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Nikon D800  (Source: nikonusa.com)

Nikon D800  (Source: nikonusa.com)
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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RE: FX
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.


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