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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RE: EXPEED 23?
1/7/2012 11:55:06 PM
(talking about what could be the lower end D4 here) It could happen if Nikon were to cut a few corners here and there and keep enough in it they could make it a great value option for UNDER $2k. I actually am selling the D300s I own and am sticking with just the D7000. The clarity is better, low light performance better (compared to the D7000 my D300s photos in low light look really soft), color accuracy better (talking about blues and purples- the weakness of Nikon), and with how fast SD cards are now CF cards/slots don't really matter anymore. My 8gb SDHC Class 10 Sandisk extremes (the good ones) can get off 100 shots on my D7000 in 19 seconds - Fine Large jpeg 1/800 sec f/2.8 ISO 1600 (jpeg compression set to size priority). With SD cards that fast I could go without the CF slot from the D4/D700/etc. (2 SD slots are just fine) and 'live with' not having full frame. Reduce shutter burst to say... 7-8 fps... and price it at 1699 (right where the D300s is now). It would clearly be superior to the D7000 (and D300s), but without a full frame sensor (among other things) it would not encroach on the D700. I even have a name for it... the D400.
I know, wishful thinking, but still... one can dream (it could happen).
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