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Nikon D4S Digital Camera

£3,379.99
SLR 16.2MP CMOS XQD Mar 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Compatible Memory Cards Release Date
Nine industry awards
Ergonomic
A bit expensive
196 Reviews + 9 Awards
Techradar Recommended Trusted Reviews Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended
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Reviews

Nine Industry Awards

Camera experts really like this medium megapixel digital camera and have given it nine awards.

The writers at four expert review sites all concluded that they would endorse this camera. Trusted Reviews, Techradar, M3.idg.se and Vido.com.ua all gave this Nikon digital camera a "Recommended" award.

This digital camera was given a "Highly Recommended" award by both websites Ephotozine and PhotographyBlog.com, both of which decided that this medium megapixel digital camera was great.

This Nikon camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from both review sites PC Mag and Reviewed.com, both of which decided that this digital camera was fantastic.

Pocket Lint gave this Nikon camera an "Editor's Choice" award.

Expert Reviews Are Excellent

The average expert rating of this Nikon camera is 93% based on twenty-one expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Trusted Reviews and Techradar. That puts this digital camera in the top 1% of all the digital cameras of a comparable spec and age.

User Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on 214 user reviews the average user rating of this camera is superb. 117 reviewers (82% of all reviewers) gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 97% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others. That puts this Nikon camera in the top 11% of all the medium megapixel cameras that have been available for more than two years.

Nikon Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

We checked 25,424 owner and expert reviews (including 1,649 verified purchases) for Nikon digital cameras and found that on average Nikon has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Nikon has good reviews specifically for its medium megapixel cameras. 92% of those that bought a Nikon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Price

A Bit Expensive

Six customers who purchased it agreed that it was expensive. Website T3.com wrote in their Nikon D4S review “Massively expensive”. Website Straitstimes.com said “Spec sheet lacking in some respects, very expensive” but despite that they rated it 4 stars out of 5. Siverson mentioned “Pricey? YES!” in their review of this digital camera.

Two owners who reviewed this digital camera thought it was not good value for money. Sdbob wrote “It's certainly not cheap.”. Cathy said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “This is my first camera that is not an inexpensive point and shoot” although she gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

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Not Cheap

We checked 64 medium megapixel cameras that have been around for more than two years and they range in price from £39 to £4,225. We think that this camera looks expensive compared to other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Massively Expensive

Six customers who purchased it agreed that it was expensive. Website T3.com wrote in their Nikon D4S review “Massively expensive”. Website Straitstimes.com said “Spec sheet lacking in some respects, very expensive” but despite that they rated it 4 stars out of 5.

Siverson mentioned “Pricey? YES!” in their review of this digital camera.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera has been on the market since March 2014.


Power

Good Battery Life

Three owners mentioned in their reviews that it had a good battery life. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their review of the Nikon D4S “Great Battery Life” . Jphyde said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “You'd think that would time-out to save battery power.”.


Design

Ergonomic

Five owners said in their reviews that it was good looking. Sean said in his review of this digital camera “Light weight with all the features, for the price it's a great camera! Basic for all beginners and advanced enough for beautiful results” . Two years ago Sonia mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The red color is pretty awesome! The shipping was super fast” and scored it 5 stars out of 5. Three years ago Terry said “Got some pretty good images” in his review of this digital camera.

Three customers concluded that this digital camera was ergonomic. Website Bestbuy.com mentioned in April last year “Ergonomically perfect” in their review of this digital camera. Three years ago website Bhphotovideo.com rated it 5 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “Superb Ergonomics”.

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Comfortable and Easy to Hold

Nine owners who reviewed the Nikon D4S considered that it was easy to use. Courtngmcc mentioned two years ago “It is easy to use and the included instruction manual is very informative” in their review of this digital camera. Dmk scored it 5 stars out of 5 and said “You can let the camera have full control or you can override the controls” in their review of this digital camera. Two years ago Bk wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Very nice camera, easy to use” in their review of this digital camera.

Three customers who reviewed it thought it was comfortable and easy to hold. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Easy to hold and carry” in their review of this digital camera. Al mentioned in his review of this digital camera three years ago “It fits so comfortably in my hands that there is no issue regarding weight”. In the same month American Image gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Camera is light and easy to hold”.

Two people who reviewed it concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Seahorse21 said “Have been advised there are settings that will minimize the delay” . Big D mentioned “This has been very helpful in adjusting default settings and learning the features of this camera”.

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Rugged Build Quality

Thirteen people who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it was well made. Three years ago website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Solidly Built” in their review of this digital camera. In April last year website Bestbuy.com said “Runs solid at 38 FPS” in their review of this digital camera. Bhphotovideo.com also mentioned “Built like a tank” in their review.

Three customers mentioned that it was strong and durable. Website Bhphotovideo.com scored it a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned also three years ago “Robust body” in their review of this digital camera. Trustedreviews.com said on expert website Trusted Reviews three years ago “They have to be tough, fast and accurate to meet the demands of some unforgiving disciplines – press, sports” in their review of the Nikon D4S. Two years ago Flukezilla said “It is durable”.

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Rugged Build Quality

Twenty-one people said in their reviews that the Nikon D4S was good quality. Website Videomaker.com said three years ago “Rugged build quality” in their review of this digital camera. Website Straitstimes.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Outstanding performance, great image quality and good balanced design”. Videomaker.com also said “Fast, with great quality photo and video” in their review.


Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The average display diagonal of cameras of this type and age is 2.9", and the display diagonals range from 2" to 4.8". When compared to other medium megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Nikon D4S's display diagonal of 3.2 inches is one of the largest.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of 921,000 pixels, the Nikon D4S has one of the higher display resolutions (numeric) amongst digital cameras of this age. Across all the similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camera the display resolutions (numeric) range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 430,000 pixels.

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Camera

Features Contrast Adjustment

The Nikon D4S features contrast adjustment, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Nikon D4S features brightness adjustment. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago also feature brightness adjustment.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Nikon D4S has a tripod mountable. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera also have a tripod mountable.

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Features Histogram

The Nikon D4S features histogram, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Nikon D4S has an HDMI. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also have an HDMI.

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Supports PictBridge

The Nikon D4S supports PictBridge, as do most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera.

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Packaging Content

Has a Hand Strap

The Nikon D4S has a hand strap. Most of the other cameras that are a similar age to this camera also have a hand strap.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Nikon D4S has a batteries included, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

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Light Exposure

Supports Two ISO Sensitivities

The Nikon D4S has a greater number of ISO speeds than most similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this digital camera. The ISO sensitivities 200 and 25600 are also supported by this camera.

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Nikon D4S supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by cameras that came out around the same time as this camera. This camera also support a video resolutions of 640 x 424 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

A 320 x 120 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Nikon D4S has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution amongst all cameras of this spec and age.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution across similar types of camera.

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Picture Quality

Only 1600 X 1064 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon D4S has a higher still image resolution than most medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camera has a 1600 x 1064 still image resolution(s), whereas most digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Nikon camera have still image resolution(s) of 4928 x 3280, 3696 x 2456, 2464 x 1640, 3200 x 2128, 2400 x 1592, 4096 x 3280, 3072 x 2456, 2048 x 1640, 4096 x 2720 and 3072 x 2040 and 2048 x 1360. The best still image resolution of all cameras that have been around for more than two years is 4928 x 3264 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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16.2 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16.2 megapixels camera.

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Viewfinder

Very Low Magnification

The magnifications of similar spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago range from 0.17x to 20x. At only 0.7 times zoom factor, the Nikon D4S has a quite low magnification compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

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Audio

Noisy

Three people who bought it mentioned that it was noisy. Website Bhphotovideo.com scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said “Extremely Low Noise”.

Terry mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “The image quality was truly outstanding, without any noticeable noise at all”.

Features Voice Recording

The Nikon D4S features voice recording, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Nikon D4S has a built-in microphone. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Three people who bought it mentioned that it was noisy. Website Bhphotovideo.com scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said “Extremely Low Noise”. Terry mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “The image quality was truly outstanding, without any noticeable noise at all”.

Two customers who bought the Nikon D4S thought it was quiet. Powys57 mentioned two years ago “Chose this model as it was the quietest in the range as we have a open plan kitchen” and gave the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5. They also wrote “It is very quiet and the cleaning is very good although the cutlery tray took a little getting used after years of a basket” in their review.

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Weight & Dimensions

Very Heavy

When compared to other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for more than two years that we have checked, the weight of the Nikon D4S of 1.2 kilograms is one of the heaviest. Digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera have weights of between 20g and 1.3kg.

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Good Size

Four customers who bought the product concluded that it was heavy and bulky. Silvery mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “It's a pound heavier.” in their Nikon D4S review. Happy Flyfishers said “Which seems heavier as the day draws to an end”. Jdflyer wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “Don't believe the reviews out there saying it is very big, or very heavy or very loud”.

Three owners wrote in their reviews that the product was a good body shape. Pcmag.com said on expert website PC Mag three years ago “The body is huge, thanks in part to an integrated vertical shooting grip”. Phil mentioned in his review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “This is an amazing camera body” and rated it 5 stars out of 5.

Two customers who bought it considered that it was lightweight. A Couple of Coynes said “Picture clarity is excellent! This camera packs a lot in a lightweight and striking package! So far we have been loving it!”. Hm wrote “Lightweight and user friendly” in their review of this digital camera and scored it 5 stars out of 5.

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Good Video Capture

Four people said that the Nikon D4S was good for video recording. Rich mentioned three years ago “Have had this camera for just a few days and it works as advertised, photos taken are excellent, video is just as good, sharp” and scored the product 80 out of 100. Treefree wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “The video is beautiful”.

Huge Bright Viewfinder

Two owners who reviewed it thought it had a good viewfinder. Website T3.com said in their review of the Nikon D4S “Huge bright viewfinder”.

Full Frame Image Sensor

Thirty-eight people who reviewed the product agreed that it was able to produce good images. Website T3.com scored it 5 stars out of 5 and said three years ago “Full frame image sensor”. Website Bestbuy.com said “Good Image Stabilization”. Expert review site Gqindia.com wrote in the same month “In the hands of a competent photographer” .

Eighteen customers said that it was good in low light. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Exceptional In Low Light” in their review of the Nikon D4S. They also wrote “Low light performance” in their review. And also mentioned “Great for low light”.

Seven people mentioned that the product had a good picture resolution. Stuff.tv mentioned “Shooting ability is unmatched” and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5. Three years ago website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Great colors and no dead pixels” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 5 stars out of 5. Expert website Pocket-Lint.com said in their review of this digital camera “Faster burst shooting” and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

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Good Autofocus

Nineteen owners considered that it had a good autofocus. Website Bhphotovideo.com said in their review of this digital camera three years ago “Fast focusing” and rated it 5 stars out of 5. They also mentioned “Auto Focus Capability” in their review. And also said “Focusing system”.

Two customers who reviewed the product agreed that it had a good lens. Website Bhphotovideo.com said in their review of this digital camera “High Quality Kit Lens” and gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars out of 5. Three years ago Len mentioned “INCREDIBLE! The image quality, even with the kit lens throws off amazing images”.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00018208015412, 00018208937486

Nikon D4S Review Sources

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