If you’ve been following our blog then you’ve probably noticed a number of Nikon posts usually pertaining to rumors of a new DSLR body. More often these have been unconfirmed rumors and some have yet to come to fruition. Happily, this Nikon post is not some unfounded rumor but an honest-to-goodness camera announcement – the Nikon D4.
New camera announcements are beyond a dime a dozen these days, so is the D4 just another ripple in the water? The specifications aren’t unlike other DSLRs at first glance;
– 16.2Mp 36.0 x 23.9mm CMOS Sensor
– Nikon FX Format
– 1080p HD video at 24 and 30 fps
– 3.2″ LCD Screen w/ Live View
– RAW, TIFF, JPEG, RAW+JPEG Files
What caught my attention was the uncompressed video out via HDMI; “Check video recording on the camera’s LCD and external monitor simultaneously; ideal for focus pullers and camera operators. When the highest possible image quality is required you can bypass memory cards and record uncompressed footage directly from the image sensor onto an external storage device. Options to customize the HDMI output signal are also include.” Not too shabby.
The release also states “Fast sensor readout enables reduced rolling shutter – especially useful during panning sequences” which is hopefully an improvement over some of the jello-esque shots we see so much of. You can find the press release and order info over at B&H, which shows the camera listed for February availability at a price of $5,999.95 (Body only).
So Nikon shooters have something to be excited about, but what about everyone else? With some decent glass you’re looking at $7,000-$8,000 – not all that far from a Scarlet or Canon’s C300 in the big picture. So what do you think – Nikon’s saving grace or just too late to the game?
Oh, and lastly, here’s an early video shot with the D4 (posted first at NoFilmSchool.com).