I class myself as an enthusiast photographer and prior to the D4, my main camera was a Nikon D700 and the Nikon D90 my backup.
I’d decided to purchase the D4 for three main reasons, frame rate, the auto focusing system and low light performance.
I do a range of action shoots, sportdog shows, horse shows to air shows.
So there is always the want for high frame rate and at 10-11fps to the XQD card and auto focusing system that seems to work effortlessly and flawlessly in most lighting conditions, it’s hard to miss any of the actions.
The last 3 years I was carting the D700 with MB-D10 battery grip attached to my Nikkor 300mm f2.8G VRII for animal and Airshows. So it was noticeably lighter when I connected the D4 to this lens.
The D4 fits comfortably in my medium size hands in both landscape and portrait orientation. Yes it is a big camera, relatively speaking, but it feels light and solid. And build quality is one of the best I’ve seen.
If you are used to semi to pro Nikon DSLRs the D4 menu will be very familiar. Even if you are not, it’s relatively easy to learn within 2-3hours of flicking through the manual. It’s set out neatly on a vibrant LCD and can be customised for various types of shoots that you do.
The Active D-Lighting really helps to brighten the shadows when shooting in harsh mid day light. The HDR function is handy, but lets face it, this function may not be relevant, if you have Photoshop and a HDR program where two or more photos can be created in Photoshop from one file and merged in the HDR program and tone mapped. Nevertheless, it is there if you have the time.
Auto ISO sensitivity is convenient…but it’s nothing new as the D700 have the same function.
Low light performance is great and personally, noise level up to 5000 ISO is acceptable for me. Anything above this seems too grainy. When connect to a wide aperture lens such as the Sigma 85mm f1.4 EX DG HSM, you will be able to drop ISO setting back a few clicks and won’t even need external flashes in situations that usually do.
I have only used the D4, 5-6 times to record HD movies so can not comment too much on this. But the picture quality certainly looks very good and the sound not bad direct from the inbuilt microphone.
That is some of the little things I’ve noticed about the D4. It is a fantastic camera and the mind boggles at the thoughts of the technology cramped into it and all accessible at your finger tips.
The camera is for anyone serious about their photography.
Fantastic job Nikon.
I've been shooting video with a DSLR for just over a year and I can't get over how much of a pleasant conversion it was to go back to a camcorder. The HF G30 is crisp enough to provide sharp visuals as well as having a high dynamic range superior to most DSLRs. The image stabilization works effectively, with handheld shots at full zoom being completely usable. If you own a Tablet or Ipad then you'll really benefit from the Wifi remote function. If you want to use a crane or shoot remotely then you don't need any extra monitors, your Ipad will do an adequate job of framing a scene and easily adjusting settings.
The new function of 1080p at 60fps is brilliant, offering the flexibility to create 50% speed footage with no loss of image quality.
I was also quite impressed by the price point on this camera. ive seen this camera going for as much as $1800 on Ebay and over $1600 at other camera stores so it was refreshing to actually be able to afford to purchase it in store
I am a committed user of Panasonic Lumix TZ cameras and the latest (TZ40) is a first class evolution of the model. I have tried other big name compact zoom travel cameras and the TZ 40 is the best on the market right now (October 2013). If there is a down side, it relates to the less than intuitive Wi-Fi connection - I don't bother using it.
I bought the camera because after considerable research it seemed very good value and was ideal for what I wanted it for - its impressive zoom. I have not mastered a lot of what the camera will do yet but after a forthcoming safari in East-Africa I'm sure I'll get comfortable with more of its features.
Lacks some of the features I had in my Ixus which was disappointing. Bit unsure about hte pop up flash. Battery seems not to last very long. Like the simple transition from photo to video feature. Bigger than my Ixus, but new Ixus not as good as old one so bought this.
Great camera happy with purchase. Love the 30 X optical and picture quality. Still learning some of the functionality not too complicated matter of having the time to sit down & learn. One negative comment - Shooting in direct sun you can hardly see what you shooting.
great image quality and a fun camera to use but has some draw backs, battery life is ok but not great, most of the issues I have relate to video, capable of superb video but let down by sound - no external mic jack and only mono internal mic, unable to use any auto focus due to screw drive sound being picked up by the internal mic. But still my primary reason for purchase was photography and in that regard I'm very happy, great value as it was packaged with sigma 17-70 f2.8 -4.5 macro lens a very nice performer indeed. Life view with focus peaking is an great feature allowing accurate manual focus, very helpful in low light situations. I would recommend this camera to photographers if it fits your budget, but if your serious about video I wouldn't recommend due to the sound issues, having said that it is a nice addition to have live view and basic video recording.
Setup is easy and quality of photographs is really excellent. In camera panoramic is brilliant and a very easy to use product. Typical quality product and worth the extra money over the Panasonic version.
Great photos but seemed slow to start up which made it mainly good for still/landscape shots. Found it hard to get right settings for shots in a hurry. Ended up mostly using "Easy" mode.
The EOS 600D is an easy to use, hassle free camera, with an excellent variation of control, from fully auto for quick snaps which give a good clear photo, to more advanced control to help get the mood or lighting I want. I have so far been very happy with my purchase.
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