Nikon D4S - 35mm DSLR (2014-2016)
I bought my Nikon D4S brand new in 2015, and all these years later, it continues to serve my needs exceptionally well.
Most photographers probably wouldn't even look at this camera based on its age or possibly because of the 16MP sensor.
This was Nikon's flagship wildlife and sports camera when it was released, and all these years later, it still performs incredibly well. Most importantly, it meets my needs.
With the advances in software, especially Adobe Camera RAW/Photoshop, and The Topaz Lab suites of tools (i.e., DeNoise, Sharpen, Gigapixel), creating enormous files for making big prints is a non-issue. In other words, I don't need a 50MP or 100MP sensor and all the grief that comes along with that for my photography. I need a rugged and reliable camera with a fast auto-focus system that performs well in low-light conditions and has a rapid enough frame rate per second to help me photograph fast-moving wild horses.
I specialize in following and photographing wild horses in a very rugged landscape. The D4S is built for this environment and is completely weather sealed. It is a tank built for this type of work.
While this camera does record HD video, I never use it for this. I have a professional 4K video recorder designed and built for video specifically.
D4S Firmware Ver.1.33 (2018/02/27)
Distortion Control Data Ver.2.018 2020/01/16
SPECIFICATIONS & CAMERA INFO
The Nikon D4S DSLR Camera features a full-frame, FX-format 16.2MP CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor to produce high-resolution still imagery and full HD 1080p movies with exceptional image detail, quality, and sensitivity. Combining these two technologies affords excellent image quality, marked by smooth tonal gradations and vivid yet accurate color reproduction, as well as an expansive dynamic range. Championing working in a wide variety of lighting conditions, the D4S also features a broad native sensitivity range, from ISO 100-25600, further expandable to an equivalent ISO 409600 to benefit working in difficult lighting conditions. Furthermore, the processing power of the EXPEED 4 also affords a full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 11 fps for up to 200 frames with maintained auto-exposure and autofocus.
Aiding the imaging prowess of this camera is an equally advanced 51-point autofocus system, which can be configured to utilize five AF points as a single focusing point in the Group Area AF setting for heightened initial subject recognition. The 3D Color Matrix Metering III system, along with the 91,000-pixel RGB sensor, also benefits the focusing abilities of the D4S as well as provides accurate exposure metering to suit a vast array of subjects and lighting conditions.
Complementing a fast, time-sensitive workflow, this camera also employs numerous strategies to benefit fast offloading and transferring of files. Support is available for a 1000 Base-T (Gigabit) wired LAN connection, and file recording is possible in a 12-bit RAW SIZE S file size to help expedite post-production. When recording movies or time-lapse imagery, optional external recorders can record uncompressed movie files, with simultaneous recording to memory cards and live view monitoring possible.
The 16.2-megapixel full-frame (FX) CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor work in tandem to deliver high overall image quality with exceptional detail, dynamic range, color accuracy, and low-light sensitivity to a native ISO 25600, which is further expandable to an impressive ISO 409600. Furthermore, the EXPEED 4 processor also contributes to a wealth of speed throughout the camera, including a full-resolution JPEG continuous shooting rate of 11 fps for up to 200 shots with maintained autofocus and auto-exposure metering. When working in the 14-bit RAW shooting mode, up to 104 images can be recorded at 11 fps.
Also benefitting from the enhanced processing power is recording full HD 1080p video at frame rates up to 60 fps. Multi-area modes enable you to narrow your effective field of view during recording, too, in FX, DX, and 2.7x Crop settings to offer more versatility during shooting. ISO Auto Control is available in manual exposure mode and real-time adjustable audio settings with enhanced wind noise reduction and selectable frequency range such as Wide Range and Voice Range.
Recording to an optional external recorder can gain an uncompressed video signal via the HDMI port. When recording externally, using the camera's LCD monitor for live view monitoring is possible. Additionally, simultaneous recording to both memory cards and an external recording device is also possible for instant backing up and duplicating files. 2MP still images can also be recorded simultaneously during video recording.
Supporting the exceptional imaging capabilities of the D4S is a capable autofocus system that employs up to 51 distinct points, with options available to use 9, 21, or all 51 points depending on the situation. 3D Tracking, as part of the intelligent Scene Recognition System, also works to benefit maintained focusing on moving subjects for greater accuracy when shooting at high continuous shooting speeds.
For even faster initial focusing and subject recognition, five AF sensors can be used together as a single focus point with the Group Area AF setting. Furthermore, Single-point AF, Dynamic-area AF (with 9, 21, or 51 points selectable), 3D-tracking (using all 51 points), and Auto-area AF modes are also available.
When working in live view, for either still or movie shooting, a contrast-based AF system is employed to acquire focus precisely and function in continuous, full-time servo mode to better suit working with moving subjects. Four distinct AF-area modes are available when using the contrast-detection focusing method: Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF, and Subject-tracking AF.
The intelligent Scene Recognition System with 3D Color Matrix Metering III utilizes a 91,000-pixel RGB sensor to evaluate and analyze all aspects within a scene, including brightness, contrast, subject distance, and the scene colors, to quickly determine an accurate exposure and white balance setting to best render the scene at hand. The information gathered is also checked against onboard reference images to ensure consistency from image to image regarding exposure, white balance, i-TTL flash settings, and subject-tracking AF performance.
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