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Nikon D800  (Source:

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The D800 will be released in March while the D800E will ship in April

After announcing the new D4 flagship D-SLR at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last month, Nikon is now announcing its second full frame D-SLR of the year: the D800 Digital SLR.

The new D800 doesn't quite match up to the high-end D4, but is instead the smaller and less expensive relative. However, it still packs a pretty mean catalogue of features and is meant for professional use. The D800, according to Nikon, is intended for shooting multimedia content, weddings and high fashion.

The D800 features a 36.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor capturing 7360 x 4912 resolution, a 91,000-pixel RGB Matrix Metering System, full HD 1080p video, Nikon's latest EXPEED 3 image processing engine, Advanced Scene Recognition System, and a 51-point AF system for quality images. The D800 also offers minimal noise in many different lighting environments, with a native ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 50 (Lo-1) -25,600 (Hi-2).

“Whatever the project, visionaries need a tool that is going to help them stay on-time and on-task,” said Bo Kajiwara, director of marketing, Nikon Inc. “The Nikon D800 re-imagines what is possible from this level of D-SLR, to address the needs of an emerging and ever changing market; this is the camera that is going to bridge the gap for the most demanding imaging professionals, and provide never before seen levels of SLR image and video quality. The D800 is the right tool for today’s creative image makers, affording photographers, filmmakers and videographers a versatile option for capturing the ultimate in still image quality or full HD content, with maximum control.”

The D800 will likely be a hit with video enthusiasts due to its manual exposure controls in video mode and 1080p recording at 30, 25 and 24 fps. Users can also send uncompressed video to a monitor through HDMI as the video is being captured.

New D800 buyers can expect a high-speed USB 3.0 connector, which is also compatible with USB 2.0 cables at slower transfer rates, and two card slots, where one is for CompactFlash cards and the other is for SDHC/SDXC cards.

The D800 is both smaller and cheaper than the D4, with a size of 5.7 inches wide, 4.8 inches tall and 3.2 inches deep (compared to the D4 with 6.3 inches wide, 6.2 inches tall and 3.6 inches deep) and a price of $2,999.95 (compared to the D4's $6,000 price tag).

In addition to the D800, Nikon will also release the D800E, which eliminates the D800's integrated low-pass filter. The price for the D800E is $3,299.95.

The D800 will be available in March while the D800E will be released in April. The D4 ships in February.

Source: Nikon

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By Argon18 on 2/7/2012 10:31:10 AM , Rating: 4
One of these days I want to upgrade to an FX format camera. Really though, my DX format (Nikon D80) works extremely well for everything I've thrown at it. It's inexpensive (I bought it used for $600) and has nearly all the features of the newest models.

It's odd that this new one has so many megapixels. 36 is too much I think. My D80 only has 10 megapixels. The megapixels doesn't mean much, you need good optics for a good photo. 36 Megapixels is either a recipe for lots of noise, or it requires you to use $thousand dollar lenses to get good clear shots.

By anactoraaron on 2/7/2012 11:05:13 AM , Rating: 2
True, it's not necessarily about the MP, in fact it's the image sensor system (expeed 1 2 or 3) that matters most. The majority of what I shoot is indoors in low light (hockey, basketball, swimming etc) I used to use a D80 (4 years ago). Even with a nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens image quality was not there. Dark looking and grainy no matter what- with little that I could do with my limited ISO and low light capability. And shooting at 200th isn't an option for action photos. My next camera was a D300s. Images were better, but even at f/2.8 everything looked soft - especially when compared to my D7000 (what I use now). Images at 800th f/2.8 ISO 3200 look sharper, better than the D300s. There's simply no comparison to the D80 (or the D300s) and D7000 when it comes to image clarity, color accuracy, and low light performance. Of course, if you never really shoot in low light you may not notice much... but aren't you sick and tired of your purples looking like blues with your D80 no matter your WB setting (that was my biggest pet peeve!!)?

Ok Nikon, give us a D7100 with expeed 3 already!

By YashBudini on 2/7/2012 10:26:03 PM , Rating: 2
give us a D7100 with expeed 3 already!

without the back focus issues.

By bug77 on 2/7/2012 11:40:53 AM , Rating: 2
36 is too much I think. My D80 only has 10 megapixels. The megapixels doesn't mean much, you need good optics for a good photo.

Hear, hear!
Not many lenses (if any) can resolve the 24MP of a 5DmkII, so why go for 36MP when you could go for better sensitivity is a bit of a puzzle.

By B3an on 2/7/2012 1:01:54 PM , Rating: 4
BS. I have many lenses than are extremely sharp with my 5D MKII.

You can get Hasselblad cameras that are 60MP (real high-end cameras) and they still take very sharp images.

And as for things like "36MP is too much" ... no it isn't. NEWS FLASH: not everyone has the same needs. These type of cameras are not for people who take pics for facebook.

By bug77 on 2/7/2012 3:52:08 PM , Rating: 2
Of course many lenses are extremely sharp, I didn't say other wise. I only said very few will approach Nyquist.

By SPOOFE on 2/7/2012 7:03:14 PM , Rating: 2
Not many lenses (if any) can resolve the 24MP of a 5DmkII, so why go for 36MP when you could go for better sensitivity is a bit of a puzzle.

Because there are still plenty of photographers that take pictures at base ISO, and for those situations more sensitivity is nigh worthless.

By bug77 on 2/8/2012 8:51:03 AM , Rating: 2
At base ISO, a compact camera is more than enough, you don't need a DSLR for base ISO.

By DoctorBeer on 2/8/2012 12:06:25 PM , Rating: 2

By bug77 on 2/8/2012 2:45:39 PM , Rating: 3
By SPOOFE on 2/8/2012 6:54:19 PM , Rating: 2
Silly boy.

By SPOOFE on 2/8/2012 6:46:59 PM , Rating: 2
Incorrect; you still lose dynamic range, DoF, and fine texture detail.

By bug77 on 2/9/2012 7:19:12 AM , Rating: 2
Of course you loose some, the article itself says so.
I was just emphasizing that base ISO is definitely NOT the criterion to choose a DSLR.

By SPOOFE on 2/10/2012 1:29:10 PM , Rating: 2
It is if you're intending to shoot at base ISO.

By Uncle on 2/7/2012 12:04:14 PM , Rating: 2
I have the d80, I'm no pro. I shoot indoors using the standard 50m 1.4 lens. Good for indoors with some lighting. Darkened auditoriums stage picture are good enough for me in raw format because of the resolution at 10 meg, I just zoom in and crop for the closeups. works for me The D80 also has a great battery life compared to the d300, 2x as long.

By InsaneScientist on 2/7/2012 7:52:10 PM , Rating: 2
The D80 also has a great battery life compared to the d300, 2x as long.

Say whaaaaaat?

Don't get me wrong, I love my D80, and it gets pretty darned good battery life, but there's no way you can be getting twice the battery life on a D80 as a D300. My D300 easily gets twice, probably three times, the battery life of my D80 (with the same battery, for the sake of a fair comparison) - something like 250-300 pictures on the D80 vs 800+ on the D300.

So... either my D80 is really messed up, your D300 is really messed up, or somewhere something was done to make it an unfair comparison. (Different battery, where one is almost at the end of its life, maybe? Or, perhaps someone was taking pictures with Live View on the D300? I dunno...)

By Uncle on 2/7/2012 8:43:44 PM , Rating: 2
You hit the nail on the head my info was possibly from someone with a d300 with a piss poor battery. Makes more sense.

By EricMartello on 2/9/2012 5:02:22 AM , Rating: 2
The D800 is effectively a "full frame" camera with a sensor sized at 35.9 x 24 mm, meaning that it's close to the standard 35mm film frame. At its maximum exposure resolution using an FX lens, it can capture 7,360 x 4,912 pixels and that works out to 205 pixels per mm density.

If you were to attach a DX lens to this camera, it will automatically crop the exposure area of the sensor to DX dimensions of 23.6 x 15.6 mm, which gives you 4,800 x 3,200 pixels or 15.4 MP.

As you can see, using DX lenses on the D800 will yield viable shots which can be printed to large formats - such as those used by the intended market. If you reduced the pixel density of the sensor by half, the DX lenses would no longer be viable for large-format prints since the MP rating would be 7.7 MP.

By comparison, the pixel density of the D7000 is 208 pixel/mm which is right in line with this sensor. It's not going to be "noisier" as some people are saying, and when used with the appropriate lenses it will be able to gather more light at a given ISO than the smaller sensor.

The apparent benefits of the high MP rating on the D800 are not only about getting larger format prints, but allowing photographers who have invested into DX lenses to be able to use the D800 body without compromising quality.

By bryanW1995 on 2/9/2012 11:15:15 PM , Rating: 2
It's a $3000, full frame, professional camera. Do you really think that people buying something like this are going to spend $150 on a lense?

By SPOOFE on 2/10/2012 1:31:00 PM , Rating: 2
Pop a 50mm f/1.8 on there and it'll resolve excellently. You don't even need the pricier AF-S version. :)

By Nortel on 2/7/2012 10:43:26 AM , Rating: 2
Nikon went from 12mp in their D700 to 36mp in this D800. I'm left wondering why they made such a huge jump and at the same time opted for 1 SD and 1 CF card. If this is indeed targeted towards the studio and landscape market, why not go with the industry standard 2x CF? It does seem like an intentional ploy to force purchasers into the D4's open arms.

As Argon18 has stated, to get the resolution bump advantage, the MTF on your lenses (plus chosen aperture) will have to be very high. I'm sure all those medium format users are yawning at yet another 35mm sensor crammed with more megapixels.

P.S. The removal of a low-pass filter should not cost end users +$300, that makes no sense.

RE: gap?
By Iaiken on 2/7/2012 11:21:24 AM , Rating: 3
I'm left wondering why they made such a huge jump and at the same time opted for 1 SD and 1 CF card.

I think it's pretty obvious why they did it, just take a look at the marketing materials and you will see "Eye-Fi wireless/SDHC combo cards are officially supported." This allows professional users to shoot endlessly and send the images to either a physical machine nearby, or have a relay to a clouded file dump.

One of my friends does this with his D4 while shooting events. Raw file gets cached on the local card and then streamed to his laptop hidden nearby, which relays them to his file dump online. He also has some software that allows remote users to view the event in the form of a slide show as it unfolds. This has actually been a big selling point for destination weddings where they have a family party back home for those people that couldn't afford to go.

I am not yet aware of any CF equivalent...

RE: gap?
By Nortel on 2/7/2012 11:53:10 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think it's obvious at all. There are CF to SD card adapters which negate this, not to mention it's 2012 and this simple technology should have been built into the $3000 camera.

RE: gap?
By Iaiken on 2/7/2012 12:18:14 PM , Rating: 3
this simple technology should have been built in

Eye-Fi cards are not compatible with CF-adapters. Period.

Further, Eye-Fi has over 200 patents on every conceivable implementation and refuses to license out the tech. The SD Association published a Wi-Fi standard based on their insider knowledge of Eye-Fi technology, but it is likely that any company implementing the standard would get sued to hell and back, so nobody has yet tried.

RE: gap?
By Nortel on 2/7/2012 1:53:25 PM , Rating: 2
Nikon WT-1, WT-3A, WT-4A wireless transmitters came onto the market well before Eye-Fi cards. Are you trying to say Nikon cannot implement its own technology in its products?

I looked it up and it looks like everyone is begging Eye-Fi to create a CF version or a SD -> CF adapter with a different controller but they refuse. You can use an adapter but they are not officially supported; you have reduced range and corruption is a possibility.

RE: gap?
By Iaiken on 2/7/2012 2:32:49 PM , Rating: 3
WT-1, WT-3A, WT-4A wireless transmitters

These are a really clumsy implementation in order to get around the eye-fi patents. While the Eye-Fi Pro serves as a wireless N hotspot that the other device pulls from, the WT-series serves as a G client and as such is fraught with problems and pitfalls.

1. The WT series is reliant on there being an accessible Wi-Fi network already in place for it to traverse to the other machine. In many location shoots, this will not be the case and you will have to set up your own.

2. Uses a push configuration without handshaking or validation before deleting the file. This can result in files being corrupted during sending or otherwise vanishing into thin air.

3. Destination machine must be set up correctly to recieve or else you will simply lose all your files to the above idiocy.

4. No geotagging.

5. Cannot transfer files in RAW format, they must be pushed in some other format.

6. Cannot transfer files to more than one device.

None of these are problems with the Eye-Fi. It can be set up in a push-pull configuration using a Zeroconf client on multiple devices and formats (RAW to laptop, jpg to tablet). You can administer it remotely the way you would a wireless router at home to lock down permissions. If it loses connection to the other devices, it will store up the backlog until it comes back in range. You can even interact with the device using only your web browser. Did I mention that it costs 10x less than the inferior Nikon solution.

I don't disagree that things like this should be a de facto standard feature in high priced cameras, but that can't happen until Eye-Fi starts licensing the tech. The company is privately owned and this puts it in a very strong position as it is safe from being taken over and can exploit it's monopolistic position. After it's partnership with SanDisk, Eye-fi is in a better position than ever before.

RE: gap?
By anactoraaron on 2/7/2012 2:33:42 PM , Rating: 2
Yes and all of the Nikon wireless transmitters have cost quite a bit. You can't compare a WT-4A $700+ to a ~$75 8GB eye-fi card with wireless n. Eye-Fi seized an opportunity to make a less expensive product.

But with UHS-1 SD cards at 45MB/sec (and I'm lovin my Sandisk Extreme's getting a constant 27MB/sec write) and UHS-2 spec at 312MB/sec will we even need CF soon? If there's a 'low end' UHS-2 100MB/sec 8GB/16GB SD card and the price is right will anyone still use CF?

RE: gap?
By MDme on 2/7/2012 2:07:08 PM , Rating: 2

The D4 is not yet released. It will be this month though. Also, the D4 DOES NOT have an SD slot. It uses a UDMA7 CF slot and the new XQD card.

RE: gap?
By MrTeal on 2/7/2012 12:20:48 PM , Rating: 2
P.S. The removal of a low-pass filter should not cost end users +$300, that makes no sense.

I wonder if the D800E would still include an IR/UV filter, or if it will be completely filterless? There really hasn't been a successor to the 20Da since Canon discontinued that. $300 is expensive for not including something, but for the limited market that wants that it might be worthwhile.

RE: gap?
By SPOOFE on 2/7/2012 7:01:17 PM , Rating: 2
The removal of a low-pass filter should not cost end users +$300, that makes no sense.

Volume. It makes perfect sense.

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