Nikon D800

Released March, 2012
New: D810 (Jun, 2014)
  • 36.2 MP
  • Full frame 35.9 x 24 mm CMOS
  • 3.2" LCD
Overall though, for a camera with such a high resolution and such fantastic overall image quality we really can have no great complaints.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2012)
9.6 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Nikon D800

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D800
10.0
D7100
10.0
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Nikon D800
9.2
D7100
9.2
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon D800
10.0
D7100
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Nikon D800
9.5
D7100
9.2
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, techradar.com, 1001noisycameras.com, imaging-resource.com and 5 more

9.6

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Nikon D800
9.6
D7100
9.5

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nikon D800

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Nikon D800
2,979 ISO
Leica M9
854 ISO
D7100
1,256 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon D800
3,100 LPH
Leica M9
2,200 LPH
EOS 5D Mark III
2,800 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D800
209 ms
Nikon D600
260 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D800
43 ms
Leica M9
125 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D800
200 ms
Leica M9
800 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D800
4 fps
Nikon D500
10 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Nikon D800


8.2
In addition, you can specify a fixed, minimum shutter speed value to ensure sharp pictures - this is generally most useful when you need a high shutter speed to freeze motion.

10.0
Otherwise the Nikon D800 is a highly dependable and capable camera that offers a versatile and improved auto focus system, an enhanced viewfinder with 100% frame coverage and a very good movie mode.

10.0
ISO 6400 is where noise becomes more noticeable, although yet again it’s perfectly possible to make good images at this setting – especially if you are shooting in Raw and processing out the noise yourself.

9.0
For example, in our shots taken a gym that was dimly lit by sodium lamps, chroma noise is clearly visible from around ISO 2500 when the images are viewed at 100% on the computer screen.

8.6
And it handles bright, saturated reds, pinks and purples very well, without blowing out any detail.

Overall

9.0 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Sensor

Above ISO 6400 things do take a bit of a downturn with the two extended settings of ISO 12,800 and ISO 25,600 both displaying a fair bit of chroma as well as luminance noise.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2012)
Raw dynamic range, tonality etc. are also excellent; just what you'd expect from a top-of-the-line camera in 2012.
by Photography Blog (May, 2012)
At about ISO 1600, I do see a significant enough divergence between JPEG and raw quality for darker images that makes it worth processing raw to get better results.
by c|net (Mar, 2012)

Lens

During our test period we primarily used the D800 with Nikon’s 50mm f/1.4 prime – a fantastic lens that’s as sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel and capable of producing exquisite bokeh when opened right up.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2012)
This means that the AF system will still function when teleconverters are used to extend the reach of telephoto lenses.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2012)
Manual exposure adjustment is available for movies - note that ISO and shutter speed are only adjustable in 'M' mode, while the aperture can be set in both 'A' and 'M' modes.
by Photography Blog (May, 2012)

Focus

On the top left you've got the quality, white-balance, bracketing, and ISO buttons, plus a lockable wheel that selects among drive modes (single shot, continuous low, continuous high, quiet shutter, timer, and mirror lockup).
by c|net (Mar, 2012)
I couldn't exhaustively test all the various continuous AF configurations, but found it generally more hit than miss.
by c|net (Mar, 2012)
It works best when the subject is stationary - but then you might as well just manually focus - and even then it pulses occasionally.
by c|net (Mar, 2012)

Photography

For a pro camera that's not intended for sports, the D800 delivers excellent shooting performance.
by c|net (Mar, 2012)
The face detection abilities have been much improved too and we found the camera was able to deliver consistently spot-on results – even when faced with tricky lighting conditions, for example strong backlighting, the D800’s is able to deliver balanced portraits that are neither overly silhouetted nor blown out.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2012)
The D800 will be very attractive to photographers who need a comparatively light camera that is capable of capturing a lot of detail and producing large prints.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2012)

Video

For movies, you can also choose from two crop modes, 1.1x and 1.5x; referred to as “FX-based” and “DX-based” movie formats in the manual.
by Photography Blog (May, 2012)
The Nikon D800 offers Full HD movie capture at three different frame rates (24/25/30fps) and two quality levels.
by Photography Blog (May, 2012)
Most notably, however, for video shooters is the addition of a direct movie shooting button on the camera's top plate.
by DPReview (Jun, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 36.2 MP
Resolution 7360 x 4912
Size Full frame
Area 35.9 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.0x
Pixel size 23.8 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 6,400 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. TIFF
  2. RAW
  3. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 3,100 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 3,100 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 51
Cross type focus points 15
Supports continuous Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 146 x 123 x 82 mm
Thickness 82 mm
Weight 1,000 g
Is weather sealed Yes

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
WiFi None
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes

display

Type LCD
Size 3.2"
Resolution 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.7x
Viewfinder size 0.7x

performance

Max continuous shooting 4 fps
Battery life 900 photos
Continuous shooting
  1. 4 fps @ 7360 x 4912, NEF 14bit, 20 shots
  2. 5 fps @ 6144 x 4080, NEF 14bit, 25 shots
  3. 6 fps @ 4800 x 3200, NEF 14bit, 29 shots
Focus lag 209 ms
Shutter lag 43 ms
Startup delay 200 ms
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