Nikon D4
Nikon Digital SLR Camera D4 Specifications
Type of camera
Lens mount
Effective pixels
Image sensor
Total pixels
Dust-reduction system
Image size (pixels)
File format
Picture Control System
Storage media
Dual card slots
File system
Viewfinder
Frame coverage
Magnification
Eyepoint
Diopter adjustment
Focusing screen
Reflex mirror
Depth-of-field preview
Lens aperture
Compatible lenses
Shutter type
Shutter speed
Flash sync speed
Release modes
Frame advance rate
Self-timer
Exposure metering
Metering method
Metering range
(ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)
Exposure meter coupling
Exposure modes
Exposure compensation
Exposure bracketing
Exposure lock
ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index) Active D-Lighting
ADL bracketing
Single-lens reflex digital camera
Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
16.2 million
36.0 × 23.9 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon FX format)
16.6 million
Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (requires optional Capture NX 2
software)
• FX format (36×24): 4,928 × 3,280 (L), 3,696 × 2,456 (M), 2,464 × 1,640 (S)
• 1.2× (30×20): 4,096 × 2,720 (L), 3,072 × 2,040 (M), 2,048 × 1,360 (S)
• DX format (24×16): 3,200 × 2,128 (L), 2,400 × 1,592 (M), 1,600 × 1,064 (S)
• 5:4 (30×24): 4,096 × 3,280 (L), 3,072 × 2,456 (M), 2,048 × 1,640 (S)
• FX-format photographs taken in movie live view (16:9): 4,928 × 2,768 (L), 3,696 × 2,072
(M), 2,464 × 1,384 (S)
• DX-format photographs taken in movie live view (16:9): 3,200 × 1,792 (L), 2,400 × 1,344
(M), 1,600 × 896 (S)
• FX-format photographs taken in movie live view (3:2): 4,928 × 3,280 (L), 3,696 × 2,456 (M),
2,464 × 1,640 (S)
• DX-format photographs taken in movie live view (3:2): 3,200 × 2.128 (L), 2,400 × 1.592(M),
1,600 × 1,064 (S)
A DX-based format is used for photographs taken using the DX (24×16) 1.5× 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
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)
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 (36×24): Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical • 1.2× (30×20): Approx. 97%
horizontal and 97% vertical • DX (24×16): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical
• 5:4 (30×24): Approx. 97% horizontal and 100% vertical
Approx. 0.7× (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 to +1 m-1
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets and framing grid
Quick return
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-NIKKOR lenses), DX lenses [using DX (24×16) 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 cannot 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
1/8,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, bulb, X250
X=1/250 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/250 s or slower
S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutterrelease), (self-timer), MUP (mirror up)
Up to approx. 10 fps (CL) or approx. 10 to 11 fps (CH)
2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2 or 3 s
TTL exposure metering using RGB sensor with approx. 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)
• Matrix or center-weighted metering: -1 to 20 EV
• Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV
Combined CPU and AI
Programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority
auto (A); manual (M)
-5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Luminosity locked at detected value with the center of the sub-selector
ISO 100 to 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
2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3 to 5 frames using preset values for all
frames
Printed in Holland Code No. 6CE12040 (1208/B)K
Autofocus
Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection,
fine-tuning, 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors; f/8 supported by 11 sensors)
Detection range
-2 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Lens servo
• 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
Focus point
Can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points
AF-area modes
Single-point AF, 9-, 21- or 51-point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, auto-area AF
Focus lock
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo autofocus)
or by pressing the center of the sub-selector
Flash control
TTL: i-TTL flash control using RGB sensor with approx. 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-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital
SLR with spot metering
Flash modes
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
Flash compensation
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Flash bracketing
2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Flash-ready indicator
Lights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoe
ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800 or SB-700 as a
Lighting System (CLS)
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
Sync terminal
ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread
White balance
Auto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade,
preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored), choose color temperature (2,500 K to 10,000 K);
all with fine-tuning
White balance bracketing 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3
Live view modes
Live view photography (quiet or silent), movie live view
Live view lens servo
• Autofocus (AF): Single-servo autofocus (AF-S); full-time servo autofocus (AF-F)
• Manual focus (M)
AF-area modes
Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
Autofocus
Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when
face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Movie metering
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Frame size (pixels) • 1,920 × 1,080; 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p • 1,920 × 1,080 crop; 30p, 25p, 24p • 1,280 ×
and frame rate
720; 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p • 640 × 424; 30p, 25p
Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps
respectively; all options support both high and normal image quality
File format
MOV
Video compression
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format
Linear PCM
Audio recording device
Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
ISO sensitivity
Automatically adjusted in the range ISO 200 to 12800 or ISO 200 to Hi 4
Maximum length
29 min. 59 s (20 min. depending on frame size/rate and movie quality settings)
Other movie options
Index marking, time-lapse photography
Monitor
8-cm (3.2-in.), approx. 921k-dot (VGA) TFT LCD with 170° viewing angle, approx. 100%
frame coverage, and automatic monitor brightness control using ambient brightness
sensor
Playback
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
USB
Hi-Speed USB
HDMI output
Type C mini-pin HDMI connector; can be used simultaneously with camera monitor
Audio input
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
Audio output
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)
10-pin remote terminal
Can be used to connect optional remote control, GPS Unit GP-1 or GPS device compliant
with NMEA0183 version 2.01 or 3.01 (requires optional GPS Adapter Cord MC-35 and
cable with D-sub 9-pin connector)
Ethernet
RJ-45 connector
Peripheral connector
For Wireless Transmitter WT-5A/B/C/D
Supported languages
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
Battery
One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL18
AC adapter
AC Adapter EH-6b; requires Power Connector EP-6 (available separately)
Tripod socket
1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W × H × D)
Approx. 160 × 156.5 × 90.5 mm/6.3 × 6.2 × 3.6 in.
Weight
Approx. 1,340 g/2 lb 15.3 oz with battery and XQD memory card but without body cap and
accessory shoe cover; approx. 1,180 g/2 lb 9.6 oz (camera body only)
Operating environment
Temperature: 0 to 40°C/32 to 104°F; humidity: less than 85% (no condensation)
Supplied accessories Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL18, Battery Charger MH-26, USB Cable UC-E15, Camera
(may differ by country or area)
Strap AN-DC7, Body Cap BF-1B, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-2, Eyepiece DK-17, Battery
Chamber Cover BL-6, USB Cable Clip, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM
• XQD is a trademark of SONY Corporation. • iPhone is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other
countries. • PictBridge is a trademark. • CompactFlash is a registered trademark of SanDisk Corporation. • HDMI,
the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing,
LLC. • Products and brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. • Images in
viewfinders, on LCDs and monitors shown in this brochure are simulated.
ALL EDGE, NO EXCEPTIONS
The professional world slows down for no one. In fact, the pace only grows faster, and the pressure
on photographers continues to rise. When advances in technology present new ways of working
in photography and video, you can expect one professional digital SLR to give you a winning
edge. Get ready for the D4, Nikon’s newest flagship camera and a tangible symbol of the quest for
innovation. Built upon a foundation of industry firsts, the D4 shatters many barriers that today’s
professionals face, delivering new levels of quality, speed and precision for both still images
and broadcast quality video. The world’s ultimate imaging machine and its 16.2-megapixel FXformat sensor offer you uncompromised performance in some of the most demanding ambient
lighting and environmental conditions imaginable. Take advantage of this newfound power, and
utilize the incredibly fast AF acquisition and Nikon’s next-generation EXPEED 3 image-processing
engine’s speeds. Freeze an action sequence at approx. 10 frames per second thanks to advances in
buffer speed. Expect full AF and AE performance throughout, even in FX format, and experience
incomparably accurate shutter control, autofocus detection and motion tracking.
The D4 makes these advantages a reality, all while raising its effective pixel count by 33 percent
over its predecessor, the D3S. Despite the additional 4 megapixels of image data to process, you
can expect zero trade-off when it comes to speed and accuracy due to tremendous technological
improvements in image processing and sensor design. The incredible Advanced Scene Recognition
System pushes performance even further with its 91K-pixel RGB sensor. The revolutionary
autofocus helps you shoot accurately in lower light than ever. For multimedia demands, there
is multi-area mode Full HD D-Movie that offers three imaging formats for movies — for the
first time in the world — and an optimized image-processing system that excels in extremely
difficult conditions, making the D4 one of the most powerful broadcasting tools on the planet.
With durability, precision and reliability like this, and the extensive Nikon System of lenses and
Speedlights at your disposal, it’s time to truly push the limits of your craft. The professional world
may be speeding up, but with the D4, you set the pace.
What a Pro Wants Most
Some battle rapid-fire deadlines at a breakneck pace. Others
lie in wait for hours or even days, waiting for one precious,
fleeting moment. They are professional photographers, and
no matter whether they work solely in stills or in the growing
field of multimedia, their livelihood hinges on anticipating,
capturing and delivering winning images. The world’s leading
photographers have never pushed their boundaries further or
faster than today, striving to accomplish more, while carrying
less. As the professional landscape evolves, Nikon adapts
to the changes and delivers a camera that excels where
professionals need it most. Nikon called on five of the world’s
top photographers and asked them to push the D4 to the limit,
relentlessly testing five areas essential to today’s professionals:
image quality, reliability, speed, workflow fluidity and
broadcast quality video. Here is how they responded.
Bill Frakes (U.S.A.)
Matthias Hangst (Germany)
Vincent Munier (France)
Corey Rich (U.S.A.)
Joe McNally (U.S.A.)
In order to realize my creative vision, it is critical that
I be one with my camera. I must rely on it to transfer
my ideas into physical manifestations that I can share
across multiple platforms. It must be easy to use,
quick to respond, rugged, consistent and offer every
imaging option I desire. The D4 is all of this and much,
much more — all while offering me unfettered access
to the over 65 million F-mount lenses that Nikon has
produced since 1959. The world needs photojournalist
storytellers now more than ever, and this is the tool
that I have been waiting for. Capable of capturing
audio, high-resolution stills and HD video in one piece
of equipment, the D4 is the complete imaging machine.
For my type of assignments, 100% reliability is
essential, with fast and accurate focusing considered
priority number one. The D4 has a faster initial AF
detection speed and an improved dynamic AF system,
both of which help me concentrate on being creative
without worrying about focusing performance. I
regularly shoot fine JPEGs together with uncompressed
RAW, so I am really happy that the D4 has such an
impressive buffer, which allows high-speed continuous
shooting for longer periods of time. The D4 also offers
the possibility of IPTC data recording, which makes my
work much easier for an editor to handle during postproduction.
As a wildlife photographer, I frequently wait for
days in remote areas for a single shot. Durable and
dependable gear is essential. For this assignment,
the Tibetan plateau remained near -35˚C/-31˚F with
strong, dusty wind. Days from the nearest camera
repair, my team slept in tents alongside the indigenous
nomadic people, with little time or opportunity for
gear maintenance. Despite such extreme conditions,
the D4 proved its reliability daily. Its AF accuracy was
astounding, especially in low light: there were times
when a half-moon provided enough illumination for
sharp focus. The ability to use AF at f/8 has also been
extremely helpful, giving me extra reach. I look forward
to bringing the D4 back into the field. It is the perfect
instrument to help me witness the natural world.
I tell stories in some of the most extreme environments
on the planet: rain, snow, dust, wind, falling rock —
this is my office. Much of what I shoot happens only
once, so there is no going back for a second take.
Every piece of equipment I use must perform under
the harshest conditions, and the D4 lives up to my
highest standards. It offers the durability, reliability
and versatility I need for incredibly challenging
assignments, whether they require stills, video, audio
or all three. The D4 does it all. Never do I need to
question the camera's ability to perform. With trust
like this, I can focus on being creative.
On assignments for Life Magazine, Sports Illustrated
and National Geographic, I have encountered
all manner of shooting conditions: from location
portraiture to heavy production work; from stylized
studio sessions to “run-and-gun” journalism. The D4
can handle them all. It's fast and responsive, with
technical options that conform to virtually any need I
have in the field. The files and skin tones are exactly
the quality I need, and with the flick of a switch, I can
seamlessly go from detailed stills to shooting fullframe, 1080p high-def video. Advancements in the
camera's meter make the already formidable Nikon
Creative Lighting System even stronger, and coupled
with Nikon’s legendary optics, the D4 is the complete
package for every assignment, of any kind.
Photojournalism/Sports (stills and video)
Sports (stills)
Nature/Wildlife (stills and video)
Action/Extreme Sports (stills and video)
Photojournalism/Commercial (stills and video)
Reigning World Champion
in the Triple Jump,
Christian Taylor.
• Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 400mm
f/2.8G ED VR
• Image quality: 14-bit RAW (NEF)
• Exposure: [M] mode,
1/1,000 second, f/5.6
• White balance: Auto 1
• Sensitivity: ISO 6400
• Picture Control: Standard
©Bill Frakes
• Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm
f/2.8G ED VR II
• Image quality: 14-bit RAW (NEF)
• Exposure: [M] mode,
1/1,250 second, f/4
• White balance: Color
temperature (5,000 K)
• Sensitivity: ISO 6400
• Picture Control: Standard
©Matthias Hangst
• Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm
f/2.8G ED VR II
• Image quality: 14-bit RAW (NEF)
• Exposure: [M] mode,
1/200 second, f/14
• White balance: Auto 1
• Sensitivity: ISO 100
• Picture Control: Standard
©Joe McNally
Image Integrity What a Pro Wants Most
16.2 MP FX-format sensor with
an extended sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 12800
16.2-megapixel resolution and full-frame
FX format: a perfect balance
Seeking to offer
uncompromised
performance in
both video and still
photography, the
D4 is a brand new
camera fitted with a
new 16.2-megapixel
FX-format sensor of unprecedented speed,
size, resolution and sensitivity. Despite a
33% increase in effective pixels over its
predecessor, the D3S, the D4 delivers and
processes data faster than any Nikon camera
before it, providing photographers with up
to 11-fps performance in FX format. Close
examination of a D4 image reveals 16.2
megapixels of stunning depth and detail that
ensure flexibility in post-production, from
magazine-quality prints to web publishing.
Image quality this versatile is a direct result
of Nikon’s sophisticated approach to sensor
design. The internal design of the sensor is
carefully engineered to collect the maximum
amount of light and render the highest
possible image quality in the most diverse
and difficult lighting conditions. At high
ISO sensitivities, incredibly clear, smoothly
graded results are maintained thanks to an
optimized noise-reduction design and 14bit A/D conversion incorporated within the
sensor. Unique to Nikon, the D4 expands
your still image shooting possibilities with
four image area options: FX format (36.0 x
23.9 mm), 5:4 crop (29.9 x 23.9 mm), 1.2x
crop (29.9 x 19.9 mm) and DX format (23.4
x 15.5 mm). The camera also offers three
image area options for Full HD video thereby
tripling its potential for moviemaking. All
these creative options are supported by a
vast array of NIKKOR FX and DX lenses.
• Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 85mm
f/1.4G
• Image quality: 14-bit RAW (NEF)
• Exposure: [M] mode,
1/160 second, f/1.4
• White balance: Incandescent
• Sensitivity: ISO 12800
• Picture Control: Standard
©Joe McNally
• Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED • Image quality: 14-bit RAW (NEF) • Exposure: [M] mode, 1/60 second, f/4.5 • White balance: Auto 1
• Sensitivity: ISO 100 • Picture Control: Standard
©Joe McNally
Optimum use of light: Nikon’s proprietary
image sensor technology
Such exceptional image integrity across
such a wide ISO sensitivity range is made
possible through Nikon’s proprietary and
exclusive sensor technologies. The pixels
are spaced at a pitch of 7.3 µm while
gapless micro-lenses are employed, and
anti-reflective coating is used on various
parts — all of which results in minimized
ghost and flare. This detailed design
gives the D4 an unprecedented ability to
channel all available light efficiently and
directly into the sensor. The advantage
is maintained through improved sensor
quantum efficiency, ensuring optimum
conversion of light into electric signals,
and delivering digital files at ISO 100 to
12800 with a wide dynamic range and an
outstanding signal-to-noise ratio. The benefit
of a high-efficiency sensor is enhanced by
an integrated approach to noise reduction.
The layout of electronics within the sensor
has been carefully configured to minimize
noise. Despite operating at the amazing
speed required to realize approx. 11 fps, the
D4’s image sensor consumes less power,
contributing to extended battery life.
Standard ISO 100 to 12800, expandable from
ISO 50 to ISO 204800 equivalent
Nikon flagship digital SLRs have long been
recognized by professionals for their clean
performance at high sensitivity settings, and
the new 16.2-megapixel D4 offers low-noise
performance at ISO 12800. It also extends
the range one EV further, compared with
that of the D3S, making ISO 100 standard;
a welcome addition that allows the use of
slow shutter speeds in bright sunlight. For
more challenging conditions, equivalent
sensitivities of ISO 50 and ISO 204800 are
also available. The D4 is confidently capable
of shooting still images and video* in nearly
any light — even in places where the human
eye has difficulty in recognizing details.
Photographers are able to work in the harsh
glare of the midday sun and the low-key light
of dawn, and can capture images in the soft
shadows of a dimly lit interior or a moonlit
forest at midnight. In these situations,
the camera’s superb ISO sensitivity range
offers photographers great flexibility in their
approach to the subject matter.
*D-Movie standard ISO sensitivity from ISO 200 to ISO
12800, with higher sensitivity options up to Hi 4.
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Image Integrity What a Pro Wants Most
EXPEED 3: the super-charged engine behind faithful colors,
fine tones and an extraordinary dynamic range
Advanced Scene Recognition System based on
an advanced 91K-pixel RGB sensor
Details in highlight and shadow: Active
D-Lighting upgrades
When working with extremely high-contrast
lighting that exceeds the camera’s dynamic
range, and when movement in the subject
or background is inherent in your images,
the D4’s upgraded Active D-Lighting helps to
maintain highlight details. In addition to the
conventional range of settings, the D4 now
includes one additional “extra high” option
for more versatility when facing harsh and
difficult lighting conditions.
Fully saturated, high-contrast images: HDR
(High Dynamic Range)
• Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II • Image quality: 14-bit RAW (NEF) • Exposure: [M] mode, 1/200 second, f/11 • White balance: Auto 1
• Sensitivity: ISO 100 • Picture Control: Standard
©Joe McNally
Fast, intelligent and powerful 16-bit image
processing
The EXPEED 3 is the
latest embodiment of
Nikon imaging expertise in
miniature, a sophisticated
system that is designed to
analyze and process images
at blindingly fast speeds
with uncompromised
precision. The EXPEED 3 imaging-processing
engine, optimized for D-SLRs, delivers
faithful, well-saturated color, natural depth and
subtle, nuanced tones from pitch black all the
way to snow white. In dim lighting at high
ISO settings, the camera’s intelligent noise
reduction lowers noise without degrading
image sharpness. High-speed 16-bit image
processing delivers smooth gradation with
abundant tone and detail that can be applied
to image integrity for a diverse range of
uses. Even JPEGs straight out of the camera
maintain the accuracy required when directly
submiting to a magazine, newspaper or
web publication. The EXPEED 3 has been
optimized for video as well. Movie is rendered
with suppressed moiré, reduced false colors
and minimized “jaggies”. Noise reduction
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technology specifically designed for video
preserves clarity and sharp edges — even
in low light. The powerful EXPEED 3 is fast,
accurate and exceptionally energy efficient,
prolonging the camera’s ability to endure
extended assignments.
Edge-to-edge sharpness: lateral chromatic
aberration reduction
High-megapixel sensors can really test the
quality of a lens, but the combination of
brilliant NIKKOR lenses and Nikon’s intelligent
processing measures will significantly reduce
the risk of lateral chromatic aberration, or
color fringing, to give you incredibly naturallooking results. Unlike other correction
methods that simply eliminate chromatic
aberration, Nikon’s method compensates for
these color differences in a resolving index
for each color, making it particularly effective
in producing images with stunning edge-toedge sharpness. Moreover, because these
corrections are made regardless of the
NIKKOR lens used, this feature contributes
substantially to the sharpest images possible.
In addition to Active D-Lighting, the D4 offers
an HDR mode that is ideal for capturing a
scene that has an extremely wide dynamic
range. Most suitable for landscapes, interiors
and studio work, in this mode the D4 shoots
two frames in a single shutter release: one
overexposed, and the other underexposed.
The two are then instantly combined to
create a single image that encompasses
the full dynamic range of the original scene
with reduced loss of detail in highlights and
shadows even in high-contrast conditions.
The resulting images are fully saturated
and display a rich tonality compared to
those normally produced by HDR, even
in a high-contrast shooting situation that
requires additional image manipulation. The
exposure differential of the two images can
also be extended by up to 3 EV, while the
smoothness of the edge where the two
exposures meet can be adjusted.
A new level of accuracy in auto operation
with a 91K-pixel RGB sensor
With Nikon’s original
Advanced Scene
Recognition System,
the D4 achieves new
standards of accurate
autofocus, auto exposure,
i-TTL flash, Active
D-Lighting and auto white
balance results. At the
heart of the system is a precise RGB sensor
that meticulously reads each scene via
91K-pixels. With unprecedented precision,
the data that has been collected pixel-bypixel is then used to meter and analyze the
scene’s color information and brightness
levels. The system also recognizes human
faces when shooting with the optical
viewfinder. This rigorously analyzed pixel
data then automatically triggers a variety
of in-camera controls that help the image
files appear more natural and appealing.
Advanced Scene Recognition System
delivers incredibly high accuracy for various
auto controls by flawlessly calculating vast
amounts of scene information — even at up
to 10 frames per second.
Accurate subject detection: application
for AF
First introduced in the legendary D3 camera
series, Nikon’s auto-area AF and 3D-tracking
are AF-area modes that use the color and
brightness information from the subject
to determine correct focus. The D4 is
equipped with the latest subject recognition
algorithms for both AF-area modes, which
can be advantageous when taking highquality still images. In auto-area AF mode,
the camera can accurately recognize and
target focus on human faces — useful when
faces are a priority and time to choose the
focus point is not available. It focuses on a
subject’s body when the face is out of the
AF area. In 3D-tracking mode, the 91K-pixel
RGB sensor’s high-precision data combines
with a specifically optimized AF algorithm
that recognizes detailed patterns in order to
realize exceptional subject-tracking precision.
Incorporating years of research into
ambient lighting, the unique Nikon auto
white balance technologies in the D4 are
capable of identifying and compensating for
a broad range of artificial and natural light
sources. Using data from the image sensor
and 91K-pixel RGB sensor, the camera can
automatically render white as white with
supreme accuracy, or can incorporate the
warmth of ambient, incandescent lighting as
required.
With the D4’s enhanced i-TTL balanced fillflash paired to either a hot shoe or wired
Nikon Speedlight(s), human faces can be
illuminated in relation to their surroundings
with outstanding precision. Moreover,
face detection, when paired with Active
D-Lighting, delivers images that retain
highlights and shadows in high-contrast
scenarios, making faces look as they are
seen, whether in sunlight or shade.
The Advanced Scene Recognition System
Image sensor
Underexposed
Subject
tracking
Phase-detection AF
Auto-area AF
3D-tracking
HDR
Thanks to the 91K-pixel RGB sensor, the D4
has incredibly detailed scene information at
its disposal — including data on prominent
human faces in the viewfinder. This data
helps Nikon’s 3D color matrix metering III
to deliver more desirable auto exposures,
especially when there are human faces
present. In situations where exposure
compensation is required, such as a
dark face against a bright background or
conversely, a bright face against a dark
background, the D4 can now determine
exposure balanced with the background
considering the size of the face relative to a
frame and its brightness. Accurate metering
is possible in low-lit scenes as low as -1 EV
with 3D color matrix metering III and centerweighted metering.
Application for i-TTL balanced fill-flash and
Active D-Lighting
Auto white balance
91K-pixel RGB sensor
Overexposed
3D color matrix metering III: application
for AE
Face detection with
91K-pixel RGB sensor
Exposure control
3D color matrix metering III
i-TTL balanced fill-flash
Highlight analysis
Active
D-Lighting
AWB
Light source
identification
Playback
Playback zoom of
face
Face detection
on image plane
Live view
exposure control
Live view metering
Flicker reduction
Subject
tracking
Contrast-detect AF
Face-priority AF
Subject-tracking AF
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Speed, Efficiency and Precision What a Pro Wants Most
10/11 frames-per-second continuous shooting
in FX format for up to 200 frames
Faster to the winning frame: high-speed
continuous shooting with large buffer
The D4 is built for speed,
but not for speed alone.
The D4’s readiness and
agility go hand in hand with
incomparably accurate
control of shutter speed,
aperture value, autofocus
detection and tracking, auto exposure, auto
white balance and other control options that
get photographers closer to capturing the
decisive moment than ever before. Expect
10-fps shutter bursts with full AF and AE
performance in FX format. The frame rate
can also be boosted to up to 11 fps*1,2 in FX
format. The camera’s large buffer memory
allows shooting up to approx. 100 frames*3
in RAW and up to 200 frames*4 in JPEG
(when using SONY XQD Memory Card H
series QD-H32 with 32 GB capacity). This
enables photographers to maintain highspeed continuous shooting without worrying
about buffer memory capacity — a real
advantage that cannot be measured by fps
rates alone.
*1 The frame rate assumes continuous-servo AF, manual
or shutter-priority auto exposure, a shutter speed of
1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default values.
Frame rate may drop at extremely small apertures (high
f-numbers) or slow shutter speeds, when vibration
reduction (available with VR lenses) or auto ISO
sensitivity control is on, or when the battery is low.
*2 In continuous high-speed mode at 11 fps, some of
the second and subsequent shots in each burst may
not be in focus and exposure may not accurately track
poorly lit subjects.
*3 98 frames on average, image quality: 12-bit
compressed RAW, under test conditions established
by Nikon.
*4 Image quality: JPEG (fine/Medium)
• Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR • Image quality: 14-bit RAW (NEF) • Exposure: [M] mode, 1/800 second, f/4.5 • White balance: Preset manual
• Sensitivity: ISO 6400 • Picture Control: Standard
©Matthias Hangst
Faster response that supports comfortable
shooting
The D4’s speed runs across its entire
workflow. The camera is ready to shoot in
approx. 0.12 s*1, and release time lag is
minimized to a mere approx. 0.042 s*1. The
camera’s precise sequential mechanism
has been redesigned to reach 10/11 fps
even more accurately, and optimum card
recording speed is ensured with the CF
card compatible with UDMA 7, and the
next-generation recording media, the XQD
memory card, that can be set simultaneously
with dual card slots. The XQD memory
card’s read/write speed is 125 MB/s*2.
High-speed data transfer to a PC is achieved
with the XQD memory card reader*3 that
supports USB 3.0, delivering outstandingly
faster workflow. The D4’s powerful data
communication and control system makes
both wired and wireless LAN file transfer
speeds both faster and easier than ever.
*1 Based on CIPA Guidelines.
*2 SONY XQD Memory Card H series QD-H32 with
32 GB capacity. Under test conditions established
by SONY; may vary according to measurement
conditions.
*3 SONY XQD Memory Card Reader MRW-E80. Under
test conditions established by SONY.
• Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm
f/4G ED VR
• Image quality: 14-bit RAW (NEF)
• Exposure: [M] mode,
1/1,250 second, f/5.6
• White balance: Direct sunlight
• Sensitivity: ISO 250
• Picture Control: Standard
©Corey Rich
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Speed, Efficiency and Precision What a Pro Wants Most
51 AF points for sharper, faster detection with any AF NIKKOR lens, even in low light
AF modes and AF-area modes
• Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II • Image quality: 14-bit RAW (NEF) • Exposure: [M] mode, 1/2,500 second, f/4
• White balance: Auto 1, B2, M1 • Sensitivity: ISO 6400 • Picture Control: Standard
©Matthias Hangst
Phenomenal speed and accuracy
Experience the speed
needed to keep fastmoving subjects
in focus. With the
introduction of the
Advanced Multi-CAM
3500FX autofocus
sensor module, AF
performance reaches new heights. Like
its predecessor, the D4’s sensor module
utilizes 51 strategically placed AF points
that are designed to capture the subject
in a variety of ways: by working together
like a net to capture moving subjects or for
pinpoint accuracy, by using a single AF point
to home in on the exact place on the chosen
subject. All 51 AF points of the D4 are
usable with every AF NIKKOR lens of f/5.6
or faster. The D4 delivers high performance
even in extremely low-lit situations. AF
detection is fast and accurate down to an
impressive -2 EV (ISO 100, 20˚C/68˚F), which
is approximately the physical limit of human
visibility through an optical viewfinder.
Consistent, reliable performance can be
expected at night stadium assignments, in
poorly lit indoor arenas, theaters and any
other low-lit venue.
• Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR • Image quality: 14-bit RAW (NEF) • Exposure: [M] mode, 1/2,000 second, f/8
• White balance: Auto 1 • Sensitivity: ISO 2500 • Picture Control: Standard
©Bill Frakes
15 cross-type sensors in the central area
and 11 focus points compatible with f/8
Fast initial AF detection
The D4’s AF is designed to work as fast
as a professional’s reflexes. Its faster initial
AF detection captures decisive moments
like never before, which is advantageous
when there is not enough time to press the
shutter-release button halfway to focus,
or if the subject moves fast or appears
unexpectedly. It is especially capable in
sports photography. Volleyball, soccer, track
and field and swimming — no matter what
the sport, the D4 is ready. Also, a new
“Focus+release” option is provided as an
AF-C priority selection. This option prioritizes
focus over release in the first frame, and
then prioritizes frame rate from the second
frame, when shooting a low-contrast and
low-lit subject. It is effective for high-speed
continuous shooting with the emphasis on
the focusing rate of the first frame.
The D4 aligns its 15 cross-type sensors in
the central viewfinder area to detect contrast
in both vertical and horizontal lines for better
AF performance. Each cross-type sensor is
responsive with f/5.6 and provides its full
performance with all AF-NIKKOR lenses.
Moreover, the five central focus points and
three points to the left and right of them
in the middle line are compatible with f/8.
Highly accurate focusing is realized even
with the effective aperture value of f/8 by
combining a 2.0x teleconverter with supertelephoto NIKKOR lenses, that are frequently
used for sports shooting. This delivers a
new level of potential when shooting distant
subjects, such as sports or wildlife.
From fast-breaking news stories and highspeed sports and action to unpredictable
wildlife and dimly lit wedding receptions,
the D4’s optimized AF options are ready to
respond to a wide range of needs. There
are two AF modes; AF-C activates AF
servo continuously and is recommended
for moving subjects, while AF-S activates
AF servo once to lock-in focus and is
recommended for stationary subjects. For
AF-area modes, there are four choices:
single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking
and auto-area AF. Single-point AF offers the
pinpoint accuracy needed for portraiture or
for a sports image where the exact focus
point placement is crucial. Dynamic-area AF
has three more choices: 9, 21, and 51. With
each option, 9, 21, or 51 AF points work
together to continuously detect moving
subjects. The 3D-tracking mode locks onto
moving subjects, moving the AF point and
allowing the photographer to concentrate on
composition. In concert with the Advanced
Scene Recognition System, the D4 can
recognize detailed patterns and color within
the frame and then use this information to
improve tracking accuracy. Auto-area AF
automatically chooses the AF point based on
the most appropriate human face using face
detection. Despite the wide range of options,
with the D4, switching between modes
has never been easier: simply use the AFmode button and sub- or main-command dial
to switch between modes, whilst looking
through the viewfinder.
Single-point AF mode
Auto-area AF mode
Dynamic-area AF mode (9 points)
Dynamic-area AF mode (21 points)
3D-tracking mode
Available focus points according to aperture
Dynamic-area AF mode (51 points)
Note: Only the selected focus point is shown on actual images. Also, if focus points
are selected in a peripheral area of an image when [9 points] or [21 points] is chosen,
the number of focus points actually used may be less than 9 or 21.
Compatible with f/5.6
Compatible with aperture slower than
f/5.6 and faster than f/8
Compatible with f/8
Perform as cross sensors
Perform as line sensors
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Broadcast Quality Video, Outstanding Control What a Pro Wants Most
1080p Full HD, high-fidelity audio recording,
and an uncompressed video output option
Optimum camera control for live view movie
and stills
1,920 x 1,080 crop format
DX-based format
FX-based format
The image above shows three image area options
(aspect ratio 16:9) on an FX-format image area for
viewfinder shooting or live view photography.
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From amazing stills to inspired video
Multi-area mode Full HD D-Movie
Switching from stunning still images to
broadcast-quality video is one simple click
with the D4. With its comfortable form
factor and rugged design, shooting HD video
in even the most demanding conditions
becomes readily attainable enhancing any
photographer’s ability to tell a story. The D4
can record 1080p Full HD video at 30/25
or 24p in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format with
broadcast quality full of fine tones and
natural colors. Maximum recording time
for a single clip is 29 min. 59 s*. Thanks to
Nikon’s latest image-processing algorithms,
the D4’s video offers smooth results with
reduced unwanted “jaggies” and moiré,
yet maintains sharp edges even in dark
conditions with noise reduction technology
that is designed specifically for video. ISO
ranges from ISO 200 to ISO 12800 as
standard, with the option to expand up to an
ISO 204800 equivalent.
Image sensor size plays a major role in the
artistic look of video: larger sensors deliver
a shallower depth of field (DOF), while
smaller sizes extend the depth. Using its fullframe FX format and 16.2 megapixels, the
D4 offers three formats for Full HD video,
recording in either FX-based, DX-based or
1,920 x 1,080 crop movie format. The FXbased format renders exquisitely shallow
depth of field with beautiful bokeh effects
and offers the fullest use of wide-angle
lenses. It ensures beautiful movies even
at high ISO sensitivity with minimal noise.
When a DX lens is attached, DX-based
format is automatically selected. This format
is useful when it is impossible to get close
enough with an existing lens. For extreme
telephoto effects, the 1,920 x 1,080 crop
format gives an approx. 2.7x increase to the
focal length. Furthermore, this crop format
delivers outstanding video quality and detail,
obtaining 1080p Full HD. This versatility of
multiple image formats, combined with the
comprehensive selection of NIKKOR lenses
makes the D4 a highly creative video capture
tool.
*20 min. depending on frame size/rate and movie quality
settings.
Auto flicker detection
The D4’s live view
operation has become
even more intuitive with
specifically optimized
live view modes for still
photography and video.
Live view photography mode permits the
shooting of still images using the extremely
accurate contrast AF, and by selecting a silent
shutter-release option, makes the operation
virtually noise-free. A magnification of up
to approx. 15x means that exact focus can
be checked. For video live view, the D4
incorporates dedicated exposure controls that
enable smooth exposure transitions, even
during dramatic changes in lighting, such as
when moving from a bright, backlit window
into a dark interior. Full manual control is
available to keep the same look from start to
finish. Also, it is possible to shoot still images
in 16:9 aspect ratio by pressing the shutterrelease button.
Uncompressed video output via HDMI
Reducing flicker effects caused by artificial
lighting during live view and video recording
has become easier than ever. The Auto
mode in the flicker reduction menu can
automatically identify the flicker frequency
for the appropriate control. Manual selection
of 50 Hz and 60 Hz is available when
needed.
High-fidelity audio recording with refined
controls
The D4 is designed for crisp audio
recording with a built-in external stereo
microphone terminal. Attach the compact
Stereo Microphone ME-1 to record highquality sound while significantly reducing
mechanical noise. An external headphone
terminal enables use of headphones to
effectively monitor and control audio in
isolation. The audio level indicators offer
visual confirmation of audio
level and the microphone
sensitivity can be controlled
precisely in 20 incremental
steps.
For the purest video output for professional
quality editing, uncompressed video output
can be recorded directly to an external
storage device via HDMI interface during
movie live view. The video signal is also
available simultaneously on an external
monitor* while using an HDMI connection.
*Movies may be output at a frame size smaller than that
selected for frame size/frame rate.
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Time-lapse photography
Setting display of audio sensitivity
Capture a variety of scenes and subjects at
a breathtaking pace. The D4’s time-lapse
capability includes a choice of intervals and
frame rates to accelerate slow-moving
activity into dramatic high-speed sequences.
The D4 allows time-lapse photography with
replay rates from 24 times to 36,000 times
faster than natural time. The sequence
of images captured during time-lapse
photography files is automatically saved as a
movie file within the camera, removing the
need for post-production.
Custom functions
In response to requests from top
professional videographers, the D4 has
been fitted with convenient custom control
options for D-Movie operation. The new
index marking feature can save valuable
time by designating important frames while
filming, allowing the convenient location of
key points at the later stages of in-camera
editing. Markings are indicated along
with the timeline*1, and are easy to
confirm visually. Instead of rotating
the command dial, power aperture*2
now enables fine-tuning of aperture
settings during movie live view using
An external headphone
a function button and preview button
terminal is provided.
designated via the custom menu,
which is convenient for confirming
depth of field. Furthermore, if the “record
movies” function is assigned to a shutterrelease button, it is possible to shoot movies
using the shutter-release button or remote
cord. Also, if “live frame grab” is selected,
the camera records still images*3 with a
frame size of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels without
interrupting movie recording.
*1 Available in movie editing with the D4 only.
*2 Activates in A or M exposure mode.
*3 Aspect ratio matches that of the movie frame.
Image quality: JPEG fine.
Audio level indicator
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Reliability and Smooth Opera tion: What a Pro Wants Most
To a professional photographer, true reliability means being able to capture a picture
at the decisive moment, regardless of weather, location, lighting or subject matter.
Capturing the right pictures is exactly what the D4 delivers, with operation so well
thought-out that using the camera controls becomes an intuitive, reflex action. Weight,
balance and ergonomics have been carefully designed to make the camera feel like
a natural extension of the body. Eyes, fingers, mind and camera working together as
one: the Nikon D4 is the ultimate in reliable imaging technology.
35°
Shutter-release button and command dial
ergonomics
Improved vertical shooting operation
The D4 is designed to make operation in both horizontal and vertical orientations as intuitive as possible. Each
orientation has identically laid-out controls, consisting of a main command dial, a sub-command dial, an AFON button and a multi selector. The vertical hold is also now more secure with a newly added thumb grip and
an extended grip area for the fingers. For frequent switching between horizontal and vertical shooting, the
function button can be customized to quickly access certain functions, such as exposure compensation.
From an ergonomic standpoint, the most frequently
used controls should be the most intuitively designed.
That’s why Nikon engineers tilted the shutter-release
button forward by 35˚ for a more natural finger
movement. Located next to the shutter-release button
is the D-Movie button, allowing video recording with
only a slight finger movement, keeping the camera
steady. In addition, sub-command dial operation is
now faster thanks to closer placement to the shutter
release button and incorporates a specially designed
texture that aids smooth finger movement.
Speedier AF point selection
Improved AF modes, AF area modes selection
Illuminated buttons
In addition to the round multi-selector used for AF
point selection, the D4 incorporates a new subselector made of tactile rubber providing a more
responsive touch. Positioned for optimal control
during both horizontal and vertical shooting, this new
button permits a more confident shift of AF points.
Control the desired AF mode (continuous or single
servo) and AF area mode (single-point, dynamicarea, 3D-tracking or auto-area AF) without leaving
the viewfinder. By using a dedicated AF-mode button
and command dials, modes can be switched without
interruption.
The D4 is designed to operate and perform even in
complete darkness. A simple turn of the power switch
illuminates various operation buttons and the release
mode dial for clear visibility of control surfaces in the
dark. Buttons and dials use LED illumination for easy
identification of each button and icon.
Perfect harmony of Giugiaro design and Nikon
Together with the Nikon design team, legendary Italian industrial designer Giorgetto Giugiaro is in
constant pursuit of shapes, forms and textures that enhance camera operation. From the shape of the
grip to the tiniest curves and contours of the camera body, every element of the camera’s exterior is
designed to heighten the photographer’s concentration and align his or her creative vision with the
camera’s optical axis. Smooth, round surfaces combine with sharp ridges to create a sculptural form
that helps unlock the enormous creative potential hidden within the camera.
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Highly accurate shutter unit and sequential
control mechanism, tested for durability to
400,000 cycles on a fully assembled camera
For the utmost reliability and performance, the D4’s
shutter and sequential control mechanism have been
tested to 400,000 cycles on fully assembled cameras.
The mirror balancer minimizes the unwanted bounce
of the mirror’s down movement to allow extended AF
and AE detection time — an important contribution
to the accurate autofocus, focus tracking performance
and exposure control of the D4 during high-speed
continuous shooting.
Self-diagnostic shutter monitor
Magnesium alloy body with weather sealing
The D4’s shutter speed ranges from 1/8,000 s to
30 s. To sustain precise shutter operation throughout
the mechanism’s life span, the D4 incorporates
intelligent shutter monitor technology. Continuous
tracking of shutter movement is done in-camera.
Should any shutter speed variance be detected, the
camera automatically performs correction procedures
to adjust between the actual speed and the correct
shutter speed.
For robust performance even in the most demanding
environmental conditions, the D4’s body is comprised
of strong, lightweight magnesium alloy. Thorough
measures have been taken to seal and protect against
invasive moisture, dust and even electromagnetic
interference. Its comprehensive sealing, combined
with additional Nikon-engineered measures keeps
the camera operational in a wide range of severe
conditions.
Quiet and silent modes during live view
photography
When shooting in situations that are sensitive to the
sounds of a camera shutter, the D4 live view feature
offers two solutions. The quiet mode keeps the mirror
in the up position. When using the silent mode, the
mirror remains up and the shutter remains open,
which can be useful during events such as concerts
and conferences. Silent mode* enables high-speed
continuous shooting at either 12 fps (in CL mode) or
24 fps (in CH mode) for 2.5 megapixel files.
Intelligent power management
Dual-axis virtual horizon
The D4 uses the newly developed Rechargeable
Li-ion Battery EN-EL18 that realizes superior
performance at low temperatures while delivering
long battery life and the ability to shoot up to approx.
2,600 shots* per charge. Power consumption and
power management systems have been meticulously
engineered throughout the D4 for optimum battery
longevity.
The D4 incorporates position detection in both
horizontal dimensions, (side-to-side and front-toback) in 5-degree increments on the LCD or by
1-degree increments through the optical viewfinder.
Landscape, architecture and still life photographers
will benefit from this added level of compositional
accuracy.
*Based on CIPA Standards. Approx. 5,500 shots in continuous mode
under test conditions established by Nikon. When using SONY XQD
Memory Card H series QD-H32 with 32 GB capacity.
*Maximum frame size is 1,920 x 1,280 pixels in silent mode. Image
quality is fixed at JPEG fine.
Picture Control button
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Glass prism optical viewfinder with approx.
100% frame coverage
Precision 8-cm (3.2-in.), approx. 921k-dot
wide viewing angle LCD monitor
The D4 offers approx. 100% frame coverage for
FX format, with a viewfinder that is designed to
minimize visual fatigue over long periods of use. The
approx. 0.7x magnification enhances the confirmation
of every visual element in the frame. The large, bright
viewfinder image and focusing screen are carefully
designed to aid precise focusing in both manual and
autofocus modes. In addition, grid lines can optionally
be placed across the viewfinder for accurate
vertical and horizontal orientation. Furthermore, the
viewfinder eyepiece coated with thermal shield finish
supports comfortable viewing in more diversified
situations.
The large and sharp color LCD monitor offers
bright, crisp image playback with an extended color
reproduction capacity. The anti-reflective design
offers clear, glare-free performance even under bright
conditions. Moreover, if monitor brightness is set
to “Auto”, the camera automatically adjusts LCD
brightness when the monitor turns on according to
the environmental lighting conditions measured by
the ambient brightness sensor, allowing easy image
confirmation in both bright and low-lit places — very
useful when shooting video and stills. The ability
to zoom up to 30x (Large-size images in FX format)
permits rapid and reliable confirmation of focus
points.
High-speed dual card slots
Fast and reliable card reading and recording are
crucial to a smooth and productive workflow. The D4
is equipped with two card slots, one for a CF card
compatible with UDMA 7 and another for the XQD
memory card, the next-generation recording media.
Several recording options are possible: record two full
cards of data, record the same data onto two cards
for backup, record RAW and JPEG simultaneously
onto separate cards, or transfer data from one card to
another.
Direct access to Picture Control
Minute white balance controls
Auto shutter speed control for auto ISO
With Nikon’s unique Picture Controls, the look of
stills and videos can be customized by fine-tuning
parameters such as sharpening, saturation, hue and
monochrome. The D4 now allows access to Picture
Control instantly and directly from a button on the
camera body rather than via the menu, greatly
enhancing operation when using live view.
In response to professional demands, the D4’s white
balance has been enhanced, giving auto options of
Auto 1, which renders white as white, and Auto 2,
which renders warmer hues under incandescent
light sources. Also, the camera can store up to
four values for preset white balance in presets d-1
through d-4, as well as manual control of white
balance in 10-kelvin increments or in mired units
for finer control. Furthermore, the hue of the image
displayed in the monitor can be altered in live view
photography. For studio shooting with flash, the hue
of the monitor image can be adjusted to match that
of the resulting image so that a photographer is able
to shoot while confirming the appearance of the
results in live view.
The D4 comes equipped with an auto option that
automatically controls minimum shutter speeds
and ISO sensitivity combinations based on the focal
length of a lens being used. When fitted with a
telephoto zoom lens, the camera can automatically
choose a shutter speed to minimize camera blur for
the selected focal length. Auto ISO sensitivity can
be directly accessed via the ISO button and subcommand dial.
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The Nikon System What a Pro Wants Most
Optical masterpiece: NIKKOR lenses
The defining strength for exceptional stills
and videos
• Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 600mm
f/4G ED VR
• Image quality: 14-bit RAW (NEF)
• Exposure: [A] mode,
1/3,200 second, f/4
• White balance: Auto 1
• Sensitivity: ISO 160
• Picture Control: Landscape
©Vincent Munier
To bring out the full potential of the D4, look
no further than the vast array of NIKKOR
lenses designed and tested to match the
D4’s resolution and image integrity with
sharpness, accuracy, and field-proven
reliability. Equip the camera for still and video
shooting with a NIKKOR lens, and realize
each shot without sacrificing delicate tones
or nuance. From f/1.4 primes to fast f/2.8
zooms to f/4 zooms with VR, the latest
line of FX-format lenses — many featuring
our renowned Nano Crystal Coat — is
fully optimized for the challenging lighting
conditions in which the Nikon D4 is built to
excel.
Nano Crystal Coat
Delivers superb, clear
results. NIKKOR lenses
with Nano Crystal
Coat easily manage
difficult lighting, even
when the light source is behind the subject
and distractive “ghosting” would have
been considered unavoidable previously.
In scenes with strongly contrasted dark
foregrounds and bright backgrounds,
incredibly clear images with minimized flare
become possible. Originally developed for
use in the high-precision world of industrial
semiconductor manufacture, Nano Crystal
Coat minimizes diffused reflections of light
within the lens, delivering sharper and more
accurate stills and videos.
Remaining reflection
with conventional coat
• Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm
f/2.8G ED
• Image quality: 14-bit RAW (NEF)
• Exposure: [A] mode,
1/2.5 second, f/4
• White balance: Auto 1, A2
• Sensitivity: ISO 400
• Picture Control: Standard
©Joe McNally
VR (Vibration Reduction)
An empowering
advantage for sports
photographers, VR
effectively reduces the
effects of camera shake
to the equivalent of using shutter speeds of
up to three or four stops faster. This means
sharper images across more situations, such
as night stadiums and low-lit indoor venues.
Creative options can be extended permitting
the aperture to be closed down while still
maintaining clarity for reliable spot metering,
achieving your desired exposure. As the
stabilization takes place in the lens, the
viewfinder image is also improved, allowing
for easier composition, and quicker and more
precise AF.
Minimum reflection with
Nano Crystal Coat
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The Nikon System What a Pro Wants Most
Wired and wireless for faster, easier and more efficient workflow
Nikon Speedlights: studio-quality lighting,
virtually anywhere
For some professionals, there are assignments that the whole world is waiting
to see. Being the first to publish can make a huge difference in reputation and
career development. When workflow speed makes all the difference, the D4
provides a clear advantage. The D4 employs a built-in wired LAN function of
IEEE802.3u standard (100BASE-TX). What’s more, the D4 is compatible with
the compact, easy-to-connect, newly developed Wireless Transmitter WT-5A/
B/C/D* (optional) that realizes high-speed wireless transmission. Also, IPTC
(International Press Telecommunications Council) data can be automatically
added to the images within the camera. In addition to input with a camera, it
is possible to add information to a series of images at high speed to realize an
even more efficient workflow by creating an IPTC file with IPTC Preset Manager,
a software for IPTC preset registration (can be downloaded from Nikon’s website),
and registering the file to a camera. Furthermore, the D4 incorporates a variety of
communication functions to enhance the workflow speed.
The Nikon Creative Lighting System is a
well-respected answer to the needs of the
industry, offering accuracy, flexibility and
lighting possibilities that are unavailable
with other equipment. The advantages are
best experienced through the Advanced
Wireless Lighting System which allows
precise control of remote flash units,
adding more depth and quality to your
images. Using the high-precision i-TTL
flash control with its intuitive operations,
supplementary lighting can be as versatile
and comprehensive as the situation
demands. In addition to conventional
global flash and background exposure
compensation, there is a new setting with
the D4 that applies exposure compensation
only to the background brightness. This
enables easy compensation with a single
operation.
*Wireless Transmitter WT-4A/B/C/D/E is also compatible.
Compact and lightweight Wireless
Transmitter WT-5A/B/C/D (optional) enables
high-speed data transfer
The WT-5A/B/C/D’s compact module design
is realized by dedicating it for wireless
transmission and utilizing power from
the body. It can be directly attached to a
peripheral connector to greatly enhance
handling capability. It supports IEEE 802.11n
(1x1 HT40: max. 150 Mbps) in addition
to IEEE 802.11a/b/g and enables data
transmission substantially faster than that
of Wireless Transmitter WT-4A/B/C/D/E
(optional).
System Configuration
Higher wired/wireless
transmission speed
Supports IEEE 802.11n
(1x1 HT40: max. 150 Mbps)
Higher wireless transmission speed
Imageprocessing
engine
Media
IPTC automatically added
Wired LAN
incorporated
Shortened editing time
Editor
Capture NX 2 (optional): Fast, powerful and
creative image processing
Nikon RAW (NEF: Nikon Electronic Format)
files maintain the richest-possible data from
an amazing image sensor. Capture NX 2
renders more from an NEF file than any other
RAW processing software, with accuracy
that is based on close matching between
the camera file format and the software
processing algorithms. With the enhanced
processing speed of the algorithms,
processing time is shortened by approx.
40%*. So, in addition to its simple, intuitive
Color Control Point operations for image
enhancement procedures, the latest Capture
NX 2 is faster and more powerful than ever.
Access point
Specialized for wireless operation
Compact, light, directly attached to body
LAN cable
Wireless LAN
Wireless LAN
*Compared with conventional versions, under test
conditions established by Nikon.
D4+WT-5A/B/C/D
Wireless LAN
D4+WT-5A/B/C/D
©Joe McNally
Fast, empowering software
Improved handling
Synchronized release mode
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WT-5A/B/C/D
Transmission
engine
• Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED • Image quality: 14-bit RAW (NEF) • Exposure: [A] mode, 1/50 second, f/5.6
• Group A: TTL, 0 EV (camera: -2.0 EV, speedlight: 0 EV) • White balance: Auto 1 • Sensitivity: ISO 100
• Picture Control: Standard
SB-910
Access point
USB
Image sensor
Exposure compensation applied to background only.
Server
WT-4A/B/C/D/E
Increased engine power
Efficient firmware process
Dedicated
connector
FTP upload/Image transfer mode: Transmit
images to an FTP server or computer, either
automatically or by manually selecting
images.
Camera control mode: Operate the D4 via
optional software Camera Control Pro 2.
HTTP server mode: Using a web browser
via computer or iPhone, show thumbnails
of images stored in the camera’s memory
cards, or make slide shows, view images,
operate simple camera controls for remote
shooting or begin live view shooting,
including video.
Synchronized release mode: From one master
camera, release up to 10 remote D4 and WT5A/B/C/D combinations.
Ethernet
The D4’s main communication functions
Small, versatile and portable studio-quality light
Wireless LAN
Personal computer
iPhone
Access point
HTTP server mode
ViewNX 2: Browse, edit, share and more
This bundled, all-in-one software implements
an easy-to-use interface for photos and
movies. ViewNX 2 is designed to browse
images, edit image files (including RAW),
perform image enhancements and enable
D-Movie edit and playback.
Wireless Transmitter Utility
This software enables setup of the Wireless
Transmitter WT-5A/B/C/D, WT-4A/B/C/D/E or
built-in Ethernet. Available to download with
installer of the supplied software ViewNX 2.
Note: It is not packaged in the ViewNX 2 CD-ROM.
between live view for stills and movies
while using an external computer monitor.
Additional features include the display of audio
level indicators during movie shooting, and
with the optional Wireless Transmitter WT-5A/
B/C/D or WT-4A/B/C/D/E, image files can be
transferred using either Wi-Fi or an Ethernet
connection.
IPTC Preset Manager
Software to add IPTC (International Press
Telecommunications Council) information
on the images using a PC. Available to
download with installer of the supplied
software ViewNX 2.
Note: It is not packaged in the ViewNX 2 CD-ROM.
Camera Control Pro 2 (optional): Extremely
versatile remote camera controls
This intuitive software permits the control of
camera settings and various features from a
distance via computer. Aside from the basic
camera settings, the software offers remote
start/stop for movie shooting and switching
Capture NX 2
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System chart
Nomenclature
Speedlights
Viewfinder Accessories
Right-Angle Viewing
Attachment DR-5
Power Bracket Unit
SK-6/6A
High-Performance
Battery Pack SD-9
Eyepiece Correction
Lens DK-17C
(-3, -2, 0, +1, +2 m -1 )
Rubber Eyecup
DK-19
NIKKOR LENSES
Speedlight
SB-700
Speedlight
SB-910
Antifog Finder
Eyepiece
DK-17A
Eyepiece
DK-17*
Speedlight
SB-910
Eyepiece
Adapter
DK-18
Remote control
Accessories
Remote Cord
MC-36
Remote Cord
MC-36
Remote Cord
MC-30
Remote Cord
MC-30
Remote Cord
MC-22
Speedlight
SB-700
Speedlight
SB-400
Close-up Speedlight
Commander Kit R1C1
Rechargeable
Li-ion Battery EN-EL18*
Battery
Charger
MH-26*
AC Adapter
EH-6b
AC Adapter
EH-6b
Wireless Transmitter
WT-4A/B/C/D/E
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2-pin remote accessories
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Remote Cord
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Viewfinder display
microphone
TV AND video
Accessories
XQD memory card**
Wireless
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Headphone**
HDMI input video
recorder**
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Computer-Related Accessories
PC card adapter**
CompactFlash card reader**
XQD memory card reader**
CompactFlash card**
HEADphone
TV monitor**
HDMI cable (Type C)**
Stereo Microphone ME-1
USB Cable Clip*
Rechargeable
Li-ion Battery
EN-EL3e
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Connecting Cord
MC-23
GPS Adapter
Cord MC-35
Power Connector
EP-6
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Modulite Remote
Control Set ML-3
GPS Unit
GP-1
AC Adapters, Batteries and Chargers
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Remote Cord
MC-22
Extension Cord
MC-21
TTL Remote Cord
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Magnifying
Eyepiece
DK-17M
Eyepiece
Magnifier
DG-2
Modulite Remote
Control Set ML-3
Speedlight
SB-400
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Printer**
Camera Control Pro 2
USB Cable UC-E15*
ViewNX 2*
Top control panel
*Supplied accessories **Non-Nikon products
Memory card capacity
Approved memory cards
The following table shows the approximate number of pictures that can be stored on a SONY XQD Memory Card H series QD-H32 (32GB)
at different image quality, image size, and image area settings.
The camera accepts the XQD and CompactFlash memory cards listed in the following
sections. Other cards have not been tested.
Image quality
Image size
File size2
No. of images2
Buffer capacity3
FX (36x24)1
DX (24x16)5
FX (36x24)1
DX (24x16)5
FX (36x24)1
DX (24x16)5
NEF (RAW), Lossless
compressed, 12-bit
—
15.4 MB
7.2 MB
1100
2400
92
200
NEF (RAW), Lossless
compressed, 14-bit
—
19.4 MB
8.9 MB
872
1900
75
172
NEF (RAW),
Compressed, 12-bit
—
13.9 MB
6.6 MB
1500
3200
98
200
NEF (RAW),
Compressed, 14-bit
—
17.0 MB
7.9 MB
1200
2700
76
196
NEF (RAW),
Uncompressed, 12-bit
—
26.5 MB
12.0 MB
1100
2400
77
133
NEF (RAW),
Uncompressed, 14-bit
—
34.3 MB
15.3 MB
872
1900
69
114
L
49.1 MB
21.5 MB
612
1400
55
61
M
28.3 MB
12.6 MB
1000
2300
59
68
S
13.2 MB
6.2 MB
2200
4700
66
83
L
7.9 MB
3.7 MB
2900
5800
170
200
M
5.4 MB
2.8 MB
4600
8800
200
200
S
3.0 MB
1.9 MB
8500
13500
200
200
TIFF (RGB)
JPEG fine4
JPEG normal4
JPEG basic4
L
4.5 MB
2.3 MB
5600
11100
182
200
M
2.8 MB
S
1.6 MB
1.6 MB
9000
16200
200
200
1.1 MB
15700
24400
200
200
L
2.2 MB
1.2 MB
10800
20300
200
200
M
1.5 MB
0.9 MB
16800
28700
200
200
S
0.9 MB
0.7 MB
27100
40700
200
200
1. Includes images taken with non-DX lenses when On is selected for Auto DX crop.
2. All figures are approximate. File size varies with scene recorded.
3. Maximum number of exposures that can be stored in memory buffer at ISO 100. Drops if optimal quality is selected for JPEG compression or auto distortion control is on.
4. Figures assume JPEG compression is set to Size priority. Selecting optimal quality increases the file size of JPEG images; number of images and buffer capacity drop
accordingly.
5. Includes images taken with DX lenses when On is selected for Auto DX crop.
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XQD memory cards
The following XQD memory cards have been tested and approved for use in the camera.
SONY
H series
QD-H16
QD-H32
16 GB
32 GB
CompactFlash memory cards
The following Type I CompactFlash memory cards have been tested and approved for use in
the camera. Type II cards and microdrives cannot be used.
SanDisk
Extreme Pro
SDCFXP
16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Extreme
SDCFX
8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB
Extreme IV
SDCFX4
Extreme III
SDCFX3
Ultra II
SDCFH
2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB
Standard
SDCFB
2 GB, 4 GB
600x
Professional UDMA
400x
300x
Lexar Media
233x
Professional
133x
80x
Platinum II
2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB
8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB
2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB
2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB
80x
2 GB, 4 GB
2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB
60x
4 GB
1Sub-command dial
2Pv button
3Mirror
4Meter coupling lever
5Microphone (for movies)
6Self-timer lamp
7Flash sync terminal (under cover)
8Ten-pin remote terminal (under cover)
9Mounting index
!Lens release button
"AF-mode button
#Focus-mode selector
$Fn button (vertical)
%Shutter-release button for vertical
shooting
&Vertical shooting shutter-release button
lock
(Sub-command dial for vertical shooting
)Fn button
~Tripod socket
+Playback button
,Deletion button/Formatting memory
cards button
-Eyepiece shutter lever
.Viewfinder eyepiece
/Monitor
:AF-ON button
;Main command dial
<Eyelet for camera strap
=Sub-selector
>Multi selector
?Memory card slot cover
@Ambient brightness sensor for automatic
monitor brightness control
[Focus selector lock
\Card slot cover release button (under
cover)
]Memory card access lamp
^AF-ON button for vertical shooting
_Main command dial (vertical)/Speaker
{Rear control panel
|ISO sensitivity button/Auto ISO
sensitivity control button/Two-button
reset button
}Image quality button/Image size button
*White balance button/Two-button reset
button
aMicrophone button
bLive view button
cLive view selector
dMicrophone (for voice memos)
eMulti selector (vertical)
fMenu button
gProtection button/Picture Control
button/Help button
hPlayback zoom in button
iThumbnail button/Playback zoom out
button
jOK button
kInfo button
lBracketing button
mExposure mode button/Formatting
memory cards button
pShutter-release button
qExposure compensation button
rFlash mode button/Flash compensation
button
sMetering button
tRelease mode dial
uAccessory shoe (for optional flash unit)
vFocal plane mark
wDiopter adjustment control
xTop control panel
yPeripheral connector
zHeadphone connector
<Ethernet connector
=USB connector
>Connector for external microphone
?HDMI mini-pin connector
@Battery-chamber cover latch
[Battery chamber (under cover)
nMovie-record button
oPower switch
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Nikon Digital SLR Camera D4 Specifications
Type of camera
Lens mount
Effective pixels
Image sensor
Total pixels
Dust-reduction system
Image size (pixels)
Single-lens reflex digital camera
Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
16.2 million
36.0 × 23.9 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon FX format)
16.6 million
Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (requires optional Capture NX 2
software)
• FX format (36×24): 4,928 × 3,280 (L), 3,696 × 2,456 (M), 2,464 × 1,640 (S)
• 1.2× (30×20): 4,096 × 2,720 (L), 3,072 × 2,040 (M), 2,048 × 1,360 (S)
• DX format (24×16): 3,200 × 2,128 (L), 2,400 × 1,592 (M), 1,600 × 1,064 (S)
• 5:4 (30×24): 4,096 × 3,280 (L), 3,072 × 2,456 (M), 2,048 × 1,640 (S)
• FX-format photographs taken in movie live view (16:9): 4,928 × 2,768 (L), 3,696 × 2,072
(M), 2,464 × 1,384 (S)
• DX-format photographs taken in movie live view (16:9): 3,200 × 1,792 (L), 2,400 × 1,344
(M), 1,600 × 896 (S)
• FX-format photographs taken in movie live view (3:2): 4,928 × 3,280 (L), 3,696 × 2,456 (M),
2,464 × 1,640 (S)
• DX-format photographs taken in movie live view (3:2): 3,200 × 2.128 (L), 2,400 × 1.592(M),
1,600 × 1,064 (S)
A DX-based format is used for photographs taken using the DX (24×16) 1.5× image area; an FX-based format is used for
all other photographs
File format
Picture Control System
Storage media
Dual card slots
File system
Viewfinder
Frame coverage
Magnification
Eyepoint
Diopter adjustment
Focusing screen
Reflex mirror
Depth-of-field preview
Lens aperture
Compatible lenses
Shutter type
Shutter speed
Flash sync speed
Release modes
Frame advance rate
Self-timer
Exposure metering
Metering method
Metering range
(ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)
Exposure meter coupling
Exposure modes
Exposure compensation
Exposure bracketing
Exposure lock
ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index) Active D-Lighting
ADL bracketing
• 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
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)
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 (36×24): Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical • 1.2× (30×20): Approx. 97%
horizontal and 97% vertical • DX (24×16): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical
• 5:4 (30×24): Approx. 97% horizontal and 100% vertical
Approx. 0.7× (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 to +1 m-1
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets and framing grid
Quick return
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-NIKKOR lenses), DX lenses [using DX (24×16) 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 cannot 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
1/8,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, bulb, X250
X=1/250 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/250 s or slower
S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutterrelease), (self-timer), MUP (mirror up)
Up to approx. 10 fps (CL) or approx. 10 to 11 fps (CH)
2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2 or 3 s
TTL exposure metering using RGB sensor with approx. 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)
• Matrix or center-weighted metering: -1 to 20 EV
• Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV
Combined CPU and AI
Programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority
auto (A); manual (M)
-5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Luminosity locked at detected value with the center of the sub-selector
ISO 100 to 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
2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3 to 5 frames using preset values for all
frames
Autofocus
Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection,
fine-tuning, 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors; f/8 supported by 11 sensors)
Detection range
-2 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Lens servo
• 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
Focus point
Can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points
AF-area modes
Single-point AF, 9-, 21- or 51-point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, auto-area AF
Focus lock
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo autofocus)
or by pressing the center of the sub-selector
Flash control
TTL: i-TTL flash control using RGB sensor with approx. 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-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital
SLR with spot metering
Flash modes
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
Flash compensation
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Flash bracketing
2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Flash-ready indicator
Lights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoe
ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800 or SB-700 as a
Lighting System (CLS)
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
Sync terminal
ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread
White balance
Auto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade,
preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored), choose color temperature (2,500 K to 10,000 K);
all with fine-tuning
White balance bracketing 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3
Live view modes
Live view photography (quiet or silent), movie live view
Live view lens servo
• Autofocus (AF): Single-servo autofocus (AF-S); full-time servo autofocus (AF-F)
• Manual focus (M)
AF-area modes
Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
Autofocus
Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when
face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Movie metering
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Frame size (pixels) • 1,920 × 1,080; 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p • 1,920 × 1,080 crop; 30p, 25p, 24p • 1,280 ×
and frame rate
720; 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p • 640 × 424; 30p, 25p
Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps
respectively; all options support both high and normal image quality
File format
MOV
Video compression
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format
Linear PCM
Audio recording device
Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
ISO sensitivity
Automatically adjusted in the range ISO 200 to 12800 or ISO 200 to Hi 4
Maximum length
29 min. 59 s (20 min. depending on frame size/rate and movie quality settings)
Other movie options
Index marking, time-lapse photography
Monitor
8-cm (3.2-in.), approx. 921k-dot (VGA) TFT LCD with 170° viewing angle, approx. 100%
frame coverage, and automatic monitor brightness control using ambient brightness
sensor
Playback
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
USB
Hi-Speed USB
HDMI output
Type C mini-pin HDMI connector; can be used simultaneously with camera monitor
Audio input
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
Audio output
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)
10-pin remote terminal
Can be used to connect optional remote control, GPS Unit GP-1 or GPS device compliant
with NMEA0183 version 2.01 or 3.01 (requires optional GPS Adapter Cord MC-35 and
cable with D-sub 9-pin connector)
Ethernet
RJ-45 connector
Peripheral connector
For Wireless Transmitter WT-5A/B/C/D
Supported languages
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
Battery
One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL18
AC adapter
AC Adapter EH-6b; requires Power Connector EP-6 (available separately)
Tripod socket
1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W × H × D)
Approx. 160 × 156.5 × 90.5 mm/6.3 × 6.2 × 3.6 in.
Weight
Approx. 1,340 g/2 lb 15.3 oz with battery and XQD memory card but without body cap and
accessory shoe cover; approx. 1,180 g/2 lb 9.6 oz (camera body only)
Operating environment
Temperature: 0 to 40°C/32 to 104°F; humidity: less than 85% (no condensation)
Supplied accessories Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL18, Battery Charger MH-26, USB Cable UC-E15, Camera
(may differ by country or area)
Strap AN-DC7, Body Cap BF-1B, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-2, Eyepiece DK-17, Battery
Chamber Cover BL-6, USB Cable Clip, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM
• XQD is a trademark of SONY Corporation. • iPhone is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other
countries. • PictBridge is a trademark. • CompactFlash is a registered trademark of SanDisk Corporation. • HDMI,
the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing,
LLC. • Products and brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. • Images in
viewfinders, on LCDs and monitors shown in this brochure are simulated.
Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. June 2012
WARNING
2012 Nikon Corporation
TO ENSURE CORRECT USAGE, READ MANUALS CAREFULLY BEFORE USING YOUR EQUIPMENT.
SOME DOCUMENTATION IS SUPPLIED ON CD-ROM ONLY.
Nikon Hong Kong Ltd. Suite 1001, 10F, Cityplaza One, 1111 King's Road, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong www.nikon.com.hk
Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd 80 Anson Road, #10-01/02, Fuji Xerox Towers, 079907, Singapore www.nikon.com.sg
Nikon (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. 11th Floor, Block A, Menara PKNS, No. 17, Jalan Yong Shook Lin, 46050 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia www.nikon.com.my
Nikon Australia Pty Ltd. Unit F1, Lidcombe Business Park, 3-29 Birnie Avenue, Lidcombe NSW 2141, Australia www.nikon.com.au
Nikon India Private Limited Plot no 17, Sector 32, Institutional Area, Gurgaon 122002, Haryana, India www.nikon.co.in
Nikon Sales (Thailand) Co., Ltd. 195 Empire Tower, 45th Floor, River Wing East, South Sathorn Rd, Yannawa, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120 www.nikon.co.th
Nikon Middle East FZE Level 4, The Galleries bldg 2, Downtown Jebel Ali, P.O. Box 261908, Dubai, UAE www.nikon-me.com
NIKON CORPORATION Shin-Yurakucho Bldg., 12-1, Yurakucho 1-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8331, Japan www.nikon.com
Printed in China Code No. 6CE12041 (1206/A)K
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