Nikon D4 Review

Overall 45
Imaging 23
Features 49
Size 66
Price 0

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP Full frame CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Expands to 50 - 204800)
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3.2″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 11.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 160 x 157 x 91 mm
  • Weight: 1340 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: Yes
  • Replaced Nikon D3S. Compare
  • Replaced by Nikon D4s. Compare

Nikon D4 Summary

This review is devoted to D4 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Jan 06, 2012. This model is a Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a Full frame (36 x 23.9 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Initially, Nikon developed this model to replace their older product D3S and, after some time, Nikon has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one D3S. To learn more about the specs and difference between these models, check our complete comparison by following these links:
Nikon D4 vs. D4s
Nikon D4 vs. D3S

In Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #68 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 45/100 and it takes a rank of #353 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Nikon D4 Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon D4 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Size: 3.2″
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 13.1
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 2965
  • Min Boosted Iso: 50
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Headphone Port: Yes
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Battery Life: 2600 shots
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes

CONs

  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Number Of Cross Focus Points: 15
  • Wireless Connectivity: Optional
  • Dust Proof: No

Complete Comparison of Nikon D4 With Other Cameras in Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon D4. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Nikon D4

Nikon D4 has the following external dimensions 160 x 160 x 91 mm (62.99 x 61.81 x 35.83″) with the weight of 1340 g.

The typical weight for average Pro DSLR type cameras is 1275g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Nikon D4, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon D4 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 91mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon D4 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon D4 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon D4 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Nikon D4 — 2600 shots
Min: 650 shots
Average: 2336 shots
Max: 4400 shots

Thickness

Nikon D4 — 91 mm
Min: 74 mm
Average: 85 mm
Max: 123 mm

Weight

Nikon D4 — 1340 g
Min: 735 g
Average: 1275 g
Max: 1585 g

Unfortunately, Nikon D4 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Nikon D4 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Nikon D4 Photo and Sensor Features

Nikon D4 boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a Full frame (36 x 23.9 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Nikon D4 has the following ISO range 100 - 12800 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 50 - 204800.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Nikon D4 features a 16.0 MP Full frame sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Nikon D4, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 89 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Nikon D4’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Nikon D4 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Full frame sensor featured in Nikon D4 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon D4

LCD and ViewFinder

Nikon D4 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3.2" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 921k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in D4 has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.7x and it also provides a coverage of 100%.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Nikon D4 are its 11.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, D4 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Nikon D4, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Nikon D4 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Nikon D4 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

In addition, Nikon D4 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone and, since it comes with a port for external headphones, we can call Nikon D4 a perfect camera for high-quality videography purposes.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect D4 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Nikon D4 provides a shooting life of 2600, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 2336 shots.

Compared to all models in the Pro DSLR category, Nikon D4 offers the highest battery life that reaches 2600 shots.

How Good is Nikon D4 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon D4’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon D4’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the D4 to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Nikon D4 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D4 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 83. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D4 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (36 x 23.9 mm) sensor
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)

Disadvantages:

  • You might not like Nikon skintone
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon D4 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D4 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 78. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D4 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large Full frame(36 x 23.9 mm) sensor
  • Big battery life (2600 shots)

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (160 x 157 x 91 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon D4 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D4 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 96. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D4 can be called a 96 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Continuous Shooting (11.0 fps)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Big Number of autofocus Points (51)
  • Nice Low Light ISO (2965)
  • Big battery life (2600 shots)
  • Big size (160 x 157 x 91 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (15)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)

Nikon D4 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D4 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 69. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D4 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (36 x 23.9 mm) sensor
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (1340 g)
  • Big size (160 x 157 x 91 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash

Nikon D4 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D4 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 96. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D4 can be called a 96 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (36 x 23.9 mm) sensor
  • Good Dynamic Range (13.1)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support
  • Nice Low Light ISO (2965)

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)

Nikon D4 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model D4
Announced Jan 06, 2012
Body Type Large SLR"
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Nikon F
Number of Lenses 287
Focal Length Multiplier 1x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3.2″
Screen Resolution 921k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.7
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 11.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes Auto, Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 89
DxO Color Depth 24.7
DxO Dynamic Range 13.1
DxO Low Light ISO 2965
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Full frame
Sensor Dimensions 36 x 23.9 mm
Sensor Area 860.40 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4928 x 3280
Max Native ISO 12,800
Max Boosted ISO 204,800
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection No
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 51
Number of Cross Focus Points 15
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port Yes
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 1340 g
Physical Dimensions 160 x 157 x 91 mm
Battery Life 2600 shots
Battery Type 2600 shots
Battery Model EN-EL18
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS Optional
Storage Type CompactFlash, XQD
Storage Slots 2

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