Shortly after releasing it's Coolpix line, Nikon didn't wait long to announce the 36-megapixel D800 for professional photographers. The D800's design is very similar to the D700 in shape and functions but it performs more like the D4. Both the D4 and the D800 include 91,000 pixel RGB Matrix III meter and uncompressed HDMI video output. Also, both models records QuickTime video in H.264 B-Frame format at 1080p, 1080p, 720p, and 720p. The D800's 51-point autofocus system is identical to the D4.
The D800 offers 2 memory card slots. Either card can be used for primary or backup storage or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images. Pictures can be copied between the cards. There's also a USB port to easily share files or tether the camera to another device.
Compatible lenses: AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G and D lenses, DX lenses, AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only), IX- NIKKOR lenses, and lenses for the F3AF.
When a DX lens is attached, the D800 switches to a crop mode that captures 15.4-megapixel images.
The biggest difference between the D700 and the D800 is video capture. Most professional photographers do not need movie mode, but Nikon realizes that non-professionals and hobby photographers are buying these cameras. In this digital world, video capture should be included on any device that takes photos. Furthermore, the video capablities of the D800 is excellent. It is able to capture full HD 1080p video, with full manual control and uncompressed HDMI output.
Other key features includes:
- Advanced scene recognition system
- Multiple AF modes
- ISO: LO 50, 100-6400, High-2 25,600
- Shooting in different aspect ratios
- In-camera HDR image capture
- Shutter rated at 200,000 cycles
- Headphone jack, audio out
- 3.2-inch, 921,000-dot LCD monitor with automatic brightness control
- HDMI port
- HiFi audio recording control
- Weather-sealed magnesium alloy body
The D800 is set to be released in March and the D800E will be released in April. The D800E eliminates the anti-aliasing filter. By removing the filter, it will improve the camera's ability to capture fine detail in images.
Nikon D800 Release Date: March 2012
Nikon D800E Release Date: April 2012
Nikon D800 Price: $3000
Nikno D800E Price: $3300