Nikon D4S

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Nikon D4S
TypeDigital single-lens reflex camera
Released24 February 2014
Lens mountNikon F-mount
Sensor36.0 mm × 23.9 mm, Nikon FX format[1]
Sensor typeCMOS
Maximum resolution4928 × 3280 pixels
(16.2 megapixels)
Film speedISO equivalency 100 to 25,600 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps, Boost: 50–409,600 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps
Storage mediaOne CompactFlash (Type I) card slot, one XQD card slot
Focus modesAuto selection (AF-A), Continuous-servo (AF-C), Single-servo AF (AF-S), Face-Priority AF (Live View and D-Movie only), Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Focus areas51-area Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX
Exposure modesProgrammed Auto [P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A], Manual [M]
Exposure metering91,000 pixels RGB TTL exposure metering sensor
Metering modesCenter-weighted, 3D color matrix metering III, Spot
FlashNo integrated flash, external only
Flash bracketing2-9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
ShutterElectronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed range30 to 1/8000 second and bulb
Continuous shooting11 frame/s
ViewfinderOptical-type fixed eye level pentaprism, 100% coverage, 0.7x magnification
Image processing
White balanceAuto, Presets (12), Manual, and Color temperature in kelvins
WB bracketing2 to 9 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3 EV
LCD screen3.2-inch diagonal, (921,000 dots), TFT VGA[1]
BatteryLi-Ion EN-EL18a (2,500 mAh)
Dimensions160×157×91 mm (6.3×6.2×3.6 in)[2]
Weight1,180 g (42 oz)
Made in Japan
PredecessorNikon D4
SuccessorNikon D5

The Nikon D4S is a full frame professional DSLR camera announced by Nikon Corporation on February 25, 2014 to succeed the D4 as its flagship DSLR.[3] The D4S offers a number of improvements over its predecessor including a new image sensor, new image processor, new battery, improved ergonomics and expanded ISO range.[4][5] Additionally, improved auto focus (AF) algorithms and a new AF Tracking mode were introduced together with a new option of RAW image capture in full resolution (16 MP) or a "Small" file (4 MP).[6]

In May 2014, the D4S received a Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) 2014 Award in the category of "Best Digital SLR Professional".[7][8] In August 2014, the D4S received a European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) award in the category "European Professional DSLR Camera 2014-2015".[9]

The D4S was superseded by the Nikon D5, announced on January 6, 2016.

The D4S was discontinued in December 2016.


While the D4S retains many features of the Nikon D4, it offers the following new features and improvements:[5][3]

  • Redesigned 16.2-megapixel image sensor with less noise
  • New Expeed 4 image processor
  • New Group-area Autofocus mode, allowing five focus points to be grouped for subject tracking
  • Exposure smoothing during timelapse recording
  • Expanded ISO range of ISO 100–25,600 (boosted range of ISO 50-409,600)
  • Gigabit Ethernet port for data transfer and tethered shooting
  • Full HD (1920 × 1080) 60p video capture with uncompressed video output via HDMI
  • Improved autofocus and subject tracking algorithms
  • Improved mirror mechanism, increasing continuous shooting speed to 11fps with AF
  • Improved EN-EL18a battery with higher capacity for increased battery life of approximately 3000 shots


  1. ^ a b Lowensohn, Josh. "Nikon's fastest DSLR gets faster with the D4S in March". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  2. ^ Grunin, Lori. "Nikon D4S hits ISO 409600, 11fps". CNET. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Digital SLR Camera Nikon D4S". Nikon Corporation. January 25, 2014. Archived from the original on August 3, 2014. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  4. ^ Cade, DL (24 February 2014). "Nikon Finally Pulls Back the Curtain on the D4s: A Less Noisy, Faster Version of the D4". PetaPixel. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  5. ^ a b Britton, Barney (February 25, 2014). "Nikon D4s: CP+ Hands-on and interview". Digital Photography Review. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  6. ^ Mat Smith (February 24, 2014). "Nikon's new D4S DSLR improves speed and focusing, adds ISO settings up to 409,600". Engadget.
  7. ^ "Best Digital SLR Professional: Nikon D4S". Technical Image Press Association. 2014. Archived from the original on August 9, 2014. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  8. ^ "Nikon receives 4 TIPA Awards 2014". Nikon. May 9, 2014. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  9. ^ "EUROPEAN PROFESSIONAL DSLR CAMERA 2014-2015 - Nikon D4s". European Imaging and Sound Association. 2014. Archived from the original on August 29, 2014. Retrieved August 24, 2014.

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