Friday, January 6, 2012

Nikon Announces the D4 'Multi-Media' dSLR, 85 f1.8 AF-S

The Nikon D4 with the new 85 f1.8 AF-S.

Nikon has just announced the long-awaited successor to the D3/D3s models: the D4, which Nikon claims to be a true multi-media camera thanks to its greatly enhanced video capabilities. In digital camera terms, the D3/D3s was getting quite old for a dSLR. Launched in 2007, the D3 revolutionized photography and, for Nikon, was a much needed shot in the arm as, for the first time since the AF revolution in the 80s, pros had a legitimate reason to see the Nikon system as equal to or better than long-reigning King Canon.

Building on the success of the D3, Nikon has offered improvements in many categories that are sure to make many current Nikonians consider an update and some non-Nikonians consider jumping ship.

Key specs:Body: magnesium alloy, weather seals
Sensor: 16Mp FX
Aspect ratios: 3:2, 5:4
Formats: NEF (RAW), TIFF, JPEG
ISO: 50-204,800
AF Modes: 7
AF Points: 51
Viewfinder: 100% coverage. 0.7x magnification
LCD: 3.2” 920k dot live view
Shutter Speed: 1/8000-30 seconds, bulb
Flash Sync: 1/250th second
Exposure Compensation: +/- 5 stops
Video: 1080p full HD
Movie Formats: MPEG, H.264
Storage: Compactflash, XQD
Weight: 2.95lbs (with battery)
Size: 6.3” x 6.2” x 3.6”
Price: $5999.95

Oh, yes, Nikon updated its 85 f1.8 lens to AF-S, too.

In the following couple of days, expect some commentary, especially in light of the Canon 1Dx, to come, too. For now, if you want some in-depth analysis, go here.

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