Nikon to Approach 4K Video “Carefully” With its Future DSLRs

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer CES 2014 Nikon D4s images (5 of 5)ISO 16001-40 sec at f - 3.5

It seems like it’s only a matter of time until Nikon throws its hat into the 4K video future. In an interview with Trusted Reviews, Nikon European Product Manager Zurab Kiknadaze said the quadruple resolution shooting technology is something they are approaching carefully.

We are aware of the need for, and request for, 4K video recording. It is a bit tricky, it’s not something that we are purposefully excluding from our cameras; however we need to approach it carefully. There are high-end cameras that produce this but it just puts such a load on the equipment. For us, because consumers are demanding it we are aware of this and will be looking into it for the future.”

While Zurab was hardly ready to drop details on which camera would have 4K recording capabilities, it seems likely to come on the Nikon D4s revealed at CES. The D4s is the most likely candidate for the 4K sensor especially since as the flagship model and the only camera Nikon has coming down the pipe for now. Previously, there’s already been video proof that the Nikon v1 mirrorless camera is capable of 4k video recording.

If Nikon has any plans to keep up it will need to jump into the 4K world and step up its video recording that’s already lagging behind Canon’s Dual Pixel technology. The competition is already a step ahead with the 25fps shooting 4K Canon’s 1D C, a new 4K sensor from a Lecia M Typ 240 manufacturing partner, and a 4K sensor made for Micro-Four Thirds cameras.

Via No Film School

Kevin Lee

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