Nikon D4s Specifications and Key Features with Overview

A summary, as well as a brief explanation of the Nikon D4s specifications and key features with details, are listed in this article. If you read this article till last, you’ll have a total overview of the Nikon D4s, despite not having the camera in your hands.


  • Sensor: 16.2 MP FX, 7.3µ pixel size
  • Native ISO Sensitivity: 100-25,600
  • Boost Low ISO Sensitivity: 50
  • Boost High ISO Sensitivity: 51,200-409,600
  • Processor: EXPEED 4
  • Dust Reduction: Yes
  • Shutter: Up to 1/8000 and 30-sec exposure, self-diagnostic shutter monitor
  • Shutter Durability: 400,000 cycles
  • Camera Lag: 0.012 seconds
  • Storage: 1x Compact Flash slot and 1x XQD slot
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100%
  • Speed: 11 FPS
  • Exposure Meter: 91,000 pixel RGB sensor
  • Autofocus System: Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX with 51 focus points and 15 cross-type sensors
  • AF Detection: Up to f/8 with 11 focus points (5 in the center, 3 on the left and right)
  • LCD Screen: 3.2 inch diagonal with 921,000 dots
  • LCD Screen Calibration: Yes
  • Movie Modes: Full 1080p HD @ 60 fps max
  • Movie Exposure Control: Full
  • Movie Output: MOV, Compressed and Uncompressed
  • Wired LAN: Built-in Gigabit RJ-45 LAN port
  • WiFi: Not built-in, requires WT-5a and older wireless transmitters
  • GPS: Not built-in, requires GP-1 GPS unit
  • Battery Type: EN-EL18a
  • Battery Life: 3,020 shots
  • Weight: 1,180g


TypeSingle-lens reflex digital camera
Release Date2014-02-24
Body TypeLarge DSLR
ProcessorExpeed 4
Lens MountNikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)

Nikon D4s is a 16.0MP Pro DSLR camera featuring a Full frame (36 x 23.9 mm) CMOS sensor, weather-sealed body, and Nikon F lens mount that was released in February 2014. Nikon replaced the Nikon D4 with this model and the Nikon D4s with the Nikon D5.

Working professionals’ talent and imagination shaped the direction of modern image, but so did the debut of a few cameras that were so brilliant and forward-thinking that they redefined what was possible. 

The Nikon D4 is one of these cameras. And now, with astonishing improvements throughout the entire workflow, startling new levels of speed, performance, ISO sensitivity, and, of course, the exceptional image quality of a Nikon camera, the D4S illustrates that a good thing can get much better.

How do you improve a game-changing camera? Improve its speed, precision, and efficiency without abandoning its distinguishing traits. D4S improves on D4’s success with 30 percent faster picture processing and significant energy savings—capture up to 3,020* stills on a single charge—an enlarged standard ISO range (100-25,600) with greater noise reduction, improved tone range, and smoother gradations. 

With AE and AF capabilities, shoot at 11 frames per second for around 200 images at full quality. With the new Group Area AF setting, you may combine five AF sensors as a single focus point for faster initial subject acquisition. With the new 1000 Base-T (Gigabit) cable LAN, you can transfer files faster than the D4, and you can boost that speed even more by shooting in the smaller RAW SIZE S format.

Dimensions and Weight

(W x H x D)
Approx. 160 x 156.5 x 90.5 mm / 6.3 x 6.2 x 3.6 in.
WeightApprox. 1350 g/ 2.97 lb 47.61 oz with battery and XQD memory card but without body cap and accessory shoe cover; 
Approx. 1180 g/ 2.60 lb 41.62 oz (camera body only)

The Nikon D4s weighs 1350 g (2.98 lb / 47.62 oz) and measures 160 x 157 x 91 mm (6.3 x 6.18 x 3.58′′)with battery, XQD memory card but without cap and accessory shoe cover. 

Only camera body weighs approximately 1,180 g / 2.60 lb / 41.62 oz.

Nikon D4s body size and weight

The Nikon D4s is a much heavier camera for its class when compared to the average weight of DSLR-type cameras, which is 773g. It is of ordinary thickness, with a thickness of 91mm.

Photography Features

Min Shutter Speed30s
Max Mechanical Shutter Speed1/8000s
Continuous Shooting11.0 fps
Shutter PriorityYES
Aperture PriorityYES
Manual Exposure ModeYES
Exposure CompensationYES
Custom White BalanceYES
Image StabilizationNO
Built-in FlashNO
Flash RangeNo built-in flash
Max Flash Sync1/250s
Flash ModesAuto FP high-speed sync, front-curtain, rear-curtain, redeye reduction, redeye reduction w/slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off
External FlashYES
AE BracketingYES
WB BracketingYES

Video Features

Video Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps),
1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps),
640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Max Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Video FormatsMPEG-4, H.264
Microphone PortYES
Headphone PortYES

Image Sensor

Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeFull Frame
Sensor Dimension36 x 23.9 mm
Sensor Area860.40 mm2
Sensor Resolution16MP
Total Pixels16.6 Million
Effective Pixels16.2 Million
Dust reduction systemImage sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)
Maximum Native ISO25,600
Maximum Boosted ISO409600
Minimum Native ISO100
Minimum Boosted ISO50
RAW SupportYES

The Nikon D4s is equipped with a 16.0MP Full frame (36 x 23.9 mm) CMOS sensor and the Expeed 4 processor. With aspect ratios of 5:4 and 3:2, you can shoot at a maximum resolution of 4928 x 3280 pixels. The D4s feature a base ISO range of 100 to 25600, which can be increased to 50 to 409600, and it can save data in RAW format, allowing for more post-processing options.

The Nikon D4s isn’t the highest-resolution full-frame camera on the market. The Sigma fp L, with its 61.0MP sensor, is the class leader.

Nikon D4s DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark is a benchmark that evaluates the image quality of camera sensors scientifically. The picture quality of the Nikon D4s sensor was assessed by DxO Mark and had an overall score of 89. The details of their Nikon D4s analysis may be found here.


ViewfinderEye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverageFX (36×24): Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical
1.2x (30×20): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical
DX (24×16): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical
5:4 (30×24): Approx. 97% horizontal and 100% vertical
MagnificationApprox. 0.7x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint18 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment-3 to +1 m-1
Focusing screenType B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)
Reflex mirrorQuick return
Depth-of-field previewPressing Pv button stops the lens aperture down to the value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (P and S modes)
Lens apertureInstant return, electronically controlled

The D4s include an optical (pentaprism) viewfinder built-in, making it easier to shoot in bright sunshine and other conditions where using the LCD panel is difficult. The viewfinder has a magnification ratio of 0.7x and a coverage of 100%. 

100% coverage ensures that what you see in the viewfinder when shooting is exactly what you’ll get later in your image, allowing for more accurate framing and reducing the need for later cropping.

Monitor Screen

Screen TypeFixed, 170° viewing angle
ScreenTechnologyTFT LCD
Screen size3.20 inch ( 8cm)
Screen resolution921k dots ( VGA )
Live viewYES
Frame coverage100%
Brightness AdjustmentYES
Touch screenNO

The Nikon D4s features a 3.20-inch Fixed Type LCD screen with a resolution of 921k dots. The Nikon D4s has a 3.20″ screen that is larger than typical and meets class standards in terms of resolution.

Unfortunately, the Nikon D4s lack a selfie-friendly display.


AutofocusNikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors; f/8 supported by 11 sensors)
Detection range-2 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Lens servoAutofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status

Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus pointCan be selected from 51 or 11 focus points
AF-area modeSingle-point AF, 9-, 21- or 51-point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, group-area AF, auto-area AF
Focus lockFocus can be locked by pressing the shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing the center of the sub-selector

In most scenarios, the Nikon D4s offer both Contrast Detection and Phase Detection autofocus (AF) systems, ensuring speed and precision of focusing. The AF system features 51 focus points, 15 of which are Cross-type sensors. When compared to single-type sensors, cross-type sensors lock focus faster and more accurately.

Face detection AF is also available on the Nikon D4s, which intelligently identifies and locks focus on faces in the frame.


AF TouchNO
AF ContinuousYES
AF TrackingYES
AF SelectiveYES
AF CentreYES
AF Multi-viewYES
AF Live viewYES
AF Face DetectionYES
AF Contrast detectionYES
AF Phase-detectionYES
Number of focus points51
Number of cross-focus points15

Nikon has been gradually improving the 51-point autofocus system in newer cameras since the original D3 was released in 2007. As a result, the Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus module has undergone several improvements (some of which were rather significant), allowing for faster and more precise focus acquisition and tracking. 

The Nikon D4s came with an improved “Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX” focusing system, which, for the most part, isn’t that different from the D4’s autofocus system, but for one new feature: Group Area AF.

Group Area AF isn’t a brand-new function. It was known as “Group Dynamic AF” back when the Nikon D200 and D2x were released. The Group mode differs from the Single and Dynamic modes in that it activates many focus points at the same time, rather than prioritizing one focus point and then following its movement with the surrounding focus points.

Video Recording

MeteringTTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Frame size (pixels)and frame rate1920 x 1080; 60p (progressive), 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p
1920 x 1080 crop; 30p, 25p, 24p
1280 x 720; 60p, 50p
640 x 424; 30p, 25p

Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; all options support both ★high and normal image quality
File formatMOV
Video compressionH.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording formatLinear PCM
Audio recording deviceBuilt-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
ISO sensitivityExposure modes P, S, and A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 200 to Hi 4) with a selectable upper limit

Exposure mode M: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 200 to Hi 4) available with selectable upper limit; manual selection (ISO 200 to 25600 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV) with additional options available equivalent to approximately 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2, 3, or 4 EV (ISO 409600 equivalent) above ISO 25600
Maximum length29 min. 59 s (10 or 20 min. depending on frame size/rate and movie quality settings)
Other movie optionsIndex marking, time-lapse photography

For videographers, the Nikon D4s is also a very appealing camera. The D4s can shoot high-quality 1920×1080 videos at up to 60 frames per second because of the substantially faster EXPEED 4 processor. While many recent digital cameras can now shoot HD at 60 frames per second, the Nikon D4s can do a few things that most other cameras can’t: it can simultaneously broadcast uncompressed video over its HDMI connector and write footage to a memory card.

Furthermore, different crop settings for capturing video (FX, DX, 2.7x Crop) are now available, with the 2.7x crop providing pixel-level quality from the sensor. Auto ISO is now available for video as well, and it works in the same way as it does for stills, automatically adjusting the camera’s sensitivity based on the brightness of the scene. 

Unfortunately, the Nikon D4s does not support 4K video, therefore Sony and Panasonic are ahead of the curve.

Compatible Lenses

Compatible lenses
Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G, E, and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC lenses), DX lenses (using DX 24×16 1.5x image area) AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only); 

IX-NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses cannot be used: 

The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supports the 11 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster)

The Nikon D4s utilizes a Nikon F lens mount, which presently has 316 native lenses available. Nikon F mount not only boasts one of the largest lens selections, but it also has backward compatibility, which means you can use F mount lenses from the 1960s. It is also widely supported by third-party manufacturer lenses.

Although the Nikon D4s lack a sensor-based image stabilization system, many of these lenses include optical image stabilization.

Best Lenses for Nikon D4s

  1. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm F2.8E ED VR
  1. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G VR
  1. Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD
  1. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm F5.6E ED VR
  1. Sigma 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM
  1. Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm f2.8G IF-ED VR


TypeElectronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Speed1/8000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, bulb, time, X250
Flash sync speedX=1/250 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/250 s or slower

The Nikon D4s features a maximum continuous shooting speed of 11 frames per second and a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 second.


MeteringTTL exposure metering using RGB sensor with approx. 91K (91000) pixels
Metering methodMatrix: 3D color matrix metering III (type G, E, and D lenses); color matrix metering III (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data

Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12-mm circle in center of frame; diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15 or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circle)

Spot: Meters 4-mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when the non-CPU lens is used)
Range(ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)Matrix or center-weighted metering: -1 to 20 EV
Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV
Exposure meter couplingCombined CPU and AI
ModeProgrammed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)
Exposure compensation-5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV
Exposure bracketing2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV; 2 to 5 frames in steps of 2 or 3 EV
Exposure lockLuminosity locked at detected value with the center of the sub-selector
ISO sensitivity(Recommended Exposure Index)ISO 100 to 25600 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV; can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2, 3 or 4 EV (ISO 409600 equivalent) above ISO 25600; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-LightingCan be selected from auto, extra high +2/+1, high, normal, low or off
ADL bracketing2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3 to 5 frames using preset values for all frames

What about exposure precision and metering? With a 91,000-pixel RGB sensor, the Nikon D4s’ metering performance is exceptional, whether shooting landscapes, portraits, sports, or wildlife. Even in the most challenging environments, the camera’s sophisticated metering sensor allows it to appropriately expose scenes and subjects. 

Aside from the powerful scene recognition technology, which includes the new Group-area AF capability, the D4s also has a face recognition system, which prioritizes faces and skin tones when determining optimum exposure. As I previously mentioned, there is a new setting called “Matrix metering” in the CUSTOM SETTINGS menu that allows you to switch Face recognition on and off.

If the camera identifies faces in a scene after it has been turned on, it will expose the subjects rather than the brighter or darker background. This function came in handy a lot when I was photographing weddings. 

I photographed newlyweds walking from a sun-lit ceremony location to a relatively dark shade with face detection turned on, and I didn’t have to modify my exposure settings since the camera performed a fantastic job of keeping the pair appropriately illuminated in both environments.

Flash( Built-in and External)

Flash controlTTL: i-TTL flash control using RGB sensor with approx. 91K (91000) pixels are available with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, SB-400, or SB-300; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash modeFront-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off; Auto FP high-speed sync supported
Flash compensation-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV
Flash bracketing2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV; 2 to 5 frames in steps of 2 or 3 EV
Flash-ready indicatorLights when the optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoeISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative LightingSystem (CLS)Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, or SB-700 as a master flash, and SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes, or SU-800 as commander; auto FP high-speed sync and modeling illumination supported with all CLS-compatible flash units except SB-400 and SB-300; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
Sync terminalISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread

Although the D4s lack a built-in flash, it does include a flash shoe for adding external flashes.

Power Source

BatteryOne EN-EL18a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
AC adapterEH-6b AC Adapter; requires EP-6 Power Connector (available separately)
Battery Life3020 Shots (CIPA)

When many D3 and D3s users learned that Nikon changed the battery type on the D4 and reduced the capacity, they were dissatisfied. The Nikon D3s’ battery could shoot over 4000 photographs, whereas the D4’s battery could only manage roughly 2600. (CIPA). 

This was because the previous EN-EL4a battery had a capacity of 2500mAh, whilst the EN-EL18 battery on the D4 had a capacity of 2000mAh. Nikon returned to using 2500mAh batteries with the D4s, therefore the new EN-EL18a battery for the D4s can now provide nearly 3000 shots of battery life.

Keep in mind that the CIPA rating is based on camera usage with and without Image Playback and Live View, so if you disable those features, you should be able to squeeze over 4,000 images out of the D4s with ease.


Release modeS (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), Self-timer, MUP (mirror up)
Frame advance rateUp to 10 fps (CL) or 10 to 11 fps (CH)
Self-timer2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2 or 3 s

Live View

Live view modeLive view photography (quiet or silent), movie live view
Lens servoAutofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time servo AF (AF-F)Manual focus (M)
AF-area modeFace-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
AutofocusContrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)


HDMI outputType C HDMI connector
Audio inputStereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
Audio outputStereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)
10-pin remote terminalCan be used to connect optional remote control, optional WR-R10 (requires WR-A10 adapter) or WR-1 Wireless Remote Controller, GP-1/GP-1A GPS Unit, or GPS device compliant with NMEA0183 version 2.01 or 3.01 (requires optional MC-35 GPS Adapter Cord and cable with D-sub 9-pin connector)
EthernetRJ-45 connectorStandards: IEEE 802.3ab (1000BASE-T)/IEEE 802.3u (100BASE-TX)/IEEE 802.3 (10BASE-T)Data rates: 10/100/1000 Mbps with auto detect (maximum logical data rates according to IEEE standard; actual rates may differ)Port: 1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T (AUTO-MDIX)
Peripheral connectorFor WT-5A/B/C/D Wireless Transmitter

The Nikon D4s has an HDMI connector that enables uncompressed video streaming to an external recorder or monitor, as well as headphone and microphone jacks.

White Balance

White balanceAuto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, Spot White Balance measurement available during live view), choose color temperature (2500 K to 10000 K); all with fine-tuning
White balance bracketing2 to 9 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3


PlaybackFull-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, auto image rotation, voice memo input, and playback, and IPTC information embedding and display

Tripod Socket

Tripod socket1/4 in. (ISO 1222)

Operating Environment

Operating environmentTemperature: 0 to 40°C/32 to 104°Fhumidity: 85% or less (no condensation)


Supplied accessories(may differ by country or area)EN-EL18a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-26a Battery Charger, UC-E15 USB Cable, AN-DC11 Camera Strap, BF-1B Body Cap, BS-2 Accessory Shoe Cover, DK-17 Eyepiece, BL-6 Battery Chamber Cover, UF-2 Connector Cover for Stereo Mini Plug Cable, USB Cable Clip, HDMI Cable Clip, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM

Supported Languages

Supported languagesArabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian


Nikon D4s specifications and key features have made it clear that this camera is best for professional use. D4 is a highly recommended FX sensor camera for professionals due to its features. The features are very close to an expensive professional camera. You should choose the lens for appropriate use in order to get the best results.


Is the D4S still a good camera?

YES absolutely. The D4 was and still is a fantastic camera, especially in low-light settings such as those encountered in concert photography.

Does the Nikon D4S have an AA filter?

NO. Nikon D4 and Nikon D4s do not feature an anti-aliasing(AA) filter.