The 16.2-million-pixel D4 professional DSLR is Nikon’s attempt to improve upon its own D3S, one of the best cameras we have ever reviewed

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Nikon D4

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Nikon D4 review


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Images: The Nikon DS3 and the Canon EOS-1D X 

With a similar specification and price, the Canon EOS-1D X is sure to be the closest rival to the Nikon D4. Both cameras have full-frame sensors, although the EOS-1D X has a slightly higher 18.1-million-pixel resolution.

The Canon DSLR also has a maximum shooting speed of 12fps with AF, which is 2fps faster than the D4. One feature that the D4 does have in its favour is that its AF points work down to f/8, whereas the points in the EOS-1D X only work down to f/5.6. As to whether the

EOS-1D X is a better camera overall, I’ll reserve judgement until our test in AP 21 April.

The older Nikon D3S may still remain very popular given the relatively small increase in resolution in the D4. It can be bought new for around £1,000 less than the D4 and it may be ideal for enthusiast photographers.


Built-in Flash:No
White Balance:2 auto, 6 presets (with fine-tuning), plus 3 custom and Kelvin adjustment settings
Dioptre Adjustment:-3 to +1 dioptre
Shutter Type:Electronically controlled focal-plane
Memory Card:1x CompactFlash slot compatible with UDMA 7, 1x XQD slot
Output Size:4928x3280 pixels
Viewfinder Type:Pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
White Balance Bracket:2-9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3
AF Points:51 points, selectable manually or automatically
Field of View:Approx 100%
LCD:3.2in TFT with 921,000 dots
Max Flash Sync:1/250sec
Sensor:FX-format (full-frame) CMOS device with 16.2 million effective pixels
Exposure Modes:PASM
Focal Length Mag:1x (1.5x in DX-format crop mode)
Weight:1,180g (without battery or card/s)
File Format:NEF (raw), JPEG, raw+JPEG simultaneously
Power:Rechargeable Li-Ion battery (supplied)
Shutter Speeds:30-1/8000sec in 1⁄3 steps, plus B
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
Drive Mode:Single, continuous (Hi/Lo selectable, up to 10fps with AF; 11fps without AF and fixed exposure), self-timer
Lens Mount:Nikon F
Focusing Modes:Manual, single-shot AF, continuous AF with AF fine-tuning
ISO:100-12,800 in 1/3EV steps and Hi1, 2, 3 (ISO 102,400)
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, HDMI
Metering System:91,000-pixel RGB 3D matrix metering, centreweighted (adjustable), spot (1.5%)
DoF Preview:Yes
Exposure Comp:±5EV in 1⁄3, 1/2 or 1EV steps
Compression:3-stage JPEG, 3-stage NEF
RRP:£5,289.99 (body only)
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and Handling
  4. 4. Noise, Resolution and Sensitivity
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. White Balance and Colour
  7. 7. Autofocus
  8. 8. Dynamic Range
  9. 9. Viewfinder, LCD, Live View and Video
  10. 10. Connectivity
  11. 11. Verdict
  12. 12. Competition
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