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D4 Digital SLR Camera Body

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Nikon calls their D4 Digital SLR Camera a "total professional imaging machine". They would be correct in doing so. Designed for the working photographer, the D4 meets the most-demanding photographer's needs and then some. Packed with features essential to getting the job done, and getting it done well this rig is more than a digital camera, it's a shooter's bread and butter.

Building off the basic structure of its predecessor, the D4 goes big in a number of ways which are sure to be appreciated. The camera features a 16.2Mp 36 x 23.9mm CMOS sensor with Nikon's FX-format and the EXPEED3 image processor. ISO sensitivity can now be extended as low as ISO 50 or as high as 204,800 with a standard range of 100-12,800 ISO. Additionally, 10 frames per second continuous shooting in FX-format for up to 200 shots ensures the decisive moment will not be missed.

The D4 records in RAW, JPEG, TIFF, and RAW + JPEG files. Metering options include RGB 3D Color Matrix III metering, center-weighted, and spot. Additionally, compatible storage media includes the future of professional storage, XQD memory cards, and Type I CompactFlash memory cards (UDMA compliant). Of course, NIKKOR AF-S and AF-I lenses are compatible with the D4 body, putting an extensive line of lenses at the photographer's disposal.

Another improvement on D4's little brother would be the slightly bigger LCD screen. Up from 3", the D4 has a 3.2" LCD monitor with a 170° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, automatic monitor brightness control, and Live View. In Live View the image can be enlarged up to 46x to make on the spot focus confirmation. Surrounding the monitor are illuminated buttons for ease of use even in low light. Additionally, quick access Live View confirms exposure, white balance, monitor hue, histogram, focus mode, AF area mode, and focusing accuracy with ease.

The D4 also boasts stellar auto focus features - like 51 AF points, an AF mode selector switch, and fast AF point selection. All three of these components of the AF system ensure accurate, fast shooting whether the subject is a room full of children or a high-speed sporting event.

Of course, the D4 wouldn't be a professional level DSLR if it didn't include full HD video capture. The D4 does so, making it equally a pro videographer's tool as much as a pro photographer's. From 1080p broadcast quality video at 30 or 24 fps to full manual control to the option to add an external mic for stereo audio capture, the D4 isn't just a digital camera that also captures video.

Features like the aforementioned Live View allow the videographer to confirm capture of their footage on the camera's LCD and an external (optional) monitor simultaneously. It also gives you access to Picture Controls to handle the look and feel of the video, in-camera. Peak audio meters also allow the videographer to adjust sound levels manually in 20 incremental steps. Remote start and stop of view using wired and wireless remote accessories is also an option, among many others.

  • Speed and accuracy in total harmony - D4 offers a level of speed and accuracy that will redefine your notion of the fleeting moment. A carefully selected FX-format 16.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor is paired with Nikon’s powerful EXPEED3 image processor for stunning stills up to 11 fps. A 91,000-Pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering III sensor partners with Nikon’s Advanced SRS to deliver unmatched accuracy in every frame. Add a faster, more responsive 51-point AF system for a camera that can keep pace with you.
  • Superior quality you expect from Nikon - What are speed and accuracy without image quality? Nikon’s FX-format (36.0mm x 23.9mm) CMOS image sensor delivers 16.2 effective megapixels of resolution for exquisite detail. Each of this remarkable sensor’s 7.3-micron pixels is designed to collect maximum light to produce stunning images and video across D4’s broad ISO range of 100 to 12,800 (expandable down to 50 and up to 204,800). Expect the highest image quality in bright and dark shooting. Plus, EXPEED3 image processing yields the most faithful colors, tones and a wide dynamic range.
  • Broadcast-quality and outstanding control - When an assignment calls for broadcast-quality video and audio, D4 is ready. Choose from three Multi-area mode Full HD D-Movie (1080p) video formats: FX, DX or the new 2.7x Crop mode—all at 16:9 aspect ratio. Manual exposure control helps keep the same look from start to finish. Built-in HDMI lets you view footage on an external monitor or record uncompressed 8-bit 4.2.2 footage directly to an external recording device. Even take 2MP stills simultaneously while filming. Attach the ME-1 Stereo Microphone and record high fidelity audio with minimal camera noise. On-screen audio level indicators and a headphone jack help you monitor and adjust audio in 20 incremental steps. D4 takes you from inspiring still to amazing videos with ease.
  • Designed for an efficient workflow - D4’s remarkable design is the culmination of photographer feedback and Nikon innovation. Adjust AF and AF Area modes without moving your eye from the viewfinder. Quickly select AF points with a new joystick style sub-selector—positioned for both horizontal and vertical shooting. In low-light, all operation buttons and dials are beautifully backlit. Two media card slots offer flexibility and control. Built-in wired LAN and the optional WT-5A Wireless Transmitter enable secure, high-speed file transmission as well as remote camera functionality. Simply put, D4 was built to meet professional demands.
  • Nikon imaging system compatibility - Draw on the full potential of D4: world-renowned NIKKOR lenses, the Nikon Creative Lighting System, Speedlights, accessories and software. Each impressive FX and DX lens in the NIKKOR lineup is fully tested to deliver sharpness, accuracy and reliability. Bring studio quality lighting to assignments with Nikon Speedlights. Only Nikon offers i-TTL (Intelligent Through The Lens) flash control, which allows Nikon Speedlights to access extensive exposure and metering data from D4 to provide unprecedented levels of flash precision and performance. Nikon’s professional imaging software, and a robust line of compatible accessories will help you expand your capabilities.
  • The WT-5A Wireless Transmitter is designed for use with the Nikon D4 D-SLR camera - When the world is waiting, being the first to publish makes all the difference. Nikon’s powerful new wireless transmitter, WT-5A, attaches directly to D4 to securely and quickly transfer files.

Essential Accessories

  • Samys Camera - DSLR Accessory Kit
  • SanDisk - 32GB Extreme Compact Flash Card (120MB/s)
  • SanDisk - 64GB Extreme Compact Flash Card (120MB/s)
  • Nikon - WT-5A Wireless Transmitter
  • Nikon - UF-1 Connector Cover for USB Plug
  • Nikon - UF-2 Connector Cover for the Stereo Mini Plug on Nikon D4/D4s Camera
  • Nikon - AN-DC7 Replacement Camera Strap for Nikon D4
  • Nikon - BL-6 Replacement Battery Chamber Cover
  • Purosol - 1oz. Optical Lens Cleaning Kit
  • Nikon - EH-6B AC Power Supply Adapter for D4 Digital SLR Cameras
Digital SLRs Information
Effective Megapixels 16.2
Sensor 36.0 x 23.9mm
ISO Sensitivity ISO 100 - 12,800 Lo-1 (ISO 50) Hi-4 (ISO 204,800)
Compatible Memory Card CompactFlash (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA) XQD Type Memory
Lens Mount Nikon
LCD Monitor Type Rear Screen LCD (921000)
LCD Screen Size 3.2"
Connectivity HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector Headphone Connector NTSC Stereo Microphone Input Super Speed USB 2.0
Viewfinder Eye-level Pentamirror Single-Lens Reflex viewfinder
Exposure Modes Aperture-Priority (A) Manual (M) Programmed auto with flexible program (P) Shutter-Priority (S)
Shutter Speeds 1/8000 to 30 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Battery EN-EL18 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
Dimensions 6.3 x 6.2 x 3.6" (160 x 156.5 x 90.5mm)
Weight 41.6 oz. (1180g)
Focus Modes Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection
Continuous Shooting Speed FX-format CH: Up to 10/11 frames per second CL: Up to 10 frames per second 5:4 format CH: Up to 10/11 frames per second CL: Up to 10 frames per second DX-format CH: Up to 10/11 frames per second CL: Up to 10 frames per second 1:2 format CH: Up to 10/11 frames per second CL: Up to 10 frames per second
Weather Proof no
Image Stabilization no
White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Fluorescent H, Incandescent, Kelvin, Preset Manual, Shade
Video Resolution 1080 HD
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/8000 sec
  • EN-EL18 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • MH-26 Battery Charger
  • AN-DC7 Strap
  • UC-E15 USB Cable
  • USB Cable Clip
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • BS-2 Accessory Shoe Cover
  • UF-2 Connector cover for stereo mini plug cable
  • UF-1 Connector cover for USB cable
  • Nikon View NX2 CD ROM
  • Transmitter Utility CD
  • Warranty
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Geoffrey R. from Temecula, CA on July 17, 2012:
The last full "pro" camera I bought was a Nikon D2X and I was forced to work out that I'd been using that camera for about 6 1/2 years when I considered the D4 purchase. I'd been thinking about a replacement for around 6 months prior to the formal D4 press release and at that point decided to wait. Given that it took from Jan to July to get my D4 I had many occasions to think on whether that was appropriate but Samy's came through. First impressions of the camera are that it is a massive improvement over my D2X (of course!). My two desires in a replacement were a full frame sensor and higher iso performance. I've been shooting a fair bit of runway work recently and the poor ol' D2X just was NOT cutting it. To say that the D4 is an improvement is more than an understatement, it's low light performance is astonishing. Getting back to shooting "full frame" is such a joy! My fav lens on a film camera was always the 85mm f1.8, I now have the new G version to pair with my D4 and the results are a dream! Build quality is traditional Nikon and I shouldn't have to say more. The camera is weighty, but I suspect a little lighter than my D2X but it feels nice in my hands. The controls are similarly spaced to my old camera so migrating was no issue at all. I don't have an XQD card yet (memo to self I really need to get my NPS stuff sorted) however it IS expensive, there is no getting around that. My justification is that this should last 8-10 years and I can see myself pairing it with a D800 but the reality is that this is simply the best all-rounder on the market right now. Couldn't be happier!
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Carl C. from Boise, ID on July 11, 2012:
It's not often a photographer buys the top of the line camera but the Nikon D4 is a special purchase and after waiting in a pre- order line for three months at an east coast super store, it was a pleasure to buy the camera at Samy's and receive the camera in three days at my door step. I have had the camera for about ffifteen days and I still marvel at the capabilities of the sensor. I live in Boise and our sunsets have been colored and obscured by forest fire 9:PM I was shooting at F8 and 1/250 sec at ISO 1250 with very little Noise with enlargements at 11X14. Thanks Penny for your online hospitality-Carl
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