Nikon D4s Image Samples

Nikon has not yet updated its main site with the D4s image samples, but thanks to our readers, we have received links to other Nikon global sites that host high resolution image samples from the new Nikon D4s (see related posts). As we receive more sample images, we will be updating this article with those samples for your viewing pleasure.

Please keep in mind that the images are taken in RAW and simply converted to JPEG via Capture NX 2. No other editing has been done, including sharpening.

Nikon D4s Sample Image (1)

NIKON D4S @ 400mm, ISO 250, 1/4000, f/5.6

Link to download the image | Shutter Speed: 1/4000, Aperture: f/5.6, ISO: 250

Nikon D4s Sample Image (2)

NIKON D4S @ 56mm, ISO 800, 1/2500, f/8.0

Link to download the image | Shutter Speed: 1/2500, Aperture: f/8, ISO: 800

Nikon D4s Sample Image (3)

NIKON D4S @ 24mm, ISO 1000, 1/2500, f/7.1

Link to download the image | Shutter Speed: 1/2500, Aperture: f/7.1, ISO: 1000

Nikon D4s Sample Image (4)

NIKON D4S @ 112mm, ISO 500, 1/1000, f/8.0

Link to download the image | Shutter Speed: 1/1000, Aperture: f/8, ISO: 500

Nikon D4s Sample Image (5)

NIKON D4S @ 800mm, ISO 500, 1/4000, f/5.6

Link to download the image | Shutter Speed: 1/4000, Aperture: f/5.6, ISO: 500

Nikon D4s Sample Image (6)

NIKON D4S @ 800mm, ISO 1000, 1/3200, f/10.0

Link to download the image | Shutter Speed: 1/3200, Aperture: f/10, ISO: 1000

Nikon D4s Sample Image (7)

NIKON D4S @ 600mm, ISO 200, 1/2000, f/4.0

Link to download the image | Shutter Speed: 1/2000, Aperture: f/4, ISO: 200

Nikon D4s Sample Image (8)

NIKON D4S @ 800mm, ISO 1000, 1/1600, f/7.1

Link to download the image | Shutter Speed: 1/1600, Aperture: f/7.1, ISO: 1000

Nikon D4s Sample Image (9)

NIKON D4S @ 600mm, ISO 320, 1/2000, f/4.0

Link to download the image | Shutter Speed: 1/2000, Aperture: f/4, ISO: 320

Nikon D4s Sample Image (10)

NIKON D4S @ 100mm, ISO 200, 1/2000, f/4.5

Link to download the image | Shutter Speed: 1/2000, Aperture: f/4.5, ISO: 200

Most of the above images are taken at low ISOs, so it is impossible to see from the images how well the Nikon D4s handles noise. I am waiting for Nikon to provide more shots at ISO 6400-25600 – those are the ranges I am particularly interested in to evaluate the low-light performance of the D4s.


  1. 1) Azhar Khan
    February 25, 2014 at 3:18 am

    Not impressed.
    Though this camera is not marketed or aimed at me.
    And I just (2 hours ago) got my X-T1 and left Nikon so why should I care :P

    • 1.1) Gregor
      February 25, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      So why post????????

      • 1.1.1) Azhar Khan
        February 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm

        Well having just left Nikon because she was not looking after her mid range action consumers, I now see she is not even doing a great job with her high end users. Unless ISO is huuuuge difference.

        And so I am relieved I jumped to x-t1 which despite my initial tests, amazes me everytime I use it. If only the 50-140 was out…

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          February 26, 2014 at 7:10 am


        • Niel Lambrechts
          February 26, 2014 at 9:04 am

          While I completely share your X-T1 enthusiasm, all the released information on the D4S seems very positive, including a substantial improvement in ISO performance. Is the cost justified? Well, surely that depends on the buyer and his purpose.

      • 1.1.2) CH
        February 27, 2014 at 11:34 pm

        Funny to see that you got the XT-1 and stated that why should you care yet you posted some comments.

  2. 2) Bart
    February 25, 2014 at 3:33 am

    So those pics are NOT possible with a D4? I dont think so…. The steep price increase is scandalous!

    • 2.1) Jigesh
      February 28, 2014 at 10:23 am

      One can get a used D3s plus a brand new D800 or D800E for the price of a D4s. To me, that is a better deal. Besides, as Nasim points out in a later post, the price trend is ominous.

  3. February 25, 2014 at 7:53 am
    • February 25, 2014 at 9:46 am

      Ricardo, the camera has not been released yet – are you claiming that you already have a D4s?

      • 3.1.1) Ricardo Vaz
        February 25, 2014 at 9:49 am

        Not really, just kidding. I barely have enough money to buy my cheap lenses. The photo above was captured with a D610. =)

    • 3.2) Niel Lambrechts
      February 26, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Hahaha! I love your post since it emphasizes how much we (maniacs with G.A.S) make of cameras and their subtle differences, when Mommy or Aunt Betty or whoever else can’t begin to be bothered about little imperfections (such as image noise) rather than the moment that was captured.

      The fact that you can take beautiful photographs without a point and shoot, or in this case, a D610 with a “mediocre” focusing system lacking focus points proves how important it is to focus on price/performance balance.

  4. February 25, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Surely its all down to the quality of light available at the time and the lens used. I like to think my D3 could produce this type of image.

  5. 5) Patrick O'Connor
    February 25, 2014 at 9:39 am

    These may not be the best photos to demonstrate its capabilities but: 1. they’re unprocessed RAW files, 2. most of the differences between the current crop of FF Nikons is features that allow you to capture the images, and 3. like every other camera that Nikon, or anyone else, makes, if you’re not interested/impressed with it, don’t buy it. Believe it or not, nobody else cares if you like it/buy it/hate it/whatever.

    • February 25, 2014 at 9:47 am

      Patrick, yes, Nikon always asks photographers to only provide unprocessed JPEG files.

  6. 6) Younes Ibrahim
    February 27, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Ok. I usually read forums and do not write. But some of the remarks here are really stupid and obnoxious. 1. If you have never owned and I’m not saying tried a professional DSLR camera from the caliber of the D3/D3S/D4 or Canaon 1DX and not the D800 or 5Dmk3. Then you are not qualified to even remotely give an opinion on the D4s. These cameras aren’t for the average Joe. 2. With cameras like these you do not expect huge leaps of performance. They come in little increments. The D4 did not blow the D3S out of the water. In many cases they are neck and neck and the same will be for the D4/D4S. 3. I am not defending Nikon’s price tag, its a lot of money and not many people can afford them but being 2 years after the D4 with incremental improvements being $500 more is not so bad in my eyes. other’s might disagree but thats what I think. I already ordered my D4S because it is bound to be a slightly better camera than the D4 but mainly because I can still sell my D4 for $4500 were in 2 years time it will be worth maybe $2000. So its also a logical step. 4. And finally it is ridiculous from some people to simply trash an object just because its expensive or they can’t afford it. I can’t afford a Ferrari but that doesn’t make it a bad car. Everything is worth what people are willing to pay for it. So, instead of knocking progress down lets see Nikon and Canon go at it again :)

    • February 27, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Younes, I agree with most of what you’ve said. Having owned a D3s and shot extensively with the D4, I think I am qualified to talk about incremental changes in cameras and price adjustments.

      When the D3s came out, it was only $200 more than its predecessor, the D3. The difference in performance and features was quite big:
      1) One stop native ISO increase, but over a stop of noise difference (I calculated it at 1.5+ stops, but it is fair to say that the difference is a little over a stop for most ISOs.
      2) The D3s had a self-cleaning sensor while the D3 did not.
      3) The D3s came with video and D3 had none.
      4) The D3s had twice the buffer of the D3, which made a huge difference.
      5) The D3s is lighter than the D3.
      6) The D3s had other UI and cosmetic changes (dedicated Live View, Info button, etc).

      With the D4, the price already went up by $800, pushing it to $6K. Now look at the differences here and tell me, are we truly looking at similar differences between the D3 and the D3s before? Perhaps I am judging too early, but looking at some high ISO samples, I do not see over a stop of difference in images. There is a difference at ISO 25600 and up, but I still cannot see even a stop of a difference at this point. 1 fps incremental change? Group area AF? 60p video recording? Enhanced timelapse? These are mostly software changes and in my eyes, they do not represent a $500 price hike justification. We are now at $6500 for premium camera. If the D5 comes out and Nikon pushes the price by another $800, we are going to be at $7300 – see where I am going with this? Two years did not see that much inflation and yet Nikon is inflating prices like crazy.

      Yes, the D4/D4s are specialized cameras, but when the price of the premium D700/D800 stays the same over a period of 6 years, one has to wonder what goes on with the marketing folks at Nikon. When the D700 came out, it was priced at $3K while the D3 was at $5K – a $2K price difference. With the D800 on the market today priced at $3K, the D4 is at $6K – a $3K price difference. The D4s pushed that to $3.5K. What’s up with that? Nikon is alienating its customer base and creating even more segregation with its pricing model. I would gladly buy a D4s for $6000 now. But at $6500, it has already pushed the boundary of what’s acceptable to me. And if you think I am the only one, ask some folks around that shoot with the D4 and see what they think…

      And please do not call someone’s comments stupid and obnoxious just because they disagree with your view.

      • 6.1.1) Younes Ibrahim
        February 28, 2014 at 3:23 pm


        First I would like to apologize if I hurt anyone’s feelings with my comment. It just bothers me when people give you an opinion on something that they have never touched or worked with. Moving on, I’m not justifying Nikon’s pricing of the D4s. If you want to get technical about it, was the D4 $3000 better than the D800? Definitely not but definitely a better camera. The problem is in my opinion is that almost all camera manufacturers have bumped their prices too. Sony being a prime example as well as the 1DX, which here in Canada is atleast $7200. Also these cameras are kind of rare. How many D4 did they build compared to a D800? They need to recuperate the cost of the development some how.See where Im going with this. Again, I’m not justifying the increase Im just trying to make sense of it. And if anyone thinks I’m a Nikon fan boy don’t, I think the Canon 1DX was a slightly better camera than the D4 in the focusing department. Lets hope the D4s has rectified that. The other reason on why I’m buying the D4s and selling the D4 is what will I get for the D4 in 2 years time vs now? I sold mine body only with balance of 3.5 years of extra warranty for $5100. I don’t think I can do that in 2 years. Again apologies if I hurt or disrespected anyone.

      • 6.1.2) Robert Gregory Garfinkle
        December 19, 2014 at 4:16 am

        Actually, Nikon is doing a lot of things that are coming into question lately. for example, not including a hot shoe cover (that plastic thing that guards the contacts) on the D810 or D750 along with noticeable packaging shortcuts – c’mon Nikon, we drop 2.3k or 3.3k on these units – what are you trying to say here? ok, the hot shoe cover, from what I understand people throw away, but it does protect the contacts; I keep it covered? and they charge $2.00 for a replacement? Alright, petty / minor, I know, maybe I’m cheap, but my first D810 came in defective, had mass focusing issues along with other functional and highly perceptible imaging issues – what a pain to get replaced with a new one! What do you think was going on in my head getting that defective unit???

        Now, having said that – getting the replacement D810 and testing it WOW, what a difference? all the packaging issue complaints just went away, paled in comparison to absolutely stunning performance of that camera – whoa!!!!!!!!!

        but, while we are complaining – and I’m sure this is noticed by most of the D800(e) / D810 community – what is up with the pricing structure of the MBD12 vs. other battery packs? same type of think Nasim is talking about…

        However, lets steer away from the complaints for a moment –

        I do not have experience with any other brand of camera, and frankly, I’m a nobody the world of photography, as I’m just a 5 year old in the industry, with more tech-savvy numbers to throw around than practical experience. I do have a passion for it for sure, but I will tell you this. The pricing structure is a bit of a mystery to me, I don’t understand it (comes often with thoughts in my head like what are they smokin over at Nikon…) but if this is what I have to do to get such fine equipment, well, ok. I’ll just have to deal, yes?

        I’ve owned a D1 (freebee handed to me a few years ago), D7000 as my first paid for model, and when the D800 came out dumped the D7000, and now I have the D810 – I am wet behind the ears and my camera is waiting for me to grow up…

        ok, if someone wants to chime in and say, uh, Rob, there are other fish in the sea (other brands) uh, ok, sure, but I think I’m not doing so bad…

        after seeing sample images off the D4s, gosh, I’d just like that camera too – but while we speak of fish, got a few more to fry when it comes to photography and learning – I am very aware the camera does not make the photographer, however after working with a few cams in my hand I do have to say camera’s capability (a.k.a. latitude in choice) does have it’s merits – for example, 1/8000 shutter speed, group area auto focus, no low pass filter, ISO 64, um, I can take advantage of those while I learn about the basic attributes of shooting – becoming second nature to me.

  7. 7) Guest
    February 27, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    I’m curious, how do camera testers seem to get a hold of these newest cameras (and lenses) well before everyone else? And how do I get on that list?

  8. 8) Saiful Zaree
    March 4, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    This site has hi ISO images taken with D4S, both as JPEG or NEF file

  9. 9) Younes Ibrahim
    March 7, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Hello everyone,

    I just picked up my D4s :) I can only comment on the cosmetics as my battery needs charging. If u own a D4 u know what to expect with the slight changes being positive. The new joysticks have a way better feel then the ones on the D4. They simply grip better but that doesn’t mean the ones on the D4 are bad. I loved everything about the D4. Also the new battery door does give a nicer feel to your thumb. The one thing I don’t like and I think is irrelevant is the new battery charger. Its exactly the same as the D4’s but grey?!?! Why?!?! Black looks so much better especially when the power cable supplied is black. The redesigned grip is nice but I think it will come into play more when u r wearing gloves. More to come…………

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