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Nikon Digital SLR Camera D4 Specifications

Type
Type
Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mount
Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Effective pixels
Effective pixels
16.2 million
Image sensor
Image sensor
36.0 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon FX format)
Total pixels
16.6 million
Dust-reduction system
Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (requires optional Capture NX 2 software)
Storage
Image size (pixels)
  • FX format (36x24): 4,928 x 3,280 [L], 3,696 x 2,456 [M], 2,464 x 1,640 [S]
  • 1.2x (30x20): 4,096 x 2,720 [L], 3,072 x 2,040 [M], 2,048 x 1,360 [S]
  • DX format (24x16): 3,200 x 2,128 [L], 2,400 x 1,592 (M), 1,600 x 1,064 (S)
  • 5:4 (30x24): 4,096 x 3,280 [L], 3,072 x 2,456 [M], 2,048 x 1,640 [S]
  • FX-format photographs taken in movie live view (16:9): 4,928 x 2,768 [L], 3,696 x 2,072 [M], 2,464 x 1,384 [S]
  • DX-format photographs taken in movie live view (16:9): 3,200 x 1,792 [L], 2,400 x 1,344 [M], 1,600 x 896 [S]
  • FX-format photographs taken in movie live view (3:2): 4,928 x 3,280 [L], 3,696 x 2,456 [M], 2,464 x 1,640 [S]
  • DX-format photographs taken in movie live view (3:2): 3,200 x 2,128 [L], 2,400 x 1,592 [M], 1,600 x 1,064 [S]
  •  A DX-based format is used for photographs taken using the DX (24x16) 1.5x image area; an FX-based format is used for all other photographs
File format
  • NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed
  • 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
Can be selected from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
Media
XQD and Type I CompactFlash memory cards (UDMA compliant)
Dual card slots
Either card can be used for primary or backup storage or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; pictures can be copied between cards
File system
DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3, PictBridge
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverage
  • 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
Magnification
Approx. 0.7x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint
18 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment
-3 to +1 m-1
Focusing screen
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets and framing grid
Reflex mirror
Quick return
Depth-of-field preview
When Pv button is pressed, lens aperture is stopped down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (P and S modes)
Lens aperture
Instant return, electronically controlled
Lens
Compatible lenses
Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC-NIKKOR lenses), DX lenses [using DX (24x16) image area], AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only); IX-NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses cannot be used
The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supports the 11 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster)
Shutter
Type
Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Speed
1/8,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, bulb, X250
Flash sync speed
X=1/250 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/250 s or slower
Release
Release modes
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 approx. 10 fps (CL) or approx. 10 to 11 fps (CH)
Self-timer
2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2 or 3 s
Exposure
Metering
TTL exposure metering using RGB sensor with approx. 91K (91,000) pixels
Metering method
  • Matrix: 3D color matrix metering III (type G 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 or average of entire frame)
  • 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)
Range
(ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)
  • Matrix or center-weighted metering: -1 to 20 EV
  • Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV
Exposure meter coupling
Combined CPU and AI
Exposure modes
Programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)
Exposure compensation
-5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Exposure bracketing
2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Exposure lock
Luminosity locked at detected value with the center of the sub-selector
ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index)
ISO 100 to 12800 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 204800 equivalent) above ISO 12800; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-Lighting
Can be selected from auto, extra high +2/+1, high, normal, low or off
ADL bracketing
2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3 to 5 frames using preset values for all frames
Focus
Autofocus
Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors; f/8 supported by 11 sensors)
Detection range
-2 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Lens servo
  • Autofocus (AF): Single-servo autofocus (AF-S); continuous-servo autofocus (AF-C); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status
  • Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus point
Can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points
AF-area modes
Single-point AF, 9-, 21- or 51-point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, auto-area AF
Focus lock
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo autofocus) or by pressing the center of the sub-selector
Flash
Flash control
TTL: i-TTL flash control using RGB sensor with approx. 91K (91,000) pixels is available with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600 or SB-400; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash modes
Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync; auto FP high-speed sync supported
Flash compensation
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Flash bracketing
2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Flash-ready indicator
Lights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoe
ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting
System (CLS)
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; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
Sync terminal
ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread
White balance
White balance
Auto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored), choose color temperature (2,500 K to 10,000 K); all with fine-tuning
White balance bracketing
2 to 9 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3
Live View
Modes
Live view photography (quiet or silent), movie live view
Lens servo
  • Autofocus (AF): Single-servo autofocus (AF-S); full-time servo autofocus (AF-F)
  • Manual focus (M)
AF-area modes
Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
Autofocus
Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Movie
Metering
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Frame size (pixels)
and frame rate
  • 1,920 x 1,080; 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p
  • 1,920 x 1,080 crop; 30p, 25p, 24p
  • 1,280 x 720; 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p
  • 640 x 424; 30p, 25p
  •  Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; all options support both high and normal image quality
File format
MOV
Video compression
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format
Linear PCM
Audio recording device
Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
ISO sensitivity
Automatically adjusted in the range ISO 200 to 12800 or ISO 200 to Hi 4
Maximum length
29 min. 59 s (20 min. depending on frame size/rate and movie quality settings)
Other options
Index marking, time-lapse photography
Monitor
Monitor
8-cm (3.2-in.), approx. 921k-dot (VGA) TFT LCD with 170°viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and automatic monitor brightness control using ambient brightness sensor
Playback
Playback
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, GPS data display, auto image rotation, voice memo input and playback, and IPTC information embedding and display
Interface
USB
Hi-Speed USB
HDMI output
Type C mini-pin HDMI connector; can be used simultaneously with camera monitor
Audio input
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
Audio output
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)
10-pin remote terminal
Can be used to connect optional remote control, GPS Unit GP-1 or GPS device compliant with NMEA0183 version 2.01 or 3.01 (requires optional GPS Adapter Cord MC-35 and cable with D-sub 9-pin connector)
Ethernet
RJ-45 connector
Peripheral connector
For Wireless Transmitter WT-5A/B/C/D
Supported languages
Supported languages
Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian
Power source
Battery
One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL18
AC adapter
AC Adapter EH-6b; requires Power Connector EP-6 (available separately)
Tripod socket
Tripod socket
1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions / weight
Dimensions
(W x H x D)
Approx. 160 x 156.5 x 90.5 mm/6.3 x 6.2 x 3.6 in.
Weight
Approx. 1,340 g/2 lb 15.3 oz with battery and XQD memory card but without body cap and accessory shoe cover; approx. 1,180 g/2 lb 9.6 oz (camera body only)
Operating environment
Operating environment
Temperature: 0 to 40°C/32 to 104°F; humidity: less than 85% (no condensation)
Accessories
Supplied accessories
(may differ by country or area)
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL18, Battery Charger MH-26, USB Cable UC-E15, Camera Strap AN-DC7, Body Cap BF-1B, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-2, Eyepiece DK-17, Battery Chamber Cover BL-6, USB Cable Clip, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM
  • XQD is a trademark of SONY Corporation.
  • iPhone is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
  • PictBridge is a trademark.
  • CompactFlash is a registered trademark of SanDisk Corporation.
  • HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing, LLC.
  • Products and brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
  • Images in viewfinders, on LCDs and monitors shown in this site are simulated.
  • All images and movies were shot with the D4.

Memory card capacity

The following table shows the approximate number of pictures that can be stored on a SONY XQD Memory Card H series QD-H32 (32 GB) at different image quality, image size, and image area settings.

FX (36 x 24) image area*

Image quality
Image size
File size1
No. of images1
Buffer capacity2
NEF (RAW), Lossless compressed, 12-bit
-
15.4 MB
1100
92
NEF (RAW), Lossless compressed, 14-bit
-
19.4 MB
872
75
NEF (RAW), Compressed, 12-bit
-
13.9 MB
1500
98
NEF (RAW), Compressed, 14-bit
-
17.0 MB
1200
76
NEF (RAW), Uncompressed, 12-bit
-
26.5 MB
1100
77
NEF (RAW), Uncompressed, 14-bit
-
34.3 MB
872
69
TIFF (RGB)
Large
Medium
Small
49.1 MB
28.3 MB
13.2 MB
612
1000
2200
55
59
66
JPEG fine3
Large
Medium
Small
7.9 MB
5.4 MB
3.0 MB
2900
4600
8500
170
200
200
JPEG normal3
Large
Medium
Small
4.5 MB
2.8 MB
1.6 MB
5600
9000
15700
182
200
200
JPEG basic3
Large
Medium
Small
2.2 MB
1.5 MB
0.9 MB
10800
16800
27100
200
200
200
  • *Includes images taken with non-DX lenses when On is selected for Auto DX crop.

DX (24 x 16) image area*

Image quality
Image size
File size1
No. of images1
Buffer capacity2
NEF (RAW), Lossless compressed, 12-bit
-
7.2 MB
2400
200
NEF (RAW), Lossless compressed, 14-bit
-
8.9 MB
1900
172
NEF (RAW), Compressed, 12-bit
-
6.6 MB
3200
200
NEF (RAW), Compressed, 14-bit
-
7.9 MB
2700
196
NEF (RAW), Uncompressed, 12-bit
-
12.0 MB
2400
133
NEF (RAW), Uncompressed, 14-bit
-
15.3 MB
1900
114
TIFF (RGB)
Large
Medium
Small
21.5 MB
12.6 MB
6.2 MB
1400
2300
4700
61
68
83
JPEG fine3
Large
Medium
Small
3.7 MB
2.8 MB
1.9 MB
5800
8800
13500
200
200
200
JPEG normal3
Large
Medium
Small
2.3 MB
1.6 MB
1.1 MB
11100
16200
24400
200
200
200
JPEG basic3
Large
Medium
Small
1.2 MB
0.9 MB
0.7 MB
20300
28700
40700
200
200
200
  • *Includes images taken with DX lenses when On is selected for Auto DX crop.
  • 1All figures are approximate. File size varies with scene recorded.
  • 2Maximum number of exposures that can be stored in memory buffer at ISO 100. Drops if optimal quality is selected for JPEG compression or auto distortion control is on.
  • 3 Figures assume JPEG compression is set to Size priority. Selecting optimal quality increases the file size of JPEG images; number of images and buffer capacity drop accordingly.

Approved memory cards

The camera accepts the XQD and CompactFlash memory cards listed in the following sections. Other cards have not been tested.

XQD memory cards

The following XQD memory cards have been tested and approved for use in the camera.

SONY
S series
QD-S32
32 GB
QD-S64
64 GB
H series
QD-H16
16 GB
QD-H32
32 GB

CompactFlash memory cards

The following Type I CompactFlash memory cards have been tested and approved for use in the camera. Type II cards and microdrives cannot be used.

SanDisk
Extreme Pro
SDCFXP
16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Extreme
SDCFX
8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB
Extreme IV
SDCFX4
2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB
Extreme III
SDCFX3
Ultra II
SDCFH
2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB
Standard
SDCFB
2 GB, 4 GB
Lexar Media
Professional
UDMA
1000x
16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
600x
8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB
400x
300x
2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB
Professional
233x
2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB
133x
80x
2 GB, 4 GB
Platinum II
80x
2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB
60x
4 GB