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By dpreview staff on Feb 25, 2014 at 04:00 GMT
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Nikon has released an update to their flagship D4 pro DSLR: the D4s. While not a major upgrade to the camera (hence the 's' in the name), the D4s packs more processing power, a refined autofocus system, faster continuous shooting, and more video features (including 1080/60p support). Two other items pros will appreciate are a 'small' Raw size and a noticeable improvement in battery life compared to the D4. The camera will be available in early March for $6499.95 / £5,199.99.

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DOMINATE THE DECISIVE MOMENT, AGAIN: THE NIKON D4S HD-SLR IS THE FORMIDABLE FUSION OF SPEED AND ACCURACY

Nikon’s Flagship D-SLR is the Evolution of a Masterpiece, Reinforcing Nikon as the Choice of Pro Photographers and Multimedia Creators

MELVILLE, NY (February 24, 2014 at 11:01 P.M. EST) - Announced today, the new Nikon D4S establishes itself as the premier HD-SLR available to professionals; unrivaled with its combination of incredible speed, accuracy, low-light performance and exceptional image fidelity. Designed for the most demanding photographers and multimedia professionals in the world, the Nikon D4S improves upon the revered D4 to give users enhanced image and video quality, improved autofocus (AF), faster performance during and after capture in addition to an astonishing ISO range. 

Nikon’s D series of flagship cameras continues to push the boundaries of professional image quality, speed and features. The newly developed 16.2-megapixel FX-format sensor works in conjunction with the new EXPEED 4 image processing engine to deliver new levels of still and HD video quality and performance. A new Group AF function and overall improvements build upon Nikon’s proven 51-point AF system, while the camera breaks convention with an ISO range that goes to an incredible 409,600 ISO (Hi-4) for maximum versatility in nearly any lighting condition. Overall speed and response is also enhanced, capturing full resolution at an astounding 11 frames-per-second (fps) with auto focus and auto exposure (AE), while benefiting from an overall 30% increase in processing power.
 
“By announcing the development of the new Nikon D4S earlier this year, Nikon has been able to work openly with professional photographers in the field to hone the cameras’ core capabilities into an unparalleled tool that makes otherwise impossible images a reality,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “The challenges of today’s professional multimedia photographer go beyond simply capturing amazing content. After the shutter clicks, the workflow enhancements that the D4S provides will give Nikon users an obvious edge in the stands, the studio, on the sidelines or in the field.”

Extreme Speed and Accuracy Give the Edge in the Field
Whether shooting extreme action sports or elusive wildlife, the Nikon D4S has been engineered to be the ultimate combination of speed and accuracy, giving photographers the power to capture even the fastest moving, unpredictable subjects with confidence and control. The proven Multi-CAM 3500 FX AF sensor module’s thoroughly recalibrated AF algorithms quickly zero in on its intended target— no matter how near, far, or abruptly a subject appears in the frame. Additionally, the D4S includes a new innovative Group AF mode. When selected, this mode utilizes five AF points to provide increased stability while tracking subjects, and enhanced accuracy by reducing instances of background focus. In situations where the background is bright with strong contrasting colors, photographers can now feel more confident, knowing that small, distant and fast-moving objects can be rendered sharper, faster and more frequently. Nikon’s AF Lock-on technology is also upgraded, shortening time in reverting from focus interruptions, such as a referee running into the frame.

Hundredths of a second can make the difference when capturing the decisive shot that graces the front page, the double-truck spread, or the client’s mantel. With this in mind, the Nikon D4S also improves tracking on high-speed continuous shooting at a blazing fast 11 fps, with continuous AF/AE. Because missing the shot is just not an option, Nikon’s EXPEED 4 plays an integral role in the D4S’ seemingly instantaneous response and swift performance, while enhancing energy efficiency. The camera now features a processing time that is a full 30% faster, in addition to a 200-shot buffer (JPEG) at full resolution at the maximum continuous mode.

As a proven flagship for the world’s most demanding photographers, the D4S retains the features that made its predecessor the professional’s choice in the first place. The Nikon D4S HD-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 a teleconverter with a combined aperture value up to f/8, a great advantage to those photographing sports and wildlife from extreme distances.

The Advantage of Superior Image Quality
At the core of the Nikon D4S is a newly developed 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS Sensor (36 x 23.9mm), engineered to deliver an immersive dynamic range, with exceptionally low noise. This newly developed image sensor works in tandem with the latest generation of Nikon’s powerful image processing engine, dubbed EXPEED 4, to bolster image quality, color and sharpness in both stills and video. The benefits of EXPEED 4 go well beyond high-speed image processing to provide evolved real time noise reduction, along with depth and clarity gradation rendering. The resulting images exhibit a wide tonal range, with true and faithful colors.

Thanks in part to the new EXPEED 4 processing engine, the Nikon D4S now shatters the perception of what’s possible with available light photography, giving users a native ISO range from 100-25,600 expandable from 50 ISO (Lo-1) to a staggering 409,600 ISO (Hi-4). This amazing ISO range rewrites the rulebook for available-light shooting, and is especially useful for professional sports shooters, photojournalists, as well as military and law enforcement agencies. The powerful EXPEED 4 image-processing engine incorporates an entirely new algorithm for even higher ISO noise reduction and color fidelity, resulting in an enhanced overall sharpness and clarity without sacrificing subtle textures and luminous details. The enhanced ISO is also a major advantage for other professionals including wedding and portrait photographers, who can now confidently capture the darkest reception, a candlelit ceremony, or create crisp studio portraits with flawless fidelity.

Other advanced Nikon technologies also contribute to the superior image quality of the Nikon D4S, including a new enhanced standard Picture Control tone curve that gives greater depth and clearer color rendition, especially on skin tones. For additional versatility, users have the ability to toggle Face Detect AF on or off while shooting through the viewfinder, and white balance calculation has been further refined for accuracy, while spot white balance is employed for easier presetting with more options.

Nikon’s exclusive 91,000-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering III system returns on the D4S to help capture true-to-life colors while solving the most challenging exposures, from sun-lit snow to stadium lighting. The system works by meticulously analyzing the variables within each scene and recognizing factors such as color and brightness values with unprecedented exactness. This data is then interpreted and compared against the camera’s on-board database to implement various settings, resulting in vibrant images with faithful color reproduction and balanced exposure.

Faster Workflow During and After Capture
While shooting speed and response matter in the moment, workflow speed has become increasingly important in a more competitive landscape. The D4S delivers upon the need for that speed with features that are engineered for today’s professional:

  • New RAW SIZE S files: In addition to shooting JPEG, full size RAW (NEF) and TIFF files, the Nikon D4S also has a new file setting to enhance workflow, RAW SIZE S. This setting allows for shooting 12-bit uncompressed Nikon NEF files that are approximately half the size (2464 x 1640) of standard uncompressed RAW files and are more easily manageable—speeding up the entire workflow process.
  • Faster transfer rate: When connected via LAN, users can now transmit files using Gigabit Ethernet (1000 Base-T LAN). This significant decrease in transfer times means more time to shoot, and less time transmitting files.
  • Improved battery life:  Despite its processing power, the D4S is remarkably power-efficient. With the addition of a new EN-EL18a Lithium-Ion battery, the D4S can easily outlast the action with up 3,020 (CIPA rating) shots in single mode and 5,960 shots (Nikon testing) in continuous mode.
  • Dual card slots: The D4S uses both CF cards as well as the super-fast XQD card format to achieve the fastest possible transfer and write times.

Video Features Fit for the Modern Production Environment
With an increase in potent processing power, the D4S ups the ante when it comes to multimedia workflow and content capture. A versatile tool on location or on set, the D4S offers enhanced video quality and video-friendly features, in a compact and lightweight HD-SLR form factor. In addition to the innovative video attributes from the D4, the D4S offers the following new features: 

  • Full HD video in variable frame rates: Users have the choice of various resolutions and frame rates, including a new 1080/60p option for increased flexibility in post. Users can also shoot at 1080 30p or a cinematic 24p, as well as various other NTSC and PAL frame rates and resolutions. By utilizing the B-Frame data compression method, users can record H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC format video with unmatched integrity for up to 29:59 minutes per clip.
  • Selectable image area: Users now have the ability to select an image area in Live View mode to match the glass or shooting style. To best suit the scene, FX, DX (1.5x) and 2.7x cropping is available.
  • Expanded ISO range for video and auto ISO control: D4S’ FX-format image sensor and EXPEED 4 work hand-in-hand to render a natural transition between bright and dark scenes, all while delivering rich tones, sharp edges and minimized noise, even at high ISOs. The D-Movie mode has awide standard ISO range — from 200 to 25,600 to shoot in nearly any lighting. Furthermore, the ISO can be pushed up to an ISO 409,600 (Hi-4) equivalent. Additionally, D4S lets you maintain manual exposure for controlled shutter speeds and aperture settings while the camera automatically dictates the ISO maximum sensitivity from 400 to Hi-4. For assignments with dramatic shifts in lighting, this can be a remarkably useful tool.
  • Uncompressed 1080 60p: For the purest video quality, the D4S allows direct output of uncompressed files via HDMI. Output can be recorded to an optional outboard digital video recorder, making for an efficient editing workflow.
  • Manual control: Like the D4 HD-SLR, D4S offers full manual control when shooting video for maximum creative versatility.
  • Simultaneous recording: When recording to an external digital recorder via HDMI, the D4S can now simultaneously write to the CF or XQD card. This function is ideal for creating backups and recording while live-streaming content.
  • Improved sound: The range of audio frequency is now selectable, with options such as Wide Range and Voice Range. Wind noise reduction and audio levels can be changed during recording.
  • Smoother exposure transition during time-lapse and interval-time shooting: Creating breathtaking time-lapse movies is even easier with the D4S. The camera renders exposure transitions with unprecedented smoothness. Such scenes have been difficult to capture in manual or auto exposure mode, but now users can apply an auto exposure to achieve professional-grade time-lapse and interval-time shooting.
  • 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 80 years. Nikon has a vast NIKKOR lens system, with more than 80 lenses including 65 FX-format lenses with a variety of focal lengths and features, including VR vibration reduction.

Pro Grade Construction and Controls
As a flagship camera for professionals, the D4S is engineered to excel in the world’s toughest environments, while giving pros the features needed to get the shot. The shutter has been tested to 400,000 cycles, and the camera chassis is constructed of lightweight and durable magnesium alloy. Additionally, the camera is sealed and gasketed from moisture, dust and electromagnetic interference to resist the elements. 

While shooting, users will appreciate a slightly modified control layout and ergonomics for faster and more comfortable shooting. Subtle changes increase grip and comfort, making the camera easier to hold for a wider range of hand sizes and more comfortable during prolonged use. Photographers will also benefit from composing through a bright viewfinder with 100% coverage. The D4S also features a newly designed mirror-moving mechanism, which uniformly and effectively absorbs mirror slap to minimize viewfinder blackout time. Even at 11 fps, this innovation makes it easier to track a fast subject through the optical viewfinder.

The wide and bright high-resolution 921k dot, 3.2-inch LCD screen of the Nikon D4S lets users easily change menu settings, compose and review images. Photographers have the ability to customize the color of the LCD monitor to better match studio monitors or personal preference. Additionally, the LCD monitor retains its auto-brightness function that automatically adjusts the brightness of the monitor to increase visibility and conserve battery life.

Price and Availability

The Nikon D4S HD-SLR will be available March 6, 2014 for a suggested retail price* (SRP) of $6499.95*.

Nikon D4s specifications

Price
MSRPUS: $6499.95, UK: £5,199.99
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 4
Color spacesRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter arrayRGB Color Filter Array
Image
ISOAuto, ISO 100-25600 (expands to 50-409600)
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (4 slots)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW + TIFF
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal, basic
File format
  • NEF (12-bit or 14-bit, compressed or lossless compressed RAW)
  • NEF + JPEG
  • TIFF
  • JPEG
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampNo
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 LCD with brightness and color adjustment
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 (via hotshoe, flash sync port)
Flash modesAuto FP high-speed sync, front-curtain, rear-curtain, redeye reduction, redeye reduction w/slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off
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±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (2-9 frames in steps of 1, 2, or 3)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Videography notesBit rates for 1080/60p: 42Mbps (10 min limit), 24Mbps (20 min limit)
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesCompactFlash, XQD
Storage includedNone
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
WirelessOptional
Wireless notesvia WT-5A or WT-4A
Remote controlYes (wired or wireless)
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes (Water and dust resistant)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion EN-EL18a rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)3020
Weight (inc. batteries)1350 g (2.98 lb / 47.62 oz)
Dimensions160 x 157 x 91 mm (6.3 x 6.18 x 3.58)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (9999 shots)
GPSOptional
GPS notesvia GP-1A
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Comments

Total comments: 85
kevin_r
By kevin_r (2 months ago)

Well, still no touch screen and still no tilting LCD, so crack your neck for low down shots continues....just a rant.

0 upvotes
AstroStan
By AstroStan (2 months ago)

(never mind)
(why isn't there a "delete" option?)

Comment edited 14 minutes after posting
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williams359
By williams359 (2 months ago)

I think part of the problem for both canon and nikon is that we have got to a stage where we do no need to upgrade every time. The D3 D3s and the D4 were all such great cameras a lot of pros will not need to upgrade. Remember not all professional photographs are earning $100,000 a year. Most earn a lot less and these cameras are so expensive. Canon were very crafty in bring out a fantastic flash system that would not work fully with the 1D MKIV forcing me to get a 1DX when my trusty MK IV could have lasted a lot longer.

1 upvote
peevee1
By peevee1 (2 months ago)

What does that mean: "approximately half the size (2464 x 1640) of standard uncompressed RAW files"

If they reduce resolution to 2464 x 1640 = 4Mpix, and reduce bitness to 12 bit, how come it is only half the size of full 16mpix 14-bit files?

0 upvotes
Samuel Dilworth
By Samuel Dilworth (2 months ago)

Interesting observation. Perhaps the smaller file retains full RGB colour information (e.g. 36 bits) for each pixel. That, and a proportionally larger embedded JPEG (due to more pixel-level detail), may account for the larger-than-expected file size in RAW SIZE S mode.

0 upvotes
williams359
By williams359 (2 months ago)

Its the same with canon

0 upvotes
Leichhardt
By Leichhardt (2 months ago)

it's not mirrorless

0 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (2 months ago)

good observation.

4 upvotes
Just another Canon shooter
By Just another Canon shooter (2 months ago)

Well, it is a high end camera.

4 upvotes
lensberg
By lensberg (2 months ago)

At the core of the Nikon D4S is a newly developed 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS Sensor ............. You're sure its not the same old sensor from the D4 & Df just being recycled...?

4 upvotes
W4YNE 1
By W4YNE 1 (2 months ago)

Nikon has upgraded the video side of thing's in this camera to 1080/60p but they are already behind the times, we are now into the realms of 4k video! I know this camera's forte is not about video but if you are going to put something in there you have to keep up with the times. Let us see what Canons answer to Nikons D4s will be?

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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W4YNE 1
By W4YNE 1 (2 months ago)

Ahh I see Canon already has a 4k camera in the EOS-1Dc a bargain at £8,000 :(

1 upvote
yabokkie
By yabokkie (2 months ago)

Canon has 1DC (4K/24p APS-H, 2K/60p Super 35mm) already. Nikon captures video from a larger area thus better low-light but by doing that they depart from traditional film making, not entering it.

0 upvotes
Lucas_
By Lucas_ (2 months ago)

I'll never be convinced by a 16MP FF sensor.

2 upvotes
Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (2 months ago)

looking at you baby images i can see why....

6 upvotes
MarkByland
By MarkByland (2 months ago)

Haven't shot one much, huh?

7 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (2 months ago)

too low resolution it is. but it's still good enough for old media like newspaper and some new media like webnews.

0 upvotes
williams359
By williams359 (2 months ago)

for what this camera is designed for 16mp is perfect

0 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (2 months ago)

Yaaawwwn

1 upvote
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (2 months ago)

I am not sure how many people that bought the D4 would be convinced to upgrade to this camera?

2 upvotes
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (2 months ago)

A nice upgrade for Pros that resisted the urge to buy the D4.

7 upvotes
Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (2 months ago)

the question is... does nikons claim hold up that ISO 1600 on this camera looks like ISO 800 on the D4.

i have not seen sample images yet.
and is it JPG or RAW they speak about?

im not really interested in a better JPG noise reduction.
i shoot only RAW.

Comment edited 22 seconds after posting
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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (2 months ago)

and when it is so good.. why only a nativ ISO of 25600?

0 upvotes
MarkByland
By MarkByland (2 months ago)

@ Henry M. Hertz - because Nikon doesn't bloat numbers. They don't advertise ISO 1,000,000 when if can't get past 3200 without the image falling apart like soooo many other companies. Their (real) ISO numbers and low light performance are unmatched.

2 upvotes
WACONimages
By WACONimages (2 months ago)

Probably a perfect photograph machine! Will deliver stunning images, no doubt about that. In my opinion however these kind of cameras are a dying breed in the long term.

2 upvotes
Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (2 months ago)

and your opinion is based on what?
the believe that pros will shoot with an iphone in the future? :)

or that we all switch to medium format?
they have to become a lot faster to be usefull for sports photographer. ;)

Comment edited 15 seconds after posting
7 upvotes
Stollen1234
By Stollen1234 (2 months ago)

amazing post...if this is perfect machine and it delivers what it is promissing..so why is this a dying breed.
its a big camera and an expensive one...if yo dont need that king of equipment..you have alternative choices...

0 upvotes
WACONimages
By WACONimages (2 months ago)

I didn't post this to troll or something. I make a living with photography for about 15y now. Went all the way from analog to digital and step up every time to buy the next better camera etc. In my case Canon, because I had already to much gear from this brand. But I think the same about the Canon 1Dx. If I look around me and talk to full-time pro photographers things are starting to chance. Slowly but it does...

No doubt there are situation you will need a D4(s) or 1Dx. But often I found myself lugging around all these stuff just to make a portrait or commercial shot in a store. At such moments you can use for example a Nikon DF or mirror-less system, even full-frame like the Sony A7(r). Both the Canon 1Dx and Nikon D4(s) are mean machines. The best tool a certain moments. But the are extremely pricy, at moments to much bulk and although the quality is amazing it isn't that innovative.

3 upvotes
Stanchung
By Stanchung (2 months ago)

you're not a sports photographer maybe?
think olympics, world cup.

like you, i have no need for this beast.
However if somebody gave one to me... :P

0 upvotes
WACONimages
By WACONimages (2 months ago)

I do shoot sports for the newspaper in my region. Soccer, volleybal, athletics etc. But your right not the World Cup/Olympics. Thats where the D4s is meant for also. In that league these cameras will still stick around for some time.

But I do shoot sport with a mirror-less camera now. C-AF isn't that good yet... Frustrating at times. But after a while I took a different approach while shooting sports. Volleybal, handbal and athletics goes pretty ok. Soccer can be a real challenge. But the new and following up generations will solve this problem anytime soon.

For any other kind of press photography(outside these pro-sports) a D4s/1Dx can be used also of course, but there are coming more & more alternatives.

Comment edited 27 seconds after posting
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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (2 months ago)

it´s good to see that, 3 years after canon, nikon user get gigabit lan too.

why USB3 is no standard in such expensive cameras still puzzles me.

6 upvotes
Just a Photographer
By Just a Photographer (2 months ago)

D4 was introduced in 2012 - I believe its 2014 in most peoples world. The 1D x you are referring to was available for public sale late june 2012. So we are talking 1.5 years so to speak not 3 years.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (2 months ago)

but the 1D X was announced 2011.
prototypes where available much earlier. ;)
i bought mine in july 2012.

but let´s not fight over ~1 year.

fact is that 100mbit was a joke and that USB2 is still the standard is annoying.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 5 minutes after posting
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Just a Photographer
By Just a Photographer (2 months ago)

I won't argue that the 10mbit was a laugh on the D4.
Especially because 1Gbit has been the standard for a few years already in the computer industry.

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rrccad
By rrccad (2 months ago)

usb3 has greater power requirements and also much shorter cable lengths. the cable lenghts would prove to be impractical for most cases in usb 3 tethered shooting - especially when compared to gigabit lan cable lengths.

2 upvotes
Just a Photographer
By Just a Photographer (2 months ago)

The s stands for Software update?

Come on Nikon what kind of update is this really?

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (2 months ago)

s = small update

1 upvote
Revenant
By Revenant (2 months ago)

The sensor is supposed to be new, and they promise improved image quality, processing speed, AF performance, battery life and ergonomics. Aren't those the kind of improvements a working professional would want?

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (2 months ago)

well yes.... but it´s still not an exciting update if you ask me.

same as the canon 700D is not an exciting update over the 650D.

compared with my 1D X i say it´s even a blah update.

i expected nikon to beat my "old" 1D X with a new flagship camera.
now i expect canon to just make a small 1D X MK2 update too.

that´s not driving innovation.... :(

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (2 months ago)

ok.. let me add it depend on how good the new sensor is.
maybe the new sensor is really exciting.

we will see.

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Revenant
By Revenant (2 months ago)

I agree that it's not an exciting update, in terms of new technology or features, but it still seems like more than just a cosmetic update, like the 700D was.
However, if the promised improvements of performance are barely noticeable in practice, then it's certainly not much of an upgrade.

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Just a Photographer
By Just a Photographer (2 months ago)

The BIG question is. Is it really a new sensor or is it a Jedi mind trick?

How would you feel if this update is nothing more then a software update? People wouldn't be pleased to pay for a firmware update.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (2 months ago)

1DX is still better.....

dpreview, in the text LAN is mentioned but in the specs it´s missing.

i thought at least 12 fps.

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thx1138
By thx1138 (2 months ago)

Pixels wars are over, ISO wars have begun. Now if only we could get a real ISO 50, with L ISO 25.

12 upvotes
oysso
By oysso (2 months ago)

Have you ever heard of ND filters? Solves your issue.

1 upvote
AlexeyD
By AlexeyD (2 months ago)

Get yourself a Kodak SLR/n - they are cheap now. Nikon F mount and real (not fake) slow ISOs down to ISO 6.

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joejack951
By joejack951 (2 months ago)

Read up on Kodak's ISO 6 and you will see how fake it is. You can easily replicate that setting using a newer DSLR by taking multiple shots at base ISO. Read here: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51471311

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AlexeyD
By AlexeyD (2 months ago)

Read up yourself (preferably in Kodak own patent describing how it all done - here for example http://resume.jemcgarvey.com in Intellectual Property section). It does multiple sampling from sensor over a specified exposure time to prevent overexposure (since you cannot go below sensor base sensitivity) not the shots. And accumulated signal gets proportioned back to what exposure at slow ISO should be. How is it fake?? It is also calibrated like base ISO.

ISO 50 and other in modern cameras however are simply overexposed shots at base ISO and that is definitely fake.

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joejack951
By joejack951 (2 months ago)

Right, multiple sampling of the sensor meaning a bunch of shorter exposure times taken over a significantly longer exposure time than a true ISO 6 would need (due to limitations in frames per second). True base ISO was 160, not 6, which puts it at a higher base ISO than any recent Nikon or Canon DSLR, and barely lower than any Nikon or Canon DSLR ever produced. A real ISO 6 would allow for a single long exposure. Kodak did nothing of the sort. They did all the processing in camera which could be considered novel but it's nothing to can't be done in PS with any camera, giving you more control over the final result.

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AstroStan
By AstroStan (2 months ago)

I was surprised to see ISO 50 in my Sony RX-1. RX-1 ISO 50 has exceptionally good dynamic range (reminiscent of Kodachrome 25). I challenge anyone who purports that it is fake to provide actual proof (not speculation or rumor, etc.).

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AlexeyD
By AlexeyD (2 months ago)

> A real ISO 6 would allow for a single long exposure.
Have you actually own Kodak? It is a single exposure - the shuter opens and closes once. How it is implemented is actually quite relevant and Kodak implementation is effectively a way to capture long exposure without overexposing. It is in that respect more real than overexposed ISO 50 and to any degree exactly the same as if your sensor native exposure was at ISO 6.

As with anything, it would be good if you'd get some basic understanding of the mechanisms involved - without it it is all just idle talks.

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Just another Canon shooter
By Just another Canon shooter (2 months ago)

@AstroStan: ISO 50 on your RX-1 has absolutely the same DR as ISO 100 because ISO 50 is actually ISO 100 with a different EXIF tag, and boosting the auto exposure by 1 stop. Overexposing does not change the DR of the sensor - you get more shadow detail but less highlight headroom.

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joejack951
By joejack951 (2 months ago)

Ok, so the shutter opens once. How long does an ISO 6 exposure take on a Kodak DSLR when you otherwise would have needed ISO 100 and f/16 for a 1/100" exposure? A true ISO 6 should only take 1/3 second.

I don't disagree that the ISO 50 available on DSLR's today is fake. But while Kodak's ISO 6 may yield results that look almost just like a real ISO 6, it's not a real ISO 6 and it's nothing you can't accomplish with any other DSLR and some PP software.

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thx1138
By thx1138 (2 months ago)

ISO 50 today might be just a pushed ISO 100, but it is still very useful, especially when you scenes DR can handle the loss of highlight DR. I'd rather use ISO 50 and f/16 to get my 1s exposure than f/22 and ISO 100 if I don't have ND filters and for some lenses like the Nikon 14-28, Samyang 14 etc you cannot use a filter unless you pay hundreds more for a special custom solution.

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AlexeyD
By AlexeyD (2 months ago)

> How long does an ISO 6 exposure take on a Kodak DSLR when you otherwise would have needed ISO 100 and f/16 for a 1/100" exposure? A true ISO 6 should only take 1/3 second.

True Kodak's slow ISO are limited to certain shutter speeds but after all they are not native ISOs. Which does not make them any less real or true - just limited. There is nothing new in selecting expo pair from a limited subset - we do it all the time with limited flash sync. So when picking up aperture to match preset slow ISO time for correct exposure, the Kodaks will expose at a real and calibrated slow ISOs.

> and it's nothing you can't accomplish with any other DSLR and some PP software.

As with anything - try it. You may find that it is not at all possible in PS or any other common PP software and in fact will require some extra coding (perhaps writing a plugin) to do it.

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KingshukB
By KingshukB (2 months ago)

Nikon announced 5 Full Frame bodies in 2013 and 5 APC Bodies.

FF : D800,D800E,D600,D610,D4..

APSC : D3200,D3300,D5200,D5300,D7100..

now in Feb, D4S...

Please nikon Announce D400 as soon as possible.

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raztec
By raztec (2 months ago)

And none of them suit my needs. Where are the D300s and D700 replacements?

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KingshukB
By KingshukB (2 months ago)

Exactly... D800/800E is a bit pricy.. and it has to be due to the effective MP count..
D610/600 would be perfect but they intelligently consume the body design and body material and also functions perspective its an entry level dslr..

D4 is out of my range.. so NO questions of buying that..

on the other hand from D3200 to D7100 is for a bit amateur or semi-professional DX users..

but i need a professional DX body with atleast 16/24MP... or a professional FX body with less MP count.. (12/16) ..

why NIKON is so intelligent of their marketing strategy... ??
D400 is very much most awaited camera of this year..
but they know, people will switch from even D7100 or D610 to D400 if it has those professional facilities..

Nikon.. very cleaver. :P

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Just a Photographer
By Just a Photographer (2 months ago)

D800 and D800E was introduced in February 2012, and for D600 that was introduced september 18th 2012.

That's been 2 years ago, or are you already living in 2015?

Raztec - D800 is your D700 replacement. Meaby that is not to your liking but it has the same features as you D700 only a littlebit larger sensor then suits YOUR needs and only 1FPS less speed...

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Nukunukoo
By Nukunukoo (2 months ago)

Most likely they will come out with the D7200 come September with features that would make the D400 moot. I'm not complaining though, just wished the D7200 had an AF-ON button (which it won't).

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KingshukB
By KingshukB (2 months ago)

Yes you are right.. ^Just by....

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duchamp
By duchamp (2 months ago)

+1. I also want a D400.

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rrccad
By rrccad (2 months ago)

they were all announced / released in 2013? I must have skipped a year .. or you did.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (2 months ago)

"Nikon announced 5 Full Frame bodies in 2013 and 5 APC Bodies.

FF : D800,D800E,D600,D610,D4..

APSC : D3200,D3300,D5200,D5300,D7100.."

D800,D800E,D600,D4, D3200,D5200 were added in 2012. D4 even announced in 2011 if I remember right.

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Stanchung
By Stanchung (2 months ago)

There's DF in there somewhere

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KingshukB
By KingshukB (2 months ago)

Now please announce D400 ... i really need it. make it 24MP APS-C with 7fps and with professional full magnesium alloy solid body and look and feel like D300S or D700..

basic movie feature can be enough to have. dont push your effort for the extreme high definition movie. rather make the body much more professional like quick control like D800 and high resolution screen..

put that same Autofocus System as D800 has..

Nikon i really want it before May 2014. I have to buy one SLR within this and i dont have enough cash to buy one D800 and neither i am interested to buy one entry level full frame like D610.. and even not so excited to buy old D300S and D700 is also discontinued. so only option left is D7100.. and i also dont want to buy one Toy like SLR as amateur..
i need one professional body up-to-date.. i wont mind if its a APS-C.. even if D400 comes with 16MP, i will be enough happy to buy that..

Please nikon, do the announcement soon.. i have to plan for the lenses too..

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Marcelobtp
By Marcelobtp (2 months ago)

Man, you don't need to buy anything. You have the camera with you.
I bought a d700 last year because i wanted a FF with 51 AF that works wih low light reasonably. But if d300s is almost perfect why you need to buy a new camera?
Its working!
Keep your money, next year you will have the money to buy a d800 or the next iteration of dx camera. Good luck!
I recomend take a look at fuji cameras, they are doing what nikon isn't, LISTENING TO US!

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GodSpeaks
By GodSpeaks (2 months ago)

Too bad Ken Rockwell was wrong about it being 24MP.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (2 months ago)

ROTFL....KR know s*it.

as he writes on his website: he likes to make things up.
he is the rodney dangerfield of photography. annoying and clueless.

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Just a Photographer
By Just a Photographer (2 months ago)

Ken Rockwell is mostly wrong.
So this should be no surprise to anybody except for those who believe in the crap Rockwell cries out.

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (2 months ago)

ISO 409,600

Yes.

Carl

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Revenant
By Revenant (2 months ago)

Yes, this must be a sad day for all those elusive, black cats.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (2 months ago)

The cats will still hide between all the noise. Even 100k is unusable, even for postage stamps.

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dcdigitalphoto
By dcdigitalphoto (2 months ago)

I don't really understand why a power house camera like this doesn't have a basic setting that appears on other cameras. I'm talking about TvAv where you set the shutter speed and aperture and the camera works out the ISO required. I have found it extremely useful shooting sports.

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G Davidson
By G Davidson (2 months ago)

How about manual mode, with auto-iso activated?

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dcdigitalphoto
By dcdigitalphoto (2 months ago)

Let me reply to my own comment there and say that it appears to have an Auto ISO capability in manual mode, which appears to do what I described. Buried in the text, didn't see it. Hopefully it isn't buried in sub menus as well.

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gerry328
By gerry328 (2 months ago)

Even my lowly D7000 has auto ISO in manual mode.

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noirdesir
By noirdesir (2 months ago)

Since the beginning of Auto-ISO on Nikon DSLRs (at least since the D3/D300 in 2007) that has been a feature of all Nikon DLSRs [that had Auto-ISO, and at least all the higher end ones had Auto-ISO]. Which means you rushed to judgement based on zero knowledge about how Nikon has used Auto-ISO for many years. You would have to have just google Auto-ISO Nikon and you would have found descriptions of this among the first results.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (2 months ago)

D100, 2002/06/22, ISO auto ctrl in P, S, A, M modes.
http://www.nikon.com/news/2002/d100.htm

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Stanchung
By Stanchung (2 months ago)

You're joking right dcdigitalphoto?
TvAv are Canon camera modes.

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Robert Daniels
By Robert Daniels (2 months ago)

Wonder if 500.00 extra bucks worth the upgrades?

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Shamael
By Shamael (2 months ago)

ask better if the 5900 bucks at beginning even worth to buy this low resolution relic.

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benny_wong
By benny_wong (2 months ago)

So boring ......

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music4ever
By music4ever (2 months ago)

So boring...., said da Vinci had been looking at his paintbrushes...but maybe didn't..
Tool is not all.

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Zvonko
By Zvonko (2 months ago)

nah, not enough over the one I have

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