Nikon Announces New D4 HDSLR. Do We Really Care?
Nikon announced the new Nikon D4 HDSLR camera with a bevy of new video functions. The new funtions that caught my attention were three adjustable crop sizes, full frame (FX), 1.6X (DX) and 2.7X. In theory this will give us great latitude with one single zoom lens. The most notable video feature is an uncompressed HDMI signal. The jury is still out if this will be interlaced or a progressiveI signal. It looks as if Nikon has finally stepped up it’s game in the video department. The real question is, does anyone really care? This might be a nice option for a Nikon still shooter as an upgrade or to add better video functionality to their aresenal but I don’t see droves of Canon shooters switchng over to the Nikon format. It’s great that Nikon is finally really embracing the video market, but is it a dollar short and a day late? The new Nikon D4 has a suggested retail price of around $6K. It has a few cool new features but really only measures up to a beefed up Canon 1D Mark IV on paper. The only cool thing about this announcement is that it may push Canon to release the 5D3 or whatever they have waiting in the wings sooner then expected. Here is a quote from the boring press release.
“Uncompressed output: simultaneous Live View – By using the camera’s HDMI port instead of the CF or XQD card, users can stream an uncompressed full HD signal directly out of the camera. This footage can be ported into an LCD display or appropriate external recording device or routed through a monitor and then to the recording device, eliminating the need for multiple connections.”
“Movies can also be shot at three different crops from the sensor, which Nikon is describing as FX, DX and 2.7X (native 1920×1080). This makes it easy to vary the field-of-view for grabbing footage, even if you’ve got a prime lens mounted. However, the ‘FX’ size is a significantly cropped version of the full sensor (it’s 91% of the sensor’s width), so the field-of-view will be a little narrower than you’d expect for any given focal length. Also the native 1920×1080 video will be higher quality than the FX and DX versions, since it hasn’t been downsized. This difference is likely to be incredibly small (almost certainly irrelevant for most users), but is a consideration for high-end video users.”