Nikon D4S Review - The Nikon D4S sits at the top of Nikon's DSLR tree, aiming to offer everything that the professional photographer could need and more. The question is - does it build on its predecessor?

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Nikon D4S

Overall score:93%
Image Quality:95%


  • High ISO performance; Improved continuous shooting; Enhanced video performance


  • Weight


Nikon D4S Review


Price as reviewed:


First Look

The camera announcement that received the most interest at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was undoubtably Nikon’s new flagship model – the Nikon D4S, which was showcased in the centre of the manufacturers stand for all to see.


Successor to the Nikon D4 in the company’s DSLR lineup, details of the camera were thin on the ground at the time of announcement, however Nikon promises that the D4S will utilise a new image processing engine, presumably the EXPEED 4 image processor as found within the recent Nikon D5300 and Nikon D3300 – an entry-level DSLR also unveiled to the press for the first time at CES.

As well as a new image processor, Nikon claim that the D4S will feature a more advanced autofocus performance to ensure it’s the first choice for professional sports, nature, and event photographers who demand nothing but the best.

A close study of the Nikon D4S in the glass cabinet at CES revealed very subtle differences to the Nikon D4. Other than the ‘S’ in the model name, we could only spot minor changes to the body, including what appeared to be renewed AF target controls at the rear with improved grip. Despite our efforts and request to view the Nikon D4S out of the cabinet, Nikon refused any press to get hands on with the product until the specification is officially released – expected in the next few weeks.

As stated in the official statement, as released by Nikon USA on 6th January, The Nikon D4S represents a concentration of Nikon’s advanced camera development technologies and legacy as a leader in imaging. The D4S will further expand the possibilities for professional photographers who demand the best possible performance and image quality in challenging environments. The Nikon D4S will build upon the success of the acclaimed Nikon D4, a camera highly regarded for its speed, unrivaled low-light ability and amazing image quality that made it the choice of professionals and advanced amateurs around the world.

Pricing and availabilty of the Nikon D4S was still to be announced at the time of writing (14th Jan 2014).

First images of the Nikon D4S at CES 2014


ISO:200 - 25,600 (extendable to ISO 409600 equivalent)
Built-in Flash:No
White Balance:Auto, 12, Preset manual
Memory Card:XQD and Type I CF
Exposure Comp:+/-5 EV in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Cable Release:Yes
Compression:Fine; Normal; Basic
Viewfinder Type:Pentaprism single-lens reflex
PC Socket:Yes
LCD:3.2in, 921k-dot TFT LCD
Output Size:4928 x 3280
Colour Temp Control:Yes - 2500 - 10000k
AF Points:51
White Balance Bracket:2 - 9 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3
Lens Mount:Nikon FX
Max Flash Sync:1/250 sec
Sensor:16.2MP full frame, 36 x 23.9mm CMOS
Focal Length Mag:1x
DoF Prview:Yes
Dust Reduction:Yes (Image Sensor Cleaning)
Built-in Image Stabilisation:No
Metering System:TTL exposure metering
Exposure Modes:PASM
Movie Mode:1920 x 1080; 60, 50, 30, 25, 24p
Live Mode:Yes
Connectivity:USB; HDMI; Ethernet
File Format:Raw (NEF); JPEG; Raw + JPEG
Focusing Modes:Multi; Center-weighted; Spot; 7 presets
Power:EN-EL18a rechargeable li-ion
Shutter Speeds:30 - 1/8000 sec
Dimensions:160 x 156.5 x 90.5 mm
Drive Mode:Up to 11fps
Colour Space:sRGB; Adobe RGB
  1. 1. Nikon D4S Review - Features
  2. 2. Nikon D4S Review - Design
  3. 3. Nikon D4S Review - Performance
  4. 4. Nikon D4S Review - Image Quality
  5. 5. Nikon D4S Review - Verdict
  6. 6. Nikon D4S Review - Sample Image Gallery
  7. 7. First Look
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