Heavy, expensive and lacking in creativity in design, Nikon D4S is still rated by technology as one of the most perfect DSLR models today.
Professional DSLRs are always the top products of camera manufacturers. They need to be durable, operate at high speed and capture accurately to cater to the needs of sports photography, events or wildlife photography.
Since all these areas require very high specs for the camera, professional camera models are quickly overtaken by newer models or competing models shortly after launch. The first generation Nikon D4 is the "victim" of this inevitable truth. Launched in 2012, D4 received a very high rating from fans. However, competitors have quickly launched models with "big" or more "parameters" to compete with D4.
Therefore, Nikon selected the best features on D4 as a basis for creating the D4S. The changes from D4 to D4S are small but also important: Nikon has improved image processing, shutter speed, autofocus speed and changing the design of the device to create an easy-to-use experience. Easy, more convenient. The evaluation of Trusted Reviews will help you get a better picture of this Nikon D4S camera.
At first glance, you get the feeling that D4 and D4S are two products with identical designs. When you look more closely, you'll realize that D4S has some small but worthwhile improvements compared to its predecessor.
For example, the angle of the portable grip has been changed to make it easier for users to hold the camera up to 1,350 grams, especially when wearing gloves in cold weather. The buttons are also slightly changed, for example, the joystick joystick on the right now has a surface that replaces the concave circular surface.
Because it is the No. 1 DSLR model, the D4S body is also made of premium magnesium material and equipped with extreme weather protection and harsh conditions.
While the number of rear buttons is still quite large and looks a bit confusing, D4S offers a very easy-to-use experience. All key features have their own control wheel / button. The LCD screen will display all the options you are using so you can easily follow and change as needed.
However, the easy use experience is not synonymous with "simple". D4S's custom menu has too many customizable features. Sure, all professional users will change the autofocus options every time they use it.
The viewfinder of D4S remains the same from D4: 0.70x magnification and 100% field of view. This viewfinder is large enough for you to select the frame and also bright enough for you to focus manually. The D4S viewfinder also has a focus icon at the bottom of the frame.
When taking long exposure shots, D4S can close a special shutter to avoid light from the viewfinder going into the sensor. Just like the viewfinder, the 3.2-inch LCD screen with 921,000 dots of resolution is also preserved from D4. However, Nikon has made a number of brightness adjustments, and users can also adjust the colors for this screen.
Features on Nikon D4S
Speed is the most important factor on professional DSLR lines. The Nikon D4S's maximum shutter speed has been increased by 1 frame per second compared to its predecessor: 11 frames per second when metering or autofocus. However, the Nikon D4S is still 1 frame slower than Canon's 1D X.
Improved processing speed enables Nikon D4S to capture up to 200 large JPEG images and 104 uncompressed 14-bit RAW images on XQD memory cards.
AF (Advanced AF) System Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX is very fast and accurate on Nikon D4S that is kept from 4D. The 3500FX system has 51 autofocus points and also supports 3D Tracking. Nikon D4S also supports auto focus according to the AF Group.
Unfortunately, the Nikon D4S has no built-in Wi-Fi connection but must use Nikon's WT-5 accessory. With WT-5 wireless transmitter, you can press the trigger on multiple Nikon cameras at the same time. At the same time, the Nikon D4S also supports 1000 Base-T Ethernet network port.
Video recording feature of this professional DSLR has been greatly improved: D4S can shoot 1920 x 1080 Full HD video at 60/50 frames per second, instead of 24/25/30 frames per second like the old D4.
Like its predecessor, the Nikon D4S has a dual-channel microphone port with a sensitivity change option. On the new generation, you can change the sensitivity of the microphone while recording a video. You can also play an uncompressed video signal via HDMI to another receiver while saving the recording video on the Nikon D4S memory card.
Other Nikon D4S features include a timed timer and countdown timer. The EN-EL18a battery of this professional DSLR can capture 3,020 shots, higher than D4 (using EN-EL14 batteries, up to 2,600 panels) to 400 panels.
Finally, the sensor on the Nikon D4S is a full-frame CMOS (36 x 23.9mm) 16.2MP resolution. The image processor on the machine is Expeed 4, 30% faster than its predecessor. Expeed 4 itself is an enhancement that makes the Nikon D4S able to take pictures faster, process images that take less time and enhance the picture signal quality.
Nikon D4S supports ISO from 100 – 25,600 instead of ISO 100 – 12,800 like D4. Hi4 extension mode allows Nikon D4S to support maximum ISO up to 408,600.
Before debuting, fans had a lot of hope about the autofocus system on D4S, and in general this great product won't disappoint you.
When enabling 3D Tracking (3D tracking) and capturing moving objects in continuous AF mode, editors of Trusted Reviews was able to reach a maximum speed of 11 frames per second and was not out of focus on any photo. In addition, D4S's viewfinder also displays the focus point every time the AF point changes on the 51-point system.
Nikon also offers a number of other useful options, such as the Group Optimized AF feature. In this mode, D4S will change between 5 focus points selected before shooting, especially useful in case your specimen does not change position on the frame.
The 91k-pixel RGB metering system can work well in many different scenes: from the city center dawn, a sunny afternoon at the park or a cloudy day at the racetrack. In the majority of tests Trusted Review, D4S almost always accurately predicts the exposure that editors need to use.
Photos taken in a low-brightness setting with moving subjects will also have very good brightness, retaining a lot of detail on the main part of the image. In the photos taken of the city scene, the brightness of the bright area is close to the level of clipping noise, making the sky retain much detail while the foreground (the front, the main subject of the photo) is kept The dark details are quite expressive.
The very good balance between the light and dark areas on D4S photos is well supported by the ability to handle JPEG tones quite impressively when using the default mode. Active D-Lighting feature helps improve the brightness of dark areas without causing noise.
The main object of D4S will be news and sports journalists who need to capture the right golden moment, not out of focus to use in the newspaper. Since these photos will not be printed in large format, D4S's 16.2MP resolution will allow them to comfortably crop and crop images to print the appropriate size.
High quality photos at D4S ISO 3200
Photos taken at ISO 12800 are quite noisy, but at this ISO level the image quality of D4S is still very impressive.
D4S also gives high image quality in low light conditions. Large sized photosite makes this professional DSLR model able to capture a lot of light under limited conditions. At high ISO levels that can cause DSLRs to "collapse", D4S can produce good / moderate quality photos with little noise.
Most photos at ISO 3200 and 6400 are of sufficient quality, greatly benefiting sports photographers. At ISO 12800, D4S gives detailed quality close to ISO 100! In fact, this ISO shot only lost detail due to the light noise. Perhaps, users will not need to use this high ISO level in most use cases.
D4S's automatic white balance is also quite good. Nikon also offers the option to retain or remove colors that are too warm due to electric lights. D4S is provided with 6 customizable white balance modes.
Extremely good AF capability allows users to capture high-speed moving objects even in continuous shooting mode.
When taking photos at events, professional photographers will need to have high-quality JPEG photos for immediate use. Image files will often be edited very little before being put into use, so photos will have to have color and contrast at "enough" level right from the time it is saved to the camera's memory card.
With this requirement, D4S also proved completely superior. Even, you won't need to use any color customization other than the default color customization. Vivid option will give some pictures more saturated colors.
Sports event photographers will definitely love D4S. This is a picture that perfectly shows the power of this DSLR.
Here are some photos of D4S sports events due Trusted Reviews perform.
– New Expeed 4 image processor.
– Maximum ISO up to 409,600 (extended).
– AF is very good quality, 3D tracking.
– Capture up to 11 frames per second.
– Take photos with good light.
– Too heavy.
– Too expensive.
– Creative design.
The Nikon D4S is a great product: the popular DSLR series will only be able to dream of the D4S's ability to create photos in low light, high ISO. However, the price of this DSLR for this professional user will surely make most photographers frustrated: USD 6,500 (about VND 137 million). The price is the original price in the US and only includes the camera body.
In the professional photography market, users need to capture the golden moment perfectly, as accurately as possible. If a model can perform this feature better than products already on the market, photojournalists will be willing to pay for the upgrade. This is exactly what Nikon has done successfully with the launch of the D3 and D3S in the past.
But, D4S is not different from D4 to attract users from direct competitors: Canon's EOS 1D X. If users want to switch from 1D X to D4S, they have done this since Nikon launched the D4 in 2012.
Therefore, D4 will be the direct competitor of D4S. While many stores have stopped selling D4, this professional DSLR is still sold in the US at an original price of $ 4,100 (VND 86 million), which is only two-thirds of D4S.
The difference in the $ 2000 price of the two models is huge, but if the money factor is not a big problem for you then choose the D4. If the budget is limited, but still need the same image quality as D4S (but with lower performance, speed), choose a Nikon Df or Nikon D610.