Excerpt: WHILE Nikon's D800 isn't a surprise - a replacement for the company's aging full-frame (FX) D700 was expected - the fact that it features the highest-resolution image sensor of any DSLR at this time certainly caused many Âeyebrows to lift. Gone is the modest 12-megapixel image sensor of the D700 and in its place is an all-new 36.3-megapixel FX image sensor, which is even higher in Âresolution than Nikon's upper-end D4's 16-Âmegapixel unit.
Pros: Amazing detail and resolution from the 36-megapixel sensor; camera body feels like it is built tough as a tank; stereo output for audio monitoring during video recording.
Cons: Top continuous shooting speed is only 4fps (or 5fps in DX crop mode); priced at a premium.
Conclusion: The Nikon D800 is a beast of a camera, an extraordinarily high-resolution land mine, strategically placed amid the abandoned battlefield of the megapixel war . The 36.3-megapixel sensor is easily the D800's greatest asset, making it one of the most flexible, enjoyable cameras we've ever shot with. Nikon made some sacrifices with such a high-resolution, but none that impact low-light performance.
Summary: Overall, the Nikon D800 is a good FX, full-frame sensor camera. It features video, and is still a quality professional DSLR. The technology is definitely aging, as evidenced by its ability to only shoot four images per second, but this Nikon helps reduce noise on high ISO shots, has an HDR feature built into the camera and has a 51-point AF system.
Pros: This camera has a wide ISO range and a superior AF point system when compared to other professional DSLRs.
Cons: HDR mode only takes two pictures instead of three. The dynamic range isn’t as great as it would be if you took three exposures.
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: Nikon's 36-megapixel FX format DSLR provides benefits for many stills photographers plus very impressive video recording capabilities. Buy this camera if: - You really need all those pixels. - You want images with a wide dynamic range. - You want relatively noise-free high ISO settings. - You’re prepared to shoot and edit both JPEG and NEF.RAW images. - You need a DSLR that can produce broadcast quality video. - You have a suite of high-quality Nikkor lenses.
Pros: You really need all those pixels., You want images with a wide dynamic range., You want relatively noise-free high ISO settings., You’re prepared to shoot and edit both JPEG and NEF.RAW images., You need a DSLR that can produce broadcast quality video., You have a suite of high-quality Nikkor lenses. Buy this camera if:, You really need all those pixels., You want images with a wide dynamic range., You want relatively noise-free high ISO settings., You’re prepared to ...
Cons: You need high continuous shooting speeds., You're looking for a second body to run with an older Nikon pro DSLR. (Key controls in different positions mitigate against a smooth switch.), You're upgrading from a consumer level DSLR. Don’t buy this camera if :, You need high continuous shooting speeds., You're looking for a second body to run with an older Nikon pro DSLR. (Key controls in different positions mitigate against a smooth switch.), You're upgrading from a con...