Nikon D4s

Fast, pow­er­ful and re­as­sur­ingly huge, the D4s feels like a real thor­ough­bred – but it’s one that’s get­ting long in the tooth

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£4450, $6000 (body only)

t’s Nikon’s flag­ship pro cam­era, sim­ple as that. The D4s costs about twice as much as the D810 (the next cam­era down the price lad­der), and is the only cur­rent Nikon to fea­ture typ­i­cal top-flight pro trap­pings. Th­ese in­clude a built-in ver­ti­cal grip for por­trait-ori­en­ta­tion shoot­ing, com­plete with a du­pli­cate set of com­mand di­als, con­trol but­tons and shut­ter release.

Build qual­ity is rock-solid. Some­thing of a brick of a cam­era, the D4s is rel­a­tively mon­strous in size and a real heavy­weight at 1.35 kilo­grams. It ac­tu­ally weighs more than the D750 body plus Nikon 24-85mm VR kit lens.

De­spite the weight, han­dling is a dream, and the cam­era feels equally nat­u­ral in land­scape and

Ipor­trait ori­en­ta­tions. As on the D810, there are but­tons on the top panel for im­por­tant shoot­ing set­tings, but the D4s fea­tures a third LCD screen around the back, with a row of but­tons for ISO, im­age qual­ity and white bal­ance set­tings. The up­shot is that just about any cre­ative ad­just­ment is avail­able, eas­ily and im­me­di­ately. At a pro level, this sort of thing makes the dif­fer­ence be­tween get­ting the money shot and not. The D4s takes ev­ery­thing in its stride, from fash­ion shoots to ac­tion, thanks to its su­per­fast 11 frames-per-sec­ond con­tin­u­ous drive rate. Un­like the pre­ced­ing D4, the newer D4s makes this pos­si­ble, while also de­liv­er­ing con­tin­u­ous aut­o­fo­cus and me­ter­ing on a shot-to-shot ba­sis. In other ar­eas, how­ever, the D4s doesn’t look par­tic­u­larly ‘new’.

The 16.2-megapixel sen­sor is start­ing to look low-rent when you con­sider that even Nikon’s D3200 and D3300 en­try-level cam­eras have 24.2-megapixel sen­sors, and that the D750 man­ages to de­liver low-noise im­ages with a later-gen­er­a­tion 24.3-megapixel sen­sor.

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