Nikon pioneered HD video recording in D-SLRs with the introduction of the D90—the first D-SLR to offer 720p HD video recording capabilities in addition to still image capture. Subsequent models added Full HD (1080p) video, full time autofocus and full manual controls. Nikon calls its HD video feature D-movie Mode.
The technology that makes video capable D-SLRs possible is Live View. Live View is essentially a video image, played back to the LCD monitor for viewing; with the camera recording the video to the memory card.
Sound can also be captured in D-movie Mode, by using either the cameras’ built-in microphone or, in certain models with an external accessory mic, such as the optional accessory Nikon ME-1 microphone.
Enhancing D-movies further are the long line of high quality NIKKOR lenses, which provide an incredible choice of focal lengths from fisheye, to super-telephoto, macro to perspective control, prime lenses and zooms.
And, because the imaging sensor in video capable Nikon D-SLRs is much larger than a typical camcorder, the resulting D-movie is of higher image quality and exceptional high ISO performance during low light shooting. Movies also exhibit shallower depth of field due to the size of their sensors compared to typical camcorders creating a very unique look.
Select Nikon D-SLRs such as the D4 features a host of exciting new technologies that will make Nikon the camera of choice for everyone from the photojournalist capturing breaking news, to the wedding photographer adding “fusion” components to her offerings, to the broadcast videographer and cinematographer shooting his latest big budget film.
The brand new D4S and D810 push the envelope even further with added video functionality. [See D4S and D810 features boxed out at the end of this article —Editor]
Nikon packed a plethora of groundbreaking technologies into the D4, including:
Other HD Video capable Nikon D-SLRs offer photographers the ability to record HD Video with special effects such as miniature effect, selective color, color sketch (images on playback are shown as stop motion), HDMI CEC controls using your HDTV’s remote control when hooked up to a compatible HDTV, video editing in-camera, and much more.
Multi Area Mode Full HD D-Movie with three image areas (FX, DX, 2.7x Crop) that are selectable during live view.
ISO Auto control for Manual exposure.
Simultaneous recording to memory card and external recorder.
View simultaneous live view output and record uncompressed video via HDMI.
Selectable audio frequency range (wide/voice).
Time Lapse Movie feature improved. Number of exposures increased to 9,999, setting until one week later is possible and Exposure smoothing has been added.
1920x1080/60/30/24p including 60p output to an external recorder under limited conditions.
Highlight Display (Zebra Stripes) in Live View.
Simultaneous recording to the media card and uncompressed video via HDMI to an external recorder.
Time Lapse Movie feature improved. Number of exposures increased to 9,999 and Exposure smoothing has been added.
One button zoom image preview.
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