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Nikon D4 Digital Camera

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SLR 16.2MP CMOS Aug 2013
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30 Reasons For

Twelve Industry Awards

The writers at Ephotozine, Lydogbilde.no, Ljudochbild.se and Lydogbillede.dk all strongly endorse this Nikon digital camera and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

The reviewers at four other expert review sites all said that this Nikon camera was terrific and gave it their highest award. This camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from PC Mag, Camcorderinfo.com, CNET.com.au and Reviewed.com.

The reviewers at Trusted Reviews and Theregister.co.uk both endorse this camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

The expert at What Digital Camera decided that this SLR camera was fantastic and gave it their "Gold" award.

The reviewer at one additional expert review site wrote that this camera was good. Pocket Lint gave this Nikon digital camera a "Hot Product" award.

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Excellent Expert Reviews

On average, based on thirty-four expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, CNET.com, Ephotozine and Trusted Reviews this SLR camera has an overall expert rating of 91%. That puts this camera in the top 9% of all the SLR cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Good Video Capture

A number of customers wrote that the Nikon D4 was good for video recording. Shutterbug.com mentioned three years ago “The Nikon D4 is a large sized, 16MP, lightning fast D-SLR, with high-definition video capability good enough to satisfy an independent film producer” in their Nikon D4 review. Expert review site Reviewed.com mentioned “Still, in moderate low light the Nikon D4 was incredible (as the sample videos above can attest” and gave the product a score of 5 stars.

Good Quality Pictures

Some Nikon D4 reviewers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce good images. Wired.com said “The 12.1-megapixel Nikon D3S was a veritable low-light killer, capable of shooting crisp images even in poor lighting without a flash.” in their review. Four years ago expert review site Theregister.co.uk mentioned “If you thought the Nikon D3s was the ultimate DSLR for photojournalism, sport and low light photography, then think again”. Avhub.com.au wrote “Excellent highISOsensitivity photos are among the Nikon 4's standout qualities”.

Several customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Ephotozine.com wrote on expert review site Ephotozine “It features a new 16.2 megapixel full frame sensor, 11fps shooting, Full HD video” in their review. Ephotozine.com also wrote “Offers extremely rapid focusing and continuous shooting”. Also four years ago Asia.cnet.com wrote in their review of the Nikon D4 “Usability tweaks will ensure that every shooting situation is catered for” and gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars.

Some people who bought the product concluded that it had a good ISO range. Expert website Neocamera.com wrote in their Nikon D4 review “This large professional DSLR has a full-frame 16 megapixels sensor which reaches a class-leading ISO 204,800 and can shoot continuously at 11 FPS for over 15 seconds” and gave the product a score of 4 stars. Avhub.com.au wrote “Great high ISO performance”. Avhub.com.au also wrote “Huge ISO range”.

Several Nikon D4 reviewers who purchased it considered that it had a good image sensor. Cnet.com said in their review of this digital camera on expert website CNET.com “The company's update to its D3S pro body, kicks it up a notch in all respects -- higher-resolution sensor, faster continuous-shooting performance, better”.

One Nikon D4 owner concluded that the product was good in low light. Avhub.com.au wrote in their Nikon D4 review “Amazing lowlight abilities” .

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Nice Design

A few people wrote in their reviews that it was a good design. Pocket-Lint.com mentioned on Pocket Lint “Every so often a top-of -the-range DSLR rears its head with the promise of the ultimate in design, performance and image quality”. Avhub.com.au wrote two years ago “Great image quality, superb autofocus system in all conditions, great design (improvements), excellent movie mode, fast burst mode, long-lasting battery life”.

Several Nikon D4 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was ergonomic. Avhub.com.au said “More rounded and ergonomic design with lower pentaprism still lets you see 100 percent of what youre shooting through the viewfinder” in their review of this digital camera. Avhub.com.au also wrote “Ergonomic body”.

One person who purchased this digital camera concluded that it was smooth. Hardwarezone.com.sg said “Along with its amazing high ISO low noise sensitivity, fast frames per second shooting rate and smooth handing” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer concluded that the Nikon D4 was good looking.

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Nikon Has Good Camera Reviews

Nikon is one of the better rated digital camera manufacturers according to average expert and user reviews, and Nikon also has good reviews for its SLR cameras.

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Good Product Quality

Seven people wrote in their reviews that the product was good quality. Expert website Popphoto.com mentioned “Excellent image quality to ISO 800”. Two years ago Avhub.com.au said in their review “Best video quality we have seen so far”. Avhub.com.au also said “Superb image quality”.

Easy to Use

Two people mentioned that the Nikon D4 was easy to use. Camcorderinfo.com said “We were impressed with the camera's exquisite depth of field control.”.

Some customers who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Four years ago Hardwarezone.com.sg mentioned “It's wildly exciting to hold and use one of the best DSLR cameras in the world” in their review of the Nikon D4. Avhub.com.au mentioned in their Nikon D4 review two years ago “Improved handling and comfortable grip”.

One Nikon D4 owner who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was easy to handle. Techradar.com mentioned on Techradar “The design changes made since the D3s make a significant and positive impact on the handling of the Nikon D4” in their review of the Nikon D4.

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Good Connectivity

A number of customers said in their reviews that the product was good in terms of connectivity. Avhub.com.au mentioned two years ago “Versatile connectivity options”.

Robust

Four Nikon D4 reviewers who reviewed the product reckoned that it was strong and durable. Expert website Hardwarezone.com.sg wrote “This camera is tough, weather-sealed” in their review of the Nikon D4. Reviewed.com rated it as excellent and wrote in their review of the Nikon D4 “The Nikon D4 is the remarkable flagship professional DSLR for the company's line, with high-speed shooting, durable construction”. Expert review site Digit.in said in their review of the Nikon D4 “The full frame sensor renders beautiful images and the rugged build of the camera makes it ideal for shooting in pretty much any condition”.

Two customers who purchased it concluded that it was well made. Videomaker.com mentioned “Though they had an already near-perfect camera in the D800, Nikon conjured up an even more solidly built”. Avhub.com.au wrote “Build quality is excellent” in their Nikon D4 review.

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Acceptable Noise Level

A few Nikon D4 reviewers who reviewed the Nikon D4 thought it was noisy. Expert website Ephotozine.com rated it 5 stars and mentioned “The Nikon D4 shows a good level of detail, excellent colour, low noise”. Two years ago Avhub.com.au said “Classleading image noise” in their review of the Nikon D4.

Good Quality Lens

Three customers considered that it had a good autofocus. Avhub.com.au mentioned in their review of the Nikon D4 “Fast and accurate autofocus”.

Good Technical Features

A few people mentioned in their reviews that the product had good features. Cnet.com rated this digital camera 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review on expert website CNET.com “A host of attractive new features”. Expert review site Asia.cnet.com said four years ago “The Nikon D4 offers enough important features such as Ethernet” in their review and gave it a score of 5 stars. Cnet.com.au said on expert review site CNET.com.au “The Nikon D4 offers enough important features like Ethernet and wireless connectivity, plus a huge improvement in video to make the upgrade very worthwhile” and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

Good Size

A number of Nikon D4 owners said in their reviews that the Nikon D4 was a good body shape. Expert website Cnet.com mentioned in their review “For Nikon devotees looking for the fastest body available”. Four years ago expert review site Popphoto.com said in their review of the Nikon D4 “Pro-level shooters who want the most sophisticated Nikon body to date”.

One Nikon D4 reviewer who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was a good depth. One person who reviewed it mentioned that it was good structurally.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer who reviewed it considered that it had a good viewfinder. Pcmag.com mentioned on expert review site PC Mag “A big, bright optical viewfinder” in their review of the Nikon D4.

Good Battery Life

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it had a good battery life.

Good Support

One customer who reviewed the product thought it had good technical guidance. Avhub.com.au mentioned “Video implementation, including manual audio control, is great” in their review.

Quite Large Screen Size

The smallest screen size of digital cameras of this age and spec is 2", the largest is 6.7", and the average screen size is 3". With a screen size of 3.2 inches, the Nikon D4's screen size is one of the largest amongst cameras of a comparable spec and age to the D4.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Nikon D4 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most commonly found camera shutter on digital cameras of this type and age.

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±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The Nikon D4 has a ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction which is wider than the ± 5EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction found on most SLR cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

A ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction is actually the best light exposure correction across all similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Across comparable types of digital camera the worst light exposure correction is ± 2EV (1/3EV step).

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Supports Four Image Formats

The Nikon D4 has a greater number of supported image formats than most SLR cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the D4. The image formats "NEF", "RAW" and "TIF" are also supported by this Nikon digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

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51 Auto Focus Points

51 auto focus points

The Nikon D4 is a 51 auto focus point camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Nikon D4 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). This digital camera also supports a video resolution of 640 x 424 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all SLR cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Amongst similar types of digital camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Supports Two ISO Speeds

The Nikon D4 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most SLR cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera supports a 100 ISO speed, which is the most commonly supported ISO speed supported by digital cameras of this age and spec. The ISO speed "12800" is also supported by this Nikon digital camera.

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Nikon D4 is more than most cameras of this age and spec. This digital camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by digital cameras of this age and spec. The camera file systems "DPOF 1.1" and "Exif 2.3" are also supported by this camera.

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TFT Display

The Nikon D4 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most SLR cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

A TFT display is in fact the best display amongst all SLR cameras that have been available for more than two years.

Amongst similar types of camera the worst display is LCD.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is the most commonly found focus on SLR cameras that have been available for a similar time to it.

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14 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Nikon D4 does not have a built-in flash, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Nikon D4 does not support video recording, unlike most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D4 which support video recording.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Nikon D4 does not have a GPS, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras of this type and age also do not have a GPS.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the D4, the Nikon D4 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Nikon D4 does not support WiFi connectivity, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras that have been around for more than two years also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Not Waterproof

The Nikon D4 is not waterproof. Most of the other cameras that were launched more than two years ago are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most digital cameras of a similar age and type to the D4 do not have an image stabiliser. The Nikon D4 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabiliser.

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Only Features Three Flash Modes

The Nikon D4 has a greater number of flash modes than most SLR cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on SLR cameras that have been available for around the same time as the D4. The flash modes "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Nikon camera.

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Only 2400 X 1344 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon D4 has a 2400 x 1344 still image resolution which is higher than most digital cameras of this spec and age. Most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it have a 2816 x 1880 still image resolution. This Nikon camera also have still image resolutions of 4928 x 3280, 3696 x 2456, 2464 x 1640, 4096 x 2720, 3072 x 2040, 2048 x 1360, 3200 x 2128, 2400 x 1592, 1600 x 1064, 4096 x 3280, 3072 x 2456, 2048 x 1640, 4928 x 2768, 3696 x 2072, 2464 x 1384, 3200 x 1792 and 1600 x 896 and 16. The worst still image resolution of all similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years is 384 x 480 and the best is 6016 x 4016.

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Only ±1EV (1/3 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

This camera has a -3EV - +1EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction, which is the most commonly found flash exposure correction on comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Only 1280x720@50fps Resolution and Capture Speed

The Nikon D4 has a 1280x720@50fps resolution and capture speed which is higher than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. Most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it have a 1920x1080@30fps resolution and capture speed. This camera also have resolution and capture speeds of 640x424@25fps, 640x424@30fps, 1280x720@25fps, 1280×720@30fps, 1280×720@60fps and 1920x1080@24fps and 1920x1080@25fps. The worst resolution at capture speeds of all digital cameras of a similar type and age to the D4 is 640x424@25fps and the best is 1920x1080@60fps.

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Thick

With a depth of 90.5 millimeters, the Nikon D4 is one of the thicker SLR cameras that have been available for more than two years amongst SLR cameras of this age. The depths of digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 32mm to 130mm.

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Heavy

The lightest camera of a similar type and age to the D4 is 230g , the heaviest is 1.5kg, and the average weight is 650g. With a weight of 1.2 kilograms, the Nikon D4 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the D4.

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Very Wide

Across all the SLR cameras that have been around for more than two years the widths range from 100mm to 160mm. When compared to other SLR cameras that are a similar age to the D4, the Nikon D4's width of 160 millimeters is one of the widest.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Nikon D4

Released Over Three Years Ago

Nikon released the D4 over three years ago.

Average Megapixel Count

The Nikon D4 has a fairly standard megapixel count (16.2 megapixels) compared to most of the other SLR cameras that were launched around the same time as the D4.

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XQD Memory Card

This digital camera supports a CF|XQD memory card, which is typical of many cameras of this age and spec.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Sensor Format
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Lens System
Lens Mount Interface
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Point
Focus Points Selection
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Correction
Shoe Mounting Point
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Camera File System
Diopter Adjustment
Eye Relief
Scene Mode
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Other Features
Ethernet LAN Port
Technical Details

12 Awards

CNET.com.au Editor's Choice reviewed.com Editor's Choice camcorderinfo.com Editor's Choice theregister.co.uk Recommended PC Mag Editor's Choice Pocket Lint Hot Product ljudochbild.se Especially Recommended lydogbillede.dk Especially Recommended 6 Star Trusted Reviews Recommended Lydogbilde.no Especially Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended What Digital Camera Gold

Expert Reviews

(72)
26 May 2014

Nikon stays true to the ?big pixel' philosophy of the original D3, and gives the D4 a set of upgraded features that are more significant in practice than they look on paper. It's not an... Read more…

Burst mode of 10 fps
Built for rugged use
Extensive weather sealing
51point AF system is very effective at tracking subjects and low light performance
Great high ISO performance
Battery life reduced to just 2200 shots
Quite heavy
Will require a rig for stabilizing when shooting video
Pricey
The camera's vertical and horizontal shooting experience could be a little more consistent

Street price: £5289 (body only) Resolution: 16.2Mp (4928x3280 pixels) Lens mount: Nikon F Focal length multiplication: 1x Focusing: 51-point selectable Burst rate: 11fps Write times (to XQD):...

7 February 2013

The Nikon D4 is a large sized, 16MP, lightning fast D-SLR, with high-definition video capability good enough to satisfy an independent film producer. At first, my thought was to see how the D4... Read more…

22 October 2012

The Nikon D600, D800 and D4 are the same camera inside! © 2012 KenRockwell.com. All rights reserved. This free website's biggest source of is when you use any of when you get anything,... Read more…

3 August 2012

Sometimes making a great camera a better one is more difficult than just making a great camera. The D4 fixes every little complaint pro users had over the previous model and adds some unexpected...

Theregister.co.uk

18 July 2012

The D4 is, in simple words, a dream camera. The full frame sensor renders beautiful images and the rugged build of the camera makes it ideal for shooting in pretty much any condition. There really...

17 July 2012

For Nikon devotees looking for the fastest body available, the D4 delivers...

16 July 2012

For Nikon devotees looking for the fastest body available, the D4 delivers...

22 June 2012

The Nikon D4 has some fairly big shoes to fill. Its predecessor, the 12.1-megapixel Nikon D3S was a veritable low-light killer, capable of shooting crisp images even in poor lighting without a... Read more…

22 June 2012

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