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NikonD4S DSLR Camera (Body Only)
 
4.9

(based on 88 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast (8)
  • Good in low light (6)
  • Fast focus (5)
  • Speed (5)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (5)
  • Price (4)
  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Sports (18)
  • Wildlife (10)
  • Action (8)
  • Low light (8)
  • Portraits (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (67)

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

First FX Nikon

By David

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Nikon D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

Have been a Nikon user for 30 + years and decided that now is the time to go full frame digital. B&H had the D4s at a great price so I took the plunge and ordered it. Two days later it showed up on my doorstep. The 11 fps shutter and the group focus option makes this a fun camera to use. Being old school with Nikon F and Nikon F3 with motor drive, the weight of this camera does not bother me at all. In fact it makes me feel more secure with the heavy duty use this camera will go through. Great camera and great service from B&H has made my transition to FX worth the money.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would definitely purchase the Nikon D4S again.

By Tom

from Newport News, VA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

I like to take action photos like sporting events and fast moving birds and animals. The 11 frames per second is great for this. I can easily take 1000 pictures of birds in flight in one day and get a ton of keepers. (My other Nikon cameras are not able to do this.) The shutter actuation is much louder than my other Nikon cameras (D7000, D610, and P900). Although the camera is expensive and fairly heavy, it is very solidly built and should last for many years. It does not use the same battery and charger that my other Nikon cameras use and the batteries are more expensive. The camera takes great pictures. I really love the way it quickly locks on to moving objects and tracks them. I love the high ISO capabilities and the great low light capabilities. There is a fairly steep learning curve, but a lot of the features have external camera buttons to change features instead of having to hunt through menus. The camera is really a pleasure to use! I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a professional camera.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth every penny. If you really like photography.

By Roadbike

from Siskiyou County, Calif.

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

My first Nikon was an F in 1967. My last Nikon film camera was an F5. My first digital Nikon was a 300S. I put the film cameras on the shelf and bought the Nikon D800. This led to several Nikon digital lens. It was just like 1967,my hobby took off all over again. I was taking my cameras every where I went. I needed that fast, heavy duty, weather proof digital camera. The D4S was on sale at B&H, and past experience with B&H was always great. In four days it was mine. The D4S meets all expectations. Fast, great metering, perfect balance and lots of lens availability. The D4S is a wonderful camera. You don't need to be a pro to enjoy quality equipment. However, quality equipment will improve your hobby.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Get One Now Before They're All Gone

By David

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Nikon D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

I have this and a D800e. Both magnificent instruments, each having its own strengths. If you just want to do daylight landscapes on a tripod, the 800e (or 810) is what you want. If you want to shoot BIF or indoor portraits in weak lighting then you need the D4s. I have tested the D4s to ridiculously high ISOs and the noise just refuses to show up. I've attached a portrait right out of the camera (except for conversion to JPG in PS and resizing) to show the wonderful skin tones (and her freckles!).

Bottom line, as I said above, get one before it's too late.

(7 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great camera, I love it.

By Phil

from Mt. Airy , Md.

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

I use it for everything

(13 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

high iso performance is the best

By Necati Ufuk Başkır

from Turkey

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Nikon D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

I have Nikon D810 and D4S cameras
I have use them for landscape panoramas,
I have used D810 in day D4S in night time
I used D810 a big pano in Athens at noon 890 pictures, result is perfect
but I can not use D810 blue night time because I need exposure 15 second f 11 for every frame,
that's mean if I take a pano that are 150 pictures
I will need 45 minute for this but light will change in whole frame
I am using D4S for (night time) with 3400 ISO or 6400 ISO my exposure 1/2 second f 11
I have finished same pano just less 3 minute and result is perfect (of course I have correct noise reduction on CS6)
yes D4S frame is small then D810 but is not big deal I can use it in night by my hand so fast

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wonderful Camera

By Treefree

from Mississippi

Pros

  • Solid Fit Feel
  • Very Pleasing Images
  • Very Presentable High Iso
  • Very Usable Settings

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nikon D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

      I bought this D4s to replace my well used & aging D2x. Although I am an advanced amatuer, I wanted another "pro body" because of the weather protection that a pro body provides--the D2x literally spent months at a time in wet & dirty envirements, over a 100,000 shutter clicks, and showed minimual wear & tear and no moisture or dirt issues. I hope for the same with this model. I chose the D4s specifically because of the high ISO improvements, video capabilities, high continuous shooting, & frankly, I find that the larger size camera feels better in my hand.

      Before I start I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with the full frame format. I knew I would move to F.F. eventually, but I wasn't sure how it would change my shooting habits. My impression is that I can see much better through the viewfinder & I intend to rely much more on origional composition than I did previously with "crop & post process". I think it will make me an over all better photographer.

      The high ISO is a vast improvement over my old camera. I was astounded to see that the camera will take an decent shutter speed image almost by candle light. Photos at ISO 3600 are fairly presentable. Photos at ISO 25600 are at least photographs & thats the most you can hope for some times. I have set one of the shooting "banks" to shift to high ISO with a minimum acceptable shutter speed of 125 to take advantage of low light situations. The video will also shift to high ISO when required. Again, sometimes "a" picture is better than "no" picture.

      The video is beautiful but I have yet to see it on a large HD tv because Nikon does not include a HDMI to mini HDMI cable with this camera. The video process would probably be good when taken from a tripod & then edited later. My set up seems to "shift hard" when focusing or refocusing, but I hope that my technique will improve with time.

      I have not used either of the high frame shooting modes although I expect them to work as well or much better than my old D2x. I can't imagine that I will need the 11 fps speed, but when choosing the best photo, more is always better.

      The reviews have several complains that I need to address. The camera is heavy, although so is the D2x and so I am used to it. It is certainly not too heavy to keep me from backpacking with it. Weight is something that can feel almost reassuring.

      I have read a review or two about the "buttons falling off". I can't imagine that happening, but the fit & finish of this camera is what you would expect from a $6k body.

      I thought that I might have to replace my old lenses to take advantage of this body & I can tell you that my 13 year old Nikon 28-70 2.8 takes a beautiful image through this body. It may be more to do with the lens, but the colors & saturation from this camera are beautiful--again, a noticable difference from the old D2x. The focusing does seem to hunt a little in low light, but most of the time it is a very fast focus.

      I have also read complains about the shutter noise & my opinion is that is has a "nice sound", not too loud or anoying... almost a "firm" clap.

      Lastly, there were "complaints about the XQD slot. I thought that perhaps I would need to buy an XQD card, but I've found that the Compact Flash slot is more than adaquate for my purposes. Good Old B&H included a 32 gig card with the camera, but it seems to use my old collection of C.F. cards just well. The XQD slot may come in handy in the future, but as for now the setup seems just fine.

      I was also concerned about reports of "banding" on the images.... the ISO 100 photos I took last weekend showed nothing of the sort. I did see some horrible (??? I don't know what) when taking photos at ISO 3600, but I relate that to my inexperience with the camera.

      All in all, I am well pleased with my new D4s and intend to spend the next 10 years preserving memories.

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great camera

      By Kris

      from Grapevine, TX

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Nikon D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

      I use it for portraits and in very low light situations such as on stage. Upping the ISO is no problem and there is not a lot of noise. I moved up from the D-3 and the new features are great. Just wish I could have continued to use my D3 batteries for the D4s - you cannot.

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      • No

      (21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Dream Machine for Action Pics!!

      By TR Photography

      from Chicago

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Dependable
      • Great Battery Life
      • Low Light King
      • Rugged

      Cons

      • Cost

      Best Uses

      • Action
      • Bad Weather Gigs
      • Portraits

      Comments about Nikon D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

      I shoot Ballroom Competition and the dancers are lightning fast. The auto focus system on my D4s can certainly keep up with them. Built like a tank! The battery can last me over 6000 shots before I need to change it.

      High ISO performance is outstanding! I have printed 24x36 images with ISO 4000 and I can't find any grain on my results.

      Check out my pics. Shot with the pro Nikon 70-200 2.8 VRII Zoom.

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      • No

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Its Sexy....

      By The Hollywood Photojournalist

      from Los Angeles CA

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fast FPS
      • Great for low light
      • Well built

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Action
        • Photojournalism

        Comments about Nikon D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

        Great for low light and action. I have had usable shots at 25000 ISO... I know right, that sounds crazy, but its not. If you make money with your gear or you have money yo burn and you want to bright your gear game up to the next level, then pick this bad boy up. You will love it.

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        • No

        (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Beware of FREE WATSON BATTERY

        By Kandace

        from Conroe, TX

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Capturing The Fast Action
        • Lowlight Performance
        • Sony Media Card Fast

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Wildlife Action

        Comments about Nikon D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

        I purchased the Nikon D4s, in May, 2014, mainly for wildlife photography. In lowlight conditions, the camera works miracles. I couldn't be more happy. Recently, we returned from a 8 day safari in Botswana, where others in my photo group, were using the Nikon D4s, and also praised the camera. However, the issue that two of us had was the Watson Battery Pack, which I see now is a "freebie" with the purchase of the camera. Only after a year and half of use, the battery failed, and this happen to another person on our trip. Luckily I had the Nikon EN-EL18a battery, which holds a charge with continuous use for a day or two before I had to charge it again. Unfortunately, I had purchased the Watson battery.

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        • No

        (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Most Amazing Camera You Need To Own!!!

        By flukezilla

        from West Hartford, CT

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Durable
        • Fast
        • Low Light Beast
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Price

        Best Uses

        • Landscapes
        • Macro
        • Portraits
        • Sports
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Nikon D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

        So I finally made the leap and upgraded to the D4s. There is no part of this camera to be disappointed with (except the XQD slot). It is fast, it is durable, it is well sealed and most of all.....this is the most well rounded, shoot everything from A to Z camera on the market. From Sunrise to Sunset, portraits, macro, wildlife, sports, landscapes, bright light or no light, this camera will not disappoint. Well done Nikon.

        (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The D4s Is One Awesome DLSR

        By Karl

        from Washington, DC

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Auto Focus Capability
        • Low Light Capability
        • Tracking system

        Cons

        • Price

        Best Uses

        • Low light
        • Sports

        Comments about Nikon D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

        I have been using the Nikon D7000 as my primary camera and decided to upgrade to the flagship D4s. This is a new world for me and I am thrilled with the results I am getting with this new camera. I primarily use the D4s for sports photography. For me, I find the greatest features to be the low light and auto focus capabilities to make all the difference in the world from my D7000 This also results in more keepers. If you are able to purchase this camera it is all worth it.

        (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Camera

        By esdpain

        from Atlanta, GA

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Fast

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nikon D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

            EXCELLENT!! This is one amazing camera. Very fast. accurate fast focus. low noise at high ISO.

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            • No

            (43 of 44 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Simply Amazing - A World-Class Pro Tool

            By JPHyde

            from Ventura, CA

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • autofocus system
            • Ergonomics
            • Image Quality
            • Metering System
            • Program Options
            • Reliability
            • Speed - 11fps

            Cons

            • Eyecup Options
            • Lacks Bottom Strap Loop

            Best Uses

            • Live Concert Events
            • Medical Photography
            • Photojournalism
            • Portraits
            • Sporting events

            Comments about Nikon D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

            I'm a commercial photographer - which means from day-to-day the scope and focus of my work can change drastically.

            I can shoot product shots one day, be the EPK (behind the scenes) photographer on a movie or TV set the next, and follow that with shots inside the operating room at a hospital. I have a photojournalism background and am one of the few photographers I've ever met with a medical degree and the certification required to shoot in the OR. I need a durable, flexible, programmable, reliable, high-quality camera that won't let me down.

            I started on Nikon film cameras back in the late 1980's. My last pro Nikon digital was a D2x - and in 2008 I switched to Canon. With the Nikon D4s I'm back home with Nikon.

            The latitude of this camera is excellent.

            I love the 11fps.

            The ISO range is helpful - but I tend to not stray into the extended range because most of my clients want the sharpest, clearest images possible.

            I love the ergonomics, weight and size.

            The auto-focus and metering options are great and work well.

            The image quality is superb.

            I'm thrilled to have my aperture dial back (Canon doesn't have that - I love this design feature of Nikons - the little dial right below the shutter release that you can use to adjust aperture in manual mode).

            And so far it has been as reliable and sturdy as my F5.

            The drawbacks are very few; my issues are really more comparisons with the things about Canon that I think they do better.

            I've always lamented the lack of better eyecup upgrades. My 2nd degree is a BA in Film Production and I am trained as a cinematographer.
            I can get cinema eyecups for my Canons. Which are superior in comfort. But not for Nikon.

            I wish Nikon would add the third strap location on the bottom of the camera. I use as hand strap for shooting in the OR and I have to add an additional "plate" with the strap mount to the bottom of my Nikon.

            And it's a little bothersome - but more a psychological thing - that if you leave the battery in the camera - it never shuts off really. The top LCD shows the number of exposures shot and available. You'd think that would time-out to save battery power. But it doesn't. It's good practice to not leave your batteries in if you're not shooting. But I worry about location shoots - like in the OR - where I can't bring extra batteries in - I have to be carefule sometimes with battery conservation.

            Those are really small things.

            In all - without question - this is the best camera I've ever shot with.

            My Canon 1Dx is collecting dust now.

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            • No

            (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            BAD BAMA JAMA

            By Nikongirl970

            from Colorado

            Comments about Nikon D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

            I can not tell you just how much I've been loving this camera, bought mine at @, I'm new to all of the Dlsr world. I start with my little D90 that i still use, great little camera by the way. But i jumped right into this BA camera with no issues I've slamming beautiful images out of the D4s for a year now been published and winning awards with my Night photos. I sometimes shoot at 10,000 ISO for dreamy photos at night and i get No noise, i also use the 24-70 2.8 Nikkor lens. Never used the video on it nor will i ever must likely. Love the jpeg hdr and photo stacking in camera that allows raw to stay raw, it is wonerful camera great for action as well never miss a shot and the sharpness is beautiful

            (8 of 39 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Nice camera

            By Troy

            from Tucson, AZ

            Comments about Nikon D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

            I bought it new from the B&H body shop last December, when I put the battery into the camera first time the camera shows the battery already took more than four hundred photos which is kind of weird. [*] But Nikon D4s is a excellent camera which I strongly recommend!

            (23 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A Great Camera for Action Photography

            By Happy Flyfishers

            from New Smyrna Beach, FL

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Autofocus Speed
            • Good high ISO performance
            • High burst rate
            • Solidly Built

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • sports photography

              Comments about Nikon D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

              I bought this camera to use when I take photos at horse shows ... Reining events, in particular. In these events, the rider is dressed western style (cowboy hat, fancy shirt, etc.) and the horse/rider perform abstracted cow handling maneuvers. It is often said to be the Western version of Dressage.

              In any case, it is an event with lots of action and precision. The regional shows are usually held in arenas with very poor (low) lighting and the organization ... or the owners ... usually frown on the use of flash ... lest we spook one of the horses. My hope for this camera was that it be able to give me good performance at high ISOs and I was counting on it's ability to take photos in rapid sequence to capture "that moment" when the horse switches leads or the best part of a long slide.

              I have been very pleased with the results:

              1. This camera takes very clean photos photos at ISO 25,600 ... or even above. If a little noise does appear, it seems to be easily subdued in photoshop.

              2. At 11 frames per second, I get plenty of photos to sort through :) and rarely miss that shot I am looking for. One needs to keep lots of memory handy, especially i you shoot RAW as I do :)

              3. The autofocus is fast, as it needs to be in this situation. Where this shows up most is when a horse is coming towards me at about 30mph as I wait to capture his stop.

              I use this camera with a Nikon 70-200 f2.8 zoom so I need to be sure not to skip any of my appointments at the gym. This combination weighs about 6 lbs .... which seems heavier as the day draws to an end. It is good to keep fit. And the weight has its advantages; it provides a stabilizing factor.

              This camera does what I had hoped. I am very happy with the results. I recommend it very highly.

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              (11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Top of the pile

              By Torchman310

              from Santa Clarita, Ca.

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Different Metering Option
              • Exact Metering
              • Expanded Burst Speeds
              • Plenty Of Burst Speeds
              • Super Iso Speeds
              • Super I S O Speeds
              • Time Lapse

              Cons

              • Quite heavy
              • very expensive

              Best Uses

              • Actually Everything
              • ALL
              • Landscapes
              • Nature
              • Sports

              Comments about Nikon D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

              The question is: "What can't this camera do" when it comes to photography? I use this camera mainly for Nature, Landscapes, Sunsets and the like. Sometimes animals will stand still for only a second, or that Military plane is too fast, but they can still be photographed.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (6 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              All they say it is.

              By Michael

              from El Dorado, AR

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Great Photos
              • Low Light Capability
              • Sturdy
              • Superb Ergonomics

              Cons

              • Quiet Mode A Bit Clumsy
              • SLIGHT shutter lag

              Best Uses

              • Low Light Nightclubs
              • Music
              • Sports

              Comments about Nikon D4S DSLR Camera (Body Only):

              Great photos in any situation. Shutter lag is slight annoyance. Maybe I have yet to figure out how to override it. I still keep the D3 to deal with such situations.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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