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.


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 4
ISO Auto, ISO 100-25600 (expands to 50-409600)
White balance presets 12
Custom white balance Yes (4 slots)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW + TIFF
JPEG quality levels Fine, normal, basic
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • 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 LCD with brightness and color adjustment
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
Subject / scene modes No
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (via hotshoe, flash sync port)
Flash modes Auto FP high-speed sync, front-curtain, rear-curtain, redeye reduction, redeye reduction w/slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off
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 ±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (2-9 frames in steps of 1, 2, or 3)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Videography notes Bit rates for 1080/60p: 42Mbps (10 min limit), 24Mbps (20 min limit)
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Storage types CompactFlash, XQD
Storage included None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port Yes
Wireless Optional
Wireless notes via WT-5A or WT-4A
Remote control Yes (wired or wireless)
Environmentally sealed Yes (Water and dust resistant)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion EN-EL18a rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 3020
Weight (inc. batteries) 1350 g (2.98 lb / 47.62 oz)
Dimensions 160 x 157 x 91 mm (6.3 x 6.18 x 3.58)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (9999 shots)
GPS Optional
GPS notes via GP-1A

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.

Read the entire First Impressions Review on


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

    Continue Reading


Nikon D4s Review by DPReview

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Questions & Answers


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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months ago


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
9 months ago


Nope. Continue Reading

Trazan answered
9 months ago


What's the most 'efficient' RAW format settings

Hi to all professionals and enthusiasts, I'm 'Newbie' here so pardon the ignorance. (as in not a professional and mainly take pics of wife/kids) Understand (or rather I'm assuming) the larger file size probably means retaining most detail if I shoot Raw and set the settings accordingly which gives the larger file sizes, but then the file size might be too huge and time to edit and transfer etc might not be ideal from a hobbyist point of view (though I do hope for good quality). Just wondering what setting you guys usually use in respect to: RAW L or RAW S (any significant drop in quality here?) and if RAW L, whether 14-bit or 12-bit used, and lossless ompressed or compressed set. I know this is all about preference but from your experience and considering I don't make photography for a living (though I want good quality standard), which setting is best in terms of not having too huge file sizes but yet good enough for human eye not to detect much drop in IQ. some sort of "efficiency ...

ngtszhodavid asked
7 months ago


Just shoot 14-bit uncompressed. Storage is cheap. Whats the point of decreasing file size? Folks spend thousands on cameras and lenses and then get all Scrooge McDuck about a few bucks on extra storage. Wtf? You can get an external Hdd for <100 bucks with 2tb. I shoot 14-bit raw on card 1 + jpeg fine on card 2. That way I always have the raw-negative in best quality but if I like the jpeg straigh out of cam I don't need to do anything more. I also store every image permanently in raw+jpeg. Just keep things orderly so you can find stuff quick. Continue Reading

TheMeister answered
7 months ago

Time can't possibly be an issue nor can too many cards to manage.  You said you take pictures of the wife and kids.  The size and time to load D4 files can't possibly be an issue for that sort of use.  Seriously. Continue Reading

michaeladawson answered
7 months ago

I agree with you that most images look fine in jpeg straight out of the camera. You basically repeated what I was explaining about shooting raw + jpeg. The OP has a 6.5k body and probably the lenses that go with it. Being concerned about the cost of storage with that kind of equipment is bizare. If you are invested in a D4s you want to get the best results and not just shoot jpeg. The priorities are out of balance here. And the OP might as well invest in a large, good harddrive and backup if he wants to get the most out of this camera. You might find my post unpleasent to read but its impecable advice and the OP will appreciate it in the long run. Continue Reading

TheMeister answered
7 months ago


  • 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

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.

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