As well as being compared against other pro DSLRs, the Nikon D4s is also often compared to boutiques, entry-level DSLRs and mirrorless. The Nikon D4s's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Z6 and the D500) and Canon (such as the EOS 1D X and the EOS-1D X Mark II)

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D4s compared to other pro DSLR competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 2.5"), lets you preview your photos on the screen, shoots faster continuously (11 fps vs 6.5 fps), can focus continuously while recording movies and has a much longer battery life (3020 shots vs 1240 shots).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs UHD @ 30fps), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 2,359k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16.2 MP vs 20.7 MP), significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
1 year newer
$1,399 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,114 - $2,397 16-80mm lens

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the D4s)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 921k dots
  • Many more focus points: 153 vs 51
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 1,640,000 ISO vs 25,600 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the D4s)

  • Much shorter battery life: 1240 shots vs 3020 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the D500 and D4s

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 11 fps
  • Great battery life: 1240 shots vs 3020 shots
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

Nikon D4

Nikon D4
2 years older
$5,121 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D4 (vs the D4s)

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Significant disadvantages of the D4 (vs the D4s)

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 2600 shots vs 3020 shots

common strengths of the D4 and D4s

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 11 fps vs 11 fps
  • Very long battery life: 2600 shots vs 3020 shots
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
6 months newer
$1,149 - $1,297 (body only)
$1,797 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the D4s)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.3 MP vs 16.2 MP
  • Much smaller: Professional size (141×113×78 mm) vs Large (160×157×91 mm)
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the D4s)

  • Much shorter battery life: 1230 shots vs 3020 shots
  • Shoots much slower: 6.5 fps vs 11 fps
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

common strengths of the D750 and D4s

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Great battery life: 1230 shots vs 3020 shots
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Nikon D5

Nikon D5
1 year newer
$4,860 - $6,497 (body only)
$6,714 50mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5 (vs the D4s)

  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 3,280,000 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 921k dots
  • Many more focus points: 153 vs 51

Significant disadvantages of the D5 (vs the D4s)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5 and D4s

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 14 fps vs 11 fps
  • Very long battery life: 3780 shots vs 3020 shots
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

Nikon D2Xs

Nikon D2Xs
7 years older
$3,999 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D2Xs (vs the D4s)

  • More lenses available: 230 lenses vs 171 lenses
  • Smaller: Large (158×150×86 mm) vs Large (160×157×91 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 3.4" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the D2Xs (vs the D4s)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3.2"
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 11 fps
  • No live view

common strengths of the D2Xs and D4s

  • Great battery life: 1150 shots vs 3020 shots
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
4 months older
$790 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,774 - $2,447 28-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the D4s)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 16.2 MP
  • Much smaller: Professional size (141×113×82 mm) vs Large (160×157×91 mm)
  • Much thinner: 3.2" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the D4s)

  • Much shorter battery life: 900 shots vs 3020 shots
  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 11 fps
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

common strengths of the D610 and D4s

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D4s compared to boutique competitors include: it has a much longer battery life (3020 shots vs 330 shots), uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection), has interchangeable lenses, has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital) and has more storage slots (2 vs 1).

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 2,100k dots), is much larger (large (160×157×91 mm) vs prosumer size (134×101×68 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), takes significantly lower resolution photos (16.2 MP vs 45.4 MP) and significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 204,800 ISO).

Nikon Z6

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4 years newer
$1,764 - $1,997

Significant advantages of the Z6 (vs the D4s)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (134×101×68 mm) vs Large (160×157×91 mm)
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the Z6 (vs the D4s)

  • Much shorter battery life: 310 shots vs 3020 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the Z6 and D4s

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Canon EOS RP

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5 years newer
$1,299 - $1,699

Significant advantages of the EOS RP (vs the D4s)

  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (133×85×70 mm) vs Large (160×157×91 mm)
  • Has a touch screen
  • Many more focus points: 4,779 vs 51

Significant disadvantages of the EOS RP (vs the D4s)

  • Much shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 3020 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the EOS RP and D4s

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon Z7

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4 years newer
$3,397 - $3,547

Significant advantages of the Z7 (vs the D4s)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (134×101×68 mm) vs Large (160×157×91 mm)
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the Z7 (vs the D4s)

  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 3020 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the Z7 and D4s

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Canon EOS R

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4 years newer
$1,994 - $2,299

Significant advantages of the EOS R (vs the D4s)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much smaller: Professional size (136×98×84 mm) vs Large (160×157×91 mm)
  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,100k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the EOS R (vs the D4s)

  • Much shorter battery life: 370 shots vs 3020 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the EOS R and D4s

  • Great battery life: 370 shots vs 3020 shots
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

Leica Q2

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5 years newer
$4,995

Significant advantages of the Q2 (vs the D4s)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (130×80×92 mm) vs Large (160×157×91 mm)
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the Q2 (vs the D4s)

  • Much shorter battery life: 370 shots vs 3020 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the Q2 and D4s

  • Great battery life: 370 shots vs 3020 shots

Fujifilm GFX 50R

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4 years newer
$4,499

Significant advantages of the GFX 50R (vs the D4s)

  • Much smaller: Professional size (161×97×66 mm) vs Large (160×157×91 mm)
  • Has a touch screen
  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,360k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the GFX 50R (vs the D4s)

  • Much shorter battery life: 400 shots vs 3020 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 11 fps

common strengths of the GFX 50R and D4s

  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 3020 shots
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D4s compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs none), has a significantly larger screen (3.2" vs 2.7"), has a significantly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 230k dots), much larger viewfinder (0.70x vs 0.51x) and has a weather sealed body.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes much lower resolution photos (16.2 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't have a screen which flips out and is much larger (large (160×157×91 mm) vs professional size (136×107×76 mm)).

Olympus E-30

Olympus E-30
5 years older
$1,599 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-30 (vs the D4s)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much smaller: Professional size (142×108×75 mm) vs Large (160×157×91 mm)
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the E-30 (vs the D4s)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 16.2 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the E-30 and D4s

  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism
  • Very fast max shutter speeds: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
1 year newer
$629 - $697 (body only)
$997 - $1,150 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the D4s)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16.2 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much smaller: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Large (160×157×91 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the D4s)

  • Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 11 fps
  • Much shorter battery life: 1110 shots vs 3020 shots

common strengths of the D7200 and D4s

  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.70x
  • Weather sealed

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
2 years newer
$872 - $999 (body only)
$870 - $1,149 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS 80D (vs the D4s)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16.2 MP
  • Much smaller: Professional size (139×105×79 mm) vs Large (160×157×91 mm)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the EOS 80D (vs the D4s)

  • Much shorter battery life: 960 shots vs 3020 shots
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.59x vs 0.70x
  • Shoots much slower: 7 fps vs 11 fps

common strengths of the EOS 80D and D4s

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.59x vs 0.70x
  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 11 fps
  • Weather sealed

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D4s compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a much larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital), can focus continuously while recording movies, much more lenses available (171 lenses vs 58 lenses) and has a built-in focus motor.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs UHD @ 30fps), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,440k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (16.2 MP vs 26 MP).

Sony A7S

Sony A7S
similar age
$1,998 (body only)
$2,598 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7S (vs the D4s)

  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 409,600 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much smaller: Standard size (127×94×48 mm) vs Large (160×157×91 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the A7S (vs the D4s)

  • Much shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 3020 shots
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the A7S and D4s

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony a7 III

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4 years newer
$1,876 - $1,998 (body only)
$2,116 - $2,198 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the a7 III (vs the D4s)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the a7 III (vs the D4s)

  • Much shorter battery life: 710 shots vs 3020 shots
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the a7 III and D4s

  • Weather sealed
  • Very long battery life: 710 shots vs 3020 shots
  • Have external mic jacks

Fujifilm X-T3

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4 years newer
$1,399 (body only)
$1,699 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T3 (vs the D4s)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (133×93×59 mm) vs Large (160×157×91 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the X-T3 (vs the D4s)

  • Much shorter battery life: 390 shots vs 3020 shots
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the X-T3 and D4s

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Fujifilm X-H1

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4 years newer
$1,299 (body only)
$2,100 - $2,198 16-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-H1 (vs the D4s)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the X-H1 (vs the D4s)

  • Much shorter battery life: 310 shots vs 3020 shots
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the X-H1 and D4s

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony a7R III

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3 years newer
$2,685 - $2,798 (body only)
$3,456 - $3,596 24-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the a7R III (vs the D4s)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,440k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the a7R III (vs the D4s)

  • Much shorter battery life: 650 shots vs 3020 shots
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the a7R III and D4s

  • Weather sealed
  • Great battery life: 650 shots vs 3020 shots
  • Have external mic jacks

Fujifilm X-T30

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5 years newer
$899 (body only)
$999 - $1,039 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T30 (vs the D4s)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much smaller: Standard size (118×83×47 mm) vs Large (160×157×91 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the X-T30 (vs the D4s)

  • Much shorter battery life: 380 shots vs 3020 shots
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the X-T30 and D4s

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection