- 16MP - Full frame Sensor
- 3.2" Fixed Screen
- ISO 100 - 12800 (Expand to 204800)
- 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
- 1920 x 1080 video
- Nikon F Mount
- 1340g - 160 x 157 x 91mm
- Introduced January 2012
- Older Model is Nikon D3S
- Successor is Nikon D4s
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Nikon D4 overview
Nikon D4 is Nikon's Pro DSLR digital camera originally released on January of 2012. It features a 16 MegaPixel, CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4928 x 3280.
Nikon launched this model in order to improve the older Nikon D3S (Read Full Comparison) & afterwards launched the fresher Nikon D4s (Read Full Comparison) to improve this camera.
The D4 ranks at #8 out of 35 in Pro DSLR cameras & all around #173 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. Remember to try our Smart camera finder to get camera listings based on your personal criteria.
Here is a diagram of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.
Nikon D4 history
The Nikon D4 has a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can identify all older and latest models as well as main features.
Nikon D4 Gallery
You can see the D4 from different angles in the gallery below.
Nikon D4 Pros and Cons
Below is a collection of positives and negatives of the Nikon D4 based on criterias that are generally viewed as useful in a digital camera.
Nikon D4 Sensor details
The Nikon D4 houses the Expeed 3 processor chip. The sensor size in the Nikon D4 is 36mm x 23.9mm (Full frame). The 860 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4928 x 3280 pixels at aspect ratios of 5:4 and 3:2.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The CMOS sensor has 16MP and includes a standard ISO range of 100 - 12800. This ISO can be extended digitally to 50 - 204800. RAW files are saved therefore you have wider room to maneuver in post.
The image below shows the D4's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The D4 sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is showcased in green.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Nikon D4 dimensions
Nikon D4 weighs in at 2.95 lb (1,340g / 47.27 ounces) & has external size of 160mm x 157mm x 91mm (6.3" x 6.2" x 3.6"). The weight of normal Pro DSLR camera is 1,280g so the Nikon D4 is on par as compared to other competitors.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
Listed below is a photo of the Nikon D4 alongside a soft drink to help you get a feel for its scale.
The top view below will show you the button arrangement on the D4.
Nikon D4 Lens specs
The D4 works with the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses to pick from. Below is some of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the D4.
Nikon D4 Connectivity
The D4 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Cameras that have NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to send files and usually adjust settings without connecting directly to the camera.
Some applications even stream a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external monitor. Almost all cameras will allow you to charge the battery with the USB port.
Nikon D4 Video specs
The maximum video resolution in the Nikon D4 is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p resolution delivers a great balance in video quality vs file sizes but FULL HD won't give you any room to downsample. The body does feature both headphone and microphone support making it incredibly valuable whilst capturing sound.
Nikon D4 Weather Sealing
Nikon D4 has got environment sealing which makes it a fantastic selection for use in challenging environments. This is particularly useful whenever you are not sure about the elements you may face in outdoor photography.
Nikon D4 Screen and Viewfinder
The Nikon D4 features a 3.2 inch fixed display boasting a resolution of 921 thousand dots.
Please be aware that the display screen has no touch support. The D4 also includes a Top screen allowing you to quickly see the camera's settings.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The View Finder details for Nikon D4 are as follows:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
- Coverage 100%
- Magnification 0.7x
Viewfinders can be quite helpful in bright outdoor situations which can make the camera screen washed out and hard to see.
Nikon D4 Shutter specs
Nikon D4 continuous shooting speed is 11.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000 seconds.
Nikon D4 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Nikon D4 comes with external flash ability but does not include built in flash. The max flash sync speed is 1/250 seconds.
Nikon D4 Autofocus specs
Nikon D4 comes with both Phase Detect AF plus Contrast Based AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier & accurate when compared with Contrast Based autofocusing.
It features 51 focus points to choose from. It also includes Tracking AF for objects that move. Nikon D4 has manual focusing if needed in low light conditions or you require more accurate focusing control.
Nikon D4 Battery life
The battery (EN-EL18) in the Nikon D4 is fashioned to last for 2600 pictures based on the CIPA measurements which is about average when compared to it's rivals. The general Pro DSLR camera battery life is 2438. Nikon D3X features the highest possible (4400) battery life in this group of cameras.
Listed below is a number of Pro DSLR cameras having the best battery life:
Nikon D4 for specific styles of photography
The following graph shows a analysis of the Nikon D4 for specific styles of photography. To check out more, check out the specific section below.
Nikon D4 Portrait photography information
The Nikon D4 receives a points total of 77 which is outstanding, meaning that it is a wonderful fit to use for portraits. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support & flexibility to utilize external flash.
Nikon D4 as a Street photography camera
With a average points tally of 56, the Nikon D4 is somewhat suited to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of picture quality and portability.
Nikon D4 Sports photography factors
A nice sports photography points tally of 74 means the Nikon D4 is a good choice for photographing sports. A camera needs to have fantastic autofocus plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Travel photography with Nikon D4
Size is super important when getting a camera for travel. All round, the Nikon D4 gets a moderate 59 as a travel camera which is somewhat suited to take on your vacations.
Nikon D4 Landscape photography features
When you're looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photos, the most important factor is going to be image quality. The Nikon D4 at it's nice score of 74 as a landscape camera is a fine choice within the current marketplace.
Vlogging with Nikon D4
A vlogging camera should really posses a articulating display screen, microphone input and if possible image stabilization. Considering everything, the Nikon D4 is simply not appropriate as a vlog camera as it delivers a really bad score of 26.
Nikon D4 Alternatives
If you are looking for replacements to the D4, below is a range of the top ranked cameras that fall within the category of Pro DSLR.
The chart down below shows you an overview of the D4 versus it's top scored rivals suggested above.
Following are additional cameras you may view as alternative options. To read through a complete comparison, just click on the "compare" link.