Nikon’s new D4S DSLR improves velocity and focusing, provides ISO settings as much as 409,600
The Nikon D4S has been teased, displayed in a plastic case and now, it is official — and we even received to play with it. There is a substantial record of what hasn’t modified (the identical sixteen.2-megapixel picture measurement, to start with), however in the event you’re a excessive-degree photographer already in possession of a D4 (or maybe even a D3S), you will be extra occupied with these variations. Firstly, whereas the sensor will supply the identical sized photographs, however it’s a newly developed piece of hardware, with a give attention to higher noise discount. ISO now ranges from one hundred – 25600, with its Hi4 setting cranking that as much as a thoughts-boggling 409600. For those who’re presently dealing with a D4, you can even anticipate to see substantial noise discount: the D4S’ ISO 1600 can be similar to the D4‘s ISO 800 setting.
Nikon’s new DSLR additionally delivers modifications to to the auto-focus system for each pictures and video. Behind the lens, there’s enhancements to each the monitoring system and the algorithms that govern how the D4S focuses. A brand new Group AF mode tracks 5 separate factors, which means that a shifting topic (and even a shifting photographer) ought to pose much less of a menace to crisp imaging. On video, (the place now you can seize uncompressed 1080p decision at 60 frames) monitoring has been bumped as much as eleven frames per second on full auto-focus and publicity.
Hopefully fixing considered one of our main points with the D4, the brand new mannequin additionally comes with a extra substantial battery pack, up from 2,000mAh to 2,500mAh. The brand new unit truly weighs extra, however reductions on the D4S’ physique means it provides simply seven ounces, complete, over 2012’s D4. Anticipate the digital camera to land on March sixth, and put together your checking account for the hit: it is anticipated to retail for $6,500. We have got some early impressions and particulars on some minor hardware modifications, together with extra substantial grips, proper after the leap.
It is nonetheless no small factor. As a professional-degree digital camera (it is undeniably for them), the D4S is simply as squarish because the fashions that got here earlier than it. Nevertheless, this additionally affords loads of area for buttons, controls and dials: one thing that it takes full benefit of. Button placement is essentially similar to its predecessor, though there are a number of minor modifications aimed toward making capturing with the forty two-ounce DSLR a minimum of a bit of extra snug. Grips for each typical panorama holding, in addition to vertical, have been widened and elevated in depth. To tug this off with out making the digital camera bigger than the D4, Nikon slimmed the physique between the primary grip and the digital camera lens, which means your fingers can dig in deeper and maintain on extra resolutely — no-one needs to drop a D4S. On the rear, the sub-selector button has modified from rubber into plastic, a concession made as a result of customers felt the rubberized model was sluggish to reply.
The raised grip right here has additionally been fortified and made extra snug for greater palms. Connectivity-sensible, there’s nonetheless an ethernet port (upgraded to one thousand Mbps), audio-out and -in, mini-USB, HDMI and slots for each CF and XQD playing cards. The D4S can even seize in several RAW file codecs (one thing that rival Canon added to its DSLR digital camera collection a number of years in the past), providing the tweaking advantages of RAW photographs in a smaller file measurement. The small RAW choice captures at 4MP, in comparison with the bottom RAW setting at 16MP, capturing 12-bit uncompressed Nikon NEF information which are roughly half the dimensions of typical RAW photographs. Alas, throughout our time, we weren’t capable of gather collectively any early pattern photographs, however the firm is seemingly placing much more effort into the way it tackles video on its prime DSLRs — we’re now itching to see the way it all fares within the subject.
Zach Honig contributed to this report.
- Key specs
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- Sort DSLR
- Lens mount Nikon F
- Decision (efficient) sixteen&#one hundred sixty;megapixels
- Sensor measurement Full-body
- Reminiscence card XQD, CompactFlash I, CompactFlash II
- Dimensions 6.18 x 6.three x three.fifty eight in
- Weight 2.ninety eight lb
- Launched 2014-03-06