Nikon D4 with 16MP and XQD Cards Coming Soon?

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.



  1. G G says

    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…..

  2. says

    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.

  3. Kammen Photography says

    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?