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Nikon D4 review

April 14, 2012

Overall Rating:

5

Nikon D4


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Price as Reviewed:

£5,289.00

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

Dynamic Range

There is little that is surprising about the dynamic range of the D4 and it is comparable to other cameras of a similar specification. While I found that the camera could recover a good amount of detail from the highlight and shadow areas of raw files, it isn’t quite as impressive as the D7000.

My ‘real-world’ findings are supported by the results at www.dxomark.com, which shows that at ISO 100 the D4 has a dynamic range as high as 13.1EV. This is respectable without being outstanding, especially given that it is a full-frame sensor. As a comparison, DxO rated the D7000, with its smaller APS-C-sized sensor, as having a dynamic range of 13.9EV.

Image: The dynamic range and colour of JPEG images is good, but I found that much more data can be extracted from raw images

  • 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%)
  • Dimensions: 160x156.5x90.5mm
  • 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)

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