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January 5, 2012

Nikon D4 Specs Leak, Will Beat Canon's EOS 1DX to Market

Supposedly we're in for an official unveiling in the next couple of days, but that didn't stop one site from posting the official Nikon D4 spec sheet. The camera will be a competitor to the Canon 1DX, coming in at a similar $6,000 price point, and and it looks like the D4 will actually beat the 1DX to market by a month. The specs, which back up the earlier rumors:

  • Substantially lighter body
  • Available in February
  • Suggested retail price: $6,000
  • ISO range of 100 to 102,400, expandable to 50 to 204,800.
  • 91,000-pixel RGB metering sensor
  • Face detection/recognition
  • 100% viewfinder coverage (obviously)
  • Illuminated function buttons
  • Dedicated video button
  • Includes H.264 B frame compression
  • Contrast detect AF in movie recording
  • Low-pass filter for video recording
  • Smooth aperture feature for video recording
  • Nikon D4 is not produced in Thailand

Of course, what video shooters are wondering about is whether Nikon's video quality has improved, and other than the "low-pass filter for video" which will hopefully reduce aliasing issues, word is that the D4 will feature 1080p at 30 and 24fps, and 60p at 720p. No word on codec, but that info should be released shortly.

[via Nikon Rumors]

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"No word on codec, but that info should be released shortly."
Don't you read your own copy?
It says, "Includes H.264 B frame compression." That's the codec.

January 5, 2012

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Bob England

I meant details of the codec -- bitrate is a big question, right?

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Ryan Koo
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Bitrate is definitely what I'm interested in. At three time the price of a 5DMark2 I'll need to see at least 50mbs/sec

January 5, 2012

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Bob, are you purposefully nitpicking people's posts on the internet? "Don't you read your own copy?" comes off as pretty offensive. Details of the codec matter GREATLY. Just look at the improvements of the GH1/2's video with the hacks raising the bitrate. 24/176 is a HUGE difference.

January 5, 2012

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It seems that the rumored Nikon D4 is finally confirmed on Nikonrumors from a french magazine preview. It has been published I think 1 day too soon. On the video it translate like this

full hd format in h.624, many framerate nd with some first like (entry in line, headphone, sound monitoring and vumeter, uncompressed hdmi that can e use by external recorder(or clean that can be recorded), transition to black...

I don't know if the h.624 is not a typing error. Lets see what Nikon has for us. Apparently they have been investing in a big motorcycle advert in Chicago city center, where the emphasis was a lot on video.

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Daniel

The big thing here is uncompressed hdmi out. If its downsampling is as good as gh2 with true hd recolution with no moire/aliasing it could be another big advancement in dslr video quality. It has one main advantage compared to the 1dx is the headphone monitoring.

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Daniel

Nikon's video modes. Late by almost half a decade. Let's see how it fares against Canon (and it's picture profiles/magic lantern advancements), or the GH2. :o)

As a stills camera, Nikon is still killer.

January 5, 2012

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if it has a OLPF that serves to improve video quality it will severely hamper the still quality... i wonder if it will be a drop in filter?

January 5, 2012

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6-8 grand seems like overkill for a dslr, but that's just me.

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moebius22

I'm from Thailand, and I refuse to understand why not manufacturing in Thailand will make the Nikon better. The flood is a once in 35 years thing, Canon will be back up and running at a normal speed soon.

January 5, 2012

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Putt

Yeah I thought that was a pretty weird thing to add to the list too.

January 5, 2012

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Shayne

Because people have a stigma that things made in Japan are better... Which I believe to be true. :)

January 5, 2012

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Shigeru

The work ethic and attention to detail of japanese businesses are unmatched.

January 6, 2012

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John Jeffreys

Well, If that's the case, then say it's produced in Japan. Not because it's not produced in Thailand. And Since Thailand have been producing Canon's product, Canon have improved so much nearly I believe beating nikon so much in it's sales especially during this HDSLR videography era. So I wouldn't say it's fair to say that Thailand makes "bad" product. And if the natural disaster was the case, Canon would STILL be repairing their factories if they were only based in Japan. Especially after the earth quake.

January 6, 2012

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Putt

Its going to take alot of effort for Nikon to rise out of the pit of video irrelevancy. I dont think a 6k dollar SLR will do that. They should release an updated D7000 or something

January 5, 2012

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John Jeffreys

Its official now. And this is going to be interesting because Nikon says this camera has no moire or rolling shutter and it has an uncompressed 8 bit out. If the video quality has been upgraded this could be one hell of a camera because Nikon has has had the best low light ability to date. and the 3D Color Matrix Meter III is waiting to be seen. All for $6k and plenty of glass choices.

January 6, 2012

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Nagato

Final specs are out.

Video is crap. 24mb/s

Only savior is a possible increase in quality if the camera is tethered to an external recorder and on a tripod (no recording to memory cards while tethered).

Lame.

January 6, 2012

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Jordan Carr

With all the great large sensor digital cinema cameras on or ready for market I don’t understand why anyone would pay 6K for a DSLR. So many better options now. Nikon should make a digital cinema camera. That would really stir things up!

January 6, 2012

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LOL Most actual "digital cinema" cameras(whatever that means) start at $5k(if you call the FS100/af100 cinema cams). Everything under is a DSLR meant for photographers, not bullshit indie filmmakers who never make anything for cinema and just talk. Your T2i is not a cinema cam by the way. This is a pro full-frame body for serious photographers not for you and your friends to make bullshit no budget internet only rap videos and bitch about a camera not having uncompressed hdmi or 4k . LOL

"video is crap"
lol
24mps is more than enough for your family home videos.

January 6, 2012

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JEF

Nikon D4 Digital SLR camera release and review/preview
http://theonlinefilmschool.com/?p=464

January 6, 2012

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Jeff, I have to agree with you on everything you said, even though I actually own a Canon 1DMark IV and a Canon 5D Mark II and a ton of Canon's best EF lenses. I still never made anything for cinema and just made a few really cool shorts for the Internet, even though my intentions were to make something for cinema lol. I had a lot of fun making those shorts though. In the end you are right. These high end DSLRs are really meant for serious photographers. You sir, have hit on a valid point.

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davidjewels

Just got an announcement from B&H that it will be available in February for a $6K price tag. Looks impressive.

January 6, 2012

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imac20

The 20% of last years movies at the Sundance Film Fest were shot on a DSLR, major TV shows, music videos, and commercials are shot with them that air on TV all the time. To say that they are just for weddings is really missing the mark. Photo people who think they are now directors and cinematographers when they press a button and get video is the real shame.

January 6, 2012

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