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Nikon D800 Review Summary

36 Megapixels36 MegapixelsSingle Lens ReflexSingle Lens ReflexHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Compact Flash Type I memory.Accepts Compact Flash Type I memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Nikon D800 Assessment

The Nikon D800 has impressive specifications but that is just the beginning. Its 36 MP sensor with ISO 50-25600 sensitivity is capable of shooting at 4 FPS and capturing full 1080p HD. It includes a 51-point autofocus system and all features expected from a professional DSLR, including a large 100% coverage viewfinder and sturdy weatherproof body with dual control-dials.

With its ultra-high resolution, the D800 can capture more details than any camera other than the almost identical D800E
Nikon D800E
which does not feature an anti-alias filter. It manages to keep image noise extremely low and delivers highly usable results at all standard ISO sensitivities. Dynamic-range is excellent too.

Metering is generally good but certainly conservative. Color rendition is quite natural and automatic white-balance works well under natural light. Under indoor lighting, however, it struggles but this is easy to work around.

The Nikon D800 has a super-fast autofocus system and operates very quickly. Its continuous drive only goes to 4 FPS without the optional battery grip due to the processing power required. This makes it less suitable for action photography than lower-resolution models like the 11 FPS 16 Megapixels D4
Nikon D4
.

There is only one word of caution with this camera: lenses. To obtain the best image quality, the D800 requires the best lenses and each of those easily cost at least half the price of the camera.

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PROS CONS
Considerably higher resolution than peers Sharpening introduces artifacts quickly
Very low image noise Some under-exposure
Good color-accuracy Poor AWB indoors
Excellent dynamic-range Increased softness at ISO 3200+
Very fast autofocus Strong anti-alias filter
Quite fast and responsive EC button placement not ideal
Ultra-short black-out Asymmetric card slots
Flexible self-timer and exposure delay Highly inconsistent Live-view
Very sharp LCD Bizarre Auto ISO
Highly customizable with plenty of controls Exposure Delay mode hidden in menu
Dual memory cards can provide instant backup Highly sensitive to lens performance
Excellent build quality
Manual focus assist direction indicator
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

Related Information

Sister Models
Nikon D800E
Nikon D800E
- No Anti-Alias Filter
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Nikon D800 Facts

SLR digital camera
36 Megapixels DSLRISO 50-25600
Nikon F Mount
1X FLM

Sensor-Size: 36 x 24mm

Full-Frame Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

Shutter 1/8000-30s
100% Coverage
Extra Large Viewfinder
Full manual controls, including Manual Focus
2 Axis Digital LevelCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
WeatherproofSpot-Metering
Built-in Dust ReductionHot-Shoe & Sync-Port
4 FPS Drive, 22 ImagesStereo audio input
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
3.2" LCD 920K PixelsSecure Digital Extended Capacity
Compact Flash Type 1
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