Nikon Announce New Full Frame Camera – The D4 | Sony Announce High Speed XQD Format

In a press conference yesterday, at 1300hours of 6th January 2012 in Singapore, Nikon made the official announcement for its next-generation flagship full frame digital single lens reflex (FX DSLR) camera, the D4. They also announced the release of a new, fast, medium-telephoto fixed focal length lens, the AFS-NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G.

Available in black only, it sports the following major features;

  1. New Nikon FX-format CMOS image sensor
  2. Support for an incredibly wide range of sensitivities, from ISO 50 to ISO 204800
  3. New EXPEED 3 image-processing engine with superior, high-speed processing capabilities
  4. 91K-pixel RGB sensor for the more accurate Advanced Scene Recognition System
  5. Faster and more accurate AF with 51 focus points
  6. Multi-area Mode Full HD D-movie with three image area options
  7. Smooth workflow from initial setup to image transfer
  8. The new compact Wireless Transmitter WT-5 with simple connection to the camera (available separately)
  9. Capture NX 2 Ver. 2.3 for significantly faster processing

You may wish to read up the Full Press Release below.

Nikon is also making available soon, a new lens, the Nikon NIKKOR AFS-85m F/1.8G. It has the following specifications:

  1. A fast, medium-telephoto fixed focal length lens with a focal length of 85 mm and a maximum aperture of f/1.8 compatible with the Nikon FX-format
  2. An all new optical design that enables maximum utilization of digital-SLR camera capabilities in shooting high quality images
  3. Enables shooting of portraits with pleasing background blur characteristics only possible with a fast, medium-telephoto fixed focal length lens
  4. Very lightweight at approximately 350 g, even with the large aperture
  5. Equipped with a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for extremely quiet autofocusing. Autofocus shooting is also possible when the lens is used with entry-level Nikon DX-format digital-SLR cameras such as the D5100 and D3100, which are not equipped with an autofocus drive motor.
  6. Equipped with two focus modes, M/A (autofocus with manual override) and M (manual)

Sony Announce High Speed XQD Format


In a separate Press Release, Sony has announced that it will launch new memory cards based on the XQD format(QD-H32/H16), which allow for outstanding ultra high-speed data transfer up to 1Gbps (125MB/s, write and read).

With blazing fast data transfer speeds, Sony’s XQD Memory Card achieves stable, continuous shooting to capture each moment in the highest quality.
When using with Nikon’s DSLR “D4″, XQD memory cards can record approximately up to 100 frames in RAW format *2 in continuous shooting mode.

The combined announcement is relevant a XQD is the officially adopted flash memory by the Compact Flash Association to complement the Compact Flash cards.

You may wish to read the Official Press Release from Sony with regards to XQD Memory cards below.

You may wish to view the video of the XQD memory cards from Sony below.

Check out the rest of the images of Nikon D4 below

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  1. Nice reviews. I really love canon dSLR cameras. <a href=””>Nikon D3200</a> is one of my favorite SLR camera now. It fills the satisfaction that I want. :)

  2. Nice reviews. I really love canon dSLR cameras. Nikon D3200 is one of my favorite SLR camera now. It fills the satisfaction that I want. :)

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