One of the most anticipated Nikon cameras which after 3 years inherits its iconic predecessor, the D700. What makes it most different from the D700 is the 36 megapixels sensor and the ability to record full HD video. Fans of video recording will be pleased, however, it still needs to be seen whether the new D800 will shake up the status of Canon’s 5D Mark II.
Nikon D800 has a viewfinder with 100% coverage and ISO setting range from 100-6400 (50-25600). New EXPEED 3 processor is responsible for photographing and recording together with the new 91,000 pixel RGB sensor Matrix.
The main features:• Full frame 36 MP sensor (7360 × 4912)
• 100% coverage viewfinder
• Advanced auto focus with built-in face detection
• 51 point auto focus
• Slots for CF and SD cards
• USB 3.0
• ISO: 100 – 6400, ISO LO @ 50 and ISO HI-2 @ 25600
• 3.2 „LCD screen
• EXPEED 3 processor
• Video mode: 1080p/30/25/24 and 720p/60/30/25/24
The mechanical design keeps the Nikon’s camera body tradition. The body is made entirely of lightweight magnesium alloy, and, of course, it is water and dust proof. Design of its predecessor D700 is significantly rounder and is also 10% lighter. Otherwise, the company holds the line appearance; the body is traditionally all black, with just a little red design element on the shutter button. Otherwise, the solution buttons and controls are very similar to the previous model, making the transition to the newer model certainly a lot easier. Subjectively, we’d say that it’s a bit larger than its predecessor; therefore it lies better in the hands, especially in those photographers with large hands.
At first glance, the size of the new LCD monitor on the back of the camera was increased to 3.2 „, and its resolution is 921,000 pixels. Menu design has remained virtually the same, also, the viewing angles are great and you can rotate the camera in all directions and the visibility is always the same. It’s also interesting to look through the viewfinder, which is really great and t shows 100% of the scene. The focus screen is displayed and the user can also display the framing grid for architectural photography. And not only that, the viewfinder can display biaxial virtual horizon with which you can compare the exact image without moving the camera from the eye.
On top of the camera is the usual LCD screen that displays all the necessary information. Beside the screen, a separate button to start recording videos is added. Next to the lens are a few of the key buttons that can be assigned to almost any function. Otherwise, everything else is more or less the same, proven management scheme and layout control. The only downside is that the possibility of adding a backlight control button with the LCD screen was not taken.
With the excellent mechanical design, ergonomics and comfort control of the Nikon D800, there is nothing really to criticize.
The 36.3 megapixels FX-format sensor and superior autofocus system offers an unprecedented level of depth and detail in your photos. D-Movie Full HD resolution offers all the flexibility you need for broadcast quality video and if you seriously want to develop your creativity, D800 is the best way you can do it.