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Nikon D4S Review Summary

16 Megapixels16 MegapixelsSingle Lens ReflexSingle Lens ReflexHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Accepts Compact Flash Type I memory.Accepts Compact Flash Type I memory.Accepts XQD memory.Accepts XQD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed review

Nikon D4S Assessment

It is hard to describe the D4s without superlatives. This large professional DSLR has a full-frame 16 megapixels sensor which reaches a class-leading ISO 409,600 and can shoot continuously at 11 FPS for over 15 seconds.

Image quality from the Nikon D4S 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 D4S is blazingly fast and locks focus faster than we can measure, even in low-light.

Bulk and price are likely the biggest obstacles to the D4s. At almost 1.4kg plus lens, the D4s feels heavy. While there are full-frame DSLRs for half-the price of the D4s, only one can shoot faster. For professional action photographers, this DSLR justifies its price.

Owners of a Nikon D4 will be happy to know that their investment as not been superseded by much. The D4s has clearly improved in a number of areas, yet image-quality and speed are only very slightly better.

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PROS CONS
Class-leading image noise Poor Automatic WB in low-light
Excellent sharpness Stiff 8-way controller
Superb dynamic-range Indistinct ISO button
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 Heavy and bulky
Flexible self-timer and exposure delay No 16:9 guidelines for time-lapse
Highly customizable with plenty of controls Asymmetric memory card types
Manual focus assist direction indicator
Superb build quality
Stellar battery-life
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

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By on 2014/06/10
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Nikon D4S Facts


SLR digital camera

Sensor-Size: 36 x 24mm

Full-Frame Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

16 Megapixels DSLRISO 50-409600
Nikon F Mount
1X FLM
Shutter 1/8000-30s
100% Coverage
Extra Large Viewfinder
Full manual controls, including Manual Focus
2 Axis Digital LevelCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
WeatherproofSpot-Metering
Built-in Dust ReductionHot-Shoe & Sync-Port
11 FPS Drive, 200 ImagesStereo audio input
1920x1080 @ 60 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
3.2" LCD 920K PixelsCompact Flash Type 1
XQD
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