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Product Overview

Overall rating:


Nikon D4

Overall score:93%
Image Quality:95%


  • Performance is hard to fault, build quality is excellent and there's pretty much every feature you could ask for.


  • The price point means its out of reach for most of us.


Nikon D4 Review


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Value & Verdict

Nikon D4 review – Value

There’s no getting away from the fact that this is a pricey bit of kit at £5289 – over £1500 more than the price of the D3s at launch, though compared to its closest competitor, the Canon EOS-1D X, it pretty much matches it for price, coming in at £10 less.

The high price puts it out of reach for most of us, but if you’re a working pro who uses their kit day in, day out, then this is a sound investment considering the performance, build and results this camera is capable of.

Nikon D4 review – Verdict

Bettering the D3s was always going to be a hard task, but with the D4, Nikon has achieved it. While it may not be as groundbreaking as the original D3, the D4 is a better camera in every way – every element of the D3s appears to have been scrutinised and improved on. This attention to detail and listening to the feedback of photographers has delivered a wonderful DSLR.

The new sensor is even better than the 12.1MP found in the D3s, while the jump in video quality and control means the D3s’s weak point has been resolved.

In short then, the D4 is a fantastic DSLR to shoot with that delivers a mind-blowing performance, which is backed up by excellent results. The Nikon D4 has to be one of the best DSLRs we’ve seen and sets a new benchmark for a professional DSLR.


ISO:100-12,800 (expandable to 50-204,800)
Lens Mount:Nikon F
White Balance:Auto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored)
Exposure Comp:-/+5 EV in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Memory Card:CompactFlash and XQD slots
Built-in Flash:No
Cable Release:Yes
Compression:Fine, Normal & Basic
PC Socket:Yes
Viewfinder Type:Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
Output Size:4928 x 3280px
LCD:3.2in wide, 921k-dot (VGA) TFT LCD
White Balance Bracket:Yes, 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3
AF Points:51 selectable points
Field of View:100%
Colour Temp Control:2500-10,000K
Sensor:16.2MP full-frame CMOS
Max Flash Sync:1/250th
Focal Length Mag:1x
DoF Prview:Yes
Live Mode:Yes
Movie Mode:1080 (30, 25, 24p) HD video (MOV with H.264/MPEG-4 compression)
Built-in Image Stabilisation:No, lens-based
Metering System:RGB sensor with approx. 91,000 pixels
Dust Reduction:Yes
Other:Dioptre adjustment -3 to +1 m-1
Exposure Modes:P, S, A, M
Connectivity:Hi-Speed USB, HDMI, Stereo mini-pin jack (in), Stereo mini-pin jack (out), RJ-45 connector (Ethernet), 10-pin remote terminal
Power:Rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL18 battery
File Format:12 or 14 bit Raw (NEF), JPEG, Raw + JPEG
Shutter Speeds:30-1/8000th second, plus Bulb
Dimensions:160 x 156.5 x 90.5mm
Focusing Modes:Single-point AF, 9, 21 or 51-point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, auto-area AF
Drive Mode:Single, Continuous low-speed (10fps), Continuous high-speed (11fps), Q (quiet shutter-release), Self Timer (2, 5, 10 or 20sec), MUP (mirror up)
Colour Space:sRGB, Adobe RGB
  1. 1. Nikon D4 review - Features
  2. 2. Design
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Value & Verdict
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