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    Last review by stmv
    12-11-2012 07:19 PM
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      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 and includes inputs for stereo microphones and headphones, peak audio meter display, DX crop mode to maximize NIKKOR lens selection and angle of view and much more.

      Price (when new)
      Year Introduced
      Lens Mount
      Nikon F bayonet mount
      Effective Pixels
      36.3 million
      Total Pixels
      36.8 million
      Sensor Size
      35.9mm x 24mm
      Sensor Type
      Sensor Format
      Image Area
      (L) 7,360 x 4,912
      (M) 5,520 x 3,680
      (S) 3,680 x 2,456
      1:2 format (30 x 20)
      (L) 6,144 x 4,080
      (M) 4,608 x 3,056
      (S) 3,072 x 2,040
      5:4 format (30 x 24)
      (L) 6,144 x 4,912
      (M) 4,608 x 3,680
      (S) 3,072 x 2,456
      (L) 4,800 x 3,200
      (M) 3,600 x 2,400
      (S) 2,400 x 1,600
      File Format
      NEF (RAW): lossless compressed 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed, JPEG: JPEG-baseline-compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal Quality, JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression, TIFF (RGB)
      Picture Control
      Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, User-customizable Settings
      Storage Media
      SD, SDHC, SDXC, CompactFlash (Type I)
      Card Slot
      1 CompactFlash© & 1 Secure Digital (SD)
      File System
      Compliant with DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), EXIF 2.3 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras)
      Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
      Viewfinder Frame Coverage
      FX (36x24): 100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical Approx. 1.2x (30x20): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical
      Viewfinder Magnification
      0.70x Approx.
      Viewfinder Eyepoint
      19.5 (-1.0¯¹)
      Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment
      Built-in diopter adjustment (-3 to +1 m¯¹)
      Focusing Screen
      BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII w/ AF Area Brackets (grid lines can be displayed) - Type B
      Reflex Mirror
      Quick-return type
      Depth-of-field Control
      Compatible Lenses
      AF NIKKOR other than type G or D*2: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering III
      AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering III
      DX AF NIKKOR: All Functions Supported Except FX-format (36x24)/5:4 (30x24) Image Size
      Non-CPU: Usable in [A] or [M] mode Center-Weighted or Spot Metering; Electronic Rangefinder can be used if Maximum Aperture is f/5.6 or Faster
      Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All Functions Supported
      Shutter Type
      Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
      Fastest Shutter Speed
      1/8000 sec.
      Slowest Shutter Speed
      30 sec.
      Flash Sync Speed
      Up to 1/250 sec.
      Bulb Shutter Setting
      Shutter Release (Shooting) Modes
      Continuous low-speed [CL] mode, Continuous high-speed [CH] mode, Self-timer mode, Quiet shutter-release, Single frame shooting (S) mode, Mirror-up [Mup] mode
      Top Continuous Shooting Speed (FPS)
      2, 5, 10, 20 sec. Timer duration electronically controlled
      Exposure Metering System
      TTL exposure metering using 91,000-pixel RGB sensor
      Metering Range
      0 to 20 EV (3D color matrix or center-weighted metering)
      0 to 20 EV (spot metering)
      Exposure Meter Coupling
      Exposure Modes
      Programmed Auto with flexible Program (P), Shutter-Priority Auto (S), Aperture-Priority Auto (A), Manual (M)
      Exposure Compensation
      ±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
      Exposure Bracketing
      Exposure Lock
      Mirror Lock Up
      Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity
      Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity
      Highest Expanded ISO Sensitivity
      HI-2 (ISO 25,600 equivalent)
      Expanded ISO Sensitivity Options
      Lo-1 (ISO-50 equivalent), Hi-1 (ISO-12,800 equivalent), Hi-2 (ISO-25,600 equivalent)
      Long Exposure Noise Reduction
      High ISO Noise Reduction
      Low, Normal, High, Off
      Single-point AF Mode
      Dynamic AF Mode
      Number of AF points
      9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)
      Auto-area AF Mode
      Autofocus System
      Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection
      Focus Lock
      Focus can be locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
      Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF)
      Focus Modes
      Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
      Continuous-servo (AF-C)
      Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
      Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only
      Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
      Normal area
      Single-servo AF (AF-S)
      Wide area
      Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points
      Autofocus Fine Tune
      Built-in Flash
      Flash Bracketing
      2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV
      X-Sync Speed
      FP High Speed Sync
      Up to 1/8000
      Flash Control
      TTL: i-TTL flash control using 91,000-pixel RGB sensor are available with built-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-700, or SB-400; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighting metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
      Flash Sync Modes
      Front-curtain sync (normal)
      Rear-curtain sync
      Red-Eye reduction
      Red-Eye reduction with slow sync
      Slow sync
      Flash Compensation
      -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
      Accessory Shoe
      Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
      Yes, CLS Supported
      White Balance
      Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Sun, Shade, Preset, Fine Tune by Kelvin color temperature setting, Cloudy
      White Balance Bracketing
      2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV
      Live View Shooting
      HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps, HD 1,920×1,080 / 24 fps, HD 1,280×720 / 30 fps, HD 1,280x720 / 24 fps, HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
      Movie Audio
      Built-in microphone, monaural, Optional external stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter)
      Movie Metering
      TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
      Movie Maximum recording time
      20 minutes at highest quality; 29 minutes 59 seconds at normal quality
      Movie File Format
      Movie Video Compression
      H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
      Movie Audio recording format
      Linear PCM
      Live View Lens servo
      Autofocus (AF), Single-servo AF (AF-S), full-time-servo AF (AF-F), Manual focus (MF)
      Live View AF-area mode
      Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF, Subject-tracking AF
      Monitor Resolution (dots)
      Monitor Type
      TFT-LCD Vari-angle
      Monitor Viewing Angle
      170 degrees
      Playback Functions
      Thumbnail (4, 9, 16 or 72 segments), Zoom, Movie Playback, Slideshow, Histogram display, Auto image rotation, Highlight point display, Hide setting, Image Comment, Movie Slideshow
      Virtual Horizon Camera Indicator
      In-Camera Image Editing
      Trim, D-Lighting, Color Balance, Image Overlay, Side-by-Side Comparison, Filter Effects, Distortion Control, Monochrome, NEF (RAW) Processing, Quick retouch, Straighten, Fisheye, Miniature Effect, Perspective Control, Color Outline, Color Sketch, Edit Movie, Resize, Selective Color
      Image Comment
      Voice Memo Function
      NTSC, HDMI, Stereo Microphone Input
      WiFi Functionality
      Optional WT-4A
      GP-1 GPS unit
      Save/Load Camera settings
      Total custom Settings
      My Menu
      Yes, with customization
      Recent Settings
      Daylight Savings Time Settings
      World Time Setting
      Battery Type
      EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery
      Battery Life (shots per charge)
      Battery Charger
      MH-25 Quick Charger
      AC Adapter
      EH-5b AC & EP-5B
      Tripod Socket
      ¼ in. (ISO1222)
      Dimensions (mm)
      144.78 x 121.92 x 81.28
      Dimensions (inch)
      5.7 x 4.8 x 3.2
      Weight (grams)
      Weight (lbs)
      Supplied Accessories
      AN-DC6 Strap
      EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
      MH-25 Battery Charger
      UC-E14 USB Cable
      BM-12 LCD Monitor Cover
      BF-1B Body Cap
      BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cap
      DK-17 Viewfinder Eyepiece
      NikonView NX2 CD ROM

    Review of Product: D800
    1. Re: D800

      A truly great camera. I have now had the camera 3 months, and amazed how quickly I adapted. What I love is the sensor and in my opinion a more dynamic picture. I like to think of it of a D80 on steriods. I have owned the D50,80,300,700,7000, and now this 800. I liked the 300-700, but felt that the pictures lost some of the luster of the D50/D80 which I attribute from going from CCD sensors to CMOS.

      I have not found much that I don't like on this. I did find it strange that they reversed the speed wheel direction to now match Canon. I know you can reprogram, but I have not bothered.

      I have taken pictures in all type of conditions including low light. I have not seen a difference between the D700 versus the D800 for noise including night shots.

      What I like best is the reduction of the need for sharpening, which always felt like erasing quality.

      Is it more fussy, perhaps, but focus on techique, and it will award.

      I did upgrade my notebook (600 dollars) to better handle the file size. You will want a PCI express 3 for upload, and at least a 200 Gig hard drive for the space (I only keep a few days photos on the notebook, before moving to remote drives with dual backup). I also upgraded to CS6, so between the newer notebook, CS6, I have seen no negative effect to my photo editing speed.

      I have used the lens with a broad use of lens from low end to pro glass, and the camara has had no issues. Even with
      kit lens, still outperforms my 700, so don't get all wrapped up that this camera requires absolute premium glass. I have had a couple of lens that for some reason it does not like to focus, but overall, seems to be compatible with my lens.
      Overall, I give it a A,,, and truly feel that the my need for future upgrades will be greaty stretch out further.

      One does hear increasing issues on quality control, specifically in the left AF point, Personally, I have not seen the issue on my camera, so I am no aware on what % is effected but, enough experts are seeing this, that one has to believe that it exists.


    2. Re: D800

      I have now had the camera for 9 months, zero issues. Some users have reported focusing issues, I did a control test and my camera was accurate across the focus points.

      As an update, I enjoy this camera more with each passing month. Yes, I really had to keep my technique controlled, make a more conscious effort in movement, and also often keep my Fstop a bit more restrictive for best results.

      But, the real benefit is not until large prints, and then the D800 hits the WOW! I have followed the Nikon from the 6 Meg sensors to now the 36 Meg, and the journey was worth it! Maybe someday, Nikon will outdo the D800, but I am not holding my breadth! super

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