Nikon D4S - Shooter’s Report Part I: Coming to grips with a truly professional camera


posted Friday, April 18, 2014 at 1:22 PM EDT


New cameras roll through our door here at IR almost every day, but it's rare to see the latest flagship professional model from one of the top companies. In fact, this is something that sometimes doesn't even happen a single time in a whole year, so we get pretty excited when one does arrive.

The Nikon D4S may look physically similar to the highly regarded Nikon D4 released in February 2012, but its insides tell a somewhat different tale. And while comparing manufacturer specs can lead to plenty of conclusions about what's changed, taking cameras out into the real world and giving them a thorough test run is still the most tried and true way to shake out the good and not-so-good qualities from the latest offerings.

With that in mind we sent the D4S to New York and the capable hands of one of our most experienced reviewers, Eamon Hickey, who recently completed his review of the Nikon Df. The unique, retro-styled offering designed to appeal to lovers of Nikon's F-series cameras from the film days, the Df houses the same sensor and processor as the D4, making the comparisons all the more interesting.

So, without further ado, we present the Nikon D4S Shooter's Report Part I. Stay tuned, as we'll have much more to come on the D4S in the coming weeks.

The Nikon D4S eyeing a sunset from Pelham Bay Park in The Bronx, NY  •  ISO 1250