Nikon 36.3 Megapixels D800 Fullframe DSLR Review by dpreview With Rating 82/1002012-05-10 02:31 | Source
This camera is currently ranked at #25 of the top camera sales ranking in Japan.
On February 6 2012, Nikon announced the D800 FX-format DSLR camera offering 36.3 Megpaixels (7360 x 4912 resolution) CMOS sensor with a new EXPEED 3 image-processing engine and 91K-pixel RGB sensor that supports the Advanced Scene Recognition System. The D800 also comes with a new Multi-area mode Full HD D-Movie that enables movie recording using either the FX-based movie format or the DX-based movie format.
|Model||D800||EOS 5D Mark III|
|Style||Digital SLR||Digital SLR|
|LCD Screen||3.2-inch Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD with 921,000 Dots 170-degree wide-viewing angle||3.2-inch TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor with Approx. 1.04 million dots Coverage Approx. 100% Approx. 170 degree vertically and horizontally|
|Memory Cards||1 CompactFlash (CF) card and 1 Secure Digital (SD) card - CompactFlash (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA) SD SDHC SDXC||CF Cards (Type I); Compatible with UDMA CF cards; SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards|
|Resolution||FX-format (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 DX-format (L) 4,800 x 3,200 (M) 3,600 x 2,400 (S) 2,400 x 1,600||(1) Large: Approx. 22.10 Megapixels (5760 x 3840) (2) Medium: Approx. 9.80 Megapixels (3840 x 2560) (3) S1 (Small 1): Approx. 5.50 Megapixels (2880 x 1920) (4) S2 (Small 2): Approx. 2.50 Megapixels (1920 x 1280) (5) S3 (Small 3): Approx. 350,000 Pixels (720 x 480) (6) RAW: Approx. 22.10 Megapixels (5760 x 3840) (7) M-RAW: Approx. 10.50 Megapixels (3960 x 2640) (8) S-RAW: Approx. 5.50 Megapixels (2880 x 1920) Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.|
|File Formats||JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression NEF (RAW): lossless compressed 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed TIFF (RGB) JPEG: JPEG-Baseline-Compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal Quality, Movie File Format MOV Movie Video Compression H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding||Still Image: JPEG, RAW (14-bit Canon Original), M-RAW, S-RAW, RAW+JPEG, M-RAW+JPEG, S-RAW+JPEG Video: MOV (Image data: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC; Audio: Linear PCM)|
|Shutter Speed||1/8000 to 30 sec. Bulb||1/8000 to 1/60 sec., X-sync at 1/200 sec. 1/8000 to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.) * Shutter speed's control range can be set with a Custom Function.|
|ISO Sensitivity||ISO 100 - 6400 Lo-1 (ISO 50) Hi-1 (ISO 12,800) Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)||ISO 100-25600 (in 1/3-stop or whole-stop increments) ISO speed expansion possible to ISO 50, 51200, and 102400. For [Highlight tone priority], the settable ISO speed range will be 200-25600. ISO speed safety shift possible with Custom Function.|
|White Balance Settings||Auto (2 types) Choose color temperature (2500K-10000K) Cloudy Direct Sunlight Flash Fluorescent (7 types) Incandescent Preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored) Shade||(1) Auto (AWB) (2) Daylight (3) Shade (4) Cloudy (5) Tungsten light (6) White fluorescent light (7) Flash (8) Custom (Custom WB) (9) Color temperature|
|Flash Modes||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||E-TTL II autoflash with all EX Series Speedlites|
|Flash Range||39 ft. (ISO 100)||N/A|
|Shooting Modes||Landscape Monochrome Neutral Portrait Standard User-customizable Settings Vivid||Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1-3 * Scene Intelligent Auto will set [Auto] automatically. * [Standard] is the default setting for [User Def. 1-3]|
|Maximum Movie Resolution||1280 x 720 (30p): 30 fps (29.97 fps) 1280 x 720 (60p): 60 fps (59.94 fps) 1920 x 1080 (24p): 24 fps (23.976 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30p): 30 fps (29.97 fps)||1920 x 1080 (Full HD), 1280 x 720 and 640 x 480|
|Maximum Movie Frames Per Second||24 fps, 30 fps, 60 fps||[1920 x 1080]: 30 fps / 25 fps / 24 fps [1280 x 720]: 60 fps / 50 fps [640 x 480]: 30 fps / 25 fps|
|Maximum Movie Duration||20 minutes at highest quality 29 minutes 59 seconds at normal quality||If the recording time reaches 29 min. 59 sec., the movie shooting stops automatically.|
|Metering||Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8mm circle in center of frame Matrix: 3D color matrix metering III (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering III (other CPU lenses) Spot: Meters 4mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point||Max. aperture TTL metering with 63-zone SPC with the following selectable modes: (1) Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points) (2) Partial metering (center, approx. 7.2% of viewfinder) (3) Spot metering (center, approx. 1.5% of viewfinder) AF point-linked spot metering not provided. (4) Center-weighted average metering|
|Self Timer||2, 5, 10, 20 sec. Timer duration electronically controlled||10-sec. or 2-sec. delay|
|Video Out (TV Playback)||HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector Headphone Connector NTSC Stereo Microphone Input||(1) Video OUT terminal: NTSC/PAL selectable (2) HDMI mini OUT terminal|
|Batteries||EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery||One Battery Pack LP-E6|
|Dimensions||Width 5.7 in. (144.78mm) Height 4.8 in. (121.92mm) Depth 3.2 in. (81.28mm)||6.0 x 4.6 x 3.0 in. (152.0 x 116.4 x 76.4 mm )|
|Weight||31.7 oz. (900g)||30.3 oz./ 860g|
|Other Info||Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution 4 frames per second||Continuous Shooting Speed High-speed: Maximum approx. 6 shots/sec. Low-speed: Maximum approx. 3 shots/sec. Silent continuous shooting: Maximum approx. 3 shots/sec. Maximum Burst JPEG Large/Fine: Approx. 65 shots (approx. 16270 shots) RAW: Approx. 13 shots (approx. 18 shots) RAW+JPEG Large/Fine: Approx. 7 shots (approx. 7 shots) *Figures are based on Canon's testing standards (ISO 100 and Standard Picture Style) and a 8 GB card.|
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Nikon D800 Camera Reviews Roundup
|PhotographyLife: "While the Nikon D4 is the proper tool for sports and wildlife photography due to its faster speed and extreme ISO capabilities, many photographers are also looking at the Nikon D800 for sports and wildlife photography. First, the high-resolution sensor could give some "reach" opportunities with plenty of options to crop in-camera (DX mode) or in post. Second, the AF system on the D800 is identical to the o..." - Apr 21 2013 More »|
|LetsGoDigital: "The Nikon D800 is ready to use in no time. The camera is activated within 0.12 seconds, and the shutter lag has been reduced to about 0.042 seconds. At that speed, the D800 competes with its big brother, the D4. Nevertheless, the D800 is not an action photography camera. With the possibility of capturing a maximum of 4 images per second, this Full Frame camera is perfectly suitable for studio or landscape photograph..." - Apr 02 2013 More »|
|NeoCamera: "The Nikon D800 has been grabbing headlines and accolades since it was launched. Its class-leading 36 MP resolution delivers 50% more resolution than ever seen from a DSLR, opening up the potential for huge and highly detailed prints. Its CMOS sensor delivers very low image-noise with nearly noise-free results until ISO 1600 at full-resolution. Even though its ultra-high resolution gets the most attention, the D..." - Jan 29 2013 More »|
|Digital Camera Review: "Still image quality was stellar. Our test shots showed excellent dynamic range with and without D-Lighting, which can be set at different levels to help retain shadow and highlight detail. Exposure was pretty much spot on and colors were naturally rendered but well-saturated. I tested the camera with the Nikon 18-36mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm and 24-120mm lenses. While the latter was my least favorite (but still quite goo..." - Jan 25 2013 More »|
Nikon D800 Camera Recent User Reviews
- May 12 2013 Think long and hard before you buy., Connor Mallon
I'll start off by saying, this is a great camera as far as pictures go; however, there are a lot of "buts" when it comes to this machine. 36MP is a whole lotta pixels, and in my experience as a former owner, a lot of pixels leads to a lot of problems. One thing you may want to consider right off the bat, is the file size of these pictures. Transferring and loa...
- May 12 2013 A dreamy machine., kelasela "Photographer who loves to shop :)"
I used a D700 for the longest time. Now that I have the D800, what a night and day difference! A purchase of this caliber deserves a lengthy review which I do not have time for at the moment. However, I will say that using this camera has definitely improved the way I take pictures, how fast and accurately I take them, the quality of my photos and also made my post-proce...
- May 11 2013 Nikon D800, Richard Khoo
I have been using D100 for ten years. It was time for an upgrade. I did my homework and selected D800. While it will take a while for me to explore all the features, I can appreciate the better outcomes right away....
- May 03 2013 Hands Down, The Greatest DSLR Ever Made. I Switched Brands For This Camera After 10 Years With Canon!, Joy Calla
I have been a canon shooter for many many years. Nikon was preparing to take on Canon & medium format at the same time. When I starting looking to upgrade my 5D MK2 of course I looked at the 5D mk3. However I never followed Nikon much and did not know about the D800/D800E. So it just popped up on screen while searching some online stuff about the 5D mk3. When I saw the specs I tho...