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Nikon D800 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (2012 Model)

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Technical Details

  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Noise Reducing
  • HD Compatible
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We've had some time with a pre-production D800 and have prepared a detailed in-depth preview. Nikon's latest DSLR boasts core technology borrowed from the top-end D4, married with a 36.3MP CMOS sensor that comfortably eclipses the rest of the DSLR market in resolution terms. As well as first impressions of handling and operation, and an in-depth look at the D800's specifications we've also dived a little deeper into the D800E, the D800's sister model, which lacks an anti-aliasing filter.

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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 24 mm)
Megapixels 36.3 MP 24.3 MP 24.3 MP 22.3 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, 100 - 25600 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 51200, 102400 as option
Display Size 3.2 inches 3.2 inches 3.2 inches 3.2 inches
Continuous Shooting Speed 4 6 5.5 6
Wireless Communication Technology None Optional Optional Optional
Image Stabilization None None None None
Weight 2.2 pounds 1.9 pounds 1.9 pounds 2.1 pounds
Dimension 4.8 x 5.8 x 3.2 inches 4.5 x 5.5 x 3.2 inches 4.5 x 5.5 x 3.2 inches 4.6 x 6.0 x 3.0 inches
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  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 3.2 x 4.8 inches ; 2.2 pounds
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  • ASIN: B0076AYNXM
  • Item model number: 25480
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (373 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678 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 D800

Every photo will astound. Every video will dazzle.

Hold in your hands an HD-SLR able to capture images rivaled only by those produced with a medium-format camera: extremely low noise, incredible dynamic range and the most faithful colors. Meet the Nikon D800, a 36.3 megapixel FX-format HD-SLR for professional photographers who require end results of the highest quality, who demand superior performance, speed, handling and a fully integrated imaging system. For cinematographers and multimedia professionals, 36.3 MP means true 1080p HD cinematic quality video. Inputs for stereo microphones and headphones, a peak audio meter display, DX crop mode to maximize NIKKOR lens selection and increase angle of view plus much more—the D800 is the essential tool for today's still and video professional.


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 D800 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 D800 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 D800'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 D800 responds immediately and precisely.



Versatile shooting, fluid operation

Streamlined ergonomic design puts critical tasks a touch away

Intuitive design makes D800 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 D800'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 D800 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 D800'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

Hold in your hands an HD-DSLR able to capture images rivaled only by that produced by a medium-format camera: extremely low noise, incredible dynamic range, the most faithful colors, the broadest tonal range. Meet the Nikon D800, a 36.3 megapixel FX-format D-SLR for professional photographers who require end results of the highest quality; who demand superior performance, speed, handling and a fully integrated imaging system. For multimedia professionals, 36.3MP means true 1080p HD cinematic quality video. The essential tool for today’s still and video professional, every photo will astound, every video will dazzle.What's in the box: Nikon D800 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only), EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion Battery (1900mAh) , MH-25 Quick Charger for EN-EL15 Battery 1 Year Warranty, DK-17 Finder Eyepiece (Replacement),UC-E14 USB Cable, USB Cable Clip, Camera Strap, BM-12 LCD Monitor Cover, BF-1B Body Cap, BS-1 Hot-Shoe Cover, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM and 1-Year Limited Warranty.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

not to mention the speed and sturdiness of this little guy. the pictures are great and took my d7000 to the next level- giving it much more of the professional feel. paired… Read more ›
With it's high ISO capabilities and excellent picture quality, I don't know why I waiting so long for this camera. If you shoot stock photos, this is the perfect choice. Read more ›
I love the large files, and the movie quality is great! Read more ›
I've been through a lot of Nikon cameras over the year, and this one us the best so far. The Low-Light, High ISO shots are incredible. Read more ›
Great camera and has served me well, being able to crop and retain so much detail from the image is amazing. Yea it sucks the life out of memory and hard drives but in the… Read more ›
So if you buy into this camera, get the good…I put my old Hasselblad 80mm Zeiss Planar on this camera, using a Fotodiox adapter, and the results were absolutely stunning. Read more ›
Yes, it is camera which I was searching! Images are exellent, an autofocus is quick and exactly, usability are exellent. I'm using it with my "nikon 28-300 vr", and… Read more ›
I shot wide open, and 14-24mm and never had any issues. Focus was great, my rental did not have any negative issues whatsoever. Read more ›
Called Amazon ,they send the replacement camera ,arrived next day .This body came from WI with serial # 304XXXX ,focus was perfect ,Tested in all angle ,With Siemens star… Read more ›
Received shipment on 11/7/12 (serial 3047###). Just completed the left focus test using a Nikon 105mm @ f2.8 and the focus was sharp at all points. In addition, the monitor… Read more ›
For some people, not having the…For me, I regularly shoot vertical landscapes and other vertical compositions where the left side selective focus points are very useful. Read more ›
Ordered an aftermarket battery grip that uses the D4 battery, so I've shot all day without having to recharge. Focus is super fast no matter what lens is attached. Just… Read more ›
They blame my lens I've stopped by local autorized service center in Morton Grove IL they check the lens it was perfect they told me problem with camera call back to NY… Read more ›
To back yourself up on audio: Add a Sescom converter cable to convert DR-40 line-level output to the…To focus easier: Buy prime lenses, which are faster and sharper. To… Read more ›
2. AF Performance: On my D300 I have had some issues with older non-AF-S lenses due to relatively slow focus rate by the mechanical drive. however, with AF-S lenses it was… Read more ›
Outdoors with a…It eats most of all the other lens imposters for breakfast although I have anecdotal evidence that Zeiss manual focus lenses are excellent on the camera. Read more ›
I also purchased the Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 and the Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 lenses with the D800. The detail and resolution from the D800 and these two lenses is amazing. My friend… Read more ›
The bokeh that I get(especially from the 85mm lens) is stunning. I am almost seeing the 3D effect on the portraits. Read more ›
I jumped up to this from a d40, lol. So I imagine anything between that and this model would have been amazing. But this is beyond what I needed. Read more ›
Finally, I appreciate the ability…Overall the menu system works pretty well and things are laid out reasonably well + you can re-program buttons to perform other functions. Read more ›
My old D200 didn't produce usable images at even 1,600 ISO. The features are all great and focusing works really well even in very, very, very low light. My only complaint… Read more ›
Have I mentioned the pics are sharp? True, at wide apertures the pics are not as sharp as the D800e model, they are still sharper than the D200 at ISOs greater than 200! Read more ›
With that being said there is more noise in the higher end of the iso range due to its ridiculous amount of…It feels sleek and the menu is simple and intuitive in design. Read more ›
However, don't expect a…The settings are easy to adjust, with many added finger-tip adjustments that will keep you from constantly having to open the camera's menu. The… Read more ›
This is absolute beauty. The details are amazing. And common misconception is that you need very powerful laptop/macbook to edit pictures, that is completely wrong. Read more ›
Check out the helicopter pic I posted under D800 shots and you will see what I mean. I am 100% satisified with this camera....the detail is amazing. Don't be afraid to get… Read more ›
On to the D800, its in a class by it's self. The colors and details are amazing, and I'm shooting RAW. I've had many Nikon DSLR's and I've never seen the saturation in RAW… Read more ›
I am a proud owner of the D800. This camera is amazing and provides stunning details. It feels nice in my hands and has a nice solid weight when holding it. Read more ›
I have enjoyed shooting photographs of my friends from across the room and then zooming in so I can show them their eyelashes in incredible detail on the monitor. Happy,… Read more ›
This is a camera…Some of the reasons were exquisite sensor technology ( phenomenal shadow recovery, fantastic sharpness and detail), focus, metering and weather proofing. Read more ›
After a month of use I am very pleased…I have not had any of the reported issues (left focusing, green tint) and the resolution is an great step up from the 12 MP camera. Read more ›
it works pretty good with my 70-200, but during the night time, when i shot a long exposure pic, it took too long to finish, and i need to…high resolution is amazing lol~ Read more ›
The capability of this camera will far exceed the…I have shot several thousand shots now with this camera and the quality and resolution are absolutely incredible. It… Read more ›
This camera is simply awesome. Resolution is incredible. I got the D800, not the D800e, primarily because it was available and the D800e was not. Read more ›
The resolution is stunning and the amount of detail I get even out of my oldest lenses is amazing. Right out of the camera, the images are sharp and rich. Read more ›
Pros: Awesome AF, IQ, resolution and handling Cons: Read more ›
There is a steep learning curve from Canon since Nikon's frustrating controls are all over the place and some require both hands to…The video has been pretty decent, too. Read more ›
I toyed very little with the video capability of the camera - but from my tinkering and quick records the video was smooth and looked really good. Read more ›
- Improved controls layout - HD video capability is great - Dual card slots Read more ›
Also, I thought the video quality was very good, arguably better than the Canons' straight-out of the camera even considering some of the limitations pointed out in reviews… Read more ›
5. An external mic may be a nice accessory to have with the D800 also. When using AF for video, it is easy to hear on the video. I don't have an external mic yet, but I… Read more ›
* 24-70/2.8 (35mm and longer), 85/1.8G, 70-200/2.8 VR2 worked wonders on this camera. * the video files are sharp , crisp and detailed. definitely better than the average… Read more ›
The sensor seems very sensitive, too sensitive if your subject is…But for everything else, it's wonderful, I love having the extra pixels and the color is perfection. O… Read more ›
At that setting I experienced no vignetting either. The color gamut is fantastic. I like that Nikon thought of making buttons available for quick reference to settings that… Read more ›
The D800 renders perfect and I mean perfect skin tones and dynamic range. The colors are rich and and have a real depth to them. Read more ›
As a medium format and 4"x5" user I often print large…I decided to try some tests for sharpness, color fidelity, image smoothness and noise (grain to film users). Read more ›
HOWEVER, you can use it handheld, with a relatively decent lens and still get…You can downsample the size of the images in-camera and get great color depth and rendition. Read more ›
Great ISO performance, clean at 1600, usable at 3200, sharp at 800. Great and accurate color, even though I prefer the colors my D7000 more, I think I just need more time… Read more ›
What I love about the D800. The sensor is magnificent. When you couple up this camera to professional or pro-sumer lenses the overall rating on the image quality for… Read more ›
Third, there's no sense putting anything but excellent lenses on the D800. This sensor is so good that it will show up anything less. It's always been true that you have to… Read more ›
The camera itself is the best I have ever owned coming from a D200 is a huge upgrade. The FX sensor is great the quality is unreal. The price is high but to me is worth it. Read more ›
A few things about this product that are amazing and indispensable to me. 1: dynamic range on the sensor is great. You can render highlights and blacks in one image. Read more ›
I've used this camera for about 5 months and it has…On a sturdy tripod with the mirror locked up and good glass the detail captured on that little sensor is amazing. I'… Read more ›
It has very high resolution (36MP), very good high-ISO performance, and a color fidelity not seen in previous…The pictures coming from this sensor are downright stunning. Read more ›
Love this camera like none other. ISO is so clear with minimal grain--even at ISO 5200. Love this bad boy! Read more ›
It is like going from a compact car to a high end luxury or sports car. I am amazed by the low light performance and Nikon's auto ISO is an excellent feature. Many other… Read more ›
Posterization in the shadows (DSLRs Achilles' heel) is only…+ Handling: The Auto ISO is easier to engage and the new position of the ISO button is more intuitive. +… Read more ›
Everything else, including the new Auto-ISO feature is brilliant. it basically now accounts for VR in lenses, where you can control how aggresive auto ISO is depending on… Read more ›
It does…This is not usually a problem as the sensor delivers outstanding high ISO performance - much better than the D7000 which was itself pretty darn good in low light. Read more ›
This is contrary to what an experienced photographer (for whom this camera is…I set my camera to the settings that I want (e.g. Full Raw, ISO 100, Aperture Priority). T… Read more ›
Really glad I did, because while the…QC seems to be better (it is made in Japan) image quality is phenomenal, and the dynamic range and low light performance is amazing. Read more ›
You can recover highlight and (especially) shadow like never before. Coming from D90 (with some decent lenss), the ISO performance is amazing. ISO1600 is very clean without… Read more ›
Low light performance is insanely good. Fit, form, function is superior to even the F3, which many believed to be the best feeling camera ever. Read more ›
AF is fast and accurate. High ISO performance is also great. If you are willing to shrink the size of the picture, it can give you even better ISO performance and we do not… Read more ›
Great image resolution (36MP does that I guess). Great high ISO performance Ridiculous dynamic range Read more ›
When doing so, there is no difference in high ISO performance. If you value great high ISO performance with straight out of camera JPGs, then the 5d3 has the advantage. Othe… Read more ›
The ergonomics are terrific (typical of Nikon DSLRs), and it has full manual control - with live previewing, of aperture, shutter speed, and exposure compensation during… Read more ›
The ergonomics are very good too, a real improvement over D700-D300s cameras (Functions as the ISO options which now can be all selected in combination of ISO button and… Read more ›
It's almost impossible to find the proper…The ergonomics are perfect, the color rendition is amazing and the sharp, crispness of the images it produces are astounding. I… Read more ›
The D800 does almost everything a photographer could want in a DSLR…It's not him proof), and well placed ergonomics, great shutter and mirror lockup that's oil proof. I… Read more ›
The D800 does almost everything you can hope for in a DSLR; fast focus, good color, easily understandable menus, and well placed ergonomics make this my favorite of all the… Read more ›
Image quality is better than even my former D700 Nice LCD, excellent resolution, fast flash sync shutter speed, good focus, ergonomics great! Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

468 of 482 people found the following review helpful By M. Billon on April 10, 2012
I know that the D800 is not really the replacement model over the D700. Nevertheless, it did replace my old D700 and the D800 is, I believe, better suited for my photographic needs than the D700, i.e., studio, portraits, and landscape.

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.
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444 of 488 people found the following review helpful By Emmanuel on April 26, 2012
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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.
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1,040 of 1,154 people found the following review helpful By se on April 4, 2012
I'm a Sony shooter with only a few lenses. I use to shoot Canon during the film days. I tested both the Canon 5D mkIII and the Nikon D800 and here are my results. I tested a 5DmkIII with a 24-70 f2.8 lens and a Nikon D800 (not D800e) with a 24-70 f2.8 lens.

High ISO:
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.

Resolution:
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.

JPEG:
Easy winner. Out of the camera, the Canon JPEGs are phenomenal. The processing done is quite remarkable.

RAW:
Easy winner. If you shoot RAW, Nikon is it. Also there is an issue with the Canon with the color red.
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