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Here is a quick comparison between the Nikon D4 and Nikon D3s based on the specifications listed on Nikon’s website:
|Nikon D4||Nikon D3S|
|Announced||January, 2012||October, 2009|
|Lens Mount||Nikon F bayonet mount||Nikon F bayonet mount|
|Effective Pixels||16.2 million||12.1 million|
|Sensor Size||36.0 x 23.9mm||36.0 x 23.9mm|
|Image Sensor Format||FX||FX|
|File Format Still Images||JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal Quality
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
|Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Compressed): approx. 45-60 percent
Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Lossless Compressed): approx. 60-80 percent
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal Quality
Uncompressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW)
Nine User-customizable Settings
|Storage Media||CompactFlash© (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA)
XQD Type Memory
|CompactFlash© (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA)|
|Card Slot||1 CompactFlash© (CF) card and 1 XQD memory type card||2 CompactFlash© (CF) cards|
|Viewfinder Frame Coverage||FX (36×24): 100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical Approx.
1.2x (30×20): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
DX (24×16): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
5:4 (30×24): 97% horizontal and 100% vertical Approx.
|100 % Approx.|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.70x Approx.||0.70x Approx.|
|Interchangeable Focusing Screens||—||Type B BriteView Clear Matte VI
Type E Clear Matte VI
|Lens Compatibility at a Glance***||AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
Metering with AI lenses
|AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
Metering with AI lenses
|Fastest Shutter Speed||1/8000 sec.||1/8000 sec.|
|Slowest Shutter Speed||30 sec.||30 sec.|
|Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution||10 frames per second
11 frames per second (AE/AF Locked)
|9 frames per second|
|Exposure Compensation||±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV||±5 EV in increments of 1/3
|Exposure Bracketing||2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV||2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV|
|Mirror Lock Up||Yes||Yes|
|ISO Sensitivity||ISO 100 – 12,800
Lo-1 (ISO 50)
Hi-4 (ISO 204,800)
|ISO 200 – 12,800
Lo-1 (ISO 100)
Hi-1 (ISO 25,600)
Hi-2 (ISO 51,200)
Hi-3 (ISO 102,400)
|Dynamic AF Mode||Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)||Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)|
|Auto-area AF Mode||Yes||Yes|
|Focus Modes||Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Single-servo AF (S)
|Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points||51||51|
|Flash Bracketing||2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV||2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV|
|Top FP High Speed Sync||Up to 1/8000||Up to 1/8000|
|Flash Sync Modes||Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
Front-curtain sync (normal)
Red-eye reduction with slow sync
Slow rear-curtain sync
|Front-curtain sync (normal)
Red-eye reduction with slow sync
|Flash Compensation||-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV||—|
|Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)||CLS Supported||CLS Supported|
|White Balance||Auto (2 types)
Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K)
Fluorescent (7 types)
Preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored)
|Auto (2 types)
Auto (TTL white balance with 2,016-pixel RGB sensor)
Fine Tune by Kelvin color temperature setting (2,500 K to 10,000K)
Fluorescent (7 types)
Preset manual (up to 5 values can be stored)
Seven manual modes with fine-tuning
|White Balance Bracketing||2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV||2 to 9 exposures|
|Live View Shooting||Photography Live View Mode
Movie Live View Mode
|Movie||HD 1,920×1,080 / 30 fps
HD 1,920×1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 30 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 60 fps
|VGA 640×424 / 24 fps
QVGA 320×216 / 24fps
Movie with sound
HD 1280×720 / 24 fps
|Movie Audio||Built-in microphone, monaural
External stereo microphone (optional)
|Built-in microphone, monaural|
|Monitor Size||3.2 in. diagonal||3.0 in. diagonal|
|Monitor Resolution||921,000 Dots||921,000 Dots|
|Monitor Type||Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD||Super Density
Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
|Playback Functions||Auto Image Rotation
Full-Frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar)
GPS data display
IPTC information embedding and display
Playback with Zoom
|Auto Image Rotation
Highlight Point Display
Thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 segments)
|In-Camera Image Editing||Color Balance
NEF (RAW) Processing
Edit Movie with Save Selected Frame
NEF (RAW) Processing
|GPS||GP-1 GPS unit||GP-1 GPS unit|
|Battery / Batteries||EN-EL18 Lithium-ion Battery||EN-EL4 Lithium-ion Battery
EN-EL4a Lithium-ion Battery
|Battery Life (shots per charge)||2,600 Battery Life (shots per charge) (CIPA)||4,200 shots (CIPA)|
|AC Adapter||EH-6b AC Adapter
Requires EP-6 Power Supply Connector
|EH-6 AC Adapter|
|Approx. Dimensions||Width 6.3 in. (160mm)
Height 6.2 in. (156.5mm)
Depth 3.6 in. (90.5mm)
|Width 6.3 in. (159.5mm)
Height 6.2 in. (157mm)
Depth 3.4 in. (87.5mm)
|Approx. Weight||41.6 oz. (1180g)camera body only||43.7 oz. (1,240g)camera body only|
Read more on NikonRumors.com: http://nikonrumors.com/2012/01/07/nikon-d3s-vs-d4-specs-comparison-2.aspx/#ixzz1isCdJm2l
Here is a Preview of the Nikon D4 that I made after getting a chance to spend some time with this camera. There are so many amazing features that have been added to this new DSLR. The ISO capability has gotten better once again and this is the first Nikon Pro camera to take a leap into serious video making territory.
Via Scoop.it – Everything Photographic
Photographer Sam Gellman who is originally from Wisconsin has been living and working in Hong Kong for the past five years. He recently returned from a 4-day trip to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea where he was able to witness and photograph the Mass Games in Pyongyang. The Mass Games are a meticulously regimented display of gymnastics and other performing arts by nearly 100,000 participants.
Since I bought my first camera back in 1983 (Awesome Yashica FXD Quartz) I had an on/off relationship with photography. Mostly off I might add. After my initial interest and a short spell working as a freelance Photographer for a local newspaper, life happened and photography took a back seat to everyday existence.
Recently I sort of revived the interest and like so many things in life the whole landscape has changed. Cameras, Equipment, Hardware, Software, Photoshop, Internet and so much more! However I decided to take the bull by the horns and go for it. It might not go as quick or as smooth as I would like it to go due to circumstances, but no-one ever said it was going to be easy! Still, everything seemed a bit daunting and difficult!
My initial connection came about as a result of curiosity and my love for new technology and gadgets. Since then, (Remember, only a couple of weeks) it has quickly evolved into something much more substantial. Connecting to Photographers from all over the world and being able to see their photographs, read their advice, seeing what equipment they are using, the settings they used for a photo and even the stories behind some Photos are just mind-boggling. At first, an under the radar +1 confirmed that a photo was nice. Later that also evolved, and now a much more reserved +1 will confirm that the photo touched me in some way and is inspiring to me.
I would like to mention each and every photographer on Google+ here and pay some tribute to them for inspiring me and for truly having influenced me and helping me making my mind up to take photography more seriously and to the next level.
Here are two lists from which I am sure you will find some photographers on Google+ that will inspire you and maybe mean as much to you as some of them meant to me!
Thank you guys!
This Video really gives me goosebumps and I know that it is not blog specific but I am sure that you can draw some inspiration from it!
Do You Have A Photography Bucket List?
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Perhaps you’re familiar with the motion picture The Bucket List. It’s about two terminally ill men who escape from a cancer ward with a list of things they want to do before they die.
I’m unfortunately at the age where too many of my friends and peers are starting to pass away. It’s caused me to start thinking about what I want to do with the rest of my life – however long that is.
Certainly photography will play some part in my life as long as I am still here. But how?
I started thinking about that movie “The Bucket List” and decided I might want to build a photo version of it.
How about you? Do you have a photography bucket list? Starting one should be easy. It doesn’t have to be a formal list or look a certain way. You can make it anyway you like.
Some thought starters might help propel you to creating your list.
1. First decide what your photographic goals are
2. Think of the list not so much from the “before I die” point-of-view, but rather the “here are some goals” point-of-view
3. Don’t limit yourself to what you think is possible
4. Be honest – you don’t have to show the list to anyone else so don’t put things on there just to impress someone or leave something off just because you’d be embarrassed if someone saw it
5. Consider your first list to be nothing more than a first draft – let is stew for a bit then come back to it and refine
I’m going to start writing my own photographic bucket list. It’s going to be a bit challenging since I’ve already had the great fortune to photograph many spectacular things all over the world, but I know in my heart of hearts I’m not completely done yet. When I finish my list I’ll post it here.
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