Nikon D4 Digital SLR Camera, Body Only, EXPEED3 Image Processor, 16.2MP 36.0x23.9mm CMOS Sensor, Refurbished by Nikon USA

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  • 3.2" Super-Sharp 921,000-Dot LCD Monitor
  • 400,000 Cycles Durable, Accurate Shutter Unit
  • 91,000 Pix RGB Metering w Advanced Scene Recognition
  • AF Detection Up to f/8
  • Dedicated Nikon Picture Control Button
  • Expand Dynamic Range Using Built-In HDR
  • EXPEED 3 for faithful colors, tones & range
  • Faster, More Responsive 51-Point AF System

About Nikon D4

The Nikon calls their D4 Digital SLR Camera (Refurbished by Nikon USA) a "total professional imaging machine." They would be correct in doing so. Designed for the working photographer, the D4 meets the most-demanding photographer's needs and then some. Packed with features essential to getting the job done and getting it done well this rig is more than a digital camera, it's a shooter's bread and butter.

Building off the basic structure of its predecessor, the D4 goes big in a number of ways which are sure to be appreciated. The camera features a 16.2 MP 36 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor with Nikon's FX-format and the EXPEED3 image processor. ISO sensitivity can now be extended as low as ISO 50 or as high as 204,800 with a standard range of 100-12,800 ISO. Additionally, 10 frames per second continuous shooting in FX-format for up to 200 shots ensures the decisive moment will not be missed.

The D4 records in RAW, JPEG, TIFF and RAW + JPEG files. Metering options include RGB 3D Color Matrix III metering, center-weighted and spot. Additionally, compatible storage media includes the future of professional storage, XQD memory cards and Type I CompactFlash memory cards (UDMA compliant). Of course, Nikkor AF-S and AF-I lenses are compatible with the D4 body, putting an extensive line of lenses at the photographer's disposal.

Another improvement on D4's little brother would be the slightly bigger LCD screen. Up from 3", the D4 has a 3.2" LCD monitor with a 170-degree viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, automatic monitor brightness control and Live View. In Live View the image can be enlarged up to 46x to make on the spot focus confirmation. Surrounding the monitor are illuminated buttons for ease of use even in low light. Additionally, quick access Live View confirms exposure, white balance, monitor hue, histogram, focus mode, AF area mode and focusing accuracy with ease.

The D4 also boasts stellar auto focus features - like 51 AF points, an AF mode selector switch and fast AF point selection. All three of these components of the AF system ensure accurate, fast shooting whether the subject is a room full of children or a high-speed sporting event.

Of course, the D4 wouldn't be a professional level DSLR if it didn't include full HD video capture. The D4 does so, making it equally a pro videographer's tool as much as a pro photographer's. From 1080p broadcast quality video at 30 or 24 fps to full manual control to the option to add an external mic for stereo audio capture, the D4 isn't just a digital camera that also captures video.

Features like the aforementioned Live View allow the videographer to confirm capture of their footage on the camera's LCD and an external (optional) monitor simultaneously. It also gives you access to Picture Controls to handle the look and feel of the video, in-camera. Peak audio meters also allow the videographer to adjust sound levels manually in 20 incremental steps. Remote start and stop of view using wired and wireless remote accessories is also an option, among many others.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (10),Good image quality (10),High ISO performance (10),Fast shutter speed (8),Large clear LCD (8),Easy to use (7),Image stabilization (5)
Best Uses:
Sports/action (9),Low light (7),Landscape/scenery (5),Wildlife (5),Family photos (4),Video (4),Weddings (4),Travel (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Pro photographer (6),Photo enthusiast (3),Semi-pro photographer (3)

Nikon D4 Features

  • Nikon FX-format (36x23.9mm) CMOS Sensor with 16.2 Effective Megapixels: D4 achieves an ideal balance of high pixel count & FX-format sensor size, producing exceptionally sharp, clean & well-saturated images & offers flexibility in post-production cropping for magazine-quality print & web publishing
  • 3.2" Super-Sharp 921,000-Dot LCD Monitor with Automatic Monitor Brightness Control: Ambient brightness sensor automatically adjusts LCD visibility according to environment for bright, crisp image playback, menu adjustment and Live View shooting
  • Full 1080p HD Broadcast Quality Video: Create true broadcast quality video using Full 1080p video at 30 or 24fps in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC HD format. D4's 16.2MP sensor combined with B-frame data compression delivers high quality video ensuring unmatched moving image integrity for clips up to 29min 59sec
  • View Simultaneous Live View Output on External Monitors & Record Uncompressed Video Via HDMI: Check video recording on the camera's LCD and external monitor simultaneously; ideal for focus pullers and camera operators
  • Full HD Recording with FX, DX (1.5x crop) and 1920 x 1080 (2.7x) Crop Mode Settings: The FX-based format renders exquisitely shallow depth of field (DOF) as well as wide-angle shooting
  • Full HD Recording with FX, DX (1.5x crop) and 1920 x 1080 (2.7x) Crop Mode Settings: The DX-based format offers a picture angle that is 1.5x crop to the focal length and is ideal when you can't get close enough to the action when an existing lens is used
  • Standard ISO 100 to 12,800, Expandable from ISO 50 Up to ISO 204,800 Equivalent: The 16.2 megapixel D4 offers similar clean, low-noise performance as its predecessor D3s at ISO 12,800 and expands the range by one EV, making ISO 100 standard
  • 10/11 Frames Per Second Continuous Shooting in FX-format for Up to 200 Frames: Realize 10 fps shutter bursts with full AF and AE performance in FX-format. Boost the frame rate up to 11 fps in FX-format, locking focus on the position detected in the first frame
  • Faster, More Responsive 51-Point AF System: D4's AF sensor utilizes 51 strategically placed AF points that are designed to capture subjects as you choose: by working together like a net to capture moving subjects or for pinpoint accuracy
  • AF Detection Up to f/8: D4 aligns its 15 cross-type sensors in the center to detect contrast for both vertical and horizontal lines with lenses f/5.6 or faster. The five central points and three points to the left and right of them in the middle line are compatible with f/8
  • EXPEED 3 for Faithful Colors, Fine Tones and Wide Dynamic Range: Optimized for Stills and HD Video: EXPEED 3 results in still images with faithful, well-saturated color and natural depth. Tones are subtle and nuanced, from pure pitch black to pure white
  • Comprehensive High Fidelity Audio Recording and Playback Control: Built-in external stereo microphone input allows for recording crystal clear sound using the optional ME-1 Stereo Microphone and can be precisely controlled in 20 incremental steps
  • Time Lapse Shooting: Capture a Variety of Scenes of Subjects at a Breathtaking Pace: The D4's time-lapse shooting lets you set intervals and frame rates in order to dramatically relay slow-moving activity at dramatic speeds
  • 91,000 Pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering III with Advanced Scene Recognition System: Face detection using the optical viewfinder and detailed scene analysis using the 91K RGB sensor enables superior auto exposure, auto white balance detection, AF performance and i-TTL flash exposure
  • Two Live View Shooting Modes: Photography Live View and Movie Live View modes add flexibility; exposure, white balance, monitor hue, histogram, focus mode, AF area mode and focusing accuracy are easily confirmed
  • Expand Dynamic Range Using Built-In HDR: Combines two exposures at up to 3EV to create a single image revealing an extremely wide dynamic range, but with less noise and richer color gradation than ever before
  • Dedicated Nikon Picture Control Button: Convenient Picture control button provides six preset options: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Landscape and Portrait for stills and video while 9 customizable settings provide advanced, personalized color control
  • Two Axis Virtual Horizon Graphic Indicator: Use either LCD monitor or viewfinder to check if camera is level; horizontally or with forward or rear rotation
  • Improved Vertical Shooting Operation: One unique set of controls for both horizontal and vertical shooting. Comprised of a main-command dial, an AF-ON button and a joystick style AF selector, each set is laid out identically for a more intuitive operation regardless of camera orientation
  • Speedier AF Point Selection: In addition to the round multi-selector used for AF point selection, the D4 incorporates a new joystick style sub-selector made of rubber that's more responsive to your finger's touch
  • Illuminated Buttons Let You Set Functions in Low-Lit and Even Dark Shooting Situations: D4 uses back-illuminated operation buttons and release mode dials for clear visibility in the dark
  • Magnesium Alloy Body with Weather Sealing: To sustain peak performance, even in the most demanding environmental conditions, the body, exterior and mirror box of the D4 are comprised of strong-yet-lightweight magnesium alloy
  • 400,000 Cycles Durable, Accurate Shutter Unit with Mirror Balancer: For the utmost reliability and rigorous performance, the D4's shutter has been tested for 400,000 cycles on fully assembled cameras at extreme continuous burst rates for extended time periods
  • Self-Diagnostic Shutter Monitor: To sustain precision shutter operation throughout the mechanism's lifespan, the D4 incorporates intelligent shutter monitor technology
  • WT-5A Wireless Transmitter Compatibility: With Image transmission mode you can transmit images to an FTP server or computer, either automatically or by manually selecting images. With PC mode you can operate the D4 via Camera Control Pro 2

Nikon D4 Specifications

Camera Type
Digital SLR with Interchangeable lenses
Lens Mount
Nikon F
Effective Pixels: 16.2 Megapixels
Sensor Type / Size
CMOS, 36 x 23.9 mm
File Formats
Still Images: JPEG, RAW, TIFF
Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MOV
Memory Card Type
Focus Type
Auto & Manual
Focus Mode
Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
Autofocus Points
Viewfinder Type
Viewfinder Coverage
Viewfinder Magnification
Approx. 0.70x
Diopter Adjustment
- 3 to +1 m
Display Screen
3.2" Rear Screen LCD (921000)
Screen Coverage
Live View
ISO Sensitivity
100-12800 (Extended Mode: 50-204800)
Type: Electronic
Speed: 1/8000 - 30 seconds
Mirror Lock-Up
Metering Method
Spot metering, Center-weighted average metering, 3D Color Matrix Metering
Exposure Modes
Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -1 EV to +20 EV
White Balance Modes
Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Kelvin, Preset Manual, Shade
Max Sync Speed
1/250 / 1/8000 sec
Continuous Shooting
Up to 10 fps
Dedicated Flash System
iTTL Remote Firing
External Flash Connection
Hot Shoe, PC Terminal, Wireless
Video Recording
Audio Recording
With Video, Stereo, Via Optional External Mic
In-Camera Image Editing
Color Balance, Color Outline, D-Lighting, Distortion Control, Edit Movie, Filter Effects, Fisheye, Image Overlay, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, NEF (RAW) Processing, Perspective Control, Quick Retouch, Red-eye Correction, Straighten, Trim
Self Timer
2 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, 20 sec
1/8" Headphone, 1/8" Microphone, HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0
Wi-Fi Capable
Yes (With Optional Transmitter)
1x EN-EL18 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
AC Power Adapter
EH-6b (Optional)
Operating/Storage Temperature
Operating: 32 to 104 deg.F (0 to 40 deg.C)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
6.3 x 6.2 x 3.6" / 16 x 15.75 x 9.14 cm
2.95 lb / 1.34 kg With battery and memory card
Mfr #
25482 B

Nikon D4 Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Race Hores of a camera!

I shoot sports and finally added this body to my D800. Two very different shooting experiences. The D4 rattles off 11 fps compared to half that on the D800. Heavy, but easy to use as 3 screens mean you can see the info you need with minimal movement of camera. Exterior controls mean you don't have to leave the viewfinder. Great ISO performance compared to the D800.


Most Liked Negative Review


Dead on Arrival

I thought that buying a Nikon Refurb was the best deal in town in that they are supposed to be more closely inspected to work properly. Well that wasn't the case for me this time around. The refurbished D4 I received had the dreaded blinking "Err" message in the LCD screen that would not go away. Nothing worked - shutter, live view, etc were all inoperable. I did everything I could to make sure it wasn't the camera: took out battery, cleaned contacts, changed lenses, changed memory cards. May...

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I thought that buying a Nikon Refurb was the best deal in town in that they are supposed to be more closely inspected to work properly. Well that wasn't the case for me this time around. The refurbished D4 I received had the dreaded blinking "Err" message in the LCD screen that would not go away. Nothing worked - shutter, live view, etc were all inoperable. I did everything I could to make sure it wasn't the camera: took out battery, cleaned contacts, changed lenses, changed memory cards. Maybe Nikon just "forgot" to fix this lemon before they re-distributed it. Finally, I returned it and just bought a new one. Not saying this is the norm, (plenty of people have had positive experiences with refurbished gear including myself) but you are taking a risk - why should you if you're already spending $5K to $6K? If you're a pro, having confidence and peace-of-mind that your gear won't fail you at a critical moment is worth the extra money. I consider my situation with this camera somewhat lucky in that the defect on this camera was so obvious that it warranted an immediate return - I can't imagine how much more frustrating it would've been if it were a more subtle problem that didn't manifest itself until well after the 90 day limited warranty period had lapsed.

Reviewed by 45 customers


Race Hores of a camera!


from Mexico City  -  Pro Photographer

I shoot sports and finally added this body to my D800. Two very different shooting experiences. The D4 rattles off 11 fps compared to half that on the D800. Heavy, but easy to use as 3 screens mean you can see the info you need with minimal movement of camera. Exterior controls mean you don't have to leave the viewfinder. Great ISO performance compared to the D800.


What I have always wanted


from Schertz, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

This thing is lightning fast. I wanted it 3 years ago when I bought my D800 but couldn't justify price. I have never been happy with D800. This is a refurb at a ridiculous price. I wish I bought it 3 years ago! I used to be a photojournalist (in late 80s early 90s). I was a traditionalist...Shot on Manual, manual focus did it all myself. Digital is relatively new starting with D200. I love this body. I am letting it do a lot of the work for me. I still control the camera but I'm now working smarter, not harder. This thing rocks!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


A Camera Bred for Speed


from San Diego, California

The Nikon D4 camera body is well suited for photographing very fast wildlife on the run. The below photos of a cheetah running a straight 100 meter track were taken at Continuous High Speed shutter release, a shutter speed of 1/1000 of a second, an aperture of f/4, focal lengths of 300mm and 400mm, ISO values between 1250 and 1800, Center Weighted Metering, and Auto White Balance.


Less than 500 shots and now in service


from Bonita Springs, FL, USA

Love the camera itself but I have put less that 500 shots on it and got an error code that required going back to Nikon. Im hoping this is a flute. But when it works its an awesome rig.


Great Camera


from Manhattan, KS  -  Pro Photographer

Use camera for covering sports and nature photography. The Nikon D4 is fast, quick auto focus, great image quality and file size and outstanding in low light with the high ISO's.


Amazing Camera! Until...


from NY/NJ  -  Pro Photographer

Even two years after it's release, this camera stands the test of time. It's a solid workhorse with fantastic low light image quality that feels and sounds as a pro camera should! Until... You have any issues with it and then it's all down hill if you are out of the warranty period. This was one of the first cameras released so maybe that's the the issue with my body. In any event, here's my story. 13 months after I purchased it at Adorama, the mic input went out on me during the middle of a video shoot for a client. I sent it to Melville, NY for an out of warranty repair that took 3 weeks. 9 months later in the midst of a photo shoot for another client, any and all lenses stopped responding. In both instances a back up D800 saved the day. Out to Melville, NY it went again this time for a little over a month with some electrical related issue that had to be repaired again out of warranty. When I received the camera back, it worked for all of 10 minutes before it stopped working and wouldn't even turn on. In less than a year I've had more issues with my Nikon D4 camera than I've had over the previous 5 years across 4 different Nikon bodies (D300S, 2-D7000's and a D700) that all saw more video and photography action than my D4. I pride myself on taking good care of my equipment, but at least in my experience, this is not your daddy's war camera and thus it gets 1 star for its durability and 5 stars for it raw technical prowess.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Upgraded to Nikon D4Camera w Nikkor 80 to 400 mm Lens


from Melbourne, Florida

Tried to go less camera after using the D3 and associated Nikkor lenses. Process too difficult. So I Upgraded to Nikon D4Camera w Nikkor 80 to 400 mm Lens. I'm happily in the saddle once again. I cover sports action for the local college and some high schools. I have all the range I need for football, baseball, golf (shoot after ball is struck), basketball (use no flash) and tennis. I prefer the zoom over multiple lenses to obtain the cover I need. Convenience wins over multiple lenses requiring lens changing as you go. This described combination consistently has produced outstanding images for daily print media. Richard.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Ergonomics rock!


from Seattle, WA, USA

Just got the D4 body yesterday and have been busy shooting with D3. The D4 feels real natural in my hands as did the D3 did after F-100. Only complaint: How do I load Provia 100F into this thing?


The summum


from Philippe Manning

I do not know what DSLR offer little more, AAA D4.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Be careful with polarized sunglasses!


from Minneapolis  -  Photo Enthusiast

I just picked up this D4 to expand my options doing sports photography. Compared to the D3s I've been using, the D4 is a bit faster, particularly in burst mode. As expected, the build quality is excellent and features will quickly become second nature to anyone accustomed to using Nikon's high end bodies. One special quirk, however, involves viewing the monitor while wearing polarized sunglasses (as I do all the time when shooting sailboat and sports car racing): the monitor is completely BLACK! One needs to rotate the camera 90 degrees in order to view the image. I've contacted Nikon and they tell me that this is the way it is with this particular body (while it is not the case with the D3s or D700). Not a deal-breaker, but interesting and a bit of a hassle. This is my first "refurbished" purchase and I can report that it seems like a wise decision so far.


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Shopper  Does this have the same 2 year warranty from Nikon?
DAN B  No, it has a 90 day warranty.
Shopper  How many actuations does this camera have on it? How much video has been shot thru this camera? thanks Nancy
FRANKIE J  Hi, My D4 had just over 1k actuations on it. I don't know how much time my D4 was used for shooting video but I have had plenty of time to test the recording features on my camera and it works quite well. I was a little apprehensive at first about purchasing a "MFG Refurb" camera because I wouldn't know what was actually repaired but I decided to purchase it anyway because Nikon listed it as a restored D4 to it's original operating condition. I am very well pleased with the camera, the price and the friendly service through Adorama. I hope that helps...cheers!
Shopper  can you tell me how many shutter actuations a refurbished camera is likely to have? Thanks.
FRANKIE J  My Nikon Refurbished D4 came with just over 1k shutter actuations, which I was very happy to see since the shutter life on this camera is rated for 400k!!! At the discounted price I purchased my D4 at, I'd say it was a huge bargain for a professional DSLR camera of this calibre. =)
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