25 February 2014

Nikon D4s officially announced

Nikon has just announced its new D4s flagship DSLR camera. As this is basically an 's' update to the current D4, the improvements aren't earth shattering (e.g., no 24MP sensor as many, including myself, had hoped for). There are still numerable improvements worth checking out though, most notable in ISO (a whopping 409,600 is now available), video (1080p/60fps), frame rate (now 11fps with AF and AE), a new S-RAW format (half the size), and a Gigabit Ethernet connector.

The initial price for the D4 is around $6,499/€6,149 and should start shipping on 6 March.

Specifications



Type
Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mountNikon F mount
Effective pixels16.2 million
Image sensor36.0 mm x 23.9 mm CMOS (FX format)
Total pixels16.6 million (approx.)
Dust-reduction systemImage sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)
Image size (pixels)FX – (L) 4928 x 3280, (M) 3696 x 2456, (S) 2464 x 1640,
DX – (L) 3200 x 2128, (M) 2400 x 1592, (S) 1600 x 1064,
5 : 4 – (L) 4096 x 3280, (M) 3072 x 2456, (S) 2048 x 1640
1.2x – (L) 4096 x 2720, (M) 3072 x 2040, (S) 2048 x 1360
Storage - File formatNEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed; small size available (12-bit uncompressed only), TIFF (RGB), JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available, NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control SystemStandard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, ;selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
Storage MediaCompactFlash (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA 7), XQD Type Memory
Dual card slotDual card slots
File systemDCF 2.0, DPOF, Exif 2.3, PictBridge
ViewfinderEye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverageFX (36X24): Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical, 1.2X (30X20): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical, DX (24X16): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical, 5:4 (30X24): Approx. 97% horizontal and 100% vertical
MagnificationApprox.0.70x, (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint18 mm, (–1.0 m–1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment-3 to +1 m⁻¹
Focusing screenType B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)
Depth-of-field previewYes, Pressing Pv button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (A an d M modes) or by camera (P and S modes)
Lens apertureInstant return, electronically controlled
Compatible lensesAF NIKKOR lenses, including type G, E, and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC lenses) and DX lenses (using DX 24 X 16 1.5X image area), AI-P NIKK OR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only). IX NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses can not be used.
Shutter typeElectronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed1/8,000 to 30 s. in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, bulb, time, X250
Flash sync speedX=1/250sec., synchronizes with shutter at 1/250 s or slower
Release modesS (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), Self-timer, MUP (mirror up)
Frame advance rateUp to 10 fps (CL) or 10–11 fps (CH)
Self-timer2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1–9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s
Exposure MeteringTTL exposure metering using RGB sensor with approximately 91K (91,000) pixels
Metering methodMatrix: 3D color matrix metering III (type G, E, and D lenses); color matrix metering III (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data. Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame. Diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15, or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circle). Spot: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)Matrix or center-weighted metering: –1 to 20 EV - Spot metering: 2–20 EV
Exposure meter couplingCPU, AI
ModeProgrammed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)
Exposure compensation–5 to +5 EV in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV
Exposure bracketing2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV (2 to 5 frames in steps of 2 or 3 EV)
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)100 to 25600 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV. Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2, 3, or 4 EV (ISO 409600 equivalent) above ISO 25600; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-LightingCan be selected from Auto, Extra high +2/+1, High, Normal, Low, or Off
ADL bracketing2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3–5 frames using preset values for all frames
AutofocusNikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phas e detection, fine-tuning, and 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type senso rs; f/8 supported by 11 sensors)
Detection range–2 – +19 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Lens servoAutofocus (AF), Single-servo AF (AF-S), Continuous-servo AF (AF-C), Manual focus (MF)
Focus pointCan be selected from 51 or 11 focus points
AF-area modeSingle-point AF, 9-, 21-, or 51- point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, group area AF, auto-area AF
Focus lockFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing the center of the sub-selector
Flash controlTTL: i-TTL flash control using RGB sensor with approximately 91K (91,000) pixels is available with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, SB-400, or SB-300; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighting metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash modeFront curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rearcurtain sync, off, Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
Flash compensation-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Flash bracketing2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV, 2 to 5 frames in steps of 2 or 3 EV
Flash-ready indicatorLights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoeISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, or SB-700 as a master flash, and SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes, or SU-800 as commander; Auto FP High-Speed Sync and modeling illumination supported with all CLS-compatible flash units except SB-400 and SB-300; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
Sync terminalISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread
White balanceAuto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, clo udy, shade, preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view), choose color temperature (2500 K– 10000 K), all with fine-tuning.
ADL bracketing2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV
Live View - ModesLive View Photography, Movie Live View Mode
Live view - Lens servo- Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time servo AF (AF-F) - Manual focus (M)
Live view - AF-area modeFace-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF, Subject-tracking AF
Live view - AutofocusContrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automat ically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Movie - MeteringTTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Movie - Frame size (pixels) and frame rate1920x1080 – 60p (progressive), 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p
1920x1080 crop – 30p, 25p, 24p
1280x720 – 60p, 50p
640x424 – 30p, 25p
Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively, all options support both high and normal image quality
Movie - File formatMOV
Movie - Video compressionH.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Movie - Audio recording formatLinear PCM
Movie - Audio recording deviceBuilt-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Movie - ISO sensitivityIn exposure modes P, S, and A, auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 200 to Hi 4) with selectable upper limit. In exposure mode M, auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 200 to Hi 4) available with selectable upper limit; manual selection (ISO 200 to 25600 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV) with additional options available equivalent to approximately 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2, 3, or 4 EV (ISO 409600 equivalent) above ISO 25600.
Other optionsIndex marking, time-lapse photography
Monitor8-cm (3.2-in.) diagonal. 921k-Dots. TFT LCD with 170 ° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, manual monitor brightness control, and automatic monitor brightness control usi ng ambient brightness sensor
PlaybackFull-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, auto image rotation, voice memo input and playback, and IPTC information embedding and display
USBHi-Speed USB
HDMI outputType C mini-pin HDMI connector
Audio inputStereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
Audio outputStereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)
Accessory terminal (s)Can be used to connect optional remote control, optional WR-R10 (requires WR-A10 adapter) or WR-1 wireless remote controller, GP-1/GP-1A GPS unit, or GPS device compliant with NMEA0183 version 2.01 or 3.01 (requires optional MC-35 GPS adapter cord and cable with D-sub 9-pin connector) 
EthernetRJ-45 connector. Standards: IEEE 802.3ab (1000BASE-T)/IEEE 802.3u (100BASE-TX)/IEEE 802.3 (10BASE-T). Data rates: 10/100/1000 Mbps with auto detect (maximum logical data rates according to IEEE standard; actual rates may differ). Port: 1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T (AUTO-MDIX)
Peripheral connectorFor WT-5
Supported languagesArabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian
BatteryOne rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL18a battery
AC adapterEH-6b AC adapter; requires EP-6 power connector (available separately)
Tripod socket1/4 in. (ISO 1222) 
Dimensions (WxHxD)Approx. 160 x 156.5 x 90.5 mm ( 6.3 x 6.2 x 3.6 in.)
WeightApprox. 1350 g (2 lb. 15.6 oz.) with battery and XQD memory card but without body cap and accessory shoe cover; approx. 1180 g / 2 lb. 9.6 oz. (camera body only) 
Operating environment - Temperature0 °C–40 °C (+32 °F–104 °F)
Operating environment - Humidity85% or less (no condensation)
Supplied accessoriesBF-1B body cap, BS-2 accessory shoe cover, EN-EL18a rechargeable Li-ion battery with terminal cover, MH-26a battery charger with power cable and two contact protectors (shape of power cable depends on country of sale), USB cable clip, HDMI cable clip, UF-2 connector cover for stereo mini plug cable, UC-E15 USB cable, ViewNX 2 installer CD, AN-DC11 strap

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