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Nikon-d800.33187925
9.2 out of 10

Nikon D800

As of February 7, 2012, among interchangeable lens digital SLR Read more

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Overall 8
8.0

Nikon D800

neocamera.com
2 February 2013
  • Summary: The Nikon D800 has impressive specifications but that is just the beginning. Its 36 MP sensor with ISO 50-25600 sensitivity is capable of shooting at 4 FPS and capturing full 1080p HD. It includes a 51-point autofocus system and all features expected from a professional DSLR, including a large 100% coverage viewfinder and sturdy weatherproof body with dual control-dials.
  • Pros: Considerably higher resolution than peers, Very low image noise, Good color-accuracy, Excellent dynamic-range, Very fast autofocus, Quite fast and responsive, Ultra-short black-out, Flexible self-timer and exposure delay, Very sharp LCD, Highly customizable with plenty of controls, Dual memory cards can provide instant backup, Excellent build quality, Manual focus assist direction indicator
  • Cons: Sharpening introduces artifacts quickly, Some under-exposure, Poor AWB indoors, Increased softness at ISO 3200+, Strong anti-alias filter, EC button placement not ideal, Asymmetric card slots, Highly inconsistent Live-view, Bizarre, Exposure Delay, Highly sensitive to lens performance
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Overall 9
9.4

Nikon D800 Review: Function and Form Converge

Digital Camera Review
24 January 2013
  • Excerpt: Nikon introduces the D800 as the highest megapixel DSLR in their lineup. With an unheard of 36.3MP FX-format CMOS sensor, we are surprised the pixels aren't falling off the sensor. Speaking of sensors, Nikon has unleashed a newly designed sensor for the D800. It promises to have great dynamic range and extraordinary color sensitivity. Priced at a mere $2800, this camera makes us wonder if medium format digital camera companies are getting a little worried.
  • Pros: Excellent image quality, Large files that allow cropping, Broad dynamic range, Sophisticated feature set, Expanded video functionality
  • Cons: No "small" RAW options, CF and SD card slots vs. dual CF slots, Moderate 4fps continuous shooting, Focus hunting in video AF
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D800 Review

By Thom
10 January 2013
  • Excerpt: minor updates: 7/8/2012 fixes: 7/20/2012 rating change: 7/23/2012 rating change: 9/26/2012 rating change: 10/24/2012 Nikon D800 and D800E Review A D3x successor in a D700 body. Add a comment or send Thom feedback on this article. I suspect that this review will produce a great deal of feedback, both positive and negative. The D800 is the best of cameras, the D800 is the worst of cameras. It really can be both things.
  • Pros: Film SLR owner who hasn't gone digital. As I noted, we're clearly beyond film now. The D800 models are better than shooting with an F100, in almost every respect. The reason why we still have film holdouts isn't because of quality, though, it's because of workflow. The D800 models do nothing to help that. Indeed, the large file sizes mean you need more computer to handle them well (opening 15 raw D800 files on my laptop took almost a minute in Capture NX2 just to rend...
  • Cons: Film SLR owner who hasn't gone digital. As I noted, we're clearly beyond film now. The D800 models are better than shooting with an F100, in almost every respect. The reason why we still have film holdouts isn't because of quality, though, it's because of workflow. The D800 models do nothing to help that. Indeed, the large file sizes mean you need more computer to handle them well (opening 15 raw D800 files on my laptop took almost a minute in Capture NX2 just to rend...
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Expert Review

SierraDescents.com
28 November 2012
  • Conclusion: If you've got to have a video-capable Nikon, this is the best we've seen to date. But D800 video is obviously limited by technical issues (aliasing/moire), and feature omissions (peaking!). A year from now, maybe even less, I bet there will be other cameras that completely render D800 video obsolete. At $2999 list, it might be worth it to wait.
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Overall 10
10

Nikon D800

imaging-resource.com
22 November 2012
  • Conclusion: Overall, the Nikon D800 is a gentlemanly camera, one that is true to all that its external appearance and demeanor promise. It is big and burly, with a solid feel appropriate of a professional tool. Its controls are excellent for the serious photographer, because almost all of the important aspects have a button or dial. Drive modes, ISO, White Balance, Quality, and Bracketing are all available on the top left, for example.
  • Pros: Solid build, Excellent controls, positioned well, 51-point AF, Extremely high resolution, Excellent image quality, Excellent dynamic range, Surprising high ISO performance, DX crop mode produces 15.4-megapixel images, Automatic CA reduction, Optional Vignette and Distortion correction (for most D and G Nikkor lenses), Built-in flash, Pop-up flash can act as commander to wireless slaves, Dedicated AF assist lamp, Very customizable, Auto ISO can take current focal lengt...
  • Cons: Solid build, Excellent controls, positioned well, 51-point AF, Extremely high resolution, Excellent image quality, Excellent dynamic range, Surprising high ISO performance, DX crop mode produces 15.4-megapixel images, Automatic CA reduction, Optional Vignette and Distortion correction (for most D and G Nikkor lenses), Built-in flash, Pop-up flash can act as commander to wireless slaves, Dedicated AF assist lamp, Very customizable, Auto ISO can take current focal lengt...
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

t-break
1 November 2012
  • Conclusion: Each one of these full resolution JPEGs is around 18MB, so not only do you need a high capacity SD card, but output is also swift thanks to the USB 3.0 port. In addition to SD cards you also have space for the good old CF cards. There’s a lot more to the D800, so let’s dig into it.
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Nikon D800

consumersearch.com
16 October 2012
  • Summary: To stow those mammoth photo and video files, the D800 offers two memory card slots, one Compact Flash (CF) and one Secure Digital (SD). If you don't feel like wrestling monster-megapixel files, you can capture photos and videos in a few smaller formats, down to a 15.4-megapixel DX crop. This boosts shooting speed by 1 fps, too, and experts point out that this "lower" resolution still beats some other DSLRs' best.
  • Pros: Unheard-of resolution, Outstanding images, even in low light, Dual CF/SD card slots, Sharp HD video
  • Cons: Slow burst shooting, Clunky user settings
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Expert Review

Kickstartnews
16 September 2012
  • Excerpt: Mastering the Nikon D800 is author and pro photographer Darrell Young's latest in his Mastering the Nikon series as of this review date. Young has specialized in this book series and has several very well received titles under his belt including Mastering the Nikon D90, Mastering the Nikon D300, Mastering the Nikon D700, and Mastering the Nikon D7000.
  • Pros: Every copy of Mastering the Nikon D800 comes with a coupon page containing a discount code for 50% off the Gold membership level at Nikonians.org. I've been a Nikonians member for years - the membership discount is a great deal and a nice little spiff. Darrell Young has made a dedicated effort over the years to delve rationally and deeply into a series of Nikon digital SLR cameras in order to give them a startlingly thorough workout, and then write about his experienc...
  • Cons: No lay-flat binding, so you're going to need a sturdy bookmark. Frankly, I'd rather have a spiral-bound edition even though that sort of finished print product is kind of sloppy looking. No downloadable ebook edition to accompany the print edition as of the date of this review. An ebook edition for Kindle, Nook, etc., is on the way - which is great - but RockyNook and Nikonians Press should consider doing ebook releases concurrent with the release of the print edition.
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Expert Review

Kickstartnews
16 September 2012
  • Excerpt: Cover to cover, version 1.03 of Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to the Nikon D800 and D800E runs to 851 formatted pages. It's a very good thing that Hogan continues to favor the eBook format because I hesitate to think about the dead weight a print edition would add to a camera bag. The book is written to help familiarize Nikon D800 and D800E owners fully and deeply with every single feature and function of the camera, how each and every feature and function works, and the...
  • Pros: Thom Hogan knows how to write. His years of rather literate blogging and the time he has spent writing previous Nikon camera guides and photography guides clearly shows well. The benefits of Hogan's successful professional photography experience litter the book in the form of advice and recommendations most pages. The Complete Guide to the Nikon D800 and D800E reads very well as a result. Either Hogan is a natural at this sort of writing or he has used quite a few tes...
  • Cons: Hogan hints at the book's possible usefulness for digital SLR newbies (people coming from point & shoot and film), but his main camera comparison is (appropriately enough) between the Nikon D800 and the older D700, hardly a familiar reference point for digital SLR novices or beginners. Possibly the author had in mind that some newbies contemplating the D800 might benefit from the knowledge that they might be better off choosing a D700 instead, but the point is likely ...
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Nikon D800 DSLR Review

Videomaker
27 July 2012
  • Summary: With an astounding 36.3MP sensor, uncompressed video output over HDMI, and full frame sensor, the D800 has become a top contender for the best DSLR for video on the market today.
  • Pros: Full frame sensor, Convenient button placement and functions, 36.3MP photographs, Manual audio controls, Dual card slots, Uncompressed video via HDMI port
  • Cons: Small grip, Slow still image shooting speed
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