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Nikon D800  (Source:

Nikon D800  (Source:
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 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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