A few weeks ago we were introduced to Nikon’s inadmissible new flagship, the D4. The $6000 DSLR camera has many ISO steps, a 16.2MP sensor, a new processing core, loads of professional features. If you are a Nikon photographer, who needs a camera that can do it all, the D4 is probably the best solution; but this camera is very expensive and many features you just might not need, like built in Ethernet connection. Amateurs prefer the D800 camera, it is cheaper.
The Nikon D800 is the replacement of the company’s $3000 D700 camera. As a consequence, the camera is similar to D4, with a reduced set of features and some significant adjustments, but not as much as the D700 was such the Nikon D3. The Nikon D800 is not a fully comparable camera and it will rest distant from the D4 in some crucial field.
The first thing to mention is that the filled-put together (FX) sensor shoots at a 36.3 megapixels (7360 x 4912). Having more than 36 megapixels in a small space, it is a challenge. Nikon promises minimum levels of noise for the Nikon D800 even when using higher ISO ranges.
The camera have both SD and a CF slots (no XQD at the moment). Do not underestimate the possibility of shooting photos using automatic crop to the DX format, an option that allows you to capture 15.4-megapixel images. The sensor runs in native mode between 100 and 6400 ISO sensitivity and it is possible to enlarge the range downwards up to 50 ISO in LO1 mode and upwards up to 25,600 ISO in Hi2 mode. The D800 is not as quick as the D4 either — it takes pictures at 4 fps in FX way and 5 fps in DX mode.
Another element that links the D800 with the Nikon D4 is the external monitor; in fact, both cameras use the same 3.2-inch display with 921,000 pixel resolution, although the Nikon D800 display should be even better in color reproduction. Sadly, the D800 doesn’t have the D4’s super rather cold quiet way.
While the D800 has a lot of the D4’s video features, serious videographers should consider that it does not have the D4’s 1080p resolution. This will mean less versatility while shooting, but it shouldn’t be a greater beat against it.
The camera body measures 146 x 123 x 82 mm and a weight of 900 grams about 100 less than the D700: so, it is not heavy and bulky. As with the previous D700, D800 also has a body of magnesium alloy with insulation from damp and dust. The D800 is not better then D4 in many situations but, there is at least one: the D800 has built in USB 3.0.
What is very attractive about this declaration, aside from the subject, is that Nikon has ace up its sleeve: the D800e camera. The last entries relating to D800, which apparently will also be available without the filter AA (anti-aliasing) with the name of D800E. Removing the AA filter, it is an operation that some photographers make “homemade” on their camera, so it can take pictures sharper and more detailed. The AA filter is normally located in front of the sensor to remove the information that the sensor could not interpret correctly, e.g. without the AA filter, the camera can take a photo in which there is a clear moire increase significantly.
The Nikon D800E dslr camera will cost even more then Nikon D800. Digital camera models normally have a couple of low-pass filters: the former separates the light path into two paths and the latter divides every one of these paths once more, to produce fourpaths. Nikon D800E replaces the second filter such that the two paths are led back to turn out to be one again. This specific replicates the effect of having no low-pass filter, and it can be simply achieved and without changing the focus position of the lenses. The distinctive between Nikon D800 and the E alternative will probably be value by specialists.
Nikon wouldn’t remark officially on it, but it seems to me that the D800e could be a replacement model. — at least for now — for the D3X, which has not an updated version when Nikon announced the D4. The D800e ought to be available in April at $3300.
While the D700 was basically the D3 sensor in a smaller camera, that is not for both D800 and D4. The D800 camera drops a lot of the D4’s more characteristics but it has a USB 3.0 plug. Regarding the battery, the D800 remains anchored to the past and it will maintain the same EN-EL15 battery of D7000, thanks to which the camera may still carry up to 850 shots on a single charge: not bad, but better to buy a spare.