Nikon Announces 36.3MP D800, D800E D-SLRs
February 7, 2012 10:11 AM
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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,
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
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
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2/7/2012 2:32:49 PM
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.
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