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Camera has nice features and HD video recording

Nikon fans have a new D-SLR to ogle courtesy of the new D4 that is aimed at the pro and high-end photographer. The camera has technology based on that of previous Nikon flagship D-SLR cameras.
The D4 has a resolution of 16.2-megapixels and can record full HD video. Nikon uses a 51-point autofocus system that has been tweaked to provide maximum speed. The camera is also capable of shooting at 10fps. The sensor inside the camera is a FX-format CMOS sensor and it is coupled with the EXPEED 23 image processing engine.
Nikon tweaked other areas of the camera for perfect low light shooting with a new 91,000-pixel 3D color matrix meter and a wide ISO range that runs from 100 to 204,800 for low light shooting. The native ISO range, however, is 100 to 12,800. For shooting photos on the fly, the camera was tweaked to be ready to use in 0.012 seconds. Face detection for up to 16 faces is supported on the LCD and through the viewfinder.
The photo and video files are stored to UDMA-7 CompactFlash cards and the camera can use the new XQD memory cards. The camera shoots two types of RAW files with normal NEF files and compressed RAW files.
HD video is recorded in 1080p with 30/24fps settings. If the resolution is dropped to 720p, the camera is good for 60fps.
One interesting feature for photographers with an external monitor nearby is that the live view image can be sent to the display live via the HDMI out port on the camera.
The camera will launch in late February 2012 and will sell for $5,999.95. 

Source: Nikon

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RE: 16MP
By inperfectdarkness on 1/6/2012 2:58:47 PM , Rating: 1
16mp is pitifully low resolution for some types of applications (posters, billboards, etc). medium-format cameras have had 32+ MP censors for years now--and iirc, 40MP is starting to pop up from many vendors.

realistically, MP needs to increase until it carries a resolution greater than the grain-film it replaces. even then, resolution needs to be taken in the context of the image size that may be desired.

RE: 16MP
By mcnabney on 1/6/2012 3:05:57 PM , Rating: 3
I really hate to burst your bubble, but the effective resolution of 35mm film is about 8MP.

Anyway, $6k for a body only I sould expect 1080p60. I would also like to see how much noise there is at the wide ISO of 204,800 and the normal ISO of 12,800.

RE: 16MP
By bug77 on 1/6/2012 3:10:40 PM , Rating: 4
Another fallacy that won't go away: digital has actually surpassed film resolution a while ago.
See here

RE: 16MP
By phantom505 on 1/6/2012 3:35:10 PM , Rating: 4
You're so wrong it's pathetic. 6-8MP is sufficient for a poster. Every camera sold today is 2-3x that at least. Dynamic range and less noise will get you better pictures. Higher resolution is not all that necessary. This is the reason I prefer Nikon over Cannon. Cannon pictures to the "mor mp!" crowd and downplay noise and dynamic range. My measly D5100 gets gorgeous pictures with excellent color depth at relatively low light with f/1.8 lenses. I looked at the T3i and shook my head at how bad the shots in low light looked, comparatively, with similar lenses. For most they'll say they're close enough, but I can see a definitive quality difference.

If I could afford a D4, I'd be buying one. Sadly I'm in school and don't have the income to just toss $6k around right now.

RE: 16MP
By phantom505 on 1/6/2012 3:38:09 PM , Rating: 4
and I fail at re-reading..... Cannon... at least it reads cooler than Canon. Picture = pitches.

RE: 16MP
By artemicion on 1/6/2012 3:54:02 PM , Rating: 3
yes because everybody who buys this camera will also buy billboard space to feature their pictures. thx for the memo.

RE: 16MP
By spread on 1/8/2012 10:20:06 PM , Rating: 2
16mp is pitifully low resolution for some types of applications (posters, billboards, etc). medium-format cameras have had 32+ MP censors for years now--and iirc, 40MP is starting to pop up from many vendors.

It doesn't matter. 16mp is plenty for this camera. It will have super clean pictures since they prioritized image quality and color accuracy (and Dynamic Range of course) instead of pure resolution for the sake of resolution.

People who take billboard shots are using medium format cameras or larger anyways.

You go buy that 50MP camera and try to use it at ISO 1600. Tell me if you have crystal clear shots. Of course you won't.

If this camera is anywhere near what the D3 was I expect the ISO noise to show up at around ISO 6400 or 12,800 and get progressively worse from there.

This is definitely a worthy successor to the D3 and I can't wait to read the reviews.

RE: 16MP
By adl on 1/9/2012 5:01:00 AM , Rating: 2
I remember reading somewhere on teh interwebs about why digital backs and camera's used by certain professionals use 25 + MP sensors. It basically boils down to the lower resolutions causing Moire patterns:

Pix of clothes, buildings, geometric patterns don't look too good with all the optical distortion messing them up.

RE: 16MP
By bug77 on 1/9/2012 7:26:13 AM , Rating: 2
That's more of a theoretical issue. Have you seen 16MP images exhibiting the moire pattern?
Raw converters can and will compensate for this anyway.

RE: 16MP
By adl on 1/10/2012 2:19:18 AM , Rating: 2
no clue. just something i remember reading a while back. the article did have photos of a model wearing clothes with some very fine detailing on it as an example, as well as pictures of a building with a grid pattern on the facade. maybe this is discussed in more detail at ?

i also quickly looked up moire pattern removal, and all the filters and descreening methods are lossy. the methods also suggest using 2x the required resolution and then descreening, which works out to 4x the megapixels.

you are also supposed to "use your eyes as the final judge", which would seem like a minor quibble to most of us, but i'm sure is worth a million dollar lawsuit to an international fashion house, designer, or architect.

basically, it boils down to how much fine detail you're willing to loose, and how much you might need to crop an image thereafter.

and also, how much many man hours you're willing to spend on post processing thousands of photos.

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