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Nikon D800 review

April 28, 2012

Overall Rating:

5

Nikon D800


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Price as Reviewed:

£2,599.00

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.

  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • Dioptre Adjustment: -3 to +1 dioptre
  • White Balance: 2 auto, 6 presets (with fine-tuning), plus 3 custom and Kelvin adjustment settings
  • Shutter Type: Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
  • Memory Card: 1x CompactFlash slot compatible with UDMA 7, 1x SD slot
  • Viewfinder Type: Pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
  • LCD: 3.2in TFT with 921,000 dots
  • Output Size: 7360 x 4912 pixels
  • Field of View: Approx 100%
  • White Balance Bracket: 2-9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3
  • AF Points: 51 points, selectable manually or automatically
  • Sensor: FX-format (full-frame 35.9 x 24 mm) CMOS device with 36.3 million effective pixels
  • Focal Length Mag: 1x (1.5x in DX-format crop mode)
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/250sec
  • Exposure Modes: PASM
  • Weight: 1,000g (with battery and card/s)
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/8000sec in 1⁄3 steps, plus B
  • File Format: NEF (raw), JPEG, raw+JPEG simultaneously
  • Power: Rechargeable EN-EL15 Li-Ion battery (supplied)
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Drive Mode: Single, continuous (Hi/Lo selectable, up to 4fps with AF), self-timer, quiet, mirror-up
  • Exposure Comp: ±5EV in 1⁄3, 1/2 or 1EV steps
  • ISO: 100-6400 in 1/3EV steps and Lo1, Hi1, Hi2 (ISO 50-25,600)
  • Lens Mount: Nikon F
  • RRP: £2,599.99 (body only)
  • DoF Preview: Yes
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, single-shot AF, continuous AF with AF fine-tuning
  • Dimensions: 146 x 123 x 81.5mm
  • Metering System: 91,000-pixel RGB 3D matrix metering, centreweighted (adjustable), spot (1.5%)
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, HDMI
  • Compression: 3-stage JPEG, 3-stage NEF
  • Tested as: Enthusiast DSLR

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