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The D800 offers Nikon’s highest resolution to date in a DSLR at 36.3MP. The D800 has many of the same features as the D4, including the improved 51-point AF system, new Nikon EXPEED 3 image processor, 3.2" rear LCD, and the 91K pixel metering sensor.
Among the unique features of the D800 are a 15.3MP DX-mode, allowing high-quality images when DX lenses are used. Sports shooters may also find the 25MP 1.2x crop mode useful for giving just a little more distance to their telephoto lenses. For continuous shooting, the D800 is capable of 4fps in FX mode and 6fps in DX mode. The button layout has gone through a slight restructuring, including the adoption of the D7000 AF mode/function control. The D800 has both CF and SDHC/XC memory card slots.
Like the D4, Nikon has included the same beefed up the video mode in the D800. It records 1080p at 24/30fps in H.264/MPEG-4 format in camera, or uncompressed 8-bit 4.2.2 footage via external recorder. The on-screen audio levels and headphone jack simplifies monitoring with 20-step increments for adjusting audio levels in-camera. Full manual adjustment of exposure settings are possible, including the 1/8th-stop power aperture mode, allowing extreme fine-tuning. For situations where external monitoring is required, the D800 allows simultaneous on-camera Live View as well.
PRODUCT NOTES: There is a known compatibility issue with this camera and many Kingston CF/SD memory cards, as well as various other brands. We recommend using Sandisk memory cards, as we haven’t encountered any issues with them.
There have also been reports of viewfinders being miscalibrated, resulting in backfocus when manually focusing through the viewfinder. We have tested all of our cameras and have not found any exhibiting this problem.
Left Side AF Sensor Issue There are certainly plenty of reports, from very reputable sources, demonstrating that many D800 bodies have inaccurate left side AF sensors. Unfortunately:
1) Nikon has not recognized the problem or announced a correction
2) The problem is somewhat inconsistent and subtle
3) Many cameras sent to Nikon Factory Service with the problem come back just like they went in
Unfortunately, Nikon has decided “it is what it is”. We cannot promise left sided AF sensors will be accurate and cannot check for them with any reproducible accuracy since the problem occurs at different distances, focal lengths, whatever. If you decide to use left side AF sensor points your results may be bad and we can’t be responsible.
Boy do we live in some interesting times. For several years, now, Nikon shooters have (admit it, if your interested in this camera you have) been a little defensive about the ‘other guys’ higher resolution. Oh, sure, they had better autofocus, and better flash systems, and better high ISO performance. But only the D3x could slug it out pixel-for-pixel on the resolution front. Well, payback is here, and it’s payback in spades.
The D800 outresolves any 35mm camera we’ve ever tested . It’s not close. So if you need to print, oh, say 6 feet by 9 feet, this is the camera for you. Or even if you really just want to capture amazing details you could never see otherwise. How amazing? Well, if you take a horrid picture of your dog and blow it up you can not only make out his eyelashes, you can get a nice self portrait or your reflection in his eye — amazing.
The resolution isn’t the only improvement, although that in itself would be enough. The LCD, which was charitably described as ‘adequate’ on the D700 should now be described as excellent. You can actually focus live view at maximum magnification now. There are a host of video improvements and the same new autofocus changes as the D4 camera. Of course there are some gimmicky things (IMHO) like the DX crop ‘feature’. But let there be no question: this is the new king of the resolution hill. It’s what this camera is for and what it’s about.
All of that being said, I know already that between 25 and 50 people are going to email after using the camera and say their shots didn’t seem much sharper than their old camera. And I’m going to ask to see their pictures. And they’re going to send me shots taken with a nice prime lens at f/1.4. Repeat after me: there is no lens that can do justice to this camera at f/1.4. The best primes can at f/2.0, but most primes will need to be at f/2.8. Even the best zooms will be better at f/4 than f/2.8. If you need to shoot at wide open aperture, save some money and rent a D700.
- D800 camera body w/strap
- Body cap
- EN-EL15 battery
- MH-25 battery charger
- Camera bag
- The D800 has a USB 3.0 connection, meaning older USB 2.0 cords are not compatible. We do not include a USB 3.0 cord, as we strongly suggest transferring files via card reader. If you need the USB 3.0 cable for tethered shooting, you can request the cord be included in the special instructions box upon checkout.
- Because of copyright regulations we cannot send the Nikon software with the camera.
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