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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.
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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
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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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Increase Megapixels On the New D4s

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Why Did They Not Increase The Megapixels On the New D4s, Like to 24meg
This Looks Like A Real Nice Camera. Nice Addtion To My D300.. But FX Mode.
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Probably due to the fact that it would slow down read/write speeds, which would reduced the amount of images that can be in the buffer. The D4 is still one of, if not the, best cameras for low light and action photography.

If you want to see how a larger MP sensor affects the speed of a camera just look at the D800/E.
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owners manual download?

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When can we expect to be able to download the D4s owners manual?
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Available now at:

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Has there been any change as to what brand CF and XQD cards are supported compared to the D4?
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There have no changes to the brands of CF and XQD cards that are supported with D4 and the D4s. Here is a list of approved memory cards for the D4/D4s: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/an...
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what is the size of a single image file?

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NEF (RAW) 14-bit, uncompressed
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When shooting in NEF 14-bit at a large image size the file size will be 19.3MB. which would be an image size of 4928x3280. For more information please see pages 94 and 464 of the User's Manual for the D4s: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/an...
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Buffer size in D4s

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What is the buffer size in the Ds4? My 600 is very small and I have to wait over a minute for 10 shots to load to the camera. When shooting live action, it is really annoying.
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196 jpegs, 104 14 bit raw, 176 12 bit raw.buffer capacity.
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While working video at , say 1080/24 fps can I shot videos at other fps say for example 60 or 4 fps , like in many professional video cameras?

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The available movie options that the D4 can be shot in are as listed:
HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 30 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
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What is sRaw?

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The D4S has a new Small RAW file option, as well as the standard Large RAW file. When shooting in FX Format, RAW S will result in a 2464x1640 (4MP) file, while RAW L will result in a 4928x3280 (16.2 MP) file. Both options record RAW data from the image sensor without additional processing, allowing for the adjustment of settings such as white balance and contrast after shooting.
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how is the d4s for potraits.

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i want image quality, and fast focus, 16 megapixals is plenty, the d800 is to many. i want to chase my grand kids around and get sharp images. i want to get good little league base ball shots, d 800 to slow. so tell me is the quality of the images good enough to produce 20/30 prints?
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You basically provided the answer to your question. If you want image quality and fast focus, you want the D4S. That is what it's all about. 16megs is more than enough, if you are shooting the D800-810, and you plan to enlarge your prints for wallpapering your family room, sure stay with the portraits choice of camera bodies with the D800-810. But, if you want crisp clean, very fast shots w/o the blur of slow processing, you should be using the D4S. Pair the D4S with good glass. Try my choice of the fast and furious of 'people' glass: 24mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.4. These two lenses are ideal for people shooting and should be ideal for your Grandkids. For the best little league shots use the 200mm f/2 VRII, it's a very versatile lens, you can also use it as a great people lens. You pair this lens with the D4S and I will bet that you will hardly ever put it down. Not too heavy, don't read into all the nonsense from other posts, it is very easy to handhold. Good luck, and happy shooting! I'll attache a few shots from the D4S 200mm F2 combo for your viewing pleasure.
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Can the viewfinder of the D4s show the exact image the camera will take before the shutter takes the picture?

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I have a Sony A57 dslr camera that has an electronic viewfinder which will show me the picture I will be taking in the viewfinder before I take the picture. I don't need to use the preview button to see the picture I will be taking. I still have that feature on my camera.
Can the D4s viewfinder show me the picture I will be taking without using the preview feature?
Can the D4s viewfinder show me the result of the changes I can make in the camera such as f stop, shutter speed, exposure compensation, etc, as I make them before I take the picture?
Thanks for any help you can provide regarding my questions about the D4s viewfinder.
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The D4s does not have an electric viewfinder. It will not display a preview of what the image will look like before the shot is made unless in live view. It will also not show the results of the changes. However the D4s will display settings information in the viewfinder. Please contact Nikon Technical Support for help with this question. For information on how to contact Nikon please visit http://support.nikonusa.com/app/ans....
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What is the max length of a video clip? If still the standard 29 minutes, why can't it be made longer?

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The maximum length for individual movie files is 4GB and the maximum recording time is 29min 59sec. Depending on memory card write speed, shooting may end before this length is reached. Please see page 74 of the D4s manual for a chart showing the maximum lengths available for the different Frame size/Frame rate & Movie Quality options. A copy of the D4s manual can be downloaded from here: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/an....
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By larger subjects I am meaning bikes, skiers etc
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