Nikon Finally Pulls Back the Curtain on the D4s: A Less Noisy, Faster Version of the D4


We’ve had teasers, we’ve had spec leaks, we’ve had image leaks and we’ve had more (ultimately inaccurate) spec leaks. And now, finally, we have an official announcement: the Nikon D4s has arrived.

Being that this is the D4s and not the D5, it’s not a complete overhaul by any means. But the improvements between the D4 and its successor are significant.

Inside you’ll find a new 16.2-megapixel sensor that is more capable in low-light (quite a claim given that the D4 was already a low-light powerhouse), an EXPEED 4 processor that is supposedly 30% faster and a revamped autofocus system that should make it difficult NOT to capture a crisp picture. The camera can also now shoot 1080p video at 60fps.


As mentioned above, the main improvements here have to do with low-light ability and speed.

The sensor can now deliver 12bit uncompressed images from ISO 100 all the way up to 25,600. When you crank the ISO up to 11 (aka. Hi4) the camera can produce images at a lets-turn-night-into-day ISO setting of 409,600. And it does all of this with less noise than the D4 — supposedly generating images at ISO 1600 with the same amount of noise as the D4 at ISO 800.

In addition to that 30% increase in overall speed the new processor allegedly delivers, Nikon has also upgraded the AF system for both photos and video. A new Group AF setting can track five points simultaneously to make sure that a moving subject stays in focus at all times, while the AF algorithms themselves have been “thoroughly recalibrated” to ensure that no matter how abruptly that cheetah or sports star changes directions at a full sprint, they’ll stay in focus.

Here’s a closer look at the camera from all angles:






That’s really it when it comes to substantial improvements. The only other thing worth mentioning is that the camera now packs a more powerful battery, which adds a negligible amount of weight and, hopefully, not negligible amount of battery life. Expect to get 3,200 shots in single shot mode or 5,960 in continuous.

The D4s will make landfall on March 6th for the hefty-but-expected price of $6,500 (pre-order here). If you’d like to learn more, head over to Nikon’s Press Room by clicking here.

  • SeoulFood

    Man…these “I’m SO serious” photogs can’t even pick up the sarcasm, even when the post starts with PFFT! But seriously Daz…Nokia…really?

  • Patrick

    go buy fuji and shut up

  • Patrick

    1dx is killed by fuji xt1 is a matter of time

  • alealeale ale

    The XT1 sure is a great camera but not for Wildlife nor sport photography.

  • WarDamnPhil


    Might as well be “ISO eleventy-billion.”


  • Aaron Bornfleth

    *troll central, petapixel is

  • Graham Marley


  • ULFGart

    enjoy your dusty nikons as long as the company is not broke.
    will not take much longer until nikon is gone.
    and the 1D X has not a rebel sensor you moron.

  • ererqer

    get a clue what your talking about kid.. come back when your 8.

  • ksdjkjkeqwe

    every pro sportsphotographer wants a canon.
    but some are stuck because they have so much nikon gear.

  • Lars Riedel

    why cant these new nikon beat the 1D X on paper?
    it´s slower, has a smaller viewfinder, the AF is sure not as good as canons.
    ergonomics still suck. and sure has the typical nikon production issues.

  • IShootBootyHolesInSpace

    *yawn* If it can’t shoot natively at 1,000,000 ISO, it’s garbage.

  • Justin Sheely

    Good luck shooting sports with no telephoto lens

  • Justin Sheely

    That has been a weak area with Nikon. Obviously Nikon wants to win back some sports photogs with the D4S

  • usurper2

    Is that a typo? just 12bit? . The D7000 shoots 14bit.

  • kassim

    Upgrades that can be done via firmware upgrades. Way to reset MSRP. Shame on you Nikon.

  • Mocquery

    Great. That makes all the difference.

  • gerard

    D800 upgrade next please :)
    D800S with D4 sensor and D4s AF and 1080/60 hnnnnggggg

  • Rob S

    Ah thanks!

    Didn’t realize it was an option.

  • Jo Rodrigues

    I’m a Nikon fan. I was a Canon fan decades ago. Neither has been listening to what people actually want. I love Nikon lenses but this camera is an example of what is wrong at Nikon.

    Professionals all know it’s not all just about the megapixels but 16MP? Really? You don’t honestly expect people to buy into that do you? Canon is working on a 50MP already and Nikon presents it’s finest 16MP. The reason it might be fast is that it is running a mediocre sensor!

    I’m sorry Nikon, you are signing your own insolvency papers so perhaps it is a good idea that Nikon begins to sell cell phones ….

  • Glen Berry

    I’m sure there are at least a few things that ISO 409,600 can be used for today, even with its current quality limitations. Sometimes, just being able to get any image at all, even a fairly noisy one, means a great deal.

  • alealeale ale

    The fuji is a great camera but it’s not going to replace 1d’s and d3/4’s for sports nor wildlife photography tomorrow.