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NIKON D4S REVIEW

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PHOTO GEAR by KRISS on 25 september 2015

Nikon D4s review I post this review after nearly a year of using the Nikon D4s almost everyday.
At the excessively high price of the camera, a daily usage is not exaggerated (and sometime even at night).

So after carrying this big chunk of a camera around everyday I can definitely say in terms of ergonomics what the pros and cons are.

You certainly noticed the photo of the camera holder is that of a child (my son aged 12) just to give you an idea of how big the camera looks when hold in someone's hands.
So the pros and cons will be :

Most buttons are well placed and even my kids use the camera easily despise its heavy weight.

The 2 function buttons on the front are too far apart and if you have small fingers they are difficult to reach together (which I often use to select spot exposure and then lock exposure).
This is most easily done on my D800 or D800E

You cannot see the ISO on the top of the camera and there is absolutely no way to change that in the settings.
That is just a shame ! I was used to checking if I was on automatic or manual ISO (I do some studio work so I change to ISO100 manually quite often) and then when I'm shooting outdoors, if it happens to be by nights, well my photos are black ! I have now got used to checking at the rear of the camera and I also use my D800 less often but something should be done about this.

The blue backlight is very nice and much more visible than the yellowish greenish color of the D800.
It sets up on its own and it's a nice feature.

The dual slot that uses a compact flash and an XQD (don't even know if that's the proper name - I just purchased the damn expensive card one, don't even have a reader for it) is just silly.
As I just mentioned I don't even own a reader for the former card.
It's just ridiculous, how many extra equipments do I need ? And the D4s forces me to carry a CF flash reader along all the time (my laptop has a SD card reader but no chances there…Maybe I should look into SD CF adapters!

I think there isn't much else to say about the ergonomics of the Nikon D4s for me, it is a strong camera of course and it feels comfortable (although heavy) in your hands and you get used to it.
Concealing it in an everyday bag can be a bummer though.
I just stopped using protective bags for that one and took a standard bag.
The whole package (bag+D4s) is smaller, lighter, less obvious and if you're careful you won't bump it into walls every day and should this happen, chances are you will be more worried that the camera will be hurt.

Now about the photos the Nikon elite takes.

It does take amazingly beautiful pictures after sunset and the color rendition under dark lights is exceptional.
So is everything at high ISOs really, but hey, this is what you pay for so any other case would be scandalous !

Some people believe this camera can take jpegs straight out of the box without having to use RAWs but I tried that and honestly jpegs that come out of anything else than a RAW are crap.

Other than that, if you're used to the large files of the D800 you will be agreeably surprised when you transfer your files, less happy when you look at them in Lightroom and realize you can't crop or zoom in.
The level or details you are used to is not there.
This camera is not made for that !

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