2012 is going to be a big year for DSLR. Lots of new models set to launch but Nikon is going to be first to the market with the D4.
There's loads of new features in this camera that have been noticeably missing from video-enabled DSLR's. A few of the big improvements that the D4 has:
- Uncompressed HDMI output
- 3.5mm audio line-in with adjustable recording levels in 20 increments
- 3.5 mm audio line-out (finally can plug in headphones and monitor audio)
- Full-frame sensor with max ISO of 204,800
- Optional 1.5x and 2.7x crop modes in video shooting -- this essentially turns any lens into a telephoto without compromising image quality
- CF and XQD card slots (this future-proofs the camera for the new digital media card standards coming up)
Looks like launch date is set for February 16th. Price is set at $6,000 USD, huge jump from the likes of the 5D but the D4 is definitely a feature-rich camera.
The D4 is likely better suited to folks looking to do a lot of combination video/photo shooting. For full-on video shooters the Canon XF series, Sony FS100 or Panasonic AF100 are probably better options for the price.
There's a great full write-up by Dan Chung over at DSLR News Shooter that we definitely recommend checking out.