Nikon D4s Review: Taking A Look at the Product and Its Specifications

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The new Nikon D4s will have you changing how you think about the restrictions of being adaptable, professional, meticulous, and quick while working.




It has significant changes all through the full workflow, exhilarating innovative heights of speed, performance and ISO sensitivity. This includes having greater image quality of a Nikon flagship HD-SLR.

About the Nikon D4s

Nikon D4s body


According to the camera’s manufacturer, Nikon USA, the D4s “frees professionals to perform at their peak in whatever conditions their assignments demand. 

Capture full resolution stills at 11 fps for approx. 200 shots with full AE and AF functionality, noise-free photos and videos up to ISO 25,600 (expandable to a mind-boggling ISO 409,600 equivalent at Hi4) and 1080p Full HD videos with high-fidelity stereo audio. 

Transfer files 10x faster with new 1000 Base-T (Gigabit) wired LAN, and increase that speed further by shooting a smaller RAW SIZE S format. Think and shoot in ways you may not have believed possible.”


Product Description of the Nikon D4s

Resolution

16.2 MP CMOS

Video

1080p HD

Image Processor

EXPEED 4

The Nikon D4S 16.2 MP CMOS FX Digital SLR with Full 1080p HD Video benefits from dual technology that allows for it to produce outstanding image quality.

With an EXPEED 4 image processor as well as a full-frame, FX-format 16.2MP CMOS sensor, this top of the line digital camera continuously generates full HD 1080p movies and high-resolution still imagery. It does this with such sensitivity, excellence and a care to the finer elements of a picture.

When you see the pictures produced from the D4s, you cannot help but notice that they have such soft tonal gradations. As well as vibrant, yet precise color duplication in addition to an unrestrained dynamic range.


Product Specification of the Nikon D4s


One of the flagship products for Nikon is the Nikon D4. This was released more than five years ago, around 2012. So, it is understandable that Nikon thinks it is high time to revamp this camera model.

The updated version is the Nikon D4s. To look at there is no distinct modifications. However, you would have to get inside the alloy body of the camera to see the updates themselves.

Below are the standard features of the Nikon D4s:

  • The EN-EL18a battery gives 3020 shots per charge (CIPA)
  • Gigabit Ethernet port, and support for WT-5A wireless transmitter
  • Compact flash and XQD card slots
  • Retro Camera
    Professional video and audio capabilities
  • Retro Camera
    Smoother transitions whilst taking interval or time-lapse stills/movies
  • Retro Camera
    1080/60p video for up to 10 minutes at 42Mbps or 20 minutes at 24Mbps
  • Retro Camera
    Updated 16.2 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor
  • Retro Camera
    Noise-free shooting from ISO 100 to 25,600
  • Retro Camera
    Latest 'small' Raw size (8 megapixel)
  • Retro Camera
    11 fps continuous shooting with continuous AE/AF
  • Retro Camera
    Group Area AF allows for more accurate subject tracking with less 'distraction'
  • Retro Camera
    51-point AF system and 3D Color Matrix metering III with a 91,000-pixel RGB sensor
  • Retro Camera
    30% faster EXPEED 4 image processing engine
  • Retro Camera
    ISO 100-25,600 (expandable to ISO 50 - 409,600 equiv)

Feature Changes to the Nikon D4s


As many manufacturers do, Nikon also updates their devices when releasing a new version of a product. This helps to keep their products popular with consumers while giving them the trendiest features that are competitive with other similar products in their category.

The Nikon D4s is the updated model to the D4 and the changes included in this camera model, are primarily related to the inner workings of the camera.

The Expeed 4 Processor

This is one of the most notable of the changes that have been incorporated into the latest model of the D4s. There are many changes that are directly supported by the Expeed 4 processor.


Along with the Expeed 4 processor, the Nikon D4S 16.2 MP CMOS FX Digital SLR camera has a greater ISO capacity, which reaches upwards of 409,600. There is also a group area AF feature as well as a somewhat faster burst speeds.

The company also condensed the viewfinder blackout time, prepared transitions are 'smoother' when shooting time-lapse, and incorporated 1080/60p video recording.


We are true movie fans. So, we noticed that the Nikon D4s now has the capacity to make use of Auto ISO whilst using level adjustment, audio range and manual exposure. Furthermore, the D4s camera has the capacity to yield uncompressed video over HDMI even as it concurrently records to a memory card.

The new model makes use of an EN-EL18a battery that grants up to 3020 shots per charge. We find that the EN-EL18 batteries are also useable.

The Autofocus Feature

These new set of changes include the camera’s ability to constantly focus at the Nikon D4S 16.2 MP CMOS FX Digital SLR highest frame rate. This additional strength to the autofocus function again comes from the processor.


However, the AF sensor is the same that is found in the older model.


Therefore, it was not an entire overhaul of the camera features. We would say it was more an increasing of the potential for the D4 camera features that already existed.


According to the company, they say the autofocus algorithms were enhanced. But they do not provide a detailed explanation as to how this was done.


Outside of that, we noticed just a few more minor changes. But the Nikon D4s certainly does not have any great leaps in technology.

The Movie Making Features

Conceivably the major revelation that we saw with the Nikon D4 was in the area of the movie making capabilities.


The principal difference is that this model camera now has the capacity to take 1080 videos at frame rates of 60p and 50p. However, outside of that, we saw nothing else, which stood out, as a drastic change. With the older model, the D4, the video recording limit was at around 20 minutes. It is the same with the D4s.


But if you utilize a higher bit rate, around 60p, then you can only record about a 10 minutes video footage.


It also permits you to change the volume while recording. Except there are no supplementary settings to sustain the movie capture.


In addition, it is a contrast to other Nikon cameras, in that this camera model has the ability to produce uncompressed video over HDMI concurrently, as well as save the files to its onboard memory cards.

Body and Design of the Nikon D4s

Nikon D4s body

After comparing the older and the newer Nikon D4 models together, we can confirm that there are no apparent changes there. There are only a few changes in how the device is held or operated and even then, it is slight.

The D4s has a deeper grip and as such, the front dial seems to stick out noticeably. To the rear of the camera, the camera manufacturer has changed the AF-point selector from rubber to plastic.

We found that it was only a bit easier to squeeze down on the AF-On button. Additionally, they changed up the thumb block that sits on the portrait orientation grip.

The Nikon D4S 16.2 MP CMOS FX Digital SLR with Full 1080p HD Video is one of the largest DSLRs on the market. But it is not as large as the EOS 1D X from Canon, though it is quite heavier.

The build quality of this camera model is exceptional. So we can understand the pricey nature of the merchandise.

Most of the camera body is constructed of magnesium alloy, whereas a small number of areas are composite. Feel free to use the device while out in the rain, because it is water-resistant.

At the Top of Camera

Nikon D4s top view


On the left side of the Nikon D4s, there are settings to change the metering settings, bracketing, and flash. Just underneath that, you will see a drive wheel as well.

On the top plate, to the right edge, there is a LCD info display. It has shutter release, movie record and mode there as well. There are also the exposure compensation buttons as well.

If you want to adjust the shooting modes on the Nikon D4S 16.2 MP CMOS FX Digital SLR, then you merely squeeze the mode button followed by twisting the front or rear control dial.


After the Reveal

Nikon D4S 16.2 MP CMOS FX Digital SLR with Full 1080p HD Video (Body...
  • 16.2 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor
  • 30% faster EXPEED 4 image processing engine
  • 51-point AF system and 3D Color Matrix metering III with a 91,000-pixel RGB sensor

We feel a bit underwhelmed by the Nikon D4s. That can be attributed to the fact that its predecessor was a really good camera. So this update seems not to be on par with the one before.

Yes, there were changes to the movie features, autofocus, performance, processor and design features, but still, what is hidden underneath does not get us excited. If you are a professional photographer, then the added battery life might be of great benefit, but not much more than that.

It is our belief that the company possibly just tried to improve the video quality, rather than much else. But even in that area, you can only record possibly 20 minutes of video time. And at the highest rate, about 10 minutes at best.

Nikon users, who might best benefit from these few changes in the D4s, are the D3 and D3s users. But for someone who already has a Nikon D4, it probably will not be worth the buy. Seeing as it was released in 2012, after six years, one would expect that Nikon would have done a great deal more work on the Nikon D4S 16.2 MP CMOS FX Digital SLR with Full 1080p HD Video.

As such, it gets an overall rating of 4.25/5.

Summing Up the Nikon D4s Review


This camera model has an extensive native sensitivity range, from ISO 100 to 25600. This is additionally flexible to a comparable ISO 409600 that seems to promote functioning in complex lighting environment.

Additionally, the D4s has a complete resolution nonstop shooting rate of 11 fps for up to 200 frames by maintained autofocus and auto-exposure. This is possible because of the processing power of the EXPEED 4. Such a feature, directly benefits the imaging prowess of this camera.

It also has a similarly sophisticated 51-point autofocus system. This can be adjusted to make use of five AF points as a single focusing point in the Group Area AF feature so that it heightens the initial subject recognition.

There are additional features that add to the overall value of this product.

Nikon D4s

We would say that the Nikon D4S 16.2 MP CMOS FX Digital SLR with Full 1080p HD Video is not a typical camera that will be bought for a casual camera user.

These models range upwards of $5000. You can see many D4s for purchase on websites like Amazon.

Take care to read the features section carefully and check that it has all that you need, because at this price range, you are only getting the body. No further items are included - just the camera.

Generally, this camera is a solid investment. You can expect to get countless hours of use out of the D4s for the next umpteen years. So at this price range, it can be considered money well spent for a professional photographer who wants or needs these kinds of upgrades.

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