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Nikon D4s Listed as Discontinued

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Finally Nikon Discontinued the Nikon D4s camera after 18 weeks of Nikon D5 announcement. Nikon Japan website added Nikon D5 in discontinued / older model list. Nikon D4s was back on Feb 2014.

Also see Nkon D4s vs Nikon D5

source – Nikon Japan

Nikon D5 vs Nikon D4s

Nikon-D5-front-imageTake a look at the specification comparison review between these two camera, The recently announced Nikon D5 is world first DSLR to feature 4K video recording … and a lot more specification upgrade compared to its predecessor

Features/ Models Nikon D5
Nikon D4s
Megapixel 21 MP 16 MP
Sensor size Fullframe sensor Fullframe sensor
Low pass filter Yes Yes
Image processor Expeed 5 Expeed 4
AF system 153 AF Points – 99 Cross Type 51 AF Points – 15 cross type
ISO 50-3280000 50-409600
Shutter Min/ mix 30 – 1/8000 30 – 1/8000
Continuous shooting speed 14 fps 11 fps
Video 4K  (30p/25p/24p) Full HD (60 /30 / 24 fps),
Display 3.2″ 2.36m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor 3.2″ 921k-Dot LCD Monitor
Viewfinder Optical Optical
Hot shoe Yes Yes
Wireless WiFi + NFC WiFi + NFC
Environmentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery life 3020 Shots
Dimensions  160X459X92 mm 132X101X78 mm
Weight  1415 g 1350 g

Sensor: Nikon D5 features a newly developed 20.8 MP Fullframe sensor exclusively designed and developed for the Nikon D5 flagship camera and in combination of Expeed 5 image processor the camera ISO range touches 3.3 Million ISO mark (3280000 ISO) which creates a world record itself, till date no other consumer camera in the world is able to touch even 1 Million Max ISO range. On the other hand the Nikon D4s camera MAX ISO range is limited to half a million ISO mark (409600 ISO).

From the above it is very clear that the sensor of the recently announced camera is better than of the Nikon D4s camera

Image Processor: Nikon D5 uses advance Expeed 5 image processor, and thanks to the new processor Expeed 5 enables D5 to capture 4K video and enables Full time AF while shooting at 12frames per second @ 21 MP while the Nikon D4 is expeed 3 image processor is limited to Full HD video recording and captures 11 frames per second @ 16MP files.

From the above we can see that Expeed 5 image processor is very fast compared to the Expeed 4 image processor.

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AF System: The recently announced Nikon D5 uses Multi-CAM 20K AF system and the Nikon D4s was using Multi-CAM 3500FX  AF system. Nikon D5 AF points is approx 3 times more dense compared to Nikon D4s AF points, Nikon D5 offers 153 Phase AF points and 99 type cross AF points on the other hand the Nikon D4s is limited to 51 AF Points – 15 cross type points, more AF points clearly means more screen coverage and more accuracy.

ISO: Now the number tells everything. The recently announced Nikon D5 is capable to shoot images upto 3.3 Million ISO range on the other hand the Nikon D4s was limited to 1/2 Million ISO, its a very big change and will allow to take images of your desired subjects in moon light.

Continuous shooting speed: The continuous shooting speed of the Nikon D5 is amazing, you get 12fps with fulltime AF support and 14fps with AF lock, the Nikon D4s continuous shooting was limited to 11 fps only.

Video: Nikon made a breakthrough by adding 4K support, the Nikon D5 becomes world first camera to feature 4K video, So the Nikon D5 is a prefect solution for not only photographers but also for cinematographers.  Nikon D4s is limited to recording Full HD videos only.

Verdict: Nikon made a machine that may remains on TOP for next five years without a doubt, I have never seen such a major jump in the core specification of any successor, form the specification point of view it’s look like Nikon announced Nikon D10 🙂

However, for Nikon D4s users and other pro shooters we highly recommend you to buy Nikon D5 camera, since no mirorless or DSLR of present day world can match the core specification of Nikon D5.

Buy Nikon D5 from Amazon ||  B&H

Major Firmware Update of Nikon D750 and Nikon D4s

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Nikon released new firmware updates for Nikon D750 and D4s DSLR cameras: below is the detailed list of updates arriving with the latest firmware downloads…

Continue reading Major Firmware Update of Nikon D750 and Nikon D4s

Best accessories for Nikon D4s

Nikon D4s is one of the most demanding camera among the professionals shooters throughout the world.  Nikon D4S features 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS Sensor (36 x 23.9mm), engineered in the core of the Nikon to deliver an immersive dynamic range, with exceptionally low noise.

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Image sensor shows brilliant work in the latest generation of Nikon’s powerful image processing engine, dubbed EXPEED 4, to bolster image quality, color and sharpness in both stills and video. However, looking at the specs of this creative design of Nikon d4S is undoubtedly brilliant, take a look at the list of Best accessories for Nikon D4s.

High Recommended Lens for Nikon D4s

Nikon – AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens

24-70mm-Nikon-lens-imageBuy this Lens from Amazon or B&H

I just want to say it is one of the best FX lens ever designed by Nikon, This is definitely one of the fastest, sharpest and most accurate zoom I have used. Highly recommended for professional shooters.


Best Memory Card for Nikon D4s

Sony – 32GB G Series XQD Format Version 2 Memory Card- The XQD card is the best card I have ever used personally and it will never allow you to miss a single frame when you shooting a sports event with continuous burst mode or recording a full HD 1080p video at frame rates up to 60 fps from your Nikon D4s camera.

sony-memory-cardBuy this Memory Card from Amazon or B&H

With data read speeds of up to 400 MB/s and write speeds of up to 350 MB/s you can transfer your various media files even the larger files quickly.  A creative USB 3.0 adapter will be supplied to offer ease of uses for professionals. The optimized flash memory and Sony’s unique controller enable the high-speed data processing of this G series XQD memory card.


 

Best battery for Nikon D4s

Nikon – EN-EL18a Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (10.8V, 2500mAh) – The battery features capacity of 2500 mAh and also offers an output voltage of 10.8V. You must have an extra pack of 2 batteries always with you to keep yourself power-packed while shooting a event or project without worrying about your batteries.

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Buy this battery from Amazon | B&H

The EN-EL18a is supplied with the D4S camera and is offered here as a spare or replacement part. In a nutshell we can say that a highly compatible battery for Nikon D4s and made by Nikon.


 

Watson – EN-EL18 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (10.8V, 2600mAh) – This replacement battery is not made by Nikon and offered by a third party at an affordable price point. The battery features a capacity of 2600mAh and 10.8V of output power helps you to use this battery for your Nikon D4s DSLR.

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Buy this battery from Amazon | B&H

However, Small and lightweight, lithium-ion batteries can be charged or discharged at any time without developing memory effect.


 

Best Flash unit for your Nikon D4s

Nikon – SB-910 AF Speedlight- The flashlight looks like it has been engineered for Nikon D4s, Its lighting performance is more than an ordinary Featuring Nikon’s versatile i-TTL (intelligent through-the-lens) metering for on camera or wireless flash control.

flash-light-for-D4sBuy SB 910 flash from Amazon | B&H

This flash is built very well with plenty of features. Perfect for high speed sync either on or off camera with impressive results. Super fast recycling time, and let me assure you that the flash will be lasted almost the entire day on one set of batteries even after extensive use.


Remote Control

Vello – Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Nikon 10-Pin Connection)-  Features very option that you may need from a wireless transmitter, Like self-timer, interval timer, long exposure timer, as well as controlling the number of continuous shutter releases within this remote control.

vello-remote-controlBuy the Vello Wireless Transmitter from Amazon | B&H

Timer delays, exposure times, and intervals can be set for up to 99 hours, 59 minutes, 59 seconds, in one-second increments. You can also choose anywhere from 1 to 99 continuous shots or you can set the ShutterBoss to take an unlimited number of photos. The receiver uses a CR2 lithium battery, and the transmitter uses 2x AAA batteries, which can last up to 4 years on standby.


 

Wireless File Transmitter

Wireless and transmitter- The WT-5A respectfully work in transmitting images to an FTP server or computer without losing its speed and that will be twice as fast as the previous WT-4A transmitter.

Operate the D4 via Camera Control Pro 2. From one master camera, simultaneously release up to ten remote D4/WT-5A combinations.

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Buy it from Amazon | B&H

The utilizing the benefits of HTTP mode you can use the web browser on your iPhone or iPad to operate camera controls or begin Live View shooting, including starting and stopping HD video and more.

 

Sony A7R II vs. Nikon D4s

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Sony A7R II camera features ultra compact body and high resolution BSI CMOS sensor, on the other hand we have Nikon flagship camera Nikon D4s that features a 16MP low-light sensitive sensor with a limited no of 51 AF points, now to know who wins the competition you have to read the full article below..

Major Difference

Sony Alpha 7R II vs. Nikon D4s Specification Comparison Table.  

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Megapixel:- The Sony Sony Alpha 7R II has 2.5 times more resolution compare to Nikon D4S and also it is based on the world’s first back-illuminated sensor technology.

It’s 42.4 MP Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor and BIONZ X Image Processor is sufficient to lessen the noise production up to standard ISO and also helps to increase the processing speed.

Nikon D4S features FX-format 16.2MP CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor to produce high-resolution imagery. Due to the combination of both technologies, it offers a better image quality, accurate color reproduction in dynamic range.

ISO:- Sony A7R II has ISO range up to ISO 102, 400, due to high resolution and small size of photo diodes, the camera has less sensitivity range compared to the Nikon D4S camera.

As we know Nikon has pre-history of using high ISO range to its D-SLRs . Its native ISO of 25600 can be extended upto mind-blowing ISO 409,600 , which favors the shooters to shoot in dim or difficult lighting conditions. The architecture of 16.2MP FX-format CMOS image sensor supports it to collect more light and offers good quality image. It’s EXPEED 4 processing towards to offer full resolution at shooting rate of 11fps for up to 200 frames.

Here the Nikon D4S has much higher ISO range comparative to Sony A7R II which make your decision very clear that Nikon D4s is more sensitive compared to A7R II.

Image Stabilization:- The Sony Alpha 7R II features 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Image Stabilization .This system definitely gives more confidence to both the new users and the professional shooter. During shooting it solved the five types of problems from different directions faced during handheld shooting either still images or videos. It even excels the video recording by reducing the blur production during shooting the video in running or walking condition.

It not stops there it also give relaxation to the users about the selection of any type of lenses according to their need, they can even use adapted lenses from third party and can enjoy shooting without worrying about the blur.

This Image Stabilization system is absent in Nikon D4S.

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AF Points:- Sony A7R II offers Fast Hybrid AF with 399 phase-detection AF points with additional 25-point contrast-detection AF points which is supported by its back-illuminated sensor and experience the users with its speed, accuracy and tracking performance of 5fps at 42.4MP.

The users can enjoy its razor-sharp clarity and faster readout of fast moving objects due to the new architecture of the back-illuminated sensor, 399 AF Points is designed in such a way that it covers 40% of the screen area. So the users don’t get any single frame that misses AF on subject. It also includes other feature of Lock-on AF tracking through which the users needn’t to keep the subject in the centre of the frame to keep in perfect focus, A7RII will do its job perfectly.

On the other hand, Nikon D4S features 51-Point Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX AF Sensor in which it offers 51 distinct points and also different options are available to use 9, 21, or all 51 points depending on the situation. Despite of being a prime camera the Big and bulky Nikon AF system look inferior in front of the Sony A7R II camera.

So Nikon has to work hard to stay neck to neck in front of Sony to give the users the hassle-free experience of its Nikon D4S comparative to Sony A7R II.

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Video:- Sony A7R II is the world’s first fullframe camera which offers full pixel readout while recording the UHD 4K Video, plus you also get Sony’s high quality XAVC S Format support. It’s Fast hybrid AF with 399 phase detection AF points and 5-axis image stabilization which support the video to new height.

Nikon D4S supports full HD 1080p video at frame rates up to 60 fps.

The users can enjoy the 4k video of Sony A7R II which is produced by its full frame image sensor compare to the low impression made by the videos of Nikon D4S.

The other major disadvantage of a DSLR is contrast based AF system is active while recording the video, on the other hand Sony A7R II 399 AF points are always active, while you are capturing a still or recording a video.

Viewfinder and Display: These tow are are totally dependent on users choice, decide yourself whether you like a optical viewfinder or a EVF.

Connectivity: The Sony A7R II features WiFi and NFC connectivity, with the help of this feature you can connect easily with your smartphone or tablet that will allow you to use your camera from a distance, No such feature available in the Nikon D4s camera.

Verdict: Sony A7R II will cost you less compared to Nikon D4s and features ultra high resolution sensor, advance AF system that works while shooting still or recording a video , the camera also features built-in 5-axis image stabilization and records 4K video…. on the other hand the Nikon D4s features better low-light sensitive sensor but everything else is inferior compared to the Sony A7R II camera.

Yes we can’t deny the fact that Nikon have a huge lens support, however the Sony A7R II lenses are bit limited.,

Based on Specification comparison review we highly recommend you to buy the Sony A7R II camera.

Sony A7R II available for pre-order at Amazon and B&H

Buy Nikon D4s from Amazon and B&H

Canon 1DX vs. Nikon D4S vs. Sony A7S - HIGH ISO TEST

We have arranged world best camera’s images side-by-side, you can clearly see the difference between these three camera, but before that take a look at the major specification of all the three camera…
Canon EOS-1D X Features 18.1Mp full-frame CMOS Sensor and ISO range 100-51200 (Extended Mode: 50-204800), Nikon D4s Features 16.2MP FX-Format / Fullframe CMOS Sensor and ISO range 100-25600 (Extended Mode: 50-409600), Sony Alpha a7S Features 12.2MP Full-Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor and ISO range 100-102400 (Extended Mode: Auto, 50-409600)

Continue reading Canon 1DX vs. Nikon D4S vs. Sony A7S – HIGH ISO TEST

Nikon D4S Scores at DxO Mark Lab

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Nikon D4S Score surfaced over the DxO Mark lab, as we have said earlier in our D4s vs D4 comparison review that Nikon D4s have same sensor as Nikon D4, the more ISO range is unlocked due to introduction of advance image processor with upgraded image processing algorithm

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According to DxO Mark Lab scores, Nikon D4S beats Canon 1DX, as you can see in the table the low light king title remains to Nikon DF camera, Sony A7R is best machine for shooting subjects under controlled light situation.

Buy Nikon D4s from Amazon, B&H and Adorama

scores via DxOMarklab.com