Nikon updates professional flagship to night-shooting D4S

Ready for some news this week that has nothing in common with mobiles, tablets, or wearables? Nikon has it in the form of a new digital SLR that can shoot holes of light in even the darkest of places.

The latest flagship for Nikon isn’t something most of us will be able to afford, but will appeal to anyone who loves the best of the best of the best when it comes to cameras.

As such, you’ll find a redeveloped 16.2 megapixel sensor in the D4S, Expeed 4 image processor, 11 frames per second shooting, and support for faster focus and better tracking through a new “group-area” autofocus mode.

What really grabs our attention, however, is the low-light sensitivity, which Nikon says runs as low as ISO 50 and as high as ISO 409,600, which is an absolute maximum, and puts it higher than any other digital camera we’ve ever seen.

Full HD video is supported for shooting by the camera, though with sensitivity ranging from ISO 200 to 25600, so sadly, videographers don’t quite get the same range as those working in stills.

That said, it’s likely one of those cameras that will grab that attention of any sports photographer or photojournalist, and anyone else who has enough money to not bother asking what the price is in this box.

Meanwhile, Nikon will also be releasing a new version of its Capture NX software this week.

The application replaces the ageing Capture NX 2 software, and will now be called “Capture NX-D.”

This release will make it possible to edit any of Nikon’s RAW files from either the NEF or NRW file extension, and will include specialised functions for use in RAW processing, with support for before and after images to help you know what the image looked like before you got done changing all the colours.

Unlike the Nikon D4S (above) which has a yet-known-but-likely-pricey dollar figure, Capture NX-D is made available free from today for anyone who has a Nikon camera and shoots RAW, with versions available for Mac OS and Windows.