Nikon D4

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Nikon D4
TypeDigital single-lens reflex camera
Released5 January 2012
LensInterchangeable, Nikon F-mount
Sensor36.0 mm × 23.9 mm CMOS, Nikon FX format, 7.3µm pixel size
Sensor makerNikon[1]
Maximum resolution16.4 effective megapixels (4928 × 3280 pixels)
Film speedISO equivalency 100 to 12,800 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps, Boost: 50–204,800 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps
Storage mediaOne CompactFlash (Type I) card slot, one XQD card slot
Focus modesAuto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A), Continuous-servo (AF-C), Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only, Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only, Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder, Normal area, Single-servo AF (AF-S), Wide area
Focus areas51-area Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX
Focus bracketingnone
Exposure modesProgrammed Auto [P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A], Manual [M]
Exposure meteringTTL exposure metering using 91,000-pixel RGB sensor
Metering modesCenter-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12mm circle in center of frame; Matrix: 3D color matrix metering III (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering III (other CPU lenses) ;Spot: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
Flashnone built-in
Flash bracketing2-9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
ShutterElectronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed range30 to 1/8000 second and bulb
Continuous shooting10 frame/s (11 frame/s with AE/AF lock on first frame)
ViewfinderOptical-type fixed eye level pentaprism
Image processing
White balanceAuto, Presets (5), Manual, and Color temperature in kelvins
WB bracketing2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV
LCD screen3.2-inch diagonal, (921,000 dots), TFT VGA
BatteryLi-ion EN-EL18
Optional battery packsEH-6B AC Adapter
Weight1,180 g (2.60 lb)
Made in Japan
PredecessorNikon D3S
SuccessorNikon D4S

The Nikon D4 is a 16.2-megapixel professional-grade full frame (35mm) digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) announced by Nikon Corporation on 6 January 2012.[2] It succeeds the Nikon D3S and introduces a number of improvements including a 16.2 megapixel sensor, improved auto-focus and metering sensors and the ability to shoot at an extended ISO speed of 204,800.[3] The camera was released in February 2012 at a recommended retail price of $5999.95.[3] It is the first camera to use the new XQD memory cards. It was replaced by the Nikon D4S as Nikon's flagship camera.

The Nikon D4 is aimed at sports and action photographers and photojournalists. With a continuous shooting rate of 10fps, a 20-second burst would yield 200 full-resolution images with full metering and autofocus for each frame. If exposure and focus are locked, the shooting rate can be increased to 11fps.


  • 16.4 effective megapixel Full-Frame (36 mm × 24 mm) sensor with ISO 100–12800 (ISO 50–204800 Boost)
  • Nikon Expeed 3 image/video processor
  • 91,000 pixel RGB metering sensor with Advanced Scene Recognition System
  • Advanced Multi-CAM3500FX auto-focus sensor (51-point, 15 cross-type)
  • 0.12 s start up time and 0.042 s shutter release delay.
  • Image sensor cleaning
  • Ten frames per second in continuous FX mode (eleven frames per second with auto-exposure and auto-focus disabled)
  • Buffer for 100 RAW or 200 JPEG frames in one burst
  • Built-in HDR and time lapse modes
  • Built-in 10/100 base-T Ethernet port for data transfers and tethered shooting.
  • 1080p Full HD movie mode at 24 fps worldwide and 25 or 30 depending on region, 720p at 25/50 or 30/60 fps, HDMI HD video out with support of uncompressed video output, stereo monitor headphone out, and stereo input (3.5-mm diameter) with manual sound level control.
  • Kevlar/carbon fibre composite shutter with a rating of 400,000 actuations
  • Live View with either phase detect or improved contrast detect Auto Focus
  • Virtual horizon indicates in Live View mode, also available during video capture
  • 'Active D-Lighting' with 6 settings and bracketing (adjusts metering and D-Lighting curve)
  • Dual card slots, one CompactFlash UDMA and one XQD card slot (mirror, overflow, back-up, RAW on 1/JPEG on 2, Stills on 1/Movies on 2, copy)
  • Fully weather sealed with O-rings
  • GPS interface for direct geotagging supported by Nikon GP-1


Nikon D4 magnesium-alloy frame

The D4 achieved the fourth-best result in the DXOmark sensor rating, only beaten by two versions of the Nikon D800 and a medium format, 80-megapixel camera (Phase One IQ180).[4]


  1. ^ Full Frame DSLR Cameras Part I - Nikon vs Sony Archived 2019-05-21 at the Wayback Machine Chipworks
  2. ^ "Digital SLR Camera Nikon D4". Nikon Corporation. January 6, 2012. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Nikon announces D4 DSLR camera: full-frame 16.2 MP sensor, 204,000 extended ISO, XQD support, $6,000 price tag". Engadget. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  4. ^ "DXOmark Sensor ratings". Archived from the original on 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2012-03-24.

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