OK so if Nikon came out with a D4S what changes/features would you like to see, also consider any shortcomings the D4 supposedly has and the comparison with the 1DX. Remember this is all fun....
I had the D4 for a short period of time, not enough time to give it a fair evaluation but here is my list:
*A bit more MP, 18-21 though not sure if current technology could support fast enough data transfer for 21MP @ 12FPS *A more refined A/F to increase sharpness (1DX supposedly produces a sharper image) *Dual CF or Dual XQD if it in fact has a future. No more 1 of each. * Match iDx frame rate 12fps * D800 Video quality in the D4 (not quite as sharp) and 1920x1080 @ 50 * Base ISO of 50 and 1 more stop hi ISO performance
Add four autofocus sensors with the D4's center sensor's specs. Place those sensors at the 1/3 rule placement points. The D2X had sensors toward the edge of the frame and I miss that in Nikon's FX cameras.
Integrate GPS. I use GPS but it is a pain using external. Allow users to shut it off to save energy. Allow hard coding of one location as a default location when nothing else is found (like a studio or stadium location.)
DigLloyd has written a lot about aggressive ETTR and has the proof in terms of detailed results and how it reduces noise. He likewise feels ETTR needs to be a future built in feature. He's done a lot of +2EV stuff where blinkies/histogram etc. would have advised against, going well beyond manufacturer levels. But he has the results to prove it, much lower noise. Having said all that, the D4 is the last camera that needs this feature since its ISO performance is that good. Especially in the smaller sensors (m4/3, DX, CX) ETTR would be very handy. It means slower shutter speeds though, so for me an ETTR-mode would be for non-action and most of my photography is of things in motion.
The only thing I would have liked is a better full-frame video output from the D4. The D4 CX-mode video is phenomenal though, so I preferentially use that.
Of course I would like more sensitivity and higher usable ISO levels and higher dynamic range. Given the incremental changes from the D3S I wouldn't expect that to happen in a significant way.
However, one thing that I think would be very useful (for any body, not just the D4S) would be a two-button reset that restores USER settings, not factory settings. There should also be a menu item to save/restore settings to/from flash memory, not just to a card (which gets formatted occasionally, losing the settings). In addition, a menu item that gets the camera to restore the user settings at power up (or you could leave that off if you really want). Lets make the camera fool-resistant.
CF cards are maxed out and the only way to improve is to go dual XQD cards. That is why I didn't feel any itch to buy a D4 already.
To you guys who ask for wider AF points realize that it is not possible today? The D4 has the same spread of AF points as all other 35mm frame cameras. In fact they might be a little wider. BTW, they are in the SAME spots as on the D2X etc. They just wouldn't work if they were farther apart from the center.
I'm not following you on the focus point spread. My F100 had fewer focus points than the D2X or D3S. The F100 still worked. The D2X focus points were much closer to the edges of the frame. Focus still worked.
You could argue that the DX sensors limited the width on the FX cameras because Nikon didn't want to create two different focus systems. The D600 and up are all full frame now.
I see no restriction to getting more focus points to cover more area with the same density -or- spreading the existing points a bit for more coverage. My preference is to add points to the edges of the existing pattern.
>I'm not following you on the focus point spread. >I see no restriction to getting more focus points to cover >more area with the same density -or- spreading the existing >points a bit for more coverage. My preference is to add >points to the edges of the existing pattern.
That's because the focus points would be too far off center and would not be accurate. Or so I understand from engineers.
Now that I think about it, if Nikon made a dual charger with ports for the old AND the new D4 battery styles in one unit, I think they would sell well. If they would include a charger port for the D800/D600/D7000 battery in those enormous things, that would be even better.
My wish is a bit off the wall.....but it would sure make my job easier.
I'd LOVE to have a simple way to change folders back and forth without going into the menu and scrolling all over for them. A small button next to the window that contains the ISO info would be great. Show the active folder in the window and toggle up or down to choose new active folders.
I think 18mp is achievable, however maintaining frame rate with ISO sensitivity and being usable at the same time is very important especially in high stress moments. They included the combination of storage options to make it a sensible transition for those users that are pragmatic in nature. However a release of a refined D4s, I would describe as more than a pumped up D4 with functionality presented really in a beta form.