New Nikon D4 Pro DSLR Camera


Make way for the new Nikon D4 digital SLR camera. This baby boasts an FX-format 16.2-megapixel CMOS Sensor for superior image quality. Its large 3.2" ultra-sharp 921,000-dot LCD monitor features automatic brightness control, adjusting visibility based on the environment to ensure bright, clear playback, menu browsing and Live View shooting.


The LCD gives you the power to enlarge images up to 46X for focus confirmation. EXPEED 3 optimized for still image and HD video capture ensures high color fidelity, fine tones and a high, expandable dynamic range. A quicker, more responsive 51-point autofocus system captures subjects in your choice of two ways: With the points working like a net to capture subjects in motion or concentrating on achieving pinpoint accuracy.

For challenging conditions and situations, the Nikon D4 allows you to drop from the standard ISO 100 down to ISO 50 equivalent, or conversely, increase sensitivity up to ISO 204800 equivalent. Wow. Shoot with confidence under virtually all lighting conditions. Enjoy full 1080p HD broadcast quality video at 30 or 24 fps in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC HD format, and record clips up to 29 minutes 59 seconds long. You can also see simultaneous Live View output on external monitors and record uncompressed video courtesy of the HDMI terminal.

Not one, but two Live View shooting modes are at your fingertips: Photography Live View and Movie Live View. Easily confirm exposure, white balance, monitor hue, histogram, focus mode, AF area mode and focusing accuracy. Nikon has separated flash compensation and exposure compensation in this camera to give you greater creative control.

You’re also sure to appreciate the dedicated Nikon Picture Control Button offering six preset options: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Landscape and Portrait for still images and video. You also get nine customizable settings offering sophisticated and personalized color control. Time-lapse shooting enables you to capture a broad scope of subjects at blazing-fast speed. Face detection via the optical viewfinder and detailed scene analysis with the 91K-pixel RGB sensor allow for superb auto exposure, auto white balance detection, AF performance and i-TTL flash exposure.

The D4 sports an extremely durable magnesium alloy body with weather sealing, so you can confidently expect peak performance even in harsh environments. The camera’s shutter has been put to the test and has proven to be good for 400,000 cycles at extreme continuous burst rates over extended periods of time—so you need not worry about that, either.

The Nikon D4 is compatible with the WT-5A wireless transmitter: Transmit images to an FTP server or computer via Image transmission mode. In PC mode, operate the D4 with Camera Control Pro 2. There’s also an HTTP mode, enabling you to use a Web browser on your computer or smart phone, display thumbnails of images stored in the camera’s memory cards, or create slide shows, view images, manipulate simple camera controls for remote shooting, or even start live view shooting, including video recording.

A true power saver, the D4 runs on the new, compact and high-capacity EN-EL18 rechargeable Li-ion battery. You can count on extended battery life and the ability to capture roughly 2,600 images on a single charge. Convinced yet?  We look forward to getting our hands on a new D4 soon.

Nikon also released a New Nikkor AF-S 85mm f-1.8G read the announcement about this latest lens.

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Great camera but how many   $$$$$$$$$$$

LOL, $5999.95

I think I will have to save for a while to buy this one.

This is for just the body.

I wish Nikon all the sucsess in the world -- this looks to be a really nice offering but . . . for my money I think I'll go (or stick) with a video camera for the video side of things and not have to spend a bunch of extra money to be able to record audio equal in quality to the video this should be capable of.

No question for the occasional videographer (or pro with very deep pockets that want to shoot vid all the time) this will be the cat's meow.

I agree with you. I just do not get why manufactures add the video option to a camera like this one when the main purpose is to take still shots....

I am not pleased with the 16.4 megapixel

16.4 megapixels is just fine. I have the original D3 (12 megapixels) and the D3X (24 megapixels). They are both great, but the D3 is a little low for commercial/architecture like I shoot... and the D3X is a little high... much more info to store. I'm loving my D7000 DX sensor at 16 megapixels, and I shoot occasional video that is better than the camcorders I have access to, so the DX to FX jump in the 16 megapixel sensor should be just about right for a huge percentage of photographers. 16 FX-sized megapixels = medium format color negative film in resolution/sharpness.

The beauty of a DSLR that shoots high quality video is flexibility. I loved the Nikon F2 camera system because it was the epitomy of flexible. Need a 250 shot magazine? Got it. Need a right-angle viewfinder for copy work? Got it.

Need to shoot a short video for an existing client? Got it with the D4.

That said... Canon beats the snot out of Nikon on body price. The Canon 5D Mark II is a super body that currently comes in at about $2,275 body only (BH price today) vs. D4 at $5,999. I could buy two bodies and a couple of lenses for the cost of one D4 body.

All that said, I will probably get a D4 body and stick with Nikon. I wish they would make me a nifty 17mm tilt/shift like Canon does, but my 14-24mm zoom does most of what I need wider than the 24mm Nikkor tilt/shift.

"That said... Canon beats the snot out of Nikon on body price. The Canon 5D Mark II is a super body that currently comes in at about $2,275 body only (BH price today) vs. D4 at $5,999. I could buy two bodies and a couple of lenses for the cost of one D4 body. "

You really don't mean to compare a 5D Mark II to a D4???  That would be insane.  The 5D is an entry level full-frame camera that will die in light misty rain.  The D4 is the rugged, fully weatherproof, flagship of the Nikon line.  Not to mention the difference in features.

I beg to differ my friend. I have both a 5d and a 5dmk2 and I was caught in a down pour with both cameras.  They ended up being on the ground while I secured more sensative stuff and they are both very alive. The other features, well thats another story.

The AF focus point makes a difference there. I've 5DmII and that isn't 51 point AF system.

Sorry, my firend. 35 mm Digitial doesn't touch the color /sharpness / resolution of medium format film. Period. 16 MP? How about 50-60 equivalent "MP" of medium format film?

Well, I am a wedding photographer and I also do about five videos each week aside from the wedding photography. I could definitely say that I would use the full potential of the image quality that the D4 produces and the full potential in the video and audio quality this camera produces. I will no longer have to record audio with my iphone, like I do now when shooting with my D300s. (we even have a sweet shotgun mic, but when running it through the camera's mic input we get so much noise from the camera operation that it ruins the audio) The only thing keeping me back is the $6,000 price tag. Maybe in a year to a year and a half I will have thus beauty and the D800E for my clients. P.S. I also shoot HD video for my clients in between taking the photos. I'll record about ten seconds worth if outstanding video, and as I'm filming I'll make sure I have the framing in place and the focus accurate, then I'll just press the shutter release and imediately take amazing photos. The bride gets a sweet HD wedding video montage and a full aray of extremely well done and high quality images. It's amazing!

Thats just a body :)

I am eager to see the D400 version, the one that carry 90% of the main features, it's less durable but costs between $1,500 to $2,000... There is no way I can pay $6,000 for this bad boy...

But when you think of it, IF this camera really does Amazing video (Broadcast Quality), then the price is not that crazy honestly... If it's going to at any way compete with the very expensive none DSLR Video cameras (with which you will always lose the ability and flexibility for changing lenses), then the price might be right for people that do short films, or any kind of progessional video work.

You are exactly right. For a pro quality broadcast camera, especially for documentary or low budget film, this price is fine. 

That it also takes incredible photos is just a plus for me. 

Of course, if it's video quality you're after, you could just buy a Panasonic GH2 for $800, buy a lot of nice glass and hack the thing and get better video for 1/6 the price.  But maybe that's just me.

Funy as your comments brought back my entry into the world of NIKON - also starting in the 1970s with a NIKKORMAT. With a brass body, it could take a licking and keep on ticking. I too bounced it into mountains and then, dropped it in the surf of the Paciific Ocean in Hawaii - sitll it works . I am now far, far down the line of NIKONS and lens - last one is the D300 which I like but did get a LEICA D LUX 5 - a first for me  with  LEICA stuff. Neat camera but I doubt it would take too kindy to being dropped in the ocean or bonked off a mountain  :)  

You mean how many KKKKKK'$?

I like the look of this Camera. And for video it ups the anti on the Canon 5D even though its twice the price with a smaller chip. Does Auto focus works while shooting video though? - that would be killer.


According to Nikon's Press Release:

Full-time AF - In addition to manual focus, four modes are available, including normal, wide area, face detection and subject tracking, which uses fast contrast detect AF to accurately focus while recording video and in live view.

it doesnt have a smaller chip than the 5D.  both are full frame sensors

5D 5616 x 3744 pixels

D4 4.928 x 3,280 pixels

my money is still staying with Nikon though... can't touch the high iso performance

Pixel count does not equate to sensor size. 

May have some relevance to pixel size, the FX sensor used on the D3/D700 is full frame but "only" 12.1 Mpixels - one of the keys to Nikon's low light / high iso performance was the lower pixel density and larger pixels.

This sucker weighs nearly THREE POUNDS!  And that, if I read the specs correctly, is BEFORE attaching a lens.  Are Nikon and B&H offering a complimentary weight-lifting course with every purchase?  Nikon is indisputably the Mercedes of digital cameras, but you don't need to lift a Mercedes in order to drive it. 

no one forces you to buy one...
those who love working with Nikon are strong guys by the way... and love makes stronger anyway :-D
great cam, great specs, will be fun!

Hey!  Not all of us are "strong guys!"  I'm a 68 year old granny, and my nikon D200 with my 28-300 Nikor lens is as much as I'll ever be able to handle.

well, D4 is simply not for you. not even D3, granny. 

Hey Mr. (Supercilious) Anonymous; don't dis the granny! If she really wants to use a camera like the new D4 she'd find a way. I am a 63 year old non-granny and if I can't hand-hold any heavy equipment I use a tripod and a gimbal head. I attach the lens to the head first and add the camera second then adjust for balance. Even people in wheel chairs with restricted mobility have been known to create fantastic photos where the rest of us would just give up.

Absolutely right! She will find a way. And, c'mon: it's not that heavy. I'm 79, and get along fine with my D300, tripod (if necessary), long lens and all.  I'd buy this one in a second, but not sure I can justify the cost. Don't dis old people. We can do almost anything we could do 50 years ago.

I'm 74 and can do many things I couldn't even conceive of 50 years ago!

No need to offend or to be disrespectful to anybody. I'm in my early 40's I work out enogh and lugging a D200 with a battery holder plus a SB900 and any lens in the 28 to 85 category will wear anybody out after a few hours. Especially if you are also lugging your camera bag!

So how about that "Arnold"?

Happy new year!!

He's right!

You want the best, get a Nikon.


You actually want weight as it helps to dampen movement, and it also helps to counterweigh the heavy lenses this camera is designed to use. It is heavy also due to the amount of material required to make the body with 2 grips and still have all metal construction with full weather sealing. If it were lighter, it would by definition be a less desirable camera. I doubt it is much heavier if at all than the Canon 1Dx that it is to compete against. There will be a replacement to the D700 soon for those looking for a lighter weight body. Though from my understanding it will have much higher megapixel count, and that would push me to this, as for my work this is enough and I want the low light performance.

What mass is heavy? My D90 is almost as heavy, but APS-C without most of the advanced features:

D902218-10514.82EN-EL3e (2)5.2MB-D80 (est)3Total45.02

I have two D3's and a D3x and will shoot with my 200mm vr2 f2 without a mono or tripod now that's a heavy setup. Def not the soccer mom or I love to shoot weddings look at me with my 5D.... Which can't handle low light camera. So excited it finally came out. I'm ordering two as soon as they hit the stores!!!!!!!

You're just bragging about your finances, a $9000 D3X, $5000 D3, and now two $5000 D4s, go on wit yo bad self.

I'll show my age here;  A Whole three pounds!?! Wow, what a burden!  I guess you've never used, and carried, a 4x5 (or larger)  view camera with tripod, film holders, lenses, etc. into the High & Rough. Three pounds? Wouldn't even notice it!

Touche, my dear. Touche.... I"m not a young kid either, and I can shlepp around a view camera and pan and tilt tripod by myself. This weight is nothing!

Slap a Nikkor 200mm F/2 on it and you can train for the Olympics...

My Canon EOS 7D weighs 5 pounds (body only). I have only recently become accustomed to the weight, especially when mounted with a EFS 18-200 mm lens. Really shouldn't be used for serious shooting without a tripod and shouldn't be in the hands of a dummie like me.

the $5000+ cameras are for professionals only. if you ever watch an NFL game, you'll see the photographers on the sidelines with the super telephoto lenses that are in the neighborhood of 10+ pounds. so 3+ pounds for a camera body is nothing. AND they carry two to three systems on them at any given time. there's a reason NONE of them are walking around the sidelines carrying a compact camera.

try this: 17 days in a row, 6 to 10 hours a day competition schedule to cover; beautiful (but blisteringly hot sun), D3 with 300mm 2.8, no monopod!.  Yep - freehand! Was it heavy?  D*** right it was.  Why did I do it?  ==> Beautiful settings, incredible opportunities and fabulous photo equipment will make anyone's left arm look like superman.  P.S.  next time I'll Pack a monopod.

I am a professional photographer and I work in National News Agency "AGERPRES" in Romania. I've always worked with Nikon and am glad to hear that a new model appears on the market. I'm curious how good it is and I would be happy if I could I could make a comparison between my current Nikon Nikon D4 and D3.
We kindly inform me how to test the new Nikon D4 and can I purchase a light kit consists of the box and required objectives. Also I would like to find and prices.
With thanks and all the best Alexandru Tudor


Features   D3 vs D4

Max resolution    4256 x 2832 / 4928 x 3280
Effective pixels  12.1 megapixels / 16.2 megapixels
Processor      Expeed  /  Expeed 3
ISO     200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 (100 - 25600 with boost)  /  100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (extendable from 50 – 204,800)

Key D4 Specifications:

16.2 effective megapixel, full-frame sensor (16.6MP total)
10fps shooting with AF and AE, 11fps with focus and exposure locked, 24fps 2.5MP grabs
91,000 pixel sensor for metering, white balance, flash exposure, face detection and active d-lighting
MultiCAM 3500FX Autofocus sensor works in lower light and with smaller apertures
Two sub-selector joystick/buttons for shooting orientation
1080p30 HD video at up to 24Mbps with uncompressed video output
New EN-EL18 battery (21.6Wh capacity, CIPA-rated at 2600 shots)
Twin card slots - one Compact Flash and one XQD

I am not sure where you can test the D4 locally. I am sure by early Spring, we will have demo's in our retail store.

Please E-mail for more details

This feature overview is nice, I guess, but I didn't see any truly "new" feature or new technology to make this model worthy of a full upgrade . . . from the D3s to the D4s.  Maybe  a D3.3.

Are you kidding?....There are so many improvements over the D3s on the guy that a "Pro" like myself will salivate for......can't wait to get mine, end of February is it?

I agree, it's worth the upgrade. Consider the fact that you can sell your D3s for almost the full retail that you paid for it, it's a no brainer :)

Where can you sell a D3s for anywhere near the retail you paid for it? If that were true, I'd be upgrading in a heartbeat. I've only had my D3s for about a year now. I'm serious. Let me know 'cause I WANT ONE!!

I'm not worthy.

Did they say anything about when they start shipping?

Let's see how this youngig will measure up against the new Canon beast. Looking forward to it!!!