The ultimate imaging machine has advanced. Built to keep you ahead of your game, everything about the D4S powers exceptional images at exceptional speed.
An expanded ISO range and EXPEED 4 image processing take low light photography to another level, making the camera a master of the dark as well as the light. Advances to AF performance offer improved acquisition and tracking at 11 fps, plus finer control over the AF area with the new Group Area AF mode.
Nikon’s RAW Size S file format allows accelerated image transfer onto networks, and a Gigabit 100/1000TX Ethernet port enables ultra-fast connection.
The D4S’s revamped sensor offers the ultimate image quality. Boasts fast channel readout, wide dynamic range, and clean performance at high sensitivities.
Shoot crisper, cleaner, better-defined images at high ISOs. An expanded ISO range of 100–25600 is extendable up to an industry-leading 409600 (equivalent).
The D4S offers improved acquisition and tracking performance. Fires at a blazing 11 fps in FX format with AE/AF superior to its predecessor (the D4).
Boosts the camera’s overall performance to a whole new level. Vastly improves image rendering and ISO performance, and allows higher frame rates when shooting movies.
Record Full HD (1080p) movies at 50p/60p. Access the ISO range from ISO 200 up while filming and control shutter speed, aperture, and audio levels, too.
Nikon’s class-leading AF system has advanced to offer improved acquisition and phenomenally precise tracking of fast-moving subjects over long distances with the new Group Area AF mode.
Protected by a tough, weather-sealed full metal body, the reliable and durable D4S sustains peak performance in the most demanding environmental conditions imaginable.
Built for speed, the D4S implements Gigabit 100/1000TX Ethernet port and offers a new RAW Size S option for extended continuous raw shooting and accelerated image transfer, plus compatibility with Nikon’s fast WT5 Wireless Transmitter.
Multi-CAM 3500FX 51-point AF system: The D4S takes the class-leading accuracy of the D4 and advances it further. The system is configurable in 9-point, 21-point, and 51-point coverage settings and sensitive down to -2 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F). Advancements include improved lock-on, expanded ‘store by orientation’, and options for AF mode restrictions.
Group Area AF: Track fast-moving subjects over long distances with phenomenal precision. Group Area AF mode constantly monitors five different AF fields, offering improved acquisition and background isolation when shooting subjects that are comparatively small and close to a high-contrast or distracting background. The five-point AF area can be shifted across the 51-point array as composition demands.
Colour adjustable monitor: Push the colour balance and brightness in any direction to suit your personal workflow preference. The anti-reflective 8.0 cm (3.2-in.), 921k-dot LCD monitor also offers auto brightness control.
Refined ergonomics: Nikon has honed subtle details that make all the difference to handling when shooting on assignment. Changes include improved button layout and re-shaped control buttons to improve operation in damp conditions, as well as re-contoured thumb and middle finger rests and a smoother grip.
Fast durable shutter: When milliseconds matter, the D4S’s 42 ms shutter lag can gain you the critical edge. The Kevlar/carbon fiber–composite shutter unit boasts a standard life cycle rating of 400,000 releases and a shutter speed of 1/8000 to 30 s, with flash synchronization at up to 1/250 s.
Stable viewfinder shooting: A new shutter and mirror mechanism delivers a stable viewfinder image during high-speed shooting. Image shake caused by mirror movement is effectively reduced with minimal viewfinder blackout.
Multi-area D-Movie: For moviemaking in diverse conditions, D-Movie offers broadcast-quality video in multiple frame formats. The D4S records Full HD (1080p) movies in FX and DX formats at 50p/60p frame rates. It offers three sensor crop formats: FX, DX, and native crop (approximately 2.7x) as well as clean HDMI out.
Moviemaking freedom: Operational enhancements allow more control over footage while recording. You can set sensitivity and select maximum ISO in M mode, and select the sensor crop format, control power aperture, and fix shutter speed. Nikon’s 3D noise reduction reduces random noise, distortion, and noise flicker when filming at high sensitivities.
HDMI out: The D4S offers uncompressed full-resolution HDMI output to external devices. You can simultaneously record full resolution HD movies in-camera and with an external recorder via HDMI, and an HDMI cable clip is provided with the camera for a secure connection.
High-fidelity audio control: With more options for audio control, the D4S offers improved sound recording. A stereo microphone input and an audio out let you fine tune audio levels in isolation both before and during recording. You can select the sound range (wide/voice), and wind noise can be reduced when recording with the built-in microphone.
3D Colour Matrix Metering III: Offers stable exposure control through the 91k pixel AE sensor. With selectable full-time face recognition function and smoother exposure alteration for improved results when shooting stills, movies, and time-lapse photography.
Spot White Balance metering: Determine White Balance even under challenging mixed lighting conditions. Easily acquire manual, preset White Balance data based on the selected area within the frame: the size of the area acquired can be retained even when the image is enlarged, and consecutive data acquisition is possible.
Picture Controls: The colour rendering and tone curve have been refined for enhanced definition and additional depth in stills and movies. Picture Controls streamline in-camera image processing by enabling customisation of image parameters before capture, as well as complete control over sharpening, contrast, brightness, hue, and saturation in various colour modes.
High-capacity EN-EL18a battery: Ultra-compact and lightweight lithium-ion rechargeable battery with a capacity of 2500 mAh (10.8 V).
Storage media: Two card slots, one for high-speed CF (UDMA 7) cards, and one for high-speed, high-capacity XQD cards.
Single-lens reflex digital camera
Nikon F mount
36.0 mm x 23.9 mm CMOS (FX format)
16.6 million (approx.)
Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)
Image size (pixels)
(L) 4928 x 3280, (M) 3696 x 2456, (S) 2464 x 1640, DX (L) 3200 x 2128, (M) 2400 x 1592, (S) 1600 x 1064, 5 : 4, (L) 4096 x 3280, (M) 3072 x 2456, (S) 2048 x 1640, 1.2X (L) 4096 X 2720, (M) 3072 X 2040, (S) 2048 X 1360
Storage file formats
NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed; small size available (12-bit uncompressed only), TIFF (RGB), JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available, NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control System
Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, ;selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
CompactFlash (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA 7), XQD Type Memory
Dual card slot
Dual card slots
DCF 2.0, DPOF, Exif 2.3, PictBridge
Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
FX (36X24): Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical, 1.2X (30X20): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical, DX (24X16): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical, 5:4 (30X24): Approx. 97% horizontal and 100% vertical
Approx.0.70x, (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
18 mm, (–1.0 m–1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
-3 to +1 m⁻1
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)
Yes, Pressing Pv button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (A an d M modes) or by camera (P and S modes)
Instant return, electronically controlled
AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G, E, and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC lenses) and DX lenses (using DX 24 X 16 1.5X image area), AI-P NIKK OR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only). IX NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses can not be used.
Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
1/8,000 to 30 s. in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, bulb, time, X250
Flash sync speed
X=1/250sec., synchronizes with shutter at 1/250 s or slower
S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), Self-timer, MUP (mirror up)
Frame advance rate
Up to 10 fps (CL) or 10–11 fps (CH)
2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1–9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s
TTL exposure metering using RGB sensor with approximately 91K (91,000) pixels
Matrix: 3D color matrix metering III (type G, E, and D lenses); color matrix metering III (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data. Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame. Diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15, or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circle). Spot: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Metering range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)
Matrix or center-weighted metering: –1 to 20 EV - Spot metering: 2–20 EV
Exposure meter coupling
Programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)
–5 to +5 EV in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV
2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV (2 to 5 frames in steps of 2 or 3 EV)
100 to 25600 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV. Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2, 3, or 4 EV (ISO 409600 equivalent) above ISO 25600; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Can be selected from Auto, Extra high +2/+1, High, Normal, Low, or Off
2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3–5 frames using preset values for all frames
Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, and 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors; f/8 supported by 11 sensors)
–2 – +19 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Autofocus (AF), Single-servo AF (AF-S), Continuous-servo AF (AF-C), Manual focus (MF)
Can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points
Single-point AF, 9-, 21-, or 51- point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, group area AF, auto-area AF
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing the center of the sub-selector
TTL: i-TTL flash control using RGB sensor with approximately 91K (91,000) pixels is available with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, SB-400, or SB-300; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighting metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Front curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rearcurtain sync, off, Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV, 2 to 5 frames in steps of 2 or 3 EV
Lights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System
Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, or SB-700 as a master flash, and SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes, or SU-800 as commander; Auto FP High-Speed Sync and modeling illumination supported with all CLS-compatible flash units except SB-400 and SB-300; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread
Auto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, clo udy, shade, preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view), choose color temperature (2500 K– 10000 K), all with fine-tuning.
2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV
Live View - Modes
Live View Photography, Movie Live View Mode
Live view - lens servo
- Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time servo AF (AF-F) - Manual focus (M)
Live view - AF-area mode
Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF, Subject-tracking AF
Live view - autofocus
Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automat ically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Movie - metering
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Movie - frame size (pixels) and frame rate
- 1920 x 1080; 60 p (progressive), 50 p, 30 p, 25 p, 24 p - 1920 x 1080 crop; 30 p, 25 p, 24 p - 1280 x 720; 60 p, 50 p - 640 x 424; 30 p, 25 p Actual frame rates for 60 p, 50 p, 30 p, 25 p, and 24 p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; all options support both high and normal image quality
Movie - file format
Movie - video compression
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Movie - audio recording format
Movie - audio recording device
Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Movie - ISO sensitivity
In exposure modes P, S, and A, auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 200 to Hi 4) with selectable upper limit. In exposure mode M, auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 200 to Hi 4) available with selectable upper limit; manual selection (ISO 200 to 25600 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV) with additional options available equivalent to approximately 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2, 3, or 4 EV (ISO 409600 equivalent) above ISO 25600.
Index marking, time-lapse photography
8-cm (3.2-in.) diagonal. 921k-Dots. TFT LCD with 170 ° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, manual monitor brightness control, and automatic monitor brightness control usi ng ambient brightness sensor
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, auto image rotation, voice memo input and playback, and IPTC information embedding and display
Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)
Can be used to connect optional remote control, optional WR-R10 (requires WR-A10 adapter) or WR-1 wireless remote controller, GP-1/GP-1A GPS unit, or GPS device compliant with NMEA0183 version 2.01 or 3.01 (requires optional MC-35 GPS adapter cord and cable with D-sub 9-pin connector)
RJ-45 connector. Standards: IEEE 802.3ab (1000BASE-T)/IEEE 802.3u (100BASE-TX)/IEEE 802.3 (10BASE-T). Data rates: 10/100/1000 Mbps with auto detect (maximum logical data rates according to IEEE standard; actual rates may differ). Port: 1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T (AUTO-MDIX)
Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian
One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL18a battery
EH-6b AC adapter; requires EP-6 power connector (available separately)
1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 160 x 156.5 x 90.5 mm ( 6.3 x 6.2 x 3.6 in.)
Approx. 1350 g (2 lb. 15.6 oz.) with battery and XQD memory card but without body cap and accessory shoe cover; approx. 1180 g / 2 lb. 9.6 oz. (camera body only)
Operating environment - temperature
0 °C–40 °C (+32 °F–104 °F)
Operating environment - humidity
85% or less (no condensation)
BF-1B body cap, BS-2 accessory shoe cover, EN-EL18a rechargeable Li-ion battery with terminal cover, MH-26a battery charger with power cable and two contact protectors (shape of power cable depends on country of sale), USB cable clip, HDMI cable clip, UF-2 connector cover for stereo mini plug cable, UC-E15 USB cable, ViewNX 2 installer CD, AN-DC11 strap