Just Out – Nikon D800 & D800E

When Nikon introduced the D700, in July 2008, many Nikon aficionados were thrilled to be able to purchase a full-frame Nikon DSLR for about half the price of Nikon’s heftier and pricier D3-series cameras. That said, it looks like Nikon is about to make a lot of people even happier this time around.

The new Nikon D800 is downright impressive across the board, starting with its 36.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor. Thanks to improvements in sensor technologies, the new sensor features large 4.88μm pixels, which in concert with the D800’s EXPEED 3 imaging processor, allows the sensor to capture full-bodied image files with plenty of detail in the shadows, highlights and every tone in between.

In addition to robust JPEG, RAW, and JPEG+RAW still capture, the D800 can also capture cinema-like Full HD 1080p video @ 30 or 24 frames per second in H.264/MPEG AVC format in both FX and DX imaging formats. The D800 also affords you the option of simultaneous Live View output using external monitors while recording uncompressed video via HDMI terminal. You can also bypass the camera’s dual memory card slots (CF and SD) and record your video directly onto your computer or an external drive.

Compared to earlier video-enabled DSLRs, the D800 displays far fewer rolling shutter effects, which makes it easier to capture moving and rotating subjects, or when panning the camera while capturing a video sequence. The D800 also utilizes B-frame data compression, which allows for lighter files without loss of image quality. Lastly, the D800 features a Multi-Area Full HD D-Movie Video recording mode for recording video in FX or DX-formats at Full HD 1080p @ 30 /24p in a 16:9 aspect ratio.

Another broadcast-quality feature found on the D800 is a built-in external microphone input that accepts the optional 20-increment Nikon ME-1 stereo microphone. As icing on the cake, you can monitor the audio quality using headphones that you can plug into the camera’s audio port, just like the big boys.

Nikon has always been recognized as having one of the most accurate metering systems on the market, and here, too, the D800 shines with a 91,000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering III System that features an advanced Scene Recognition System that enables face recognition (up to eight faces) through the camera’s optical viewfinder, along with improved exposure, white balance detection, autofocus performance and i-TTL flash exposures.

In the performance department, Nikon’s D800 features a 51-point AF system with four Dynamic AF modes and 3D Focus Tracking, up to four-frame-per-second still capture in FX mode, an HDR capture mode that captures two images and combines them for up to a 3 EV exposure advantage, dual Live View modes (Photography Live View and Movie Live View) and up to 900 exposures per battery charge. The ISO range of the D800 goes from 100 to 6400, and is expandable to 25600.

For composing and reviewing stills and video, Nikon’s D800 features a bright optical pentaprism that displays 100% of the image area, as does the camera’s 3.2-inch 921,000-dot LCD, which allows you to zoom in up to 46x for critical focus checking.

In addition to the standard D800, Nikon is also introducing a special edition version—the Nikon D800E—which features a low-pass filter without anti-aliasing properties to facilitate maximum sharpness levels when shooting RAW files.

The Nikon D800E is best used when the subject can be lit and photographed at a distance that mitigates the risk of moiré patterns common to fashion and textile photography.

Nikon’s new D800 and D800E are thoroughly compatible with all current and many older-generation Nikkor optics.

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Imaging Sensor CMOS
Total Pixels 36.8 million
Effective Pixels 36.3 million 
Image Sensor 35.9 × 24.0 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon FX format)
Dust Reduction System Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (requires optional Capture NX
2 software)
Image Size (Pixels) • FX format (36×24): 7,360 × 4,912 (L), 5,520 × 3,680 (M), 3,680 × 2,456 (S)
• 1.2× (30×20): 6,144 × 4,080 (L), 4,608 × 3,056 (M), 3,072 × 2,040 (S)
• DX format (24×16): 4,800 × 3,200 (L), 3,600 × 2,400 (M), 2,400 × 1,600 (S)
• 5:4 (30×24): 6,144 × 4,912 (L), 4,608 × 3,680 (M), 3,072 × 2,456 (S)
• FX-format photographs taken in movie live view*: 6,720 × 3,776 (L), 5,040 × 2,832
(M), 3,360 × 1,888 (S)
• DX-format photographs taken in movie live view*: 4,800 × 2,704 (L), 3,600 × 2,024
(M), 2,400 × 1,352 (S)*Photographs taken in movie live view have an aspect ratio of 16:9; A DX-based format is used for photographs
taken using the DX (24x16) image area; an FX-based format is used for all other photographs
File Format • NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed
• TIFF (RGB) • JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal
(approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality
compression available • NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both
NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control System Can be selected from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape;
selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
Media SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards; Type I
CompactFlash memory cards (UDMA compliant)
Dual card slots Either card can be used for primary or backup storage or for separate storage of
NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; pictures can be copied between cards
File system DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format),
Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3, PictBridge
Viewfinder Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverage • FX (36×24): Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical • 1.2× (30×20): Approx.
97% horizontal and 97% vertical • DX (24×16): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97%
vertical • 5:4 (30×24): Approx. 97% horizontal and 100% vertical
Magnification Approx. 0.7× (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint 17 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment -3 to +1 m-
Focusing screen Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets and framing grid
Reflex mirror Quick return
Depth-of-field preview When depth-of-field preview button is pressed, lens aperture is stopped down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (P and S modes).
Lens aperture Instant return, electronically controlled
Lenses  Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC-NIKKOR lenses), DX lenses [using DX (24x16) image area], AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only). IX NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses cannot be used. The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster, employing eleven focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster.
Shutter Electronically controlled, vertical travel focal-plane shutter
Speeds 1/8,000 to 30 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, bulb, X250
Flash Sync Speed X=1/250 sec.; synchronizes with shutter at 1/320 s or slower (flash range drops at speeds between 1/250 and 1/320 s)
Release modes S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), (self-timer), MUP (mirror up)
Frame advance rate  • With EN-EL15 batteries
(FX/5:4) CL: approx. 1 to 4 fps, CH: approx. 4 fps, (DX/1.2×) CL: approx. 1 to 5 fps,
CH: approx. 5 fps
• Other power sources
(FX/5:4) CL: approx. 1 to 4 fps, CH: approx. 4 fps, (1.2×) CL: approx. 1 to 5 fps, CH:
approx. 5 fps, (DX) CL: approx. 1 to 5 fps, CH: approx. 6 fps
Self-timer 2 sec., 5 sec., 10 sec., 20 sec.; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2 or 3 sec.
Metering TTL exposure metering using 91K-pixel RGB sensor
Metering method • Matrix: 3D color matrix metering III (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering
III (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user
provides lens data • Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12-mm circle in
center of frame; diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15 or 20 mm, or weighting
can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12mm circle
or average of entire frame) • Spot: Meters 4mm circle (about 1.5% of frame)
centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 68°F/20°C) • Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0 to 20 EV
• Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV
Exposure meter coupling Combined CPU and AI
Exposure modes Programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperturepriority
auto (A); manual (M)
Exposure compensation -5 to +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 Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO sensitivity(Recommended Exposure Index) ISO 100 to 6400 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV; can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7
or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 or 2 EV (ISO
25600 equivalent) above ISO 6400; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-Lighting Can be selected from auto, extra high, high, normal, low or off
Autofocus Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection,
fine-tuning, 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors; f/8 supported by 11 central
sensors), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 1 ft 8 in. to 9 ft 10 in./0.5 to 3 m)
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); predictive
focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status • Manual focus
(M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus point Can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points
AF-area modes Single-point AF, 9-, 21- or 51-point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, auto-area AF
Focus lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF)
or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Built-in flash Manual pop-up with button release and a guide number of approx. 39/12, 39/12
with manual flash (ft/m, ISO 100, 68°F/20°C)
Flash control TTL: i-TTL flash control using 91K-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash
and SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600 or SB-400; i-TTL balanced fill-flash
for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL
flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash modes Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye
reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync; auto FP high-speed sync
Flash compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Flash bracketing 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Flash-ready indicator Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; blinks after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoe ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Advanced
Lighting System (CLS
SB-700 as a master flash and SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes, or SU-800 as
commander; built-in flash can serve as master flash in commander mode; auto FP
high-speed sync and modeling illumination supported with all CLS-compatible flash units except SB-400; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported
with all CLS-compatible flash units
Sync terminal ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread
White balance Auto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy,
shade, preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored) and color temperature setting
(2,500 K to 10,000 K); fine-tuning available for all options
White balance bracketing 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3
Modes Live view photography (still images), movie live view (movi
Lens servo • Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time servo AF (AF-F) • Manual focus (M)
AF-area modes Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
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
Frame size (pixels) and frame rate 1,920 × 1,080; 30p, 25p, 24p • 1,280 × 720; 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p; actual frame rates
 for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively;
options support both high and normal image quality
File format MOV
Video compression H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format Linear PCM
Audio recording device Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Movie options Index marking, time-lapse photography
Monitor 3.2-in. (8-cm), approx. 921k-dot (VGA) TFT LCD with 170° viewing angle, approx.
100% frame coverage, and automatic monitor brightness control using ambient
brightness sensor
Playback Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, movie
playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, highlights, histogram display, auto
image rotation, and image comment (up to 36 characters)
USB SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0 Micro-B connector)
HDMI output Type C mini-pin HDMI connector; can be used simultaneously with camera monitor
Audio input Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)
Audio output Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)
10-pin remote terminal Can be used to connect optional remote control, GP-1 GPS Unit or GPS device
compliant with NMEA0183 version 2.01 or 3.01 (requires optional MC-35 GPS
Adapter Cord and cable with D-sub 9-pin connector)
Supported languages Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish,
French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish,
Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian
Battery One EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Battery pack Optional MB-D12 Multi-Power Battery Pack with one EN-EL15/EN-EL18* Rechargeable
Li-ion Battery or eight R6/AA-size alkaline, Ni-MH or lithium batteries
*Requires BL-5 Battery Chamber Cover (available separately
AC adapter EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5B Power Connector (available separately)
Tripod socket 1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W × H × D) Approx. 5.7 × 4.8 × 3.2 in./146 × 123 × 81.5 mm
Weight Approx. 2 lb 3.3 oz /1,000 g with battery and SD memory card but without body cap;
approx. 1 lb 15.7 oz / 900 g (camera body only)
Operating environment Temperature: 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C; humidity: less than 85% (no condensation)

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Where does the Nikon 800 versus D4, D700? and price? can it take the WT-4 transmitter ???

WT-4 transmitter w/ the new 800?   shooting w/ three 900 flash units,  line of sight does not work well.  will Nikon ever have both in the camera,  line-of-sight and radio Wi-Fi built into the camera? pocket wizard units are not cheap!!!  thank you,

g. sandy ebeier

Do you point the slaves at the camera, each other, or the subject ? pointing all slave sensors at the subject, the sb900's blow me away with their triggering capabilitys ( i use 3 too )

If you can afford a 3000 dollar camera body, pocket wizards are throw away change. and they're fantastic

I do not understand your first question, so you will have to re-phrase the inquiry before I can attempt to give a response.  Concerning pricing, pricing is currently listed on our website for the Nikon D800.  The Nikon D800 SLR Digital Camera is currently $2999.95.  The Nikon D800E SLR Digital Camera is currently $3299.95.  Nikon does list the WT-4A Wireless Transmitter as being compatible with the Nikon D800.


The D800 replaces the D700 and will be a model step down from the D4. The D800 has the following improvements over the D700:  36.3 mega pixels ( vs 12.1), EXPEED 3 processor,  100% VF coverage,  SD card slot,  200,000  shutter cycles, Matrix Metering III, Base ISO 100, AF Detection f/8.0,  Built-in microphone plus an external stereo microphone jack and USB 3.0.

While lower in resolution, the D4 is aimed for photojournalists that require fast continuous shooting (11 frames per second), fast focusing, and excellent low light capability.  The D4 is also the first camera to take advantage of the XQD card. It uses PCI Express as a data transfer interface with a reported 1Gbps read and write speed.

Concerning pricing, pricing is currently listed on our website for the Nikon D800.  The Nikon D800 is currently $2999.95, the D800E is $3299.95.  Nikon does list the WT-4A Wireless Transmitter as being compatible with the Nikon D800.

D800/200,000 shut cycles plus other features. is it worth $1000 more than the D700 ??? the real dif between D800 and the D4. is it worth $3000+ ???

This looks great!  

As a video professional I really appreciate the audio output (headphones), but does the camera have audio metering?  And what does "audio sensitivity adjustable" mean, is it low, medium and high or is it a continous variavle audio level as we are used to have in video cameras.

I'm really looking forward to the reviews!

Hello -

The audio level indicators offer visual confirmation of audio level and the microphone sensitivity can be controlled precisely in 20 incremental steps.

Hello -

The audio level indicators offer visual confirmation of audio level and the microphone sensitivity can be controlled precisely in 20 incremental steps.

So, from what I can read, the main diferencence in having or not the AA filter is that by eliminating it, you get the full pixel information, but can run into the issue of patterns when the pixel and texture of the picture colide. But in the other hand by eliminating them you gain get a higher quality image. The questions are: 1.- , How greater quality can you expect by eliminating the AA filter? 2.- Whould the d800 be more of an all purpose camera as opposed to de d800e where a higher light control would be required? 3-. Estimated shipping dates?

Believe I read somewhere the D800 would be available in March and D800E in April.

I have the same questions about the d800e.  If you can really get significantly sharper photos out of Nikon prime lens, I am happy to pay the extra 10% for that.  But is the elimination of the low pass filter really better than making the corresponding adjustment in Photoshop (where you can set the degree of adjustment on an individual photo, or all photos by a camera, basis). 

Is there anyone technical in this thread that can answer this question with a not-to-technical explanation?

The problem of Moire' occurs when a repeating pattern with a dimension that is close to the pixel pitch is projected onto the image sensor.  As an example, a repeating pattern of white and black stripes will fall across the image sensor in a fashion that will illuminate a varying percentage of red & blue pixels. The result is color banding and interference patterns. The AA filter smears the incoming light such that a repeating pattern on the order of the pixel pitch is poorly resloved. In other words, the image is blurred.

Without the AA filter the image is sharper, but Moire' can occur with repeating patterns under some conditions. As the pixels become smaller, imperfections in the lens begin to do the job of the AA filter. If the resolution of the image is determined by the optics and not the pixel size, then an AA filter is not needed. This is why many P&S cameras do not have AA filters.

It should be noted that the Leica M9 and many medium format cameras do not have an AA filter either. In the case of the Leica, you have 6.8um pixels and very sharp lenses... a situation that should be worse than the D800E, and folks love the Leica.

At a 4.88um pixel pitch, the D800 is getting down to the region where optics become the limiting factor. So while aliasing can be a problem, I think it can be readily avoided.

However, as Nikon's example shows, it can happen. So, as a test I grabbed the Moire' example from Nikons website and ran it through Lightroom 4 beta where I tried out the Moire brush. The Moire brush was able clean up the color banding, but where it was applied the image wasn't quite as sharp as that from the D800. The forthcoming version of Nikon Capture NX2 also has a Moire reduction tool. For me, a small loss of sharpness in the situations (and portions of the image) where aliasing is a problem is worth the trade-off for a sharper image overall.

My conclusion: I pre-ordered the D800E.

i have been reading articles for 3 day now and this is one of the best articles I have read yet.

That is so very true!!

I am into very low light stage-pics and ultra sharp black and white portraits.

So what can i do, when the modern digital market offers just bodies with a build in film -sorry : sensor!- i just can give it a smile and wait for a D800 with a  cooling-system for its overloaded sensor.

So it is still like in the old times when i had to carry two F2as around, specially in the depth of the grey- scale no progress for me!

I hear for 99% of advanced amatures the gain will be minor . Maybe a studio setup with pro lenses you will see a gain on a 16 X 20 print . I feel post processing on the straight D800 will be the same as the E version .

Unfortunately, I do not have a "specific" answer to your question.  You must understand, this is a first in this particular sensor design from Nikon.  Therefore, there is no precedent to go by to measure or quantify "how greater quality" one would get, as there is no numeral or percentage or artistic measurement available, and so far, the cameras have only recently been announced, with only the test images displayed by Nikon on their website for comparison.  Without going overboard, the optical low pass filter in its current use serves two purposes; it reduces moiré patterns and artifacts while also reducing aliasing (jagged patterns or lines seen in small fine detail or repeating patterns).  Both are accomplished by a slight blurring of the optical information the sensor sees.  There have been high end cameras that have removable anti-aliasing filters in front of the camera's sensor or cameras without AA filters (such as medium format digital Hasselblad H4D and Sigma DSLR cameras), and by removing the intentional blurring, you can obtain a sharper image with slightly richer colors, as you are getting the exact data sent by the lens.  However, due to the pixels' individual size and arrangement, and what you are photographing, without the blurring, moiré patterns and artifacts will be apparent.  These cannot be removed from video (so I do not recommend the D800E for serious video usage), but Nikon has included a tool in Capture NX2 to correct color moiré.  Until there is side-by-side comparison of the two cameras, I cannot state "how [much] greater quality" can be expected, only that an increase in quality IS expected.

For your second question, yes, the D800 is the all-purpose camera, the camera Nikon is expecting to sell the most of, as it is based on the system most every photographer currenty uses and understands what to expect from their camera.  There are photographer specialties, or specified sub-fields of photography that requires higher quality, and along with that requirement, the photographers in these fields understand the differences and work-arounds needed to compensate for their photographic final output or reproduction needs, and know the extra editing that may be required to extract as much detail as possible from the RAW data.  This is who the D800E is designed for.  If your work dictates you need this, and you either understand the benefit/cost of the difference or you are already taking steps or using cameras that do not use the AA filter, and you are not often/continuosly working with fine detail and repeating patterns, then the D800E is worth considering.  But yes, the D800 is expected to be the most-popular selling camera and would be the all-purpose camera out of the two options.

We do not have exact dates of shipping, but the camera is expected to begin shipping from Nikon sometime in March, available early spring.  You can either click the white "Notify When In Stock" button on the link HERE, or you can pre-order the camera by clicking the blue "Add To Cart" button on the same link and your UPS/FedEx tracking number would be notification the cameras have been received and is on its way to your location.  If you know you want a camera, my recommendation would be to pre-order, but being notified when the cameras arrive will work if simply want to know when the camera is avialable or want to check if there is a display model to view.

Impressive specification, a bit like how we Pentaxians had hoped the K-01 to be! Hope it will be a problem-free as Nikons use to be! No built-in WiFi, a pity!

I hope the battery lasts longer than in many previous digital cameras.  The  EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery is said to be capable of suppliying keyboard with a month's supply of energy for heavy-duty concerto performing.  But we're talking about a camera used for COMPOSING concertos... 

The most important thing is left out: how much is this baby going to cost??? I can not believe that nobody says anything about pricing... How affordable will it be for normal people who don't have exorbitant camera budgets?

$3000, body only.

$2999.95. pre ordered from B&H.

If you click on the pre order button you get a page that says $2999.00 and for the E $3299.00

Depends on what you mean by 'affordable'.  This is a high end professional DSLR.  The D800 is $3,000, the D800e is $3,300.  I was actually surprised they came in that low, this beats the socks off Canon's current offerings, and I'm a Canon guy.

Pricing is currently listed on our website.  The Nikon D800 SLR Digital Camera is currently $2999.95.  The Nikon D800E SLR Digital Camera is currently $3299.95

$3K is absoulutely a bargain for

At $3000, the D800 is only $300 more expensive than the D700 based on Nikon's MSRP.  Take into account  three times the resolution coupled with an incredibly enhanced feature set with broadcast quality HD video; technical nit-picking aside, this camera is the Holy Grail a lot of us have been waiting for.

The one question that I need answered is not listed in the spec sheet.  I absolutely LOVE my D700 - except - that it does not have 100% coverage in the viewfinder.  That is the one issue that is holding me back from pre-ordering one of these cameras.  If I knew that had been fixed in the D800 I would be at the front of the line.  If that was not fixed, then I will likely purchase a used D700 for my backup camera.


Yes, it does have a 100% viewfinder.


It said the viewfinder and screen are 100% image coverage.

Read the text. It's 100% in the viewfinder and the LCD.

It lists in the Specifications of the Nikon D800 Digital SLR camera that the camera has a 100% viewfinder for the FX format.  As the Nikon D800 allows you to shoot in different aspect ratios, the viewable size changes, depending on the aspect ratio you are using.  From the specifications listed on Nikon's website, the following apply to the optical viewfinder of the D800: 

FX (36x24): 100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical Approx.
1.2x (30x20): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
DX (24x16): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
5:4 (30x24): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.

 As usual, the LCD screen on the back of the camera offers 100% viewing angle of the captured image.

Yeah, i hate that about the D700 too. If you have a bright light source your not aware of, just out of the view of the finder, your metering is affected. Apparently the lack of field of view came at the expense of the D700 gaining sensor dust cleaning ability..

Speaking of 100% viewfinder coverage.would someone address canon 7d versus nikon d700, d800, d3, d4: esp d800. 

All of the models you have inquired about have 100% fields of view, with disregard to the D700 which is only 95%.

Nikon D800  100% field of view

Nikon D700  95%

Nikon D3    100%

Niokn D4    100%

Canon 7D  100%

Any idea when these will ship?  I noticed they are only available for preorder.  Also, are there any samples of photos or videos taken with this camera?



Unfortunately, we currently do not have shipping estimates from Nikon at this time.  Nikon does have sample images on their website, located HERE.

Seems like an amazing camera.... Much better than my "old" D700..... But my question is... Why so much video stuff on a still camera? Nowdays DSLR's are much more about video than anything else.... Why do I need to pay for all video stuff if I only want a friking still camera? Please guys let me know.

at 2999.95 body only and the 800E at 3999.95 I'll be waiting for a while. Senior in high school and a mortgage keep me from realisticaly purchasing this fabulouse piece of equipment! :::sigh:::

Go get the D700.  It is the best camera that Nikon has EVER made.  I had a D3, bought a D700 and then went back and traded the D3 to get my hands on another D700.   My wife and I do professional photography and I would not trade these for all the tea in ........ well, wherever.  The ONLY reason to get a D800 is if you shoot video.  Otherwise, if you shoot still images only then you don't need the extra pixels of the D800 or all the video stuff  (that's what they make video cameras for).  

Youi are correct sir!!!!.  Thats why they make video ccameras.

So wrong.  The D800 allows photographers who needed medium-format film for very large blow-ups to switch to a digital that does it all.  If you don't need to provide clients with high-quality, very large prints, then yes, the D700, which is dood enough for everything up to high-q mag covers.  3X higher pixels than the D7OO is a big difference and a game changer for many medium-format users.

Correct me if Im wrong, but I was under D700 has been discontinued. If it is as I think it is, there may not be many D700s left on the market.

Speaking of video. Suppose the D700 is the better, (if you want video buy a video camera.) Nikon makes a video featured model in the D3 and D4. How good is the video. There are some things that must be short-term videoed. Which is the better suited.

Aside from a tax write-off, $3000/D800 versus $5000/D3, $6000/D4, $2200/D700 body . What does the extra $3000/D3, D4 buy ???

In my opinion: if the camera doesn't take the transmitter W-4. Don't buy it !!!

 In summary. It is interesting that the photographer.....down-sized. 

It's simply the tread in media production right now, allowing videographers the opotunity to have cinematic DOP and lens options. Nikon hasnt had an answer or a good product to compete with Canons huge serge in the market. So this may be thier flagship DSLR for those looking to have that. Like inmy buisness we do both photos and video and it makes for a great back up to my AF-100 if it can do what it claims.

""Nikon hasnt had an answer or a good product to compete with Canons huge serge in the market. So this may be thier flagship DSLR for those looking to have that."

This is incorrect. Nikon had D7000, D3, D3X, D3s that were just as good or in some instance a touch better that any flagship Cannon. I shot a wedding recently with another photographer, my boss, and he is a Cannon shooter while I am a Nikon shooter. Well, let me tell you, although he had the amazing 5DMark II with him, he basically borrowed my Nikon D3s and shot most of the wedding with my camera, giving me instead his camera...  He was absolutely glued to my camera.... His Cannon was no match for my Nikon's speed, sharpness, lack of noise in low light. I did not mind, because it gave me an opportunity to try another camera and compare...

The quote was in responce to a DSLR for video work, not stills