated print buttons... jerks! :)

3 upvotes
Jogger
By Jogger (Jan 6, 2012)

i pretty much memorised the layout of my camera and can operate it by touch without seeing what the actual buttons say

0 upvotes
Cass_Rimportant
By Cass_Rimportant (Jan 6, 2012)

Re: Jogger
The print is long worn off my d200's buttons, so even in the light I need to have them memorized. I didn't even realize how much so until I tried a d90 awhile ago and kept pressing the wrong buttons by reflex or going for a non-existent ISO button on top of the mode dial. If I had a D4 the buttons would probably end up a bunch of glowing circles in a few years...

2 upvotes
aruk5
By aruk5 (Jan 6, 2012)

I wonder why the biggies in the photography industry keep churning out the same kindsa cameras again and again. Whatever happened to those creative geniuses who used to create innovations in the industry?More than 15 years have passed since we had asp-c and 'full frame' sensor based cameras! they keep releasing improvised versions of them again and again plus price it much more than the previous one!

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AnHund
By AnHund (Jan 7, 2012)

Why change a concept that works?
This is a camera for profs. that need a reliable working tool.

0 upvotes
Happy101
By Happy101 (Feb 6, 2012)

Agree with aruk5. Nikon's D cameras need to fix up arrangement of buttons and screens on the back and top of the camera: card slots moved to the top, screens at the back made larger and all info there, shooting mode and other buttons at top left changed to buttons on bottom of back (or better still all those buttons moved to right side on back so that you can changed them with one hand), screen touch sensitive, able to pivot and able to display eyepiece info if requested.

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GPW
By GPW (Jan 6, 2012)

STOP,STOP,STOP with the video in a DSLR camera. If I wanted video I will buy a F@#king video recorder.

9 upvotes
gonzalu
By gonzalu (Jan 6, 2012)

You can buy a D3 without video!!

8 upvotes
canoncalg
By canoncalg (Jan 6, 2012)

100% agree!!!!!

2 upvotes
Mssimo
By Mssimo (Jan 6, 2012)

I would take video if it does not cost any extra. I would hope a 6k camera would have more features than compacts.

1 upvote
BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Jan 6, 2012)

Catch up with the rest of us. Having both in one unit is now needed for future work. By a film camera if your not happy

1 upvote
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 7, 2012)

Nikon should have dropped the old-school still picture stuff and just concentrate on higher quality video recording with the D4. :-)

0 upvotes
aruk5
By aruk5 (Jan 6, 2012)

I didnt notice the term "rolling shutter" anywhere in the overview and reason I mentioned that is almost all video capable dslrs out there have been plagued by the rolling shutter image problem and I hope the folks at Nikon have solved this by now before pitching this sure to be expensive camera to the buyers! I mean they are hyping things like uncompressed video and extremely low light capabilities but funnily not this and I find it strange. Lots of pros have silently dropped using dslrs for hd video as its embarassing explaining to clients why is it every time they pan their cameras for a shot that jello like thing appears!

1 upvote
TCSJordan
By TCSJordan (Jan 6, 2012)

I suspect it will still have considerable rolling shutter. Even a $13000 Sony F3 has rolling shutter issues.

1 upvote
aruk5
By aruk5 (Jan 6, 2012)

i agree with you. so in a situation like this why are they hyping the video capabilities of this camera without addressing the really serious issue of rolling shutter problems?

1 upvote
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Jan 7, 2012)

$60,000 pro video camcorders using CMOS and rolling shutter can have rolling shutter artifacts, why bitch out Nikon for this specifically?

Other CMOS cameras have global shutter, get one of those and you will never see any more jello, skew, bent verticals, wobble, and so on. Simple, really.

The upcoming Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 camera MAY have global shutter instead of the rolling kind. Stay tuned.

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J. Qian
By J. Qian (Jan 6, 2012)

A far cry from the Sony NEX-7 with its 24 mg resolution and costing 5 times more, I wonder if the IQ should be a couple times better?

1 upvote
Mssimo
By Mssimo (Jan 6, 2012)

The D3, D3s, and D3x already have better IQ than the Nex 7.

7 upvotes
Jens_G
By Jens_G (Jan 6, 2012)

You shouldn't compare APS-C cameras to FF cameras - somebody's bound to get hurt.

2 upvotes
Jonathan F/2
By Jonathan F/2 (Jan 6, 2012)

That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. The NEX-7 doesn't belong in the same breadth of any of Nikon's flagship cameras!

4 upvotes
snake_b
By snake_b (Jan 6, 2012)

Someone had a fight with me on the Samsung facebook, stating how their 16mp or something 1/2.3 sensored compacts spank dSLRs based solely on the MP count. "Higher MP, therefore better" is what the guy did to make his argument against an SLR. Was quite funny, actually.

2 upvotes
Fullframer
By Fullframer (Jan 6, 2012)

Even the D700 already has better IQ than the NEX7. The NEX7 is a toy camera in comparison. Good luck shooting sports with a NEX.

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jenella
By jenella (Jan 6, 2012)

dang it....must have.....maybe i will sell my new imac and ipad...and d700 and......kids..lolololol

5 upvotes
Michael Jardine
By Michael Jardine (Jan 6, 2012)

There's also the existing D700 and the upcoming D800... imho, the D4 is well positioned to not cannibalize either of these three cameras.

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richard cohen
By richard cohen (Jan 6, 2012)

did they announce a price for this beauty?

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foto2021
By foto2021 (Jan 6, 2012)

Another site suggested $6000.

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jenella
By jenella (Jan 6, 2012)

why is this all dated Jan 6?

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onlooker
By onlooker (Jan 6, 2012)

UTC

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LSD
By LSD (Jan 6, 2012)

JST

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Klay
By Klay (Jan 6, 2012)

GMT

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Michael Jardine
By Michael Jardine (Jan 6, 2012)

It's Jan 6 in Hong Kong

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Roger Knight
By Roger Knight (Jan 6, 2012)

Jenella babe, Its been the 6th for a long time and after watching Australia Flog India in the Cricket, I wrote a few Recipes before reading all this stuff. I'm 10.30 hrs ahead of GMT here in Beautiful Adelaide.
So what I'm saying is that wereever it is that you live you are probably a day or so nearly behind the times. It's 5-30PM now here.

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cfh25
By cfh25 (Jan 6, 2012)

Ron Paul fan?

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riveredger
By riveredger (Jan 6, 2012)

edit.

Comment edited 32 seconds after posting
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cwmartin
By cwmartin (Jan 6, 2012)

The chart right above the Image Processing Features section isn't labeled. I'm hoping it is the RAW file buffer size. If that is true, then this camera has a nice jump in buffer size.

I wish the Camera had retained two CF card slots and added the XQD as a third. I don't even think anyone has an XQD card available yet, so that means for early adopters they are reduced to just one usable card slot.

3 upvotes
MashingTheGas
By MashingTheGas (Jan 6, 2012)

Available next month, probably at the same time they start delivering the D4.

http://photorumors.com/2012/01/06/sony-unveils-new-high-speed-xqd-memory-cards/

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Boiler_Jack
By Boiler_Jack (Jan 6, 2012)

----------------------------------------------NICE!

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Sam Carriere
By Sam Carriere (Jan 6, 2012)

Looks lovely, but you know, at my age, the first spec I went down to wasn't the ISO or focusing system, it was the weight. Add a decent lens to this behemoth and you've got 6 to 8 pounds hanging from your neck. My Olympus EP3 and Sony NEX-5N are looking more attractive every day ...

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mikeoregon
By mikeoregon (Jan 6, 2012)

Amen! Plus tripod! I'm starting to understand why Ansel Adams switched from an 8x10 to medium format in his later years. I love the features and the durability of my D700, but dislike packing the weight.

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Michael Jardine
By Michael Jardine (Jan 6, 2012)

Totally different. I have an X100 for my walk-around camera. But the little pee-wee's can't touch pro DSLR's for dynamic range, low light high ISO, and fps. Also (for the time being) quality of glass.

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Roger Knight
By Roger Knight (Jan 6, 2012)

Here Here! and great choice for a walk-around.

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Noogy
By Noogy (Jan 6, 2012)

With these specs, am tempted to ask if it can actually make coffee while not being used!

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electric eel
By electric eel (Jan 6, 2012)

Sad to see a still camera emphasize video and minimize improvements as a still camera. Maybe the D800 will be a still camera primarily.

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Michael Jardine
By Michael Jardine (Jan 6, 2012)

Clearly this is the pro dslr for sports photography.

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Stomie
By Stomie (Jan 6, 2012)

_Yesssssss_!!!.......Wireless Transmitter & web-browser control interface.

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jwalker019
By jwalker019 (Jan 6, 2012)

*Very* interested - I love my D3 but skipped the D3s as too soon. Four years later, D4 sounds just right :)

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Patrick J Burns
By Patrick J Burns (Jan 7, 2012)

For the moment I’ll keep my 3½ year old D700 and wait for the D800

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Fullframer
By Fullframer (Jan 8, 2012)

The D3S is nearly $1k less than the D4, pricing in my area.

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Fullframer
By Fullframer (Jan 8, 2012)

Yes, same thing here... I'll wait on a D800 which will have the same IQ as the D4 for half the price, just like the D700 did vs the D3.

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atoz
By atoz (Jan 6, 2012)

I would very much like to see high quality examples of the dynamic range from this new sensor. ISO a zillion is fine, but what about the shadow and highlight situation, and ISO 50, talk to me. It would be nice to see a solid zone system type comparison between the D3's, D700, this one and the newest Canon - am I asking to much? For 6K Nikon should provide anything we want. Also sharpness, don't like the softness with most AA filters. Overall though, the specs are quite nice.

Hey, what happened to the D800?

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Fullframer
By Fullframer (Jan 8, 2012)

Once the D800 comes out, all the D4 owners will be crying because the D800 will have the same image quality but for half the price in a smaller-lighter package. Same thing happened when the D700 came out.

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SpinThma
By SpinThma (Jan 13, 2012)

This is not correct;
the Nikon vice president was interviewed last year and he told that the Resolution line and a separate iso line with high performance will be created.
So the D800 with it's leaked specs shows a 32MP sensor which will neither have the frame rate nor will have the same iso performance ...
but high resolution for still life., studio and so on ...
cheers

/Karl

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westerner
By westerner (Jan 6, 2012)

Sweet!!! And the MP count is not ridiculous. Looks like a gem!! ISO 204,800? Wow!!!!!

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jafo818
By jafo818 (Jan 6, 2012)

Can't afford... But nice looking camera!

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IsaacImage
By IsaacImage (Jan 6, 2012)

Yeaaahhhh ))

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Terry Geig
By Terry Geig (Jan 6, 2012)

I would love to get one, but 6grand? Really?? I have no problem with the weight as my D2x is almost as heavy. Up to 2600 pix on a single charge? That would be nice. One wedding on one battery...

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San Diego Wedding Photographers

Wow, I can't believe the D4 is finally here! So excited to start working with video.

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Xenofoto
By Xenofoto (Jan 6, 2012)

D4 cool videos at bottom of page
http://blog.planet5d.com/2012/01/more-on-the-nikon-d4/

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thesixthwoman
By thesixthwoman (Jan 6, 2012)

Can anyone help me to understand the WiFi capability of the D4? On the Nikon site, the specs say that the camera will be Eye-Fi compatible. (as well as WiFi) Here, this overview talks about using a WiFi network: "Nikon has clearly paid attention to professional photographers' workflow requirements when shooting, and has tried to set the camera up so there's no need to use a laptop alongside it any more. To this end the D4 allows photographers to add full IPTC data to all of their image files as they shoot, and can store 10 data presets each containing 14 fields. There's a new network setup wizard to configure the camera for use over wired LAN, or WiFi in FTP and HTTP mode."

I would love to use this camera at sporting events, wirelessly transmit photos to my iPad, and preview them there (and possibly sort and edit some) to avoid carrying around a big laptop and to save time later. It seems I will be able to do this, but I'm not sure. Thanks.

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Musicjohn
By Musicjohn (Jan 6, 2012)

Big deal! Sure, it looks like a naice enough camera. Sure, it will perfrom. Sure it's quality-made and first class materials. But hey, that's the least you could expect from a cam in this price range.

Now let's first wait for a look at image quality, high ISO performance, AF tracking performance, etc. To be honest, the pics in the first reviews and the official brochure didn't give me the WOW factor. As a matter of fact, the pic of the girl on the boat in the swamp isn't even sharp.

When using HDMI output for video, the signal will not be recorded to the memorycard. Strange, because with my Canon 1D4 I use an external full-HD monitor all the time, and I can record what I am seeing to memorycard. So what's this crap about being the first DSLR that can do this? (which it actually can't - either watch only or record, not both). The audio metering is nice though, as is the headphone output and illumination..

No, I'd wait for the 'real life' experiences first before getting too excited.

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Pat Appleson
By Pat Appleson (Jan 8, 2012)

Well, it looks like a winner to me. We'll be putting our money down for two of them. I'm currently using D2x cameras I purchased new, so the price isn't too bad. I'm concerned that in the q3 they'll come out with a D4x. All the features of the D4 but with 24meg a pixels. Then, I'll be steamed. Has anyone seen the owners manual? From what I gather, the camera spits out "non compressed" video out of a HDMI port. And while we're on the subject, IMHO, H.264, properly implemented is very very good. It looks good and works well in a broadcast transport stream situation. But, what kind of "non compressed" video are we talking about? I hope it's 444 and will be able to at least scale up to 2K. The numbers look like there just shy of true 4K video. Either way, the video features on the D4 will give me many advantages when used with my real video only TV cameras.
Best Regards Pat - Member SBE

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esplak
By esplak (Jan 8, 2012)

In the European press release, it mentions uncompressed 1080i, which essentially renders the much sought feature useless. In the American press kit, it simple says uncompressed, without specifying i or p.
Does anybody can confirm if the HDMI out is interlaced or progressive?

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prairiewinters
By prairiewinters (Jan 8, 2012)

regardless of the product, the sport, the news item, etc.....by the time I get to the bottom of the posts, I wonder what the agenda is of so many of the posters. It is a new camera and some people don't want a new camera, don't need a new camera but here they are flaming a way. If the D4 is what you want/need buy it. If you don't want it don't buy it but please don't bore us with how and why you are going to keep your trusty whatever. Just think, when you bought that trusty whatever, there were the same stupid posts about keeping that older Canon or Nikon.
I may not buy a new camera but I sure like hearing about them and it is one of the reasons why I come to DPReview. For many they make their living with their photo gear, for the rest of us it is a hobby. Please spend your money on your business or your hobby as you see fit.

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buzzbob
By buzzbob (Oct 31, 2012)

I smell a largish rat here! No review after the best part of a year huh! Anyone remember the Canon 1Dmk4 ( or whatever it was) review that we waited and waited for?

Maybe I'm imagining it but IIRC there was an AF issue with that one ......

Somethings up here as I'm sure you all know

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