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Nikon announces D4 'multi-media' DSLR

By dpreview staff on Jan 6, 2012 at 04:01 GMT
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Pre-CES: Nikon has announced the D4, its latest professional DSLR. The 16MP full-frame camera is capable of shooting at 10 frames per second with full autofocus. In addition to a host of ergonomic improvements, the D4 also sees the expansion of its video capabilities, to the extent that Nikon is describing it as a 'multi-media DSLR.' The cameras gains an Ethernet port, a 91,000 pixel metering sensor and an uprated AF sensor that can work in lower light and with smaller aperture lenses. Its sensitivity range can be expanded to the equivalent of ISO 204,800 and adds illuminated controls to make it easier to work in the low-light situations in which such a setting becomes useful. The D4 also becomes the first camera to make use of the XQD memory card format.

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WHEN THERE IS NO SECOND CHANCE: THE NEW NIKON FX-FORMAT D4 MULTI-MEDIA DIGITAL SLR IS THE DEFINITIVE UNIFICATION OF SPEED AND PRECISION

The New 16.2 Megapixel Nikon D4 Wields a Formidable Fusion of Swift Performance, Battle-Tested Technologies and Innovative New Features to Create High Caliber Photo and HD Multimedia Content

MELVILLE, N.Y. (Jan 5, 2012) – The new Nikon D4 digital SLR builds upon the legacy of the proven Nikon flagship D-SLRs before it, engineered to give today’s professional multimedia photographers a new apex of speed and accuracy with unparalleled image quality, low-light capability and Full HD video. The Nikon D4 hosts a multitude of advanced new features and useful functions that deliver speedy performance and amazing image quality for when missing the shot is not an option.

Every aspect of the new Nikon D4 D-SLR has been designed to emphasize rapid response and seamless operation to help professional photographers consistently capture incredible content. Nikon’s proven 51-point AF System has been further enhanced for maximum speed in a variety of challenging shooting situations, even at 10 frames per second (fps). Considered the new Nikon flagship, the D4 renders supreme image quality, a feat accomplished with a new 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, coupled with the latest generation of Nikon’s EXPEED 3 image processing engine to help produce images and videos with stunning clarity and color. Photographers are also able to shoot in even the most challenging environments and lighting conditions with the assistance of Nikon’s new 91,000-pixel 3D color matrix meter and a broad ISO range from 100 to a staggering 204,800 for low-light capture like never before. The Nikon D4 is engineered for the modern professional and incorporates never before seen HD-SLR video features for those who also need to capture multimedia content from the field. 

“Speed without accuracy is irrelevant,” said Bo Kajiwara, director of marketing, Nikon Inc. “The status of a Nikon flagship camera is not given lightly; this next generation of Nikon’s most professional body exceeds the needs of a wide variety of both still and multimedia professionals that rely on Nikon to make their living. Besides overall performance and burst speed, the D4 provides Nikon’s most advanced AF system to date, as well as enhanced workflow speed to give professionals the edge in the field.”

Velocity Meets Versatility

Speed is a necessity for today’s multimedia photographer as milliseconds matter when the action commences. Whether an assignment relies on fast processing power, burst rate, write speed, enhanced workflow or even streamlined camera controls, the D4 is the epitome of professional-caliber photographic horsepower. Ready to shoot in approximately 0.012 seconds, the new Nikon D4 can capture full resolution JPEG or RAW files at up to 10 fps with full AF / AE or up to 11 fps with AF / AE locked. Immediately before image capture, the camera interprets data from the AF sensor, including subject color as detected on the 91,000-pixel RGB sensor, to deliver consistently tack-sharp focus frame after frame. Whether a photographer is shooting a full-court fast break under gymnasium lighting or the downhill slalom in the bright sun and frigid temperatures, the D4 will instill the confidence with consistently great results.

The Advanced Multi-Cam 3500 AF autofocus system is the next generation of Nikon’s proven 51-point AF system. The fully customizable system offers users the ability to capture fast moving subjects and track focus with precision or select a single AF point with pinpoint accuracy. The Nikon D4 D-SLR aligns 15 cross-type sensors in the center to detect contrast data in both vertical and horizontal planes. In addition to detecting each AF-NIKKOR lens with an aperture of f/5.6 or lower, the camera also utilizes nine cross-type sensors that are fully functional when using compatible NIKKOR lenses and TC14E or TC17E teleconverters or a single cross-type sensor when using compatible NIKKOR lenses and the TC20E teleconverter with an aperture value up to f/8, which is a great advantage to those shooting sports and wildlife. For maximum versatility in situations such as photographing nature from afar or competition from the sidelines,  photographers are also able to select multiple AF modes, including normal, wide area, face tracking and subject tracking, to best suit the scene.

The Nikon D4 D-SLR also employs a new 91,000-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix metering system that meticulously analyzes each scene and recognizes factors such as color and brightness with unprecedented precision. This data is then interpreted and compared against D4’s on-board database to implement various settings, resulting in vibrant images with faithful color reproduction and balanced exposure. In addition, this new AF sensor now has the ability to detect up to 16 human faces with startling accuracy, even when shooting through the optical viewfinder, allowing for correct exposure even when the subject is backlit. Additionally, to capture every brief moment from a bouquet toss to a photo finish under nearly any condition, the 51 focus points deliver fast and accurate detection down to a -2 EV with every AF-NIKKOR lens.

All of this image data is funneled through a 16 bit pipeline and are written to dual card slots which have been optimized for the latest UDMA-7 Compact Flash™ cards, as well as the new XQD™ memory card. The D4 is the first professional camera to harness the capabilities of this new durable and compact format, which offers blazing fast write times and extended capacity essential for multimedia professionals shooting stills and video.

Image Quality That Hits the Mark

The heart of the new D4 is the Nikon-developed 16.2-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24mm) CMOS sensor that provides amazing image quality, brilliant dynamic range and vivid colors in nearly any lighting condition. By achieving the optimal balance of resolution and sensor size, professional photographers will realize exceptionally sharp, clean and well saturated images throughout the entire ISO range.

Like the D3 and D3s before it, the Nikon D4 retains Nikon’s status as the sovereign of low-light capture ability, with a native ISO range from 100 to 12,800 ISO, expandable from 50 (Lo-1) to an incredible yet usable 204,800 (Hi-4). From a candlelit first dance to nocturnal wildlife, the large 7.3µ pixel size absorbs the maximum amount of light to excel in any situation. Additionally, the sensor’s construction features a gapless micro-lens structure and anti-reflective coating which further contributes to images that retain natural depth and tones with smooth color gradation. For ultimate versatility, photographers can also take advantage of the camera’s extreme high ISO ability while recording video.

Another factor contributing to the camera’s rapid performance and stellar image quality is Nikon’s new EXPEED 3 image processing engine that helps professionals create images with amazing resolution, color and dynamic range in both still images and video. From image processing to transfer, the new engine is capable of processing massive amounts of data, exacting optimal color, perfect tonality and minimized noise throughout the frame.

There are also a variety of shooting options available to help capture the highest quality images and video. In addition to standard NEF (RAW) files, the D4 is also capable of shooting smaller compressed RAW files to ease storage and speed up workflow. Users are also able to capture even more dynamic range with the in-camera High Dynamic Range (HDR) function that merges consecutive exposures. For deep contrast and further tonality, Active D-Lighting can also be activated during shooting for balanced exposures even in backlit scenes. Additionally, the camera features a dedicated button for quick access to Nikon’s Picture Controls, allowing users to quickly select one of six presets.

Professional Multimedia Features

The Nikon D4 D-SLR is engineered with innovative new features for the multimedia professional that needs the small form factor, low-light ability and NIKKOR lens versatility that only an HD-SLR can offer. The new features add functionality for those professionals looking for the best possible experience to capture a moment in Full HD 1080p video at various frame rates, providing footage that is more than suitable for broadcast. 

  • Full HD video recording - Users have the choice of various resolutions and frame rates, including 1080p 30/24fps and 60 fps at 720p. By utilizing the B-Frame data compression method, users can record H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC format video with unmatched integrity for up to 20 minutes per clip. This format also allows for more accurate video data to be transferred requiring less memory capacity. The sensor reads image data at astoundingly fast rates, which results in less instances of rolling shutter distortion.
  • Full manual control of exposure - Shutter speed, aperture and ISO can be changed while recording to adapt to lighting and alter depth of field for professional cinematic results that help realize a creative vision.
  • Uncompressed output: simultaneous Live View - By using the camera’s HDMI port instead of the CF or XQD card, users can stream an uncompressed full HD signal directly out of the camera. This footage can be ported into an LCD display or appropriate external recording device or routed through a monitor and then to the recording device, eliminating the need for multiple connections.
  • Audio recording for professionals - The Nikon D4 features a stereo headphone jack for accurate monitoring of audio levels while recording. Output can be adjusted in up to 30 steps for precise audio adjustment. The D4 offers high-fidelity audio recording control with audio levels that can be set and monitored on the camera’s LCD screen. The microphone connected via the stereo mic jack can also be adjusted with up to 20 steps of sensitivity for accurate sound reproduction. 
  • Multi-area Mode Full HD Video: FX/DX, and 2.7x crop mode at 1080p video modes - Whether shooting for depth of field in FX format mode, or looking for the extra 1.5X telephoto benefits of DX mode, the high resolution sensor of the D4 allows videographers to retain full 1080P HD resolution no matter what mode they choose. With the 2.7x crop, users can experience ultra-telephoto benefits in full HD resolution all at 16:9 aspect ratio.
  • Simultaneous live view output without display / simultaneous monitor - Shooters have the option to send the display signal directly to an attached monitor via the HDMI port. This signal can be viewed on the camera’s LCD screen and external monitor simultaneously. Additionally, the image data display can be cleared from the screen, to remove distracting data or when feeding a live signal.
  • Full-time AF - In addition to manual focus, four modes are available, including normal, wide area, face detection and subject tracking, which uses fast contrast detect AF to accurately focus while recording video and in live view.
  • New LCD screen - The large high resolution 3.2-inch LCD screen is 921K dots, and includes auto brightness adjustment. User’s can also zoom in up to 46x to check critical HD focus.
  • Time lapse shooting - This new feature combines a selected frame rate and “shooting interval” in a dedicated time lapse photography menu. Playback can be achieved with a wide variety of speeds from 24x to 36,000x while producing a fully finished movie file output for faster multimedia workflows.
  • Remote shutter operation - Using dedicated Movie Custom Settings, recording can be set to be engaged by the shutter release button -users can now use a variety of remote accessories to trigger video recording.
  • NIKKOR lens compatibility - The highest caliber optics are vital to creating HD images and Nikon is the world leader in optics manufacturing with a legacy spanning more than 75 years. Nikon has a vast NIKKOR lens system, with more than 50 lenses with a variety of focal lengths and features, including VR II vibration reduction.

Professional Construction, Superior Operability

The reputation and respect bestowed upon a Nikon D-Series flagship camera is earned from those who use it; therefore the chassis of the Nikon D4 is machined from magnesium alloy for maximum durability and reliability. The body of the camera is sealed and gasketed for resistance to dirt and moisture, as well as electromagnetic interference. Photographers are able to easily compose through the bright optical viewfinder, which offers 100% frame coverage. The shutter has been tested to withstand 400,000 cycles for maximum durability, while sensor cleaning is employed by vibrating the OLPF. The self diagnostic shutter unit also encompasses a mirror balancer to minimize the residual “bounce” to enhance AF and extend viewing time. What’s more, the viewfinder is coated with a new thermal shield finish which works to resist overheating during prolonged use, enhancing overall reliability. Users can easily compose on the camera’s wide, bright and scratch resistant 921,000-dot high resolution 3.2-inch LCD screen.

The overall controls and operability of the camera has also been engineered with a renewed emphasis on speed and functionality. During critical moments, users will appreciate refined button layouts with renewed ergonomics, such as a quick AF mode selector placed near the lens mount for fast access on the fly. A new joystick style sub-selector is also placed on the camera’s rear for AF point and option selection, while vertical controls have been enhanced for improved operability. Finally, to continue the D4’s moniker of the best tool for just about any condition, key control buttons on the back of the camera can all be illuminated, making the camera simple to operate in complete darkness.

Nikon has also made enhancements to overall workflow, adding options to streamline the process and maximize shooting time. Users are now able to automatically generate IPTC data for their images and image sets, making organizing and chronicling images easier for both the photographers and their editors. A wired Ethernet port is also utilized so that a user can shoot tethered and transfer images easily and quickly to clients. Nikon has also introduced the new WT-5A wireless file transmitter, to transmit via FTP server or computer. The device can be set to transfer either automatically or manually selected images. This device also allows for remote operation of the camera using Nikon’s Camera Control Pro 2 software. A mobile application is also in development to control the camera using this accessory, which will include the ability to trigger the shutter and record video, making this a must-have remote accessory for many professionals.

Price and Availability

The Nikon D4 will be available in late February 2012 for the suggested retail price of $5999.95.*

To see the new D4 D-SLR and other new Nikon products, visit Nikon at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at booth # 11039 from January 10-13th, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV.

Nikon D4 Specfications

Price
MSRPUS: $5999.95, UK: £4799.99
Body type
Body typeLarge SLR"
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Sensor
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 photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (36 x 23.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 3
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayRGB Color Filter Array
Image
ISO100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (204800 with boost)
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (4)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
File format
  • NEF (12-bit or 14-bit, compressed or lossless compressed RAW)
  • NEF + JPEG
  • TIFF
  • JPEG
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Live View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points51
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier1×
Screen / viewfinder
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×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Programmed auto with flexible program (P)
  • Shutter-priority (S)
  • Aperture-priority (A)
  • Manual (M)
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
Flash X sync speed1/250 sec
Drive modes
  • Single frame
  • Continuous low speed
  • Continuous high speed
  • Quiet shutter-release
  • Self-timer
  • Mirror up
Continuous drive11 fps
Self-timerYes (2-20 seconds, 1-9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 seconds)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
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)
Videography features
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
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesCompactFlash, XQD
Storage includedNone
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Type C )
WirelessOptional
Wireless notesvia WT-5, WT-5A
Remote controlYes (via ten-pin remote terminal)
Physical
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)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (Playback speed 24x to 36000x )
GPSOptional
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)

* Suggested retail price listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

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Comments

Total comments: 231
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aliraqi
By aliraqi (Feb 17, 2012)

No 60p or 60i in 1080 recording videos!! it seems they are won't to Compete or lead in this year.
hope the price of the other full frames ( D3,D3s,D3x) would be lower than 6000$

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mutizia pictures
By mutizia pictures (Jan 19, 2012)

its a great machine

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Lars Reckmann
By Lars Reckmann (Jan 11, 2012)

Will the video-out signal be 10 bit? 4:2:2? I am very curious... As soon as we have tested the D4, we will post results here: http://blog.bavaria-film-interactive.de/2012/01/die-video-qualitaten-der-neuen-nikon-d4-willkommen-beim-film/

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luxmariaj
By luxmariaj (Jan 10, 2012)

The best foto camera!

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Mir arif
By Mir arif (Jan 9, 2012)

It is lovely alien machine i am giving guarantee this the best

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Jan Privat
By Jan Privat (Jan 9, 2012)

Sweet, but will it blend?

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Biowizard
By Biowizard (Jan 7, 2012)

One thing that has always been MISSING from Nikon cameras ... but which OLYMPUS has had ever since the E-1 ... is Pixel Mapping - an internal firmware routine you can run once in a while, when you notice a stuck or dead pixel in your images. With Olympus, you select a menu item, wait 20 seconds, and your camera is fixed. With Nikon (and Canon), you send your camera away for 5-6 weeks to have a technician wire it up to a computer ...

... otherwise, I *LOVE* the specs of this camera!

Brian

0 upvotes
Blisqua
By Blisqua (Jan 8, 2012)

My favorite thing about it is that it should drive down the price of a used D3 or D3s.

3 upvotes
jam9
By jam9 (Jan 8, 2012)

That's a cool feature on the Olympus. Didn't know they had that. With my Canon, I suppose it depends on where one lives relative to a service center, but I've always had same-day service on pixel mapping.

0 upvotes
Michail Fedotov
By Michail Fedotov (Jan 7, 2012)

Interesting,photo beside new model will better than beside D3S,but so on parameter he nearly copy Canon EOS 1D X. If amount of the noise will become below than beside Nikon D3S ,then I shall say- Nikon-best!!!!!!!!!

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pacogwapo
By pacogwapo (Jan 7, 2012)

D4 would reign supreme in london olympics...

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Jan 8, 2012)

you mean as long as nobody with a 1D X shows up at the olympics. then your damn right little kid...

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BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Jan 13, 2012)

I think 50/50.

0 upvotes
D1N0
By D1N0 (Jan 7, 2012)

Damn it's ugly! Does it come in pretty colors like the Pentax K-r?

1 upvote
MartinMc
By MartinMc (Jan 8, 2012)

:) ... you can always use it in a paper bag..

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ALAGURI
By ALAGURI (Jan 6, 2012)

Why do you think if we compare between them and the 5D Mark II ??

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Jim Herndon
By Jim Herndon (Jan 6, 2012)

I have the D3 - not sure this is worth the upgrade for me. Video is not an attraction, and the only great improvement is the definite 1-stop (maybe more) improvement in ISO. What I'd really like to see is higher bit-depth to 16-bit. It'd also be nice if GPS and wifi were built-in with the flagship models.

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calloc
By calloc (Jan 6, 2012)

Like I said, they are delaying those new technologies on purpose.

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Jim Herndon
By Jim Herndon (Jan 6, 2012)

Yeah, most likely. It does definitely seem the pace of upgrades is slowing. The leaps from D1 to D2x to D3 were all much larger than the D3 (especially D3s) to D4. On one hand, I suppose that's good in that one doesn't feel like they absolutely have to buy a new camera every 3-4 years.

I'll be interested to see the image quality from the D4, but on paper it doesn't look greatly different than the D3.

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makaX69
By makaX69 (Jan 7, 2012)

It folowes the digital technology. In 90s a upgrade of a PC was neded nearly each year... I am realy glad for this way... But there is no image Q comparism yet.... I realy want to have autofocus designet for FX format....

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Jan 8, 2012)

image quality is the same as the D3.
show people 10 studio pictures from the D3 and 10 from the D4 and you will have a statistical result.

you can´t different them.

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Jeff E Anderson
By Jeff E Anderson (Jan 6, 2012)

Going to wait for the new Sony FF. If they can produce a big body FF camera with the IQ of the NEX-7, I'd buy that. Seeing what they were able to do with an APS-C sensor, I expect that their FF will be over 30MP with awesome IQ. Also, I don't need the low light capabilities. Sony's offering will be much less expensive.

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viktoriskra
By viktoriskra (Jan 6, 2012)

Does it come in pink?

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vtinitus
By vtinitus (Jan 6, 2012)

Sooner or later Kai of DigitalRevTV will get challenged to do so. But it won't be pink it'll be magenta or even pinkenta ;)

4 upvotes
HiRez
By HiRez (Jan 6, 2012)

16MP is about the perfect resolution for me, enough where you can do a little cropping without significantly degrading IQ. Need to know how good this new sensor is though. If it produces, for example, ISO 3200 images that are close to D3S ISO 800 quality, that would be a huge advantage. If it simply increases the range of available ISOs without increasing quality at each stop, it's not that useful you're shooting in caves or something.

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rusticus
By rusticus (Jan 6, 2012)

The brick is too expensive and to big

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calloc
By calloc (Jan 6, 2012)

Canon and Nikon are playing a slow-development game to maximize their profit as Sony did while back with TV. I hope some new companys jump in this so called professional DSLR marker.

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Jan 6, 2012)

that's good idea but the Lens are always the biggest problem

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Jan 6, 2012)

It's funny you mention Sony because Sony did come out with an SLR with the same sensor as the Nikon D3-something, at a far lower price.

Did you buy it?

Uh huh...

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MadsR
By MadsR (Jan 9, 2012)

Will never happen. Mainly because these professionals are also the most fanboyish of users. The pros I sometimes work besides are so stuck in their Nikon and Canon trenches that it is funny. They even have discussions that are worthy of many a 10yo boy :)

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Denis of Whidbey Island
By Denis of Whidbey Island (Jan 6, 2012)

What I've learned from this discussion is:
a) this is the camera you need and you can afford it,
b) this is the camera you need and you can't afford it,
c) this isn't the camera you need and the one you already own is fine (like my D700 and me), or
d) this isn't the camera you need and you're holding your breath.
If your photographic ambitions are thwarted by the equipment, including the D4, available to you, I'm sorry for your pain.

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Jan 6, 2012)

You should look elsewhere for other people's "photographic ambitions".
this is the "Comment Section" of a New camera announcement.

You are just in the wrong place looking for the wrong thing. You should "learn" how to get the right source (try google).
I'm sorry for your pain.

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dimalozz
By dimalozz (Jan 7, 2012)

I like this camera. But I need a D700 class camera (may be D800 but not 36Mp!) with two memory slots and video.

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shooter101
By shooter101 (Jan 6, 2012)

I cannot believe the amount of bull crap I’m reading in the majority of all these posts.
It seems to me that most of you are experienced analyzing theoretical detail on cameras without having some real photography experience under your belt. I see pictures from colleague photographers taken with 5 year old cameras (or older) that 99.9% of you would not be able to make, even with a D4 or Dx1. Instead of breaking you’re heads over silly details on the worlds best cameras (both Nikon and Canon), you should go out, take some pictures and become a better photographer. Its not the camera that takes the picture but its operator. So the harder you are bitching, the worse you must be as a photographer.

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Jan 6, 2012)

I assume you cannot take good pictures as well (what a stereotype, according to you 99.9% people who like to debate about camera technical details cannot take good pictures..)

Come on, this is the "Comments Section" can people talk about the technical details about the announced camera? You don't like to read about it, just don't read it. You have no rights to stop people expressing their ideas...

You think people should go out and take pictures, so do you, why don't you just stop reading what you hate and do whatever you like (e.g taking some pics)??

It's kind of boring that post like yours pop up every time.

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kaYO
By kaYO (Jan 6, 2012)

so you don't want to ever own one of these, yeah... sure... :)

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Jan 6, 2012)

Let's brings back the old argument "my friend use a film camera and he takes better pictures..you don't need digital cameras ..babababa"

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kaYO
By kaYO (Jan 6, 2012)

Why is your friend hanging out in a digital forum then? blablabla...

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ftlimages
By ftlimages (Jan 6, 2012)

@shooter101: There's a lot of people on DPreview that take excellent pictures as evidenced in the challenges. So I don't know where the 99.9% figure comes from.

I agree a good photographer can take a great picture with a toy camera. In fact I have taken interesting pictures with old Kodaks and pinhole cameras et al.

The point of professional equipment on the other hand is to enable the professional to better do their job. Any my gripe is as it has been from the beginning the gaps in Nikon's lineup and Nikon being behind the curve with Canon's and Sony's releases. If we weren't married to the glass and camera mounts were universal this wouldn't matter.

Megapixels matter though when you are say making a 60" print..And while I could shoot a D3X a D700/300 format body handles better say when you are hanging the camera on a lateral arm and shooting product top down. So I'm still left wondering .... Where is our D700x?

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tkpenalty
By tkpenalty (Jan 6, 2012)

people need to understand that cameras like the D700,D3,D3s and this are drugs. The main appeal is the monstrous, light-sucking sensor. Nothing else gives this kind of performance for a relatively accessible price.

Just wait for the D800S if you guys want it at a more sane price.

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Faisalee
By Faisalee (Jan 6, 2012)

Out of my reach... They have always been... but this is Simply Stunning :)

AND this reminds me that is will be out of my reach as well!

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Hauer
By Hauer (Jan 6, 2012)

With such a long wait, I had expected far more from this very over-priced camera. Damn, who wants video???!!! If I wanted high-end video capabilities, I would buy a dedicated video camera!
In terms of specifications, I consider the D4 a major disappointment.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jan 6, 2012)

If not better video, then what would be at the top of your list for desired improvements? Would any you crave warrant the cost of upgrade from a D3 or 5D? I suspect not.

BTW, not everyone has money to buy both high-end photo and video rigs, not everyone wants to lug around both, and not everyone is mired in the "either / or" view of imaging. I'd have wagered the D4 would debut 4k video, at least for short clips, but perhaps that will arrive in 2013. Any company that remains STILL in the game of one-upman-ship will join poor Kodak, alas.

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DWR0082
By DWR0082 (Jan 6, 2012)

People will find anything to complain about I suppose. And to answer your question, "...who wants video???!!!" would be those who switched over to Canon, or about to, because Nikon has been behind on implementing comparable video capabilities.

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marike6
By marike6 (Jan 6, 2012)

A lot of people want video. In case you haven't noticed, there is a huge movement of pros making cinematic quality movies, even feature films and TV shows, with DSLR. And to get shallow DOF, and low light capabilities with a dedicated video camera, you'll have to have 20,000 and up, for RED, or much more for Arri-Alexa.

This is also a camera for photojournalist who don't want or need huge 24 megapixel files to push around over the network.

Don't worry, there are still plenty of vendor who are pushing the megapixel myth. Maybe Sony would impress you more.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Jan 8, 2012)

i don´t want video in my DSLR.

don´t get me wrong i do video but i have a 3500$ videocam for that. and believe it or not you can do interesting videos without f1.2.
face it... small DOF is often only used to hide a non existing storyline.

i have shoot maybe 1 hour of video with my DSLR in 2-3 years.
and im totally uninterested in new video features as longs as DSLR cameras have some major flaws in making video. look at the monstreous rigs they use to make a DSLR usable for professionell video. the handling is awfull compared to a dedicated video camera.

like canon nikon should split the model lines and make a specific cinematographer DSLR and focus on improving PHOTOGRAPHY features on their normal DSLR cameras.

the way it is i get lots an lots of useless (for me) features on my DSLR.

there are not so much people who do hollywood movies or feature films you know. and people who do... would rather buy a dedicated "cinematographer DSLR" then such a hybrid (1D X or D4).

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Jan 6, 2012)

Me want one. This is like totally better than my E-PL2. HA HA. Cannot wait to see this and 1D X compared by DigitalRevTV.

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Canon EOS 60D
By Canon EOS 60D (Jan 6, 2012)

But isn't it those guys from DigitalRevTV are Nikon Fanboys, especially the chinese host who has the british accent like he's from Top Gear. Hehehe. They put Nikon shoulder strap on Canon cameras that they are reviewing. I find him biased.

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Jan 6, 2012)

you know afterall he represents the Digitalrev store and I don't think he can afford to offend too many non-nikon non leica fans

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BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Jan 13, 2012)

At least he's honest about being a Nikon Fan. His camera man is a Canon fanboy and all the footage is from a Canon 5DMkII

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ScottRH
By ScottRH (Jan 6, 2012)

No popup flash? Deal breaker.

3 upvotes
Faisalee
By Faisalee (Jan 6, 2012)

LOL! Best deal Breaker EVER... :-))
I am sure you are kidding :)

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louie c
By louie c (Jan 6, 2012)

Yes Yes Yes!!! Hahaha Next person who asks me if they need this I'm going to tell them exactly that! Brilliant

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Jan 6, 2012)

built-in flash would be nice actually
but I guess the prism will have to be smaller and overall durability will be compromised.

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BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Jan 13, 2012)

Buy a Nikon for £79 then.

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Canon EOS 60D
By Canon EOS 60D (Jan 6, 2012)

Not very surprising and innovative enough. If Steve Jobs was still alive, he would have mocked Nikon D4 and Canon 1DX engineers. He would have made Apple to innovate their own DSLR with built in mp3 player, touch LED screen, 3.5G capable (sounds like iPhone). Bwahahahaha

I think Nikon and Canon did not introduced much changes and competition in their flagship DSLRs so as not to loose their market in the professional photographers arena. Professional photographers don't worry themselves much with the camera specs, but rather with their crafts. It's the prosumer photographers that worry too much about the camera specs, the pixel peepers and mongers. Nyahahaha

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rusticus
By rusticus (Jan 6, 2012)

papalapap: Steve Jobs . . .
Apple is BullSh**!!!

3 upvotes
Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Jan 6, 2012)

come on
I don't think Apple will complete Canikon in the PRO segment

0 upvotes
graybalanced
By graybalanced (Jan 6, 2012)

Apple did innovate. They came out with a camera quite unlike anything normally seen in cameras: A live view camera with tap-to-focus, built-in GPS, built-in HDR, and 1080p video recording. This camera is a roaring success, became it became the most popular camera on Flickr based on upload EXIF data.

The name of this camera is the iPhone.

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HeezDeadJim
By HeezDeadJim (Jan 7, 2012)

It's not very hard to demand certain features and have other companies make the hardware or features for you. Apple didn't make the first multi-touch and Siri isn't the first voice-recog software. I've seen "tap-to-focus" before on pocket cameras before your "blessed" iPhone. And if Apple DID try to make a DSLR, they'd pack it with all these other features and forget to make it do the main purpose it was created. You'd have too many fingers on the DSRL and it wouldn't even take a photo. Sounds like a iPhone 4 dropping phone calls to me...

Don't mix buying someone else technology as "innovation"...

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QSMcDraw
By QSMcDraw (Jan 9, 2012)

This guy, "Caonon EOS 60D," has been copying and pasting this exact comment here and around the Web. Not relevant the first 10 times or now, just empty-headed.

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Retro Joe
By Retro Joe (Jan 6, 2012)

AEB looks weak, maxing out at 2/3 steps. And what I predict as a short-lived emphasis; video/audio enhancements. Companies are now wise to the camera makers push to capture the video market, watch for this to drop off as real videographers have more dedicated video tools coming their way.

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Retro Joe
By Retro Joe (Jan 6, 2012)

Looks great but for the price you can get yourself(or many other high end camera combos for that matter...this is just one example to illustrate the overpricing by Nikon):

1.D7000 $1199
2. 5D MkII $2299
3. K5 $1099
4. a77 $1399

Unless you specifically require the improvements, what's the point in buying? The one thing I will say in its favor, high end cameras today are holding their value better and longer as the tech improvements have slowed dramatically in past few years.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Jan 6, 2012)

Only the Canon 5D Mark II on your list would be considered anywhere near high end. And the Canon does not come close to the low light performance of the Nikon D3s (which this D4 will probably better.)

You forgot the Sony A900.

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Retro Joe
By Retro Joe (Jan 6, 2012)

Opinions vary, enjoy yours.

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tkpenalty
By tkpenalty (Jan 6, 2012)

thats the same as saying that you could afford more than 50 canon A1500 powershots. Nikon doesn't really overprice considering the D700 exists with a similar sensor to the D3s (which you conveniently ignored).

You're comparing a bodies made of normal materials versus higher end qc + much more expensive materials.

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Jan 6, 2012)

Nice! and don't forget how many funsaver you could get with the $6k

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Underdog 3000
By Underdog 3000 (Jan 7, 2012)

The cover this month of Pop Photo was taken with a $600 camera and a cheap travel lens. Maybe good lighting and skill is more important than a shinny new 5lb $5000 camera with almost all of the new bells and whistles.

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QSMcDraw
By QSMcDraw (Jan 9, 2012)

But if you get comparable image quality for 1/4 - 1/5th the price, why does a slightly more durable body matter? You could crush, drop, forget, lose, or have taken-by-divorce three or four cheaper ones and still be ahead.

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Mr Fartleberry
By Mr Fartleberry (Jan 6, 2012)

Inexcusable;e not having integrated GPS in this class of camera.

1 upvote
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Jan 6, 2012)

Right, so when the police in say Iraq or Syria arrest you they can go thru your movements.

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rincewinded
By rincewinded (Jan 6, 2012)

Because your photographs don't already give away where you've been?

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Tenstorms
By Tenstorms (Jan 6, 2012)

Agree, compass, altitude and GPS should be mandatory in this day and age for a flagship camera.
And the counter argument can be turned off with a switch...
Even temperature could be an option.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Jan 6, 2012)

rincewinded:

Let us see: No the photos don't always say exactly where you've been and when.

I suspect the GPS system would leave traces in the camera firmware, so that's not something you could quickly conceal by erasing the memory card, or by hiding it.

I can think of all sorts of reasons I wouldn't want a police state to know exactly when I crossed an international border, and that's just the type of information that GPS systems provide.

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Dré de Man
By Dré de Man (Jan 6, 2012)

There's an error in the published ISO-values:
not 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (204800 with boost)
but 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600, 51200, (102400, 204800 with boost)

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Dré de Man
By Dré de Man (Jan 6, 2012)

Correction: it's not an error but in fact you should add 25600 = Hi1, 51200 Hi2, 102400 Hi3. 204800 finally is Hi4. A sensor with an enormous room for underexposure

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Photogaz
By Photogaz (Jan 6, 2012)

Looks good to me :)

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Nismo350Z
By Nismo350Z (Jan 6, 2012)

Nikon, I'm very disappointed in you. We were expecting the D4 to bend the laws of physics and be made with alien or Tony Stark technology but instead we got bleah.

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Aleksandr Reznik
By Aleksandr Reznik (Jan 6, 2012)

"which uses fast contrast detect AF to accurately focus while recording video and in live view."

fast contrast detection...hmm...

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Jan 6, 2012)

Yea not likely, especially not without lens optimized for that. Thats why old 4/3 lens focus so slowly on m4/3 bodies, it was simply designed for different kind of AF.

It can be resonably fast, but AF in movies simply isnt dSLR stuff.

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whtchocla7e
By whtchocla7e (Jan 6, 2012)

Nothing new and exciting from a technological standpoint.
Great for the pro and the 'advanced' amateur who thinks he needs it but completely bland for the rest of us..

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marike6
By marike6 (Jan 6, 2012)

Bland this is not.

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commiebiker
By commiebiker (Jan 6, 2012)

who is "the rest of us" the rich hobbyist?

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ovrebekk
By ovrebekk (Jan 6, 2012)

Sure, I find Ferrari's terribly bland as well, since I could never afford one.

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Jan 6, 2012)

Well, its not revolution, just small evolution. I didnt expect more. 16 mpix are fine and you cant have SNR similar to D3s with more.

1 upvote
DWR0082
By DWR0082 (Jan 6, 2012)

Yeah who needs fast fps or clean ISO 6400+ capabilities?! Stupid camera.

1 upvote
pacogwapo
By pacogwapo (Jan 6, 2012)

simply gorgeous!

5 upvotes
xmeda
By xmeda (Jan 6, 2012)

Oh.. and they nearly matched Pentax K-5.. also has 16Mpix and iso 100-12800 ;) ;) ;)

oups.. the price.. you can have plenty of K-5 for this one..

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gillamoto
By gillamoto (Jan 6, 2012)

K5 iso is 200-25600. expandable to 100-51200.

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miles green
By miles green (Jan 6, 2012)

LOL! I love my tiny little K5! btw: xmeda got the isos right. Iso starts at 80 in extended.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Jan 6, 2012)

@xmeda:

Really now the Pentax (Ricoh) K-5 produces perfectly usable imagines at ISO 12000? Just the way the current Nikon D3s does.

You really need to ponder the idea behind Nikon using a fullframe sensor before posting silly comments about buying a few K-5s for the price of a Nikon D4 (or D3s or D3 for that matter.)

For that matter: Do you really think that the Pentax K-5 beats a Nikon D700?

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miles green
By miles green (Jan 6, 2012)

Nah! Xmeda winked, 3 times, indicating humour... This just proves that looking at specs can cause serious misconceptions.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Jan 6, 2012)

miles green:

I try to maintain my textese illiteracy. (No irony).

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Underdog 3000
By Underdog 3000 (Jan 7, 2012)

I agree. Go to one of these cameras reviews and check out the comparisons in raw and jpeg. The K5 & D7000 seriosly make you wonder what a $5000 camera gets you. Think of all the glass you can get with $4000 (Ok, not that much)

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Jan 12, 2012)

Underdog 3000:

Go out and rent a D700 and see how it does against a K5. Really the entire world is not a web comparison tool.

Though you could start he at DPReview with say ISO 6400 shots, in RAW, from the D700 and the K5.

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photoac
By photoac (Jan 6, 2012)

Too big, and too heavy!

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DioCanon
By DioCanon (Jan 6, 2012)

then get yourself a Pentax Q!

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xsimplyjosh
By xsimplyjosh (Jan 6, 2012)

stop whining. go get yourself a d3100 , if that's the case.

4 upvotes
gillamoto
By gillamoto (Jan 6, 2012)

if Pentax is really gonna make FF dslr, I'm sure it will be smaller and lighter than any of nikon's. it's still a rumor, but at least, that's what the r&d man said.

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ftlimages
By ftlimages (Jan 6, 2012)

Also in passing, I hope Nikon is reading this. The marketing and R&D depts. need to become better coordinated. First a 1" sensor mirorless and now this.

It pains me to say, because I shoot Nikon personally, but they are falling behind Canon for a change. That having been said, IMO Sony is currently the pinnacle of innovation among all the manufacturers. The SLT series, notably the A77, while perhaps less than a professional body has an impressive feature set and is a departure from the traditional. The NEX7 on the other hand is considerably more impressive than the Nikon 1.

The only trouble with Sony is as another poster mentioned lack of pro glass. I use PC lenses quite a bit in the studio amongst others.

Nikon, please have mercy on those of us that have considerable investment in your glass.

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Jan 6, 2012)

trolls be trolling no matter what. go buy a 1Dx and pay 800 extra or buy a sony and whine about it not being up to the canon/nikon standards.

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Shelly Glaser
By Shelly Glaser (Jan 6, 2012)

No pro-quality glass for Sony? First there is a reasonable selection of Zeiss/Sony optics that is no worst than Nikon or Canon pro optics. If you need something more exotic, you can always fit a Nikon or Canon or Lecia iotics to the NEX-7 via adapters. Leica lenses on the NEX-7 are said to give results no worst than the Leica M-9, and you get live view.

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ftlimages
By ftlimages (Jan 6, 2012)

And flamers be flaming. :)
The point of my OP was not the academic differences between the D4 and 1-D X but rather that Nikon has been out to lunch lately on the comprehensiveness of its lineup and then releases lesser spec products, to wit this latest machine and the Nikon 1.

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BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Jan 6, 2012)

Used a A77 for a month. Had the speed but AF was useless. SLT has a long, long way to go. Sony still make toy's

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marike6
By marike6 (Jan 6, 2012)

Nikon 1 has IQ as good or better than m43, and FF/DX Nikon DSLRs have the best IQ, low light performance of any DSLR.

This coupled with the superior Nikon lens line-up (i.e. holy trinity) make Nikon DSLR the premier cameras in the world.

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Ed Ellks
By Ed Ellks (Jan 6, 2012)

" they are falling behind Canon for a change"

I wish this were true. Canon was ahead of Nikon back when the original 300D (Digital Rebel) came out, but that was about it. I'm a loyal Canon shooter and I drool over the thoughts of having a camera like this. Canon isn't in the same ballpark when comparing high-ISO images. There are a number of other areas that, money being no object, Nikon is superior.

Hate to say that, but at this point in time, Nikon is the clear technology leader.

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ftlimages
By ftlimages (Jan 6, 2012)

@marike6: The Nikon 1 has fine image quality. For that matter so do the Nikon L series and other compact cameras. Under nominal conditions. If you never shoot over ISO 100 nor produce large size prints, quite frankly most compacts out today are suitable for web display and small 4x6 prints. The laws of physics still apply and if you are going to push the camera, a m4/3 all Sony NEX with its APC-C sensor will out perform particularly in low light which seems to be a focus of conversation here what with 208K ISO D4's and 1-D X's.

My issue with the Nikon 1 is that they produced a small sensor camera with interchangeable lenses and then tacked a large sensor camera price on it. Its fine for casual shooting, but then so are many other cameras.

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ftlimages
By ftlimages (Jan 6, 2012)

I hope I speak for more than just myself, but this release is disappointing. Nikon released their answer to the Canon 1-D X and granted its MSRP is $800 less, its specifications are inferior in almost every respect. In field use, I imagine a photojournalist would find the difference between 18 and 16mp largely academic among some other features. Canon does however, hold the frame rate advantage. I'm sure this is a great sports/nature/photojournalist body..

But what about other types of professionals? You buy a system, you are married to the glass. For pros that shoot exclusively commercial such as myself, when does Nikon suppose we might be entitled to a D700x, D800, D900 et al. Nikon is falling way behind the mark. Canon has had the $2500 5D MKII for several years, as with Sony and the A900/A850 24mp cams sub $2500. In some cases if crops are necessary, resolution matters. In these cases I shoot transparency with an F5 and put it on a drum scanner.

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Jan 6, 2012)

are you kidding me with the frame advantage ? a 8 fps burst is more than sufficient, be assured, the rest is just to make the marketing crazed users happy. how fast will a 14 fps burs fill your memory card ? how about after 2-3 seconds of that burst ? how fast does the camera store those shots ? did you notice that the nikon has the XQD slot, that can store shots 1/3 faster than CF ?

6 upvotes
ftlimages
By ftlimages (Jan 6, 2012)

I'm not apt to disagree about 8 fps being enough. For shooting in the studio I don't even use continuous drive--strobes take at least 1 second to recycle. I'm just pointing out, the 1-D X does exceed most specifications of Nikons new body.

And as far as the XQD slot; I'm with a lot of other people on the forum here. We really don't need another proprietary standard. It might be faster sure; but SD has become overwhelmingly standard. I know, its not enough for 14 fps. With the body size, you'd think they could figure out how to slot in a SATA-III SSD. At 80,000 IOPS you'd never have to let the shutter release button up. :)

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BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Jan 6, 2012)

Just wait. Both Canon and Nikon will bring out a Camera for studio work. These beasts are designed for fast outdoor work first, that will also give strong studio work., not forgetting kick ass Video. A true Multi Media unit as they are shouting about. The studio lot precieve they need more MP's and they are on there way I'm sure.

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miles green
By miles green (Jan 6, 2012)

But they'll have to compete with medium format in the studio and for weddings...
As Beany said, these are the Kings of fast outdoor work. I'd love to have either! Is Canon now more expensive than Nikon?

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Jan 6, 2012)

@nicolaiecostel
I know it hurts your feeling but be careful with the "8 FPS is enough" statement!

Here is why:
When Nikon fanboys compared the 7D with the D7000 they always say "6 FPS is enough"

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pacogwapo
By pacogwapo (Jan 6, 2012)

WOW! AMAZING! AMAZING! AMAZING!!!

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Jan 6, 2012)

don't actually understand what you mean (are you being sarcastic?)

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Paul Farace
By Paul Farace (Jan 6, 2012)

Best wishes to Nikon on their flagship camera. Now I look forward to how it will effect their prosumer models (D300 class)... Interesting that they've push back the megapixel count... Image counts, not pixels!

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Jan 6, 2012)

Nikon "pushed back the megapixel count"? Please look at the D3, D3s, and the D700, the only full frame dslrs Nikon has ever shipped. Things like the D300s/300 and D7000 are made in Thailand, basically a different product line.

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DWR0082
By DWR0082 (Jan 6, 2012)

I just hope this means the D800/D400 will keep the MP at a reasonable count + add the amazing new sensor and metering.

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Taikonaut
By Taikonaut (Jan 6, 2012)

"Multimedia" is so 90s.
The 1Dx not only better but put some distance between itself and the D4.

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marike6
By marike6 (Jan 6, 2012)

It's not better until it has the IQ, and high ISO crown, which the 1Dx does not. That belongs to Nikon, so I'm not sure what distance you are referring to.

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Martin Datzinger
By Martin Datzinger (Jan 6, 2012)

I'm also a bit baffled by the use of the term "multimedia". Because not only is it so 90s, multimedia was nothing more than a hype and ultimately a failure back then.

Other than that it is a very solid tool for the upcoming Olympics and I guess that is exactly this camera's point.

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walnist
By walnist (Jan 6, 2012)

@marike6
Can you point out to any review which compares Canon's 1Dx IQ and ISO noise with the best of Nikon?

Otherwise, stop trolling.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jan 6, 2012)

Multimedia would entail other bells and whistles, such as Dolby 7.1 sound, etc. This does not even have 1920x1080p60 video. By 2014, 4k video will be the benchmark for pro video of sports or the viewing standard of the rich flatulentocracy.

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jmmgarza
By jmmgarza (Jan 6, 2012)

Nikon. No big news here. I look forward to seeing the new SLT-A(99). Too bad Sony has so few pro-quality lenses. Nikon and Canon lead the pack here. Lenses are where the rubber meets the road.

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Jan 6, 2012)

all the wedding photogs shooting on nikon will buy this, not only jurnalists.

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BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Jan 6, 2012)

Nearly all the wedding guys I know are using 5DMkII and drooling for the next realise.

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marike6
By marike6 (Jan 6, 2012)

Several wedding shooters I know are using the 5D Mk II, but wishing for the high ISO performance of the D3s and DR of the D3x.
My 5D Mk II has good low-light performance, not great.

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jmmgarza
By jmmgarza (Jan 6, 2012)

The latest pro journalist camera from Nikon. If you're working for AP, the Times, etc., get yours now. The rest of us don't need this brick. Then there are those (of us) who believe in conspicuous consumption. The Nikon D4 is a fabulous piece of technology with even better lenses. Sweet!

4 upvotes
mantra
By mantra (Jan 6, 2012)

about the lenses , i found the canon prime lenses better then nikon
are you talking about wide zooms ?

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joger
By joger (Jan 6, 2012)

he talks about two or maximum three lenses where Nikon is clearly better then the outdated Canon pendants - there are at least some 10 lenses where the Nikon pendant is clearly worse or does not exist at all - but if you are a fanboy even a D4 might make you happy.

Neither the 1Dx nor the D4 wettens my mouth though but the 1Dx is clearly on paper more interesting if you are a wedding photographer or photo journalist and open minded.

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marike6
By marike6 (Jan 6, 2012)

Overall, zooms or primes, Nikon's lens line-up is stronger. Their consumer lenses, and primes are more modern. Some of Canon's APS-C zooms pretty average. Also it's not unusual to see Canon shooters using Nikon lenses like 14-24 2.8, and other 'holy trinity' lenses.

Also, no manual aperture control on any EF lens make Nikkors more easily adaptable to other mounts, and extremely desirable for HDSLR videographers.

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kb2zuz
By kb2zuz (Jan 6, 2012)

"If you're working for AP... The rest of us don't need this brick." ??? I actually see this marketed as much towards higher end wedding photogs as reporters (wedding photographers are a much larger market)... here's who I see buying it (or the Canon 1DX):
1) Lawyers, Doctors, and Stock Brokers who are getting into photography and want "the best."
2) Higher end wedding photogs
3) News and sports journalists
4) Amateur to semi-pro cinematographers who can't afford Arris or Red cameras
5) Local photographers who specialize in youth athletics.
6) Other people with the money (or credit) that just "want" it.

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Michael S.
By Michael S. (Jan 6, 2012)

GREAT tool for reportage/sports!

Nothing to be surprised - exactly as leaked a few months earlier...
;-)

And THANKS NIKON not taking part in the MEGAPIXEL Race!!!

All those non-pros crying for 36MP in a FX-sized sensor are just a bad joke...

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mantra
By mantra (Jan 6, 2012)

but it's a canon 1dx
i mean where is competition ?

hope the next cameras will not be identical ....

by the way it's for sure a great camera

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Jan 6, 2012)

the competition here is lilke in formula one, the cars there are so engineered that they are miliseconds away from eachother. the same case here.

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spbStan
By spbStan (Jan 6, 2012)

Specs seem to mean something different to Canon versus Nikon. Both the 1DIV and D3s were rated by their manufacturers at 102k ISO. Yet there was a dramatic difference in noise and color with the not so subtle edge to Nikon. The same will be expected here, when the D4 is said to extend to 204k, it will actually do it.
AF performance, another spec important to many pros, had every company chasing the D3s as also rans. When the D4 is claimed by Nikon to be superior, it will prove to be an understatement.
It appears that Canon's specs are written by the marketing department, not the testing lab or engineers.
For people to claim the 1Dx is better, after not seeing either one or their images undermines their claims. Wait and see if the Nikon overly conservative specs and the Canon overly optimistic figures are played out again with these two flagship models.

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mantra
By mantra (Jan 6, 2012)

the point is that i liked more the past
2 companies with great cameras and lenses , with different camera line up
i'm worried about the future
what the next?
a 5d mark 3 and a d800 , with almost the same spec?
is not only about specs
but i see nikon is copying canon and canon is copying nikon

i mean what's about the future?
many cameras that you can recognize only regarding the brand name or the name

in short i guess we will see many similar, analogue (i talking about nikon and canon) without a real competition!

i'm sure about the prices ... they will be almost the same
canon will lower the price of the 1dx ,and at the end , there will be few bucks of different between the 2 cameras

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EOS Photographer
By EOS Photographer (Jan 6, 2012)

@SBPStan

I don't know, but i read a lot of marketing BS in the press release from Nikon and on paper the 1D X seem to have the better specs. I expect both will perform on par with little differences in IQ.

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BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Jan 6, 2012)

Agree with spdStan. Specs are one thing. Output is another. The 1Dx and the D4 will be popular and I can't wait for the footage and images from the Euro's and Olympics.

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dpreviewprov
By dpreviewprov (Jan 6, 2012)

suggested retail $5999.95 (I believe that's for USA).

Now in Australia, expect to pay (around) AUD$7999 :(

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DioCanon
By DioCanon (Jan 6, 2012)

that's why I buy online from B&H mate!

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bullfinchphoto
By bullfinchphoto (Jan 6, 2012)

Checkmate Canon!

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EOS Photographer
By EOS Photographer (Jan 6, 2012)

Looks more like Canon wins this round.

On paper the D4 seems to be the lesser camera.
In real life no difference i guess. However the jump from Canons 1D MK IV to the 1DX is much larger then increasing a sensor with 4MP and call it D4

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BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Jan 6, 2012)

It's going to be down to the glass and user on images.

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ovrebekk
By ovrebekk (Jan 6, 2012)

"However the jump from Canons 1D MK IV to the 1DX is much larger then increasing a sensor with 4MP and call it D4"
Next time you read camera specs, don't stop reading when you get to the resolution :P

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BobORama
By BobORama (Jan 6, 2012)

The great thing about the D4 is that with ISO 204,800 its now possible to see the human soul, or lack thereof in individuals sitting in an unlit salt mine.

-- Bob

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tkpenalty
By tkpenalty (Jan 6, 2012)

I think they need a new system for film speeds soon...

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al4nik
By al4nik (Jan 6, 2012)

Thanks, Bob, very well said. People just seem to forget that this is just another tool to help them to take great photos, no matter what system they are staying with. I'm glad, that Nikon finally back on track with their new update. To the rest of the crowd: enjoy the photography! :)

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tuckerfx98
By tuckerfx98 (Jan 6, 2012)

I like the idea of a new improved memory card. The idea of a CF and tiny SD card in the same camera was silly.
Some of you may not work under cold winter conditions where handling an SD card is more than just a little awkward. Believe me SD should be buried for just that reason.
Well, may keep it around for "Granny" and her "PHD Camera" when she's on vacation in Hawaii.

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bigdaddave
By bigdaddave (Jan 6, 2012)

You clearly never had a bent CF card pin then. SD is WAY better in every way.

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Karl Gnter Wnsch
By Karl Gnter Wnsch (Jan 6, 2012)

The second slot is for the CF-Card successor, not a fiddly SD card with it's far inferior performance!

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EOS Photographer
By EOS Photographer (Jan 6, 2012)

@Karl

Which means you have a pro camera with NO backup possibilities until these cards appear on the market in late 2012.

Not a smart idea from Nikon....

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San Diego Wedding Photographers

Sweet, I am so ready for a new camera. I'm really looking forward to playing with the video!

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