Nikon D4 and Time-lapse?

If you weren’t under a rock or out in a desert in the last week (< like I was) then you would have noticed the announcement of the D4. Now If you’re an avid reader like I am of Nikon Rumors you would already know of the base specs of the camera so I won’t go into those here (get the specs here), but what I did notice over at the Ken Rockwell page but not on the Nikon D4 fluff page was the mention of 24–36,000x time-lapse mode. Now the Nikon D4 fluff page does mention Time-lapse photography as part of the specifications but does not go into detail. does the D4 continue on the same intervalometer path as its predecessors or has something new just been revealed in the Nikon world of time-lapse photography? I can’t wait to put one of these in my hand and see what we have.

Here is a snippet from the Ken Rockwell page.
All of these variations have two different file size (quality) options:
1,920 × 1,080 (full or cropped) at 29.97p, 25p and 23.976p.
1,280 × 720 at 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p and 25p.
640 × 424 at 29.97p and 25p.
H.264/MPEG4 stored in .MOV files.
24–36,000x time-lapse mode

Comments (6)

  1. Daniel Lowe (@Daniel_Dragon) January 9, 2012 at 8:30 am Reply

    Not meaning to ask a dumb question.. I’ve only been doing timelapse 3 years. 😉

    What does “24–36,000x time-lapse mode” really mean?

    1. Brusca January 9, 2012 at 8:39 am Reply

      It’s not a dumb question. I’ve never seen it referred to in that way and will be investigation it myself. My assumption is that it creates a time-lapse directly on the camera at your chosen frame rate. Much like the point and shoot cameras. This will be disappointing as it takes away from post production and limits creativity. Lets hope not.

  2. Goreality January 9, 2012 at 8:56 am Reply

    I think new time lapse mode is amazing. It does not put down photographer creativity. It shows final movie inside the camera. Also it doesn’t delete your original .RAW or .JPG files. It gives you an idea what did you shoot. You don’t have to use final video. Maybe it can be start from 2x. Not 24x. If it starts from 2x this feature also works on stop motion.

    I guess final time lapse video is max. 1080p. So if you want to shoot 4k or 2k time lapse this feature just for giving an idea.

    1. Brusca January 10, 2012 at 1:15 am Reply

      That’s really interesting. I can’t wait to get my hands on one and test it. Hello Nikon?

      1. ebrakus March 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm Reply

        Does the native time lapse support exposure ramping for sunrise/sunset, or is it just an intervalometer at constant exposure?

        1. Brusca March 5, 2012 at 11:05 am Reply

          Not sure I haven’t got my hands on one yet. Would love it if it did.

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