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Nikon Launches D4 Flagship DSLR With 16.2MP FX Sensor

By Rico Cruz - on 6 Jan 2012, 3:18pm

Nikon Launches D4 Flagship DSLR With 16.2MP FX Sensor

Setting its sights squarely on the Canon EOS-1DX is the new Nikon D4 digital SLR. It features a full-frame FX CMOS sensor with a resolution of 16.2 megapixels, which might sound a bit low for a top-of-the-line DSLR, but it means that it can have a wider ISO range with less noise, thanks to much larger pixels. Therefore, the D4 is capable of ISO 100 to 12,800, but can also be expanded to ISO 50, and as high as ISO 204,800.

With the new EXPEED 3 image processor, the D4 can shoot 10fps in RAW or full resolution JPEG and 11fps when the 51-point autofocus system is locked. Handling the rapid-fire snapshots is a tough carbon-fiber shutter that is rated for 400,000 actuations. All those images are funneled down to its dual memory card slots, which are the first to support the new XQD memory card. In the rear of the camera is a 921K-dot, 3.2-inch LCD surrounded by new illuminated control buttons. The D4's exposure metering has also been vastly improved, with a new 91,000-pixel metering sensor, replacing the previous 1,005-pixel version. 

 Source: dpreview.com

Multimedia journalists and filmmakers will definitely appreciate the D4's advanced video features such as full HD 1080p recording, a new stereo headphone jack for professional audio recording with in-camera audio levelling via the LCD plus full exposure control and autofocus while recording. Videographers can also use the D4's HDMI port for live view recording on a monitor as well as a direct feed out of the camera. Launched along with the Nikon D4 is a new AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G lens and the Nikon Wireless Transmitter WT-5.

Source: dpreview.com

For more information check out the full press release here. Sample images are also available here.

Sources: Nikon and dpreview.com