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Wired and wireless for faster, easier and more efficient, workflow

For some professionals, there are assignments that the whole world is waiting to see. Being the first to publish can make a huge difference in reputation and career development. When workflow speed makes all the difference, the D4 provides a clear advantage. The D4 employs a built-in wired LAN function of IEEE802.3u standard (100BASE-TX). What's more, the D4 is compatible with the compact, easy-to-connect, newly developed WT-5A/B/C/D* (optional) that realizes high-speed wireless transmission. Also, IPTC (International Press Telecommunications Council) data can be automatically added to the images within the camera. In addition to input with a camera, it is possible to add information to a series of images at high speed to realize an even more efficient workflow by creating an IPTC file with IPTC Preset Manager, a software for IPTC preset registration (can be downloaded from Nikon's website), and registering the file to a camera. Furthermore, the D4 incorporates a variety of communication functions to enhance the workflow speed.

  • *Wireless Transmitter WT-4A/B/C/D/E is also compatible.

Compact and lightweight Wireless Transmitter WT-5A/B/C/D (optional) enables high-speed data transfer [NEW]

The WT-5A/B/C/D's compact module design is realized by dedicating it for wireless transmission and utilizing power from the body. It can be directly attached to a peripheral connector to greatly enhance handling capability. It supports IEEE 802.11n (1x1 HT40: max. 150 Mbps) in addition to IEEE 802.11a/b/g and enables data transmission substantially faster than that of Wireless Transmitter WT-4A/B/C/D/E (optional).

The Built-in Ethernet Port and Wireless Transmitter WT-5A/B/C/D

HTTP server mode (when connected using web browser of
a PC)

The following modes are available when the camera is connected to a network using the built-in Ethernet port or an optional Wireless Transmitter WT-5A/B/C/D.

-FTP upload/Image transfer mode
Transmit images to an FTP server or computer, either automatically or by manually selecting images.

-Camera control mode
Operate the D4 via optional software Camera Control Pro 2.

-HTTP server mode
Using a web browser via computer or iPhone, show thumbnails of images stored in the camera's memory cards, or make slide shows, view images, operate simple camera controls for remote shooting or begin live view shooting, including video.

-Synchronized release mode
From one master camera, release up to 10 remote D4 and WT-5A/B/C/D combinations.

  • Note: The Wireless Transmitter Utility must be installed on computers connecting to the camera in image transfer or camera control mode.

Software that supports workflow efficiency for professional photographers

-Wireless Transmitter Utility
This software enables setup of the Wireless Transmitter WT-5A/B/C/D, WT-4A/B/C/D/E or built-in Ethernet. Available to download with installer of the supplied software ViewNX 2.

  • Note: It is not packaged in the ViewNX 2 CD-ROM.

-IPTC Preset Manager
Software to add IPTC (International Press Telecommunications Council) information on the images using a PC. Available to download with installer of the supplied software ViewNX 2.

  • Note: It is not packaged in the ViewNX 2 CD-ROM.

Precision 8-cm (3.2-in.), approx. 921k-dot wide viewing angle LCD monitor [NEW]

The large and sharp color LCD monitor offers bright, crisp image playback with an extended color reproduction capacity. The anti-reflective design offers clear, glare-free performance even under bright conditions. Moreover, if monitor brightness is set to "Auto", the camera automatically adjusts LCD brightness when the monitor turns on according to the environmental lighting conditions measured by the ambient brightness sensor, allowing easy image confirmation in both bright and low-lit places – very useful when shooting video and stills. The ability to zoom up to 30x (Large-size images in FX format) permits rapid and reliable confirmation of focus points.

LCD monitor with an integrated structure of glass and panel realizes a clearer image

Conventional models
Air space between glass and panel causes reflections at the surfaces of each part, resulting in some light loss.
Surface reflection is reduced and light loss greatly decreased by the integrated structure of glass and panel.

Optimum camera control for live view movie and still [NEW]

The D4's live view operation has become even more intuitive with specifically optimized live view modes for still photography and video. Live view photography mode permits the shooting of still images using the extremely accurate contrast AF, and by selecting a silent shutter-release option, makes the operation virtually noise-free. A magnification of up to approx. 15x means that exact focus can be checked. For video live view, the D4 incorporates dedicated exposure controls that enable smooth exposure transitions, even during dramatic changes in lighting, such as when moving from a bright, backlit window into a dark interior. Full manual control is available to keep the same look from start to finish. Also, it is possible to shoot still images in 16:9 aspect ratio by pressing the shutter-release button.

Contrast-detect AF that enables sharp focusing in live view movies and stills

During live view and movie recording, contrast-detect AF is available for sharp focusing. Selectable autofocus modes include single-servo autofocus (AF-S) suitable for still image shooting, and full-time servo autofocus (AF-F) for movie shooting. Also, from four AF-area modes, you can select the most appropriate mode according to your subject. Contrast-detect AF allows you to focus anywhere within a frame to expand your creative freedom.

AF-area modes

-Face-priority AF
Suitable for focusing on a person's face such as for a commemorative photo. Up to 35 faces can be detected. When multiple faces are detected, the camera will focus on that recognized to be the closest. Alternatively, you can choose a different face in the frame with the multi selector.

-Wide-area AF
For hand-held shooting of landscape shots. AF area can be moved to the desired position within a frame.

-Normal-area AF
Ideal for tripod shooting to achieve a pin-point focus in close-up shots. AF area can be moved to the desired position within a frame.

-Subject-tracking AF
Suitable for a moving subject. After focus is locked with the center button of the multi selector, AF area tracks the subject's movement.

Ergonomic and durable body with enhanced operability even in the vertical position or low-light conditions

With the D4, operability for vertical shooting and in low-light conditions has been greatly enhanced to support more comfortable shooting, responding to demands from professional photographers.

Magnesium alloy body with weather sealing

For robust performance even in the most demanding environmental conditions, the D4's body is comprised of strong, lightweight magnesium alloy. Thorough measures have been taken to seal and protect against invasive moisture, dust and even electromagnetic interference. Its comprehensive sealing, combined with additional Nikon-engineered measures keeps the camera operational in a wide range of severe conditions.

Shutter-release button and command dial ergonomics

From an ergonomic standpoint, the most frequently used controls should be the most intuitively designed. That's why Nikon engineers tilted the shutter-release button forward by 35° for a more natural finger movement. Located next to the shutter-release button is the D-Movie button, allowing video recording with only a slight finger movement, keeping the camera steady. In addition, sub-command dial operation is now faster thanks to closer placement to the shutter release button and incorporates a specially designed texture that aids smooth finger movement.

Improved vertical shooting operation

The D4 is designed to make operation in both horizontal and vertical orientations as intuitive as possible. Each orientation has identically laid-out controls, consisting of a main command dial, a sub-command dial, an AF-ON button and a multi selector. The vertical hold is also now more secure with a newly added thumb grip and an extended grip area for the fingers. For frequent switching between horizontal and vertical shooting, the function button can be customized to quickly access certain functions, such as exposure compensation.

Speedier AF point selection

In addition to the round multi-selector used for AF point selection, the D4 incorporates a new sub-selector made of tactile rubber providing a more responsive touch. Positioned for optimal control during both horizontal and vertical shooting, this new button permits a more confident shift of AF points.

Improved AF modes, AF area modes selection

Control the desired AF mode (continuous or single servo) and AF area mode (single-point, dynamic-area, 3D-tracking or auto-area AF) without leaving the viewfinder. By using a dedicated AF-mode button and command dials, modes can be switched without interruption.

Partially covered release mode dial to prevent unintentional rotation

The front part of the D4's release mode dial has been partially covered in order to prevent unintentional rotation.

Illuminated buttons

The D4 is designed to operate and perform even in complete darkness. A simple turn of the power switch illuminates various operation buttons and the release mode dial for clear visibility of control surfaces in the dark. Buttons and dials use LED illumination for easy identification of each button and icon.

High-speed dual card slots

Fast and reliable card reading and recording are crucial to a smooth and productive workflow. The D4 is equipped with two card slots, one for a CF card compatible with UDMA 7 and another for the XQD memory card, the next-generation recording media. Several recording options are possible: record two full cards of data, record the same data onto two cards for backup, record RAW and JPEG simultaneously onto separate cards, or transfer data from one card to another.

Minute white balance controls

In response to professional demands, the D4's white balance has been enhanced, giving auto options of Auto 1, which renders white as white, and Auto 2, which renders warmer hues under incandescent light sources. Also, the camera can store up to four values for preset white balance in presets d-1 through d-4, as well as manual control of white balance in 10-kelvin increments or in mired units for finer control. Furthermore, the hue of the image displayed in the monitor can be altered in live view photography. For studio shooting with flash, the hue of the monitor image can be adjusted to match that of the resulting image so that a photographer is able to shoot while confirming the appearance of the results in live view.

Dual-axis virtual horizon

The D4 incorporates position detection in both horizontal dimensions, (side-to-side and front-to-back) in 5-degree increments on the LCD or by 1-degree increments through the optical viewfinder. Landscape, architecture and still life photographers will benefit from this added level of compositional accuracy.

Viewfinder display
LCD monitor display

Direct access to Picture Control [NEW]

With Nikon's unique Picture Controls, the look of stills and videos can be customized by fine-tuning parameters such as sharpening, saturation, hue and monochrome. The D4 now allows access to Picture Control instantly and directly from a button on the camera body rather than via the menu, greatly enhancing operation when using live view.

Versatile image-editing functions

The D4 employs a variety of retouch menu options. Captured images and movies can be edited in-camera, without the need to resort to a computer. Retouch menus include an array of useful features such as RAW (NEF) processing that allows setting of vignette control and D-Lighting, resize, straighten, distortion control, perspective control, filter effects and image overlay, as well as edit movie that lets you delete unwanted parts by choosing the start and end points, or save a selected frame as a JPEG image.

NEF (RAW) processing

Retouch menus incorporated in the D4

• D-Lighting • Red-eye correction • Trim (3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 16:9 and 1:1) • Monochrome (Black-and-white, Sepia and Cyanotype) • Filter effects (Skylight and Warm filter) • Color balance • Image overlay • NEF (RAW) processing • Resize • Straighten • Distortion control • Perspective control • Edit movie (Choose start/end point, Save selected frame)

Intelligent power management

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL18 (supplied)

The D4 uses the newly developed Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL18 that realizes superior performance at low temperatures while delivering long battery life and the ability to shoot up to approx. 2,600 shots* per charge. Power consumption and power management systems have been meticulously engineered throughout the D4 for optimum battery longevity.

  • *Based on CIPA Standards. Approx. 5,500 shots in continuous mode under test conditions established by Nikon. When using SONY XQD Memory Card H series QD-H32 with 32 GB capacity.

Power Connector EP-6 (optional) [NEW]

Power Connector EP-6

The EP-6 is a power supply connector required when using the AC Adapter EH-6b (optional) to power the camera. Simply insert the EP-6 connected to the EH-6b into the battery chamber and the camera will be powered stably for extended periods of time.


Capture NX 2 (optional): Fast, powerful and creative image processing

Nikon RAW (NEF: Nikon Electronic Format) files maintain the richest-possible data from an amazing image sensor. Capture NX 2 renders more from an NEF file than any other RAW processing software, with accuracy that is based on close matching between the camera file format and the software processing algorithms. With the enhanced processing speed of the algorithms, processing time is shortened by approx. 40%*. So, in addition to its simple, intuitive Color Control Point operations for image enhancement procedures, the latest Capture NX 2 is faster and more powerful than ever.

  • *Compared with conventional versions, under test conditions established by Nikon.

ViewNX 2: Browse, edit, share and more

This bundled, all-in-one software implements an easy-to-use interface for photos and movies. ViewNX 2 is designed to browse images, edit image files (including RAW), perform image enhancements and enable D-Movie edit and playback.

Camera Control Pro 2 (optional): Extremely versatile remote camera controls

This intuitive software permits the control of camera settings and various features from a distance via computer. Aside from the basic camera settings, the software offers remote start/stop for movie shooting and switching between live view for stills and movies while using an external computer monitor. Also, audio level indicators can be displayed during movie shooting. And it is possible to control the camera from a PC or store still images or movies to a PC via wireless LAN using the optional Wireless Transmitter WT-5A/B/C/D or WT-4A/B/C/D/E, or built-in wired LAN function.