Nikon D4 is the next big thing The Japanese giant Nikon is planning to launch his brand new Nikon D4 full-frame digital SLR camera. It is a 16.2 megapixel professional-grade full frame digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) announced by Nikon Corporation on 6 January 2012 and it is expected that Nikon will launch it on consumer electronics show or later by Feb 2012. The D4 is expected to begin shipping at the end of February. Nikon will be displaying the camera at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Nikon has introduced a number of improvements in Nikon D4 including a 16.2 megapixel sensor, improved auto-focus and metering sensors and the ability to shoot at an extended ISO speed of 204,800.A larger body also means more room for ports, and the D4 has plenty. To the left of the 3.2-inch, 921k-dot LCD you’ll find a proprietary connector for the TW-5A plug-in WiFi adapter that can be used to network cameras wireless and even fire them remotely, using the built-in web server. Below that is a full-size Ethernet jack, if you’d prefer to go the wired route. There’s also a remote connector, microphone input jack (!), headphone jack, mini-USB and an HDMI port, which can be used both for video playback and piping out an uncompressed live preview feed, for capturing raw video using external device.
There are also two memory card slots available one Compact Flash and one XQD, for use with the high-speed next-gen format announced last month. All the main multipurpose controls are just to the left of the memory card slots, while secondary buttons can be found below and to the left of the LCD essential controls are now backlit, making them possible to find in the dark.
Nikon D4 will feature dual card slots, including compatibility with both UDMA-7 CF and the new XQD format of cards, which will allow for much faster data management both while shooting and in post production. Users can elect to shoot stills in JPEG, .NEF RAW files, or a more compressed RAW file that will still allow for post production freedom. The key specifications are:
• 1.16.2 M.P effective Full-Frame (36 mm × 24 mm) sensor with ISO 100–12800 (ISO 50–204800 Boost)
• Nikon Expeed 3 image processor
• 91,000 pixel RGB metering sensor with Advanced Scene Recognition System
• Advanced Multi-CAM3500FX auto-focus sensor (51-point, 15 cross-type)
• 0.12 s start up time and 0.042 s shutter release delay.
• Image sensor cleaning
• Ten frames per second in continuous FX mode (eleven frames per second with auto-exposure and auto-focus disabled)
• Buffer for 100 RAW or 200 JPEG frames in one burst
• Built-in HDR and time lapse modes
• 1080p Full HD movie mode at 24 fps worldwide and 25 or 30 depending on region, 720p at 25/50 or 30/60 fps, HDMI HD video output, stereo monitor headphone out, and stereo input (3.5-mm diameter) with manual sound level control.
• Kevlar/carbon fibre composite shutter with a rating of 400,000 actuations
• Live View with either phase detect or improved contrast detect Auto Focus
• Virtual horizon indicates in Live View mode, also available during video capture
• ‘Active D-Lighting’ with 6 settings and bracketing (adjusts metering and D-Lighting curve)
• Dual card slots, one Compact Flash UDMA and one XQD (mirror, overflow, back-up, RAW on 1/JPEG on 2, Stills on 1/Movies on 2, copy)
• Fully weather sealed with O-rings
The camera will also include 1080/30p video recording with H.264 compression with the option to use B-frame encoding. The result should be an option for slightly smaller file sizes than seen with Canon’s video compression algorithms, but disappointingly for some workflows Nikon will only allow for up to 20 minutes per clip.