New Kings of the Photography Hill: Nikon D4

Nikon’s first believable attempt to kick Canon 5D mk II in the balls in the full frame DSLR video business is Nikon D4, which also doubles as their state of the art professional still camera (read: expensive and ultra good).

Even though I’m in the Canon camp, to me the D4 feels even a little bit more innovative camera than its biggest competitor Canon EOS-1D X, which is also just hot from the oven.

And if you look at the D4 created video above, you’ll see the quality is awesome. Uncompressed video feed output via the HDMI port seems to be the total killer feature for video people in this camera.

Key Specifications:

  • 16.2 effective megapixel, full-frame sensor (16.6MP total)
  • 10fps shooting with AF and AE, 11fps with focus and exposure locked, 24fps 2.5MP grabs
  • 91,000 pixel sensor for metering, white balance, flash exposure, face detection and active d-lighting
  • ISO Range 100-12,800 (extendable from 50 – 204,800)
  • MultiCAM 3500FX Autofocus sensor works in lower light and with smaller apertures
  • Two sub-selector joystick/buttons for shooting orientation
  • 1080p30 HD video at up to 24Mbps with uncompressed video output
  • New EN-EL18 battery (21.6Wh capacity, CIPA-rated at 2600 shots)
  • Twin card slots – one Compact Flash and one XQD

Nikon D4 overview at