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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D800E

Nikon D800E

The Nikon D800E is the second version of the camera and it is targeted at those who want to get the highest level of detail from the imaging sensor. It is essentially the same as the D800, but with the optical low-pass filter, otherwise known as the anti-aliasing filter, having been ‘cancelled’.

A low-pass filter is present in most digital cameras and blurs detail at the pixel level (to the slightest degree) to avoid moiré patterning and false colour. These blurring flaws are most noticeable in details such as fabric or the feathers of a bird. Removing the blurring effect caused by the filter increases the clarity and level of detail, although this is discernible only to the eagle-eyed.

In the D800E, instead of removing the low-pass filter, it is ‘cancelled’, which means the infrared blocking and reflective properties of the D800 and D800E are the same. In the D800, the low-pass filter has two layers: the first separates the image into two horizontally, while the second separates the image again, this time vertically.

In the D800E, however, the second layer instead cancels the horizontal separation by combining the image vertically. Those who shoot landscapes should consider this version of the camera, although it is around £300 more expensive at around £2,900.

  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

    Your advertisements obscure the content of your articles. Until that is fixed, your new site is useless.