Photographers have been breathlessly awaiting a new DSLR from Nikon that incorporates recent technologies using CMOS chips for better exposures. In addition, Nikon fans were seeking a camera that also delivered great video capabilities. Come February, they can find solace with Nikon’s new D4.
Speed is a necessity for today’s multimedia photographer as milliseconds matter when the action commences. Whether an assignment relies on fast processing power, burst rate, write speed, enhanced workflow or even streamlined camera controls, the D4 is the epitome of professional-caliber photographic horsepower. Ready to shoot in approximately 0.012 seconds, the new Nikon D4 can capture full resolution JPEG or RAW files at up to 10 fps with full AF / AE or up to 11 fps with AF / AE locked. Immediately before image capture, the camera interprets data from the AF sensor, including subject color as detected on the 91,000-pixel RGB sensor, to deliver consistently tack-sharp focus frame after frame. Whether a photographer is shooting a full-court fast break under gymnasium lighting or the downhill slalom in the bright sun and frigid temperatures, the D4 will instill the confidence with consistently great results.
Choose manual and automatic modes. Whatever you choose, the D4 produces top results.
The heart of the new D4 is the Nikon-developed 16.2-megapixel FX-format (36 x 23.9mm) CMOS sensor that provides amazing image quality, brilliant dynamic range and vivid colors in nearly any lighting condition. By achieving the optimal balance of resolution and sensor size, professional photographers will realize exceptionally sharp, clean and well-saturated images throughout the entire ISO range.
DSLR cameras were the last to adopt the advent of advanced video recording. The D4 embraces high-performance video. Users have the choice of various resolutions and frame rates, including 1080p 30/24fps and 60 fps at 720p. By utilizing the B-Frame data compression method, users can record H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC format video with unmatched integrity for up to 20 minutes per clip. This format also allows for more accurate video data to be transferred requiring less memory capacity. The sensor reads image data at astoundingly fast rates, which results in less instances of rolling shutter distortion.
While you have the traditional viewfinder, the D4 adds a large high-resolution 3.2-inch LCD screen with 921,000 dots resolution, and includes auto brightness adjustment. Users can also zoom in up to 46x to check critical HD focus.
Photographers are a rare breed and become a smaller community as digital photography poses challenges on the traditional royal crest that has made the SLR the professional’s camera. Trust Nikon to capture and attract the upper crust of the market. For art’s sake, the Nikon D4 may just be one of the more successful cameras to be sold in 2012.