Nikon's flagship professional SLR, the D4 , has officially launched, and we took the opportunity to unbox it piece by piece.

The D4 is officially on sale in Australia, retailing for approximately AU$7000, depending on the dealer. Read more about the camera in our preview .

The D4 arrives in a big, gold box. The professional SLR boasts a redesigned 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, as well as the Expeed 3 processor, which first made its debut on the Nikon 1 cameras.

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Let's open up the box and see what else is inside apart from the camera. There's the Nikon strap, as well as some instruction manuals.

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The first glimpse of the D4 in its plastic. There's a custom-shaped mould that fits over it to protect the camera in the box.

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Here it is: the D4 emerges from its box.

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Nikon sent us a variety of lenses to test in conjunction with the D4, with this 14-24mm f/2.8G the first cab off the rank, so to speak.

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Mounting the 14-24mm on the D4, it's definitely lens heavy when resting on the table. Luckily, there's a convenient built-in prop, thanks to the lens hood.

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Ergonomic improvements on the D4 include a 35-degree angle on the shutter button that makes it easier and more natural to press.

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There are so many ports on the side of the D4, it's hard to know where to start. The built-in Ethernet port looks promising; so, too, does the headphone jack.

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On the side of the 3.2-inch screen sits an auto-dim sensor, which automatically adjusts the screen brightness, depending on the ambient light. A thermal shield at the top of the camera protects the panel from heating up when used extensively outdoors. Here's a closer look at the top panel.

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The D4 has two card slots; one is a CompactFlash, and the other is the brand new XQD format, which promises higher data-transfer speeds.

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The Nikon D4 strap has the Nikon logo emblazoned across it.

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The D4 is compatible with the ME-1, an external stereo microphone that plugs in via the 3.5mm jack.

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Time to get another lens on the D4. This time, it's the 24-70mm f/2.8G.

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Here's Nikon's high-end speedlight, the SB-910, sitting on top of the D4.

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