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Nikon Unveils Flagship D4S DSLR

Melville, N.Y. — After its sneak peek at International CES, Nikon’s new flagship professional DSLR, the D4S, was given a formal sendoff Tuesday.

The company said the newest addition to the FX-format camera line offers a host of performance upgrades, not the least of which is a significant bump in speed through the entire workflow.

The D4S will be available in early March at a $6,499 suggested retail for the body only.

Key features include:            11 fps burst shooting at full resolution with AE and AF functionality; a new group area AF that uses five AF sensors as a single focus point; a new RAW image file Size S that is said to increase workflow speed; an up to 10x increase in file-transfer speed using 1000 Base-T wired LAN; 30 percent faster image processing, and energy savings.

The camera includes a newly developed 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 processing engine. The system is said to offer significant enhancements on the 51-point AF system and 3D Color Matrix Metering.

Low-light performance is boosted with an ISO range from 100 to 25,600, expandable to 409,600.

Video is capture at FullHD 1080/60p.

Using an FX-format sensor, a 2.7x crop mode in the camera can extend the reach of Nikkor lenses, the company said.

Additionally, Nikon has announced a beta version of Capture NX-D, new software for processing and adjusting RAW images captured with Nikon digital cameras.

RAW images (NEF or NRW file extension) captured with Nikon DSLR cameras, Nikon 1 mirrorless compact system cameras with interchangeable lenses, and Nikon Coolpix compact digital cameras can be loaded into the application for processing and adjustment of images.