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.

Features[edit]

  • 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]

D800E[edit]

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]

Fraud[edit]

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. A D800 modified to appear to be a D800E is 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]


Detection of fake Nikon D800E[edit]

Nikon recommends a method to detect fake D800E, to detect fake models the user has to display an image captured with their camera in the camera's monitor. The name of the camera(here its Nikon D800E) used to capture the image will be displayed at the top right corner of the camera, when the overview display option is enabled in full-frame playback mode. If the correct model number is displayed, it is supposed to be authentic, otherwise its a fake.[12]

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