Nikon D4 DSLR Camera, Body Only

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The D4 is built for speed and versatility. It might not offer the highest resolution on the market, but it is designed to deliver its 16MP images at a rate of 11 per second in all winds and weathers.”

Key Features

  • 16MP FX-format (full-frame) sensor
  • 51-point AF system with 3D tracking
  • 91,000-Pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering III
  • ISO 100-12800, expandable to 204,800
  • 3.0 inch LCD with 921,000 dots
  • 1080p/24p uncompressed 8-bit 4.2.2 HD video recording (.MOV/MP4)
  • 11 frames per second max continuous shooting (with exposure and focus fixed from 1st exposure)
  • 100% viewfinder
  • Dual Compact Flash and XQD memory card slots
  • Shutter tested to 400,000 actuations
  • Wireless transmitter compatible (sold separately) plus built-in wired LAN
  • Rugged magnesium alloy body, sealed against moisture, dust and electromagnetic interference
  • Built-in intervalometer for time-lapse shooting
  • AF detection up to f/8

Product Description

The Nikon D4 is a 16MP full-frame professional DSLR capable of shooting at 11 frames per second (or 10fps with continuous AF). In addition to a host of ergonomic improvements compared to its predecessor the D3S, the D4 also boasts expanded video capabilities, to the extent that Nikon is describing it as a 'multi-media DSLR.' The camera gains an ethernet port, a 91,000 pixel metering sensor and an uprated AF sensor that can work in lower light and with smaller aperture lenses. Its sensitivity range can be expanded to a maximum equivalent to ISO 204,800 and adds back-lit top and rear controls to make it easier to operate in low-light situations. The D4 also becomes the first camera to make use of the XQD memory card format.


Body type
Body type Large SLR
Max resolution 4928 x 3280
Other resolutions 4096 x 2720, 4096 x 3280, 3696 x 2456, 3200 x 2128, 3072 x 2456, 3072 x 2040, 2464 x 1640, 2400 x 1592, 2048 x 1360, 2048 x 1640, 1600 x 1064
Image ratio w:h 5:4, 3:2
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 23.9 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Expeed 3
ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (204800 with boost)
White balance presets 12
Custom white balance Yes (4)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
Optics & Focus
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Live View
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 51
Lens mount Nikon F
Focal length multiplier 1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2
Screen dots 921,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT color LCD with brightness control
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync
Continuous drive 11.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2-20 seconds, 1-9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 seconds)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (2-9 frames in steps of 1, 2, or 3)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Storage types CompactFlash, XQD
Storage included None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Type C )
Wireless Optional
Wireless notes via WT-5, WT-5A
Remote control Yes (via ten-pin remote terminal)
Environmentally sealed Yes (Water and dust resistant)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion EN-EL18 rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries) 1340 g (2.95 lb / 47.27 oz)
Dimensions 160 x 157 x 91 mm (6.3 x 6.18 x 3.58)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (Playback speed 24x to 36000x )
GPS Optional
GPS notes GP-1 or GPS device compliant with NMEA0183 version 2.01 or 3.01 (requires optional MC-35 GPS adapter cord and cable with D-sub 9-pin connector)


User Reviews

4.66667 out of 5 stars
  • Ratana2010, Oct 18, 2012 GMT:
    my d4

    good image quality Problems: low resolution

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  • FG Cooper, Apr 19, 2012 GMT:
    owned D1X, D2X, D3X but the D4 is the new flagship

    After a long pre-order wait from Berger Bros, Brad called me out of the blue with the arrival of my D4. As I traded my D3X in, I was eager to get my hands on it. My concern was downgrading pixels from 24.5 to 16mp due to commercial & industrial trade show presentations which require large presentations. With that fear, I also ordered a D800. The first thing I noticed about the D4 was how it appeared lighter in your hands, yet it isn't. There is virtually no clipping in JPGs outdoor whereas ...

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  • Alessandro Amato, Jan 10, 2012 GMT:
    D4 vs D3S

    I had the possibility to compare today my D3S with the new D4, I made several pictures with each camera in low light conditions with the 24-70 lens fixed at 2.8, all the settings were the same, ISO where going from 1600 to 204800. The results were in favor of the D3S, the Nikon responsable told me that this is due to the sowftware which is not the definitive one. Before buying the D4, I will test it again with the latest firmware, I will also test it against the Canon 1DX.

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  • RudivanS, Mar 10, 2013 GMT:
    D4 at work and play

    Nikon did well with this proprietary sensor - Color and tonal transition a definite step up. Should we have to pay the high price for 100% dependability? No. Is it 100% dependable? Yes! 16MB is fine for my work - Corporate event, portrait, travel and product/still life photography. Beautiful refined body and ergonomics. Problems: The separate XQD card and reader is a hinderance.

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  • Nikon D4 Camera Body
  • AN-DC7 strap
  • EN-EL18 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • MH-26 Battery Charger
  • UC-E15 USB Cable
  • USB Cable Clip
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • BS-2 Accessory Shoe Cover
  • UF-2 Connector cover for stereo mini plug cable
  • UF-1 Connector cover for USB cable
  • Nikon View NX2 CD ROM
  • Transmitter Utility CD

Warranty Information

"No registration or "warranty" card is included or needed with a Nikon D-SLR or Coolpix camera. Keep your original, dated proof of purchase from the Authorized Nikon Inc. dealer in case warranty service is ever needed. These products do include either a mail-in form or a paper with a web link to our registration page:
It's advised to register your product with Nikon so that we can send you information about future updates or service issues that may arise.

Nikkor lenses come with a standard one year warranty and Nikon Inc. lenses sold by authorized Nikon Inc. dealers will have a Nikon Inc. Five Year Extension. To register for the five year extension, one copy of the included form must be mailed in as indicated. Keep the Customer copy of the form as well as the original proof of purchase (sales receipt)."

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