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Owners of a Nikon D4 will be happy to know that their investment as not been superseded by much.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|
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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|
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