Nikon has launched three new DSLR cameras in India, featuring FX-format CMOS sensors, specifically – the Nikon D4, D800, and D800E, priced at Rs. 324,950, Rs. 149,950 and Rs. 164,950, respectively. Retail availability will start next week.
Nikon D4, the company’s new flagship, features a 16.2MP (36 x 23.9mm) sensor, coupled with a new EXPEED 3 image processing engine. It has wide native ISO range from 100 to 12,800 ISO, even in video mode, and can in fact be used from ISO 50 (with Lo-1 mode) to ISO 204,800 (with Hi-4 mode). The Nikon D4 is ready to shoot in 0.012 seconds, and captures full resolution JPEG or RAW files at up to 10 fps with full AF / AE, or up to 11 fps with AF / AE locked.
Other features of the Nikon D4 include the new Advanced Multi-Cam 3500 AF system that works with 51-points and 15 cross-type sensors, down to -2 EV with an AF-NIKKOR lens, and can detect up to 16 faces. Refer to our previous coverage of the Nikon D4, for more details about its viewfinder, HDR, video and other functions, as well as the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G prime lens.
The Nikon D800 is also a full frame camera, and is considered a more compact version of the D4 – however, it features a 36MP sensor. While it does not have the D4’s vertical grip and Ethernet connectivity, it has the same autofocus system, 921k dot LCD display, a minimum of -2 EV exposure, RGB Matrix III meter (91,000 pixel), support for dual-memory card slots (CF and SDXC), as well as support for H.264 B-Frame formats at 1080p30, 1080p24, 720p60 and 720p50 resolutions.
The D800 has a sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 6400 (which can be boosted to 25,600). It delivers an uncompressed HDMI video output, and has the first USB 3.0 port on a Nikon camera. The Nikon D800E is virtually identical to the D800, except for the lack of a low-pass antialiasing filter – which while susceptible to moiré patterns, will give users the full 36.3MP to play with. For more details about the Nikon D800 and D800E, refer to our previous coverage.