February 24, 2014, Nikon announced a new addition to its flagship D series – D4S HD-SLR. An upgrade to a two year old D4 camera, D4S boasts a new FX sensor (16.2 MP, same as D4), as well as the new EXPEED 4 image processor. This allowed for higher FPS, faster AF speeds and improvement in image processing speeds of up to 30%.
Nikon D4S will use similar 51 point AF sensor (15 cross-type) that’s found in older D4 model with addition of a brand new 5 point group AF feature. When enabled, it will help more accurately track your subject at faster speeds.
EXPEED 4 processing engine will help boost camera’s performance in extreme light conditions. D4s will have native 100-25,600 ISO that can be expanded to 50 (Lo-1) and 409,600 ISO (Hi-4). New image processing engine also brings improvements in white balance correction, color fidelity and noise reduction.
Nikon did not forget about videographers this time either. Competing with Canon’s 1D X, Nikon has enabled recording of full HD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC clips (29:59 minutes) at 60/30/24 fps as well as other NTSC and PAL formats and resolutions. If you want to get serious, uncompressed HD video recording at 60fps via HDMI output is available as well, all while simultaneously recording to CF or XQD card for backup. Nikon D4S also brings new auto ISO and smoother auto exposure controls for time-lapse and longer interval-time shooting.
New Nikon D4S HD-SLR camera will be available for purchase on March 6, 2014 for $6499.95. A $500 increase in price over its predecessor will make D4S a direct competitor to Canon’s 1D X.