With a high-resolution, 36.3-million-pixel sensor that virtually matches those of medium-format models, the Nikon D800 may just have raised the bar for full-frame cameras. Read our Nikon D800 review...

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£2,599.00

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Dynamic range

The D800 provides a wide tonal range, measured by www.dxomark.com at 14.1EV, which puts the D800 up there with the best cameras at any level. Given the high resolution and therefore smaller pixels than the direct competition, this is impressive.

As a function normally reserved for lower-end cameras with a more limited dynamic range, I am a little surprised to see a high dynamic range (HDR) mode included in the D800 (and indeed the Canon EOS 5D Mark III).

Nonetheless, this is a good feature to have, and an HDR image can be recorded in two frames, for up ±3EV. This extends the possible dynamic range to 20EV, which I found particularly useful when trying to preserve detail in the highlights of a waterfall, where normally the falling water would appear as a solid white mass.

As with all Nikon DSLRs, Active D-Lighting can be applied to images in-camera. This feature brightens shadow areas for the impression of extra detail, and is available in two different strengths and auto.

Image: The wide dynamic range and Active D-Lighting ensure detail is visible in dark areas here 

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. D800E
  4. 4. Build and handling
  5. 5. White balance and colour
  6. 6. Metering
  7. 7. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  8. 8. Autofocus
  9. 9. LCD, viewfinder and video
  10. 10. Dynamic range
  11. 11. The competition
  12. 12. Our verdict
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  • Steve Krawczyk

    Superb image quality, good alternative to a DSLR when you can’t/don’t want to take a large amount of kit. Needs a filter mount to avert the need to use the fiddly lens cap. Pop-up flash is alittle weak but I use a Speedlite 270EX which is a vast improvement. Slower in operation than I would have expected but esentially a good all rounder with useful features and excellent build quality. Download the CD manual onto your smartphone for reference purposes!

  • Rod Hall

    Having previously owned a G9 which I loved, I was however becoming increasingly frustratedwith it’s rather poor low light performance and the noise that was introduced with even relatively modest hikes in ISO. The G1 Xs large CMOS sensor however has more than addressed this. Image quality is stunning and lets face it, that is the whole point of a camera is it not? On the downside it is expensive and rather bulky for a compact and the styling has echos of Soviet era construction, but it really cannot be faulted in the area of image quality output.

  • jaykay

    The one thing every review of the G1 X I have read, misses, is the fact that if you set it to shoot jpg+raw having set it up to use any of the many menu choices,the camera switches these off and only gives you a default jpg file plus raw.
    Considering Canons claimed target market is the advanced DSLR user wanting a comparable specification in a smaller package, this is a real fault and one that needs addressing with a firmware upgrade ASAP.

  • J. R. Turcotte

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