Nikon D4S details confirmed

The Nikon D4S
50fps/60fps video: the new Nikon D4S. Picture: Nikon
Camera maker Nikon has confirmed details of its new flagship, full-frame DSLR camera.

The Nikon D4S takes over from the Nikon D4 as the company’s top-end pro camera. Improvements include a more accurate, 51-point AF system, with a more controllable AF area, an increase in continuous shooting from 10fps to 11fps, and a shutter lag of just 42ms.

The camera has an ISO setting that ranges from 100-25,600 ISO, which can be extended up to 409,000 ISO, supported by a new EXPEED 4 image processor, with improved noise reduction. Connectivity is also improved, with a gigabit Ethernet connection for uploading files. As with the D4, the D4S captures 16.2 megapixels, although the sensor itself is updated from the D4’s.

For video production, the D4S also offers several improvements. Chief among these are higher framerates, of 50fps or 60fps, for smoother rendering of action, or for the capture of slow-motion footage. Previous pro Nikon cameras supported 25fps/30fps.

A further boost for video shooters is the ability to record full HD video both via the camera’s HDMI connection and its internal memory card. The D4, D610 and D800 can record via HDMI but only at full resolution if the memory card is first removed. The dual recording will appeal to film makers who want the backup option of internal recording, as well as an uncompressed recording on an external device.

The D4S also has improved sound recording options, including a new wide and voice recording option, and a wind filter for the internal microphones. The D4S has been updated to give more control over such areas as sensitivity, sensor crop, and shutter speed, in manual mode.

The D4S records to Compact Flash and XQD cards, and is fully weather sealed. It will go on sale in March, with a suggested price in the UK of £5,199.

Nikon has also announced that its D4 and D800 cameras will be used in the studios of the new London Live TV channel, set to launch in March.