Nikon D4S What You Need to Know for Best Performance

The D4S’s original MSRP was US: $6499.95, UK: £5,199.99

Used D4S cameras fall into a price range of $800 to $1,300. The difference will be due to condition and accessories included.

The Nikon D4S uses a Lithium-Ion EN-EL18a rechargeable battery & charger.

The battery can not be charged via USB. This means a battery charger will be necessary.

Third party battery chargers will be less expensive than OEM Nikon chargers. There will usually be an option to get one bundled with a third party battery purchase.

The Nikon D4S is compatible with CompactFlash, XQD memory cards.

The D4S is compatible with Nikon F mount lenses. This opens up a wide range of lens possibilities. A full range of lenses exists including circular fisheye, ultra wide angle, perspective control, macro, telephoto, mirror, bellows, and all kinds of zooms.

There is a list of the best Nikon D4S lenses that covers lenses for all different types of photography.

  • Active D-Lighting
  • 11.0 fps continuous shooting
  • Auto Active D-Lighting System
  • Custom Setting Options
  • Red eye correction

The D4S has an Full frame (36 x 23.9 mm) sized sensor. This is paired with the Expeed 4 image processor.

The Nikon D4S can record video at 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps) in MPEG-4, H.264. Bit rates for 1080/60p: 42Mbps (10 min limit), 24Mbps (20 min limit).

The fixed screen on the D4S can make shooting video difficult. A fully articulated LCD screen would make recording video easier.

There is no port for a external microphone.

The D4S does not have built in wireless. The via WT-5A or WT-4A is needed to for a wifi connection. Unfortunately, there is not alternative to the via WT-5A or WT-4A. The best alternative would be to upgrade to a different camera.

The D4S does not have built-in GPS.

The via GP-1A is needed to enable GPS capability. This will store location data in the exif data of photos.

Manufacturer Nikon
Model D4S
MSRP US: $6499.95, UK: £5,199.99
Body type Large DSLR
Max resolution 4928 x 3280
Other resolutions 4096 x 2720, 4096 x 3280, 3696 x 2456, 3200 x 2128, 3072 x 2456, 3072 x 2040, 2464 x 1640, 2400 x 1592, 2048 x 1360, 2048 x 1640, 1600 x 1064
Image ratio w:h 5:4, 3:2
Effective pixels 16.6 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 23.9 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Expeed 4
ISO Auto, ISO 100-25600 (expands to 50-409600)
Boosted ISO (minimum) 50.0
Boosted ISO (maximum) 409600.0
White balance presets 12.0
Custom white balance Yes (4 slots)
Image stabilization No
Image stabilization notes None
Uncompressed format RAW + TIFF
JPEG quality levels Fine, normal, basic
Autofocus ['Contrast Detect (sensor)', 'Phase Detect', 'Multi-area', 'Center', 'Selective single-point', 'Tracking', 'Single', 'Continuous', 'Face Detection', 'Live View']
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 51.0
Lens mount Nikon F
Focal length multiplier
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2″
Screen dots 921000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD with brightness and color adjustment
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7×
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes No
Built-in flash No
Flash range None
External flash Yes (via hotshoe, flash sync port)
Flash modes Auto FP high-speed sync, front-curtain, rear-curtain, redeye reduction, redeye reduction w/slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off
Continuous drive 11.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2-20 seconds, 1-9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 seconds)
Metering modes ['Multi', 'Center-weighted', 'Spot']
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (2-9 frames in steps of 1, 2, or 3)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Videography notes Bit rates for 1080/60p: 42Mbps (10 min limit), 24Mbps (20 min limit)
Modes None
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Storage types CompactFlash, XQD
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port Yes
Wireless Optional
Wireless notes via WT-5A or WT-4A
Remote control Yes (wired or wireless)
Environmentally sealed Yes (Water and dust resistant)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion EN-EL18a rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 3020.0
Weight (inc. batteries) 1350 g (2.98 lb / 47.62 oz)
Dimensions 160 x 157 x 91 mm (6.3 x 6.18 x 3.58″)
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (9999 shots)
GPS Optional
GPS notes via GP-1A