The Nikon D800 is a Great Replacement for the D700
Nikon Raise the bar Again
This is the new flagship D-SLR from Nikon and it is the pinnacle of all those values for which Nikon are famous. It is undoubtedly one of the best digital SLR cameras on the market and I am sure that if you are a photographer at this end of the market, you will have been impatiently anticipating it’s arrival. There are few areas where the D800 doesn’t stand head and shoulders above it’s rivals, whether you are looking for resolution, saturation or detail. The autofocus system is unique to Nikon and uses the subtle differences in tone and brightness to keep the image sharp. It also has automatic face detection. The enhanced balanced fill-flash can pick out and illuminates faces perfectly.
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The Nikon D800 is packed with new technology that gives the photographer high levels of depth and detail in photography, and offers all the flexibility necessary to shoot broadcast quality video.
It begs the question: Why would a videographer want to carry a hefty single function Video camera, when he could buy an equally good D800 and have a dual function camera with an extensive selection of superb lens options to boot. It rivals medium format cameras in quality, but keeps the flexibility of the D-SLR format. It packs massive resolution that blows its competitors away – Boy, what a good camera!.
Nikon D800 Image Quality and Handling
The D800 offers an ISO range of 50-25600 and delivers excellent low-light ( moonlight! ) quality. On top of this, the noise reduction systems give amazing flexibility under all conditions: images are crisp and clean, even at higher ISO settings. The D800 incorporates face recognition software and has improved the autofocus and auto exposure. The AF is now accessible without taking your eye from the viewfinder. It has a fast response rate and can shoot 6 fames per second. The LCD screen can be magnified up to 46x during playback. The settings are well laid out and the mode dial works really well. Picture controls are accessible via a dedicated button, rather than the LCD screen. This allows you to customize sharpness, saturation, and hue.
Nikon D800: conclusion
Nikon have really pulled out all the stops for this camera. The image quality is immaculate regardless of lighting conditions. Shooting speed and speedy AF make it ideal for sports or event photography and its sealed magnesium alloy body should ensure that it will survive the rigours of day to day photography. The battery will allow up to an hour of video or 850 shots and the dual card memory system means that instant back-up is available. The in-camera editing system allows editing in transit. This Nikon can also produce broadcast quality video – shooting up to 30 minutes continuous at a time. It has an external Mic socket and a socket for headphones so that you can monitor the sound before shooting.
Nikon D800 Features
36.3 megapixel FX-format (full-frame) CMOS sensor THE LARGEST FILE IN ITS CLASS
51-point AF system: SUPERB QUALITY
ISO 100–6400: extendable up to 25,600 (equivalent) and down to 50 (equivalent). GREAT FLEXIBILITY HERE
4 fps consecutive shooting in FX/5:4 crop mode. 5 fps in 1.2x/DX crop modes. MODERATELY GOOD, BUT NOT A SPORTS CAMERA
Full HD D-Movie records FX- and DX-format Full HD (1080p) movies in 30p, 25p and 24p. EXCELLENT QUALITY
8 cm (3.2-in.), 921k-dot LCD monitor EXCELLENT RESOLUTION FOR YOUR SHOTS
3D Color Matrix Metering III WITH GREAT FACE RECOGNITION SYSTEM
Quiet shooting mode: FOR DISCRETE SNAPPING
Durable Magnesium alloy body
Wireless LAN and Ethernet support
OUR EXPERT SAYS
Wow! what a great camera! Nikon have cemented themselves at the top of the pile with this superb professional’s camera. Sturdy build, flexible programming , fabulous image files and fast autofocus give you everything you would want. When combined with the range of lenses available, Nikon throw down the gauntlet to professional video cameras as well.