Since I’m a Nikon shooter and I currently use the D700, I’m excited to see the next generation announced by Nikon. Some of the new features I’m motivated about included in the D800 are the 36.3MP FX-format CMOS sensor, Full HD 1080p video at 30p and the built in HDR feature. The price is less than I was expecting too, $2,999. One thing I am concerned about is the number of pixels they are jamming into the sensor and the effect if will have on the output. This will definitely be on the top of my list as my next purchase, but I want to wait and see some of the real world photos with all those pixels before I take the leap.
Looks like just over a month for the release.
Here are some highlights from the Nikon press release for the D800.
- High resolution 36.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor (7360 x 4912 resolution)
- 91,000-pixel RGB Matrix Metering System 3D Color Matrix Metering III
- Advanced Scene Recognition System
- Improved 51-point AF system for images with amazing sharpness, color and clarity
- Full HD 1080p video, such as full manual control, uncompressed HDMI output, and incredible low-light video capability
- Nikon’s latest EXPEED 3™ image processing engine
- Wide native ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 50 (Lo-1)-25,600 (Hi-2)
- New enhanced auto white balance system that more accurately recognizes both natural and artificial light sources, and also gives the user the option to retain the warmth of ambient lighting
- In-camera High Dynamic Range (HDR) image capture
- Video including Full HD 1080 at 30/24p and HD 720 at 60/30p
- Dedicated headphone jack for accurate monitoring of audio levels while recording. Audio output levels can be adjusted with 30 steps for precise audio adjustment and monitoring
- The chassis is constructed of magnesium alloy for maximum durability, and is sealed and gasketed for resistance to dirt and moisture
- Dual memory card slots for CF and SD cards, and offers users the ability to record backup, overflow, RAW/JPEG separation
- Shutter has been tested to withstand approximately 200,000 cycles, and the camera also employs sensor cleaning
Price and Availability
The Nikon D800 will be available in late March for the suggested retail price of $2999.95.* The D800E version will be available in mid April 2012 for a suggested retail price of $3,299.95.* For more information about these models, NIKKOR lenses and other D-SLR cameras please visit http://www.nikonusa.com.
As I’ve indicated in another post, I’m still contemplating buying the D800. In the meantime to tide me over, I purchased a Fuji X100. 🙂 What a great camera and I just love the retro rangefinder look. Watch for my first take on the X100 soon. Anyway, my daughter’s boyfriend purchased the D800 and really likes the camera. He primarily uses it for portraits and will be doing some wedding shoots. The shots I’ve seen have turned out great and the resolution is nice though the files are huge.
Let me know if any of you have tried the D800 and your thoughts. I’d also like to hear from folks that have both the D4 and D800.