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With its 16-megapixel full-frame sensor, dual grips, and compatibility with Nikon lenses going back to the film era — not to mention its $6,000 price tag — the D4 is squarely targeted at pros. And if you're a pro Nikon shooter, you're not likely to be disappointed by this fast, flexible camera. It's capable of taking great shots in just about any lighting conditions, can take close to 200 shots at 10 frames per second, and also shoots excellent 1080p video. The D4 isn't for everyone; even pros may prefer a lighter, less expensive camera like the D300. But for the ultimate in control, speed, and low-light performance, the D4 is hard to beat.

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Critic reviews

8.7
12 reviews
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    8.5
  • Video quality
    8.8
  • Battery life
    5.3
  • Design and form factor
    8.3
  • Durability
    10
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    9.5
  • Ease of use
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User reviews

9.0
2 reviews
  • Image quality
    10
  • Video quality
    9.0
  • Battery life
    8.0
  • Design and form factor | 1 comment
    7.0
  • Durability
    10
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    10
  • Ease of use
    10
7.0
Engadget Apr 5, 2012

The D4 is simply a refined D3S, with a smattering of features that may lure in new customers who passed over the D3S for one reason or another.

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9.0
PC Mag Apr 12, 2012

The Nikon D4 is a pro shooter's dream, with controls galore, and a big, bright optical viewfinder. This fully loaded full-frame D-SLR rattles off shots at a quick 10 frames per second, but all of this comes with a rather high sticker price and a steep learning curve.

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8.0
Wired Jul 24, 2012

After shooting with the D4 in a range of tough conditions, it’s clear this camera is a master of the dark arts.

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10
CNET AU Mar 23, 2012

This is a serious pro tool designed for the likes of sports and editorial photographers, and its many usability tweaks will ensure that every shooting situation is catered for.

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10
Reviewed.com Cameras May 24, 2012

The Canon 1D X and Nikon D800 both will certainly have something to say before the year is out, but after roundly besting the Canon 5D Mark III, the Nikon D4 is already in the running as camera of the year for 2012.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Jul 24, 2012

Every so often a top-of -the-range DSLR rears its head with the promise of the ultimate in design, performance and image quality. The Nikon D4 – the DSLR that sits atop the company’s DSLR hierarchy – is one such camera.

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9.0
Ken Rockwell Jul 15, 2012

If you're a full-time pro, all the the little things about the D4 add up to make getting a couple of D4s a no-brainer. I whine about the loss of most of the external AF controls (buttons and spinning dials do not replace dedicated levers), but the new AF system already knows what I want it to do, so...

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8.0
TechRadar Apr 4, 2012

Nikon has produced a solid workhorse of a DSLR that professionals can depend upon to deliver good results even in low lighting conditions. Image quality is high and results look great straight from the camera.

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10
Hardware Zone Apr 11, 2012

The Nikon D4 is a high-performance, high-precision tool which is quite obviously not for everyone. Along with its amazing high ISO low noise sensitivity, fast frames per second shooting rate and smooth handing, the D4 also comes with a monster size and a staggering price tag.

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9.0
Photography Blog May 1, 2012

Like its forebears, the Nikon D4 is an extremely well built and responsive camera that seems to react instantly to anything you throw at it.

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8.0
USA Today Jul 24, 2012

With still-image performance among the best we have tested to date and video that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the Canon 5D Mark III, we have to give the D4 top marks.

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