The newest D4 comes with a great deal of hype. Nikon officially announced it's release on January 6th, 2012. Sure it痴 the new Nikon flagship. Though everything hype, it is tough to know what is useful and what is not, where this process performs where it lacks. For each photographer, their view differs, their requirements are different. You will have both positive and negative comments from many. Before reading this, understand that what matters to you personally is ultimately important. Is the D4 likely to allow you to take better photographs?
NOTE: Nikon has not shipped the D4 yet, so no one has actually had the opportunity to write a complete review. Currently this review only covers the known features, differences, and new capability of the D4. As you go along, I make comparisons for the D3S and D3 to spotlight the variations in the D4. Although We have pre-ordered the Nikon D4, I would not excpect it to come until late February. During those times I will present an in-depth research into the entire camera system.
For those that notice the Nikon D4 will not meet their requirements, the Nikon D800 should be announced February 7th, 2012.
A few things i FIND USEFUL
If you ask me, what I find useful about the new Nikon D4 is the subtleties. Sure the raised ISO and more megapixels is great, but what痴 even nicer is the improved ergonomics, controls, autofocus, metering, illuminated buttons, processing (EXPEED 3), and even video capabilities using the full HD-SLR.
Additionally, Nikon has paid close attention over time to photographers rants and likes. The new D4 now lets you vary its auto ISO depending on the focal length. The auto ISO concept is excellent, however it was always lacking that varying shutter threshold, dependent upon the focal length. With zooms it absolutely was an emergency.
Also, the D4 works with the ML-L3 Remote!
When recording video, you can observe the audio levels on the rear display. These are merely some simple items that seperate it in the D3 generation.
The entire shape of your camera has not yet changed much from the D3 or D3s, however, the controls and ergonomics certainly are a bit different. The Nikon D4 now provides better control if the camera is utilized in the portrait orientation. The joystick and autofocus control is closer and easy to control now when held vertically. The sole consequence is your thumb must reach much more when positioned horizontally. Obviously Nikon has better accommodated the photojournalist, wedding, and sports photography community.
Additionally, there are other customizable buttons, a new autofocus 登n・button, and a new function button just beside the vertical shutter release. The vertical grip now features a small thumb grip beside the rear dial.
Obviously, much like the D3, it is built touch and may handle a good amount of abuse. Nikon makes the overall feel more at ease for shooting both in landscape or portrait orientations.
CONTROLS - DIFFERENCES FROM D3S
There's been control button repositioning in the D3s, beyond just the vertical portrait control repositioning. The new Nikon D4痴 shutter release button is currently positioned at 35 degrees as oppose to 29 with the D3. Not is this much more comfortable, it gives you faster movement for the front dial and shutter release. It is a nice plus in the D3.
Clearly the rear has a little bit of change from the last D3s setup. What went down for the AE-L/AF-L button? Well Nikon ditched it for better support of vertical or portrait use. The protect button has become overloaded, and it is employed for picture controls much more shooting mode. They've got added videos / still image lever, using the live-view button within the center. The knowledge button is similar. The Zoom is not controlled by the dial. Nikon has adapted the D700 style zoom buttons.
Nikon has implemented a D7000 autofocus control, which allows you to adjust autofocus settings all from the font AF switch. Press it and slowly move the dial to alter between autofocus area modes. This allows you to affect the autofocus behavior while maintaining your talent about the viewfinder.
Overall these changes bring powerful control. Nikon has placed significant effort on control, so you can keep an eye on the topic.
Towards the top, you can observe they've got removed the metering control off to the right of the prism. Instead they have moved it to the old command lock button of the D3S. So where is the lock button now?, it no longer there. Further there is certainly even more shielding of the drive mode dial, which helps with unintended adjustment. Lastly you can observe a further record button at the top right, beside the shutter release. This is for video recording, but can be customized.
The LCD is a big upgrade. The newest 3.2 inch LCD has improved brightness and added control. Nikon has used a gel laminate in the LCD to offer improved angle of view, and clarity. Further, Nikon has improved the color, mostly inside the blues, achieving near full sRGB spectrum. Even though it gets the same 912K dots from the D3S' LCD, the greater brighter screen will improve both live view and visibility in bright sunlight. Lastly, you can zoom in as much as 46 times to check on autofocus accuracy.
Picture quality - NEW SENSOR
I won稚 understand the full image quality until I receive the D4. Radio ShackHowever, given Nikon痴 reputation on quality, I believe it will be superb. Better than anything we致e seen before. You have to ask yourself, does this matter? Guaranteed to professional photojournalists or sports photographers, but to the average digital camera? Most likely not. Should you curently have an FX camera, the picture quality has already been beyond fantastic. The D4 just brings it a notch up. If you池e taking into consideration the D4 because of the picture quality, I'd look elsewhere. Sure it痴 impressive, but you have to admit the previous FX camera痴 Nikon has delivered are powerhouses which takes excellent photographs.
The Nikon D4 16.2MP sensor can output images approximately 4,928 x 3,280 pixels, at 3:2 aspect ratio. The sensor posseses an pixel size of 7.3 microns, that is a bit less space-consuming than the predecessor D3S, and D3 of 8.45 microns. Will the smaller pixel size affect its ISO performance? Probably so, this is mostly about physics and fewer about electrical engineering, despite what marketing would like you to think.
Think about the pixel integrity when compared to the D3S? When the D4 is similar, this should be considered an improvement, since the D4 has additional mega pixels. I believe the D4 have a similar ISO performance to the D3S, but with 7.3 micron size pixels. Again, this is an improvement. See more below in regards to the ISO and Dynamic Range.
You can read full Nikon D4 review.
DYNAMIC RANGE - ISO PERFORMANCE
The new D4 sensor is predicted to have an increased dynamic range within the D3S, particularly in the shadow detail. The D4 includes a native ISO right down to 100, where the D3S is merely 200. However, this is really misleading. I believe the D4痴 natural base ISO to be with ISO 140, rather than 100. ISO 100 is used for simplicity, but it痴 a lot more like a large amoun 0.3, which suggests it adjusts the gain or attenuation of the sensor.
The larger ISO will be the tricky part. I bet the D3S has slightly better ISO performance around 25,600. However, the D4 might have better performance beyond that, hence, the HI4.0 at ISO 204,800. Ultimately this can be going to get down to some rigid accurate testing. The detail may be too painful for many. But I aspire to provide this info soon.
CONNECTIVITY PORTS The D4 has a lot of connectivity. For starters, it's new Ethernet jack (full-size), plus a proprietary connector for your new TW-5A WiFi adapter. For studio use, the new regular size ethernet will probably be much appreciated. Copper is definitely faster than wireless. The D4 could be networked and remotely controlled via software for PC and MAC, in addition to iPads, and iPhones!
Additionally, it'll have better audio connection, with microphone stereo input, and headphone jack for monitoring audio during video recordings. Additionally a mini-USB and an uncompressed HDMI (mini-C) port, to use with live video recording and playback.
BATTERY LIFE There isn't much info yet in regards to the expected battery from the Nikon D4. Nonetheless, there is certainly some information about its new battery, the EN-EL18. Apparently Japan has issued tighter regulations, therefore the newer EN-EL18 battery has slightly less capacity (2000 mAh)compared to previous EN-EL4 (2500 mAh) of the D3. Additionally, it comes in an increased cost. Adorama is showing $170 because of it. Look for much more about the new battery from Nikon's engineer here.
SHUTTER LIFE At 11 FPS, the D4痴 shutter had better be durable. Nikon rates it at 400,000 cycles. This particular is really a statistical reliability number, and it is possibly the 2 sigma point. I think many D4痴 can last well past 400,000 cycles.
The shutter痴 top speed is 1/8000 seconds
Just like the D5100 and D5000, the D4 now features a 轍uiet・Mode. This can fire the shutter slower, but ideal for situations where sound is undesirable (church, library, etc).
NIKON D4 WEIGHT
The Nikon D4 is approximately 5% lighter compared to previous D3s and D3. Five percent is simply enough to be noticable. The new Nikon D4 weighs 1180 grams (41.6 oz). The D3s weighs 1240 grams (43.7 oz). More capbility, better control, all inside a lighter package! I like it.
Something special plus a curse, the D4 has new CompactFlash memory slots for your new XQD standard. This permits for prime speed DMA transfers both for video but still image buffer off loading. However, what can i employ my current CF cards?? Well luckily Nikon makes the secondary card slot for standard CompactFlash. You can observe the slots to the image around the right.
In addition, these memory cards aint cheap either.. Here is a video by Sony that shows the hype in regards to the new memory card.
The EXPEED 3 processing claims to be 1.3 times faster than the EXPEED 2 with the D3s, or 30%. Bear in mind the EXPEED 3 just isn't equal to the Nikon 1 system. Sure the technology is analogous, but the D4 includes a more beefy implementation, with larger cache sizes when compared to the Nikon 1痴 EXPEED 3 system.
Using the new XQD cards, we have to expect 110 raw 14 bit buffered images. The Nikon D4 can shoot at 10fps, or 11fps with autofocus and exposure locked around the initial frame. What痴 best, may be the D4 is relying mostly on the XQD card to offload the buffer, as Nikon has not yet expanded the size of the buffer in the D3s, instead only the speed.
Nikon has improved the autofocus system drastically. Yes they've kept a 51-point autofocus, nonetheless it can be employed in lower light. With a rating of -2EV, it can handle an f/8 lens. This lets you finally use that 2.0x tele-converter on that crappy lens you have. Listen if you buy a D4, you should upgrade your lenses too.
In essence this is a large advantage, especially for sports and weddings, etc. When you池e based on your autofocus system in low-light situations, the D4痴 autofocus will assure greater and faster accuracy over the D3s.
METERING - NEW 91K PIXEL RGB SENSOR
The metering was very successful on the D3S and D3. Why did Nikon upgrade the metering? Due to improved flash exposure performance with i-TTL-BL and i-TTL (aka from the lens metering).
The D4 may be the first Nikon DSLR to independently control flash exposure compensation and camera exposure compensation. On previous cameras, increasing camera exposure would also increase the flash exposure, when shooting inside a non manual mode. Now, the additional step of compensating both for is slowly removed with all the D4's uncoupled flash exposure compensation. Finally! Read more at Nikon's website.
The recording ・FULL HD
Nikon is a little late for full HD capability. However this new camera doesn稚 don't succeed, with improved processing, H.264 encoding, 1080p 30fps, 720p 60fps, uncompressed hdmi 422 8-bit output, optional 2.7x crop factor of 16:9 ratio. Rolling shutter will not matter, since the D4 has incredible fast bus speeds to offload sensor data. Also, unlike the D7000, it is possible to overlay a histogram in liveview during recording.
More control emerges than in the past. It is possible to adjust the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO quickly while recording. The audio fidelity may be improved too. A headphone jack is accessible for audio monitoring, and the audio levels is seen from the rear LCD during live video recording.
However, obviously when comparing it to RED or Canon Cinema EOS, Nikon does not have any shot here, because these are in an alternative league of video competency. But because an intended DSLR sill camera, it's usually Nikon's best, and equivalent or better to Canon's 1D X. Understand that Nikon introduced video to DLSRs with all the introduction of the Nikon D90.
Keep in mind there is a 1 hour timeout for live view with HDMI output. When using external recording device, you'll have to re-record following your timeout. The normal internal memory card recording of the camera is only ~29 minutes.