Nikon D4S review

April 16, 2014

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Nikon D4S

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It’s the pinnacle of Nikon’s DSLR range, but what does the 16.2-million-pixel Nikon D4S add to its predecessor, and what might that mean for you? While we test it, professional sports photographer Mark Pain gives his opinion


Nikon D4S review – The competition

At this end of the market, a new camera can often cause a photographer to switch systems, as many Canon photographers did when Nikon launched the D3, and later the D3S. I’m not sure that there is enough about the D4S to warrant a switch from the 18-million-pixel Canon EOS-1D X – most photographers wanting to do so would have with the release of the D4. So the chief competitor to the D4S will be the Nikon D4 itself.

Most retailers have already stopped listing the D4, but if you look around it can still be found for about £600 less than the D4S, and obviously used examples are even cheaper, closer to £1,000 less. Professional photographers who haven’t taken the plunge may just take advantage of the drop in price for a new Nikon D4 while they can.

  • Dioptre Adjustment: -3 to +1 dioptre
  • White Balance: 2 auto, 6 presets (with fine-tuning), plus 3 custom and Kelvin adjustment settings
  • Built-in Flash: No
  • Output Size: 4928 x 3280 pixels
  • Viewfinder Type: Pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
  • Memory Card: 1x CompactFlash slot compatible with UDMA 7, 1x XQD slot
  • Shutter Type: Electronically controlled focal-plane
  • LCD: 3.2in TFT with 921,000 dots
  • Field of View: Approx 100%
  • AF Points: 51 points, selectable manually, automatically or grouped
  • White Balance Bracket: 2-9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3
  • Sensor: FX-format (full-frame) CMOS device with 16.2 million effective pixels
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/250sec
  • Focal Length Mag: 1x (1.5x in DX-format crop mode)
  • Exposure Modes: PASM
  • Weight: 1,180g (without battery or card/s)
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery (supplied)
  • File Format: NEF (raw), JPEG, raw+JPEG simultaneously, raw small
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/8000sec in 1⁄3 steps, plus B
  • Drive Mode: Single, continuous (Hi/Lo selectable) up to 11fps with AF + metering; self-timer
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, HDMI
  • Compression: 3-stage JPEG, 3-stage NEF
  • Exposure Comp: ±5EV in 1⁄3, 1/2 or 1EV steps
  • RRP: £5,199.99 (body only)
  • Lens Mount: Nikon F
  • ISO: ISO 100-25,600 in 1/3EV steps and Hi1, 2, 3, 4 (ISO 409,600)
  • DoF Preview: Yes
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, single-shot AF, continuous AF with AF fine-tuning
  • Dimensions: 160 x 156.5 x 90.5mm
  • Metering System: 91,000-pixel RGB 3D matrix metering, centreweighted (adjustable), spot (1.5%)
  • Tested as: Professional DSLR

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