Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Nikon D4s–The Canon 1D X Killer?

Nikon D4S
Nikon D4S

Featuring the latest EXPEED 4 image processor, the new D4s is 30% faster than its predecessor and takes the top spot in Nikon’s professional DSLR lineup. Working with an updated full-frame 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, it can shoot with a native ISO up to 25,600, or up to 409,600 with ISO expansion, resulting in crisp, clean imagery in low light conditions as well as improved overall quality and a variety of feature updates, including full HD video at 60 fps.

Shoot 200 full-size JPEGs at 11 fps, and offload them via a speedy 1000BASE-T Ethernet port. The new RAW SIZE S file type provides a new smaller RAW option for streamlining the workflow while maintaining excellent post-production editing possibilities.

Fast autofocus is possible with Group Area AF, which uses 5 sensors for optimized focusing within an area. Additionally, time lapse and interval shooting has been revamped with the ability to record up to 9,999 shots as well as use exposure smoothing to eliminate flicker from your final product — you can even set it for up to one week later. The D4s has also received a new EN-EL18a lithium-ion battery for up to 3,020 shots on a single charge.

Video shooting can implement Auto ISO Control during manual exposure as well as simultaneous recording to both the memory card and an external recorder, while also maintaining live view. And, FX, DX, and 2.7x crop modes can be chosen while in live view. Audio can sound even better with a selectable frequency range between wide and voice, and the new ability to change settings while recording.

Nikon D4s Rear View
Nikon D4s Rear View

Conclusion

I reviewed the Nikon D4 and while it was a nice camera, it didn’t impress me much. As a Canon 1D X owner, I see this camera as the first real threat to my camera. I’m very happy to see that Nikon stuck with the 16.2MP and focused on the things that matter like a huge buffer to hold its 11fps machine gun mode, and proper video support. The improved high ISO performance is huge for sports photographers too, so I’m sure this is going to be a great upgrade for existing D3s & D4 owners. This version also finally catches up to Canon on AF point groups, and offers a battery that promises to blow Canon’s away.

I’m eager to try this one out to see how it compares to my 1D X to see if this might tempt me to switch!

Where to order

Click here to learn more or order on the B&H web site. My friends at Amazon have it available here with an excellent write up from Nikon. Adorama is taking orders as well – click here to learn more.

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