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Nikon D800

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Nikon D800
MakerNikon Corporation
TypeDigital single-lens reflex
Released6 February 2012
LensInterchangeable, Nikon F-mount
Sensor35.9 × 24 mm Full Frame FX format CMOS, 4.88 μm pixel size
Maximum resolution7,360 × 4,912 (36.3 effective megapixels)
Film speed100–6400, extended mode to 50–12800, HI2 mode 25600
Recording mediumCompactFlash (Type I, UDMA compliant) and Secure Digital (UHS-I compliant; SDHC, SDXC compatible and with Eye-Fi WLAN support)
Focus modesInstant single-servo (AF-S); continuous-servo (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); manual (M)
Focus areasMulti-CAM 3500FX 51-point AF
Exposure meteringTTL 3D Color Matrix Metering III with a 91,000-pixel RGB sensor
Metering modesMatrix metering, center-weighted metering, spot metering
FlashManual pop-up with button release Guide number 12/39 (ISO 100, m/ft)
Flash bracketing-3 to +3 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV
ShutterElectronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed range1/8000 to 30 s, bulb, X-sync at 1/250 s.
Continuous shooting4 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
ViewfinderOptical pentaprism, 100% coverage, approx. 0.70× magnification
LCD screen3.2 inch, VGA resolution (921,600 pixels)
BatteryNikon EN-EL15 rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Dimensions146×123×81.5 mm (5.75×4.84×3.21 in)
Weight900 g (32 oz), body only
Made in Japan
SuccessorNikon D810

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]

At the time of its release, the Nikon D800 became the Dxomark image sensor leader, replacing the Nikon D4 in the top position.[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 although 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 or textiles). The lack of low-pass filter brings about a small improvement in optical resolution in the 800E, especially in portraits with larger apertures, where diffraction is not an issue. Even minimal diffraction negates the advantage of the 800E.[9]

Mislabelled D800 as D800E 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]

To detect fake models the user has to display an image captured with the camera in the camera's monitor. The name of the camera used to capture the image will be displayed at the top right corner of the display when the overview display option is enabled in full-frame playback mode. If the correct model number is displayed, it is authentic.[12]


  1. ^ "Nikon D800 Review". dpreview.com. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Expectations Surpassed: The 36.3-Megapixel Nikon D800 Is The Multimedia HD-SLR That Shatters Conventional Resolution Barriers For Maximum Fidelity" (Press release). Nikon Inc. February 6, 2012. Archived from the original on August 30, 2011. Retrieved February 6, 2012.
  3. ^ Laing, Gordon (February 2012). "Nikon D800 Review at Camera Labs". CameraLabs.com. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
  4. ^ "Nikon UK confirms price rises to D4 and D800, but honours pre-orders". Digital Photography Review. March 28, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  5. ^ Nikon D800/D800E Technical Guide Picture Control Edition Nikon
  6. ^ D800 memory card comparison, April 2014
  7. ^ "The Nikon D800 is the new king of DxOMark with a score of 95". March 22, 2012. Archived from the original on October 7, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  8. ^ Nikon D800 with 36.15 million image pixel sensor Archived 2013-12-22 at the Wayback Machine Rob Galbraith
  9. ^ "Nikon D800 Review Conclusion". Retrieved July 16, 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Notice regarding fraudulent Nikon D800E digital SLR (Fraudulently modified D800) cameras". Archived from the original on 2015-02-10. Retrieved 2015-03-03.
  11. ^ "Nikon Warns That There Are Fake D800E DSLRs Out in the Wild". petapixel.com. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  12. ^ "How to detect fake Nikon D800E". 16 December 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2015.

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