By Eric Yang
on 1.6.12
Photo by Nikon

Faster, smarter, and more lust-worthy than ever, the Nikon D4 ($5,999) is the culmination of a carefully chosen list of features and enhancements, leaving what works and adding what’s needed for the latest in a long line of full-frame (FX) pedigree pro cameras. That’s something you do when your flagship camera is considered by its zealot users — people who carry out their work in places like the battlefield and space — to be an extension of their bodies.

Engineered and designed specifically for professional shooters in impossible situations the D4 balances both photography and videography duties. Nikon, or at least Nikon marketing, even goes so far as to call it a “multimedia” camera. With features like a newly designed 16.2 megapixel FX sensor and EXPEED 3 processor, the D4 is now endowed with cheetah-fast 10fps shooting with full autofocus/autoexposure (!) and full 1080p/30p HD video. Continuing not just in the D-camera tradition of lightning-quick captures, but also ultra-low light performance and razor-sharp accuracy, the D4 packs a colossal sensitivity range of ISO 100-204,800 and an all-new 91,000 pixel 3D color matrix that sits atop Nikon’s proven 51-point auto-focus system. Also included is a slew of HD video capture features, stereo audio capture, dual live view, 3.2″ 921k dot LCD screen with 46x review zoom, built-in time-lapse shooting, HDR, illuminated controls, XCD memory card format, in-camera editing functions and of course a tough-as-nails ruggedized body. After all, if it’s good enough for soldiers and astronauts, it’s probably good enough for you. But if the idea of laying out 6-grand has you running for the hills, consider waiting for the inevitable release of the long-rumored, younger brother, the D800 (hint, hint).

More photos after the jump.

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