Who It’s For:
The Nikon D4 is Nikon’s latest and greatest professional grade DSLR. It’s blazing speed and lightning fast autofocus make it the next addition to newspaper and sports photographers bags everywhere. It’s expensive, but if you need it, and you know who you are, you’ll be chomping at the bit to get one.
What We Like:
Speed: The D4 shoots at a blazing 10 FPS. Not only that, but it’s buffer will let you shoot 200 full resolution images in a single burst. That’s 20 seconds of full speed shooting.
Resolution: The D4’s 16MP sensor delivers 4,928 x 3,280 pixel images which is more than enough for anything short of a full size billboard.
ISO Performance: The D4 has incredible ISO performance with a range from ISO 100 – 12,800 in full, half or third stops and ISO 50 – 204,800 in special modes.
Video: The D4 can effectively see in the dark, its full HD video performance is astounding and the one-touch video button makes the transition between video and still images easy. This is definitely the camera for the photographer who quickly needs to switch from still photographs to video and then back to still photographs.
Buttons: The D4 has back-illuminated buttons that help you to see the camera in the dark. This is a huge benefit for wedding and news photographers that shoot in dark reception halls or outdoors at night.
What We Don’t Like:
Price: The D4’s $6000 price tag is going to be a big hurdle for a lot of people, and we at FStoppers don’t really see a big enough difference between the D4 and the D800 to justify the $3000 dollar price difference. Unless you’re a full time news or sports photographer you’re better off with the D800.
Second Card Slot: The D4’s second card slot is Sony’s new and expensive XQD format, this won’t be an issue for some, but for those shooting on a budget having to invest in brand new cards in addition to a six thousand dollar camera will probably hurt your wallet all the more.
Sound: The built-in mic only records in mono sound.
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