Hands-on with the Nikon D4S Professional DSLR Camera

The Nikon D4S is a revamped cousin of it’s sturdy cousin the D4. Here is a hands-on with the D4S DSLR for professional as well as amateur photographers.

Nikon 16.2-million-pixel D4S is a full-size, weighty and muscular looking DSLR that is best suited for professional photography. This camera model promises superior speed and better low-light performance when compared to its forerunner, the DSLR Nikon D4. The massive built, high performance, newly developed full frame of this model and all other interesting features have been described in this blog for the benefit of a professional photographer. These points are going to help your first hands-on experience with a D4S smoother.


When it comes to the physical features of this camera, the D4S has a number of selection buttons that have a slightly different texture allowing easy usage while wearing gloves. So the camera can be easily operated in landscape and portrait orientations. Besides it has a full metal all-weather shield body making it a sturdy model like it’s cousin the D4.

The D4S measures 160 x 156.5 x 90.5 mm (6.3 x 6.2 x 3.6 in) and weighs 1,350 g (2 lb 15.6 oz). This dimension is a huge leap forward from the model’s predecessor and all other small DSLRs and mirror-less cameras in the market, let alone the smaller digital cameras. That is why the body encompasses of a wide range of new and improved features at almost all fronts when compared to the older D4. On the other hand, this camera facilitates expansion up to the highest possible sensitivity setting due to the latest Expeed 4 imaging engine. This is also a step ahead of the D4’s Expeed 3 engine. This is an industry-leading ISO 409,600 (equivalent) feature from the team of Nikon.

The camera also has a revamped shutter and mirror mechanism that considerably decreases mirror bounce thereby playing down blackouts in burst mode shoots. It also has a high-speed XQD slot that comes with support from CompactFlash card. This is a winner because today majority of the photographers prefer to work with CF cards.


So one can summarize the features of Nikon’s long-awaited upgrade in the flagship DSLR category which is the D4S, as follows:

  • The DSLR comes with a 16.2-million-pixel, FX CMOS sensor.
  • It has an expeed 4 image processor.
  • The camera has an ISO 50-409,600 which is extended as well.
  • This model delivers a faster autofocus performance when compared to it’s counterparts.
  • One can obtain an 11fps shooting with full metering and frame-by-frame AF with it.
  • Interestingly the raw S offers a smaller uncompressed 12-bit image which is a unique attribute.
  • The EN-EL18a battery has been rated by experts at 3,020 shots on a full charge.
  • At 60p/50p, one can get full HD 1920×1080-pixel recording from this camera.
  • In Europe, it has been price around £5,199 only

Thus the conclusion of this hands on drill is that the D4S is not entirely new but a highly tweaked archetype of it’s award winning cousin, the D4. So all the improvements made in image quality & processing, autofocus & shutter speed as well as the ergonomics in this updated flagship camera ensures that it is currently one of the best professional cameras in the market today.