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)


Having a D5000 and being amateuristic, is it worth the upgrade?   The 5000 is sufficient, but when it's not, long shots, I am discouraged. 


Regarding an earlier comment  - taking 1000 images on an average wedding - this is surely a little (a lot?) crazy. I was taught using a Hasselblad and was allowed only three rolls of 120 film per wedding. If I made a mistake, I had to explain to the bride and groom why there were only 35 photos in the album and not 36. I became a very good photographer in a very short time. Every image had to be of the highest standard. No second chances. I was compelled to learn the craft (and art) - I could not afford to be lazy with composition, lighting, exposure etc.  Being able to take (and actually taking) 1000 images at a wedding is mindblowing. Why would you? It's a scattergun approach coupled with wishful thinking. And remember, with a duty cyle of 200,000 images, it won't be long before the D800 runs out of megapixels and leaves you with only killerpixels.

Thanks to Nikon for releasing what appears to be an excellent seriously advanced pro-am camera. I'm still using Hasselblad and Leica (digital of course) - but I'm tempted to buy the D800 for my weekends.

Digital gives you the freedom to shoot more freely than you would when restricted to "three rolls of film".  At a fat $0.015 per frame off the expected life of the shutter, you can feel free to capture more images and pick and choose what to print.  (More frames = more product to sell to the couple and their family and friends.)
It's a liberating thing to not worry about the cost or number of rolls of film you have in the budget.  1000 images uses up $15.00 worth of camera if you assume you won't get the shutter redone and just scrap it when it's shutter gives up.

The other nice thing is that you simply won't have to worry about running out of battery.  I remember always carrying lots of nicad AA cells and a set alkali cells as my backup with me and still running short on occassion with a Nikon F2 and motor drive.  At a wedding and reception, it would not be unusual for me to shoot 10 - 20 36 exposure rolls of film with a  manual focus camera with flash, so with the liberation of digital output, fast AF and today's fine modern battery technology, it's not a stretch at all to think you could shoot 1000 images at a wedding.  Indeed, I would argue that you should!  That's not scattergun shooting, that's just feeling free to shoot whatever moments strike you as they do, without doing the cost calculation before pressing the shutter.  If you assume a 1 hour ceremony with a four hour reception/party afterwards, that adds up to 3.33 frames a minute; not an unlikely scenario in a room full of happy smiling people enjoying one of life's great moments.  You owe it them to capture as much of it as you can and to yourself for the retirement fund!.

Sir George,

Very well said !!!.....A good photographer always see to it that he gives everything to his client's satisfaction especially when it comes to capturing the good moments in every memorable occasions. Never mind the excess no.of shots! Thanks and God bless!

Mr. Eric S. Bartolome

In fx mode , and the other modes ,are the medium and small sizes in raw Or only in jpg.

The RAW format Nikon has available for the Nikon D800 is the NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed.  If you need a smaller RAW file, you would have to choose the compressed NEF file.  Fine, Normal, and Basic are selectable in JPEG mode only.

Can someone help explain how the dual memory cards will work on the D800? Do you need to have cards in both slots to work? I am upgrading from a DX body and dual memory card slots are something new to me so I want to know if I need to spend time researhing CF cards or if I can rely on my SD cards. Thank you.

You can use CF, or SD cards. The camera can be set to several configurations. You can use either for the primary card, and alternate for a backup. You can also set one to record RAW files, and the other JPEG. You also have the option to copy photos from one card to another within the camera. You can use your current SD cards in the camera, without a compact flash card. I would recommend using both cards. It is a very nice option to have a backup made for you before the cards are removed from the camera.

can we use the DX crop mode with a full frame lens to reduce file size.

Yes, using the DX crop mode in the Nikon D800/800E will reduce the file size, as it is using less of the sensor and only capturing 15.4 megapixels of information in DX Crop Mode.  However, although you are using a full-frame lens, as the DX Crop Mode is cropping the lens, it is also changing the angle of view of your lens, making it appear less wide than the lens' normal angle of view, so be aware of your needs and your lens' angle of view before using the DX Crop Mode.

I have just downloaded the specs on the D800 and D4 from Nikon's website and gone through them point by point. Sometimes there can be errors as the specs are first released.  Could you clarify the following:

The D4 has the ability to uncouple exposure compensation from flash exposure compensation but the D800 does not?

The specs do not list that the D800 can shoot in RAW+JPEG for the same image. (D4 does)

The D800 specs do not list slow rear curtain sync but the D4 does.

The D4 says i-TTL flash control works with the SB-600,  the D800 does not list it.

The D4 does not seem to indicate that the flash ready lights with the SB-600.

And finally are you sure the D800's buttons light up in the dark?

I would be very appreciative if you could clarify if these differences are real or just typos.  (and yes I know it's just the minor stuff)

Nikon USA's D800 forum has a statement by Nikon that the buttons do NOT light up.  I'm still looking for answers to the other questions

At this point we are working with the same information as you are on these topics. Unfortunately we have not gotten our hands on any demo models yet, and Nikon is yet to publish the instruction manuals.  Until more information is published by Nikon we have to wait and see on some of these questions.

1)QUESTION:  The D4 has the ability to uncouple exposure compensation from flash exposure compensation but the D800 does not?

    ANSWER: No information available that I could find on this.

2)QUESTION: The specs do not list that the D800 can shoot in RAW+JPEG for the same image. (D4 does). 
   ANSWER:  The D700 was able to do so and we presume this model will be able to as well. 

 3)QUESTION:  The D800 specs do not list slow rear curtain sync but the D4 does
    ANSWER: Again, the D700 had it, this should have it, too soon to tell until the instruction manual is posted.

4/5)QUESTION:  The D4 says i-TTL flash control works with the SB-600,  the D800 does not list it.The D4 does not seem to indicate that the flash ready lights with the SB-600                                       ANSWER: These are other features we are confident would work but cant confirm yet.

6)QUESTION:  And finally are you sure the D800's buttons light up in the dark?
   ANSWER:  From what I was able to find so far it does not look like the D800 has backlit buttons like the D4 does.

Just pre-orderd my D800 and I simply can't wait.  I've done most of my work on entry level DSLR cameras while debating whether or not I should get the D300 or D700.  I actually had my eyes on the D7000 until this camera was announced.  I'm looking forward to extending my portfolio and business with this FX based DSLR.  To say I'm excited would be a major understatement.

Im debating the D800 versus the E version. I currently own and will continue using my D3 but want to add a second body to replace my D200. I do mostly landscape, macro nature, and street photography, I own 14-24 2.8 80-200 2.8 (original version) 60afs micro, 28 2.8 Ais CRC lens. I plan to add 24-70 2.8 My issue is I want to also do some video for you tube and what not, I'm not sure how much a problem the E version will be for that application. I was considering "filming" my own 60" LCD TV for some video gaming how to's. But I'm thinking that recording a television could be problematic. This isn't a must have ability but would be nice. I enjoy low light landscapes and city scrapes, freeways at night, lit up buildings. I'm thinking the E would compliment the D3 the best but not sure of its use for video. Worst case I could buy the E version and non E version by selling my D3 but I sure like its build quality, grip size dual cards that are identical large viewfinder and kick ass battery (since banned in Japan for regulatory reasons, what BS, sounds like California ).

Well...its great to read that there are still people use D200. D200 is a great camera and if you know photography skills, you can do amazing things!. I have already D800 on my hands (still have a D3s too).

I need to tell something. D200 (crop sensor) do amazing photos if you love photography. Cameras its not like TV's or game consoles. Its art. You can take advantages your skills (whatever equipment you have) and the camera makes them appear in reality.

Of course I am using standard aperture lens for evey camera I have and I am very happy that I can use old Nikon lenses whish I used with my F801 and F4.

D800 works absolutely great with 14-24mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm(all 2.8). Dont forget to have the absolute lens for me the 35mm 1.4G which is suberb!!! (Like 50mm AF S 1.4G).These lenses are MUST for professional work. Great Low depth of field!

D800 its a new world for photography remind me my film years when I studied art in 1991. I hate to use Lightroom instead of darkroom but this is the world we are living.

This brand new camera has the abilities to be close to "analogic" quality of the film.(print of A1 and more).

Great choise!

I have  a D200 and plan to upgrade to the D800. I'm looking forward to it, but have a few GPS related questions that I can't seem to find answers to:

a) The D200 has a bug where it's only able to record GPS coordinates to 1/100th of a minute (which translates to around 18.6m / 61ft at the equator), even if the GPS receiver is providing more accurate data. This is despite it *appearing* to be precise to 1/1000th of a minute. Nikon never fixed this. I believe the D200 is old enough now that most newer Nikon bodies no longer have this issue, but can you confirm the precision of the D800 for GPS data?

b) I use a di-GPS Pro L that is always attached to the D200 via the 10-pin port, and it's fairly easy to take the body with this in and out of my camera body. I may switch to a Solmeta with a similar attachment. The D800 has a 10-pin port, but from the pictures I've seen, it seems to have some sort of rubber connector and cover over it. With a di-GPS unit always attached, would that rubber piece dangle and get caught somewhere? I'd like to remove it if possible, just as I've done with the screw-cap on the 10-pin connector on my D200, leaving no connectors exposed. If so, can it be removed independent of the flash sync connector, so that no connectors are exposed?

c) Can the internal clock on the D800 be sync'd to GPS ?

Oops ...for b)  I meant "... in and out of my camera bag" (not "body").

Nikon has not yet released any copies of the D800 instruction manual online yet, as such there's certain information not yet available to us. 

A) According to the Nikon GP-1 GPS unit's specifications, when conditions are optimal the GPS is accurate within 10m/33ft from your actual location.  How the D200 or D800 may behave with any other GPS device is subject to the specifications and features of that GPS. 

B) On so many past Nikon models with the 10-pin connection, where they offered the screw-on cap, the cap was ultimately lost by so many users that Nikon opted to go with the rubber stopper type cover that yes, dangles from the side of the camera.  In general we have not heard too many complaints about the rubber cover dangling being an issue or getting caught etc.  (One could always use a small piece of gaffers tape to secure it back.)  The Rubber stopper on the 10-pin port is seperate from the rubber stopper covering the PC-syn input (only at the front of the camera - the meat in a tethered connection on the side by the strap lug).  With that said, you theoretically could remove the rubber stopper for the 10-pin - but this would be a permanent removal i.e. you cut it off.  That besides taping it back seems to be the only option I can see.

3) When using the Nikon GP-1 GPS unit, the unit syncs with the Coordinated Uinversal Time (UTC).  There is no information available at this point to confirm if it will also sync with the camera's built-in clock. My hunch is that it should. With other GPS devices it again would be subject to the features and specifications of that device.

OK. Thanks for the response. I wanted to clarify something about a)

The precision of my GPS unit is better than what the D200 could record, so the limitation was not the GPS, but the Nikon firmware. So the GPS-1 specs are simply what the GPS-1 unit is capable of, and not what the camera can record.

Anyway, I realize information is scant at this point so there's not much you can tell. If you guys talk to Nikon about what customers want, please bring up these use cases so they know. Hopefully it will be a non-issue with the D800 since my D200 is old.


I would assume the rubber flap is an easily replacable part.  One solution is to drill a hole through the rubber to accommodate a plug that is always plugged in.  Better than leaving the door hanging open.


Can you give a brief comparison between the Nikon D800E and the Nikon D3X? I am looking to purchase one of the 2 but can't really see a big difference, I may be blind. I know the price is a huge difference. 

Application: Landscape, Fine Art, Large format prints


I agree with you, at a glance its hard to see any significant differences in the two models, and for the price difference its hard to justify the D3x

When you look at the two models side by side the D800/e for most shooters is the obvious better choice, and in many categories it exceeds the D3x.

The durablity factor is the main difference between the two.  A combat cameraman would likely not consider the D800e due to the fact its not designed like the D3x is - to withstand the harsh elements one may be stationed in to photograph.

You may very well be a candidate for the D800e model, given that Nikon is marketing that model towards landscape and studio photographers who are looking for the greatest sharpness/fidelity from their lenses - the lack of the anti-aliasing filter lends to that. 

Will old lenses previously used on a Nikon F3 film camera, like the manual focus only 180 mm f2.8, work on this digital camera in any capacity? Will such a lens like this work on any digital Nikon camera in any capacity? Thank you.


According to Nikon:

Compatible Lenses

AF NIKKOR other than type G or D*2: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering III
AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering III
DX AF NIKKOR: All Functions Supported Except FX-format (36x24)/5:4 (30x24) Image Size
Non-CPU: Usable in [A] or [M] mode Center-Weighted or Spot Metering; Electronic Rangefinder can be used if Maximum Aperture is f/5.6 or Faster
Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All Functions Supported

I do not believe non AI lenses can be mounted onto the F3, D800 & D800E bodies. So your lenes should work per the restrictions listed above.

What is the difference between an AI lens, an AI-S lens, and Non-AI lens?

Hi, Chuck C.--

Thank you very much for your response. If I may, could I please get just a bit more clarification on this question?

I checked the factory papers of my lenses and confirmed that they are Ai-S. Does this mean that I would follow the guidelines listed above for the Non-CPU section, or should I follow some other guideline section? Or perhaps I am misunderstanding your original response and that they won't work at all in any way.

I would like to reiterate that these lenses were used on an F3 High Eyepoint 35mm film only camera circa the later 1980s, and that all the lenses are manual focus only with absolutely no auto-focus capability. I was also able to use these lenses on an F2.

The goal I have is to be able to use the many older, excellent condition Nikkor lenses I have on a modern digital camera.

Thank you for any additional clarification you can offer.


Yes, Non CPU lens ( not Ai-P ) means there is no chip inside the lens to comunicate information to the body. Your lens would fall under the Non-CPU category.

I to have many legacy Nikor lens, some pre Ai. I am able to use them on  a D5000 as this body does not have the Ai pin. Older lens like mine if mounted on a D800 could damage it. To date, my best results have been with a 28mm f/2.0 and a 50mm f/1.4 lenses. I get great results with my 24mm f/2.0 lens stopped down and have had much sucess with 105mm f/2.5 that I borrow from a friend.

I would like to see a Nikon body with a square sensor so you could shoot all the aspect ratios currently offered along with the largest square image format possible (32mm x 32mm?) while still maintaining the standard lens collection. With this I would like to see a reduction of the mega pixels being used so you would have better low light sensitivity like the D4 and faster shooting. Add to this a price of $2600 or less and Nikon would have my attention. I could go on with other features but something tells me not to let this fantasy get out of hand.

Will the camera body be magnesium, like the N700.  Build quality?

Almost all higher-level cameras are made with a magnesium body.  In the Nikon line, the D7000 and up all have magnesium in them.

Does anyone know if the built in interval timer shooting feature that was built into the D700 is in the menu for the D800? I often work for Discovery and National Geographic and am not impressed with the time lapse MOV features that Nikon is advertising in the D800. I'm looking to have full manual control of the shutter speed and frame duration to shoot RAW images for time lapses, just like the D700 has. Thanks!

The D800 does have intervalometer built in. You even have the option to take all the images and create a time lapse movie file in the camera. The downside to having the camera do this for you is that it will not keep the original pictures for you. You still have the option, with all the intervalometer features, to set the interval between exposures, and duration of recording.

Thanks for getting back to me on this so quickly, but I do wish to clarify in detail... So I will still have full manual control of the shutter for timelapse? For instance, say I want to take a 15 second exposure every 30 seconds in RAW. Thanks!

In short, we don’t know yet. The manual has not yet been released, and I have not been able to find information on this elsewhere. I would assume that it would have this feature, but currently, it’s not something that we can guarantee for you.


I have D3100++, any about this price?

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If this is not what you are referring to, please clarify the question.

I am Advanced hobbyist. Love nature and wildlife photography. I am presently using Nikon D300. Wish to upgrade to Nikon D 800.

I wish to know:

1. Is there any wireless remote control in built ? if not, can I use existing Nikon ML3 ?

2. Whether D800 will accept wired remote MC-30 ?

3. Will D800 have Auto Bracketing and Interval Timer functions ?

4. Can I use existing DX lenses ?

Awaiting response,


 Anil Borkar

1,2)  The D800 can be wirelessly triggered by the ML3 remote control, or you can also use the 10-pin MC-30 wired remote as well.

3) Yes, the camera offers auto bracketing (2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV) and also has a built-in time lapse mode.

4) As the Nikon D800 will use the standard Nikon F-mount, and it can accept both FX and DX lenses, all current Nikon lenses listed in our inventory will be compatible with the D800.  When using full-frame FX lenses, you receive the full 36.3 megapixels for your image; when using DX lenses designed for the APS-C sensor cameras, you will receive 15.4 megapixels for your image

NEGATIVE: The D800 can NOT be wirelessly triggered by the ML-L3 remote control - which is a real pity.

But you can indeed use the 10-pin MC-30 wired remote.
Also, some third party wireless remotes are available...

I think Nikon is very savvy about d800 and must have done a lot of market research.  While I understand that most people will never need the 32mp, but many medium format shooters will migrate to d800 just for the pixels.  Also the video features will attract many photo/video journalists.  But for me, I think what attracts me is the crop modes.  If I am shooting wide I will stay at FX mode, switch to medium file size.  But I do have the option of keeping it at large file size in case I want t really, really big prints.  But if I am trying to capture something far away like birds, I can switch to DX mode and still gives me an excellent 15 mp.  It is about versatility, it is about pleasing as many people as possible.  For that I think Nikon has done a pretty good job.  As far as IQ, the jury is still out.  But I suspect that Nikon will not lag in that department becasue of the core customers base.  The specs looks impressive and the final verdict will be:  how long will you have to wait in line to get one of these.

Will the D800 fit in an underwater housing designed for the D700, like the Sea & Sea MDX D700?


Generally speaking no it will not. UW housings are custom made to the body they support. There are instances where one body did work in another housings and while rare, we cannot be sure until the D800 is available.

Besides the possible moiré, any other problem or limitation forseen when shooting video with an 800E?


None at this time.

Thanks. Couple of questions though:

1. Do you see that there's a moiré problem in the view-finder? On the LCD in play-back mode?

2. Can the NX4 (?) software treat the problem in a short video sequence?

1)  No, you would not see the moiré through the viewfinder on the camera, the viewfinder is optical so theres no chance of moiré occuring there. There is a chance you'd encounter moiré when using the LCD screen, however we have not been supplied with any pre-production models yet to test it out ourselves. 

2) No, the NX4 software will not be able to remove moiré from any video files.  If you have the need to record video we advise you to go for the D800, not the D800E simply because there is no removing moiré/aliasing from your video files.

I have been waiting for this release for a while now, but feel i am in a tricky posiiton. 

I play in a touring band and currently shoot with a d300. I have always really enjoyed shooting still but have also grown quite fond of video.With the change in the media/internet i have felt a large need for video in my back pocket. I have invested in quite a few lens's but unsure wether nikon d800 will be the correct choice for my next video friendly camera.

I dont think the video side of this camera has been discussed much. I am a product of today, i do want to be able to shoot great full frame stils and have the option for great quality video. The fact that so many shows/docos are filmed on these bad boys is proof enough, and any product, wether it be the 5d or the d800 will be a supurb unit, but can we discus the video side of this bad boy for a second? 

besides the obvious, how does the D800 video weigh up against the 5d mkii (and will against your predicitons for the mkiii)?

Will the 800 have a clean output from the HDMI, i.e. can all AF marks be removed from the viewfinder.  I ask this to see if it can be used with the ATOMSOS NINJA, which will produce much better results for video.

The LCD Live View and the external display can be made free of all overlays. However, since this camera is so new, we also are waiting to see precisely what is in the optical viewfinder during movie recording. We will assume at this time like other Nikon DSLR's you will not be able to turn off all optical viewfinder overlays. 

The D800 supports the simultaneous Live View on camera display and an external monitor of the movie during recording. This has not been possible before.  Also new you can record uncompressed movie files to external recorders such as the Atomos Ninja. Previously you could only record full movie files to the internal cards. (Note if you wish to record to the internal cards, the external HDMI signal will go down to less than 1280 x 720.)

Addemum. Of course the optiical viewfinder is blanked out during video shooting. So yes, the signal everywhere can be as clean as you want.

Thanks so much for the comment, but it looks like we will have to see.  One of the beautiful things about the NINJA, is that is recorded directly to a simple laptop harddrive at 10bit depth into ProRez codec, which has great quality and give a quick work flow.  But since the HDMI cable goes from camera to deck, there must be nothing on the viewfinder at all, or it will be rocorded.

take care

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