Today Nikon announced that it will preview its next “professional flagship D-SLR”, the D4s, at this week’s CES show. How much will be previewed at the show remains to be seen since today’s announcement was thin on details. In fact, it only said that the D4s is “currently in development” and one could interpret that to mean that final specs are subject to change. Nikon did give a little insight to what the new model will offer over the existing D4. First they state the new pro body will feature “improved image quality with the adoption of a new image-processing engine” and second, the press release promises more advanced autofocus performance. That is about all Nikon revealed with this “currently in development” announcement.
Nikon will be showing the camera at their booth (#14916, Central Hall) at the 2014 International CES show from January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. What exactly they will be showing will be interesting since we don’t know at what stage of production the camera is currently in. We assume that since it is a D4s and not the D5, that it will be very similar on the exterior to the D4. If you happen to be at the show this week, please send us pics of it!
The D4 is a solid camera so what might the improvements be? It’s all pure speculation at this point, which isn’t so bad since pure photography is also popular at this time (come on, it’s just a joke so don’t get all upset). Advanced autofocus could mean a brand new AF system module with more cross-type focus sensors for improved AF performance. The improved processing engine might lead to an additional frame(s) per second to go with the purported improved image quality. We wouldn’t expect more megapixels in a new sensor at this time, but it could occur. What about the XQD card that was introduced with the D4 but hasn’t seen adoption with other cameras? Will Nikon go full commitment to the XQD and replace the existing compact flash slot with another XQD slot? Or will they maintain the hybrid slot system that is currently used in the D4? Will the new processing engine be energy efficient and extend battery life or will it drain the battery faster? The answers remain to be seen as does the cost for this new and improved flagship camera. Stay tuned and we will pass along more info on the new D4s as we get it.
Nikon will provide more details such as the official announcement, pricing and availability in the near future.
Here is the official Nikon Press Release:
Nikon’s Next Generation Professional Flagship D-SLR to be Shown at 2014 CES Prior to Official Announcement. Designed to Meet the Needs of Professional Photographers, The Nikon D4S is Currently in Development
MELVILLE, N.Y. – Nikon Corporation is preparing for the release of its next-generation flagship model, and has announced the development of the Nikon D4S HD-SLR. The camera will be on display, before its official release, at the Nikon booth (#14916, Central Hall) at the 2014 International CES show from January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As Nikon’s new flagship model, the D4S will offer advances over the Nikon D4 HD-SLR camera, including enhanced image quality enabled with adoption of a new image-processing engine. The new HD-SLR will also feature more advanced autofocusing performance, further solidifying it as the choice for professional sports, nature and event photographers as well as photojournalists.
The D4S represents a concentration of Nikon’s advanced camera development technologies and legacy as a leader in imaging. The D4S will further expand the possibilities for professional photographers who demand the best possible performance and image quality in challenging environments. The Nikon D4S will build upon the success of the acclaimed Nikon D4, a camera highly regarded for its speed, unrivaled low-light ability and amazing image quality that made it the choice of professionals and advanced amateurs around the world.
Further details regarding the Nikon D4S, including announcement date, availability and suggested retail price will be announced at a later date.