Nikon D800 Review

By on November 1, 2012
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Brilliance in one heavy package.

Good: Excellent JPEG & RAW quality as well as videos; 24fps recording at 710p & 1080p; Great build quality; Easily accessible buttons; USB 3.0 ports for fast photo transfers.
Bad: Noise in pictures (at full resolution) & videos in low-light conditions due to high megapixel sensor.
Price: AED 13,999
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The D800 is Nikon’s most recent entry into the full-frame professional DSLR market, bringing major improvements over previous generations, making it one of the most standout cameras in the market.

As I mentioned, the D800 is aimed at professionals and as such has a lot of features built specifically to ease their jobs; getting the highest possible image quality isn’t the only prerequisite here. As such, the body is also designed with heavy usage in mind, as are the specs of this camera.

The D800 carries a 36.3MP full-frame FX-format CMOS sensor, boasting the highest megapixel count in any 35mm SLR on the market right now. Obviously while the higher megapixel count helps offer images for incredibly big poster sized prints, it also means more noise being captured in low light conditions. This affects both photos and videos, but more on that later.

Given the high pixel count of the sensor, it’s no surprise to see that there’s a 51-point autofocus system that allows for some incredibly fast shots, thanks in part to the new EXPEED 3 processor. In the full-frame (FX) mode you can capture up to 4fps of full resolution shots, while in the 1.2x crop mode (DX) it goes up to 5fps.

Each one of these full resolution JPEGs is around 18MB, so not only do you need a high capacity SD card, but output is also swift thanks to the USB 3.0 port. In addition to SD cards you also have space for the good old CF cards. There’s a lot more to the D800, so let’s dig into it.

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