Nikon D800 & D800E Specifications
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The Nikon D800E (same as D800 but slightly sharper)
See also Nikon D800 versus D800E.
The D800E is the same camera and has the same sensor as the D800, except that the D800E has its anti-aliasing filter removed. IR and UV rejection are the same.
36MP FX (35.9 x 24.0 mm) CMOS.
7,360 × 4,912 pixels (L, 36MP), 5,520 × 3,680 (M, 20MP), 3,680 × 2,456 (S, 9MP).
14-bit linear ADC, 16-bit data pipelines, same as the D3X.
Video only uses a central 32.8 x 18.4mm section at most.
It's easy to set a function button to allow direct selection of these from shot-to-shot:
30 x 24 mm.
6,144 × 4,912 pixels (L, 30MP), 4,608 × 3,680 (M), 3,072 × 2,456 (S).
1.2x Canon emulation
30.0 x 19.9 mm.
6,144 × 4,080 pixels (L, 25MP), 4,608 × 3,056 (M), 3,072 × 2,040 (S).
23.4 x 15.6 mm.
4,800 × 3,200 pixels (L, 15.4MP), 3,600 × 2,400 (M), 2,400 × 1,600 (S).
100 ~ 6,400, expandable to 50 (LO-1) to ISO 25,600 (HI+2).
With a built-in AF motor and an aperture feeler for manual-focus lenses, it's the same as the D3X and D7000: it works great with every Nikon lens made since 1977!
More at Nikon Lens Compatibility.
51 points (only 15 are cross-type, and 9 will work even at f/8).
Dark LCD boxes indicate AF areas, lit occasionally in red.
Same CAM3500-FX sensor as D3X.
Fine-tuning, if you have slight errors with certain lenses.
0.70x magnification with 50mm lens, same as D3X.
Yes, electronic virtual horizon with roll and pitch, better than the D3X.
Works on rear LCD, and in the finder if you activate it by programming one of the Function buttons to do this.
91,000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Meter III with Advanced Scene Recognition and Face Recognition Systems. The funny thing is that it still uses only a 30,000-image reference database, the same as the Matrix meter of the 1980s!
i-TTL flash metering for use with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600 and SB-400.
4mm Spot and 8, 12, 15 or 20mm-diameter center-weighted.
Meter coupling: AI or CPU.
In-camera High Dynamic Range (HDR) capture.
Controls wireless flash.
GN 39/12 (Feet/meters at ISO 100).
1/8,000 ~ 30 seconds in full, half or third-stops.
Flash Sync: 1/250.
Carbon fiber and Kevlar, tested to 200,000 cycles.
Requires an exotic 10-pin electronic remote cable, no thread for a real cable release.
4 FPS FX.
(5 FPS DX, 6 FPS DX with MB-D12 battery grip, but if you want speed for DX shooting, the D7000 does 6 FPS right out of the box with the regular battery, for less than half the price and with better ergonomics!)
Two modes, with a rear selector lever.
23x zoom electronic loupe.
Video only uses a central 32.8 x 18.4mm section of the sensor, at most.
No Standard definition or 4:3 options.
FX and DX gates.
Time-lapse mode from 1 FPS down to about one frame every half-hour.
Up to 29:59 minutes per clip at normal quality.
Live, uncompressed 1080 HD signal directly from the HDMI port (8 bit, 4:2:2).
Built-in mono mic.
3.5mm stereo mic jack.
20-step manual recording gain control.
30-step manual output gain control.
3.5mm headphone jack.
Linear PCM recording.
JPG, TIFF, NEF, or NEF+JPG.
NEF in 12- or 14-bit with no, lossy or lossless compression.
JPG in BASIC, NORMAL or FINE, Size or Quality-based.
Exquisite 3.2," 921,000 dots.
Tempered glass cover.
Auto brightness control.
USB 3.0, micro-B connector.
HDMI, type-C connector.
SD and CF Slots, Nikon D800. enlarge.
One CF card rated up to UDMA-7, and one SD card rated up to SDXC / UHS-1.
EN-EL15 (same battery and charger as D7000).
Rated 900 shots.
Nikon rates it as 2 hours 35 minutes for a full recharge.
Nikon says the clock battery charges itself after two days with a regular battery inserted, and once charged, will keep the clock running for three months if you pull the main battery.
4.8 x 5.7 × 3.2 inches, HWD.
123 × 146 x 81.5 millimeters, HWD.
35.075 oz. (994.3g), measured with battery and a CF card.
34.805 oz. (986.7g), measured with battery and an SD card.
35.140 oz. (996.2g), measured with battery, a CF card and an SD card.
34.740 oz. (984.8g), measured with battery but no cards.
31.675 oz. (897.9g), measured completely stripped.
3.065 oz. (87.0g), battery alone.
Nikon rates it at 35.3 oz. (1,000g or 2 lb., 3.3 oz.) with battery and SD card.
Nikon rates it at 31.7 oz. (900g or 1 lb., 15.7 oz.) stripped.
Nikon D800 box. See side.
Introduction, February-April 2012: $2,999.95
BF-1B Body Cap.
BM-12 clear LCD Monitor Cover.
BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover.
EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery.
MH-25 Battery Charger.
UC-E14 USB Cable.
USB Cable Clip.
ViewNX 2 CD-ROM.
Made in Japan.
Announced D800 Review top
07 February 2012.
Late March 2012, and that's when the very first samples reached photographers.
The D800E was promised for early April 2012, and didn't get in photographers hands until 08 May 2012.
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