Yes, the Nikon D4 DSLR has finally arrived, being the new flagship DSLR camera from the Japanese company, where it is touted to offer the “ultimate in versatility and functionality.” First things first – should you just drop everything and run out to purchase the Nikon D4? Our friends over at DPreview say that the biggest jump in terms of changes would be the D4’s improvement in video capabilities, where it is intended to go up against the 5D Mark II from Canon (and beyond). Still shooting specifications remain rather modest though, although you do get a 16.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor as well as the ability to capture 10 frames each second using autofocus. Apart from that, there will definitely be its fair share of smaller improvements and tweaks that professionals might find interesting, although for the average user, you might want to target something lesser.
Ergonomic changes have also been introduced to the camera’s body, in order to make portrait-orientation shooting somewhat similar to that of shooting in a landscape format. You will find that Nikon has decided to shed the dedicated AFL button, using push-button joysticks instead for vertical as well as landscape shooting orientations. Nice to see the D4 also up the ante in terms of recording images to memory cards faster, thanks to its integrated support for high-speed, UDMA 7-compatible CompactFlash memory cards as well as next-generation high-speed XQD memory cards. [Press Release]