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Friday, January 6, 2012

Nikon D4 Announcement January 5, 2012.

Nikon tried to keep its announcement under wraps, but this one slithered out almost a week or two before the actual announcement. So when the Nikon D4 announcement came out yesterday, it was a kind of a dénouement, in comparison to the D3 announcement back in 2007 where the D3 just kind of blew everyone away. Nikon in 2007 didn't really have a full-frame camera and they had made no indication that they were moving in that direction, so the D3 being full-frame just made everyone sit up and take notice.

However this D4 has the following specifications:

  • 16.2 Megapixel Sensor

  • 51 AF points

  • 11 fps Continuous shooting mode

  • ISO range 100-12,800, expandable up to 50 and 204,800

  • Autofocus system: 9 cross-type sensors (operational up to f/8)

  • AF detection range will go down to EV-2.0 (the D3s went to EV -1)

  • Hybrid Viewfinder

  • Compatible with the new Nikon WT-5 wireless transmitter

  • Integrated Ethernet in the camera

  • Improved video mode, 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

  • CF + XQD memory card slots

  • Check out the official Nikon Specifications on Nikon's D4.

    Personally, I do like the D4, but unfortunately with a price tag of $6300.00 MSRP, it's completely out of my price range. With my interest in wildlife photography, I would prefer the replacement for my D300s (hopefully a D400). At around the 10,000 shot range, you start to need to figure out when you are going to relegate the camera to a backup role. I'm up at about 3,800 shots.

    I'm not interested at this point at a full-frame camera. However, I do find that the landscape portion of my business is going to require an upgrade to a FX camera. But for wildlife, DX is the best solution at this time.

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