Nikon D4 D-SLR Debuts, Ships in February for $6,000
January 6, 2012 10:49 AM
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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.
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1/6/2012 3:35:10 PM
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.
1/6/2012 3:38:09 PM
and I fail at re-reading..... Cannon... at least it reads cooler than Canon. Picture = pitches.
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