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D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only)
 
4.9

(based on 67 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast (6)
  • Fast focus (5)
  • Speed (5)
  • Good in low light (3)
  • Low light (3)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (4)

Best Uses

  • Sports (14)
  • Wildlife (9)
  • Action (6)
  • Low light (6)
  • Weddings (6)
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5.0

Great piece of equipment!

By Sport Shots 101

from St. Clairsville, OH

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Quality images

Cons

  • Price

Best Uses

  • Low light settings
  • sports photography

Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

Most of my photography is sports photography. That involves being outdoors in the sun, rain, snow and night. Although I have only had the D4s for a short time, it has met or exceeded my expectations in all of the above. I am really impressed with the low noise at higher ISO settings. Quite a step from my D90. The only thing that made me pause before purchasing this body was the price, as photography is only a hobby. But, my frustration of missing the good shots won out.

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5.0

The Best DSLR on the market

By Eddie C

from Philadelphia Area

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Amazing output
  • Continuous High Shutter
  • Ergonomic
  • Fast focusing
  • Low Light Ability

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commerical Work
    • Editorial
    • In Low Light
    • Photojournalism
    • Weddings

    Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

    I recently converted from Canon and couldn't be any happier. Many cameras are amazing given the perfect light conditions.. how many are amazing in low light conditions? One, The Nikon D4S. I often find myself in low light conditions and have to use whatever natural available light is present to me and this camera is simply the best at interpreting it and rendering it.. It's almost not to be believed. More Pros: upgraded focusing ability in low light, lighterweight, ergonomic fit to the hand, color conrtrast in low light.. on and on. The D4S is worth every red scent you will work to purchase it. I love it and I've been shooting professionally for 22 years. I will be buying another one.

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    5.0

    Truly the top dog

    By Siverson

    from SoCal

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • 3 Info Displays
    • Fast FPS
    • Group Focus Feature
    • Low light

    Cons

    • Flawless

    Best Uses

    • Action
    • Landscapes
    • Low light
    • Portraits

    Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

    This is hands down, the finest camera I have ever used. It feels solid and the low light capabilities are unbelievable! I have taken photos of night scenes that should not have come out let alone be usable! the shutter speed is mind blowing and the group focus feature makes it almost impossible to miss your shot! I haven't tried to stop a bullet yet, but it's on my list of things to try.

    16MB seems to be the perfect size. I can blow up to poster size with no degradation in quality. If I want to do a wall photo, I will use the D800 I gave my son after I realized I would rarely ever want to pick it up again.

    Pricey? YES! But if you are looking for a perfect action camera that takes razor sharp photos with unbelievable low light capabilities AND 11+ FPS, this is your camera! Did I mention the video? It is cinema quality!

    I am SO GLAD I have never skimped on buying quality lenses!! It has certainly paid off with this camera. Stick a 50mm f:1.4 on this and go have some fun in the dark.

    Yeah, I know it's not for everyone, but I contend that it's more than just a Pro only camera. If you have the means, you will not be sorry with your choice.

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    5.0

    Incredible! What else can I say

    By Bronco Ray

    from Sonora, TX

    Verified Buyer

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          Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

          I use my D4s to take photos of small town high school football. These stadiums usually have very poor lighting. I also have a D4, but, for this application, the D4S is much better. The D4s focuses faster and sharper. The photos at very high ISO have not noticeable noise - even at 25,400. The noise is slightly apparent at 400% zoom.

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          Best option for sports photograhy

          By Dan

          from West Newton, MA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • durability
          • Functionality
          • Image Quality
          • Speed

          Cons

          • Cost
          • No Quick Memory Settings
          • No User Setting Memory
          • Weight

          Best Uses

          • Sports

          Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

          By now you have read all the glowing reviews and know all the great things about this camera. Built like a tank, amazing sensor, incredible speed. For serious sports shooters, Nikon doesn't have a full-frame camera that can match the D4s. The D810 is a fantastic landscape camera, but unless you are willing to to use crop-mode, the files sizes are monstrous and not quickly edited. The frames per second are pretty low as well. The D750 looks great in low-light and has a similar autofocus system with a better FPS than the D810, but suffers from a handicapped buffer and the build quality is closer to consumer than professional. For action photography, nothing rivals this camera.

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          5.0

          Save Your Pennies And Buy One

          By Phil

          from Winston-Salem, NC

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • autofocus performance
          • Battery Life
          • Build Quality
          • Frame rate
          • High ISO performance

          Cons

          • Size and weight
          • Xqd Memory Card

          Best Uses

          • Action
          • Sports

          Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

          I am a diehard D700 user who waited patiently for the true successor to that great body. I found the D750 disappointing in a few key ways and decided to spring for the flagship. This is an amazing camera body. It is built like a tank and you could drive nails with it. The buffer is huge and you can blast 11 fps to your heart's content. The low light performance is stunning. I found ISO 6400 to be about the top usable sensitivity for the D700 and the D4s takes that up to 25,00. Images shot at 12,000 need little or no noise reduction and those at 25,000 can be edited quite nicely. And autofocus is lightning fast, locks on, and will not let go until you tell it to. I shoot high school sports and came home recently with around 1000 frames from a XC meet. In almost every frame the focus was dead-on. The only complaint I have is the size and weight. I am used to carrying a D700 with battery grip and this body is only slightly heavier, but the body is thicker and a little harder to get your hands around. Small price to pay for such an amazing tool. Well worth the steep price tag in my opinion.

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          5.0

          Fantastic

          By World Traveller

          from Canada

          Verified Reviewer

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                Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                Super fast and accurate autofocus. Love the full, uncompressed HDMI out.

                Really too many positives to list.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Hot camera

                By SDBob

                from San Diego, CA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • This Thing Is A Rocket

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                    Higher ISO, buffer rate, etc. This body is one giant leap up from my D2x's. It's certainly not cheap, but if photography is your thing, this is a must have.

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                    5.0

                    Very good

                    By Sharks

                    from Waterloo, Ontario

                    Verified Buyer

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                          Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                          I just took some pictures inside when I received it. It works good.

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                          4.0

                          Perfect

                          By Sharks

                          from Waterloo, Ontario

                          Verified Buyer

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                                Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                                Just used it to take some pictures, looks good. I will go outside someday to use it.

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                                5.0

                                Awesome

                                By American Image

                                from New jersey

                                Verified Buyer

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                                      Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                                      Sport, concert, landscapes etc.
                                      really like the 11 fps. Camera is light and easy to hold.
                                      buttons and set are easy to work with.

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                                      5.0

                                      Best SLR yet!

                                      By Wm

                                      from London, UK

                                      Verified Buyer

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                                            Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                                            If you miss the moment with this camera, it's not the camera!

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                                            • No

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                                            5.0

                                            What's not to LOVE!

                                            By Y's Photos

                                            from Northern Virginia

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Awesome in low light
                                            • Fast Focus
                                            • Well built

                                            Cons

                                            • Expensive

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                                              It does all the things it boosts about and more! I shoot sports and wildlife and this camera not only keeps up, but is one step ahead of me. I must say it's fun to be at a football game shooting at 16000 ISO, and when the guy next to you asks and looks, then just shakes his head with a WOW expression, you know your money was well spent - OK, the real justification is when you process the images and can still blow them up. I feel like I sold my soul to afford this camera (sold 3 camera bodies and 2 lenses) but I don't regret it for a second.

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                                              5.0

                                              Awesome Do Everything Well Camera

                                              By Papa John

                                              from Fargo, ND

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                                                    Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                                                    Prior to the purchase of this outstanding "Do Everything Well" camera I used the Nikon D7000 with great results. In contrast to the D7000, the D4s has greater resolution, better color, contrast and dynamic range. What I appreciate the most is the ability to increase ISO with little noise. I also greatly appreciate the speed (autofocus & 11 fps) since I shoot highly active insects, sports and grandchildren every week. Now I seldom miss a shot and rarely are they out of focus.

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                                                    5.0

                                                    FLAGSHIP

                                                    By Jensen B.

                                                    from Amelia Island, FL

                                                    Verified Buyer

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                                                          Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                                                          This camera far exceeds what I expected it to do. I simply love shooting anything and everything with this camera. There are so many features at my fingertips it is ridiculous in a really good way!!! By far the best camera I have had the pleasure of shooting!

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                                                          5.0

                                                          Fast and Rugged

                                                          By Uncle Earl

                                                          from Saratoga, CA

                                                          Verified Buyer

                                                          Pros

                                                          • Built like a tank
                                                          • Excellent Image Quality
                                                          • very fast af
                                                          • Works With Afs Lenses

                                                          Cons

                                                            Best Uses

                                                            • Events
                                                            • Sports
                                                            • Wildlife

                                                            Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                                                            For me, 16MP is a sweet spot and especially for "full frame" DSLR because of the nearly 8 micron pixel pitch. I was expecting noise free images at base iso and near noise free up to iso 6400. Check! I was expecting blazing bursts....check. I was expecting decent iso 204K images.... check. So how good is that high iso performance? As you would expect from the DXO Optics sensor ratings, it compares with the D800 or D800E up to iso 25600. Not better or worse, about the same. But there's no question this body will take a beating and the autofocus speeds are spectacular.

                                                            If you need equipment that will go for 1000 shots a day with lots of high speed burst shooting, this is your camera. If you expect to keep below iso 25600 and take 1000 shots a week, the D800 (or D810) gives you about the same iso performance with that incredible resolution and is a bit easier on the pocketbook.

                                                            Of course, if you buy this camera, you know you're going to have a load to carry. I like the ergonomics as it is very close in form to my D2X. A bit bigger and heavier, but feels about the same.

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                                                            5.0

                                                            Amazing Camera

                                                            By Zach

                                                            from Philadelphia, PA

                                                            Verified Buyer

                                                            Pros

                                                            • BATTERY
                                                            • Focusing system
                                                            • ISO
                                                            • Speed

                                                            Cons

                                                            • none

                                                            Best Uses

                                                            • Barbat Mitzvahs
                                                            • Events
                                                            • Portraits
                                                            • Sweet 16s
                                                            • Weddings

                                                            Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                                                            This camera is amazing. Before this camera I had the Nikon D3s which I loved it did everything I needed to do from high iso to fast focusing. I did have some problems with focusing though. I went to B&H and tried the D4s I was skeptical because of the high price but now that I bought I can say that it was worth every last penny I spent on it. The focusing system is extremely fast in low light. I shot over 800 images and not one was out of focus. The ISO is amazing 16,000 iso hardly any grain. This camera offers endless possibilities.

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                                                            5.0

                                                            Fantastic camera

                                                            By Pete C

                                                            from Cincinnati Ohio

                                                            Verified Buyer

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                                                                  Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                                                                  I use a camera for sports, weddings wildlife, bands, models The speed of the camera is unbelievable ,quick focusing, and great in lowlight I can shoot at 12,800 and it looks like 1600 on my D700.

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                                                                  4.0

                                                                  Like it so far.

                                                                  By Silvery

                                                                  from Wisconsin

                                                                  Verified Buyer

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                                                                        Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                                                                        I wore the shutter out on my D300 and so finally upgraded. Wow! The viewfinder alone is worth it; I can see so much more clearly through it. It's a pound heavier, but is so solid I don't mind. I will have more time this winter to explore its many advanced functions.

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                                                                        5.0

                                                                        FAST and Who Needs Light?

                                                                        By jcdovala

                                                                        from Thousand Oaks, CA

                                                                        Verified Buyer

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                                                                              Comments about D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                                                                              This camera is without a doubt a speed demon. Not just FPS but also acquiring focus (new group AF rocks), resetting controls, power on, etc. Built solid with no slop and feels like the grip was custom made for my hand.

                                                                              Yes, it's BIG and yes, it's EXPENSIVE. It is an amazing tool (good tools cost) and if low light (AND I mean LOW LIGHT - 12800iso usable right out of the camera!)and incredible speed of use is important to you, this is definitely the camera to have - period.

                                                                              My D3s was a workhorse but can't even come close to the performance of this body. Hopefully, the D4s will prove as sturdy and reliable as the D3s after I put on similar mileage.

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