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Nikon D800E 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (OLD MODEL)
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Overall score: 84%
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- 36.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor
- 51-point AF system (15 cross-type)
- ISO 100-6400 expandable to 25,600
- 3.2 inch LCD with 921,000 dots
- 1080p HD video recording
- 4 frames per second continuous shooting
- 100% viewfinder
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (FX)|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||6 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||921,000|
|Display Size||3.2 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||3.2|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||6,400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|File Format||NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed, TIFF (RGB), JPEG|
|Flash Memory Type||Compact Flash (Type I), SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-I compliant|
|Flash Modes Description|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/250_sec|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash, Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector|
|Focus Description||Multi-CAM3500 FX Phase detection with 3D tracking|
|Focus Type||Automatic with Manual|
|Form Factor||Mid-size SLR|
|HDMI Type||Mini Type C|
|ISO Range||100 - 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (50 - 25600 with boost)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||5:4, 3:2|
|Item Dimensions||4.84 x 3.23 x 5.75 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1,000 grams|
|Item Weight||2.2 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||8.9 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.648 grams|
|Material Type||Magnesium alloy|
|Maximum Focal Length||300 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/8000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||7,360|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Average, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||55 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||36.3 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Processor Description||Expeed 3|
|Remote Control Description||Optional, wired or wireless|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||Yes|
|Shipping Weight||5.4 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||EN-EL14a|
|Total USB 3.0 Ports||1|
|Video Capture Format||mpeg-4;h.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
|Weather Resistance||Water and dust resistant|
Review summary from DPReview
The Nikon D800E, at low ISOs and optimum lens apertures, offers slightly higher resolution than its less expensive sibling, the D800. Its raw files respond impressively to a moderately aggressive sharpening routine, while avoiding visible artifacts. As with the D800, it offers the (somewhat clunky) option to output uncompressed video, but is noticeably susceptible to color moiré in video mode.
Scoring is relative only to the other products in the same category.
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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.
|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: ||Ideal for: |
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This camera is an absolute beast. Great image quality and built like a tank. The buffer fills up quickly when trying to rapid fire shots, but with the size of the RAW files it is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Clifford L.
This is a really fantastic camera! Go to DxOMark dot com and read more about it: they say the D810 is not really much of an improvement as far as picture quality and sharpness... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Guy Dagar
Absolutely awesome camera. Incredible dynamic range, handles like a dream and takes great pictures throughout it's native iso range. Read morePublished 6 months ago by kevin reynolds
if you are not a photographer, don't buy it....too complicated for day to day use....but in ideal settings,,,,you ll be blown away with results.Published 12 months ago by Rajinder Grewal
Great product, excellent quality.
Camera was as described, some delays in shipping, but worth itPublished 16 months ago by Scott M Bradley
Am very happy with this bod! My current bread-and-butter body. 36.3 megapixel does help esp. for shoot-to-crop jobs. But for those buying now... Read morePublished 16 months ago by T. Bombon