Nikon D4

Released March, 2012
  • 16.2 MP
  • Full frame 36 x 24 mm CMOS
  • 3.2" LCD
As to other aspects of image quality, they are also top notch: colours are pleasing, tonality is superb, and dynamic range is wide.
by Photography Blog (May, 2012)
9.6 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Nikon D4

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D4
10.0
Nikon D3
10.0
EOS 1D X
10.0
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Nikon D4
9.2
Nikon D3
9.2
EOS 1D X
10.0
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon D4
10.0
Nikon D3
10.0
EOS 1D X
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Nikon D4
9.4
Nikon D3
9.8
EOS 1D X
9.5
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, techradar.com, imaging-resource.com, sonyalpharumors.com and 5 more

9.6

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Nikon D4
9.6
Nikon D3
9.8
EOS 1D X
9.7

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nikon D4

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Nikon D4
2,965 ISO
EOS 5D Mark II
1,815 ISO
Nikon D3
2,290 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D4
208 ms
Nikon D3
88 ms
Nikon D700
197 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D4
43 ms
EOS 1D X
56 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D4
300 ms
Nikon D3S
120 ms
Nikon D700
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D4
11 fps
EOS 5D Mark II
3.9 fps
Nikon D800
4 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon D4
2,600 photos
EOS 5D Mark II
850 photos
Nikon D3
4,300 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Nikon D4


9.0
The Nikon D4 lets you dial in shutter speeds of up to 30 seconds and has a Bulb mode as well for exposure times of practically any length, which is very good news if you are seriously interested in night photography.

9.0
Detail from the new sensor is excellent, especially at the lower ISOs, while tonal gradation, colour accuracy when shooting Raw, white balance accuracy and ISO performance are all highly impressive too.

8.9
And the D800 delivers equally good or better photos at low ISO sensitivities and better video quality for a lot less money, even when equipped with a battery grip, though the D4 remains seriously faster.

8.0
We found that the screen provides a clear view in most shooting conditions, and reflections aren't a major issue even in bright sunlight.

Overall

8.8 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Sensor

What we have found is that the higher pixel density of the new sensor hasn't really impacted negatively on the image quality, which is still very high, and comes with the added benefit of a somewhat higher resolution.
by Photography Blog (May, 2012)
Its JPEGs look clean as high as ISO 1600, and are decent at ISO 3200 - there you start to see some detail degradation - and usable at ISO 6400, depending upon content.
by c|net (Jul, 2012)
I like the control design, but find it too far down and toward the middle of the back of the camera: it's underneath the LCD, next to the second status LCD (dedicated to ISO sensitivity, image quality, and white balance).
by c|net (Jul, 2012)

Focus

The AF system managed to stay with the cyclist's face when the active AF point group was in the right position.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2012)
In addition, the camera also offers 3D Focus Tracking, which is essentially a predictive system that will track your subject across all of the 51 available AF points.
by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2012)
The latter option offers full-time servo AF where autofocus is constantly adjusted should you or your subject be moving, and in addition there are also four AF modes to choose from: Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF and subject-tracking AF.
by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2012)

Image quality

The end result is a fantastic DSLR that performs flawlessly and delivers excellent image quality.
by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2012)
Image quality is high and results look great straight from the camera.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2012)
The EXPEED 3 engine also enables 14-bit A/D conversion and 16-bit processing for better colours and smoother tonal gradations.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2012)

Photography

The enhanced sensitivity range was backed-up by a professional-grade build quality and flawless performance so it was hardly surprising that it soon became the go-to camera for many professional sports and news shooters.
by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2012)
Should you want to alter the look and feel of processed JPEGs then you’ll find a more immediate tool to hand in the form of six Picture Control presets: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape.
by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2012)
As you would expect for a professional-grade DSLR overall build quality is excellent; the D4 is an incredibly solid piece of kit that’s purpose built to stand up to the rigours of daily use.
by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2012)

Lens

Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC-NIKKOR lenses), DX lenses [using DX (24×16) image area], AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only); IX-NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses cannot be used The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supports the 11 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster).
by Photography Blog (May, 2012)
This shot shows the very restricted depth of field effects that are possible when using a full-frame camera, such as the Nikon D4.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2012)
Putting the camera into Playback mode it’s possible to review your images using the separate zoom in and zoom out buttons to check edge sharpness and fine detail.
by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 16.2 MP
Resolution 4928 x 3280
Size Full frame
Area 36 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.0x
Pixel size 53.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 50 ISO to 204,800 ISO
Codecs
  1. NEF 14bit
  2. NEF 12bit
  3. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 51
Cross type focus points 15
Supports continuous Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.7x
Viewfinder size 0.7x

performance

Max continuous shooting 11 fps
Battery life 2,600 photos
Continuous shooting 11 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 208 ms
Shutter lag 43 ms
Startup delay 300 ms

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes

display

Type LCD
Size 3.2"
Resolution 920 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 160 x 157 x 91 mm
Thickness 91 mm
Weight 1,340 g
Is weather sealed Yes

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None
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