Nikon D4 DSLR Camera Price in Singapore, Features, and Other Info

Nikon D4 DSLR Camera Price in Singapore, Features, and Other Info: The Nikon D4 is the much-anticipated “proper” successor of the highly acclaimed Nikon D3S, which was first introduced to the market 2.5 years ago. The D4 is hardly an upgrade considering that it has some basic functions that more or less just mirror those that are already seen in the D3S. Megapixel rating is lower than that of the cheaper Nikon D800, and the battery life is even less than that of the D3S.

Between the D3S and the Nikon D4, the design differences are hardly evident, and perhaps those that are not too technical might even mistake the D4 for its predecessor, while avid users might find it hard to tell the difference at first glance. Still, both the D3S and D4 are large, and in the D4 at least it seems that there are hardly any move towards lessening its chunk. The weight of the D4 however is less than the D3S but the effect of this is hardly noticeable.

The control layout of the Nikon D4 has been tinkered a bit so those that are familiar with the D3S might need to adjust a little bit. It is however hard to judge whether this move has much aesthetic effect. Examples of this change include the Live View button that has been slightly moved, and there is now a dedicated video record button located near the top of the shutter button. On the rear of the device are two new customizable multi-directional buttons with very useful toggle wheels that are solid and very durable. On the bottom too is a thumb bumper, which allows for a better grip when the camera is used vertically.

The Nikon D4 comes with a microphone input and a built-in mic for amateur captures of HD videos. Another handy feature is the built-in Ethernet jack, which is quite a surprise but one that would serve only a limited number of users. The dual CompactFlash slots from the D3S have been removed and instead there is now a single CF slot together with an XQD slot. An XQD card might be practical in the future but right now, this whole set up means that one has to carry two types of card reader, and there is hardly an XQD available that has only 32 GB of memory.

In terms of video recording, the Nikon D4 still has no autofocus mode but on the other hand, it has a complete capability of capturing really beautiful content. Another feature that is worth mentioning in the D4 is its so-called “Silent Shooting” mode that has the ability to silently burst shots in high speed shooting. The mode dial contains this function together with the High-Speed Low and High-Speed Continuous. Under this setting, only one shot is fired after pressing the shutter, but on each click, the shutter delayed noticeably. The “Quite mode” is supposed to lessen blur but so far, it comes short of this purpose.

In terms of display, the Nikon D4 has worse pixel density than the D3S. It has 91,000 colors but the display is larger than the D3S at 3.2 inches compared to 3.0. This results to the lessening of the depth of colors, but images still look sort of crisp and sharp. Image reproduction is excellent at ISO levels below 8000, wash outs are minor.

Nikon also improved on the autofocus system of the D4. It’s still a 51-point system, and while it’s capable of finding objects in darker conditions, it still pales in comparison to Canon’s 61-point system on the 1D X and 5D Mark III. That said, it’s dead-on accurate in use and never left us wanting, but again, the 51-point system on the D3S never did either. Performance-wise, one can get usable images out of ISO 25,600 like that seen in the Canon EOS 5D Mark III or Nikon D3S. Images from IS0 12800 and below are completely printable.

Overall, the Nikon D4 is more disappointing than it is being worth the two and a half –year wait. Still, it does offer a nice video shooting capability.

Nikon D4 DSLR Camera Price in Singapore Dollar (SGD): S$ 9,799.00

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