Nikon D800 Summary
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
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.
|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|
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Nikon D800 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 36 x 24mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|36 Megapixels DSLR||ISO 50-25600|
|Nikon F Mount|
Extra Large Viewfinder
|Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|2 Axis Digital Level||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Hot-Shoe & Sync-Port|
|4 FPS Drive, 22 Images||Stereo audio input|
|1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|3.2" LCD 920K Pixels||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
|Compact Flash Type 1|
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