Award-winning Wildlife Photographer Aaron Baggenstos from Seattle recently published a short but beautifully made hands on review of the new Nikon D4S flagship camera. Compared to the original D4, the new D4S didn’t bring a lot of changes but a few of them are noteworthy:
- Improved ISO – 100-25,600 ISO, expendable to 50-409,600 ISO (compared to 100-12,800 ISO and 50-204,800 ISO on the D4).
- Improved processor – Although the sensor didn’t change from the D4, the processor did – and is now Expeed 4 (compared to Expeed 3) which allows for the better ISO, video etc.
- Group area AF – This new feature allows the camera to quickly acquire the AF – the five AF points of the center can be configured to utilize five AF points as a single focusing point for heightened initial subject recognition.
- Improved battery life – about 400 more images per charge than the D4 (or 3020 CIPA rating).
- Improved video capabilities – a new 1080p @60p mode for slow motion video (which you can see on Baggenstos’ video in action).
We have looked at the D4S when it was announced back in CES 2014 (this was actually the pre-announcement – the full one came a bit later this year). A more in-depth look of the D4S was recently done by the guys from the camera store in Canada who looked at some of the key improvements of the new model (and liked more or less everything but the video which still feels sub par compared to the competition). [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxHK5OSUXr0[/youtube] The D4S sells for just under $6500 on Amazon.