CNET First Look
The speedy Nikon D4For Nikon devotees looking for the fastest body available, the D4 delivers.
The deep for icons update to -- -- Trieste -- body. Kicks it up an -- all respect at a higher resolution sensor faster continuous shooting performance. Better and more flexible video quality and host of attractive new features. Without question the GeForce photo quality is excellent with a great noise profile. It's JPEG with a clean as high as iso 16100. And -- -- decent at 3200. They're -- you start seeing some detail degradation. They do remain usable -- -- 6400. Depending on the content. And although better by the numbers in the DPS is JPEG that -- SO 12800 and above. I wouldn't suggest using the -- -- beyond diets of 6400. The color rendering looks great as well bright saturated colors that are heavy in red channel connect with clipped highlights budget -- But if you shoot raw it retains all the and generally the camera does preserve enough highlight and shadow detail and -- for good recovery in really high contrast images. And it doesn't introduce a lot of noise in the shadows when you try to bring them up too much -- in the highlights when you try to bring down. I'm not -- thrilled with the video quality. It's very good that for 6000 dollars expect. An icon before it is one of the fastest -- ever had the pleasure shooting. Quite perfect. The auto focus system is mostly excellent -- quickly -- usually accurately in both single and burst shooting and fixed subjects as well while your panic. But despite gaining -- stop auto focus sensitivity in low light. Centre point and connect to eight means more frustrating -- I expect for a camera in its price range with its specs. And the sluggish live view auto focus. Still makes me sad. Like other vertically gripped pro bodies the GeForce big and heavy with the same rugged sealed construction of its predecessor. Control design and land deviate slightly from the -- Mostly to incorporate the addition of the nests or video controls. The record button occupies one of my least favorite locations where I really prefer operating -- And while I like the live view will be controlled design I find it too far down into the middle of the -- account. Plus -- doesn't deliver as consistent -- horizontal and vertical experience as some cameras do. You've got the two programmable buttons between the -- in the -- off shooting horizontally. But not shooting vertically. And instead of -- a button by the shutter that feels just slightly in the wrong place for using in conjunction with one of the command -- Because of the new location of the auto focus area control it's hard to operate while shooting vertically. And some of the seemingly duplicate controls operate differently in the different orientation. For instance the horizontal sub -- can be programmed as an auto exposure lock but the vertical one can't. Because it's not a sub -- it just looks like the same control when in fact it to duplicate multi selector. The deal killers know but it's an expensive camera and -- the right to be cranky about small design issues. On the other hand -- too subtle design tweaks that I really like. When he touched the shutter button or any of the other controls for that matter all the buttons and display back lights illuminate. And the new battery design separates the battery cover latch from the battery itself. The new ethernet connection -- for surprisingly full featured tethered shooting via a browser. President and -- and icons proprietary software's well. As for features. -- to say it's not missing much than I can think of than it is to enumerate what it does have. One missing -- support for time code in video like the one DX. Features it has that the -- -- -- is part talent part time lapse mode and tip that. As usual wireless connectivity flashing GPS -- phones. -- you really need the speed boost or improved video I don't think it's a must have replacement for the teaching us. And the 800 delivers equally good low ISO photo quality and better video quality -- money. Even when you quit but with a battery -- but the idea of -- series faster. And overall it's a very well executed update tonight -- professional camera line. The sport the admittedly hefty investment opinions. And -- and this is -- nice --