Nikon D4 with 16MP and XQD Cards Coming Soon?

by on December 12, 2011

in Nikon

Nikon D4

It looks like both the Nikon D4 and D800 may be just around the corner.  Nikon Rumors picked up word that the full frame Nikon D4 would show up in January at or around PMA/CES 2012.

Nikon Rumors cites a high level of confidence for a 16.2MP shooter that can capture 11 fps and will use the recently announced XQD memory cards.

Nikon D4 Rumored Specs

  • 16.2 MP
  • 11 fps
  • 100-102,400 ISO (exp. to ISO 50 and ISO 204,800)
  • CF and XQD card slots
  • Compatible with new Nikon WT-5 wireless transmitter
  • Integrated ethernet
  • Face detection/recognition
  • Improved video
  • Uncompressed video out via HDMI
  • Smooth aperture control during video capture
  • Improved 51 AF points
  • AF detection range down to EV-2.0 (the D3s went to EV -1)
  • 9 cross-type AF sensors – operational up to f/8

Lots of questions about the camera still; however, should these turn out to be the real deal, the Nikon D4 looks to be a direct response to Canon’s recently-introduced EOS 1D X.  The AF operation at f/8 is sure to stir the forums and may be enough to sway the frustrated birders out there if the AF speed at f/8 is up to snuff.

Additionally, Nikon has lagged behind on video features thus far in the HDSLR race, so it will be interesting to see if this new flagship steps it up in that department as well and matches up to the seriously upgraded video features in the 1D X.

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{ 9 comments }

1 emil remus December 12, 2011 at 7:59 am

sweet, when can i buy it, the price?

2 G G December 16, 2011 at 12:26 am

Now this is disappointing. Looks like Canon and Nikon are going for speed, not quality. Not being a sports photographer or videographer I could care less about speed. I was hoping that the next generation would compete with medium format digital, but nooooo…..

3 Richard December 16, 2011 at 12:42 am

BRING THIS BABY ON

4 Richard December 16, 2011 at 12:44 am

I AGREE WITH GG..We want PICTURE QUALITY..not speed

5 Socrates December 16, 2011 at 2:48 am

The go for the D800 with 32 MP and studio.

6 Grant December 16, 2011 at 3:29 am

About time – bring it on

7 Alejandro December 16, 2011 at 10:08 am

So, are the D800 and the 5D III going to risk more pixels with slower speeds??? I would be agree… if they KEEP -at least- quality (great resolution and low noise). Maybe the 16 MP are a rest for both companies and we have to wait until 2013 to see a D5 or a new 1DX with 30 MP.

8 N.E.Samuel December 23, 2011 at 6:54 am

Why no mention about the approximate price ?

9 Kammen Photography January 4, 2012 at 8:43 am

If D4 uses XQD memory cards (I have no idea what these are) can D4 used cards made prior to XQD such as Ultra and Extreme memory cards?

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