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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Like the D700, the D800 uses the Multi-CAM3500FX AF sensor, with a 51-point AF system. However, it is the same refined version as that found in the D4.

Refinements include 15 cross-type points in the centre of the frame compatible with lenses at f/5.6 or faster, and an 11 AF-point set-up that, when selected, is compatible with lenses at f/8, bringing the best of the focusing system to a wider range of optics. Furthermore, improved low-light performance enables operation at -2EV (for use under moonlight).

Although contrast-detection AF is claimed to be more precise than phase-detection AF (which is the type used in the D800 for stills), the camera was capable of producing sharp images. Once I was familiar with the AF system and after selecting the right mode for a scene, the camera is spot-on in virtually every situation.

Certainly in low light, it can pick up subjects and focus with minimal effect on speed. Impressively, even shaded objects in moonlight are picked up with minimal hunting. Most other systems simply would not operate under these conditions.

There are a few AF mode options, all of which can be seen and viewed through the viewfinder. Handily, the AF switch has been redesigned to include a button so the user’s eye can remain fixed to the viewfinder to navigate through the different modes.

AF modes include 3D colour tracking, single point, nine-point tracking, auto area, 51-point tracking and 21-point tracking. If there were time to compose the scene, I most often opted for single-point AF because this point can be selected from any of the 51 points in the central area of the frame.

  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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