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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
12
Sanook777
By Sanook777 (Jan 6, 2012)

Unbelievable, USB 2.0 Transfer! = Slooooow

No fire-wire, USB3.0 or Thunderbolt.

5 upvotes
James Van Artsdalen
By James Van Artsdalen (Jan 6, 2012)

Ethernet is far more widely available than USB3 or Thunderbolt and the drivers in Windows already work today, as opposed to a decade from now or so.

3 upvotes
nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Jan 6, 2012)

you can use a card reader, that is why the card is removable from the camera. how many users out there have thunderbolt or usb3 in the computer ? btw, thunderbolt ? lol.

0 upvotes
pfzt
By pfzt (Jan 6, 2012)

You need the transfer speed for tethered shooting and you need it bad. For that USB 2 is far too slow. USB 3 would've been a great choice.

3 upvotes
RovinHoot
By RovinHoot (Jan 6, 2012)

How could USB 3.0 be a great choice for tethered shooting when max cable length for USB 3.0 is limited to like 0.5m?

0 upvotes
DioCanon
By DioCanon (Jan 6, 2012)

first thing a pro thought me about images download is to use a card reader.
always.

3 upvotes
kb2zuz
By kb2zuz (Jan 6, 2012)

I prefer ethernet. For tethered shooting, ethernet has not only a speed advantage but also a length advantage. You can have a 100' long ethernet cord if you need. Finally the RJ-45 connector has a locking clip can't count how many times a USB or Firewire cord has poped out on me while shooting tethered. Also only a percentage of computers have USB 3 (and if they don't then you're back to USB 2 anyway), a smaller percentage have Firewire, and an even smaller percentage have Thunderbolt. Ethernet connections can be found on the vast majority of computers... that's the way to go.

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0 upvotes
tuckerfx98
By tuckerfx98 (Jan 6, 2012)

I like it!
It has been reported by the techies, and I tend to agree, that the quality of the pixel can be just as important, or even more important than the number of pixels. Personally, I want the higher quality image in low light conditions for some of my work. It's just a matter of time until the pixel mongers will get there way in the D4X. Just be patient, these cameras are released in a particular order for a reason. Part of that is the economics that keeps the company afloat, or maybe better stated at this time, in business. The economics are important. I've been through a lot of Nikons and I want the company to be around for a long time to come.

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0 upvotes
Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Jan 6, 2012)

I know is not important, it seems that the "NIKON" logo has got bigger and the fonts are more bold..

fanboys must love it since it says Nikon in your face

1 upvote
Jonathan F/2
By Jonathan F/2 (Jan 6, 2012)

Great, now I gotta get new EN-EL18 batteries!

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

It seems that Nikons hands were forced as there is a new law in Japan regarding the contacts on high capacity batteries to prevent short circuits and their aftermath.

3 upvotes
Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Jan 6, 2012)

I AM BORED
this is mainly upgrade for video features

3 upvotes
BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Jan 6, 2012)

As thats the future... Muli Media. More money from one unit. Wounderful

0 upvotes
ovrebekk
By ovrebekk (Jan 6, 2012)

Which still photography feature did they not improve??
The color of the camera?

1 upvote
kb2zuz
By kb2zuz (Jan 6, 2012)

The video is one area where the D3s was lagging behind canon, so they're putting a lot of focus on that. But the jump from 12 to 16MP is significant... I've always said I want a FF camera in the 16-18MP range as I feel that's the sweet-spot. If they can keep similar high ISO characteristics from the D3s, it will be killer. Add in the improved metering sensor (which is also supposed to help tracking for AF... maybe even do face detection on that so it knows what AF point to use)... it looks pretty damn sweet (and I mostly shoot Hasselblad and Canon).

0 upvotes
imageprovider
By imageprovider (Jan 8, 2012)

Hi, I am an ameture wildlife photographer and use a D300s for me the D4 is just a dream and way out of my budget. Are any of you on here pro photographers that would benefit from the new tech on the D4 and if so why?

Ian.

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

Great release from Nikon..........

3 upvotes
Ikari120378
By Ikari120378 (Jan 6, 2012)

"Velocity Meets Versatility"
velocity relates to vector measurement. Do they mean "Speed" instead, or they're planning to throw the camera to someone...?

2 upvotes
The Customer
By The Customer (Jan 6, 2012)

No built-in CD-ROM drive? Then not a true multi-media device! Otherwise, pretty cool.

9 upvotes
BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Jan 6, 2012)

Cleaver lol!!

1 upvote
xsimplyjosh
By xsimplyjosh (Jan 6, 2012)

cd roms are old already... now it's all hard drives and external HDD

1 upvote
zzapamiga
By zzapamiga (Jan 6, 2012)

-Uncompressed HDMI output
-Stereo headphone jack

Two huge video features noticeably missing from the Canon 1DX. I guess the advantage of Nikon not having a video camera division to protect. I'm sure that the Canon 5DIII will rectify this and have these two features.

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2 upvotes
Kevin Coppalotti
By Kevin Coppalotti (Jan 6, 2012)

Canon 1Dx $6800
Nikon D4....$5999

I choose Nikon!

1 upvote
Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Jan 6, 2012)

it's not only about the price or brand loyalty , you need lens and other accessories to compliment the camera.

If you are a beginner I'd suggest you go for an entry model

8 upvotes
DioCanon
By DioCanon (Jan 6, 2012)

yes, get yourself a Pentax!

1 upvote
pacogwapo
By pacogwapo (Jan 6, 2012)

whoahhh Gorgeous!

4 upvotes
Archer66
By Archer66 (Jan 6, 2012)

Actually, that red "Nikon" stripe on the grip is butt ugly :)

2 upvotes
spbStan
By spbStan (Jan 6, 2012)

Not to us Nikon fans

4 upvotes
Ernest M Aquilio
By Ernest M Aquilio (Jan 6, 2012)

This is great! I can buy a D3 now haha

8 upvotes
graybalanced
By graybalanced (Jan 6, 2012)

"I find your lack of megapixels.......not disturbing at all!"
- Darth Vader

5 upvotes
jabilson007
By jabilson007 (Jan 6, 2012)

Ok. Now put a crop sensor in it, call it d400, price it at $2000 and ship it directly to my house!

5 upvotes
thecrowR
By thecrowR (Jan 6, 2012)

16mp?????

Comment edited 11 minutes after posting
2 upvotes
bullfinchphoto
By bullfinchphoto (Jan 6, 2012)

and it is wonderful! Thanks Nikon is not racing for stupid megapixels like Canon does.

5 upvotes
Noopz
By Noopz (Jan 6, 2012)

Canon LOWERED their megapixel count for their next flagship.... what are you on about?

Comment edited 7 seconds after posting
10 upvotes
EOS Photographer
By EOS Photographer (Jan 6, 2012)

@bullfinchphoto

How's that with all that fuss about a 36MP D800 and Canon lowering its MP from 21 to 18?

Seems like you don't know what you are talking about

5 upvotes
BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Jan 6, 2012)

The MP loonies are still about. Don't really understand the future of sensor technology. They really need to catch up...

2 upvotes
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Jan 6, 2012)

Wow nice!

Five cents discount!

5 upvotes
Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Jan 6, 2012)

that's very Nikon

1 upvote
HiRez
By HiRez (Jan 6, 2012)

Meh. It looks nice, I'm sure it's an excellent camera. That said, it doesn't seem like much of a leap over the D3. If you need HD video, that's obviously a big deal, and we'll have to see if there's been some major leap in ISO performance. But it doesn't seem like they did anything really innovative here (like X100 hybrid VF type thing). And why did they get rid of the AE-L/AF-L button?

I guess we now know what to expect of the D800: evolutionary changes. Probably same sensor as D4, with HD video, maybe 6 fps, and not much else different. Hopefully priced at $2,500 or so, but more likely $3,000.

6 upvotes
AmaturFotografer
By AmaturFotografer (Jan 6, 2012)

This camera is for pros. The don't always need new features, what important is reliability.

So why make a new model? Coping with trends like GPS, LAN etc etc. Everything else pretty much the same.

0 upvotes
ovrebekk
By ovrebekk (Jan 6, 2012)

I agree with AmaturFotografer. These high end work horses are not about revolutionizing anything, its about improving on the features important to the pro's using them.
Canon and Nikon are conservative for a reason. They are big players, and completely changing things around are more likely to lose them market share than to gain it.

3 upvotes
DPFranz
By DPFranz (Jan 6, 2012)

RE: the AE-L/AF-L button. I wondered about this, too. My guess is that the capability is still there somewhere. Anyone know what that joystick-looking button at top right corner of the display does? Perhaps that can be assigned to be AE-L/AF-L on press?

Edit: Hmm... there is another at the lower right corner...are these joysticks?

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0 upvotes
Rafael Benetti Rohden
By Rafael Benetti Rohden (Jan 6, 2012)

Sincerely disappointed with this nikon D4 expected more of it more. and most say the D7000 is not far removed from it, if we compare the price and performance, this is my opinion of course are categoriad D-SLR quite different.
(Rafael from Brazil)

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

I have the D700 and the D7000. The latter is a very nice camera but I have to admit, it does not have anywhere near the quality of the D700. I can't pinpoint why, though the differences increase geometrically with increased ISO. I also think the color is much 'truer' in my D700, maybe related to greater dynamic range. Just my $0.02. D7000 is still the perfect backup.

0 upvotes
cameramen
By cameramen (Jan 6, 2012)

here it says: "Articulated LCD Tilting" but I don't find it in official sites

0 upvotes
Taikonaut
By Taikonaut (Jan 6, 2012)

Contrast detect focus tracking in video mode. Err can anyone tell me which current Nikon lens handle contrast detect AF tracking without being hampered by the limitation from the lens motor?
This is a marketing gimmick and absolutely useless to videographers.

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3 upvotes
expoboy52
By expoboy52 (Jan 6, 2012)

I want two but hell, I won't even be able to afford one.

0 upvotes
noneyabidnis
By noneyabidnis (Jan 6, 2012)

just get a credit card. That's what I do.

2 upvotes
GEAH
By GEAH (Jan 6, 2012)

After the early adopting beta testers run it through the ringer, I'll have to get one of these guys.

0 upvotes
Taikonaut
By Taikonaut (Jan 6, 2012)

As I suspected, f8 sensitivity drops down to just a single AF point.

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

A single cross-type AF point. You still get 10 horizontal ones, too.

3 upvotes
thx1138
By thx1138 (Jan 6, 2012)

Assuming IQ is similar in the two cameras, I'd say based on the released specs, the 1D X is a more advanced camera by a fair margin. The D4 is more a small evolutionary step than the 1D X, which is almost a complete rebuild from the ground up. It'll be interesting to see them go head-to-head

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6 upvotes
wskb
By wskb (Jan 6, 2012)

Head to head with the 1DX, this will be fascinating...

1 upvote
noneyabidnis
By noneyabidnis (Jan 6, 2012)

I just hope Best Buy will still take back the XBOX 360 I got my kids for Christmas. It hasn't been used much so far - and the money will help cover the tax on this puppy that my credit increase doesn't quite reach.

2 upvotes
arammc
By arammc (Jan 6, 2012)

Focuses to f8 with center.. Thats pretty good for those with long f4 primes and doublers.

A big complaint about tthe Eos 1DX.

Although honestly the top of the line canon and Nikon seem more alike then different.

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3 upvotes
noneyabidnis
By noneyabidnis (Jan 6, 2012)

sweet baby jesus - thank you for making the credit card company increase my limit by another 6 grand. I HAVE to HAVE this camera.

2 upvotes
f8pc
By f8pc (Jan 6, 2012)

Here's a responsible idea: don't buy stuff you can't afford!

19 upvotes
Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Jan 6, 2012)

you still need good lens, your kit lens is not enough, and don;t forget to get a decent tripod and flash!

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0 upvotes
Josh152
By Josh152 (Jan 6, 2012)

Unless the camera will be earning it's keep, going into debt to buy one is the dumbest thing you could do. noneyabidnis's attitude is exactly the problem with the U.S. economy. Evey one from the federal government to the average citizen is living beyond their means by going in debt for amounts they will never pay off.

1 upvote
noneyabidnis
By noneyabidnis (Jan 7, 2012)

Whatever. It's an investment. Look at how much artwork created by Picasso, Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Cartier-Bresson, Ansel Adams, etc. is worth today. How is one supposed to create valuable art-work with sub-par gear?

1 upvote
smallcams
By smallcams (Jan 6, 2012)

And so many buttons.

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0 upvotes
Graystar
By Graystar (Jan 6, 2012)

But yet it's guaranteed a Silver Award because the ISO button is not by the shutter.

5 upvotes
Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Jan 6, 2012)

what you want a touch screen?

0 upvotes
Musicjohn
By Musicjohn (Jan 6, 2012)

too many!

1 upvote
CFynn
By CFynn (Jan 6, 2012)

Yeah give me a digital FM that I can easily carry and where I don't get confused with all the buttons menus and options and can simply concentrate on a few basic but important things.

0 upvotes
Maxis Gamez
By Maxis Gamez (Jan 6, 2012)

Looks awesome even for Canon user. Love it!

- Bird Photography

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0 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jan 6, 2012)

All I can do is laugh at all the people who bashed the 1DX because this new Nikon was going to be 34MP. Turns out Nikon and Canon have similar ideas for what makes a flagship camera.

Looks like a great competitor to the 1Dx, but again, funny about the resolution.

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7 upvotes
AmaturFotografer
By AmaturFotografer (Jan 6, 2012)

The Nikon they talked about is D800, not D4.

3 upvotes
spbStan
By spbStan (Jan 6, 2012)

I do not remember any serious industry observer predict high res for the sports/action/flagship camera. You might be thinking of the pro-sumer models that will likely satisfy amateur's lust for megapixels.

1 upvote
BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Jan 6, 2012)

Totally Agree

0 upvotes
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Jan 6, 2012)

You do know there is going to be a 1Ds X and D4X coming out in a year right? You think either company will let a $6000 camera replacing their $8000 flagship studio camera?

0 upvotes
noneyabidnis
By noneyabidnis (Jan 6, 2012)

what a bunch of crap. Where's the updated D700?

4 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jan 6, 2012)

No joking, it might be under water in Thailand. They can't even ship their current products right now.

0 upvotes
Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Jan 6, 2012)

come on, Even Canon did not announce the 5D3

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0 upvotes
winerston
By winerston (Jan 6, 2012)

Great camera!

0 upvotes
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.

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

0 upvotes
staceysmith
By staceysmith (Jan 6, 2012)

One exclusive set of handles for both directory and horizontally firing. Consists of a main-command switch, an AF-ON option and a joystick style AF selector, each set is installed out in the same way for a more user-friendly function regardless of digicam orientation

0 upvotes
LarsJensen
By LarsJensen (Jan 6, 2012)

No smile shutter??

0 upvotes
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