Look through the viewfinder of the Nikon D4 (video)

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Hey friends, here’s a quick video I put together that shows you what it’s like to be behind the wheel of a Nikon D4. I used my little Nikon 1 V1 camera to capture video right through the viewfinder of my D4.

In the viewfinder, you have the option of enabling gridlines. In the D3, you had to buy a separate viewfinder screen. So that’s another welcome improvement. In the video, you’ll see the full viewfinder display readouts, including Metering Mode, Exposure Mode, Shutter Speed, Aperture ISO, and frame counter. You can also see the light meter readout on the right side of the viewfinder window.

The AF system is Nikon’s Multi Cam 3500 FX phase-detection module, with 51 AF points. Each point lights up in red as you activate it.

The D4 is capable of shooting single shots, and at a variety of continuous frame rates. The default rate for Continuous Low (CL) is 6 fps and in Continuous High (CH) you get a whopping 10 frames per second! The D4 will shoot faster than that, but you lose some exposure and focus capability.

The viewfinder blackout in the Nikon D4 is practically nil, meaning you can easily track a moving subject while firing 10 fps bursts.

You can also put the D4 into a “quiet” mode. In this mode, the mirror raises and the camera fires when you press the shutter release, but the mirror won’t drop back down until you release your finger from the shutter button. When it drops down, it does so slowly.

Hope you enjoyed the tour!

Check out Jason’s comprehensive guide to the Nikon 1 System, available now via instant download.


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