Nikon's new D4 DSLR camera has been announced ahead of the CES trade show this weekend.

The camera employs a newly developed Nikon FX format CMOS sensor with a 16. 2-megapixel and 1080/30p video capture.

The D4's ISO range is from 100 to 12,800 in its normal setting, but can expand to ISO 50 equivalent or 204,800 and has a fast shooting range of 11 frames per-second.

The D4 has been highly anticipated as the D3's predecessor for the past five years.  The $6000 dollar camera was unveiled to a group of journalists in Hong Long on Friday, according to Engadget.com

Nikon's D4 has an advanced scene recognition system that achieves a higher standard of accurate autofocus auto exposure, i-TTl flash, active d-lighting and auto white balance results. The RGB sensor reads each scene via 91k-pixels

Navigation has been made easier on the D4 with a new pair of joystick-like controls. These make moving around images easier and allow zooming during playback.

The body is larger than the D3, which gives more room for ports. Next to the 3.2 inch LCD is a proprietary connector for the TW-5A, Ethernet jack, remote connector, microphone input jack, headphone jack, mini USB and HDMI port. There are also two memory card slots available one CompactFlash and one XQD.

The full HD 1080p video produces broadcast quality crisp images. Maximum recording time for a single clip is 29 min. 59 s. The FX-based format renders shallow depth of field, as well as wide angle shooting.

The camera also comes with crisp audio quality control using a built-in external microphone connector. This reduces mechanical noise and enables clearer sound.

Here are some sample images taken by the D4:

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Specs:

Type

Single-lens reflex digital camera

Lens mount

Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)

Effective pixels

Effective pixels

16.2 million

Image sensor

Image sensor

36.0 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon FX format)

Total pixels

16.6 million

Dust-reduction system

Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (requires optional Capture NX 2 software)

Storage

Image size (pixels)

  • FX format (36x24): 4,928 x 3,280 [L], 3,696 x 2,456 [M], 2,464 x 1,640 [S]
  • 1.2x (30x20): 4,096 x 2,720 [L], 3,072 x 2,040 [M], 2,048 x 1,360 [S]
  • DX format (24x16): 3,200 x 2,128 [L], 2,400 x 1,592 (M), 1,600 x 1,064 (S)
  • 5:4 (30x24): 4,096 x 3,280 [L], 3,072 x 2,456 [M], 2,048 x 1,640 [S]
  • FX-format photographs taken in movie live view (16:9): 4,928 x 2,768 [L], 3,696 x 2,072 [M], 2,464 x 1,384 [S]
  • DX-format photographs taken in movie live view (16:9): 3,200 x 1,792 [L], 2,400 x 1,344 [M], 1,600 x 896 [S]
  • FX-format photographs taken in movie live view (3:2): 4,928 x 3,280 [L], 3,696 x 2,456 [M], 2,464 x 1,640 [S]
  • DX-format photographs taken in movie live view (3:2): 3,200 x 2,128 [L], 2,400 x 1,592 [M], 1,600 x 1,064 [S]
  • A DX-based format is used for photographs taken using the DX (24x16) 1.5x image area; an FX-based format is used for all other photographs

File format

  • NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed
  • TIFF (RGB)
  • JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available
  • NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats

Picture Control System

Can be selected from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls

Media

XQD and Type I CompactFlash memory cards (UDMA compliant)

Dual card slots

Either card can be used for primary or backup storage or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; pictures can be copied between cards

File system

DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3, PictBridge

Viewfinder

Viewfinder

Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder

Frame coverage

  • FX (36x24): Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical
  • 1.2x (30x20): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical
  • DX (24x16): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical
  • 5:4 (30x24): Approx. 97% horizontal and 100% vertical

Magnification

Approx. 0.7x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)

Eyepoint

18 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)

Diopter adjustment

-3 to +1 m-1

Focusing screen

Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets and framing grid

Reflex mirror

Quick return

Depth-of-field preview

When Pv button is pressed, lens aperture is stopped down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (P and S modes)

Lens aperture

Instant return, electronically controlled