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Nikon D800 review

Are 36-million pixels too many?

As part of our image quality testing for the Nikon D800 we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the D800 is capable of resolving up to around 36 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files. It produces some of the best results we have ever seen from a full-frame SLR.

See a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them please click here.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Nikon D800 review  resolution ISO 100
Nikon D800 review: resolution ISO 100

JPEG images

Nikon D800 review  resolution ISO 50
Nikon D800 review: resolution ISO 50

ISO 50, score: 36 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D800 review  resolution ISO 100
Nikon D800 review: resolution ISO 100

ISO 100, score: 34 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D800 review  resolution ISO 200
Nikon D800 review: resolution ISO 200

ISO 200, score: 34 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D800 review  resolution ISO 400
Nikon D800 review: resolution ISO 400

ISO 400, score: 34 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D800 review  resolution ISO 800
Nikon D800 review: resolution ISO 800

ISO 800, score: 32 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D800 review  resolution ISO 1600
Nikon D800 review: resolution ISO 1600

ISO 1600, score: 30 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D800 review  resolution ISO 3200
Nikon D800 review: resolution ISO 3200

ISO 3200, score: 28 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D800 review  resolution ISO 6400
Nikon D800 review: resolution ISO 6400

ISO 6400, score: 28 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D800 review  resolution ISO 12800
Nikon D800 review: resolution ISO 12800

ISO 12800, score: 24 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D800 review  resolution ISO 25600
Nikon D800 review: resolution ISO 25600

ISO 25600, score: 22 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Raw images

Nikon D800 review  Resolution ISO 50
Nikon D800 review: Resolution ISO 50

ISO 50, score: 36 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D800 review  Resolution ISO 100
Nikon D800 review: Resolution ISO 100

ISO 100, sore: 34 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D800 review  Resolution ISO 200
Nikon D800 review: Resolution ISO 200

ISO 200: score: 34 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D800 review  Resolution ISO 400
Nikon D800 review: Resolution ISO 400

ISO 400, score: 34 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D800 review  Resolution ISO 800
Nikon D800 review: Resolution ISO 800

ISO 800, score: 32 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D800 review  Resolution ISO 1600
Nikon D800 review: Resolution ISO 1600

ISO 1600, score: 30 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D800 review  Resolution ISO 3200
Nikon D800 review: Resolution ISO 3200

ISO 3200, score: 30 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D800 review  Resolution ISO 6400
Nikon D800 review: Resolution ISO 6400

ISO 6400, score: 30 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D800 review  Resolution ISO 12800
Nikon D800 review: Resolution ISO 12800

ISO 12800, score: 28 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Nikon D800 review  Resolution ISO 25600
Nikon D800 review: Resolution ISO 25600

ISO 25600, score: 26 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution36.3 Megapixel
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Image StabilizationNo
ColourBlack
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameNikon
DurabilityWater Resistant, Dust Resistant
FeaturesSelf-timer, Live View, Continuous Shooting Mode, Face Detection, External Flash Shoe, Orientation Sensor, Time Lapse Function
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)900 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Maximum Image Resolution7360 x 4912
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution36.8 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedEN-EL15
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), CompactFlash (CF) Card, Eye-Fi Card
Height121.9 mm
Width144.8 mm
Depth81.3 mm
Autofocus Points51
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW, TIFF
Flash ModesSlow Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Rear Curtain Sync, High Speed Sync, Auto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, X-sync, Flash Exposure Compensation, Front Curtain Sync
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelD800
Product NameD800 Digital SLR Camera
Manufacturer Part NumberVBA300AE
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Create monumental images with the groundbreaking D800.

The 36.3 megapixel FX-format sensor and class-leading autofocus system deliver unprecedented levels of depth and detail in your photography. Full HD D-movie offers all the flexibility you need for broadcast quality video.

If you're serious about developing your creativity, the D800 is the ultimate way to get the big picture.

Battery Life900 Shot
Package Contents
  • D800 Digital SLR Camera
  • EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery With Terminal Cover
  • MH-25 Battery Charger
  • AN-DC6 Strap
  • UC-E14 USB Cable
  • USB Cable Clip
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
  • BM-12 Monitor Cover
  • Software Installer CD-ROM
Display Resolution921000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker