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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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Professional photographers and cinematographers, prepare yourselves for a new career-changing experience. Nikon commissioned four of the world's top photographers and one cinematographer to produce a series of exquisite images and inspired video pieces using the incredible new D800...Read More »
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...
August 2013 - With a pixel count matching some medium format cameras, a high-speed AF system and a compact, rugged body, the Nikon D800 is an established favourite among enthusiast and professional photographers alike. Tim Coleman sees how well it fares in use and also weighs up its performance against the D800E. Read more... »
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).
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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from Hebburn Tyne & Wear
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Another great Nikon!
This is another great Nikon camera with the bonus of large files that allow heavy cropping without loss of quality. I'm amazed at the image quality from this camera.
Superb piece of Equipment.
By Jim Ireland.
About Me Semi-pro Photographer
i use the D800 for wild life photography, the detail is stunning, excellent in low light, fantastic for macro work, Superb piece of equipment,great price, it lives up to all the Hype. very very Happy with my purchase of the D800, Put it on your shopping list It's a must have for photographers.
This is a special camera
About Me Pro Photographer
I have been a nikon user for a long time now and decided retire my D300 from work commitments. I currently use a D700 for the bulk of my work but wanted to upgrade my camera fleet to include a D800. My reason for this purchase was for to use it when great detail is required for static photographic assignments. It is not the sort of camera you need for general purpose photography (it would be wasted on that kind of imagery) but this camera exceeds when greater tonal range and file size is required. My only gripe is the slight change with some of the button configurations but you soon get used to it and the end results are well worth adapting to the new controls. Just make sure you get the fastest reading cards you can afford and be prepared to buy extra storage space for the massive files.
Lighter than my D3, more pixels, video
from Javea, Spain and Colwyn Bay
I decided to change my D3 for the D800 as the camera is lighter and less bulky. It also provided me with a built in flash for fill in, more pixels which is handy for cropping. Also the camera has video which so far I have not mastered. Although I still own 24-70mm, 70-200mm and Macro 105mm lenses I also purchased the 1.8 50mm prime lens to go with the D800 so my travel camera is now very light and goes with me everywhere. This will improve my photography and enable me to have my camera ready at all times whereas before it had to be a planned photo shoot before I would decide to lug around all that heavy equipment.The D800 so far has produced some excellent landscapes which I think are better than my D3.I also find that when I use the 50mm prime lens when travelling I need to crop which the 36mp allows me to do and still have the picture I would have taken had I had the full bag of lenses with me so I think the camera gives me a top end pro camera when I want it together with a travel camera when I want the convenience.
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Great camera, but technique is critical
I had a D700 that needed an upgrade, and also because I wanted to shoot video.I spent a long time weighing up the pros and cons of the D800 vs D600 to make sure I was getting the right camera for the not insignificant amount of money. I liked the number of focus points on the D800 compared to the D600, and I was used to them on the D700. But were these additional points worth the additional cost?So I went to the WEX showroom to handle them. Immediately I realised the D600 was a step down to the D700 in terms of handling and controls (despite it still being an outstanding camera). It was all too fiddly and would have annoyed me the first time I used it. I felt immediately at home with the D800, the controls and how it felt. To me, from that point onwards, it was a no brainer which one to buy.The quality is outstanding. Truly outstanding. But your technique was to match it. The extra resolution does show up any lack of technique. Use a faster shutter speed than you might be used to and use a tripod/monopod if possible. I now know what people meant when they said you need to adopt a Medium Format approach to the camera.But when you do, and when you consistently do, you will be amazed with the quality. All in all, an outstanding camera to hold and use. So glad I went for this one rather than the D600.
Excellent with care,raw files are huge
from West Yorkshire
I use this as my main camera with a D600 as backup. Mainly portraits,events,theatre and gigs.Focus is excellent ,controls easy to use.Only down side is raw file size.D600 had the oil spot issue (still a great camera),no such problems with the D800.Image detail with 70-200 VR2 is amazing,especially when using studio strobes.You may have to use higher shutter speeds to ensure sharp shots.Focus accuracy with 85mm F1.4 is better than D600,if you you use wafer thin depth of field it helps.
Fantastic Camera and Lovely Images
By Peter Drage
from Milton Keynes
Love this camera, great low light, detailed images and good build quality. DX mode gives you that extra reach whilst maintaing 15MP images. I was going to keep my D7000 but no need with this beast of a body.Only limitation is smallish buffer and lowish frame rate, but I am not an action shooter so does not affect day to day shooting. If you need more the 5fps or 6fps go for the D4.
Lives Up To The Hype
I took a long time before spending a lot of money on the D800. I already had a 300s which was excellent. I am a general enthusiast but do a lot of music gig photography(often in poor light). I was concerned about shutter noise - it is louder than the 300s - and Raw file processing time. There was also the need to buy at least one more lens!I have had camera for about 2 months now. I love it. The quality of my images are superb and the ability to take pics in low light with almost no noise is amazing. Files take a little longer to load and process, but that isnt the cameras fault. I would highly recommend to anyone (with the money) looking to upgrade. Maybe not for those starting on the DSLR path however!
from Blackpool, Lancashire
This is my first full frame camera having made the step up from a Nikon D7000 and I am not disappointed. This camera has many of the features of the flagship Nikon D4 model, it is comfortable to hold, sturdy and the controls are within easy reach. This was a fairly easy camera to get to grips with as all the menus and a lot of the controls are very much set out like the D7000 model that I now use as my back-up camera. I would definitely recommend this camera to anyone who is thinking of going full frame for the first time and you will not be disappointed.
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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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