Nikon D4 review

This DSLR may be big, but boy is it fast

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

JPEG Signal to noise ratio

Nikon D4 review JPEG SNR

JPEG images from the Nikon D4 show good signal to noise ratio results, just beating the Nikon D3x, Canon EOS 1D MK IV, Nikon D700 andCanon EOS 5D MK II.

Raw images

Nikon D4 review TIFF SNR

TIFF images (after conversion from raw) show that the Nikon D4, has better signal to noise ratio than all but the Canon EOS 5D MK II between ISO 1600 and 6400. The Nikon D700 also just betters the D4 in this test at ISO 6400.

JPEG Dynamic range

Nikon D4 review JPEG dynamic range

This chart indicates that the Nikon D4's JPEGs have at least a 1EV higher dynamic range than the comparison cameras across the greater part of the sensitivity range.

Raw Dynamic range

Nikon D4 review TIFF dynamic range

TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Nikon D4 have a greater dynamic range than the Canon EOS 1D MK IV, Nikon D700 and Canon EOS 5D MK II with only the Nikon D3x gaining a similar result at ISO 100.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera Body Only
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16.2 Megapixel
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedCompactFlash (CF) Card, XQD Card
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesLive View, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)1.18 kg
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Image Sensor Size36 mm x 23.90 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4928 x 3280
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height156.5 mm
Width160 mm
Depth90.5 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelD4
Product NameD4 Digital SLR Camera
Exposure Control
  • Programmed Auto with Flexible Program (P)
  • Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
  • Aperture-Priority Auto (A)
  • Manual (M)
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVBA320AE
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Limits are there to be pushed. And this SLR is made to push them.

The D4 offers a powerful combination of up to 11 fps, a 16.2 megapixel FX-format sensor and phenomenally high ISO (extendable up to 204,800, equivalent). D-movie delivers all the flexibility you need for broadcast quality video. The Kevlar/carbon fiber-composite shutter unit boasts a standard life cycle rating of 400,000 releases, thirty percent more than its predecessor.

Ready for anything, the D4 has the durability and the versatility to realize every shooting opportunity out there.

Package Contents
  • D4 Digital SLR Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL18
  • Battery Charger MH-26
  • USB Cable UC-E15
  • USB Cable Clip
  • Camera Strap AN-DC7
  • Body Cap BF-1B
  • Accessory Shoe Cover BS-2
  • Mic Stereo Input Jack for Stereo Microphone ME-1 UF-2
Limited Warranty1 Year