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Nikon D800 review

Are 36-million pixels too many?

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Taken at ISO 200 using an aperture of f/8, this shot has bags of detail, but the exposure had to be reduced by 1EV to get the colour looking right.

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The D800's AF system had no trouble keeping up with this cyclist peddling at full-speed.

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Nikon's Matrix metering was fooled by the light subject and under-exposed this shot.

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A Levels adjustment in Photoshop has brightened the image and retained the atmosphere.

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Including so much sky in this image fooled the Matrix metering into under-exposing, but as the image below shows, there plenty of information in the foreground so it can be lightened effectively.

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Five minutes work with Photoshop has brightened the foreground while retaining the darkness of the approaching storm in the sky.

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Taken at ISO 2500 and in low artificial light, this image has more noticeable noise than some taken at higher sensitivity settings in more natural light.

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Taken at ISO 200, f/8 and 1/125, but exposure was compensated by -1EV to retain the tonal gradation in the sky.

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There's plenty of detail in the brickwork of these buildings.

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The delicate details of the blossom have been captured well in this ISO 200 image.

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The dark foreground mean that -1EV exposure compensation was required to get this image just right when Matrxi metering was used. There's plenty of detail in those shadows.

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The JPEGs straight from the Nikon D800 display an impressive colour range - this image was shot on Auto White Balance.

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We needed to boost the exposure compensation by +0.7 to capture this scene.

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Lots of detail has been resolved in this image, while colours are also naturally represented.

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This image displays the very restricted depth of field effects that are possible when using a full-frame camera such as the D800.

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This image was shot using the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 G lens.

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In this image shot at f/8 you can really see the amount of detail that is able to be captured by the D800.

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
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