Nikon made what will perhaps be the only true professional photography announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last night, saying it’s developing a new flagship pro DSLR to be called the Nikon D4S. The company said the D4S will be on display at the Nikon booth at CES from January 7-10 in Vegas.
So, in other words, if you’re attending CES this week, expect to see big crowds of excited photographers huddled around the Nikon booth hoping to get a glimpse of the successor to the D4, which was announced exactly two years ago today.
Nikon is not offering many details about the new D4S, saying only in a press release that it will feature “enhanced image quality enabled with adoption of a new image-processing engine.” This could suggest the new camera will be using the same 16.2-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor as the previous model but we could not verify that.
The Nikon press release, which you can see below, states that the new “HD-SLR will also feature more advanced autofocusing performance, further solidifying it as the choice for professional sports, nature and event photographers as well as photojournalists.”
Nikon said more details on the D4S, including the official announcement date, availability and price, will be revealed later. Conventional wisdom would suggest that the D4S — or at the very least, early samples of it — will be in the hands of sports photographers by February in time for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi but we also could not verify that.
We’ll share more information about the D4S as we learn it and will post photos of the new DSLR from the Nikon booth later this week.
The Nikon press release on the D4S is below.
NIKON’S NEXT GENERATION PROFESSIONAL FLAGSHIP D-SLR TO BE SHOWN AT 2014 CES PRIOR TO OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
Designed to Meet the Needs of Professional Photographers, The Nikon D4Sis Currently in Development
MELVILLE, NY (January 6, 2014) – Nikon Corporation is preparing for the release of its next-generation flagship model, and has announced the development of the Nikon D4S HD-SLR. The camera will be on display, before its official release, at the Nikon booth (#14916, Central Hall) at the 2014 International CES show from January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As Nikon’s new flagship model, the D4S will offer advances over the Nikon D4 HD-SLR camera, including enhanced image quality enabled with adoption of a new image-processing engine. The new HD-SLR will also feature more advanced autofocusing performance, further solidifying it as the choice for professional sports, nature and event photographers as well as photojournalists.
The D4S represents a concentration of Nikon’s advanced camera development technologies and legacy as a leader in imaging. The D4S will further expand the possibilities for professional photographers who demand the best possible performance and image quality in challenging environments. The Nikon D4S will build upon the success of the acclaimed Nikon D4, a camera highly regarded for its speed, unrivaled low-light ability and amazing image quality that made it the choice of professionals and advanced amateurs around the world.