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The evolution of a masterpiece.

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The course of modern imaging has been forged by the talent and ingenuity of working professionals, but also by the introduction of a few cameras so innovative and forward-thinking, they redefined what's possible. The Nikon D4 has been such a camera. And now D4S proves that a great thing really can get better, with remarkable enhancements throughout the entire workflow, dazzling new levels of speed, performance, ISO sensitivity and, of course, the superior image quality of a Nikon camera.
Nikon D4S photos of a gymnast in air with a hoop and multiple consecutive shots showing continuous shooting speed

Speed and performance

Enhancements through the entire workflow

How do you make a revolutionary camera better? Improve its speed, precision and efficiency without sacrificing the features that make it exceptional. D4S builds on the success of D4 with 30% faster image processing and substantial energy savings—capture up to 3,020* stills on a single charge—an extended standard ISO range (100-25,600) with enhanced noise reduction, and improved tonal range and smoother gradations. Shoot 11 fps for approx. 200 shots at full resolution with AE and AF functionality. For faster initial subject capture, use five AF sensors as a single focus point with the new Group Area AF setting. Transfer files faster than the D4 with new 1000 Base-T (Gigabit) wired LAN, and increase that speed further by shooting a new smaller RAW SIZE S format. Perform at your peak—D4S will keep up.

*Based on CIPA Guidelines
Nikon D4S photo of a competitive swimmer in a pool, partially submerged and the image sensor inset

Nikon image quality

Stunning views of decisive moments

Like its predecessor, the D4, the D4S delivers a level of image quality that elevates the power of any story. An improved 16.2MP FX-format CMOS image sensor is paired with Nikon's spectacular new image-processing engine, EXPEED 4, for truly phenomenal speed and performance in the field. The combination achieves outstanding ISO sensitivity, faithful, vibrant color, natural depth, subtle nuanced tones from pitch black to snow white and smoother gradations in both stills and videos. Nikon's proven 51-point AF system and 3D Color Matrix metering III with a 91,000-pixel RGB sensor provide fast, accurate autofocus and metering. Enhanced Picture Control tone curves deliver more depth and clearer color rendition in "Standard" mode. For viewfinder shooting, a new custom setting lets you toggle Face Detection on and off as the situation requires for improved exposure bias around your subjects. You can even measure White Balance against any point in the frame.
Nikon D4S photo of a gymnast with a hoop in air, shot at ISO 3200 showing noise free high ISO range

Nikon flagship ISO performance

Noise-free shooting from ISO 100 to 25,600

Photographers go where their assignments take them, and this often means working in the high-contrast glare of the midday sun, the low-light at dawn or the poorly illuminated interiors of a sporting venue. Nikon flagship D-SLRs have long been recognized by professionals for their clean performance at high ISO settings, and D4S takes that performance to the next level. With a specially designed 16.2MP FX-format CMOS image sensor engineered to collect more light and render higher image quality plus the power of EXPEED 4, you can shoot sharp photos from ISO 100 all the way up to 25,600. The ISO range can be extended to a mind-boggling ISO 409,600 equivalent at Hi 4 for overcoming the most challenging lighting conditions. Enjoy great flexibility in your approach to fulfilling challenging assignments.
Trio of Nikon D4S cameras, one with a NIKKOR lens and Speedlight attached, another with the WT-5A Wireless Adapter attached and the third with an Ethernet cable attached

The choice for pros on the go

A camera that works as hard as you do

D4S is designed to keep you shooting wherever the story brings you, even after others have packed their bags for the day. Its increased ISO range means you'll be able to capture brilliant photos and videos in whatever light is available. Enjoy improved ergonomics and operability as well as flagship levels of durability and reliability—key for those who spend all day with a camera around their neck. Select from five image area modes while shooting stills in Live View: FX, DX, 1.5x, 5:4 and 1.2x. A new RAW SIZE S setting allows for shooting 12-bit uncompressed Nikon NEF files that are smaller and more easily manageable—speeding up the entire workflow. When you're racing a deadline at a major event, D4S can transfer images up to 10x faster than previously possible with its 1000 Base-T Ethernet. D4S is the camera for today's working pro.

A multimedia powerhouse

Professional video and audio capabilities

Today's stories are being told through stills, video, audio and exciting combinations of each. D4S is a multimedia powerhouse, allowing you to capture stunning and smooth 1080/60p video. Shoot scenes with tremendous depth and sharpness as well as with shallow depth of field or bokeh—and even capture 2MP stills simultaneously while recording video. For video, 2.7x Crop Mode extends the reach of lenses and produces outstanding video quality and detail. D4S adds real-time audio adjustments during recording, selectable sound ranges like Wide Range and Voice Range and improved wind noise reduction on the internal mic. Adjust color settings on the camera's LCD to better match an external monitor. Capture smoother Time Lapse sequences with reduced flicker and improved interval control (up to 9,999 shots), and even simultaneously record to internal CF or the latest high speed XQD cards and an external recording device. Create stories that move us.

Photo of the top half of the D4S with a NIKKOR lens attached

Improved control and comfort

Nikon engineers worked closely with professionals to achieve optimal ergonomics with the D4, and D4S improves upon that design. The grip has been reshaped, making the camera easier to hold for a wider range of hand sizes and more comfortable during prolonged use. An anti-slip pattern has been added to the joy stick controls for superb fitting, and a larger card slot cover provides additional grip when shooting vertically or horizontally. Several custom settings have been added or improved, making D4S more intuitive to use, and like D4, most of the buttons on the rear are illuminated for easier adjustments in low-light situations.
Photo of the front and back of the stripped down chassis of the D4S inset with graphics showing weather seals

Ready for your toughest assignments

D4S is designed to go wherever your assignments takes you—even severe conditions. Its lightweight yet durable magnesium alloy body features careful weather sealing and has been optimized for resistance against dust, moisture and electromagnetic interference. Its shutter has been tested to 400,000 cycles, and an improved mirror balancer provides better visibility in the viewfinder during high-speed continuous shooting and reduced mirror vibration. Like the D4, its large optical viewfinder offers 100% frame coverage and approx. 0.7x magnification for bright, clear views of your frame.
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Nikon's supercharged EXPEED 4

Optimized for high-resolution HD-SLRs, the EXPEED 4 image processing engine achieves a remarkable new level of speed, image quality and low-light capabilities in both stills and video recording. It's also exceptionally energy efficient, prolonging the camera's ability to endure extended assignments. It delivers faithful, well-saturated color, natural depth and subtle, nuanced tones from pitch black all the way to snow white. In dim lighting at high ISO settings, the camera's intelligent noise reduction lowers noise without degrading image sharpness. High-speed 16-bit image processing delivers smooth gradation with abundant tone and detail that can be applied to image integrity for a diverse range of uses. EXPEED 4 has been optimized for video as well, suppressing moiré, reducing false colors and minimizing "jaggies". Noise reduction technology specifically designed for video preserves clarity and sharp edges—even in low light.
Photo of the Nikon D4S with a grouping of NIKKOR lenses, and lens and Speedlight attached with accessories and cable showing complete system

The centerpiece of an exceptional system

The strength of a camera is influenced by the quality of its peripheral components—lenses, flashes, accessories and software—and Nikon's imaging system is second to none. For over 80 years, legendary NIKKOR lenses have set the bar for quality in optics. Nikon's innovative i-TTL (intelligent Through The Lens) technology has revolutionized the accuracy of its Creative Lighting System, and D4S optimizes pre-flash data even further for improved performance. Nikon Software provides photographers with excellent tools for tethering, managing images, editing and post production work, and more; and a growing collection of accessories like the ME-1 External Stereo Microphone, WR-1 Wireless Remote Control, WR-R10 and WR-T10 controller and transmitter, the WT-5A Wireless Transmitter and so much more extend the capabilities of D4S in thrilling new ways.
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Simply a splendid camera! Sorry guys. I am not a sports photographer or a paparazzi. I am just a serious photography enthusiast that finally pulled the trigger. Sure, it's awesome in spray and pray situations and fast focusing, but where this camera really shines is in the dark. This thing is a low light MONSTER! It takes photos that are simply stunning at night. IT has opened up a whole new facet to my photography that my D-800 could not have even dreamt of doing. Pushing "pay now" was a painful act, but now that it's all paid for and I have been using it for a few months, I just can't say enough good about this camera. November 7, 2014
An amazing camera I moved from Nikon D3x to this D4s what a difference day and night. I would like to see move features in the upcoming flagship Nikon camera such as WIFI and GPS built-in. This camera performs better than any camera I've used in my life specially in low light situation. November 7, 2014
Super DSLP - great for night and astrophotograghy I have been using Nikon Pro gear for years. I love my D700, D3 and D4 but the D4S is a level above. I am an Aurora Chaser at heart and never miss a chance to shoot at night,. The high ISO of the D4S make stopping the action of highly active Aurora a breeze. I consistently shoot at 10,000 and higher ISO with shutter speeds less than 1 second. The D4S works flawlessly at -55 degrees below zero and winds to 50 miles an hour. The battery gives me an all night shoot with power to space in these extreme conditions. The D4S is a tank and never misses a lick in the extreme Arctic environment. October 26, 2014
Does what it supose to PERIOd I have shot D1X through D3S series. I didn't shoot the D4 but waited for the refind D4S. I love this camera. This is a very polished Flagship and leads the pack. I own a D800. Wonderful images, but the D4S at less pixels had sharper images out of the camera. Hard to believe. The fast shooting speed for my wildlife and airshow work is a step above my D3S. The autofocus tracking was light years ahead of anything I have shot in the past. My advise is, Just get one. July 19, 2014
Extraordinary As an owner of a D800 I'm already well versed on the extraordinary picture quality possible with the latest Nikon DSLRs. However the D4s takes this trait to a new level. Everything on the D4s is about getting the picture you want right now. From the ultrafast shutter speed to the seemingly unerring and instantaneous focus. Unlike the D800 the white balance seems to be always spot on regardless of light levels. Its light sensitivity compared to the D800 is also improved by close to 2 whole stops. The camera simply seems to produce the perfect shot right out of the camera, thus minimizing or eliminating post processing. Another welcomed feature is it flash performance, the SB910 seems to work as an integral part of the camera simply set everything to auto and the perfect shots just happen with no fuss every time. The new group focus seems clairvoyant simply keep the target in the 4 central focus points and follow, streams of perfectly focused shots are guaranteed. This is without a doubt a very expensive camera geared to professionals and avid enthusiasts, however, given its overall performance, its worth every penny. The only parameter in which the D800 is superior is in its uncanny capacity for cropping without losing picture quality but that is a given since it has over twice the pixel count. The D4s is simply an extraordinary camera. July 17, 2014
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What is the main difference between th D4 and D4s

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There is an expanded normal ISO range as well as an increased ISO top end. The D4S also has many features that make it more flexible for video production including more options for time lapse shooting, faster full HD fps for slow motion capture, simultaneous recording to external recorders as well as the CF and XQD card, etc. The new battery will also allow for more shots on a single charge (and longer video shooting).
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http://cdn-4.nikon-cdn.com/en_INC/o/PLLFUrEQR4jsr16srTmx1EQMQzM/PDF/D4S_D4_Comparison_Sheet_en.pdf
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Check out this link for a comparison of the D4 and the D4S:
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Is the dual card slot still a single compact flash and qxd card?

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I'd love to see an option for dual cf card slots or dual qxd slots or interchangeability upgrade option.
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Yes, it is one CF and one QXD card, that's what is says in the Tech Specs Memory section.
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Yes, still a single Compact Flash and a qxd card ...
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Need CODEC for D4s NEF files?

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Can't view D4s NEF files in Windows 8.1? When will a CODEC be issued to allow this? Thnk you
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I performed the disk cleanup instructions and that solved the problem. Thanks to anyone who answered my query.
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Here they are :
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What is this camera's f-stop range?

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Depends on what lens you are using.
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Depends on what lens you are using.
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What dust prevention measures are in place?

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The D4s has a lightweight yet durable magnesium alloy body which features careful weather sealing and has been optimized for resistance against dust, moisture and electromagnetic interference.
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Whats the D4s top write speed to mem cards, if the cards had no MB/s limit (CF and XQD)?

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They haven't released that yet but the buffer will hold 176 raw images, up from 96 on the D4.
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Will the Nikon D4 support the new EN-EL18a battery from the D4s?

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Yes, the EN-EL18a battery can be used in the D4, however the performance of the battery in the D4 will not match its performance in the D4s.
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Thje Charger on the D4s

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The Charger for my D3s is really very large (and will be for my d4s I just ordered!) and I wondered why make one that large for a camera that can take over 3000 shots per charge? I always carry a spare battery so I will have the ability to take over 6000 shots without charging. I would really prefer a smaller, single battery charger and it makes even more sense to me considering the battery capability of the D4s! Perhaps a consideration for future high end pro bodies?
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There is a smaller single battery charger for the D4s. The MH-21 quick charger can be found here.
http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Power-Chargers/MH-21-Quick-Charger.html
 
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How many actuations is the shutter tested to?

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The shutter has been tested to 400,000 cycles.
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Where would one purchase a Nikon EN-EL18a battery?? I have searched everywhere with no luck!!!
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The EN-EL18a battery can be purchased directly from Nikon's website or through an authorized dealer. Visit http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Pr... to purchase the battery from Nikon (Add to Cart) or search for authorized dealers (Where to Buy). Availability varies depending on product popularity but we restock items every day so please check back daily.
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