The trifecta of disasters which hammered the northeastern part of Japan last March not only slowed numerous hi-tech product outputs to a crawl. It effectively postponed a battle between two titans – Canon and Nikon. Now with contingency plans in place and production pace at full speed, both imaging giants will lay claim to the top of digital imaging realm. Canon did so late last year with a 1-2 punch – its new flagship digital SLR, the Canon EOS-1D X, and the company’s first venture in cinema production, the Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera. With International CES just days away, Nikon is launching its counter punch with the Nikon D4, the company’s newest flagship digital SLR.
An upgrade to the current D3 digital SLR, the Nikon D4 will have a new Nikon CMOS image sensor in FX format, meaning a full frame size of 36.0 x 23.9 mm. Effective pixel count is at 16.2-million pixels, or 16.2 megapixel, with ISO range of 50 to 204800. Already impressive, the new CMOS image sensor truly shines with the pairing of the new Nikon EXPEED 3 image processor. Shots are faithfully reproduced with high speed even in low light conditions. A total of 51 focus points are in use when switching to auto focus function, allowing faster yet precise acquisition of subject. And seeing the advent of cinematographers using DSLR as their main equipment, Nikon created a movie-record button dedicated for that function. Not only can the D4 record Full HD videos, it also supports three other image size format as well. Thus giving both photographers and videographers a wider range of creative options.
Encased in a magnesium alloy body with O rings to seal off sensitive innards from dust and moisture, Nikon engineers also wrapped layers of Kevlar-carbon fiber onto the shutter curtain to increase its durability.
Price for the new Nikon D4 is set at the suggested price of $5,999.95 US and will be available in late February 2012.
- 16.2 Megapixel FX Format (Full-Frame) CMOS Sensor
- Nikon EXPEED 3 Image Processor
- ISO 50 12800 (204800 with boost)
- 3.2-inch LCD Display with 921,000 dots resoultion
- 51-Point Full-time AF
- Multi-area Mode Full HD Video: FX/DX, and 2.7x crop mode
- Audio recording for professionals
Release Date: Late February 2012