Summary: As I have stated in the beginning of this review, the Nikon D4 is a specialized tool targeted at news, sports and wildlife photographers. Thanks to its fast autofocus system, practically unlimited buffer capacity, insanely fast shooting speeds, superb image quality and a solid construction that will...
Summary: <img src="http://www.digitalcamerareview.com/assets/48865.jpg" width="320" height="240" alt="" border="0" style="float: right;" /> The past year may be known as the year of the full-frame camera and Nikon has a nicely balanced selection with the D4 for speed and low light, the D800 for its whopping...
Pros: Excellent performance, Stellar image quality, Expanded video capabilities unmatched by competitors, Excellent low light/high ISO performance, Illuminated control buttons
Cons: Only camera to use expensive XQD card for second slot, ISO 205,800 is, perhaps, overkill, D3s may handle noise a little better, Not much of a jump in image quality from D3s
Excerpt: The Nikon D4 continues the tradition of being the alpha male (if there can be such in the camera world) of Nikon’s DSLR lineup. Introduced back in 2007 as the D3, Nikon’s professional full-frame offering has had variants cater to both studio and sports photographers alike (with the D3, D3s and the...
Conclusion: The Nikon D4 is a pro shooter's dream, with controls galore, and a big, bright optical viewfinder. This fully loaded full-frame D-SLR rattles off shots at a quick 10 frames per second, but all of this comes with a rather high sticker price and a steep learning curve.
Pros: Full frame sensor. Every physical control you could ever want. Integrated vertical grip. Shoots at 10 frames per second. Very low image noise. Uncompressed 1080p video output.
Cons: Big and heavy. 16-megapixel resolution. Only one CF card slot.
Excerpt: Faster, smarter, and more lust-worthy than ever, the Nikon D4 ($5,999) is the culmination of a carefully chosen list of features and enhancements, leaving what works and adding what’s needed for the latest in a long line of full-frame (FX) pedigree pro cameras.
Excerpt: 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 flash.
Pros: Separate 91,000-pixel sensor is dedicated to light metering, autofocus and recognizing and adjusting to different shooting scenarios. More rounded and ergonomic design with lower pentaprism still lets you see 100 percent of what you’re shooting through the viewfinder. Back-illuminated buttons hel...
Cons: Second card slot is Sony’s new and expensive XQD format. Built-in mic only offers mono sound. Burst shooting is a frame slower per-second than the competing Canon 1D X.
Summary: Whenever a new piece of top-level gear comes along, there’s a rush by many pros (and more than a few amateurs) to get it right away. While the D4 does outshine its predecessor in many ways, we would not call it an essential upgrade for still shooters who already have a D3s.
Conclusion: Four years ago, the D3 was revolutionary as a sports/action still-image DSLR . It was the first Nikon SLR that has more than 11 AF points, and it made a big jump to 51. The D3’s high- ISO capability was amazing compared to that from its predecessors the D2H/D2X.