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Nikon D800E 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (OLD MODEL)

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  • Extreme resolution 36.3-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24.0mm) CMOS sensor
  • Full 1080p HD broadcast quality video and minimized rolling shutter
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  • Multi-Area Full HD D-Movie Video Recording Mode
  • Comprehensive high fidelity audio recording and playback control
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  • Brand Name: Nikon
  • Model: 25498
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 36.3 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
  • Optical zoom: 1 x
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Photo Sensor Size Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) Full frame (36 x 23.9 mm)
Megapixels 36.3 MP 36.3 MP 24.3 MP 16.2 MP
ISO Range 100 - 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (50 - 25600 with boost) 100 - 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (50 - 25600 with boost) 100 - 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (50 - 25600 with boost) Auto, ISO 100-25600 (expands to 50-409600)
Display Size 3.2 inches 3.2 inches 3.2 inches 3.2 inches
Continuous Shooting Speed 4 4 6 11
Wireless Communication Technology None None Optional Optional
Image Stabilization None None None None
Weight 2.2 pounds 2.2 pounds 1.9 pounds 3.0 pounds
Dimension 4.8 x 5.8 x 3.2 inches 4.8 x 5.8 x 3.2 inches 4.5 x 5.5 x 3.2 inches 6.2 x 6.3 x 3.6 inches
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  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 3.2 x 4.8 inches ; 2.2 pounds
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  • ASIN: B005OL2ID2
  • Item model number: 25498
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,467 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 6, 2012

Product Description

From the Manufacturer


The Nikon D800E

The Ultimate Attention to Detail

The D800E is a specialized camera that differs from the D800 in just one way yet requires some extra care to get optimal results. Use the information below to determine if the D800 or D800E is right for you.


D800 and D800E

Which is right for you?

Every Nikon DSLR camera uses an optical low pass filter (OLPF) in front of its sensor to slightly blur the image at a pixel level in order to reduce the occurrence of false colors and moiré that can appear when shooting repetitive and/or fine patterns. For the vast majority of photographers, the D800 provides an ideal balance between sharpness and effectively prevented moiré and false color, ideal for shooting using all file formats. D800E is a specialized camera that removes the "effect" of the OLPF, which results in a slight gain in sharpness and resolution and is recommended for studio and still life professionals but carries an increased possibility that moiré and false color will appear.


D800
D800E
D800 D800E
Strikes an ideal balance between sharpness and preventing the occurrence of false color and moiré for consistent performance Slight increase in sharpness and resolution with increased occurrence of false color and moiré
Ideal for:

  • All shooting situations

  • Photographers shooting RAW (NEF), JPG or TIFF images

  • Photographers who do not want to adjust their workflow (via software) to mitigate the occurrence of moiré and false color
Ideal for:

  • Studio, commercial and still life photographers who can control their shooting conditions, lens selection and aperture choice, as well as use of software (Capture NX2) to reduce the occurrence of false color and moiré

  • Medium format photographers whose current digital system does not utilize an optical low pass filter

  • Shooting RAW (NEF)


D800 and D800E: Comparison of false color and moiré

D800/D800E False Color and moiré Comparison
With the D800E, false color and moiré may be noticeable when shooting repetitive and/or fine patterns. Enlarge


D800 and D800E: Comparison of resolution

D800/D800E Resolution Comparison
Compared to the D800, the D800E reproduces textures with slightly higher resolution for sharper rendering and greater depth. Enlarge


What else is different?

Other than the very slight image quality differences described above, the D800 and D800E perform exactly the same. Focus speed, exposure metering, shooting speed, movie recording, accessory compatibility, control location and function, and all other aspects are identical.



The 36.3 megapixel FX-format advantage

Reveal every nuance, every detail

The 36.3 megapixel FX-format advantage

Wedding, commercial or landscape, the D800E is the ultimate 36.3 MP FX-format camera for creative genius. Witness tonal range and precision rendered to supreme clarity, depth and texture. Make poster sized prints without sacrificing detail. Explore creative opportunities with ISO 100 to 6,400 (expanded up to 25,600)—shoot from dawn to dusk. Experience Nikon's new Advanced Scene Recognition System featuring a 91,000-pixel RGB light meter capable of rendering unprecedented levels of accuracy to AF, AE, i-TTL flash control, face recognition and auto white balance. Nikon's new EXPEED 3 image processing reduces color phase shifts seen with lesser systems, producing more faithful colors and tones while managing massive amounts of data at breakthrough speed. With the D800E in your hands, achieve what was once unreachable.

A full cinematic experience

Broadcast quality video

A full cinematic experience

Filmmakers, multimedia professionals and event photographers—record Full HD 1080p at 30/25/24p or 720p at 60/50p in AVC-HD format. Produce to your exacting vision when working in manual mode, controlling aperture, ISO, AF and shutter speed. Record uncompressed files via HDMI to an external recording device via HDMI. Widen production perspective using either Nikon FX or DX lens formats at Full HD 1080p and 16:9 aspect ratio. Attach headphones and check audio levels or monitor input via peak audio meters as displayed on the camera's LCD monitor. Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted in up to 20 steps. Remotely start and stop video. Simultaneously Live View footage on the camera's LCD monitor and external monitor during recording are possible.

Fast, precise 51-point wide area coverage

Render every megapixel with precision

Fast, precise 51-point wide area coverage

Precise AF detection is critical to sharply render every pixel of the D800E's massive resolution count. An improved 51- point AF system with 15 Cross Type AF sensors, versatile AF area modes and superb AF detection in even the dimmest lighting deliver immediate, pinpoint focus. Fast shot-to-shot time, full resolution frame rate up to 4 fps, 6 fps in DX crop mode using MB-D12 Multi-Power Battery Pack and ultra fast CF and SD card write times. For more productive workflow, high-speed data transfer using USB 3.0 is realized. For demanding professionals, the D800E responds immediately and precisely.



Versatile shooting, fluid operation

Streamlined ergonomic design puts critical tasks a touch away

Intuitive design makes D800E operation a thing of beauty. A streamlined ergonomic body allows critical photography and video tasks, including Movie Record, Live View, White Balance and Picture Control to be performed at the touch of a button. Confirm image capture and view menu options, histograms, video settings and more using the D800E's super sharp 3.2-inch 921,000-dot LCD screen with 100% coverage. Anti-glare coating and auto brightness control ease of viewing, no matter the environment. Enlarge images up to 46x for on-the-spot focus confirmation. Magnesium alloy construction and environmental sealing make the D800E as comfortable in the field as in the studio.



EXPEED 3 image processing

Nikon's EXPEED 3 technology extends and assures breathtakingly rich image fidelity and reduces noise, even at high ISO's. EXPEED 3 is so powerful that it handles data-intensive tasks such as Full-HD video recording at 30p with ease.

Rich image previewing

The D800E's 3.2-inch super-sharp 921,000-dot LCD monitor automatically adjusts LCD brightness and visibility according to your environment for bright, crisp image playback, menu adjustment and Live View shooting. Enlarge images up to 46x to make on the spot focus confirmation—crucial for high resolution shooting.



Expand dynamic range with built-in HDR

Create a single image revealing an extremely wide dynamic range, but with less noise and rich color gradation than ever before. Combine two exposures at up to 3EV.

Dedicated picture control button

The convenient Picture control button provides six preset options: Vivid, Monochrome, Neutral, Standard, Landscape and Portrait for stills and video while 9 customizable settings provide advanced, personalized color control.

Product Description

The D800E is a specialized product designed with one thing in mind, pure definition. The D800E incorporates an optical low pass filter (OLPF) without anti-aliasing properties to facilitate the sharpest images possible and is a great option for RAW shooters who are in a position to control light, distance and their subject to the degree where they can mitigate the risk of moiré and any false color.1-Year Limited Warranty.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I use it for macro, nature and landscape as well as street shooting. The AF is fast and smooth, and the images are crisp, clean and bokehlicious. It has more features then… Read more ›
I bought the 85mm 1.4 portrait lens at the same time! My pictures are amazing! Buy it! Read more ›
Also, this camera paired with Nikon glass works wonders, I just shot all weekend using my D800E, Nikon 24-70 2.8, 14-24 2.8, and my 35mm 1.4 and the pictures are… Read more ›
The color and clarity of the shots are incredible. The 36.3 MP allow you to zoom in and crop without losing resolution. Read more ›
Camera came on 4/4/13, had one of the latest serial numbers and was a great experience for 2 days. Performance, and image quality were excellent. As I was considering… Read more ›
Although some reviews may intimidate some prospective buyers, there really should be little concern. The images produced are outstanding even under challenging conditions. T… Read more ›
D800E is designed for crossed fine details captures, therefore make sure you use it with good quality and large…Micro and prime lenses are well-suited with this camera. G… Read more ›
After owning a Nikon D3 I decided to switch over from Canon, having acquired some nice Nikon lenses I was looking for a lighter camera, since the D3 is a bit on the heavy… Read more ›
I've used Canons and Nikons with great lenses, and have found that the images were always just a little bit shy of the critical sharpness that I used to get with large… Read more ›
With such high quality images good as well as poor photos are greatly accentuated. High quality lenses are a necessity with this camera. Check my website to find photos… Read more ›
The only downside I've found to this camera is a result of its strength: The amazing resolution and sharpness from the sensor means you can see every mistake you make… Read more ›
Treat it like a medium format camera, use tripod, take your time, use the best lenses, then calibrate your camera/lens because only few people do that, that's why you get… Read more ›
5. They are some great features I've never had before. I like the ability to store RAW on the CF card and jpegs on the SD card. Read more ›
The controls are quite similar. (I do miss having the quick autofocus mode switch to the right of the monitor, but the dedicated bracket button is a nice addition.) The… Read more ›
Higher…PLUS all the modern features, bigger LCD, good video capability, revised 51 pt AF system, dual memory cards, better Live View, more durable shutter longevity etc. Read more ›
My last gripe is that the colors do seem a little muted in the reds, even in Vivid color mode. My previous D300 would blow out any orange/red colors way too much when they… Read more ›
Also of note is that the default contrast in Vivid mode seems higher on the D800e when set to identical modes versus other Nikon Digital bodies, where shadows look more… Read more ›
4. There is some fluff in the funtionality. They added stuff like an HDR mode. It sounds interesting, but once you read the details, you are left wondering why they bothered. Read more ›
The focusing is amazing (although I think that the NIkon method, which requires less button pushing to change AF points, is better), and the responsiveness is everything… Read more ›
I muddled through and used Adobe Photoshop and other programs to sharpen the images. Occasionally, I would get a nice, properly focused image right from the start. I didn’t… Read more ›
It's been…The problem is that the 100% LV image is apparently interpolated so it's nearly impossible to ascertain perfect focus via inspection, particularly at 100% view. Read more ›
It might look great on the monitor, because it shrunk so much onto your monitor like everything is in perfect focus but when u look at it in 100% you are going to go crazy… Read more ›
One thing to be aware of is the depth of field. Because the in focus area is so extremely sharp, your specific focus point and depth of field require a little more thought. Y… Read more ›
Because the in…Your choice of what parts of the image should be in sharpest focus will be rewarded, but if you make the wrong choice you can really tell the difference. Read more ›
After more than 2500 images under all conditions, I have to rate the camera as spectacular - a step beyond excellent. Image quality and detail are stunning. I was using a… Read more ›
I will probably buy a telephoto and a macro at…Take a shot of an object a few feet away and you can crop out an incredible amount of detail as if you took a macro shot. T… Read more ›
I shot it for a week or so, but when the…I shot both camera's with a Nikon 85mm 1.4G and they were both amazingly sharp with detail I've never seen from the format before. Read more ›
Professionals might worry about getting…If you have a good lens and a good technique, the images will reward you with incredible detail that you dont ever think possible. Read more ›
Now that I've had a good amount of time to spend with my camera, I can say that the camera…The dynamic range and the sharp, crisp details I can achieve are just phenomenal. Read more ›
They go on to say that "Live view can be used to improve focus and prevent blur", so in essence, if I want the best detail, I need to shoot everything with LiveView, which… Read more ›
This product has great image resolution, and very high dynamic range. The construction is weak, suffers from camera back focus, and has a green tint when image is displayed… Read more ›
The camera's quality is amazing, resolution is remarkable. Make sure you get great glass to go with this awesome camera - yes it will be expensive but lenses are a great… Read more ›
Bottom line: The D800E is a specialty camera that is not for many pro-sumers…It is however a wonderful camera and gives the best resolution of anything out there to-date. Read more ›
Nikon realized that 36MP is overkill for handheld photography and this is why, in their Technology Guide, advises that using a tripod or even locking up the mirror is… Read more ›
The only downside I've found to this camera is a result of its strength: The amazing resolution and sharpness from the sensor means you can see every mistake you make… Read more ›
Treat it like a medium format camera, use tripod, take your time, use the best lenses, then calibrate your camera/lens because only few people do that, that's why you get… Read more ›
Construction quality is excellent, as you'd expect for a pro-grade camera at this price point. Although side-by-side next to a D300, the size difference is small, the D800E… Read more ›
Weight a bit heavy, really great construction, but not sure why Nikon charge more $ compare with D800 with a few options. Lucky for me this is not on recall S/N, still work… Read more ›
3) Plenty fast for me 4) Fantastic build quality. Read more ›
As a…I researched several models and decided since this was a long term purchase, I wanted to get something high end and of good build quality that would last a long time. Read more ›
In general, the camera has very good build quality and in most aspects is an excellent camera. With a tripod, this camera takes real good pictures. Read more ›
I've only been using the D800e for a relatively short time and I'm impressed with…I love the build quality, image quality, focusing system, and dynamic range of the images. Read more ›
This is a awesome camera, I have taken some great photo's with it, I have found the camera is just as easy to use as my D-7000 Read more ›
Great noise response, fantastic laid out menu and buttons. Easy to use, lots of MP to work with. The only complaint I have with this camera is the crappy Nikon LCD screen. Read more ›
This camera captures unbelievable detail, color and resolution. The menu and the buttons are so easy to use. I haven't seen anything this good since I quit shooting Lenhoff… Read more ›
Take a shot of an object a few feet away and you can crop out an incredible amount of detail as if you…This camera and lens combination is just incredible and easy to use. Read more ›
I have a 1.2X DK-17M, and I find I don't need to use it. - Live View is much easier to use, and the artificial horizon is a blessing for architecture or landscape shots. -… Read more ›
The D700 could do nearly everything I wanted in a camera but the images lacked the resolution I…The D800E resolves the resolution issue and is just plain awesome to use. Read more ›
6400 and up is hit or miss. - Video is amazing if you use the uncompressed HDMI output and record to an external device. This is about the best video you'll find short of… Read more ›
For video, just wow! Tack sharp videos! Use picture control flat_10 or flat_11 and the dynamic range is great!! Read more ›
- Video is amazing if you use the uncompressed HDMI output and record to an external device. This is about the best video you'll find short of studio-grade video cameras. -… Read more ›
- If you do a lot of video, you'll want to invest in outboard microphones, or Nikon's shoe-mount ME-1. - Autofocus is blindingly fast, except during video recording. - The… Read more ›
Higher…PLUS all the modern features, bigger LCD, good video capability, revised 51 pt AF system, dual memory cards, better Live View, more durable shutter longevity etc. Read more ›
The color looks so rich (despite the same color space, d-lighting, etc. settings), and the images are so crisp, even when viewed at computer-screen sized (which is well… Read more ›
I rarely have to do any HDR or dual…- Although the file sizes are huge, I absolutely enjoy being able to crop very deep in and still have enough resolution to print large. Read more ›
Just make sure you check bf/ff issues and adjust accordingly before you take it into the field. Checking full sized resolution, it is definitely an improvement over the D700. Read more ›
Because when I can't frame things well by moving back and forth, there's still plenty of picture left for a good size print after serious cropping - just use one size wider… Read more ›
This DSLR has the best sensor on the market at the time of this writing. It's not perfect, the grip is too small, frame rate is rather slow, and some of the config options… Read more ›
The image turns out is amazing!!!The sensor is so nice! It is my second camera and I think I did a correct decision to buy this one----D800E, and I will recommend my friends. Read more ›
The only downside I've found to this camera is a result of its strength: The amazing resolution and sharpness from the sensor means you can see every mistake you make… Read more ›
- At the wide end, the bad news is that your beloved DX wide angle lenses (such as the *wonderful* Tokina 11-16) can't take advantage of the full FX sensor... Yes it can… Read more ›
This camera captures unbelievable detail, color and resolution. The menu and the buttons are so easy to use. I haven't seen anything this good since I quit shooting Lenhoff… Read more ›
The controls are quite similar. (I do miss having the quick autofocus mode switch to the right of the monitor, but the dedicated bracket button is a nice addition.) The… Read more ›
In fact, you can configure the function button to switch your crop factor on the fly, so you can shoot DX when you need the reach and are confident about your composition,… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

234 of 247 people found the following review helpful By E. Bowles on May 22, 2012
Like others, I debated on whether or not to choose the D800E or the D800. I'm primarily a nature photographer, so my inclination was to get the D800E. The one potential problem situation was with moire on bird feathers. I ultimately chose the D800E based on the logic that birds have so many feathers at different angles and proportions that significant moire would be very unlikely.

Well I received my D800E two days before a planned trip to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. After more than 2500 images under all conditions, I have to rate the camera as spectacular - a step beyond excellent. Image quality and detail are stunning. I was using a Nikon 200-400 f/4 VR and a Nikon 600 f/4 VR for most of my images. The level of detail is simply stunning. There is detail that I have never before seen from any camera. I'm seeing resolution at 100% (1/7th the image) that is suitable for a web post or small print. And noise is completely absent at lower ISO levels and minimal even at ISO 6400.

You know going in that the D800E only has a frame rate of 4 fps. That's enough for a quick burst at critical action. With birds I'm shooting at 1/1000 second or faster so I am already trying to capture critical action and a catchlight in just a few frames. At burst rates it does take a little time to write to the card, but I never came close to filling the buffer.

One of the things that has been underappreciated is the new AF system. The new AF system of the D800 is excellent - very quick and accurate. There have been some reports of AF errors with the D800 - especially using the widest sensor and a wide angle lens. I have not seen that issue on my copy of the D800E.

The ergonomics and controls are very intuitive.
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112 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Larry on August 10, 2012
I bought one of the first D800 bodies Nikon sold. And, yes, I had the left-side AF issues that other folks describe in these reviews. I had been using the camera for a couple of months, and was very pleased with the quality of images I was getting. However, I decided to have the left side focus points fixed in case I ever needed to move my focus point over to the left side. I sent my D800 in to Nikon USA Repair in Melville, NY. It came back fixed and worked great.

In the meantime, a D800E arrived that had been on order since February 7th. After a week of shooting both the D800 and D800E, I decided to sell the D800 and buy another D800E. I like to have two identical bodies so I always have a backup camera on treks, and one that has the same controls as my other body. I was planning to keep the D800 as my backup until I saw the images coming out of the D800E and after I did extensive testing with the FoCal software from Reikan Technology.

I only shoot RAW (Nikon NEF format). While I could post process the images from the D800 and D800E using Adobe Creative Suite CS6, and make them look almost identical...they were in fact not identical. As long as I was shooting landscapes, the images from the two cameras would appear to have the same level of details in my first prints. However, when I started to do prints larger than 16 in x 24, I was convinced the D800E was the winner. You could clearly see the finer details.

After I started using the FoCal software to do my AF Fine Tuning, I also found major differences in the sharpness the D800E could produce. While FoCal is not currently designed for use in comparing camera bodies, it does provide that capability if you carefully control the lighting on your target, the distance to target and the camera/lens settings.
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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Blake H. Freeman on October 2, 2012
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I originally ordered a Nikon D800E but after 4 months on a waiting list I settled for a Nikon D800. I shot it for a week or so, but when the Nikon D800E became available I jumped at the opportunity to own the camera I had originally pre-ordered. I shot both camera's with a Nikon 85mm 1.4G and they were both amazingly sharp with detail I've never seen from the format before. I started shooting the Nikon D800E today and it is plainly evident that their is a fidelity that is simply beyond what is available from the Nikon D800. The colors are also better, its hard to explain but they seem to be more true/accurate. Overall, I am highly impressed with both cameras but simply cannot believe the fidelity and quality that I am getting from the D800E. Well worth the wait & cost. I hope this helps a prospective buyer!
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Busy Executive TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 30, 2012
I've been a Nikon customer since my Dad gave me his old Nikon F in 1972 (and yes, I still have it). The D3/D300 generation finally convinced me to give up on film, and recently, with over 100,000 images on the D300 shot meter, I upgraded my older D3 and D300 to a D4 and D800E. Both the D3 and D300 were amazingly fine cameras, so my expectations have been high - and I'm happy to say, the new Nikons have generally lived up to my expectations. In this review, I'll stay focused on the D800E.

In a nutshell, the D800E is an amazing camera that's a steal for the price. When I first bought a D300 several years ago, I was stricken by the ease I was able to get keepers having that certain "pop". The D800E continues in this trend. It feels like a well-tuned machine that disappears in your hands, and when you point it at something, it just gives and gives. You never feel like the camera is holding you back...the only limits are your own technique and artistic sense. To me, this is exactly what a fine camera should be.

As for the D800 vs. D800E decision, in the end I decided that the D800E is (marginally) better in ultimate image quality, with no obvious drawbacks other than the higher price. False color and moire? Yes, they're there...and when I first got my camera, I went out and took dozens of shots of subjects intentionally designed to bring out the worst. None took more than a minute to fix in Capture NX2 or Photoshop. Not an issue for me.

A few other reviewers knock the idea of going from DX to the D800E, but I suppose I disagree. My rationale in going with the D800E as a replacement for my DX camera was all about preserving my investment in lenses. Put a DX lens on the D800E, and you get a 16MP D300S.
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