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To D4x or not to D4x?

ZoneV

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"RE: To D4x or not to D4x?"

ZoneV Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Jan 2005
Fri 11-May-12 11:42 AM | edited Fri 11-May-12 11:58 AM by ZoneV

>IF a D4x arrives in the market or even started in rumors,
>what would the specs be other than a higher (48?) MP count?

Same body, etc.

>Would it still retain the high ISO and low noise performance
>of the current D4? Would the ISO specs even remain the same?

No.

>And would it still sit at a 10/11 FPS spec?

No. It would somewhere between be 5-8 fps like the current D3x or the D2x was.

>If any of the other specs drop to make room for a higher MP
>count would it be just a minor step up from a D3x at 36MP to
>48MP and hold the same specs of a D3x for FPS and ISO/Noise
>performance?

No idea.

>What would everyone think of a D4x if it really wasn't that
>much different than a D3x?

That's was the case with the D3 and the D3x in 2009.

>And if it is what a D4 is now with a 48MP sensor I wouldn't
>imagine that it would be a $8k USD, I would imagine it would
>be much much higher, especially since the D4 is already
>starting at $6k USD.

No one would buy it if it was "much higher". The idea would be to get MF pros to downgrade to 35mm digital, so price needs to compete aggressively, which means under $10K. The price difference from $6000 to $8000 is wide enough, imho. The price difference from $5000 (D3) to $8000 (D3x) was too large, imho. In the past (2001-2006), the "x" model used to be $1000 to $1500 higher than the non-x model. Imho, a $1500-2000 differential is acceptable today after inflation though.

A D4x would possibly be something like:

50MP
6 fps in FX and 8 fps in DX
ISO 50-3200 plus boost up to 12,800
Buffer similar to D3x
Video capabilities
Binning at lower resolutions
Everything else pretty much the same as the D4; it would have sensor cleaning, too.

Canon will have their EOS-1D Cinema version of the EOS-1Dx, slated to cost somewhere north of $10K. Nikon doesn't do cinema cameras, so I'm sure they would gladly do a $8K D4x instead...another niche that Canon probably won't hit.

Who would the D4x be for?
-Medium format pros who need a smaller system
-Sports shooters who find the D800 response too slow or the body not what they want
-Outdoor nature photographers like Moose Peterson
-Wedding Photographers
-And anyone in between who can afford it

I think there's a rationale for it.

Nikon user since 2000

A general, generic topic To D4x or not to D4x? [View all] , ZoneV Silver Member , Fri 11-May-12 01:33 AM
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