Summary: Our impressions on the new Nikon D800 are very positive. The changes that Nikon has made make it a major improvement over the previous D700. What is appreciated is the feeling of holding a product of the top for quality of the captured images, both for details and for color fidelity, but especially for the very high signal / noise ratio, for years workhorse of Nikon.
Pros: Very high resolution, Light body, Quality / Price Ratio.
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
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...
Excerpt: Once in a long while, something comes along which changes the conversation entirely. Nikon's D800 camera comes with an unbelievably high resolution 36MP sensor - the highest yet in any DSLR. Find out what 36 megapixels really get you in this revolutionary new camera.
Summary: In many ways the Nikon D800 doesn't feel like a natural upgrade to the D700, but rather a new line in Nikon's full-frame DSLR line-up. While the D700 was a great all-round full-frame DSLR, the Nikon D800 is slightly more specialised - whereas the D700 was seen as a baby D3, the Nikon D800 could be seen as more of a baby D3X with even great resolving power.
Summary: The D800 isn't just about still image quality though. In the three and a half years since the D700, Nikon has greatly improved the video recording capabilities, bringing it much closer to Canon while boasting a few neat tricks its rival lacks. Indeed the D800 shares almost exactly the same video specifications as the flagship D4, while also inheriting its 51-point AF system, 91k metering sensor and 3.2in screen.
Pros: Unrivalled quality from a DSLR. Incredible detail and low noise., Good ergonomics, build quality and twin card slots., Large viewfinder with 100% coverage and detailed 3:2 screen., Built-in flash which can be used as wireless controller., Built-in interval timer, timelapse facilities and deep bracketing., Great movie features including clean HDMI output and 1.5x crop., Also available without anti-aliasing filter.
Cons: Excrutiatingly slow buffer flush times even with fastest cards., Modest continuous shooting speed and burst depth., No built-in Wifi or GPS. Both are expensive accessories., Movies and magnified Live View can suffer from moire., No articulated screen.
Summary: The basics The Nikon D800 is a D-SLR camera with a 36.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and an ISO of 100-6400extendable up to 25,600. The Nikon D800 can also shoot video in full HD (1080p). A 3.2-inch LCD monitor lets you preview shots. Storage comes via CF and SD card slots. The good The camera controls you’ll need most are neatly located within easy reach when you’re prepping your shots.
Pros: The camera controls you’ll need most are neatly located within easy reach when you’re prepping your shots. Buttons on top for shooting speed, ISO and white balance ensures you’ve got everything you need at your fingertips and within easy reach. The Nikon D800 is clearly built with the user experience in mind. Built-in flash means you won’t have to lug around an extra accessory, and it works well here resulting in well exposed shots. A 36.6-megapixel sensor means that ...
Cons: The large images taken by the NIkon D800 can be a strain on lower-specced computer set-ups, even your higher-end desktop or laptop will have its work cut out juggling photo editing working with photos taken by the Nikon D800. The average photographer will also find that images can take up a lot of space on the memory card. There is a mode that automatically crops photos, but any serious photographer is still more likely to crop photos using editing packages such as Ad...
Summary: For a camera costing around £2,600, the D800 is unrivalled in the level of detail it can resolve and is an enticing prospect, particularly for landscape photographers.
While luminance and chroma noise are gradually introduced up the ISO range, and the camera's full-resolution files cannot quite match lower resolution competition, it performs very well up to ISO 3200 with resolved detail at this setting, matching the top full-frame and APS-C models.