Nikon D4 Summary
Nikon D4 Assessment
It is hard to describe the D4 without superlatives. This large professional DSLR has a full-frame 16 megapixels sensor which reaches a class-leading ISO 204,800 and can shoot continuously at 11 FPS for over 15 seconds.
Image quality from the Nikon D4 is among the very best in all areas. Image noise is extremely low and dynamic-range is exceptionally high. RAW files are needed to unlock the full potential of this DSLR since its JPEG conversion leaves things soft and Automatic White-Balance stands to be improved in low light.
Indoor action photographers would be hard-pressed to find a better camera for their needs. The 51-point autofocus system in the D4 is blazingly fast and locks focus faster than we can measure, even in low-light.
The Nikon D4 is not just made for photography but for photographers, including features such as an HTTP server to control the camera remotely and a secure FTP client to send files out.
Bulk and price are likely the biggest obstacles to the D4. At almost 1.2kg plus lens, the D4 certainly feels heavy. While there are full-frame DSLRs for half-the price of the D4, only one can shoot faster an its even more expensive! For the professional fast-action photographer, the Nikon D4 does well to justify its price.
|Class-leading image noise||Poor Automatic WB in low-light|
|Superb dynamic-range||Overly soft JPEGs|
|Ultra-fast autofocus||Bizarre Auto ISO|
|Very fast continuous drive with deep buffer||Poor Live-view, not Exposure-Priority|
|Extremely fast and responsive||Exposure Delay mode hidden in menu|
|Ultra-short black-out||Indistinct ISO button|
|Good color-accuracy||Rather bulky|
|Flexible self-timer and exposure delay||No 16:9 guidelines for time-lapse|
|Highly customizable with plenty of controls||Asymmetric memory card types|
|Dual memory cards can provide instant backup|
|Superb build quality|
|Manual focus assist direction indicator|
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Nikon D4 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 36 x 24mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|16 Megapixels DSLR||ISO 50-204800|
|Nikon F Mount|
Extra Large Viewfinder
|Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|2 Axis Digital Level||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Hot-Shoe & Sync-Port|
|11 FPS Drive, 170 Images||Stereo audio input|
|1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|3.2" LCD 920K Pixels||Compact Flash Type 1|
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