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D-Movie shooting functions

From amazing stills to inspired video

Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

Switching from stunning still images to broadcast-quality video is one simple click with the D4. With its comfortable form factor and rugged design, shooting HD video in even the most demanding conditions becomes readily attainable enhancing any photographer's ability to tell a story. The D4 can record 1080p Full HD video at 30/25 or 24p in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format with broadcast quality full of fine tones and natural colors. Maximum recording time for a single clip is. 29 min. 59 s*. Thanks to Nikon's latest image-processing algorithms, the D4's video offers smooth results with reduced unwanted "jaggies" and moiré, yet maintains sharp edges even in dark conditions with noise reduction technology that is designed specifically for video. ISO ranges from ISO 200 to ISO 12800 as standard, with the option to expand up to an ISO 204800 equivalent.

  • *20 min. depending on frame size/rate and movie quality settings.

Multi-area mode Full HD D-Movie [NEW]

Image sensor size plays a major role in the artistic look of video: larger sensors deliver a shallower depth of field (DOF), while smaller sizes extend the depth. Using its full-frame FX format and 16.2 megapixels, the D4 offers three formats for Full HD video, recording in either FX-based, DX-based or 1,920 x 1,080 crop movie format. The FX-based format renders exquisitely shallow depth of field with beautiful bokeh effects and offers the fullest use of wide-angle lenses. It ensures beautiful movies even at high ISO sensitivity with minimal noise. When a DX lens is attached, DX-based format is automatically selected. This format is useful when it is impossible to get close enough with an existing lens. For extreme telephoto effects, the 1,920 x 1,080 crop format gives an approx. 2.7x increase to the focal length. Furthermore, this crop format delivers outstanding video quality and detail, obtaining 1080p Full HD. This versatility of multiple image formats, combined with the comprehensive selection of NIKKOR lenses makes the D4 a highly creative video capture tool.

FX-based format
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
DX-based format
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II
1,920 x 1,080 crop format
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II

Auto flicker detection

Reducing flicker effects caused by artificial lighting during live view and video recording has become easier than ever. The Auto mode in the flicker reduction menu can automatically identify the flicker frequency for the appropriate control. Manual selection of 50 Hz and 60 Hz is available when needed.

High-fidelity audio recording with refined controls

The D4 is designed for crisp audio recording with a built-in external stereo microphone terminal. Attach the compact Stereo Microphone ME-1 (optional) to record high-quality sound while significantly reducing mechanical noise. An external headphone terminal enables use of headphones to effectively monitor and control audio in isolation. The audio level indicators offer visual confirmation of audio level and the microphone sensitivity can be controlled precisely in 20 incremental steps.

Uncompressed video output via HDMI

For the purest video output for professional quality editing, uncompressed video output can be recorded directly to an external storage device via HDMI interface during movie live view. The video signal is also available simultaneously on an external monitor* while using an HDMI connection.

  • *Movies may be output at a frame size smaller than that selected for frame size/frame rate.

Time-lapse photography

Lens: AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED

Capture a variety of scenes and subjects at a breathtaking pace. The D4's time-lapse capability includes a choice of intervals and frame rates to accelerate slow-moving activity into dramatic high-speed sequences. The D4 allows time-lapse photography with replay rates from 24 times to 36,000 times faster than natural time. The sequence of images captured during time-lapse photography files is automatically saved as a movie file within the camera, removing the need for post-production.

Custom functions [NEW]

In response to requests from top professional videographers, the D4 has been fitted with convenient custom control options for D-Movie operation. The new index marking feature can save valuable time by designating important frames while filming, allowing the convenient location of key points at the later stages of in-camera editing. Markings are indicated along with the timeline*1, and are easy to confirm visually. Instead of rotating the command dial, power aperture*2 now enables fine-tuning of aperture settings during movie live view using a function button and preview button designated via the custom menu, which is convenient for confirming depth of field. Furthermore, if the "record movies" function is assigned to a shutter-release button, it is possible to shoot movies using the shutter-release button or remote cord. Also, if "live frame grab" is selected, the camera records still images*3 with a frame size of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels without interrupting movie recording.

  • *1Available in movie editing with the D4 only.
  • *2Activates in A or M exposure mode.
  • *3Aspect ratio matches that of the movie frame.  Image quality: JPEG fine.


Image size*1 (pixel)/frame rate
Maximum bit rate (high/normal quality)
Maximum recording time
1,920 x 1,080/30p*2,3
24 Mbps/12 Mbps
29 min. 59 s
1,920 x 1,080/25p*2,3
1,920 x 1,080/24p*2,3
1,280 x 720/60p*3
1,280 x 720/50p*3
1,280 x 720/30p*3
12 Mbps/8 Mbps
1,280 x 720/25p*3
640 x 424/30p
5 Mbps/3 Mbps
640 x 424/25p
1,920 x 1,080 (crop)/30p*3,4
24 Mbps/12 Mbps
1,920 x 1,080 (crop)/25p*3,4
1,920 x 1,080(crop)/24p*3,4
  • *1Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps for values listed as 30 fps, 23.976 fps for values listed as 24 fps, and 59.94 fps for values listed as 60 fps.
  • *2In DX-based movie format, image quality is equivalent to movies recorded at a frame size of 1,280 x 720.
  • *3Maximum length for high quality movies is 20 min.
  • *4Matrix metering selected automatically. Picture angle equivalent to a focal length 2.7x FX-based movie format length, allowing a telephoto effect without changing to a longer lens; 2.7x icon is displayed in the monitor. Photographs taken at this setting are stored as JPEG fine images 1,920 x 1,080 pixels in size; HDR is not available.
  • Note: The videos shown here were taken using D-Movie function, then converted to Flash Video format for ease of handling. Image quality varies from the original.