Nikon has announced the D4S, a new 16.2 megapixel FX-format flagship camera, the successor to the company’s D4.
The D4S features an expanded ISO range and EXPEED 4 image processing. Advances to AF performance offer improved acquisition and tracking at 11ps, plus finer control over the AF area with the new Group Area AF mode. Nikon’s RAW Size S file format accelerates image transfer onto networks and a 100Gb/1000TX Ethernet port enables ultra-fast connection.
“The Nikon D4S follows the success of the D4 and brings with it a new level of performance designed to meet the needs of the most demanding photographers,” commented Hiro Sebata, professional product manager at Nikon UK. “Nikon engineers have taken on board valuable feedback from professional users in order to implement a wealth of improvements that will make all the difference to professionals.”
The camera’s improved sensor offers the ultimate image quality, Nikon claims, and the expanded ISO range of 100–25600 is extendable up to an industry-leading 409600 (equivalent). The frame-per-second with autofocus tracking has increased from 10fps to 11fps, making the D4S the fastest autofocus D-SLR-camera in the company’s history.
In addition to improved lock-on, expanded ‘store by orientation’, and new options for AF mode restrictions, the D4S features a new Group Area AF mode that constantly monitors five different AF fields, which can be shifted across the 51-point array as composition demands.
D-movies are now possible at 50p/60p, and photographers can set sensitivity and select maximum ISO in M mode, plus select the sensor crop format, control power aperture, and fix shutter speed.