100% NIKON 100% IN­DE­PEN­DENT

NPhoto - - Front Page - Chris Ge­orge, Edi­tor chris@npho­tomag.com

How many people spend over £5,000/$6,000 on their new cam­era? The an­swer, of course, is only a very small num­ber of pho­tog­ra­phers would even con­tem­plate such a pur­chase. So you might be for­given for ask­ing why we are so in­ter­ested in the launch of the Nikon D4s, the de­tails of which were re­vealed hours be­fore we went to press.

The fact is, Nikon’s rep­u­ta­tion as a man­u­fac­turer is de­fined by its flag­ship. It is the Nikon F, the Nikon F3, the D3, which won the big pro­fes­sional photo com­pe­ti­tions of their day in news, in sport, in wildlife… and were be­hind so many iconic pic­tures.

The D4s looks from the out­side like a mi­nor re­fresh of the the D4. For those sit­ting on the touch­lines of the big sport­ing are­nas or on the front­line at war­zones, such such in­cre­men­tal im­prove­ments are most wel­come, as it helps to im­prove their suc­cess rates even by the small­est mar­gin.

But when you peer fur­ther into the spec­i­fi­ca­tion, there is a lot more go­ing on. The D4s, we are told, can shoot 176 RAW files at up to 11 frames per sec­ond be­fore its buf­fer fills up – mak­ing this per­haps the first ac­tion cam­era where sport­ing pros are not forced to shoot in JPEG. And its ISO sen­si­tiv­ity can be pushed right up to ISO409,600 which re­ally will mean you can see and shoot things in the dark (with­out a tri­pod) that you sim­ply can’t see with your naked eye!

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