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Two years on from the D4, Nikon has introduced its new flagship, the D4 s . At first glance the cameras look identical but under the bonnet Nikon has worked hard on improvements. The new 16-megapixel sensor works with Nikon’s EXPEED 4 processor and the combination gives a standard ISO range of 100-25,600 but the top sensitivity can be expanded to an incredible 409,600 (ISO equivalent). This sort of sensitivity means using fast shutter speeds in the lowest levels of ambient lighting is feasible. Of course, until we try it for ourselves we can’t vouch for image quality at such high ISOs but we hope to get our hands on the D4 s very soon. With the camera aimed at action and press photographers, speed is obviously a priority for the D4 s . Thus it can race along at 11fps with continuous AF (this compares with 10fps on the D4) and with a shutter lag of a mere 42 milliseconds, catching the decisive moment is easier than ever. The new shutter/reflex mirror mechanism keeps mirror bounce to a minimum so you get a stable image with minimal viewfinder blackout and that in turn 11fps continuous with full AF, a new 16-megapixel sensor and a top ISO of a mere 409,600 TOPGUN Nikon’s new flagship boasts

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makes tracking high-speed action more precise even when shooting at 11fps. The AF system has had a revamp too. Autofocus is still principally with Nikon’s 51-point AF system but the new Group AF setting monitors five different AF fields across the 51 points and lets you control the size of the focusing area. Naturally, for a top-end, top-of-the-range model, the D4 s isn’t cheap and the body only price is £5200.

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