It was teased over at CES but now it’s finally hit our shores. Nikon’s follow up to the D4, the D4s, brings “significant improvement” over its predecessor according to Nikon.
New and improved
So what’s new with the D4S? While the original D4 offered the typical four AF modes, the D4S has a fifth AF-area mode known as Group-area AF. This mode uses 5 focus points: one specified by the user, as well as one each above, below, to the left, and to the right of the selected focus point. This supposedly offers not only smoother autofocusing, but also a faster workflow with continuous shooting at approximately 11 fps with AF and AE tracking.
That’s not the only improvement. The DSLR also comes with the new Expeed 4 image-processing engine, which promises rich tone reproduction with minimal noise across the standard range of sensitivities (ISO 100 to ISO 25,600). It is also able to shoot beyond the standard sensitivities, going as low as ISO 50 and as high as ISO 409,600.
And what’s a camera without some video recording? The D4S can record movies at 1920 x 1080 with framerates going at 50 to 60 fps. With the Expeed 4 engine, changes in exposure are better controlled, especially if you’re taking time-lapse movies.
Productivity hounds are also going to love the improved transfer speeds. The D4S is kitted with an 1000BASE-T Ethernet connector. So now you can expect even faster and smoother image transfers after capture. But what you''ll really love is the power efficiency of the D4S. With an increased battery capacity of 2500mAh, the D4S can shoot up to 5960 shots.
The Nikon D4S will be hitting Singapore sometime next month and pricing will be announced closer to its release date.