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    Cool D800E
    Last review by nmccamy
    10-07-2013 02:58 PM
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      In pursuit of maximum definition

      The D800E has been tweaked in an intriguing way. Most DSLRs have what's called an "optical low-pass filter" (OLPF) that lives along the light path to the sensor. Its purpose is to eliminate moirι patterns and false colors through a process known as "anti-aliasing." Unfortunately, this process also affects the final sharpness and resolution of your image.
      On the D800E, the OLPF has been re-engineered to eliminate the anti-aliasing process, removing any obstacles to maximum resolution. This aids both still and video shooters who want the sharpest possible images and have the resources to address any potential artifacts by changing shooting conditions, or by using specialized software after the shoot.
      The only thing worked up is you

      Yes, the D800E makes tremendously rich and detailed images. Blow your images up to poster size without sacrificing a speck of detail. Don't even begin to worry whether the EXPEED 3 processor is up to the challenge. It won't even work up a sweat delivering 4 of these monster-size frames per second in continuous shooting mode.
      Resume builder

      Whether you're out to shoot large-format, exquisitely detailed landscapes, elegant embroidery on a classic wedding dress, or the next academy-award winning short, the D800E won't leave you empty-handed. It's a professional's tool, in every sense of the word. They've just broadened the scope of what you might call your profession.

      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
      Dust-Off Reference Photo
      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
      Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW), Uncompressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW), Uncompressed 12-bit NEF (RAW), Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Lossless compressed): approx. 60-80 percent, Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Compressed): approx. 45-60 percent, NEF (RAW): lossless compressed 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed, NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats, JPEG (Baseline Compliant), JPEG: JPEG-baseline-compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal Quality, TIFF (RGB)
      Picture Control
      Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, User-customizable Settings
      Storage Media
      SD, SDHC, CompactFlash (Type II)
      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
      Magnification0.70x Approx.
      Viewfinder Eyepoint
      19.5 (-1.0―Ή)
      Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment
      Built-in diopter adjustment (-3 to +1 m―Ή)
      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
      Single-frame [S] mode, Continuous low-speed [CL] mode, Continuous high-speed [CH] mode, Live View [LV] 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), Auto
      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
      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
      Optional Grip
      Nikon MB-D12 Battery Grip
      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
      Flash Sync Terminal
      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 1,920Χ1,080 / 24 fps, HD 1,280Χ720 / 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), Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
      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, AAC
      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 Size (inch diagonal)
      Monitor Resolution (dots)
      Monitor Type
      TFT-LCD Vari-angle
      Monitor Viewing Angle
      170 degrees
      Playback Functions
      Full frame, Thumbnail (4, 9, 16 or 72 segments), Zoom, Movie Playback, Slideshow, Histogram display, Auto image rotation, Shooting data, Highlight point display, 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, Small Pic, Monochrome, Red-eye Correction, Stop Motion, NEF (RAW) Processing, Quick retouch, Straighten, Fisheye, Small picture, Miniature Effect, Before and After, Perspective Control, Color Outline, Color Sketch, Edit Movie, Resize, Selective Color
      Image Comment
      Voice Memo Function
      Audio/Video Out, Hi-speed USB, NTSC, HDMI, 10-pin Terminal, 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-5 AC & EP-5
      Tripod Socket
      Ό 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: D800E
    1. Re: Nikon D800E

      Best DSLR ever released! Go Nikon!
      Photographers are the "Author" of the image, not the "Documenter". Thats a myth.

      -Matt Granger

      Nikon D4x2, D800E(gripped), D7100 (gripped). Nikon 24-70mm, Nikon 70-200mm, Nikon 50mm 1.4G, Nikon 85mm 1.4G, Flashpoint 360ws x 4, Pocket Wizard Plus III x 6, Yongnuo Speedlights x6, 33" umbrellas x4. Alot more

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      Kodiak's Avatar

      Re: D800E


      The D800E has the highest pixel count in the world as of time of release, and still today.
      This is the only reason why I bought it. The 36+MP and new hard/software are its only
      qualities for a long time Nikon "single digit" body user.

      It comes with insufficient battery power —this constitute its major flaw! Its construction
      is acceptable but, even after mounting a grip to it, it doesn't feel, sound and operates
      like a real pro camera.

      The menu and options are like in the D3's (S & X), the functions are perfect, some
      controls feel "toy like".

      In that sense, for me, a good tool. The D800E kept me from buying a medium format
      that would have cost at least 25 times more. I am happy to have saved the money but
      I have yet to find my peace with it. My difficulties have nothing to do with the pictures
      but the way it feels in my paws!


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      Re: D800E


      I was in the same boat as you, thinking of purchasing a medium format camera (Hasselblad), but decided instead on the D800E. Why? Besides saving tons of money, I can achieve BETTER results. How? By shooting multi-rows and exposure blending (comparing that to a single shot from the Hasselblad). Obviously, it requires a lot more effort to create a single photograph, but for me, it's worth it!

      I do not own the D800E yet, but will before spring. I can't wait!

      I will be pairing the D800E with a Zeiss 100mm f/2 lens. If the camera falls a little short of build quality, the Zeiss does not.
      Perhaps you should "focus" your attention on the D800E's results with a super good lens, then, hopefully, you might be more forgiving about it's build quality.

      I used to own a 35mm Exacta camera and it was built like a tank! But back then, so was my car! ​They sure don't build things like they used to!

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