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D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only)
 
5.0

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Pros

  • Fast (6)
  • Fast focus (4)
  • Good in low light (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports (10)
    • Wildlife (7)
    • Low light (4)
    • Portrait (4)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
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    5.0

    Speed and ISO combos never seen before

    By Ken the Christian Conservationist

    from Boise, ID

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Auto ISO

    Cons

    • 476 Page Manual

    Best Uses

    • Critter Photography

    Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

    Replaced my D300S. I have only had it out shooting twice in the last few days since I got it. I am an amateur and I do a lot of volunteer work for The Nature Conservancy and other non profits and this camera is already pulling off low light and tough dynamic resolution shots I could never do with the D300S. I also love the fail safes on external controls that keep me from doing simple boo boos like accidentally switching to manual focus. Also like the ability to quickly throttle down to DX mode to extend the reach of my sigma 50 - 500 when needed. Not so great the 476 page manual is as difficult to understand as my d300s's was, and I will get around to reading it soon :-) Thank heavens for my photo bert cheat sheet. Only time will tell if this was worth the high price of admission but so far so great.

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    5.0

    Master of focus at F8

    By WISed

    from Wisconsin

    Verified Reviewer

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      Cons

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          Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

          Just a photo update to my review to show what the D4s can do with in dim conditions saddled with a 200-400 F4 plus a TC 20E III. Focus was instantaneous.

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          5.0

          Far exceeds nothing from the past!

          By Happy D4s shooter!

          from Eugene, Oregon

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Everything

          Cons

          • none
          • Not Enough Money Yet To B
          • Uy Another One

          Best Uses

          • Everything

          Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

          I am a freelance photojournalist and have to buy my own gear. For the Past 15 years, I have bought several Nikon bodies, both film and digital, from the N70 to the F5 and the D70s to the D700. After shooting my D700 past 250K shutter actuations, it was time to get a new body. I had the pleasure of shooting the D4 at the 2012 Olympic Track and Field Trials and knew then that that was the camera I wanted. I started researching the tech specs and was pleased with all it had to offer over my D700. Then Nikon announced the D4s. I was pumped that they took an already stellar camera and made it better. The day I got my camera I had an assignment to cover a late-night taco shack on the local university campus. Perfect opportunity to test it's low-light capabilities. Coupled with a brand-new 24-70mm f2.8, it was time to go to work. Needless to say, the images were so clean at 4000 iso I didn't need to reduce the noise in post. My editors were very happy. I could go on, but I need to get back out shooting. Please do yourself a favor if you are ready to buy or upgrade a camera, get one of these. You will be absolutely pleased with all the D4s has to offer.

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          5.0

          Compared to the D800

          By WISed

          from Wisconsin

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Excellent White Balance
          • Fast Focus
          • Flash Photographt
          • Focusing Accuracy
          • high frame rate
          • Low light performance

          Cons

          • Could Use More Pixels

          Best Uses

          • Action Potography
          • Flash Photgraphy
          • Low light photography
          • Pretty much anything
          • Wildlife Photography

          Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

          The D800 produces superb photos with ample capacity for cropping, however as a wildlife platform it has so far been disappointing for me. On long shots with long lenses, more often than not pictures end up soft and focus is often not perfect. Well the solution is here! The D4s obtains razor sharp and astoundingly fast in situations that would befuddle the D800. It doesn't even need a focus assist lamp! Another startling difference is the WB auto seems to get it right ALL the time, the auto WB of the D800 seems primitive in comparison. Flash photography is also A LOT better it functions flawlessly with the SB910 something not true with the D800 which is more fidgety. I'm not going to say its faster, becomes that is obvious, yes, its a lot faster. Everything on this camera seems to be geared so that post processing is a moot point, the D800 will take astounding pictures but it more post processing intensive, on the D4s everything seems geared to go, go, go!Downsides Given its pixel count the aggressive cropping that is possible on the D800 is not possible. Under good conditions the IQ though excellent cannot match the "almost wet" richness that the D800 can achieve when everything is just right. Conclusion: LOVE IT but.....the D800 is still a keeper. Simply different cameras for different purposes, both fabulous in their own particular way>

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          5.0

          Dream Camera

          By thekurgan

          from Sacramento, CA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Controls
          • Fit and finish
          • Focus Accuracy
          • Functionality
          • Low light performance
          • Versatility

          Cons

          • Xqd Slot

          Best Uses

          • Everything

          Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

          There are so many reviews one can read, so mine will not be very different. It's a stellar camera. 16mp being more than adequate for all types of work: landscape, portrait, action, macro, you name it. You really can't miss a shot. All the controls are in the right place; it's like picking up a custom camera when you pick it up. The battery has lasted as long or a little less than specified, mostly to my learning the camera and using the rear screen a lot. My D800 battery is pathetic in comparison. First shots at ISO 3200 and 6400 are just amazing, Nik's Dfine2 doesn't appear to "clean" up much after running it through. The only strange issue is the xqd slot. I dont' intend to buy any of these as I've got a huge investment in CF. I'd much rather see a 2nd CF slot.

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          5.0

          Incredible Camera

          By SH

          from Boston, MA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to hold and carry
          • Fast autofocus
          • Massive Buffer

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • landscape
            • Portrait
            • Sports

            Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

            Very fast and very responsive, especially with the XQD card.

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            5.0

            Excellent Camera

            By Bob

            from Charlotte, NC

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Buffer
            • Ergonomics
            • Low Light Abilty

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Low light situations
              • Wildlife

              Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

              I have used a D100, D200, and D300s and got tired of waiting for a D300(s) replacement; so I bit the bullet and stepped up to the D4s.

              The D800 did not have the speed or buffer that I needed so the D4s was the only option at this time.

              So far, this has been exactly what I expected.

              The only con is the price, I wish it was a little less expensive!

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              5.0

              The best camera that I have ever bought!

              By Sau

              from Branchville, New Jersey

              Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

              This is by far the best DSLR camera that I own. Everything lives up to the expectation that I have for this camera. The speed is just simply amazing on the D4S. The high-resolution still imagery and full HD 1080p movies is just great.

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              5.0

              Perfect

              By tattoobuy

              from Teaneck nj

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast

              Cons

              • none

              Best Uses

              • Sports Wildlie Birding

              Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

              I do a lot of wildlife photgraphy. This is the fastercamera I have ever owned, in every aspect. The only thing I would wish for, is more megapixels.

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              5.0

              All you could ever need and then some.

              By 4hsmen

              from New Jersey

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast
              • Low Light King

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • No wifi

              Best Uses

                Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                I can't imagine needing a camera that does more then this camera can do. Expect a learning curve if you have not purchased a Nikon in a few years.
                The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know about this camera. The features just don't stop.
                It's truly an amazing camera.
                I would advise getting a 2.8 lens. It will bring out D4s full potential.

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                5.0

                Best Camera Ever Used

                By JDFlyer

                from Phoenix, AZ

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Customizability
                • Ease of Use
                • feel
                • Low Light Ability
                • Speed

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                • Hdr
                • kids
                • landscape
                • Portrait

                Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                The D4s is a phenomenal camera. This camera will not take better pictures for you if you just point and shoot. But if you take the time to consciously use it as a creative tool to record an image, they will be the best images you have ever taken in your life. In fact it is so good, the JPGs I get out of it are better processed in camera than what I could do in RAW in a reasonable amount of time. The fact that you can completely customize this camera for your style and vision for photography makes it the ultimate creative tool in your "toolbox". The ISO performance is absolutely stellar. Tripod in the car? No problem. Hand-held HDR bracketing is a piece of cake with the 10 or 11 frames per second shooting and beyond phenomenal low light capability. This camera is expensive for a reason and you get what you pay for. I don't sell my photos, so I am not a professional by definition. But if you want the absolute best photos for you or your families collection, this is the camera for your bag. Don't believe the reviews out there saying it is very big, or very heavy or very loud. Baloney. It is lighter in my bag than my Sony A7 with battery grip and Zeiss lens.

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                5.0

                Everything and then some

                By Top Gadget

                from VaBch, VA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast Sharp Focus
                • Great In Low Light

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                • Family
                • Sports
                • Wildlife

                Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                It's everything that's been said and then some. Fast focus, great in low light, Exposures are right on. Can't say enough good stuff about this camera. The Best I have ever owned and I have had a lot of cameras.

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                5.0

                Love this camera !!

                By Coop

                from Mishawaka, IN.

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • 11 Fps Is Excellent
                • Fast Auto Focus

                Cons

                • None so far

                Best Uses

                • Sports photos

                Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                Purchased mainly for sports photography. So far I love this camera. The 11 fps makes it easy to catch the action shots. Have shot softball and baseball so far. Can't wait to try it during basketball and volleyball and see how works in lower light situations.....

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                5.0

                A nice upgrade to the D4

                By Shasta Scenes

                from Weed, CA

                Verified Reviewer

                Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                I love the performance of my D4 and to think that there is something even "better" now is amazing — perhaps I will have to grab a D4S and use the D4 for backup now.

                I used to shoot with an F4 back in the day and never thought digital would become "good enough." These cameras proved me wrong.

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                5.0

                Nikon's Best to Date

                By KAB Images

                from Michigan

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • 11fps
                • Low light performance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                    Bit the bullet and got one on the day if became available, no regrets here. The ISO performance is outstanding, simply amazed at the lack of noise at ISO 25,600. I've shot with a fair number of Nikon bodies and the D4S is the best Nikon has made.

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                    5.0

                    Awesome Upgrade From My Nikon D3S

                    By Hawg Wild Terry

                    from Marysville, WA

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Best Nikon Pro Camera Now

                    Cons

                    • none

                    Best Uses

                    • Wildlife Action

                    Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                    Upgraded my Nikon D300 to the Nikon D3S and now upgraded to the Nikon D4S. Loved my D3S but decided to upgrade to the D4S and have no regrets. Best thing I like so far is the better high ISO ability and then there is the Group Area Focusing.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Pro DSLR for bird photography

                    By Mikes Bird Photos

                    from Arcata, CA

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Duarble
                    • Excellent View Finder
                    • Fast Focus
                    • Gen Good Controls
                    • High burst rate
                    • High ISO

                    Cons

                    • Expensive
                    • Used Two Diff Type Cards

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                      Excellent Pro DSLR works as advertised.

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                      5.0

                      My all time fave!!!

                      By Jai

                      from Philadelphia, Pa

                      Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                      I started out with a D40x in 2008 and finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase D4s this year. All I can say is I LOVE MY CAMERA!!!! It feels excellent in my hands, it takes crystal clear images and the ISO performance is awesome!!! That's the main reason why I purchased this excellent piece of equipment...to shoot in low-lit areas with confidence. I'm glad I was able to save up and purchase this camera.

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                      5.0

                      Best Ever by a Long Shot

                      By Terry

                      from Rhode Island

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Image Quality
                      • Speed

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fast action
                        • Low light
                        • Portraits
                        • Sports

                        Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                        I parted reluctantly with my D3s because it was a great camera. I knew that the D4s would be better, but in the few weeks I have had it, it continues to amaze way beyond expectations. I shoot a lot of events like proms and school choral productions. The light is not always good, and sometimes it is non-existent, and flash is not always an option. I tried the ISO setting of 25,600, not really expecting anything beyond acceptable. But the image quality was truly outstanding,without any noticeable noise at all. Moreover, the the autofocus was still crisp and sharp with the very low light. Just fun fun, I tried the max ISO setting of 400,000+, in near darkness, and got some pretty good images. There was some noise, sure, but they were the kinds of images impossible even with the D3s. At that level, in near darkness, the autofocus still worked, though a bit slower.

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                        5.0

                        It's everything they claim it to be

                        By Ron

                        from Southern Missouri

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                              This camera rocks, I shoot both sports and portraits and the D4s is working like a charm for both. Sharp images, stunning low light capability. Just had a 16x20 printed that was shot at a whopping 20,000 iso, and it turned out way above my expectations.. Yes it's a little pricey, but worth the money..

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