Nikon D4s

Released February, 2014
  • 16.2 MP
  • Full frame 36 x 24 mm CMOS
  • 3.2" LCD
Another, rather strange, addition to the D4S's feature list is the ability to record small (4Mp), uncompressed 12-bit raw files.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2014)

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nikon D4s

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

Nikon D4s
2,965 ISO
Nikon D3X
1,992 ISO
Nikon D700
2,303 ISO

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D4s
43 ms
Nikon D810
54 ms
Nikon D750
54 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D4s
11 fps
Nikon D3X
5 fps
Nikon D810
5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon D4s
3,020 photos
Nikon D700
1,000 photos
Nikon D810
1,200 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

Nikon D4s
24.7 bits
Nikon D3S
23.5 bits
Nikon D700
23.5 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

Nikon D4s
13.3 ev
Nikon D810
14.8 ev
Nikon D3S
12.0 ev

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

In The News From around the web

The camera would sometimes freeze on restart after users had (1) pressed the shutter-release button all the way down without first activating the standby timer and then (2) allowed the timer to expire or turned the camera off without first reactivating the timer.
Fixed the following issues, which would in rare cases occur when RAW+JPEG photographs were taken with write-enabled cards inserted in both the XQD and CompactFlash card slots, RAW primary - JPEG secondary selected for Secondary slot function in the SHOOTING MENU, and On selected for Network.
Nikon Europe Ambassador Joel Marklund described covering the event as “all a big mess.
May 29, 2016 at 3:53am PDT Joel Marklund is a relatively new addition to Nikon Europe’s Ambassador program.
Lexar announced the fastest XQD memory card.
I am still not sure if the upcoming Nikon D5 will have XQD card slot (my guess is yes).
We have changed how focus points are displayed in the viewfinder if the camera is rotated between “wide” (landscape) and “tall” (portrait) orientations with Focus point and AF-area mode selected for Custom Setting a10 (Store by orientation) and different focus points chosen in each orientation.
The following issues have been resolved: If the user focused using the AF-ON button before shooting in continuous-release mode, the frame rate would drop under the following conditions: AF-S selected for focus mode, Single-point AF selected for AF-area mode, Focus selected for Custom Setting a2 (AF-S priority selection), and AF-ON only selected for Custom Setting a4 (AF activation).

Specifications Full list of technical specs


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 25,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 50 ISO to 409,600 ISO
  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 mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.7x
Viewfinder size 0.7x


Max continuous shooting 11 fps
Battery life 3,020 photos
Continuous shooting 11 fps
Shutter lag 43 ms


Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 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


Type LCD
Size 3.2"
Resolution 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes


Min 30 s
Max 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 160 x 157 x 91 mm
Thickness 91 mm
Weight 1,350 g
Is weather sealed Yes


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