Nikon has dropped the D4S, its latest flagship full-frame formal DSLR camera. It’s based on the D4 and features quite a few enhancements from its predecessor, in hopes of being a strong response to the demands of professional photographers. The D4S features enhanced AF performance, better image quality, tweaks to workflow and operation, and more.
Algorithms used by the AF system have been refined for greater accuracy and versatility while autofocus is initiated faster and is better able to acquire and track the intended subject, whether it enters the frame suddenly or takes up the entire frame for a more powerful composition. In addition to the four time-tested modes available with the D4 (Single-point AF, Dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, and Auto-area AF), the D4S offers up a fifth AF-area mode known as Group-area AF that uses five focus points and enables not only smoother autofocusing, but also a faster workflow with continuous shooting at approximately 11 fps with AF and AE tracking.
Other enhancements include the use of Nikon’s new EXPEED 4 image-processing engine, a new CMOS image sensor, and 16.2 megapixels. Max ISO’s been massively upped to 409600 while Nikon also states the accuracy of auto white balance has been increased for clear color reproduction, even with shooting under difficult artificial lighting. You can also capture full-HD 1920 x 1080 60p/50p movies with the added ability to change the image area in movie live view, and to enable Auto ISO Control for automatic adjustment of ISO sensitivity at a fixed shutter speed and aperture value.
The Nikon D4S will be available come March 6th with an MSRP of $6,500.