Nikon D4S DSLR Camera, Body Only

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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 100-25600, expandable from ISO 50-409,600
  • 3.2 inch LCD with 921,000 dots
  • 1080p, 60/30/24fps HD video recording (H.264/MP4/MOV)
  • 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
  • Wireless transmitter compatible (sold separately-WT-5A or WT-4A) plus built-in wired LAN (1000 Bast- T)
  • Rugged magnesium alloy body, sealed against moisture, dust and electromagnetic interference
  • Shutter tested to 400,000 cycles
  • Built-in intervalometer for time-lapse shooting up 9999 shots
  • AF detection up to f/8

Product Description

While the D4s may look very similar to the D4, Nikon has included a long list of improvements over its flagship predecessor. The EXPEED4 image processing engine allows the D4s to shoot more stills and video per battery charge, support 1080 video at 60p, and improves video quality at higher ISOs. The camera features a processing time that is 30% faster, in addition to a 200-shot buffer (JPEG) at full resolution at the maximum continuous mode. Wedding photographers will appreciate the addition of 12-bit uncompressed small RAW files, which are half the size (2464 x1640) of a standard RAW file.

The D4s now lets the user record simultaneously to an external recorder and memory card, and continues to facilitate simultaneous viewing of live view output and recording of uncompressed video via HDMI.

The Nikon D4s aligns 15 cross-type sensors in the center to detect contrast data in both vertical and horizontal planes. In addition to detecting each AF-NIKKOR lens with an aperture of f/5.6 or lower, the camera also utilizes nine cross-type sensors that are fully functional when using compatible NIKKOR lenses and a teleconverter with a combined aperture value up to f/8, a great advantage to those photographing sports and wildlife from extreme distances.

Designed for the most demanding photographers and multimedia professionals in the world, the Nikon D4s improves upon the revered D4 to give users enhanced image and video quality, improved autofocus (AF), faster performance during and after capture in addition to an astonishing ISO range.

First Impressions

The biggest changes on the D4s are its processor (now covered by the Expeed 4 standard), wider ISO range (topping out at 409,600), group area AF feature, and slightly faster burst speeds. Nikon has also reduced viewfinder blackout time, made transitions more 'smooth' when shooting time-lapse, and added 1080/60p video recording. Movie aficionados will also enjoy the ability to use Auto ISO when using manual exposure, audio range and level adjustment, and the ability to output uncompressed video over HDMI while simultaneously recording to a memory card.

In addition to those features, there are numerous small changes that have been made, with the Expeed 4 processor having a lot to do with it. Probably the biggest benefit of Expeed 4 is a wider ISO range, which now tops out at a whopping 409,600 (this is the Hi4 setting). The processing system has also increased the top burst rate to 11 fps (with AF). And speaking of increased speed, the D4s' mirror has a shorter travel distance, which reduces viewfinder blackout times.

There have been subtle changes to the camera's exposure system, starting with the ability to use face detection to determine metering while using the OVF. Exposure changes when using live view, interval shooting, or time-lapse movie are now less abrupt. Speaking of interval shooting, you can now take up to 9999 shots per sequence. The Active D-Lighting feature now has an 'Extra High 2' setting, though Nikon says that will look pretty 'artsy' at that point.

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User Reviews

  • tavia24, Apr 12, 2014 GMT:
    Nikon D4s

    I think this is the best action capturing camera out there. Check it out at squidoo .com/Nikon-d4s-review-and-comparison

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Questions & Answers


D800 video mode -- auto ISO in manual?

I just read that the new D4S will allow auto ISO while recording video in manual mode. Does the D800 allow this? I admit I own one but have not had much time to investigate -- I felt someone might have a fast answer.

corlissnc asked
1 month ago


Nope. Continue Reading

Trazan answered
1 month ago


A Full Review of the D4s Please !!

Please tell us you guys-n-gals are gonna do a full in-depth review of it? It would be so nice! DPR is a great site. You boys should let bygones be bygones and suck it up and do a great review on this Nikon flagship.  It'll help sell Nikons via the Amazon links you can put on the FULL review. It'll be good for business and it'll make this site appear more professional too... eh?

riknash asked
1 month ago


The forums here indicate that many are more focused on technical specifications and test chart results than actual use of a camera. The D4s and 1Dx don't offer all the tech specs that consumer models do. They tend to focus on speed, ergonomics, durability, and workflow over what the readers of this site (if the forums are representative) tend to look for. The D4s if compared to the D800 will be larger, heavier, lower resolution, with less dynamic range. The speed, ergonomics, and workflow advantages don't fit the types of reviews this site (and DXO for that matter) perform. The types of subjective reviews performed by users tend to get panned here in the forums by people who seem emotionally attached to their chosen gear. Those are the reviews I tend to value as they highlight the high and low points of the gear and leave me to read the spec sheets on my own. Continue Reading

LD_50 answered
1 month ago

There are quite a few of us lurking around who appreciate the subjective views you offer. We tend to be less vocal and the threads probably won't reach 75+ posts but I still think opinions from users is what keeps a lot of us coming back here. I don't even read the site's reviews anymore unless I need a detailed look at the buttons or specs. Continue Reading

LD_50 answered
1 month ago

The D4s is aimed at a very, very small part of the audience of this site. And while articles on exclusive gear often get a lot more attention then the size of its audience indicates - look at car magazines and the amount of tests of high ens sports cars and similar ... I guess Dpreview has to prioritize. Add to that some of the main points of a D4s is not really covered by a standard Dpreview test. A test of a D4s without extensively testing the AF system would be a bit incomplete. So while a D4s full test would be nice, I think there are fairly good reasons we have not seen tests of any of the latest big body pro cameras. It is the same with the Canon ones. Continue Reading

Grevture answered
1 month ago


Dummy Question on D4S

sorry, i know this is a very dumb question....but I'm panicking to find out the answer. I just bought a D4S, and when I try shoot, i noticed that the focus area illuminator thing is on, but doesn't move or track the object.  It is not set to lock as i can still move the focus left and right...but just that it doesn't seem to 'autofocus' the actual object. which setting do i need to change to fix this?

ngtszhodavid asked
11 hours ago


sorry figured it out... can't delete this thread somehow Continue Reading

ngtszhodavid answered
11 hours ago

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  • D4S FX-Format Digital SLR Camera Body
  • EN-EL18a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • MH-26a Battery Charger
  • USB Cable Clip
  • HDMI Cable Clip
  • UF-2 Connector Cover for stereo mini plug cable
  • UC-E15 USB Cable
  • AN-DC11 Strap
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • BS-2 Accessory Shoe Cover
  • BL-6 Battery Chamber Cover
  • DK-17 Eyepiece
  • ViewNX 2 CD-ROM

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