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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.

Specifications

  • Lens Mount
    Nikon F bayonet mount
  • Effective Pixels
    36.3 million
  • Sensor Size
    35.9mm x 24mm
  • Image Sensor Format
    FX
  • Image Sensor Type
    CMOS
  • Total Pixels
    36.8 million
  • Dust-reduction system
    Image sensor cleaning
  • Dust-Off Reference Photo
    Yes
  • Image Area (pixels)
    FX-format
    (L) 7,360 x 4,912
    (M) 5,520 x 3,680
    (S) 3,680 x 2,456
    1:2 format (30 x 20)
    (L) 6,144 x 4,080
    (M) 4,608 x 3,056
    (S) 3,072 x 2,040
    5:4 format (30 x 24)
    (L) 6,144 x 4,912
    (M) 4,608 x 3,680
    (S) 3,072 x 2,456
    DX-format
    (L) 4,800 x 3,200
    (M) 3,600 x 2,400
    (S) 2,400 x 1,600
  • File Format Still Images
    JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
    NEF (RAW): lossless compressed 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed
    TIFF (RGB)
    JPEG: JPEG-Baseline-Compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal Quality
  • Picture Control
    Landscape
    Monochrome
    Neutral
    Portrait
    Standard
    User-customizable Settings
    Vivid
  • Storage Media
    CompactFlash© (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA)
    SD
    SDHC
    SDXC
  • Card Slot
    1 CompactFlash© (CF) card and 1 Secure Digital (SD) card
  • File System
    Compliant with DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0
    DPOF (Digital Print Order Format)
    EXIF 2.3 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras)
    PictBridge
  • Viewfinder
    Eye-level Pentaprism Single-Lens Reflex Viewfinder
  • Viewfinder Frame Coverage
    FX (36×24): 100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical Approx.
    1.2x (30×20): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
    DX (24×16): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
    5:4 (30×24): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
  • Viewfinder Magnification
    0.70x Approx.
  • Viewfinder Eyepoint
    19.5 (-1.0¯¹)
  • Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment
    Built-in diopter adjustment (-3 to +1 m¯¹)
  • Focusing Screen
    Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII with AF Area Brackets (grid lines can be displayed)
  • Reflex Mirror
    Quick-return type
  • Lens Aperture
    Instant-return type
  • Depth-of-field Control
    Yes
  • Lens Compatibility at a Glance***
    AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
    Metering with AI lenses
  • Compatible Lenses
    AF NIKKOR other than type G or D*2: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering III
    AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering III
    DX AF NIKKOR: All Functions Supported Except FX-format (36×24)/5:4 (30×24) Image Size
    Non-CPU: Usable in [A] or [M] mode Center-Weighted or Spot Metering; Electronic Rangefinder can be used if Maximum Aperture is f/5.6 or Faster
    Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All Functions Supported
  • Shutter type
    Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
  • Shutter Speed
    1/8000 to 30 sec.
    Bulb
  • Fastest Shutter Speed
    1/8000 sec.
  • Slowest Shutter Speed
    30 sec.
  • Flash Sync Speed
    Up to 1/250 sec.
    Synchronizes with shutter at 1/320s or slower (flash range drops at speeds between 1/250 and 1/320s)
  • Bulb Shutter Setting
    Yes
  • Shutter Release Modes
    Continuous low-speed [CL] mode; 1-4 frames per second
    Continuous high-speed [CH] mode; 4 frames per second
    Mirror-up [Mup] mode
    Quiet Shutter Release
    Self-timer mode
    Single-frame [S] mode
  • Continuous Shooting Options
    FX-format
    CH: Up to 4 frames per second
    CL: Up to 4 frames per second
    5:4 format
    CH: Up to 4 frames per second
    CL: Up to 4 frames per second
    DX-format
    CH: Up to 5 frames per second
    CL: Up to 5 frames per second
    1:2 format
    CH: Up to 5 frames per second
    CL: Up to 5 frames per second
  • Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution
    4 frames per second
  • Self-timer
    2, 5, 10, 20 sec. Timer duration electronically controlled
  • Exposure Metering System
    TTL exposure metering using 91,000-pixel RGB sensor
  • Metering Method
    Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8mm circle in center of frame
    Matrix: 3D color matrix metering III (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering III (other CPU lenses)
    Spot: Meters 4mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
  • Metering Range
    0 to 20 EV (3D color matrix or center-weighted metering)
    0 to 20 EV (spot metering)
  • Exposure Meter Coupling
    CPU
    AI
  • Exposure Modes
    Aperture-Priority (A)
    Manual (M)
    Programmed auto with flexible program (P)
    Shutter-Priority (S)
  • Exposure Compensation
    ±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
  • Exposure Bracketing
    2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
  • Exposure Lock
    Yes
  • Mirror Lock Up
    Yes
  • ISO Sensitivity
    ISO 100 - 6400
    Lo-1 (ISO 50)
    Hi-1 (ISO 12,800)
    Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)
  • Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity
    100
  • Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity
    6400
  • Lowest Expanded ISO Sensitivity
    Lo-1 (ISO 50 equivalent)
  • Highest Expanded ISO Sensitivity
    HI-2 (ISO 25,600 equivalent)
  • Expanded ISO Sensitivity Options
    Lo-1 (ISO-50 equivalent), Hi-1 (ISO-12,800 equivalent), Hi-2 (ISO-25,600 equivalent)
  • Long Exposure Noise Reduction
    Yes
  • High ISO Noise Reduction
    Low
    Normal
    High
    Off
  • Active D-Lighting
    Auto
    Extra High
    High
    Normal
    Low
    Off
  • D-Lighting Bracketing
    2 frames using selected value for one frame
    3–5 frames using preset values for all frames
  • Single-point AF Mode
    Yes
  • Dynamic AF Mode
    Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)
  • Auto-area AF Mode
    Yes
  • Autofocus System
    Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection
  • Detection Range
    -2 to 19 EV (ISO 100, 68°F/20°C)
  • Lens Servo
    Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status
    Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
  • AF-area mode
    9, 21 or 51 point Dynamic-area AF
    Auto-area AF
    Single-point AF
    3D-tracking (51 points)
  • Focus Lock
    Focus can be locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
    Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF)
  • Focus Modes
    Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
    Continuous-servo (AF-C)
    Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
    Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only
    Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
    Normal area
    Single-servo AF (AF-S)
    Wide area
  • Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points
    51
  • Autofocus Sensitivity
    -2 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
  • Autofocus Fine Tune
    Yes
  • Built-in Flash
    Yes
  • Flash Bracketing
    2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV
  • Built-in Flash Distance
    39 ft. (ISO 100)
  • X-Sync Speed
    1/250
  • Top FP High Speed Sync
    Up to 1/8000
  • Flash Control
    TTL: i-TTL flash control using 91,000-pixel RGB sensor are available with built-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-700, or SB-400; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighting metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
  • Flash Sync Modes
    Front-curtain sync (normal)
    Rear-curtain sync
    Red-Eye reduction
    Red-Eye reduction with slow sync
    Slow sync
  • Flash Compensation
    -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
  • Flash-ready indicator
    Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit such as SB-910, SB-900, SB-400, SB-80DX, SB-28DX or SB-50DX is fully charged
  • Accessory Shoe
    Yes
  • Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
    Built-in flash Commander Mode
    CLS Supported
  • Flash Sync Terminal
    Yes
  • White Balance
    Auto (2 types)
    Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K)
    Cloudy
    Direct Sunlight
    Flash
    Fluorescent (7 types)
    Incandescent
    Preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored)
    Shade
  • White Balance Bracketing
    2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV
  • Live View Shooting
    Photography Live View Mode
    Movie Live View Mode
  • Live View Lens servo
    Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F)
    Manual focus (MF)
  • Live View AF-area mode
    Face-priority AF
    Wide-area AF
    Normal-area AF
    Subject-tracking AF
  • Live View Autofocus
    Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
  • Movie Metering
    TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
  • Movie Frame size (pixels) and frame rate
    1280 x 720 (30p): 30 fps (29.97 fps)
    1280 x 720 (60p): 60 fps (59.94 fps)
    1920 x 1080 (24p): 24 fps (23.976 fps)
    1920 x 1080 (30p): 30 fps (29.97 fps)
  • Movie Maximum recording time
    20 minutes at highest quality
    29 minutes 59 seconds at normal quality
  • Movie File Format
    MOV
  • Movie Video Compression
    H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
  • Movie Audio recording format
    Linear PCM
  • Movie Audio recording device
    Built-in monaural microphone
    External stereo microphone (optional)
  • Movie
    HD 1,920×1,080 / 30 fps
    HD 1,920×1,080 / 24 fps
    HD 1,280×720 / 30 fps
    HD 1,280×720 / 24 fps
    HD 1,280×720 / 60 fps
  • Movie Audio
    Built-in microphone, monaural
    External stereo microphone (optional)
  • Monitor Size
    3.2 in. diagonal
  • Monitor Resolution
    921,000 Dots
  • Monitor Type
    Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
  • Monitor Angle of View
    170-degree wide-viewing angle
  • Monitor Adjustments
    Brightness, 5 levels
  • Virtual Horizon Camera Indicator
    Yes
    Also visible in LiveView Modes
    Also visible in Viewfinder
  • Playback Functions
    Auto Image Rotation
    Full-Frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar)
    Histogram Display
    Image Comment
    Movie Playback
    Movie Slideshow
    Playback with Zoom
    Slideshow
    Highlights
  • In-Camera Image Editing
    Color Outline
    Color Sketch
    D-Lighting
    Distortion Control
    Edit Movie
    Filter Effects
    Fisheye
    Image Overlay
    Miniature Effect
    Monochrome
    NEF (RAW) Processing
    Perspective Control
    Quick Retouch
    Red-Eye Correction
    Resize
    Selective Color
    Side-by-Side Comparison
    Straighten
    Trim
    Color Balance
  • Image Comment
    Yes
  • Interface
    HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
    Headphone Connector
    NTSC
    Stereo Microphone Input
    Super Speed USB 3.0
  • Wi-Fi Functionality
    Eye-Fi Compatible
    WT-4A
  • GPS
    GP-1 GPS unit
  • Save/Load Camera settings
    Yes
  • Total custom Settings
    54
  • My Menu
    Yes with customization
  • Recent Settings
    Yes
  • Supported Languages
    Arabic
    Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
    Czech
    Danish
    Dutch
    English
    Finnish
    French
    German
    Indonesian
    Italian
    Japanese
    Korean
    Norweigan
    Polish
    Portuguese
    Romanian
    Russian
    Spanish
    Swedish
    Thai
    Turkish
    Ukrainian
  • Date, Time and Daylight Savings Time Settings
    Yes
  • World Time Setting
    Yes
  • Battery / Batteries
    EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery
  • Battery Life (shots per charge)
    900 shots per charge (Battery Life) (CIPA)
  • AC Adapter
    EH-5b AC Adapter
    Requires EP-5B Power Supply Connector
  • Battery Charger
    MH-25 Quick Charger
  • Tripod Socket
    1/4 in.
  • Approx. Dimensions
    Width: 5.7 in. (144.78mm)
    Height: 4.8 in. (121.92mm)
    Depth: 3.2 in. (81.28mm)
  • Approx. Weight
    31.7 oz. (900g)

    camera body only
  • Supplied Accessories
    • AN-DC6 Strap
    • EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
    • MH-25 Battery Charger
    • UC-E14 USB Cable
    • BM-12 LCD Monitor Cover
    • BF-1B Body Cap
    • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cap
    • DK-17 Viewfinder Eyepiece
    • NikonView NX2 CD ROM
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