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Nikon D4S 16.2 MP CMOS FX Digital SLR with Full 1080p HD Video (Body Only)
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- 16.2 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor
- 30% faster EXPEED 4 image processing engine
- 51-point AF system and 3D Color Matrix metering III with a 91,000-pixel RGB sensor
- Noise-free shooting from ISO 100 to 25,600
- Professional video and audio capabilities
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||3,020 Photos|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (FX)|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||11 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||921000|
|Display Size||3.2 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||16.2 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||409,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||50|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|File Format||NEF (12-bit or 14-bit, compressed or lossless compressed RAW), NEF + JPEG, TIFF, JPEG|
|Flash Memory Type||CompactFlash, XQD|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/250 sec|
|Flash Type||via hotshoe, flash sync port|
|Focus Description||Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|Form Factor||Large SLR|
|ISO Range||Auto, ISO 100-25600 (expands to 50-409600)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||5:4, 3:2|
|Item Dimensions||6.18 x 3.58 x 6.3 inches|
|Item Weight||2.98 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||27 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Weight||2.1 grams|
|Material Type||Magnesium alloy|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/8000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,928|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16.2 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Processor Description||Expeed 4|
|Remote Control Description||wired or wireless|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||Dust Reduction System|
|Shipping Weight||6.95 pounds|
|Style Name||Body Only|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion EN-EL18a rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format||mpeg-4;h.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
|Weather Resistance||Water and dust resistant|
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|Sold By||Available from these sellers||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||Wholesale Photo||eDigitalUSA|
|Screen Size||3.2 in||—||3.2 in||3.2 in||3.2 in||3.2 in|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus||Manual; Continuous Auto||Includes Manual Focus||Includes Manual Focus||Includes Manual Focus||Automatic with Manual|
|ISO Range||Auto, ISO 100-25600 (expands to 50-409600)||Auto, 100-102400||Auto, 64-12800||Auto, 100-12800, expandable to 50-51200||100 - 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (50 - 25600 with boost)||100 - 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (50 - 25600 with boost)|
|Item Dimensions||3.58 x 6.3 x 6.18 in||6.3 x 6.3 x 3.7 in||3.23 x 5.75 x 4.84 in||3.07 x 5.55 x 4.45 in||3.23 x 5.55 x 4.45 in||3.23 x 5.75 x 4.84 in|
|Item Weight||2.98 lbs||3.1 lbs||2.16 lbs||1.65 lbs||1.87 lbs||2.2 lbs|
|Megapixels||16.2 megapixels||20.8 megapixels||36.3 megapixels||24.3 megapixels||24.3 megapixels||36.3|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16.2 megapixels||20.8 megapixels||36.3 megapixels||—||24.3 megapixels||36.3 megapixels|
|Photo Sensor Size||Full frame||full_frame||CMOS (35.9 x 24.0mm)||CMOS (35.9 x 24mm)||CMOS (35.9 x 24.0mm)||CMOS (35.9 x 24.0mm)|
|Style Name||Body Only||Body (CF Version)||Body Only||Body Only||Body Only||D800|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd||4K||1080p_hd||1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)||1080p_hd||1080p_hd|
|Viewfinder||Optical (pentaprism)||optical viewfinder||Eye-level Pentaprism Single-Lens Reflex||Optical (pentaprism)||Optical (pentaprism)||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Wireless Technology||Optional, via WT-5A or WT-4A||Wi-Fi||Optional, via WT-5A or Eye-Fi||BuiltIn||Yes||None|
The Nikon D4S DSLR Camera features a full-frame, FX-format 16.2MP CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor to produce high-resolution still imagery and full HD 1080p movies with notable image detail, quality, and sensitivity. The combination of these two technologies affords exceptional image quality, marked by smooth tonal gradations and vivid, yet accurate, color reproduction as well as an expansive dynamic range. Championing working in a wide variety of lighting conditions, the D4S also features a broad native sensitivity range, from ISO 100-25600, that is further expandable to an equivalent ISO 409600 to benefit working in difficult lighting conditions. Furthermore, the processing power of the EXPEED 4 also affords a full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 11 fps for up to 200 frames with maintained auto-exposure and autofocus. Aiding the imaging prowess of this camera is an equally refined 51-point autofocus system, which can be configured to utilize five AF points as a single focusing point in the Group Area AF setting for heightened initial subject recognition. The 3D Color Matrix Metering III system, along with the 91,000-pixel RGB sensor, also benefits the focusing abilities of the D4S as well as provides accurate exposure metering to suit a vast array of subjects and lighting conditions. Complementing a fast, time-sensitive workflow, this camera also employs numerous strategies designed to benefit fast offloading and transferring of files. Support is available for a 1000 Base-T (Gigabit) wired LAN connection and file recording is possible in a 12-bit RAW SIZE S file size to help expedite post-production. When recording movies or time lapse imagery, optional external recorders can be used to record uncompressed movie files, with simultaneous recording to memory cards and live view monitoring possible. 16.2MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor and EXPEED 4 Image Processor The 16.2 megapixel full-frame (FX) CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor work in tand
From the Manufacturer
Rethink the limits of speed, precision, efficiency and versatility in the field. With remarkable enhancements throughout the entire workflow, thrilling new levels of speed, performance and ISO sensitivity and the superior image quality of a Nikon flagship HD-SLR, D4S frees professionals to perform at their peak in whatever conditions their assignments demand. Capture full resolution stills at 11 fps for approx. 200 shots with full AE and AF functionality, noise-free photos and videos up to ISO 25,600 (expandable to a mind-boggling ISO 409,600 equivalent at Hi4) and 1080p Full HD videos with high-fidelity stereo audio. Transfer files 10x faster with new 1000 Base-T (Gigabit) wired LAN, and increase that speed further by shooting a smaller RAW SIZE S format. Think and shoot in ways you may not have believed possible.
The evolution of a masterpiece.
The course of modern imaging has been forged by the talent and ingenuity of working professionals, but also by the introduction of a few cameras so innovative and forward-thinking, they redefined what's possible. The Nikon D4 has been such a camera. And now D4S proves that a great thing really can get better, with remarkable enhancements throughout the entire workflow, dazzling new levels of speed, performance, ISO sensitivity and, of course, the superior image quality of a Nikon camera.
Speed and performance
Enhancements through the entire workflow
How do you make a revolutionary camera better? Improve its speed, precision and efficiency without sacrificing the features that make it exceptional. D4S builds on the success of D4 with 30% faster image processing and substantial energy savings—capture up to 3,020* stills on a single charge—an extended standard ISO range (100-25,600) with enhanced noise reduction, and improved tonal range and smoother gradations. Shoot 11 fps for approx. 200 shots at full resolution with AE and AF functionality. For faster initial subject capture, use five AF sensors as a single focus point with the new Group Area AF setting. Transfer files 10x faster than the D4 with new 1000 Base-T (Gigabit) wired LAN, and increase that speed further by shooting a new smaller RAW SIZE S format. Perform at your peak—D4S will keep up.
*Based on CIPA Guidelines
Nikon image quality
Stunning views of decisive moments
Like its predecessor, the D4, the D4S delivers a level of image quality that elevates the power of any story. An improved 16.2MP FX-format CMOS image sensor is paired with Nikon's spectacular new image-processing engine, EXPEED 4, for truly phenomenal speed and performance in the field. The combination achieves outstanding ISO sensitivity, faithful, vibrant color, natural depth, subtle nuanced tones from pitch black to snow white and smoother gradations in both stills and videos. Nikon's proven 51-point AF system and 3D Color Matrix metering III with a 91,000-pixel RGB sensor provide fast, accurate autofocus and metering. Enhanced Picture Control tone curves deliver more depth and clearer color rendition in "Standard" mode. For viewfinder shooting, a new custom setting lets you toggle Face Detection on and off as the situation requires for improved exposure bias around your subjects. You can even measure White Balance against any point in the frame.
Nikon flagship ISO performance
Noise-free shooting from ISO 100 to 25,600
Photographers go where their assignments take them, and this often means working in the high-contrast glare of the midday sun, the low-light at dawn or the poorly illuminated interiors of a sporting venue. Nikon flagship D-SLRs have long been recognized by professionals for their clean performance at high ISO settings, and D4S takes that performance to the next level. With a specially designed 16.2MP FX-format CMOS image sensor engineered to collect more light and render higher image quality plus the power of EXPEED 4, you can shoot sharp photos from ISO 100 all the way up to 25,600. The ISO range can be extended to a mind-boggling ISO 409,600 equivalent at Hi 4 for overcoming the most challenging lighting conditions. Enjoy great flexibility in your approach to fulfilling challenging assignments.
The choice for pros on the go
A camera that works as hard as you do
D4S is designed to keep you shooting wherever the story brings you, even after others have packed their bags for the day. Its increased ISO range means you'll be able to capture brilliant photos and videos in whatever light is available. Enjoy improved ergonomics and operability as well as flagship levels of durability and reliability—key for those who spend all day with a camera around their neck. Select from five image area modes while shooting stills in Live View: FX, DX, 1.5x, 5:4 and 1.2x. A new RAW SIZE S setting allows for shooting 12-bit uncompressed Nikon NEF files that are smaller and more easily manageable—speeding up the entire workflow. When you're racing a deadline at a major event, D4S can transfer images up to 10x faster than previously possible with its 1000 Base-T Ethernet. D4S is the camera for today's working pro.
A multimedia powerhouse
Professional video and audio capabilities
Today's stories are being told through stills, video, audio and exciting combinations of each. D4S is a multimedia powerhouse, allowing you to capture stunning and smooth 1080/60p video. Shoot scenes with tremendous depth and sharpness as well as with shallow depth of field or bokeh—and even capture 2MP stills simultaneously while recording video. For video, 2.7x Crop Mode extends the reach of lenses and produces outstanding video quality and detail. D4S adds real-time audio adjustments during recording, selectable sound ranges like Wide Range and Voice Range and improved wind noise reduction on the internal mic. Adjust color settings on the camera's LCD to better match an external monitor. Capture smoother Time Lapse sequences with reduced flicker and improved interval control (up to 9,999 shots), and even simultaneously record to internal CF or the latest high speed XQD cards and an external recording device. Create stories that move us.
- EN-EL18a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
- MH-26a Battery Charger
- UF-2 Connector cover for stereo mini plug cable
- UC-E15 USB Cable
- AN-DC11 Strap
- BF-1B Body Cap
- BS-2 Shoe Cover
- BL-6 Battery Chamber Cover
- ViewNX 2
Top customer reviews
In landscape mode, the grip and feel of the D4S is awesome. Meaty and great to feel. In portrait mode, the grip, for me, doesn't feel as good as the D800e with the Nikon grip (MB-D12). I don't have huge or small hands...just medium hands. The MB-D12 has more of a squared off feel and it really fits into my hand well. The portrait grip on the D4S feels a little thin to me. I don't feel like it'll fall out of my hands but this thinner grip doesn't just fall into my hands like the MB-D12. As a result, I need to take a second to search for the shutter button. It's not a dealbreaker but I know they redesigned the ergonomics and this is one area I found to be different.
The 11fps is freakin AWESOME!!!!!! I'm a prosumer so I do formal weddings, portraits, some sports, pets, etc. but even as a "regular" user, the 11fps is great. We have a Great Dane and the burst mode comes in very handy when we're playing with her. It just goes and goes and goes. The group autofocus is also great. I always use single point focus on my D800e but I'm a group autofocus guy on the D4S. Still center-based but having the slightly larger AF area is really nice. Great feature. My parents had their 50th anniversary recently and they did a cake cutting like in a wedding. I had my SB-910 speedlight and SD-9 battery pack in place while shooting in continuos high mode. I was able to rapid fire and catch the entire sequence which lasted about 12 seconds. All shot in 14-bit RAW and the camera didn't stutter at all. Group autofocus caught everything in focus!
Finally, I'll list just a few other items that I find useful instead of replicating all of the reviews online.
Backlighting: big feature for me! It's a cool teal/blue color but I've shot timelapse sequences at night with the D4S and the backlighting has been great.
Small display on the back: before I had the D4S, I didn't think it was useful. It IS useful. All of your information is right there.
Battery door: this has a push button release that flings the door open as opposed to the manually sliding door on the D800e. It feels better and of higher quality.
Memory Cards: The D4S uses XQD and CF cards. Does it suck that the XQD costs a lot more? Sure. But this is a pro camera and it is FAST. In the end, it's worth it. I usually shoot with the camera writing to both cards and when I import photos into Lightroom, I always use the XQD card as my reference.
No built-in flash: I have two SB-910 speedlights and one SB-700 speedlight. On my D800e I usually use the pop-up flash to wirelessly trigger my speedlights so it's a little bit of a bummer that the D4S doesn't have the built-in flash for convenience. However. I'm fortunate to have 3 flashes so I can "waste" one for triggering the other two flashes. I have PocketWizards (MiniTT and FlexTT5 models) but they aren't currently compatible with the D4S (although a new PocketWizard beta software is on the way)
Built-in viewfinder door: this is a really nice feature. A built-in door to close light off from the viewfinder. It can also protect the viewfinder window and keep dust out.
Overall, this is a wonderful camera and, sadly, my D800e hasn't been used much since I got the D4S. Instill need a 2nd body the D4s is simply a joy to use and makes photography so much fun. It's the camera that has all capabilities in the world so I feel like I can do anything with it and not be limited. If you're on the fence about the D4S, don't be. Just get it because you won't be disappointed. And Amazon offers 30-day returns! Give it a shot!!
Final thought...there are many opinions out there as the D4S being not worth the upgrade. Sure, if you have a D4, the D4S is probably not worth the upgrade. Just like the new D810 that was just announced. I have the D800e and the D810 is absolutely not worth the upgrade. If you're not into a pro-level now, the D4S will be an awesome purchase!
I'm a serious hobbyist who loves shooting wildlife and birds and I was able to take my photography to another level with this camera. Pricey, yes, but worth every penny I paid for it.