Nikon has tweaked the excellent D4 with the announcement of the D4S. While the cameras are nearly identical on the outside, the Nikon D4S includes a few important upgrades. Arguably the most notable of the upgrades is a 30 percent faster recording speed, thanks to an upgrade in the processor. Nikon has also added a new file format--RAW Size S, a RAW file that's about half the size for when memory card space is at a premium or faster record times are necessary. The D4S is slightly faster in burst shooting at 11 fps (to the D4's 10) and can record 200 JPEGs in a row. Video quality also saw a boost, going from 30 fps to 60 fps. The battery has also been upgraded, rated at over 400 shots more than the D4. There's no question the D4S is Nikon's top camera with excellent image quality. Whether or not D4 owners should upgrade isn't as easy to answer, but most probably won't see a huge difference for the expense.
Nikon has long been one of the top manufacturers in the industry, and their products are still solid options today. The camera giant is continuously releasing new products with enhancements in image quality and performance.
It's hard to go wrong with a Nikon DSLR. With a different model available for every skill level from beginner to professional, Nikon's DSLR's have always been top notch. Their latest DSLRs have seen improved noise reduction, enhanced video quality and upgraded designs over cameras from just a few years ago.
Nikon made an interesting move in the realm of mirrorless cameras—instead of pushing for bigger sensors, Nikon instead has focused on speed. The Nikon 1 line cameras use a 1” sensor, which is larger than your average point-and-shoot but smaller than the Micro Four Thirds options. While the 1 line doesn't have much resolution, their cameras boast speeds upwards of 15 fps—no other mirrorless line currently comes close to that level of speed.
Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.
Nikon offers a full range of cameras from tiny budget models to professional DSLRs. More often than not, if you go with a Nikon, you're getting a solid camera.
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