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The much-anticipated Nikon D800 Digital SLR is designed for the serious photographer offering an astonishing 36.3 megapixels in a full-frame (FX) format, and incorporating many of the crowd-pleasing features of the recently launched flagship D4 Digital SLR camera. The Nikon D800 features a newly developed CMOS sensor with an area of 35.9 x 24mm, a standard ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to a range of 50-25600), the Nikon 51-point advanced AF system, continuous shooting up to 4fps (or up to 6fps when using DX Crop mode), as well as the exciting addition of full 1080p HD movie recording, including many of the revolutionary new video features found in the D4 such as a clean HDMI output. Providing incredible depth and detail in still image photography and broadcast quality video, the D800 is a truly impressive piece of equipment. More
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Feburary 2012 - "There are bound to be many happy photographers waking up today to the long-awaited announcement of the D800 and D800E this morning. Yesterday we eagerly attended Nikon’s pre-lauch preview event and were lucky enough to get our hands on this very exciting new camera. " Read more about the Nikon D800 here...
Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with 36.3 effective megapixel
The D800 renders levels of texture, nuance and detail to your photography that, until now, have been the exclusive domain of the complicated medium-format system. Define every eyelash, every line in tree bark, and every shimmer of light. Savour the exceptional depth in your still images — with the astounding 36.3 effective megapixels, you can. Enlarge them as big as A1 poster-sized prints (59.4 x 84.1 cm/23.4 x 33.1 in.) at 200 dpi, or crop aggressively to reach the composition you desire, all without sacrificing the detail and tonal range of the original. In order to maintain clean, high-resolution images, 14-bit A/D conversion within the sensor and a high signal-to noise ratio deliver phenomenal images in a diverse array of situations. The image sensor’s incredible potential does not stop with photography, either. For cinematographers ready to put their exceptionally sharp NIKKOR lenses into action, the D800’s 36.3 effective megapixel data is efficiently processed for exquisite 1080p broadcast quality video at 30p.
Standard ISO 100 to ISO 6400, range expandable to ISO 50 to 25600 equivalent
High-resolution, studio-quality images shouldn’t be restricted to the studio. The D800 sets a new benchmark for high resolution D-SLR cameras, with crisp clean images across a wide ISO range. Flexibility like this opens up new imaging opportunities for both still photographers and cinematographers alike during the “magic hour”, the time just before dawn or at dusk when available light is often beautiful but scarce. Even at high ISO settings, the camera’s intelligent noise reduction systems manage noise without sacrificing fine details, giving the D800 the edge. The difference can even be seen in low-contrast subjects such as hair and grass textures, which are often essential elements of cinema as well as high-resolution portraits and landscape images. High image quality at higher ISOs also means that you can shoot still images handheld more confidently, knowing that fast shutter speeds will reduce blur
Optical low-pass filter optimized for sharpness
Reducing false colour and moiré is the main job of the optical low-pass filter located in front of the image sensor. However, this benefit is generally gained with a small sacrifice of sharpness. Moiré occurs in scenes containing repetitive details, such as strong vertical lines in architecture. Finding the right balance between benefits and sacrifices is the key to higher image quality, and that is what the D800’s optical low-pass filter delivers. As a result, the astounding 36.3 megapixels unleash their potential through an optimized balance between sharpness and effectively prevented moiré and false colour. Furthermore, the multi-layer structure of the D800 low-pass filter utilizes layers of antireflective coating that have been optimized for the camera, contributing to sharper and clearer images
EXPEED 3 image-processing engine: speed, versatility, and high performance
High-megapixel still images are detail-rich but data-heavy. With the D800, however, you don’t have to sacrifice speed for this privilege. Dedicated to understanding speed and its role in image making, Nikon engineers designed a powerful EXPEED 3 image-processing engine exclusively for digital SLRs. From image processing and card recording to image playback and image transfer, EXPEED 3 manages massive amounts of data at faster speeds than EXPEED 2. Even with specialized processing features like Active D-Lighting and high ISO noise reduction, capture speed is not affected. EXPEED 3 is so powerful that it handles data-intensive tasks such as Full HD video recording at 30p with ease. You’ll also notice the difference in your still images and videos through minimized noise and even richer colours and tones. In addition to these fundamental advantages, the D800 reduces the kind of colour phase shift that some cameras have difficulty with in similar situations.
14-bit A/D conversion and 16-bit image processing for rich tones and natural colour
Tonal gradation is where an image transforms from simply representing life to taking on a life of its own. The D800 does exactly that, with cutting-edge image processing that injects vital energy into your images. Black is rendered as pitch black, and shadow details are subtle and rich. Even under harsh, high-contrast light, where some cameras can fail, the D800’s gradation remains smooth with abundant detail and tone all the way up the scale to pure white.
Full HD video quality and minimized rolling shutter effect: Dynamic movie shooting in diverse lighting situation
Many filmmakers, multimedia professionals and still photographers need the highly mobile, lightweight and compact form of a D-SLR in order to cover large events or make documentaries, music videos or movies. For these professionals, the D800 is ready to create true cinematic experiences. By using the B frame data compression method, you can record 1080p Full HD video at 30p in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format with unmatched moving image integrity for up to 29 min. 59 s* of recording in a single clip. Thanks to Nikon’s latest image-processing optimizations, the monumental power of 36.3 megapixels transforms to sharp, exquisitely rendered videos. Expect exceptionally smooth gradation in blue skies, with minimum block noise and beautifully natural movement rendered clearly and sharply. The D800’s intelligent image sensor reads out movie images at faster rates than ever, significantly reducing the rolling shutter distortion that can occur during panning shots or when shooting fast-moving lateral subjects like trains. Thanks to EXPEED 3, your movies will take on a distinctive look of their own, even with dimly lit scenes. Combine these benefits and you’ll begin to realize exactly the new creative opportunities possible for photographers and cinematographers alike.
*Maximum recording time varies according to frame rate, frame size and image quality settings. Maximum recording time for time-lapse photography is 20 min
Multi-area mode Full HD D-Movie: Creative movie-making freedom in FX- and DX-based format
The D800 is designed to stimulate cinematographers to explore different moods and perspectives by enabling Full HD and HD video recording in two frame formats; Nikon FX- and DX-based movie formats in just one camera. When using wide-aperture NIKKOR lenses, the large image area of the FX-based format* renders exquisitely shallow depth of field with beautiful bokeh effects. The DX-based format uses an image area similar to 35mm movie film, allowing cinematographers to shoot with picture angles that they are accustomed to. Having the advantage of two D-Movie formats in one camera and an arsenal of NIKKOR lenses makes the D800 an incredibly versatile movie-making tool.* The aspect ratio of movies is 16:9 whichever format is selected. Also, in the FXbased movie format, the width of the image area is approx. 91% of that in the still image FX format.
Smoother video recording under fluorescent or mercury lamps: Auto flicker reduction
With the D800, it is easier than ever to reduce flicker effects during live view and video recording. Simply use auto in the flicker reduction menu to automatically identify the flicker frequency at the beginning of live view and switch to the one that will work best. You can also manually switch between 50 Hz and 60 Hz
Live view selector for optimized still images and moviesThe D800’s live view operation has evolved even further, optimizing camera control to become more intuitive for shooting video as well as still images. Simply clicking the live view selector switches between live view modes designed specifically for still images or movies. Live view photography lets you shoot still images while confirming the exposure level on the LCD monitor*. You can even magnify images up to approx. 23x to check the exact focus. For movie live view on the other hand, the D800 incorporates a dedicated exposure control for quality video shooting, enabling smooth exposure transition when shooting moving subjects. You can also shoot video with full manual control. When needed, press the shutter-release button while filming to instantly capture still images in 16:9 aspect ratio. Each time you use live view, for either still photography or movie shooting, your image area and camera setting information will be clearly indicated, allowing you to confirm quickly.* Exposure preview display and resulting image may vary, depending on the settings used.
View simultaneous live view output on external monitors and record uncompressed video via HDMI
During movie shooting, you can now simultaneously check videos on an external monitor* using an HDMI connection, in addition to the camera’s TFT monitor. And for those who need the purest video output for professional quality editing, you can now record uncompressed movie live view footage to an external storage device via HDMI interface. *When video is output through HDMI interface simultaneously with recording to a CF/SD card, output image through HDMI interface will be smaller than 1,280 x 720
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Nikon D800 - 2 Year Warranty
To take advantage of the extended warranty you are required to register the product within 30 days of purchase. The camera or kit must have been distributed by Nikon UK & Republic of Ireland, through an official UK retailer such as Wex Photographic.
For details on how to register your product online please click here. Alternatively you can complete the in-box warranty slip or telephone 0800 408 5060 (Nikon UK).
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I use my D800 for a variety of photographic genres including landscape, event shots and Portraiture in and out of studios. I am delighted with the results and filesizes are workable, noise suppression is good and usable at full resolution upto ISO 6400.What I miss is Mraw, Sraw from Canon 5D MK II/III which I wished was on the D800 as well as the crop modes.Excellent price and value for money compared to 5D Mark III (£300 dearer); only restricted by current Hardware limits like harddisk only up to 4TB which will get used up quite quickly especially Hi-res images and full HD.There is talk that Nikon may put this into a D4X with slightly more FPS but at a high price of £5000+ and would be good if Nikon could up 4-8K video or do a Nikon equivalent of the Canon 1D-C with this sensor and various crop & resize modes.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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D800 - Everything you'll ever need!
By Crazy Dave
from Worcester UK
The Nikon D800 has pretty much solved all my needs. Low light performance is just superb, even at moderate to high ISO settings. Grain is present but it has a very natural look to it which doesn't detract.Auto-focus performance is fast and accurate with plenty of points across the full format frame.File sizes are huge.... so make sure you have enough storage on your computer to cope at 75-85Mb for a RAW file.The usual Nikon high standard of build quality.Overall excellent.
A delightful piece of kit to use and exc
About Me Photo Enthusiast
I use my D800 for a variety of photographic genres including landscape and travel and am delighted with the results - typical Nikon build quality and reliability.I can not think of any negative points
Nikon D800 is a high quality camera.
By Buck Jones
About Me Casual Photographer
Love the feel and ease of use.D800 is robust and helps me take high quality photo's
Great apart from the odd freeze up!
from West Country
Great camera and apart from sometimes freezing up it hasn't let me down. Looking at the forums it seems others are experiencing the same problem. Maybe the new firmware will sort it out,although I reckon it's a buffer problem. The pictures are sharp but you do need good lenses. Also needed is a computer with lots of ram or opening files is very slow. Still that does give me an excuse to upgrade my Mac.
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What a Camera
This is an outstanding camera, I have recently upgraded from the Nikon D80 which has served me well for quite a few years but what a difference, I expected a difference when stepping up to a pro body but I couldn't be happier with my choice.If your familiar with Nikon camera systems your have no problem at all quickly familiarising yourself with the D800 I got to grips with it very quickly. and the performance of the camera is outstanding, Their is a lot of difference between the a consumer body compared to the D800 but far too many for me to go through here, and when you combine with a pro Nikkor lens like 24-70, 14-24 or 70-200 wow what a combination, I would recommend this camera to anyone who knows their way around a camera, I say this because if you are new to photography it can be a very unforgiving camera that if the camera is not correctly set up for the shot intended that it will show all your mistakes in great detail in HD & 36 million pixels no less so this is a camera for anyone who is past the beginner stage and you will not be disappointed with your purchase.
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Best body I've ever had!
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Nikon done it again....
By Frankie boy
Having waited for a long time for Nikon to resolve a few issues with this camera it was time to buy. I'm glad I did as this camera is more than you could ever wish for.The setup menu takes a bit getting used to, but if you take your time it's easy to follow what settings you need.The only downside is trying to Attach a Nikon cable release and screwing it in. I had to give up as was impossible. I pushed it in and hope it doesn't fall out. Nikon need to move the plugin points like on canon. ( that's one thing Canon got right).
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My First FX.
I have been very patient waiting to upgrade from my Nikon D80. As always, like buses, two come along at once. The D800 and then the D600 and both Full frame. I have had the camera, D800 for about 3 weeks and I am loving every minute. I could not wish for, in my opinion, any other camera. This is a professional camera in every sense. The build quality is excellent but with the metal body comes the extra weight. I use a hand strap so I do not find the weight a problem. For me the ergonomics are good being able to reach most of the buttons that I may need whilst holding the camera.The still picture quality is amazing as it captures so much detail. If you are an action photographer then the fastest shutter speed I have achieved is 5fps in DX mode, so you may prefere the D4 to take those machine-gun like shots. I have been amazed by the low light shooting ability of this camera with the Nikon 16-35mm f4 VR lens, hand holding down to a shutter speed of a second. Add to this 1080p video where you have control of Frame rate, aperture and ISO you will also be the owner of a professional video camera. One thing I would suggest is to purchase a dedicated instructional book for the D800. There are so many different, programmable settings for this camera, you need to spend time to really get to know it. Once you have you can look forward to some amazingly detailed images. I have not yet found anything to criticise but as I stated at the beginning I have been used to the D80 that has served me well over the years.
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Bought this as a move forward from the D700 (which is still a brilliant camera and now gets used as a second body). File size is a major change - memory card space disappears VERY quickly when shooting raw+jpg but having 2 card slots compensates to a degree. This camera will really test your lenses. I have plenty of fast Nikon glass and I'm seeing chromatic aberration where I never saw it before. Generally really pleased with it although I do have an issue with colour rendition of the LCD which - regardless how Nikon try to spin it - is NOT as accurate as the D700. Looking forward to testing the video capability in more depth too. Highly recommended despite this minor niggle
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Included Accessories: EN-EL15 rechargeable Li-ion battery with terminal cover, MH-25 battery charger (AC wall adapter supplied only in countries or regions where required), Strap (AN-DC6 for D800, AN-DC6E for D800E), UC-E14 USB cable, USB cable clip, BF-1B body cap, BS-1 accessory shoe cover, BM-12 monitor cover, ViewNX 2 installer CD
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