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Nikon D800 Review

From the very much trusted folk at DP Review

“There’s a lot of hyperbole in the camera industry, but every now and then it is justified. Specifically, we have no problem with describing the FX format Nikon D800 as one of the most keenly anticipated DSLRs in a long time. Coming a full 3 1/2 years after its predecessor the D700, Nikon’s newest DSLR offers a significantly more advanced feature set, including a pixel count of 36.3MP that – for now at least – bests the competition by a comfortable margin, and is comparable only with high-end medium format digital equipment.”…………..

“In terms of its core functionality, the D800 incorporates an extraordinary feature set, taking some of the most interesting technology from the D4 and coupling it with the highest resolution 36x24mm sensor on the market. At 36.3MP the $3000 D800 makes the $8000 D3X look distinctly irrelevant, and is right up there with medium format digital equipment in terms of output size (and file size – 36.3MP .NEF files will take up approximately 76.5MB on a memory card). This makes it very attractive, potentially, to studio and landscape photographers who value resolution over speed. This is even more true of the D800E, which without a low-pass filter should in theory get very close to the sort of output that studio photographers would expect from much more costly medium format digital equipment.

Exactly how good the D800’s image quality turns out to be is something that we’re very keen to establish. On balance, increased pixel count generally counts as a good thing in everyday photography. The most important ‘headline’ benefits, all other things being equal, are that you get more detail in your images and greater scope for cropping. But there are potential downsides, too. The D3X, Nikon’s current flagship, makes very high demands on lenses at ‘only’ 24MP and we wouldn’t be surprised if some of the optics which D700 owners love so much don’t shine quite so brightly at 100% on screen when bolted on front of a 36.3MP sensor…”………Read the full report here

Nikon D800 and D800E announced – 36 megapixels – shipping in March $2999

Nikon has announced its long-awaited D800 FX-format DSLR. The camera offers a staggering 36.3-megapixels — the world’s highest in a 35mm DSLR. Other specs include an ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to 25,600), 91k RGB 3D color metering, a speedy 51-point AF system, a 3.2-inch LCD screen, 4fps continuous shooting (5fps for DX shots), 1080/30p HD video recording, and… in-camera two-shot HDR.

It is expected The D800 will start shipping in late march for $2,999.  The D800E will cost $3,299 and will ship in mid April

Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with 36.3 effective megapixels

The D800/D800E render levels of texture, nuance and detail to your photography that, until now, have been the exclusive domain of the complicated medium-format system. Define every eyelash, every line in tree bark, and every shimmer of light. Savor the exceptional depth in your still images —an astounding 36.3 effective megapixels, the world’s highest

The ultimate attention to detail — the D800E


Nikon engineers have developed a unique alternative for those seeking the ultimate in definition. The D800E incorporates an optical filter with all the anti-aliasing properties removed in order to facilitate the sharpest images possible.
This is an ideal tool for photographers who can control light, distance and their subjects to the degree where they can mitigate the occurrence of moiré. Aside from the optical filter, all functions and features are the same as on the D800.

Note: The D800E carries an increased possibility that moiré and false color will appear, compared to the D800. IR cut and antireflective coating properties of the optical filter remain the same with both versions.

Standard ISO 100 to ISO 6400, range expandable to ISO 50 to 25600 equivalent

High-resolution, studio-quality images shouldn’t be restricted to the studio. The D800/D800E set a new benchmark for high-resolution D-SLR cameras, with crisp clean images across a wide ISO range. Flexibility like this opens up new imaging opportunities for both still photographers and cinematographers alike during the “magic hour”, the time just before dawn or at dusk when available light is often beautiful but scarce. Even at high ISO settings, the camera’s intelligent noise reduction systems manage noise without sacrificing fine details, giving the D800/D800E the edge. The difference can even be seen in low-contrast subjects such as hair and grass textures, which are often essential elements of cinema as well as high-resolution portraits and landscape images. High image quality at higher ISOs also means that you can shoot still images handheld more confidently, knowing that fast shutter speeds will reduce blur.

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A new Nikon FX-format digital SLR camera with the world’s highest effective pixel count–36.3-million pixels–for noteworthy definition and image quality

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Nikon D800 FX-format digital SLR camera. The D800 offers the world’s highest* effective pixel count of 36.3-million pixels, and is equipped with the new EXPEED 3 image-processing engine and a 91K-pixel (approximately 91,000 pixels) RGB sensor for overwhelming definition and image quality. Nikon will be exhibiting the D800 at the CP+ CAMERA & PHOTO IMAGIING SHOW, to be held Thursday, February 9 through Sunday, February 12 in Yokohama, Japan. This exhibition is open to the public.

  • *Among interchangeable lens digital SLR cameras equipped with image sensors conforming to the 35-mm film size as of February 7, 2012

The D800, a new FX-format model offers an noteworthy effective pixel count of 36.3-million pixels. At its core is superior image quality equal to that achieved with medium-format digital cameras. The D800 is also equipped with a number of new functions for a high level of added value, all in a compact and lightweight body.

In addition to a new Nikon FX-format CMOS image sensor and the new EXPEED 3 image-processing engine, specifically optimized for Nikon digital SLR cameras, the D800 is equipped with a new 91K-pixel (approximately 91,000 pixels) RGB sensor that supports the Advanced Scene Recognition System with its noteworthy advances in scene recognition performance. The camera is also equipped with a number of new functions, including Multi-area mode Full HD D-Movie that enables movie recording using either the FX-based movie format or the DX-based movie format.

For users who demand an even greater sense of definition, Nikon also releases the D800E, a model that offers increased resolution for images with more dimension.….MORE

Nikon D800 – more information seeping out

From Cardinal Photos we have picked up this information regarding the much awaited Nikon D800, as with all rumours it might be true

Details continue to emerge about the expected Nikon D800. Reportedly a couple shooters have early versions and are confirming that the camera will indeed feature a 36MP full-frame sensor, while being smaller than the D700. At first this seems a little looney, as such a high-resolution camera is unlikely to be able to match the low noise capability the D3/D3s/D700 pack of full-frame sensor cameras have come to be known for. But maybe Nikon is crazy like a fox…

If we look at the resolution of the excellent Nikon D7000, it is 16MP shoe-horned into a DX format sensor. Full-frame, or FX, is 50% larger on each side. That means that an FX sensor as over twice the area of a DX sensor – making a full frame 36MP sensor the same pixel density as is found in the D7000. Couple that with another two years of innovation in electronics, and it is entirely plausible that the D800 will have similar, or perhaps slightly better, noise characteristics than the D7000.

Of course, that isn’t as good as the noise rejection in the D700 or D3, and nowhere near as good as the D3s, so unless Nikon has some serious magic up its sleeve in the sensor department, those hoping for the quality of a D3s sensor in a smaller form factor (me, for one!) are likely to be very disappointed. Similarly, the new Nikon D800 is rumored to be only 4fps, a step down for those used to any of the D3 family or even the Nikon D7000’s 6fps or the Nikon D700’s 5 fps.

The camera is supposed to feature Nikon’s high-end Auto-focus system, but with a 4fps frame rate, it won’t win many fans among action shooters in any case. And then there is the price. The Nikon D800 is rumored to price out at $3,900. That is almost exactly three times the price of a Nikon D7000, and over $1,000 more than a Nikon D700. For studio, catalog and portrait shooters who need to squeeze the last bit of resolution out of their cameras, the nearly $4K price tag may well be worth it, but for most photographers, unless they just want the rush of saying they have a 36MP camera, it’s hard to see a big rush to purchase.

Video recording will be improved on the D800, which makes sense as Nikon is still playing catchup with Canon in that area. Of course all this is still in the rumor stage, and with the lingering effects of the tsunami in Japan and the current flooding in Thailand resulting in delays to the D800, there might well be more changes in store before the time it is actually available.”

This is what the ever useful Nikon Rumors site says

“Supposed pictures of the upcoming Nikon D800 have been leaked to NikonRumors, and show the camera is slightly smaller than its predecessor, the Nikon D700.

The D800 has been anticipated for release from Nikon for several months, with several rumours circulating that the recent floods in Thailand have pushed back the official announcement date.

Specs have been emerging from the upcoming camera for several months now, with the new pictures revealing little that wasn’t already known. A 36 million pixel sensor is thought to be on board, along with 4fps continuous shooting and full HD video recording in 30p.

If reports are to believed, the Nikon D800 has been extremely unlucky in coming to the market, first affected by the Japanese earthquake and recently affected by the Thailand floods.

Nikon has one of its key factories in the affected area of Thailand, and has suffered profit losses as a result of the damage caused.

Key specs

Other specs of the D800 include a larger display, dual Compact Flash and SD card memory slots, an autofocus system identical to the D3 and D700 and a sensitivity range of 100-6400, expandable down to ISO 50 and up to ISO HI-2 at 25,600.

Some reports have also suggested that there will be two versions of the D800, one with the anti-aliasing filter removed. It seems likely however that even if this were true, they would share the same body construction and shape.”

The pictures of the camera could be almost any Nikon really but here they are courtesy of Nikon Rumors


Nikon D800: rumours, release date, specs and more

Nikon D800 released March 2012 full details here

Nikon D800 news: release date, specs, price, rumours and more. Read our Nikon D800 user’s manual to everything want to know about a forthcoming Nikon D800 release. The Nikon D800 has been one of the most eagerly anticipated new cameras of the past year. A number of recent signs have pointed to an imminent Nikon D800 release date, and the continued overwhelming interest in this Nikon camera has led to a flurry of rumours and educated guesses as to what specs a D800 will feature. So while we all wait patiently for Nikon to confirm a D800 release date, we have created a one-stop shop for all things Nikon D800. Consider this the first Nikon D800 manual! We’ve sorted through some of the more spurious conjecture and collated only the best and most realistic Nikon D800 rumours, news and spec wishlists here, in one place. Below and in the following pages you’ll find all our latest news on a Nikon D800 release date, D800 specs, review, manuals and more

1. Higher resolution sensor, at least 24 million pixels

February or March are the expected release dates for this new camera

New Nikon D800 release?