The next-generation Nikon flagship digital SLR camera is equipped with a new Nikon FX-format CMOS image sensor (36.0 × 23.9 mm) and EXPEED 3, the latest image-processing engine specifically optimized for digital SLR camera.
Designed with the ultimate in versatility and functionality that offers superior image quality rich in detail along with excellent high-speed performance. The Nikon D4 has an effective pixel count of 16.2-million pixels, and offers superior image quality under a broad range of lighting conditions with its image sensor supporting an incredible range of sensitivities from ISO 50 to ISO 204800.
Nikon D4 Main Features
- Newly developed Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with 16.2 effective megapixels [NEW]
The D4 employs a newly developed Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor (36.0 x 23.9 mm) with 16.2 effective megapixels. The ISO sensitivity range is from 100 to 12800 at normal setting, expandable to ISO 50 equivalent or ISO 204800 equivalent.
- Advanced Scene Recognition System with enhanced accuracy realized by 91K-pixel RGB sensor [NEW]
Advanced Scene Recognition System realizes face detection during optical viewfinder shooting. It achieves highly accurate control of auto functions such as AF, AE and auto white balance utilizing face detection information and detailed scene analysis information. Furthermore, it contributes to the performance of 3D-tracking with finer subject acquisition.
- Multi-area mode Full HD D-Movie that enables a variety of expressions in three formats [NEW]
It is possible to record 1,920 x 1,080/30p Full HD and HD movies in three formats that are FX-, DX-based and 1,920 x 1,080 crop movie format. You can select the format according to your creative intentions.
- Further improved high-speed, multifunctional, high-performance image-processing engine EXPEED 3. [NEW]
- 51-point AF system with enhanced performance in subject acquisition and focusing in low-light situations.
- Superior quick response with approx. 0.12 s* startup time and approx. 0.042 s* shutter-release time lag.
* Based on CIPA Guidelines.
- Dual card slots for CF card compatible with UDMA 7 and the next-generation recording media, the XQD memory card.
- High-speed continuous shooting at approx. 11 fps* in FX format (without AE/AF) and approx. 10 fps* (with AE/AF) [NEW].
* Based on CIPA Guidelines.
- New Wireless Transmitter WT-5A/B/C/D that realizes high-speed workflow.
- HDR (High Dynamic Range) that combines images to produce a single image with a wider dynamic range.
- White balance that enables finer setting in 10-kelvin steps.
- High-performance, glass pentaprism viewfinder with approx. 100% frame coverage (FX format) and approx. 0.7x magnification.
- Approx. 921k-dot, wide-viewing angle, 8-cm (3.2-in.) LCD monitor with reinforced glass.
- "Sub-selector" for horizontal shooting and "Multi selector for vertical shooting" are newly employed for efficient operation.
- Button illumination that ensures better visibility of the operational system in dark situations. [NEW]
- Virtual horizon that detects both "pitching" and "rolling" directions.
- Newly developed shutter unit tested for approx. 400,000 cycles; shutter speed up to 1/8,000 s and flash synchronization up to 1/250 s.
- Highly efficient energy-saving design that achieves approx. 2,600 shots (with EN-EL18, based on CIPA Standard*1) and approx. 5,500 shots (based on Nikon standard*2).
*1 Measured at 23°C/73.4°F (±2°C/3.6°F) with an AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens under the following test conditions: lens cycled from infinity to minimum range and one photograph taken at default settings once every 30 s. Live view not used.
*2 Measured at 20°C/68°F with an AF-S VR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED lens under the following test conditions: vibration reduction off, image quality set to JPEG normal, image size set to L (large), shutter speed 1/250 s, shutter-release button pressed halfway for three seconds and focus cycled from infinity to minimum range three times; six shots are then taken in succession and monitor turned on for five seconds and then turned off; cycle repeated once standby timer has expired.
Nikon D4 Technical Specifications
Single-lens reflex digital camera
Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
36.0 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon FX format)
Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (requires optional Capture NX 2 software)
Image size (pixels)
FX (36 x 24) image area: 4,928 x 3,280 (L), 3,696 x 2,456 (M), 2,464 x 1,640 (S) 1.2x (30 x 20) image area: 4,096 x 2,720 (L), 3,072 x 2,040 (M), 2,048 x 1,360 (S) DX (24 x 16) image area: 3,200 x 2,128 (L), 2,400 x 1,592 (M), 1,600 x 1,064 (S) 5 : 4 (30 x 24) image area: 4,096 x 3,280 (L), 3,072 x 2,456 (M), 2,048 x 1,640 (S) FX-format photographs taken in movie live view (16:9): 4,928 x 2,768 (L), 3,696 x 2,072 (M), 2,464 x 1,384 (S) DX-format photographs taken in movie live view (16:9): 3,200 x 1,792 (L), 2,400 x 1,344 (M), 1,600 x 896 (S) FX-format photographs taken in movie live view (3:2): 4,928 x 3,280 (L), 3,696 x 2,456 (M), 2,464 x 1,640 (S) DX-format photographs taken in movie live view (3:2): 3,200 x 2,128 (L), 2,400 x 1,592 (M), 1,600 x 1,064 (S) Note: A DX-based format is used for photographs taken using the DX (24 x 16) 1.5x image area; an FX-based format is used for all other photographs.
NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed TIFF (RGB) JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control System
Can be selected from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
XQD and Type I CompactFlash memory cards (UDMA compliant)
Dual card slots
Either card can be used for primary or backup storage or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; pictures can be copied between cards.
DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3, PictBridge
Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
FX (36 x 24): Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical 1.2x (30 x 20): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical DX (24 x 16): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical 5:4 (30 x 24): Approx. 97% horizontal and 100% vertical
Approx. 0.7 x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
18 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
-3 - +1 m-1
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets and framing grid
When Pv button is pressed, lens aperture is stopped down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (P and S modes)
Instant return, electronically controlled
Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC Micro-NIKKOR lenses) and DX lenses (using DX 24 x 16 1.5x image area), AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only). IX NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses can not be used. The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supports the 11 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster).
Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
1/8000 - 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV, bulb, X250
Flash sync speed
X=1/250 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/250 s or slower
Single frame, Continuous low speed, Continuous high speed, Quiet shutter-release, Self-timer, Mirror up
Approximate frame advance rate
Up to 10 fps (CL) or 10-11 fps (CH)
2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1-9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s
TTL exposure metering using RGB sensor with approximately 91K (91,000) pixels
Matrix: 3D color matrix metering III (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering III (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame. Diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15, or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circle or average of entire frame) Spot: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)
Matrix or center-weighted metering: -1 - +20 EV Spot metering: 2-20 EV
Exposure meter coupling
Combined CPU and AI
Programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)
-5 - +5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV
2-9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV
2-9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV
White balance bracketing
2-9 frames in steps of 1, 2, or 3
2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3-5 frames using preset values for all frames
Luminosity locked at detected value with the center of the sub-selector
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
ISO 100 - 12800 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV. Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2, 3, or 4 EV (ISO 204800 equivalent) above ISO 12800; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Can be selected from Auto, Extra high +2/+1, High, Normal, Low, or Off
Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, and 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors with f/8 supported by 11 sensors)
-2 - +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo autofocus (AF-S); continuous-servo autofocus (AF-C); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points
Single-point AF, 9-, 21-, or 51- point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, auto-area AF
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo autofocus) or by pressing the center of the sub-selector
TTL: i-TTL flash control using RGB sensor with approximately 91K (91,000) pixels is available with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, or SB-400; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighting metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Front curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
-3 - +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV
Lights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, or SB-700 as a master flash, and SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes, or SU-800 as commander; Auto FP High-Speed Sync and modeling illumination supported with all CLS-compatible flash units except SB-400; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread
Auto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored), choose color temperature (2500 K-10000 K), all with fine-tuning.
Live view photography (quiet or silent), movie live view
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo autofocus (AF-S); full-time servo autofocus (AF-F) Manual focus (M)
Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Frame size (pixels) and frame rate
1,920 x 1,080; 30 p (progressive), 25 p, 24 p 1,920 x 1,080 crop; 30 p, 25 p, 24 p 1,280 x 720; 60 p, 50 p, 30 p, 25 p 640 x 424; 30p, 25p Actual frame rates for 60 p, 50 p, 30 p, 25 p, and 24 p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; all options support both high and normal image quality
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format
Audio recording device
Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Automatically adjusted in the range ISO 200-12800 or ISO 200-Hi 4
Index marking, time-lapse photography
8-cm/3.2-in., approx. 921k-dot (VGA) TFT LCD with 170° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, and automatic monitor brightness control using ambient brightness sensor
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, GPS data display, auto image rotation, voice memo input and playback, and IPTC information embedding and display
Type C mini-pin HDMI connector; can be used simultaneously with camera monitor
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter)
Ten-pin remote terminal
Can be used to connect optional remote control, GP-1 GPS unit, or GPS device compliant with NMEA0183 version 2.01 or 3.01 (requires optional MC-35 GPS adapter cord and cable with D-sub 9-pin connector)
Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian
One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL18 battery
EH-6b AC adapter; requires EP-6 power connector (available separately)
1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 160 x 156.5 x 90.5 mm (6.3 x 6.2 x 3.6 in.)
Approx. 1340 g (2 lb. 15.3 oz.) with battery and XQD memory card but without body cap and accessory shoe cover; approx. 1180 g/2 lb. 9.6 oz. (camera body only)
Less than 85% (no condensation)
BF-1B body cap, BS-2 accessory shoe cover, EN-EL18 rechargeable Li-ion battery with terminal cover, MH-26 battery charger with power cable and two contact protectors, UC-E15 USB cable, USB cable clip, UF-2 mic stereo input jack for ME-1 stereo microphone, AN-DC7 strap, ViewNX 2 installer CD
Unless otherwise stated, all figures are for a camera with a fully-charged battery operating at an ambient temperature of 20 °C (68 °F).