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Nikon D4S

£3,379.99
SLR 16.2MP CMOS Black Mar 2014
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Nikon D4S Review

Our Verdict:
A Multi Award Winning 16.2 Megapixel Camera, Good for Landscape Photography
With excellent reviews, we have ranked the Nikon D4S number 336 across all digital cameras.
99
235 Reviews + 9 Awards
4
Poor
37
14 Great Features
49
3 Years Old
Overall Score
64
Average

Why Has it Scored 64?

It has superb expert reviews and outstanding user reviews with 97% of buyers recommending this camera to others. This digital camera has received nine awards including a "Recommended" award from Trusted Reviews and three other sites and an "Editor's Choice" award from PC Mag and one other site.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer cameras with better features are available. However this Nikon digital camera has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest digital cameras 2017.
The D4S is missing some features:
Very heavy
Very low magnification
Only 1600 x 1064 still image resolution

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Having compared it with its relevant competitors we have concluded that it is excellent for landscape photography, ranking number 49 in landscape cameras, but good for sports photography, ranking number 217 in sports cameras.
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Very Good
66
Average

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Nikon D4S In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

Nine Industry Awards

This Nikon camera has received nine awards from experts.

The editors of websites Trusted Reviews, Techradar, M3.idg.se and Vido.com.ua all recommend this camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

The writers at review sites PC Mag and Reviewed.com both concluded that this medium megapixel digital camera was exceptional and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

This camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from both websites Ephotozine and PhotographyBlog.com, both of which concluded that this medium megapixel digital camera was very good.

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

Expert Reviews Are Excellent

21 experts from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Trusted Reviews, Ephotozine and Techradar have rated this medium megapixel digital camera on average 93 out of 100. If all the new similar spec cameras are ranked by average expert review score then this camera is in the top 1%.

Excellent Owner Reviews

Users have rated this medium megapixel digital camera as superb on average. Over 82% of 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. If all the new cameras are ranked by average owner review score then this camera is in the top 11%.

Great Product Quality

10 people who bought it considered that it was good quality.

Good Quality Pictures

26 customers concluded that the product was able to produce good images, seven people who purchased it reckoned that it was good in low light and four customers said in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution.

Easy to Use

Seven people who reviewed the product considered that it was easy to use, two customers said in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus and two customers mentioned in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold.

Nikon Has Good Camera Reviews

Based on 28,808 expert and user reviews (including 2,642 verified purchases), Nikon has good reviews for its digital cameras. Nikon also has good reviews specifically for its medium megapixel digital cameras compared to other manufacturers. 93% of those that bought a Nikon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Excellent Design

Five people who bought it agreed that it was good looking.

Good Video Capture

Two owners who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was good for video recording.

Robust

Six people concluded that it was well made and two owners said in their reviews that this digital camera was strong and durable.

Good Quality Lens

Seven customers agreed that it had a good autofocus.

Good Size

Two people who purchased it considered that it was a good body shape and two owners who reviewed it thought it was lightweight.

Fairly Priced

Five customers said in their reviews that this digital camera was good value for money.

Acceptable Noise Level

Two customers who reviewed it considered that it was quiet.


Value For Money

Not Cheap

Latest cameras range in price from £21 to £4,225. We think that this Nikon digital camera looks expensive compared to other latest cameras.


Features

Supports PictBridge

The Nikon D4S supports PictBridge. Most of the other new comparable spec digital cameras also support PictBridge.

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16.2 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16.2 megapixels digital camera.

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Very Heavy

When compared to other digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera, the Nikon D4S's weight of 1.2 kilograms is one of the heaviest. The average weight of similar age medium megapixel digital cameras is 250g.

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Very Low Magnification

With a magnification of only 0.7 times zoom factor, the Nikon D4S has a quite low magnification compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera. The lowest magnification of digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera is 0.15x and the highest is 32x.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

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

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the best video resolution amongst all new medium megapixel digital cameras.

The worst video resolution amongst similar types of digital camera is 640 x 480 pixels.

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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 the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels. 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 latest medium megapixel digital cameras.

Amongst similar types of camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 120 pixels.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

Across all the digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera the display resolutions (numeric) range from 460 pixels to 16,000,000 pixels. At 921,000 pixels, the Nikon D4S has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Nikon D4S has a batteries included. Most of the other latest medium megapixel digital cameras also have a batteries included.

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Supports 200, 25600 and 1 More ISO Sensitivity

The Nikon D4S has a greater number of ISO speeds than most recently released digital cameras. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Nikon camera. The ISO sensitivities 200 and 25600 are also supported by this digital camera.

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Features Voice Recording

The Nikon D4S features voice recording, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera.

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Only 1600 X 1064 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon D4S has a 1600 x 1064 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most recently released medium megapixel digital cameras. Most similar age medium megapixel digital cameras have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This camera also 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. Medium megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera still image resolution(s) range from 640 x 360 to 4928 x 3264.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Nikon D4S has a hand strap. Most of the other recently released medium megapixel digital cameras also have a hand strap.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Nikon D4S features contrast adjustment. Most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera also feature contrast adjustment.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Nikon D4S features brightness adjustment. Most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also feature brightness adjustment.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Nikon D4S has a tripod mountable, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Features Histogram

The Nikon D4S features histogram. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this camera also feature histogram.

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Has an HDMI

The Nikon D4S has an HDMI, as do most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Fairly Large Display Diagonal

At 3.2 inches, the Nikon D4S has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other new medium megapixel digital cameras. The display diagonals of cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera range from 2" to 7.5".

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Age

Released Over Three Years Ago

Nikon released the D4S in March 2014.


Reviews
99
235 Reviews + 9 Awards
Value for Money
4
Poor
Age
49
3 Years Old
Overall
32
63
4928 X 3280 Pixels

Image Stabilizer

image stabilizer


Optical Sensor Size

optical sensor size


Pre-Flash

pre-flash


Smile Detection

smile detection


Handheld Remote Control

handheld remote control


Self-Timer

self-timer


With excellent reviews, we have ranked the Nikon D4S number 49 in landscape cameras.
Reviews
99
235 Reviews + 9 Awards
Value for Money
4
Poor
Features for Landscape...
81
Very Good
Age
49
3 Years Old
Overall Score for Land...
74
Good

Why Has it Scored 74 for Landscape Photography?

Given the portable nature of cameras, it’s unsurprising that they are used extensively to take photos of beautiful landscapes all over the world - from desolate hills to tropical beaches and everything in between! However not all cameras are equally suited to take landscape photos: here we have tried to rank the best cameras to take stunning landscape shots for your next holiday!

We’ve concentrated on a number of key attributes: most important of these is optical zoom capability, since it allows you to take detailed photos of particular parts of the landscape from a long way away, and still have them come out in good detail. Weight and battery life are also very important, since you may be carrying your camera with your for a long time while walking around - you want it to be light enough to not be a hassle, and with a good strong battery, so it doesn’t run out of juice mid-way through the trip! Finally we have taken into account several important factors, such as environmental protection (especially water and dust resistance) and whether the camera comes with GPS, in order to pin-point exactly where you took the photo for later reference.
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4928 X 3280 Pixels
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1.2kg
Features for Landscape...
81
Very Good

Nikon D4S In-Depth Analysis for Landscape Photography

Optical Zoom

Optical Zoom

Optical zoom is how much the camera is able to enlarge the image it's taking, allowing you to get a close-up of faraway objects. With landscape photography, this means you'll be able to focus in on specific areas of the landscape from far away, in order to achieve the most interesting and unique shot.

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Weight

Very Heavy

When compared to other digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera, the Nikon D4S's weight of 1.2 kilograms is one of the heaviest. The average weight of similar age medium megapixel digital cameras is 250g.

Weight is important for a landscape camera, since finding the perfect shot is going to involve a lot of travel. Therefore a lighter camera is going to be far more comfortable to walk with.

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Optical Sensor Size

Optical Sensor Size

Sorry, we do not know what the optical sensor size of the D4S is. If you know what the optical sensor size of it is then please tell us.

The optical sensor is responsible for capturing the light coming in through the lens of the camera, which is then converted into a digital image. A larger sensor allows for a far better quality image, with more detail and less noise. Because larger sensors take in more light at once, they require less exposure time, meaning less chance of motion blur from trees, planes or other moving elements in the photo.

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Waterproof

Waterproof

Sorry, we do not know if the D4S is waterproof. If you know whether it is waterproof then please tell us.

Landscape photography means heading outside, and Mother Nature isn't always nice. A waterproof camera means that if you get caught in a sudden downpour, your camera won't be damaged or ruined.

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Electronic Compass

Electronic Compass

Sorry, we do not know if the D4S has an electronic compass. If you know whether it has an electronic compass then please tell us.

An electronic compass uses a mixture of GPS and an inbuilt magnetic sensor to ascertain what direction the camera is facing when a photo is taken, and records this information as metadata with the image. When used alongside GPS data, it can be used to build up a complete 'map' of photos from a shoot, which can be helpful if you range far and wide taking landscape photos.

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Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Sorry, we do not know how many battery life (CIPA standard) does the D4S has. If you know how many battery life (CIPA standard) does it has then please tell us.

If you're out and about finding wonderful landscapes to shoot, you don't want to be running out of battery and have to cut your trek short. Therefore a bigger battery life means more shots before you need to recharge the battery.

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GPS (satellite)

GPS (satellite)

Sorry, we do not know if the D4S has a GPS (satellite). If you know whether it has a GPS (satellite) then please tell us.

GPS (global positioning system) functionality on your camera means that it will be able to pinpoint exactly where each photo is taken, and record this as metadata on the image. This can be very helpful for landscape photographers, since you'll be able to find out exactly where you took that wonderful shot, rather than having to try and remember where you wandered.

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Anti-Dust Function

Anti-Dust Function

Sorry, we do not know if the D4S has an anti-dust function. If you know whether it has an anti-dust function then please tell us.

Dust can play absolute havoc with the delicate components of digital cameras. If you are shooting in areas with a lot of sand, such as deserts or beaches, a dustproof camera will help protect against damage to your gear.

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Dustproof

Dustproof

Sorry, we do not know if the D4S is dustproof. If you know whether it is dustproof then please tell us.

Dust can play absolute havoc with the delicate components of digital cameras. If you are shooting in areas with a lot of sand, such as deserts or beaches, a dustproof camera will help protect against damage to your gear.

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Reviews
99
235 Reviews + 9 Awards
Value for Money
4
Poor
Age
49
3 Years Old
Overall
35
99
1.2kg

Weight

very heavy


Image Stabilizer

image stabilizer


Optical Sensor Size

optical sensor size


Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

battery life (CIPA standard)


Vari-Angle LCD Display

vari-angle LCD display


Face Detection

face detection


With excellent reviews, we have ranked the Nikon D4S number 217 in sports cameras.
Reviews
99
235 Reviews + 9 Awards
Value for Money
4
Poor
Features for Sport Pho...
66
Average
Age
49
3 Years Old
Overall Score for Spor...
66
Average

Why Has it Scored 66 for Sports Photography?

Cameras have a long history of being used to document all the dramatic moments, victories and losses of sports matches throughout history. Not all cameras are good for sports photography though, and here we’ve attempted to rank the best ones for you to consider.

One of the most important attributes of a sports photography camera is speed. The players at a game will normally be moving very fast, so you need a camera that will keep up with them and produce clean, unblurry photos. Therefore a fast shutter speed and an image stabiliser will allow you to react fast to sudden events without the end result turning into a blurry mess. Connected to this, a multi burst (or ‘motor drive’) functionality will allow you to take a larger number of photos in a very short space of time - therefore meaning you’ll have a large number of shots to choose from when selecting the perfect photo afterwards. Because you may be taking an awful lot of photos, a good battery life is very important too. Finally, weatherproofing is always a good idea - rain doesn’t always stop play, and you definitely don’t want it to stop your camera!
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1s
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200, 25,600, 25
Features for Sport Pho...
66
Average

Nikon D4S In-Depth Analysis for Sport Photography

Image Stabilizer

Image Stabilizer

An image stabilizer works to detect and try and compensate for small judders and movements when taking photos. With sports photography you'll frequently be shooting fast-moving subjects by hand, so there will be a lot of movement from your camera - this system will help to reduce the amount of motion blur from these movements.

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ISO Sensitivities

Supports 200, 25600 and 1 More ISO Sensitivity

The Nikon D4S has a greater number of ISO speeds than most recently released digital cameras. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Nikon camera. The ISO sensitivities 200 and 25600 are also supported by this digital camera.

ISO measures how sensitive your camera is to light. A high ISO means that your camera will require less time to fully capture an image. This means that fast-moving subjects - such as those often shot by sports photographers - will be captured quicker, which means less image blur will be introduced, and the resulting photo will be far crisper and sharper.

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Multi Burst Mode

Multi Burst Mode

Sorry, we do not know if the D4S features multi burst mode. If you know whether it features multi burst mode then please tell us.

Multi-burst mode, also called motor drive, allows the camera to take a large number of shots in a very short amount of time, one after another. This is essential for sports photography, since it means you can shoot 20-30 photos over the course of a few seconds of high motion action, and pick the best one from the results.

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Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Sorry, we do not know how many battery life (CIPA standard) does the D4S has. If you know how many battery life (CIPA standard) does it has then please tell us.

When shooting a sports game, you'll frequently be taking a very large amount of photos - especially when using a burst or motor drive. Therefore having a bigger battery life means that there isn't a chance your camera will run out of juice mid-game!

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Waterproof

Waterproof

Sorry, we do not know if the D4S is waterproof. If you know whether it is waterproof then please tell us.

Sports photography means you will frequently be outside, and the weather isn't always kind to football games. Therefore having a waterproof camera means that a sudden downpour won't cause damage to your camera.

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Flash Recharging Time

Flash Recharging Time

Sorry, we do not know what the flash recharging time of the D4S is. If you know what the flash recharging time of it is then please tell us.

This is the amount of time needed for the inbuilt flash to fully recharge between shots. If you are taking lots of shots in quick succession during a night or low-light game, the less time needed between flashes, the more efficient you'll be.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00018208015412, 00018208937486

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