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This is the Nikon D800E, not the standard D800. While all its controls are identical, it does not have the low pass/anti-aliasing filter that is found on the D800. This camera is useful for shooting extremely high-resolution images with optimum sharpness. However, this does come at the expense of moiré possibly showing in repetitive areas or patterns in your images. This is usually prevented by the low pass/anti-aliasing filter, but the D800E does not have the filter. While the description below is for the D800, all of the features are the same for the D800E.
The D800 series offers Nikon’s highest resolution to date in a DSLR at 36.3MP. The D800 series has many of the same features as the Nikon 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 series 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 Nikon 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.
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.
- D800E camera body w/strap
- Body cap
- EN-EL15 battery
- MH-25 battery charger
- Camera bag
- The D800E 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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