Nikon D800

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Nikon D800
Nikon D800E body only 01.jpg
Maker Nikon Corporation
Type Digital single-lens reflex
Sensor 35.9 × 24 mm Full Frame FX format CMOS, 4.88 µm pixel size
Maximum resolution 7,360 × 4,912 (36.3 effective megapixels)
Recording medium CompactFlash (Type I, UDMA compliant) and Secure Digital (UHS-I compliant; SDHC, SDXC compatible and with Eye-Fi WLAN support)
Lens Interchangeable, Nikon F-mount
Flash Manual pop-up with button release Guide number 12/39 (ISO 100, m/ft)
Shutter Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed range 1/8000 to 30 s, bulb, X-sync at 1/250 s.
ASA/ISO range 100–6400;, extended mode to 50–12800, HI2 mode 25600
Exposure metering TTL 3D Color Matrix Metering III with a 91,000-pixel RGB sensor
Metering modes Matrix metering, center-weighted metering, spot metering
Focus areas Multi-CAM 3500FX 51-point AF
Focus modes Instant single-servo (AF-S); continuous-servo (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); manual (M)
Continuous shooting 4 frames per second; 5 per second in DX and 1.2× crop modes; 6 per second with battery grip in DX and 1.2× crop modes
Viewfinder Optical pentaprism, 100% coverage, approx. 0.70× magnification
Flash bracketing -3 to +3 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV
Rear LCD monitor 3.2 inch, VGA resolution (921,600 pixels)
Battery Nikon EN-EL15 rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Weight 900 g (32 oz), body only
Made in Japan

The Nikon D800 is a 36.3-megapixel professional-grade full-frame digital single-lens reflex camera produced by Nikon Corporation. It was given a Gold Award by Digital Photography Review.[1]

It was officially announced on February 7, 2012 and went on sale in late March 2012[2] for the suggested retail price of $2999.95 in the U.S., £2399 in the UK, and 2892 in the Eurozone.[3] Shortly after the camera went on sale, Nikon's UK subsidiary increased the price of the D800 in that market by £200 to £2599, saying that the original price was due to an "internal systems error". However, Nikon honored the original price for all pre-orders placed before March 24, and added that no price changes would be made in other markets.[4]

The successor is the Nikon D810 - announced June 26, 2014.


  • 36.8 (36.3 effective) megapixel full-frame (35.9 mm × 24 mm) sensor with ISO 100–6400 (ISO 50–25600 boost)
  • Nikon Expeed 3 image processor
  • 91,000 pixel RGB metering sensor with Advanced Scene Recognition System
  • Advanced Multi-CAM3500FX autofocus sensor (51-point, 15 cross-type, 11 points sensitive at maximum apertures as small as f/8)
  • H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Expeed video processor. 1080p Full HD movie mode at 24/25/30 fps, 720p at 24/25/30/50/60 fps, HDMI HD video out with support of uncompressed video output, stereo monitor headphone out, and stereo input (3.5-mm diameter) with manual sound level control.
  • 4 frames per second in continuous FX mode or 5:4 crop mode. 5 frames per second in continuous 1.2× crop mode or DX (APS-C) mode. With the optional MB-D12 battery grip, fitted with either the EN-EL18 battery pack of the D4 or AA batteries, continuous shooting at 6 frames per second in DX mode is supported.
  • Buffer size for 17 RAW or 56 JPEG with maximum quality.
  • Built-in High dynamic range imaging (HDR) mode (2 frames up to 3EV apart)
  • 'Active D-Lighting' with 6 settings and bracketing (adjusts metering and D-Lighting curve)
  • Customizable 'Picture Control' settings affecting exposure, white balance, sharpness, brightness, saturation, hue; allowing custom curves to be created, edited, saved, exported and imported[5]
  • Pop-up flash that doubles as a wireless flash controller
  • USB 3.0 connectivity
  • Image sensor cleaning
  • Shutter rated at 200,000 actuations
  • Live View with either phase detect or improved contrast detect Auto Focus
  • Dual card slots, one CompactFlash UDMA and one SD, SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I and Eye-Fi (WLAN) compatible card slot (mirror, overflow, back-up, RAW on 1/JPEG on 2, Stills on 1/Movies on 2, copy)[6]
  • Magnesium alloy weather-sealed body comparable to D700, but considered less robust than D4
  • GPS interface for direct geotagging supported by Nikon GP-1

Image quality[edit]

The Nikon D800 achieved a new 'king' result in the DxO Labs/DxOMark sensor rating by toppling the D4 by 4 points, even though the D800 is about half the price of the D4.[7]


The D800E is a specialized version which uses a new optical anti-aliasing filter with no low-pass filter effect (no blurring) to obtain the sharpest images possible.[8] Nikon claims that possible aliasing effects (moiré) can be lessened by software-processing in camera or external programs like Nikon's Capture NX2.

Reviewers have pointed out that whilst increased moiré is difficult to remove in post-processing, it is relatively easy to combat while photo-taking (such as by changing the angle, aperture or position). Furthermore, moire is rarely found in photos (besides man-made, repeated patterns such as in architecture). Hence, most recommend the D800E, as the lack of low-pass filter brings about a noticeable improvement in optical resolution.[9]


Nikon has advised that there are mislabelled Nikon D800E in circulation that are actually the D800 model with the front cover replaced so as to appear like a D800E. Such modified D800s are not covered under Nikon warranty.[10][11] Nikon advises users to "please take all necessary precautions to ensure the authenticity of a camera before purchasing one"[10] and explains how to confirm authenticity with physical access to a camera. The procedure requires taking a picture.[10]


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