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...
Excerpt: 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 worked when used for the more mundane subjects I shoot than what it was designed for, and to see how it...
Summary: It is hard to describe the D4 without superlatives. 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. Image quality from the Nikon D4 is among the very best in all areas.
Pros: Class-leading image noise, Superb dynamic-range, Ultra-fast autofocus, Very fast continuous drive with deep buffer, Extremely fast and responsive, Ultra-short black-out, Good color-accuracy, Flexible self-timer and exposure delay, Highly customizable with plenty of controls, Dual memory cards can...
Cons: Poor Automatic WB in low-light, Overly soft JPEGs, Bizarre Auto ISO, Poor Live-view, not Exposure-Priority, Exposure Delay mode hidden in menu, Indistinct ISO button, Rather bulky, No 16:9 guidelines for time-lapse, Asymmetric memory card types
Summary: There’s no getting away from the fact that this is a pricey bit of kit at £5289 – over £1500 more than the price of the D3s at launch, though compared to its closest competitor, the Canon EOS-1D X, it pretty much matches it for price, coming in at £10 less.
Pros: Performance is hard to fault, build quality is excellent and there's pretty much every feature you could ask for.
Cons: The price point means its out of reach for most of us.
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.
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.