Nikon just announced the D4, and it looks like a doozy, not just an updated version of the D3s. Loads of new features – expanded ISO, clean HDMI out, MUCH better HD video options (1080p at 30, 24 and 25fps). Most importantly, it’ll be the first full-frame sensor camera with full HD capability since the Canon 5D MarkII (the 1Dx isn’t due out till March 2012).
A couple of other points of interest.
- The D4 has an RGB metering sensor, first introduced with the Nikon D7000. The difference here is that besides being an updated version of the D7000’s sensor, the D4’s metering sensor has 91,000 pixels to the D7000’s 2016.
- Framerate has be upped to 11fps in Continuous High, from 9fps in the D3s.
- ISO is expandable to 204800.
- The 91k pixel RGB sensor also features face recognition.
- You can now record 1080p video in three formats: Full-frame, DX crop and an even smaller crop that uses just 1920×1080 pixels on the sensor.
Lots more stuff too, including a headphone jack for monitoring audio, a levels indicator and more. That 1Dx needs to hit the market sooner rather than later, because Nikon has upped the ante with this extremely capable HDDSLR, finally challenging Canon in the video realm.
UPDATES: Here’s a roundup of D4-related pieces from around the web.
- Nikon’s James Banfield goes through the video functions of the D4 on DSLR News Shooter.
- Just in time for the D4, Sony announced a range of XQD cards for the D4.
- ISO1200 has a lead on a low light video test of the D4.
- ISO1200 also compiled a bunch of the image samples of the D4 on their site – and it’s much easier to flip through these here than on Nikon’s site.
- Here’s a bunch of D4-related videos, thanks to PetaPixel.
- This video is in the roundup by PetaPixel, but it’s neat enough that we’re embedding it here.
- Popular Photography has their take on the D4 too.
- Finally, DPReview has their hands-on overview of the D4 up on their site as well.
Editor’s note: Post updated to clarify sentence about the D4 being the first full-frame camera capable of full HD video since 5D Mark II. The 1Dx was announced, but won’t be released until after the D4.
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