Nikon D800

Last Updated (01 August’13):
- Review & Sample Photos @ CNET

Nikon D800 is a 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera. It comes with incredible features to capture outstanding images like a 36.3-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24.0mm) CMOS sensor, Full 1080p HD broadcast quality video and minimized rolling shutter, Multi-Area Full HD D-Movie Video Recording Mode, Comprehensive high fidelity audio recording and playback control, including View simultaneous Live View output on external monitors and record uncompressed video via HDMI terminal. The camera measures 5.7 x 4.8 x 3.2 in. and weight Approx. 31.7 oz. (900g) camera body only.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

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Nikon D800 Reviews

CNET reviews the Nikon D800 and writes;
“The video looks really good, though I can’t yet say whether or not it’s better than many of the alternatives. While there’s some moiré, there’s no rolling shutter to speak of, it’s reasonably sharp, and the tonal range in both light and dark looks very smooth and broad.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Cameralabs reviews the Nikon D800 and writes;
“The Nikon D800 is a triumph for still shooters. The new 36 Megapixel full-frame sensor delivers tremendous quality, comfortably out-resolving the Canon EOS 5D Mark III while matching its noise levels when viewed at 1:1. For the best quality you should be shooting in RAW, but even the D800′s in-camera JPEGs using the default settings are very pleasing.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Expertreviews reviews the Nikon D800 and writes;
“For those choosing between the Nikon D800 and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, the decision is trickier. Each one is an absolute pleasure to use and produces beautiful photos, but their image quality excels in different directions.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Bythom reviews the Nikon D800 and writes;
“The D800 models are very good cameras that can produce as-good-as-it-gets-from-DSLRs output. While that might make you think you should get a D800 or D800E, that’s not entirely true (see next section). To achieve great results from a D800 model you need shot discipline, attention to detail, good lenses, and probably some pretty good post processing skills.”
Rating: ★★★★½

T3 reviews the Nikon D800 and writes;
“Nikon supplied our sample with a wide angle 16-35mm f/1.4 lens; great for cramming expansive landscapes into the frame, or achieving a shallow depth of field (subject sharp, background blurred) if photographing or filming closer subjects, not so great for grabbing candid close ups from afar.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Nikon D800 and writes;
“after using a D800 test sample for three months and my own D800E for five months, I would say this camera greatly exceeds my expectations.”
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Gizmodo reviews the Nikon D800 and writes;
“The Nikon D800 takes beautiful photos in nearly any situation. In daylight, the camera is completely satisfying. It shoots minuscule details and vivid color like no other camera out there. In the dark, the high-resolution sensor holds up impressively in its standard ISO range, and photos taken at up to ISO 1600 and often ISO 3200 have so little noise that they’re usable without editing.”
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Ephotozine compares the Nikon D800 and Nikon D800E and writes;
“The D800 and more so the D800E is a real challenger to medium format cameras, giving similar impact and excellent image quality at a fraction of the price you would pay for medium format.”
Rating: ★★★★★

Luminous-landscape reviews the Nikon D800 and writes;
“When used casually with ordinary glass it will satisfy just about anyone. When used with meticulous technique and the very best glass it is simply awesome, and I have never used that word in print before in relation to any camera or back. The D800/E really is that good.”
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Whatdigitalcamera reviews the Nikon D800 and writes;
“The amount of detail rendered is excellent, while the tonal range very broad, allowing you to produce super-sized, high-quality prints. Combine that with the quality feel, extensive feature set and polished handling, and the D800 is an excellent DSLR that won’t disappoint. “
Rating: ★★★★½

DigitalSLRPhoto reviews the Nikon D800 and writes;
“The Nikon D800 sets a new benchmark in terms of what can be expected from a 35mm-based digital SLR. The stunning FX-format sensor provides images with file sizes that were once the domain of medium-format digital backs, while the camera body affords all the benefits that have established 35mm-based DSLRs as the most popular type of camera system.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PCMAG reviews the Nikon D800 and writes;
“The D800 is an exception—it keeps noise below 1.5 percent through its top standard setting of ISO 6400 and manages to retain an incredible amount of detail while doing so. The camera also supports extended ISO settings—at Hi-1 (ISO 12800) the noise is only 1.6 percent, and at Hi-2 (ISO 25600) it is still a manageable 2.1 percent.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ITProPortal reviews the Nikon D800 and writes;
“It has class-leading colour depth and dynamic range, the best AF and metering system you’ll find anywhere, and it produces amazingly detailed noise-free images even at moderately high ISO settings. It’s essentially a D4 with a higher resolution sensor, in a smaller and lighter body, and for about half the price, and is going to be a massive hit with landscape, portrait and studio photographers.”
Rating: ★★★★★

PCAdvisor reviews the Nikon D800 and writes;
“Indeed, twinned with the optic in question the D800 proved well suited to expansive landscape shots, via which the sharp level of detail plus punchy colours could really be appreciated. Shooting closer objects, the lens also allowed for plenty of detail to be retained in the subject, with the background sympathetically defocused.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Digitaltrends reviews the Nikon D800 and writes;
“The Nikon D800 can record full HD video MOV files. We’re still not huge fans of DSLR video focusing, yet this camera did a very good job; we used a combo of auto and manual focus for improved results.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photographylife reviews the Nikon D800 and writes;
“With its impressive 36.3 MP sensor, which is currently the highest resolution full-frame sensor on the market (as of May 2012), the D800 delivers stunning images in terms of dynamic range, colors and details.”
Rating: ★★★★★

Pocket-lint reviews the Nikon D800 and writes;
“the D800 image performance, even in low light, is one of the most impressive things we’ve seen. Images are usable right up to ISO 3600 and even in to the extended range they have some value, though there is significant noise.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Techradar reviews the Nikon D800 and writes;
“For the price, the D800 represents a good investment. You get pretty much all of the best features of the D4 in a more compact and lighter body, for just shy of half of the price.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Ephotozine reviews the Nikon D800 and writes;
“Good image size, decent ISO performance, nice video capabilities and at a very reasonable price for the specs, it just happens to be a different manufacturer.”
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Trustedreviews reviews the Nikon D800 and writes;
“one of the main benefits of a full-frame sensor (over APS-C) is its inherent ability to produce a shallower depth of field. Nikon has itself drawn attention to this with some bold claims about how the D800 (used in FX mode with a fast lens) is able to produce “exquisitely shallow depth of field with beautiful bokeh effects”.”
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Btobey reviews the Nikon D800 and writes;
“The D800 has a similar ISO performance as the D700 (except on the lower range). The D800′s base ISO ranges from 100 to 6400, expandable to 50 and 25600. The expanded low ISO range should suggest better shadow noise, along with some improved dynamic range.”
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Gottabemobile reviews the Nikon D800 and writes;
“In this sample photo you can clearly see that Nikon D800 is up to the task for shooting still life scenes at ISO 800. Wedding and event photographers will likely be able to shoot in this range with natural light without any issue at all.”
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DXomark reviews the Nikon D800 and writes;
“with its D800 model, Nikon has put together all the features that any expert photographer would expect of a camera appearing in 2012.”
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Digitalcamerainfo reviews the Nikon D800 and writes;
“For landscape, architectural, and studio photographers, however, the Nikon D800 (or really, the Nikon D800E) is a rather revolutionary camera. The level of precision and detail that you can achieve with 36.3 megapixels is just what they’re after, and they rarely require (or desperately avoid, anyway) ISO settings above 200.”
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Whatdigitalcamera reviews the Nikon D800 and writes;
“The D800 has almost exactly the same movie-capture abilities as the D4, which ought to make it among the best moving-image-capture products in the market. The camera can capture 1080p movies at 30/25/24fps using H.264 compression, or 720p files at 60/50fps for fluid half-time playback in editing. “
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Kenrockwell reviews the Nikon D800 and writes;
“The D800 is the best DSLR ever made by anyone at any price. I’ve got a D800 already, and have a D800E on order. There is no comparison.”
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Mansurovs reviews the Nikon D800 and writes;
“Dynamic range is the highest at ISO 100 and gradually goes down as you increase ISO. My field tests are showing that shooting between ISO 100 and 800 is quite acceptable without heavy loss of dynamic range. Anything beyond ISO 800 will decrease dynamic range dramatically.”
Rating: ★★★★★

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Nikon D800 Features

The D800 is new DSLR camera that offers 36.3 megapixel FX-format sensor that will be perfect to capture wedding, commercial or landscape images with creative genius. The sensor offers witness tonal range and precision to provide supreme clarity, depth and texture. The camera also has high ISO sensitivity of 100 to 6400 (expanded up to 25,600) which allows users to shoot from dawn to dusk.

There is new Advanced Scene Recognition System which offers a 91,000-pixel RGB light meter capable to deliver unprecedented levels of accuracy to AF, AE, i-TTL flash control, face recognition and auto white balance. Moreover, the Nikon D800 comes with new EXPEED 3 image processing which offers ability to reduce color phase shifts seen with lesser systems, producing more faithful colors and tones while managing massive amounts of data at breakthrough speed.


The camera also allows users to record Full HD 1080p at 30/25/24p or 720p at 60/50p in AVC format that will be perfect choice for filmmakers, multimedia professionals and event photographers. There is manual mode which supports users to control manually the aperture, ISO, AF and shutter speed when you are recording the video. The Nikon D800 allows users to record uncompressed files via HDMI to an external recording device including attach headphones and check audio levels or monitor input on the camera’s LCD monitor.

The Nikon D800 has a super sharp 3.2-inch LCD screen that offers high resolution of 921,000-dot with 100% coverage to confirm image capture and view menu options, histograms, video settings and more. The LCD screen is equipped with an anti-glare coating and auto brightness control ease of viewing, no matter the environment. It also automatically adjusts the LCD brightness and visibility for bright, crisp image playback, menu adjustment and Live View shooting.


Nikon D800 Highlights Features

+ 51- point AF system
+ built-in HDR
+ Picture control button


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