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For the photography lovers, inferse bought a brief comparison between Nikon D4 and the latest Nikon D4s.

DSLR cameras like the Nikon D4 and the Canon EOS 1D X have become the choice of journalists for their quick shooting capabilities, autofocus systems, and low-light performance. Now, we seem to have another contender, or rather a successor, entering the ring. Recently announced Nikon D4s takes the reigns from the Nikon D4, which has been on the market since early 2012.

An upgrade in performance seems to be the primary reason for the D4s, but has much changed in the two years since the release of the D4? Is there that much of a difference? The short answer is “Well, sort of.”

The body of the Nikon D4s really hasn’t made much of a transformation from the D4. Both camera bodies are 6.3 in. X 3.6 in. X 6.2 in. and weigh 2.6 lbs. Both include a 3.2-inch LCD screen and share a viewfinder with 0.70x magnification.

As with much of the design of the D4s, Nikon saw something that worked and stuck with it. However, we can’t say that they didn’t take certain complaints of the Nikon D4 into consideration. The D4s now includes textured rear joysticks for better grip and comfort. Speaking of grip, the overall holding design has been altered slightly. Now, the camera grip fits more snugly in your hands, making this heavy beast a little more bearable.

So, not much has changed design-wise, but it’s what is on the inside that counts, right? Well, it’s a good thing that the D4s is packing the new Expeed 4 image processor, which is 30% faster than the D4’s Expeed 3. With this new processor, D4s can double the D4’s low-light capabilities with a max ISO of 409,600. While there’s still a considerable amount of noise (as with all higher ISO sensitivities), it’s quite impressive that they’re still making improvements on the D4’s ISO max of 204, 800. The full frame sensor of the D4s is exactly the same as D4. Both contain the 36.0 x 23.9mm 16.2 MP FX-format sensor.

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The D4s has an increased number of shots and can also cram in more shots per charge. The shooting speed of the Nikon D4s has slightly improved by a whole 1 FPS from the D4, giving the D4s a max speed of 11 FPS.

In terms of image output quality, the options for file formats still remain the same. The D4s still supports everything from the D4, including 12 and 14-bit raw, JPEG fine, JPEG normal, JPEG basic, and TIFF. However, the D4s now supports raw size S in a 12-bit format, something that the D4 cannot do.

The Nikon D4s can shoot up to 200 JPEG fine, large images, as compared to the D4, which can shoot about the same, but only in JPEG fine, medium images. RAW images average up to 104 uncompressed 14-bit raw files for the D4s and up to 100 compressed 12-bit raw files for the D4. This is with the use of the XQD memory card.

The D4s model can take a total of approximately 3,020 shots (single-frame mode) in one charge of the EN-EL 18a Li-Ion battery. The D4 averages about 2,600 shots (single-frame) with its EN-EL 18 Li-Ion battery.

Nikon-D4s-vs-D4-Side-PoseIf continuous shooting is one part of the equation in photojournalism, autofocusing systems are the second part, completing the equation. Thankfully, the D4s still emphasize the importance of autofocus. Though both models use the same Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX AF sensor with 51 points (3D Tracking, Auto Area Focus), the D4s now has the ability to perform group area AF. Basically, this means that the D4s can specify certain AF points to certain subjects within the frame, quickly switching the focus between the subjects.

Video and audio have both gotten an upgrade with the Nikon D4s. While both still shoot 1920 x 1080 (sorry 4K fans) in 30/25/24p, the D4s can now shoot with frame rates up to 50p and 60p. The D4s can now use multi-area mode Full HD D-Movie with 3 area options: FX, DX, 2.7X, and 2.7X Crop. Full HD D-Movie is Nikon’s name used with their DSLR cameras with video recording functionality, which include simultaneous video recording and still image capture, full time autofocus, and full manual controls. There now also an ISO Auto Control for manual exposure option on the D4s, which is absent from the D4.

For those looking for simultaneous video recording, the D4s provides you with what you need. It can record both to a memory card and an external recorder at the same time, which also cannot be done with the D4. However, both have the option to view simultaneous live view output and record video via HDMI.

Audio has been greatly improved on the D4s. Now, there is a selectable audio frequency range, as well as the option to adjust the audio during recording, which, once again, could not be done with the D4. Overall, it seems that the D4s has made a lot of improvements with video producers in mind.

While there haven’t been too many changes to the physical appearance, under the hood, the Nikon D4s seems to have a lot of improvements from the Nikon D4. Speed, light sensitivity, and autofocus have all made minor improvements with the introduction of the Expeed 4 processor.

Meanwhile, video and audio capabilities seem to have gotten the biggest upgrade. So, is it worth it to go with the Nikon D4s or stick with the Nikon D4? The answer will all depend on what uses you will be getting out of your DSLR camera.

Here’s a chart below for a deep dive into the specs:

 Features Nikon D4s Nikon D4
Monitor Size 3.2 in.   diagonal 3.2 in.   diagonal
ISO Sensitivity ISO 100 – 25,600
Lo-1 (ISO 50)
Hi-4 (ISO 409,600)
ISO 100 – 12,800
Lo-1 (ISO 50)
Hi-4 (ISO 204,800)
Battery / Batteries EN-EL18a Lithium-ion Battery EN-EL18 Lithium-ion Battery
Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth) 6.3 in. (160 mm) x 6.2 in. (156.5 mm) x 3.6 in. (90.5 mm) 6.3 in. (160 mm) x 6.2 in. (156.5 mm) x 3.6 in. (90.5 mm)
Storage Media CompactFlash© (CF) (Type I, compliant with   UDMA)
XQD Type Memory
CompactFlash© (CF) (Type I, compliant with   UDMA)
XQD Type Memory
Effective Pixels 16.2 million 16.2 million
Monitor Type Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
Approx. Weight 41.6 oz. (1180 g)camera body only

 

41.6 oz. (1180 g)camera body only

 

Sensor Size 36.0 mm x 23.9 mm 36.0 mm x 23.9 mm
Image Sensor Format

 

FX FX
Movie HD 1,920×1,080 / 60 fps
HD 1,920×1,080 / 50 fps
HD 1,920×1,080 / 30 fps
HD 1,920×1,080 / 25 fps
HD 1,920×1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 50 fps
VGA 640×424 / 30 fps
VGA 640×424 / 25 fps
HD 1,920×1,080 / 30 fps
HD 1,920×1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 30 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 60 fps
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution 11 frames per   second 10 frames per   second
11 frames per second   (AE/AF Locked)
Additional   Specs
Playback Functions Auto Image Rotation
Full-Frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or   calendar)
GPS data display
Highlights
Histogram Display
Image Comment
IPTC information embedding and display
Movie Playback
Movie Slideshow
Photo Information
Playback with Zoom
Slideshow
Voice Memo
Auto Image Rotation
Full-Frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or   calendar)
GPS data display
Highlights
Histogram Display
Image Comment
IPTC information embedding and display
Movie Playback
Movie Slideshow
Photo Information
Playback with Zoom
Slideshow
Voice Memo
Live View Shooting Photography Live View Mode
Movie Live View Mode
Photography Live View Mode
Movie Live View Mode
Monitor Size 3.2 in.   diagonal 3.2 in.   diagonal
ISO Sensitivity ISO 100 – 25,600
Lo-1 (ISO 50)
Hi-4 (ISO 409,600)
ISO 100 – 12,800
Lo-1 (ISO 50)
Hi-4 (ISO 204,800)
File Format Still Images JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine   (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both   NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
NEF (RAW): lossless compressed 12 or 14 bit, lossless   compressed, compressed or uncompressed
NEF (RAW Size S)
TIFF (RGB)
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant; can be selected   from Size Priority and Optimal Quality
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4),   Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both   NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
TIFF (RGB)
Battery / Batteries EN-EL18a Lithium-ion Battery EN-EL18 Lithium-ion Battery
White Balance Auto (2 types)
Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K)
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot   white balance measurement available during live view)
Shade
Auto (2 types)
Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K)
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored)
Shade
Picture Control Landscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Portrait
Standard
User-customizable Settings
Vivid
Landscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Portrait
Standard
User-customizable Settings
Vivid
Built-in   Flash
Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth) 6.3 in. (160 mm) x 6.2 in. (156.5 mm) x 3.6 in. (90.5 mm) 6.3 in. (160 mm) x 6.2 in. (156.5 mm) x 3.6 in. (90.5 mm)
Monitor Resolution 921,000 Dots 921,000 Dots
Lens Mount Nikon F bayonet mount Nikon F bayonet mount
Battery Life (shots per charge) 3,020 shots   (CIPA) 2,600 shots   (CIPA)
Viewfinder Frame Coverage FX (36×24): 100% Horizontal and   100% Vertical (Approx.)
1.2x (30×20): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical (Approx.)
DX (24×16): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical (Approx.)
5:4 (30×24): 97% horizontal and 100% vertical (Approx.)
FX (36×24): 100% Horizontal and   100% Vertical (Approx.)
1.2x (30×20): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical (Approx.)
DX (24×16): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical (Approx.)
5:4 (30×24): 97% horizontal and 100% vertical (Approx.)
White Balance Bracketing 2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV 2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV
Storage Media CompactFlash© (CF) (Type I, compliant with   UDMA)
XQD Type Memory
CompactFlash© (CF) (Type I, compliant with   UDMA)
XQD Type Memory
In-Camera Image Editing Color Balance
D-Lighting
Distortion Control
Edit Movie
Filter Effects
Image Overlay
Monochrome
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Red-Eye Correction
Resize
Side-by-Side Comparison
Straighten
Trim
Color Balance
D-Lighting
Distortion Control
Filter Effects
Image Overlay
Monochrome
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Red-Eye Correction
Resize
Side-by-Side Comparison
Straighten
Trim
Effective Pixels 16.2 million 16.2 million
Flash Bracketing 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1   EV 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1   EV
Card Slot 1 CompactFlash© (CF) card and 1 XQD memory   type card 1 CompactFlash© (CF) card and 1 XQD memory   type card
AC Adapter EH-6b AC Adapter
Requires EP-6 Power Supply Connector
EH-6b AC Adapter
Requires EP-6 Power Supply Connector
Lens Compatibility at a Glance*** AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
Metering with AI lenses
AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
Metering with AI lenses
Monitor Type Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
Viewfinder Magnification 0.70x (Approx.) 0.70x (Approx.)
GPS GP-1A GPS unit GP-1A GPS unit
Approx. Weight 41.6 oz. (1180 g)camera body only

 

41.6 oz. (1180 g)camera body only

 

Sensor Size 36.0 mm x 23.9 mm 36.0 mm x 23.9 mm
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/8000 sec. 1/8000 sec.
Dynamic AF Mode Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51   (3D-tracking) Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51   (3D-tracking)
Image Sensor Format FX FX
Slowest Shutter Speed 30 sec. 30 sec.
Viewfinder Eyepoint 18mm (-1.0m¯¹) 18mm (-1.0m¯¹)
Auto-area AF Mode Yes Yes
Top FP High Speed Sync Up to 1/8000 Up to 1/8000
Flash Sync Modes Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
Front-curtain sync (normal)
Rear-curtain sync
Red-Eye reduction
Red-Eye reduction with slow sync
Slow rear-curtain sync
Slow sync
Off
Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
Front-curtain sync (normal)
Rear-curtain sync
Red-Eye reduction
Red-Eye reduction with slow sync
Slow rear-curtain sync
Slow sync
Flash Compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Scene Modes
Movie HD 1,920×1,080 / 60 fps
HD 1,920×1,080 / 50 fps
HD 1,920×1,080 / 30 fps
HD 1,920×1,080 / 25 fps
HD 1,920×1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 50 fps
VGA 640×424 / 30 fps
VGA 640×424 / 25 fps
HD 1,920×1,080 / 30 fps
HD 1,920×1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 30 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 60 fps
Mirror Lock Up Yes Yes
Movie Audio Built-in microphone, monaural
External stereo microphone (optional)
Built-in microphone, monaural
External stereo microphone (optional)
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV ±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution 11 frames per   second 10 frames per   second
11 frames per second   (AE/AF Locked)
Focus Modes Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and   D-Movie only
Full-time Servo (AF-F) available in Live View only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Normal area
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and   D-Movie only
Full-time Servo (AF-F) available in Live View only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Normal area
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) CLS Supported CLS Supported
Exposure Bracketing 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1   EV 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1   EV
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points 51 51

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