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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 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.

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