Nikon has announced their new pro camera model, the D4. The D4 will be available in late February at around AU$6500.
The Nikon stand at PMA will certainly be a buzz next week and I can’t wait to see it in Sydney. That will likely be around release time since Australia is one of the last places in the world to get anything.
However, you know you’re in for a treat when Nikon decides to upgrade the very top of its camera range, the single-digit DSLR flagship. Taking over from the D3s is the D4, a $6,000 camera that gleefully upgrades just about every spec from its predecessor while also weighing less and lasting longer on a smaller battery.
Handling of the new camera isn’t all that dramatically different from the D3s. A few of the keys have played a game of musical chairs, but you’re still looking at more or less the same layout. Nikon has added a pair of joysticks for manipulating your focus point while shooting or moving around an image when reviewing, plus there’s now a movie mode toggle framing the Live View button. The biggest change in the D4 is in the way Nikon has duplicated right-hand controls for shooting in portrait orientation — that is to say, the buttons available to you in landscape mode are in exactly the same position when you flip the camera into portrait. I only spent a short time with Nikon’s new DSLR, but it’s quite obvious how that would benefit those who switch orientation often.
The camera aso has an EXPEED 3 processor, which is the latest image-processing engine specifically optimized for digital-SLR cameras, making it the next-generation flagship Nikon digital-SLR camera with the ultimate in versatility and functionality that offers superior image quality rich in detail along with excellent high-speed performance.
Additionally, the ISO has been extended from the D3s to go from 100-12,800 in standard mode and ISO 50 to ISO 204800 in LO and HI modes. The re-introduction of ISO 100 will come as a welcome relief to many shooters. I have found the need to use filters sometimes and the ability to now go to ISO 50 is exactly what I’ve been looking forward to.
Image quality is said to be improved over the D3s but we’ll have to wait to do side by side testing here. Incorrectly, many reviewers and amateurs use ISO noise as a measure of image quality. Image quality is much more. The tonal range and ability to capture nuances in colour is important.
From the reports I’ve seen already, this could be the real improvement and will be the real feature to watch.