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Nikon D4 Specks
Steven Georges, Photographer
Long Beach | CA | USA | Posted: 2:23 PM on 01.05.12
->> Okay, now that the new Nikon D4 is going to be (allegedly) announced in a few hours, I thought I would post the specks listed on rumor sites (mostly nikonrumors.com) before the announcement so we can see how they accurately compare to the real thing. (most likely announced by the time you read this)

Again, this is rumor.

---Posted yesterday---

Available in February
Suggested retail price: $6,000
The ISO range is listed again as 100 to 102,400, expandable to 50 to 204,800. Those were the original D4 specs I published back in December but then I (nikonrumors.com) had to correct them. I guess I was wrong in my correction.
91,000-pixel RGB metering sensor
Face detection/recognition
100% viewfinder coverage (obviously)
Illuminated function buttons
Dedicated video button
Includes H.264 B frame compression
Contrast detect AF in movie recording
Low-pass filter for video recording
Smooth aperture feature for video recording
Nikon D4 will have substantially lighter body (a French Magazine now says it will weigh a little MORE than the D3s)
Nikon D4 is not produced in Thailand


---Posted a few weeks ago---

16.2 MP
11 fps
Correction: 100-12,800 (later changed back to 102,400) native ISO range, expandable to 50 and 204,800
CF + XQD memory card slots! That's right, the Nikon D4 will have the new Compact Flash XQD memory card slot.
Compatible with the new Nikon WT-5 wireless transmitter
Integrated Ethernet in the camera
Face detection/recognition function that will be working in the viewfinder (maybe some type of a hybrid viewfinder? Nikon had several related patents)
Improved video, I have no other details on that but my guess is 1080p/30/25/24 and 720p/60/30/25/24 similar to the Nikon D800
Uncompressed video out through the HDMI port
Ability to assign the two buttons on the front of the camera to smooth aperture control during video recording
Improved 51 AF points
AF detection range will go down to EV-2.0 (the D3s went to EV -1)
Autofocus system: 9 cross-type sensors that are operational up to f/8
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Randy Abrams, Photographer
Bath | NY | US | Posted: 2:36 PM on 01.05.12
->> ISO is changed back to 12800 (native) again according to some leaked French magazine. Who knows what the thing will actually end up with.
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Gregory Greene, Photographer
Durham | NH | USA | Posted: 4:00 PM on 01.05.12
->> As a Canon user I was hoping it would cost a little less but hopefully it puts pressure on Canon to reduce the cost of the overpriced 1DX.
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Cooper Neill, Student/Intern, Photographer
Austin | Tx | USA | Posted: 4:04 PM on 01.05.12
->> Gregory - As a Nikon user I was also hoping it would cost a little less
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Michael Prengler, Photographer
Fairview | TX | USA | Posted: 4:09 PM on 01.05.12
->> As a Nikon user I was also hoping it would cost more in the D3s range so the D3s would come down in price a bit more in the used market...I really need another one and have been holding off, the D3s is a beast!

Thanks for the update..
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Gordon Haywood, Photographer
Perth | West Australia | Australia | Posted: 10:26 PM on 01.05.12
->> both the D4 and 1DX will come down in price once the early adopters have had their fun. Not forgetting the US/Euro are down and out against the Yen so any comparison to the pricing on release of the D3s or 1D Mk iv would need to recognise this. Will be interesting to read a review and see what the Pros that take it up think of it.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 10:44 PM on 01.05.12
->> If you shoot video with a DSLR ... your (audio) prayers will be answered.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 11:36 PM on 01.05.12
->> http://www.nikonusa.com/index.page

And keep hitting refresh!
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Patrick Fallon, Photographer, Assistant
Dallas | Texas | USA | Posted: 11:40 PM on 01.05.12
->> Both Stereo In and Headphone jacks. FINALLY.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 11:41 PM on 01.05.12
->> One of many that will jump the Asia announcement:
http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/05/nikon-d4-dslr-camera/
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 11:41 PM on 01.05.12
->> http://www.dpreview.com/articles/7799914638/nikon-d4-overview/
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 11:42 PM on 01.05.12
->> Yes --- FINALLY!

And --- VERY cool!
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 11:44 PM on 01.05.12
->> "Nikon D4: Nikon Finally Gets Serious About Video"
http://gizmodo.com/5873528/nikon-d4-nikon-finally-gets-serious-about-video
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Michael Prengler, Photographer
Fairview | TX | USA | Posted: 11:46 PM on 01.05.12
->> When are they going to come out with the D4s!!!! LOL!!! :)
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 11:47 PM on 01.05.12
->> Headline of the night:
"Nikon D4 to blow our minds?"

http://www.digital-photography-school.com/nikon-d4-blow-your-mind
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Butch Miller, Photographer
Lock Haven | PA | USA | Posted: 11:48 PM on 01.05.12
->> Rob Galbraith first look ...

http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/multi_page.asp?cid=7-11673-12223
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 12:01 AM on 01.06.12
->> I wonder if my daughter minds if she sits out a semester so I can use her tuition and dorm fees to buy a couple of D4 bodies!

(Just joking honey ...)

(I think...)
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Dave Prelosky, Photographer
Lower Burrell | Pa | US | Posted: 12:21 AM on 01.06.12
->> In with all the hoopla that comes from the announcement of new gear, does anyone talk to the camera makers marketing folks about how many units they expect to sell...
I know that the next time my paper need to replace gear, the front office will be taking a hard look at the roughly $6k price tag and debating buying someone's old Wing-Lynch and digging out the F5's - or more rationally - looking at what the second string offers. I suspect the only time I'll ever get my hands on a D4 will be if a Nikon rep shows up in town with one.
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Mark Peters, Photographer
Highland | IL | USA | Posted: 10:13 AM on 01.06.12
->> Who will be the first to try this with Tiger Woods.....

" While in Live View, the camera can be configured to shoot up to 1920 x 1080 pixel photos without making a sound. Set this way, the D4's mirror stays up and the shutter is not used to control the exposure time, so the picture taking process is truly silent."

From the galbraith write up.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 11:12 AM on 01.06.12
->> Brand new camera and it already has specks? Boy, Nikon's quality control must have really suffered between the tsunami and floods in Thailand. ;)

Seems kinds like a D3s+ to me...I know I'm waiting for the D400.
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Steve Puppe, Photographer
Olathe | KS | USA | Posted: 11:47 AM on 01.06.12
->> Seems kinds like a D3$ to me...
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Gary Jones, Photographer
Rocklin | CA | United States | Posted: 12:42 PM on 01.06.12
->> I was hoping the next flagship body would have integrated WiFi rather than Ethernet. From D3 to D3s being able to shoot cleaner at 3200-6400 ISO range was the primary benefit for me. I'm thinking it might be a better option to replace my D3 with a D800 to get the D3s ISO performance (and video).
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Ben Krause, Photographer
Minneapolis | MN | United States | Posted: 2:10 PM on 01.06.12
->> The D800 is anticipated to be a studio/landscape camera using a 36MP sensor and only 6 fps. It will not have good high ISO performance as a result. The thought is Nikon is basically ending the D3x line (full body high resolution line) and replacing it with a smaller body. I think the D400 will be the cheaper, smaller full frame camera that would replace the D700. However, a D400 isn't expected until late this year or possibly next year.
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Butch Miller, Photographer
Lock Haven | PA | USA | Posted: 4:16 PM on 01.06.12
->> They are talking about it at CES as well ... Looks like it will have the ability to be controlled from a iPhone/iPad baked right in ... not sure if it is via a WiFi adapter or not ... but it looks interesting ...

http://tinyurl.com/7ehrgv8
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Steven Georges, Photographer
Long Beach | CA | USA | Posted: 8:06 PM on 01.06.12
->> Didn't know about the iPhone part, that would be cool, er, I mean useful.
If Nikon can produce a 16MP chip that looks as good in the high ISO range as the 12MP D3s, I'll be very happy.

BTW - I've already placed my order for one out of necessity. I don't have the luxury of waiting 6 months to see how the camera works out. I hope my gamble pays off.
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Kurt Rivers, Photographer
Ormond Beach | FL | USA | Posted: 8:14 PM on 01.06.12
->> ISO6400 looks impressive to me. I hope the 1DX will be comparable.

http://www.nikon.com.au/en_AU/product_details.page?DCRPath=templatedata/en_...
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Gene Blevins, Photographer
Woodland Hills | CA | USA | Posted: 8:29 PM on 01.06.12
->> I'll be covering CES/PMA all next week ... will try to shoot off some test shots from both the Canon 1DX and Nikon D4 on the high ISO settings!
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 10:15 PM on 01.06.12
->> Hmmmmmm ...I shot TEST frames with a prototype at ISO 10000 around a parking lot at night under the sodium vapor lights and the low noise was very impressive. Even more impressive was the dynamic range.

When we see files shot under "game conditions" (eg - real assignment work not under controlled situations for promotion) then we will know what advances have been made over the D3S.

But it is exciting reading about the features that are in the D4.


Sent from my iPhone
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Steven Georges, Photographer
Long Beach | CA | USA | Posted: 11:07 PM on 01.06.12
->> A parking lot at night under sodium vapor lights is a controlled situation?

Must have been some cool cars in that parking lot.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 8:55 AM on 01.07.12
->> Gary/Ben - I am thinking the D400 will not be full-frame, but will be a D300s replacement. The D800 *IS* the D700 replacement. And you can bet there will be a D4x to replace the D3x - once you convince someone to shell out $8,000 for a camera, you don't let them off with a mere $6,000 price tag.
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Matt Cashore, Photographer
South Bend | IN | USA | Posted: 11:53 AM on 01.07.12
->> The item in the Galbraith article that made me go "ooooooohhh": Pocket Wizard-enabled remote video start/stop. YESSSS!!

On the other hand...I would have greatly preferred a CF/SD combo rather than the new and untested XQD card. The fact that the cards are made by Sony makes me that much more concerned that this format will be the BetaMax of memory cards. SD is tried, tested, and near-universal at this point. With Eye-Fi steadfastly refusing to make a CF version of their technology, I had hoped the D4 would allow me to use the Eye-Fi card in a Nikon full frame body. Nope. Rats.
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 12:06 PM on 01.07.12
->> Michael,
If the D4 proves to be MUCH better at higher ISO than the D3s, mine will be going up for sale (with about 20k actuations). Stay tuned to the classifieds.
Cons for me are the new card and battery
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Steven Georges, Photographer
Long Beach | CA | USA | Posted: 4:13 PM on 01.07.12
->> Yea Matt, I was disappointed with the lack of Eye-Fi capability too. (No Type II slot)
On the other hand, this is fault of the Eye-Fi people. They have three different SD cards, they only need one CF.

Come on Eye-Fi, time to make a CF or XQD card!
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Stanley Leary, Photographer
Roswell | GA | USA | Posted: 4:27 PM on 01.07.12
->> I will have 2 Nikon D3 and a D3s up for sale so I can transition to the D4
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Ben Mackey, Photographer
Columbia | MD | USA | Posted: 5:17 PM on 01.07.12
->> Finally getting around to reading Galbraith's article and a couple of things stand out.

@Deb - Nikon's site says it will also take EL-3 batteries in addition to the new EL-18's. Galbraith says the 18 has less capacity (200mAh vs. 2500) than the old EL-4.

I don't see why anyone would buy a WT-5 (unless battery operation is critical). Just link the ethernet to your favorite 802.11 access point or router. As Galbraith out it, "...operating modes for the WT-5 and built-in Ethernet are very similar or maybe even identical." And there's an HTTP server mode that runs on camera, enabling camera control from a web browser.

52+ 14 bit uncompressed NEF buffer at 10 fps.

No timecode on video, but 29:59 min/sec shot length. Now with less jelloing. Full manual focus and exposure control during a video shot.

Sony also released XQD readers - USB 2.0/3.0 and ExpressCard34. (
http://www.sony.net/Products/memorycard/en_us/xqd/index.html). I saw a link earlier today that had prices in the $45-$50 for the readers but can't find it again.

In camera time lapse assembly and HDR merging (if I read it right).
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 6:39 PM on 01.07.12
->> thanks Ben..I missed that as I watched a long video about the camera, and it didn't mention that it can also take the d3/s battery. Good to know.
I "think" (I put that in quotes because I hope to stick to it) this will be the first Nikon I wait to hear reports about firsthand from photographers I know. Main;y, how much better is it at hi iso over the 3s? I don't know if only 1 stop will make me run out and get it
I assume it also has the voice recorder?
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Matthias Hangst, Photographer
Karlsruhe/Germany | BW | Germany | Posted: 6:50 PM on 01.07.12
->> you sholud start to get excited about the af-system...thatīs really impressing. so to all of you: you will enjoy the new toy!
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Doug Holleman, Photographer
Temple | TX | USA | Posted: 7:32 PM on 01.07.12
->> D300 users are getting boned once again. Nikon hates poor people.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 12:18 PM on 01.08.12
->> Matt: the XQD is not a proprietary Sony standard, it is a standard developed by the CompactFlash Association; expect to see cards and readers from all of the major memory manufacturers soon.

Nikon pioneered UDMA in CF cards and UHS-I in SDHC cards, so this is nothing new for them. I wouldn't be too worried.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 12:19 PM on 01.08.12
->> Doug - Look for a D400 in the spring.
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Matthew Jonas, Photo Editor, Photographer
Evergreen | CO | USA | Posted: 3:29 PM on 01.08.12
->> Dan Chung has an in depth video about the video features of the D4. This truly does look to be the multimedia dslr that we have all been waiting for.

http://www.dslrnewsshooter.com/2012/01/07/nikons-james-banfield-demonstrate.../
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 6:48 PM on 01.08.12
->> One feature in Dan's video that I wondered about: Using a PocketWizard to initiate video capture...
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Eric Canha, Photographer
Brockton | MA | United States | Posted: 7:26 PM on 01.08.12
->> Ben being able to put a D4/WT5 into remote location that you can't run a cat6 cable into and then tweaking the settings would be my #1 reason for buying a WT5. If you shoot hockey and put netcams in the goals this will be a huge plus.

I promised my wife we would skip the D4 until next year.... Luckily there is a jewelry store next to the camera store ;)
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Butch Miller, Photographer
Lock Haven | PA | USA | Posted: 7:44 PM on 01.08.12
->> Yes, Eric, that is a good reason for the WT5 ... even if there were an Eye-fi option, I don't think it is capable of working Live View or controlling the camera remotely in a wireless fashion ...
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Ian Halperin, Photographer
Plano(Dallas) | TX | USA | Posted: 9:01 PM on 01.08.12
->> I guess I'm the only one who was not wanting/waiting/needing any video upgrades. Wish they offered a non-video version for less money. I know they do...the D3. Got em.
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