The much-anticipated replacement for Nikon’s flagship D3 line is finally official. Nikon Canada today released details of the D4, based on a new 16.2 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor. The FX sensor is Nikon’s largest-area sensor, with dimensions (23.9 x 36mm) nearly the same as a 35 mm film frame. The camera also uses a new EXPEED 3 Image-processing engine and a new 91,000-pixel metering system called 3D Colour Matrix Metering III. Base ISO range for the D4 is 100-12,800 but an extended range of one stop lower (Lo-1 = ISO 50) or four stops higher (Hi-4 = ISO 204,800) are available.
The D4 also uses a new Multi-Cam 3500 AF 51-point autofocus system with 15 cross-type sensors in the centre.
Not surprisingly, the D4 has video capability too. It will record in 1080p at both 30 and 24 (film mode) fps, or 720p at 60fps. Recording format is MPEG-4 AVC format using H.264 encoding and the camera can record up to 20 minutes per clip.
As expected in this league, the Nikon D4 is built with magnesium alloy with weatherproof sealing. The viewfinder has a heat shield coating and offers 100 percent frame coverage and the shutter has a duty cycle of 400,000 actuations.
Nikon Canada says the D4 will be available February 16. Suggested Retail Price is $6,299.95.