Canon EOS 1v, released in 2000, was the last Canon's professional film camera, where "v" represented 5th generation. Four generations of 1D series and you get 1D X as the 10th generation
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Sensor: CMOS 16 MP FX format (24x36 mm)
Sensitivity: 100 to 12800 ISO (ext. 50 - 204 800)
Autofocus: 51 points
Viewfinder: pentaprism, 100% coverage, 0.7x magnification
FPS: 10 to 12 frames / second
Measurement: 3D Matrix II Color 91000 points
Screen: 8.1 cm
Video: Full HD 1080p
Memory cards: CF / XQD
Dimensions / weight: 160x157x91 mm / 1.34 kg
Price: € 5800
Everyone was waiting for the successor of the semi-pro D700 and the pro SLR D3s which will be replaced in February. The quantities required are not commensurate with those of the future "D800" that will address a much broader customer base. However, the D4 is one of really good news, and will return investments to the business of Nikon.
The D4 replaces D3s of 2009 that was an evolution of the D3 released in 2007. The version of "rich-pixel" D3x, which appeared in 2009, is currently in the queue, waiting for possible "D4x". Rather than the image resolution, the main aim of D4 is sensitivity and speed. The new FX-format sensor (24x36 mm) that adopted 16 MP, is far from being unique these days when even amateur models can exceed 20 MP. But it is a figure that makes you more comfortable than 12 MP in D3s, and considered sufficient for reporters. Advantage of the less amount in photosites is that they perform better: the sensitivity is from ISO 100 to ISO 12800 and goes up to 204 800 ISO in extended mode! The ISO range is limited by default to ensure a relatively quick process in burst that is announced to be 10 frames / second (instead of 9 frames / second of the D3s).
The fastest of all?
The unit will go up to 11 frames / second at full resolution, but without focusing after the first shot, and even to 12 frames / second in DX image format (8 MP). The shutter system (mirror included) has now reached a 400,000 life cycle. Considering the burst shooting speed D4 is the Nikon's fastest device ever made. Nikon states that the sensitivity of the focus points was improved, even if you work with teleconverters. Moreover, the selection and display of AF points have been simplified, as we have seen in the grip. On the other hand, the autofocus is supported not only by a brand new EXPEED processor, but a brand new 91 000 points measuring sensor. At this level, it's a real small image taker able to determine precisely the type of scene and location of the subject. The Nikon D4 is the first device capable of performing face recognition without using the main sensor, and thus reflex. We tested this successfully. An effort was also made on the reactivity of the AF contrast detection. The video feature lovers will also benefit – Nikon has clearly put their efforts in video in an attempt to gain the field largely monopolized by others.
Rival in size
Announced last November, but out in March, the new pro SLR Canon EOS-1DX will be the only rival for the D4. On paper it looks better (18 MP sensor, 61 AF points, maximum default sensitivity up to ISO 51200, 0.78x viewfinder, FPS of 12 to 14 frames / second ...), but it is known that the duel of the titans will be played on the ground according to their ability to capture the right image! The price of the Canon, still unknown at the time we loop...
See you next month for a full test!
Im sorry to be out of topic here, but what strobe technique is this? This is amazing! I cant think of what the WB would be if what the flash fires is blue and the natural light is orange
I am trying to practice using my flash some more. I use manual settings, and the exposure meter seems to be pretty worthless when using a flash.
Does anyone have the facts about the 1100D's noise compared to the 7D, 600D or 60D (we can all speculate)?
nightbreath, I've spent a lot of time trying to reverse engineer other people's pictures, and a lot of time photographing weddings and developing my own style, I've learned quite a few things in the process, so here are my 2 cents...
Let me start by saying that I think you take beautiful pictures.
When that is said, I know exactly what you mean with the image quality that seems unobtainable on a crop camera like the 7D. A full frame camera just adds that extra pop...an almost 3D'ish effect. Medium format cameras adds even more of that effect.
Am I the only one seeing this?
Odd first post perhaps but reading this thread is kinda like twilight zone...why won't anybody give this guy a straight answer?