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Friday, 6 January 2012

Review Nikon D4 DSLR Camera.




The Brand New Nikon D4 Full Frame DSLR.
Available for £4799.00 from WEX Photographic (Warehouse Express). On Track for 16th Feb 2012.
Yahoo! It's finally arrived. The brand new Nikon D4, an upgrade to Nikon's Flagship D3 professional DSLR (Full Frame) camera.

I must admit to feeling slightly underwhelmed by the new D4 at first sight, it seemed to me like just a few tweaks had been made to the D3, but if we delve a little deeper into the specifications it can be seen that those amazing guys at Nikon have truly been hard at work (and listening to professional photographers) and have produced an awesome photo taking machine. I'm sure that just like me many of you just can't wait to get my hands on one to give it a try. When I do, I'll let you know more about what I think.

I'll be posting videos here when they become available.
Review Videos from Youtube.
Updated 1st Feb 2012.







What's NEW in the D4?
  • A newly developed sensor that promises to deliver clean images at high ISOs.
  • Movie Modes.
  • Advanced scene recognition systems.
  • New type of card slot QXD.
  • HDR.
High Speed Dual Card Slots:
Nikon says that these card slots are fast and reliable and card reading and recording are crucial to a smooth and productive workflow. The D4 is equipped with two card slots, one for a CF card compatible with UDMA 7 and another for the XQD memory card, the next-generation recording media. Several recording options are possible: record two full cards of data, record the same data onto two cards for backup, record RAW and JPEG simultaneously onto separate cards, or transfer data from one card to another.


Who's going to use a camera like this?
Well it's going to cost quite a bit to own one of these beauties so my guess is that it's going to be mainly professionals, top end enthusiasts and those who love gadgets with lots of cash to spare.
Nikon D4 Product Tour:


More Movies will follow soon.



Nikon D4 Camera Images:




Nikon's Specifications Blurb:

 Further improved high-speed, multifunctional, high-performance image-processing engine EXPEED 3. [NEW] ...more

51-point AF system with enhanced performance in subject acquisition and focusing in low-light situations. ...more

Superior quick response with approx. 0.12 s* startup time and approx. 0.042 s* shutter-release time lag. ...more

* Based on CIPA Guidelines.

Dual card slots for CF card compatible with UDMA 7 and the next-generation recording media, the XQD memory card. ...more

High-speed continuous shooting at approx. 11 fps* in FX format (without AE/AF) and approx. 10 fps* (with AE/AF) [NEW]. ...more

* Based on CIPA Guidelines.

New Wireless Transmitter WT-5A/B/C/D that realizes high-speed workflow. ...more

HDR (High Dynamic Range) that combines images to produce a single image with a wider dynamic range.

White balance that enables finer setting in 10-kelvin steps.

High-performance, glass pentaprism viewfinder with approx. 100% frame coverage (FX format) and approx. 0.7x magnification. ...more

Approx. 921k-dot, wide-viewing angle, 8-cm (3.2-in.) LCD monitor with reinforced glass.

"Sub-selector" for horizontal shooting and "Multi selector for vertical shooting" are newly employed for efficient operation. ...more

Button illumination that ensures better visibility of the operational system in dark situations. [NEW] ...more

Virtual horizon that detects both "pitching" and "rolling" directions.

Newly developed shutter unit tested for 400,000 cycles; shutter speed up to 1/8,000 s and flash synchronization up to 1/250 s.

Highly efficient energy-saving design that achieves approx. 2,600 shots (with EN-EL18, based on CIPA Standard*1) and approx. 5,500 shots (based on Nikon standard*2).

*1 Measured at 23°C/73.4°F (±2°C/3.6°F) with an AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens under the following test conditions: lens cycled from infinity to minimum range and one photograph taken at default settings once every 30 s. Live view not used.
  • *2 Measured at 20°C/68°F with an AF-S VR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED lens under the following test conditions: vibration reduction off, image quality set to JPEG normal, image size set to L (large), shutter speed 1/250 s, shutter-release button pressed halfway for three seconds and focus cycled from infinity to minimum range three times; six shots are then taken in succession and monitor turned on for five seconds and then turned off; cycle repeated once standby timer has expired.  

Parts and Controls:

1
Sub-command dial
2
Pv button
3
Mirror
4
Meter coupling lever
5
Microphone (for movies)
6
Self-timer lamp
7
Flash sync terminal (under cover)
8
Ten-pin remote terminal (under cover)
9
Mounting index
10
Lens release button
11
AF-mode button
12
Focus-mode selector
13
Fn button (vertical)
14
Shutter-release button for vertical shooting
15
Vertical shooting shutter-release button lock
16
Sub-command dial for vertical shooting
17
Fn button
18
Tripod socket
19
Playback button
20
Deletion button/Formatting memory cards button
21
Eyepiece shutter lever
22
Viewfinder eyepiece
23
Monitor
24
AF-ON button
25
Main command dial
26
Eyelet for camera strap
27
Sub-selector
28
Multi selector
29
Memory card slot cover
30
Ambient brightness sensor for automatic monitor brightness control
31
Focus selector lock
32
Card slot cover release button (under cover)
33
Memory card access lamp
34
AF-ON button for vertical shooting
35
Main command dial (vertical)/Speaker
36
Rear control panel
37
ISO sensitivity button/Auto ISO sensitivity control button/Two-button reset button
38
Image quality button/Image size button
39
White balance button/Two-button reset button
40
Microphone button
41
Live view button
42
Live view selector
43
Microphone (for voice memos)
44
Multi selector (vertical)
45
Menu button
46
Protection button/Picture Control button/Help button
47
Playback zoom in button
48
Thumbnail button/Playback zoom out button
49
OK button
50
Info button
51
Bracketing button
52
Exposure mode button/Formatting memory cards button
53
Movie-record button
54
Power switch
55
Shutter-release button
56
Exposure compensation button
57
Flash mode button/Flash compensation button
58
Metering button
59
Release mode dial
60
Accessory shoe (for optional flash unit)
61
Focal plane mark
62
Diopter adjustment control
63
Top control panel
64
Peripheral connector
65
Headphone connector
66
Ethernet connector
67
USB connector
68
Connector for external microphone
69
HDMI mini-pin connector
70
Battery-chamber cover latch
71
Battery chamber (under cover)

Visit Nikon's Website for more detailed specifications here.

What I'm waiting for?
Personally, I'm waiting now with baited breath for the long overdue update to the 2008 model of the Nikon D700. I've just learnt that Nikon have stopped production of the D700, but you'll still be able to get one in the shops and on line for a long while yet. I just love this camera and will continue to use it as long as it lasts. In the new D700 / D800 I'd like to see an articulated rear screen and some of the impressive improvements we've seen in the Nikon D4.

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