- I like the camera!
- Pretty amazing all rounder,
- Great image quality, in the same ballpark as the D3x at pixel level at low ISO... but with 1.5 times as many of those. DR is what I expected it to be. Clearly much superior at high ISO,
- Very clear viewfinder makes decent (if not critical) manual focus possible. The VF seems superior to what I remember of the D3x and is clearly superior to the D7000,
- Mirror damping seems excellent and hand held shooting is fairly easy, but the sound made by the mirror has a less robust feel than that of the D3x,
- Live view is a bit of a mixed bag, but it is overall clearly improved compared to the implementation of the D3x. There is at least one new issues that may impact its usability for some applications. Live view is important enough that I devoted a special section to the topic below.
- Very accurate auto-focus and focusing aid with all the lenses I tried (AF-S 24 f1.4, 35mm f2.0, AF-S 85 f1.4, AF-S 70-300 f4-5.6 VR),
- The easy activation of auto-ISO by ISO button + front wheel is very convenient,
- No problem using the 24mm PCE on the D800,
- It seems to work pretty well with the 70-300 f4-5.6 VR although the gap in sharpness compared to top primes is obviously there. I am therefore not sure that the doomsday discussions about how demanding on lenses the camera is really applies,
- At least one aspect of live view could have been implemented better (see below),
- Predictably, battery life feels much shorter than with the D3x even in mild weather. That is at least the case when using Live View extensively. A fair test would of course require the usage of the battery pack using larger capacity batteries,
- The default exposure with the mirror in place seems a bit hot. This being said, the slight under-rating of the ISO of the D800 helps LR recover blown highlights so that I don't consider this as a real issue for now. It is worth noticing that the exposure in live view mode tends to under-expose a bit more,
- The new auto-iso is so close to perfection that having more explicit control on the speed bias in auto mode would have been even better. I feel that it may be going for a bit too high speeds - to be confirmed,
- The 2 axis level sensor is nice, but the non illuminated display in the viewfinder is hard to see in low light situations. I guess it can be said that it doesn't intrude in daylight situations."
|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 - Apr 21 2013|
"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 p..." More »
|LetsGoDigital - Apr 02 2013|
"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 cam..." More »
|NeoCamera - Jan 29 2013|
"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 tho..." More »
|Digital Camera Review - Jan 25 2013|
"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...." More »
Nikon D800 Camera Recent User Reviews
- Jul 21 2014 this camera is the best. ignore what they say about the MP issue, jennifer "Jennifer"
Verified Purchase ( this camera is the best. ignore what they say about the MP issue. it's totally fine. it doesn't take that long to convert to jpeg, unless your computer is from 1995. i don't mind the file sizes, at all. and the camera hasn't had even ONE glitch. it has run 100% at every event i've shot. not to mention the speed and sturdiness of this little guy. th...
- Jul 19 2014 Excellent Camera, JR. Byrge
I've been shooting for a long time and this is by far my favorite camera. My first digital SLR was the Nikon D70, then I bumped up to the D300s and now this is awesome in terms of technology. Because of the file size, it's not a speed demon when shooting sports, but that is not why I bought this camera. With it's high ISO capabilities and excellent picture quality, I don't know why I...
- Jul 19 2014 What a dream!, Heatherr
This camera takes fabulous photos. The crisp and clear images makes your amateur photos, become professional. My first camera started off with the D3000 to the D7000, and now I make the jump to Full Frame and couldn't be happier! Should of upgraded a long time ago. Only down side is the body of the camera is heavy, and it should of came with built in WiFi....