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Nikon D800

Nikon D800 (about $3,000, 35.1 oz./994g with battery and CF card) and 50mm f/1.4 G. enlarge.


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The Nikon D800E (same as D800 but slightly sharper)

Nikon D800 versus D800E

2012 DSLR Comparison


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D800 vs D800E        D800 Review       top

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.


Sensor      D800 Review       top

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).

Sensor cleaner.

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.


Crop modes

It's easy to set a function button to allow direct selection of these from shot-to-shot:


Professional 5:4

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).


Lens Compatibility        D800 Review       top

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.


AF         D800 Review       top

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.


Finder        D800 Review       top

100% coverage.

0.70x magnification with 50mm lens, same as D3X.

17mm eyepoint.


Electronic Level          D800 Review       top

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.


Meter       D800 Review       top

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.


Built-in Flash     D800 Review       top

Controls wireless flash.

GN 39/12 (Feet/meters at ISO 100).


Shutter         D800 Review       top

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.

Clumsy Mirror Up mode, and an excellent new delay mode for mirror lock-up.


Frame Rate       D800 Review       top


(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!)


Live View     D800 Review       top

Two modes, with a rear selector lever.

23x zoom electronic loupe.


Video     D800 Review       top

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.

H.264/MPEG-4 AVC.

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).


Audio     D800 Review       top

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.


File Formats     D800 Review       top


NEF in 12- or 14-bit with no, lossy or lossless compression.

JPG in BASIC, NORMAL or FINE, Size or Quality-based.


LCD     D800 Review       top

Exquisite 3.2," 921,000 dots.

Tempered glass cover.

Auto brightness control.


Data Communication     D800 Review       top

USB 3.0, micro-B connector.

HDMI, type-C connector.

10-pin remote.


Data Storage     D800 Review       top

Nikon D800

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.


Power     D800 Review       top

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.


Size     D800 Review       top

4.8 x 5.7 × 3.2 inches, HWD.

123 × 146 x 81.5 millimeters, HWD.


Weight     D800 Review       top

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.


Price (USA)     D800 Review       top

Nikon D800 Box

Nikon D800 box. See side.

2014 May: $2,800. (D800E: $3,300).

2012: February (introduction) - April 2012: $2,999.95. (D800E: $3,299.95).


Included     D800 Review       top

D800 body.

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.

DK-17 Eyepiece.

UC-E14 USB Cable.

USB Cable Clip.

Camera Strap.

ViewNX 2 CD-ROM.


Quality     D800 Review       top

Made in Japan.


Announced         D800 Review       top

07 February 2012.


Promised     D800 Review       top

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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