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Say Hello To Nikon’s New Flagship DSLR, The D4s

By Anthony Thurston on February 24th 2014

Nikon officially unveiled the D4s today, after weeks of rumors and speculation about the specs and capabilities of Nikon’s new flagship DSLR. Now, we actually have the official details to talk about, so let’s jump right in!


First off, the initial rumors were correct, the D4s does indeed come with the same 16.2 mp sensor as the D4, though it does have an improved Expeed 4 processor over the Expeed 3 in the D4. If you’d like to get an idea of what this sensor’s image quality will look like, you can probably make a pretty good guess based on the Nikon Df image quality which we recently shared in that camera’s review.  (Click HERE.)  Simply put, this sensor will be nothing short of incredible, with dynamic range comparable to the Nikon D800, and low noise levels plus great colors that look almost identical from ISO 100 to 6400.

The new Expeed 4 processor is 30% faster too, and offers support for 1080p video at 60fps (which is a very welcome addition). It also means a jump up from 10fps continuous shooting to 11fps.

The D4s also features some new AF options for five AF sensors to be used as a group and optimized for subjects located within an area. Nikon also states that the body shape of the grip and details at backside (body form and controls) have been re-designed.


Not a bad update there for sure, but worth an upgrade? That is debatable, but I am sure that most D4 owners are not chomping at the bit to spend another 6K on a camera body with such minor improvements.  Then again, that’s why Nikon named it the D4s instead of the D5, right?


Nikon D4s Specs

  • 16.2MP FX-format CMOS sensor
  • 100 to 25,600 ISO native, ISO 50-409,600 using LO-1 and HI-4
  • New Small RAW setting (8 megapixels) in 12-bit uncompressed format
  • Spot White Balance when using Live View
  • Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX (AF Sensor)
  • 11 fps (up from 10 FPS on the D4)
  • LCD color can be fine tuned on a 4-way RGB grid
  • Full aperture metering during Live View for stills
  • EN-EL18a Battery (approx. 3020 shots per charge)

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Like what you see? I know that I am drooling, even though I know I am not going to be affording one of these bad boys any time soon. But if you are luckier than I, and have the money available, you can pre-order the new Nikon D4s from B&H here for$6,496.


What are your thoughts on the new D4s? There is no doubt that there are some pretty neat improvements, but are the improvements enough to sway a current D4 owner into upgrading or is this for new flagship owners only? Or is it simply “the new version of the D4”?  Share your opinion in a comment below to join the discussion.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Rafael Steffen

    This camera has really imroved a lot over it’s predecessor. I love the S on the name!

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  3. Kilika

    “Simply put, this sensor will be nothing short of incredible, with dynamic range comparable to the Nikon D800, and low noise levels plus great colors that look almost identical from ISO 100 to 6400.”

    Hi, I wonder where you get this info. Could you please cite the test/review?

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  4. LetThereBeLight

    Exciting news except for price… I wish they kept it at $5999. If it gets better high ISO results I think this will be a winner among wedding, sports and event photographers. The D5 should be the “upgrade” people are wanting but for an “s” upgrade this is pretty nice!

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  5. Dave

    yes those canon updates have been “to die for!!” I’ve been having to wear a bucket off my chin to collect all the drool I have constantly flowing over their “New” technology marvel that’s the T5!!! OMG sooo amazing!!! At least if they stop with the compacts they can use all their sensors for the T6-T10.

    Canon seems more interesting in adding lil crappy things like flippy screens,new menus, etc… things that don’t impact IQ, they need to scrap all that fluff crap and spend some time things that matter like the sensors, it’s like they’re afraid of the words “dynamic range”.

    Everyone all have their panties in a wad for a 5d… why?? It’s a great wedding camera but really not worth a crap for landscapes, hell we just did a quick, no frills test with a 5dm2 with L glass against my old D90 with 18-200 vr 1 for landscapes and hdrs and that lil D90 smoked that 5d,hell my D7000 has 2.2 more stops dynamic range than a 5dm3. Their cheap line only sells because people think they’re the best (i started with canon too) but while canons cheaper line regresses at least Nikon is advancing theirs. Go over to canons side and see what theyre bitching about…. canons acting like m$ and I can’t wait for them to follow that path.

    Back to this one… if this kicks out images close to a d800 in IQ then that alone is worth it. I’m so tired of people bitching about such lame issues.

    Here’s what I’d like to see…
    1. take the effin video crap out!! it’s a CAMERA, i’d rather see them improving/adding things that actually help it produce better images. If I want video I’ll buy a dang VIDEO recorder.
    2. get rid of flippy, popout, touch screens and all that nonsense, i had that on my sony and I was more worried about breaking that off then actually using the camera and that shouldn’t be a worry or concern.
    3. replace the video crap with a small computer that could do things useful like control the settings itself so you could easily input or hell even voice command a huge bank of presets or controls that could be instantly changed on the fly but just muttering something like “portrait two” as the bride walks thru a tree shadow and 2 seconds later mutter “portrait 1” to instantly go back to other settings.. ot whatever. It’s not like the technology isn’t there but they’re wasting too much space and money on junk.
    4. Smaller isn’t better! I want thick, solid, heavy camera body that i can hold steady instead of feeling like im holding a dainty little tea cup ;)

    no point in any of this… im going outside to actually take pix instead of bitching lol

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  6. Jeff

    “Much ado about nothing”
    In these dark days of deminishing returns, Nikon would have been been better served spending their R&D and production budget on something a bit more groundbreaking. News from the Canon camp is they are scrapping their entire line of sub-par P&S and focusing more on DSLR development. How does Nikon respond? And exactly how many entry-level Nikon bodies does the world really need?

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  7. E J

    I think that the megapixel count could have been increased to at least another 4. But i guess that will be the D5

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    • Matthew Saville

      Historically speaking, EJ, Nikon has never increased the megapixel count with an “s” model camera. So this is par for the course. Actually this “s” model has more improvements than almost any other, believe it or not!


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  8. Zach

    yawn. Nikon just keeps missing the boat for me. If I wouldn’t take such a financial hit, I’d go to Canon. The 5diii really has the specs I want, 24mp, great autofocus, better video. Guess I’ll stick with 4/3 for now…

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    • frank nazario

      Wait … what?! LMAO! 4/3??!! You are flaming a Nikon D4s and you have a 4/3? LOL! Dude… do yourself a favor… go Canon but please don’t say that Nikon is missing the boat … Canon has taken that to an art form with their model updates… T1 to T5i anyone???

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    • Rafael Steffen

      Wait until the D750 comes out and it will surpass the Canon!

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