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Nikon D800 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (OLD MODEL)
Overall score: 82%
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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||36.3 MP|
|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||Red-eye reduction,Slow synchronization|
|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||14 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Weight||1.14 grams|
|Material Type||Magnesium alloy|
|Maximum Focal Length||300 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/8000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||7,360|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||7,360 Pixels|
|Memory Slots Available||1|
|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||4.81 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||EN-EL15|
|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 D800 combines swift operation and well-designed controls with outstanding image quality that is particularly impressive at high ISO settings. Expanded video capabilities hold appeal for those who need to produce both stills and video while on assignment. The camera's 36 MP sensor allows for class-leading resolution in a 35mm format camera... if you're prepared to hold your technique and equipment to the highest standards.
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.
Package Type: Standard Packaging
Top Customer Reviews
The D700 was and still is an outstanding DSLR. The D800 is of course better, but in a very perceptible way, which was quite a surprise to me.
I have done over 5000 shots since my purchase on 24 March. So far, no issues to report: no green cast from the LCD and no problems with the CLS system.
Nikon has really outperformed with this new DSLR and the clear improvements are:
- Much improved Dynamic Range, which was my main problem since my first DSLR
- Better colors straight off the camera: deeper and richer
- Better AF in low light ***UPDATE*** After comparing with older Nikon DSLRs, this improvement is minor and only perceptible on cross-type AF points.
- Highly detailed photographs at full res, 100% magnification and also when down-scaling the photos.
Let's not forget a proper and useable HD video feature at broadcasting quality. ***UPDATE*** Perhaps not broadcasting quality, but close enough.
On the negative side (there has to be some):
- The zoom in and zoom out buttons are reversed from the old models, which is now more logical, but I am used to the old wrong way! it's a minor problem of course.
- D4 has backlit buttons, why not on the D800? This can't be that expensive to include.
- Very expensive Battery pack, this is a major drawback for me. But yes, the D800 is well priced at $3000. I just hate ridiculously priced accessories.
- still wonder the point of having 1 CF slot and 1 SD slot. 2 CF slots would have been superb.Read more ›
* Update 04/15/2013: This update is for event shooters/photojournalists.
* Enthusiasts, hobbyists, still life and landscape professionals can skip down to my original review below and call it a 5-star camera.
After a year of ownership with three bodies, these are my final thoughts. This is the best landscape or studio DSLR in the market. Other than not having a mode dial with Custom User Settings (U1, U2) like the D7000, this camera has near perfect ergonomics.
However, I do not recommend the D800 for paid work that have once in a lifetime moments, such as capturing the first kiss at a wedding or truly spontaneous moments, because there is a high probability of missing focus. When situations have no do-overs, equipment inadequacies are not an option. This is the reason why I stopped searching for a "good copy" of the optically superior Sigma 35mm 1.4 and settled for the more reliable Canon.
I have had both bodies and a replacement body (serial 3041XXX) "fixed" by Nikon and they felt the last fixes were good enough. Good enough, I did not invest $18,000 into a system for good enough! Without getting into the whole left side autofocus (AF) saga, which is readily available on other reviews and websites, the AF is horribly inconsistent even with the latest firmware (A: 1.01/B:1.02) using the center AF sensor.
My percentage of focused photos took a massive dive with this camera; I tried compensating by closing down the aperture a few stops, but the increase in depth-of-field area was not always enough. With the D3/D700, I would wait for moments and capture it with one shot.Read more ›
About the same, except D800 has a lot more detail to work with. In Lightroom, I can save a higher percentage of ISO 6400 shots because the D800 has more detail. Canon seems cleaner initially in Lightroom but when the picture fits into a 24" 1920x1080 monitor or a 64" Samsung plasma TV, the Nikon looks a tad cleaner, noise less noticeable. I think the Canon looks cleaner in Lightroom because it is just a smaller picture. But displaying ISO 6400 shots on a monitor or TV, Nikon looks nicer in general. Both cameras at ISO 12,800 look awful and not recoverable in Lightroom. It might look acceptable as a really small pic but why the heck would you buy an expensive camera to display crappy looking pictures?
Frames per second:
Easy winner. Canon can shoot 6 FPS, Nikon 4 FPS. However, in practice I think 4 FPS is pretty good. None of these cameras are really Olympic style sports cameras.
Easy winner. Nikon's RAW files are more detailed, almost 3D like. I can't really explain it other than the pictures look more real. I can crop a photo to 1/3 it's size (12 megapixels) and it still looks stunning. I wonder how much better the D800e version is. I'll have to wait until my friend receives his to find out.
Easy winner. Out of the camera, the Canon JPEGs are phenomenal. The processing done is quite remarkable.
Easy winner. If you shoot RAW, Nikon is it. Also there is an issue with the Canon with the color red.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After 3 years of use
NIKON D800 Cons:
• Ironical to pay 3000$ for professional gear DSLR and see the Body cap unscrew itself from the camera as soon as you slide it... Read more
Picture quality is A+. Menu is a bit cumbersome, but once set up it works well. I experienced oil spots on the sensor after about 8 months of use and had to have it serviced by... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jehan Ghouse
DONT WASTE MONEY EVER
THIS IS SO BAD OMG JK SO COOL EVEN THOUGH I DIDNT BUY IT
This camera is a step above what I needed. It is such a large format that I often need a tripod to keep it steady enough, especially when I use the telephoto. Read morePublished 4 months ago by KMcC
I just upgraded from D7000 and happy to see D800 having a lot of options for increasing to next level of photography.Published 4 months ago by Phuoc Le
This is such an amazing camera! Wow, I am totally amazed at the image quality this beast produces. I was using a Canon 6D before - both are full frame cameras - but the (6D) 20... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Randle76
Beautiful piece of engineering! Feels good in the hands. Wish it didn't have the pop-up flash, though it doesn't pop up as frequently on accident as the D7000 did.Published 4 months ago by Dane Hillard
Wow. I'm very happy bought this body camera from veriploy product sales,, Great seller. Package very nice . Everything in perfect shape/condition (like new/mint). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jimmy