Nikon D4 Digital SLR
When Thomas Sutton designed the first photographic single lens reflex (SLR) camera in 1866 he probably could not have dreamt of the Nikon D4. Cameras have, thanks to the advances in computer and lens technology, become full multi-media gadgets.
The FX-Format D4 digital SLR, for instance, can shoot 10 frames per second with full autofocus, laying each shot on a 16.2 megapixel canvas. The 36 x 23.9 milimeter imaging chip ensures good results particularly in low light. In fact, its image sensor supports a sensitivity range from ISO 50 to an incredible ISO 204800.
Nikon says that “The new 91K-pixel (approximately 91,000 pixels) RGB sensor supports the Advanced Scene Recognition System, which is able to recognize human faces even when images are framed using the optical viewfinder.” The also claim that the D4 “offers superior image quality rich in detail along with excellent high-speed performance.”
But what do the experts think of the Nikon D4?
Richard Butler of dpreview thinks that “Nikon has clearly paid attention to professional photographers’ workflow requirements when shooting, and has tried to set the camera up so there’s no need to use a laptop alongside it any more.”
Engadget’s Darren Murph took the D4 out and came back with the opinion that “it’s not exactly easy to revolutionize the photographic world twice in less than three years. The D4 is simply a refined D3S, with a smattering of features…”
Wired’s Dan Havlik and a friend took the D4 into “the shadowy depths of New York City’s Grand Central Station” and found “the D4’s quick and accurate 51-point autofocus system was tack sharp.”
And after a PopPhoto test, their Philip Ryan claims “Nikon’s pro-level speed shooter just keeps getting better.” Rounding off, “But, if the D3s’s ultra-clean low-ISO images matter more to you, then it might not make sense to move to the D4. Videographers, however, should definitely consider the D4.”
For more info, see the Nikon D4 specifications page
Also see History of the SLR camera