Nikon D4S Summary
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Owners of a Nikon D4 will be happy to know that their investment as not been superseded by much.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.
|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|
Recent Similar Cameras
Nikon D4S Highlights
Sensor-Size: 36 x 24mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|16 Megapixels DSLR||ISO 50-409600|
|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, 200 Images||Stereo audio input|
|1920x1080 @ 60 FPS Video Recording||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|3.2" LCD 920K Pixels||Compact Flash Type 1|
2020 Digital Photography Computer Building Guide
Everything to know about building a Digital Photography Computer in 2020.
Fujifilm X-T4 Review
Fujifilm APS-C flasghip mirrorless with 5-axis builtin stabilization mechanism using the same high-speed 26 MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor as the X-T3. New 15 FPS mechanical shutter and builtin HDR. Professional mirrorless with mechanical controls, dual control-dials, dual memory-card lots, a built EVF with Eye-Start Sensor and a huge feature set.
Canon RF-Lens Info
Info on all Canon native RF-mount lenses added to the Canon EOS R5 preview.
Canon EOS R5 Preview
Preview of the Canon EOS R5 flagship Full-Frame Mirrorless with 45 MP sensor on a 5-axis stabilization system effective to 8-stops. First 8K video capable digital camera. 20 FPS electronic and 12 FPS mechanical drive.
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III Review
Third-Generation OM-D that packs a 20 MP Four-Thirds CMOS on a 5-Axis Stabilization System. Fast 121-Point Phase-Detect AF, 30 FPS Continuous Drive, Cinema 4K Video and more in a weatherproof and freezeproof body. Features dual control-dials and a builtin 2.4 MP EVF with Eye-Start Sensor with 0.69X magnification and 100% coverage.
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III Review
20 MP Micro Four-Thirds Mirrorless with 7-Stop 5-Axis Image-Stabilization, 121-Point Phase-Detect AF 30 FPS Continuous Drive and Cinema 4K capability in a weatherproof and freezeproof body with dual control-dials and dual SDXC memory card slots.
M.Zuiko 12-45mm F/4 PRO Review
A review of the M.Zuiko 12-45mm F/4 PRO added to the Olympus Premium Lens Roundup.
Peak Design Travel Tripod Review
Review of the unique Peak Design Travel Tripod with its own ballhead and the universal ballhead adapter.
Nikon Z-Mount DX Lens Roundup
Review of Nikon Z-Mount lenses for APS-C mirrorless digital cameras. Covers all current Z-mount DX lenses available.
Nikon Z50 Review
The first Nikon APS-C mirrorless is built around a 20 MP BSI-CMOS sensor with ISO 100-204800, 209-Point Phase-Detect AF, 11 FPS Drive and 4K Video capability. Compact body with dual control-dials and 2.4 MP 0.39" EVF with 0.68X magnification, 100% coverage and an Eye-Start Sensor.