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Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the Nikon D800

Those are the first pictures of the upcoming Nikon D800 DSLR camera. The specs so far are exactly the same as reported previously (there are some new updates in this list):

  • Smaller and lighter than D700
  • Resolution: 7360x4912 (36MP)
  • CF+SD memory card slots
  • Slightly larger display
  • Excellent video quality, better than D3s
  • Video modes: 1080p/30/25/24 and 720p/60/30/25/24
  • AF identical to D3/D700
  • I still do not have a date for the official announcement

Picture of the back of the Nikon D800 after the break:

In case the servers melt, go to NikonRumors.net.

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  • JDL

    Amen!

    • Rodan

      :))

  • Darryl Harris

    Wow. Nikonrumors should be embarrassed. Clearly this photo is chopped. See how fuzzy it is around the grip? Why are the logos are blacked out? 36MP sensor? Give me a break. So much fail in this post.

    • Jesus_sti

      I will happy to remember this sentence if this is the true version … it’s seen a prototype version for me …

    • Doug

      After looking at these photos again, I have to agree. I don’t think these are pictures of the actual D800. All the rumored specs I’ve seen indicate the D800 will not have an integrated flash. It certainly appears as though the body shown here has an integrated flash. So, either this is not actually the D800 or all the rumored specs – including those listed at NR – are wrong, or both.

    • Bobert

      I agree. There is not way that this is the D800. The battery grip was obviously blown up from a smaller image, hence the blurring even at the same distance as other, crisp objects in the photo.

  • Chopper

    Chopped or not, come Olympics, Nikon will shine.

  • Harvey Augenbraun

    At 4 f/s this camera will be useless to sports shooters. Unless Nikon comes out with a high speed replacement for D3, Canon, unfortunately, will rule the day. Also, if the $4000 USD price is true, I’m not sure this will be a big seller after the initial rush. All told, this camera may be a big dud.

    • Jesus_sti

      This price will go down …as always !

    • dave

      At $4000, it’s half the cost of the D3s, which is the only other Nikon close to the same resolution. As for sports shooting, My guess is that it will shoot 8-10fps in a 16MP crop mode and the frame buffer will hold twice as many cropped images before slowing down. Sweet!

    • http://assuredphotos.com RRRoger

      I’ve been paid to shoot sports for many years.
      3fps would be enough, I had my D3 set for 4fps and only used that for starting line shots.
      A bigger buffer holding 100 x 15mp JPEGs is what I need.

  • http://www.lightshootedit.com scott detweiler

    Awesome! I still hate the damn useless QUAL button. Hope I can change its function. Would love a BANK button!

    • Joe Mamas

      Ya that Qual button is not in a good place on the D700 and I find myself accidentally hitting it without noticing while changing ISO in a fast paced shooting environment. Also the side CF Card slot opens up accidently too by the hand sliding. Not good. D3 or D3S is better with those button placements for sure.

      • Patrik

        Bend the spring a little. Mine would come open when I grabbed the camera quickly, so I needed a solution. This works great, just be gentle. You can even make opening the door difficult…

  • dave

    D3 for Beijing. D4 for London. D800 is important but a side story.

  • mark

    This whole site is a total joke. Its like your really desperate to be the first to show what nikon is releasing. Fact is everyone will know when nikon announce a new camera.

    • Patrik

      Hmmm… As far as I know, nobody is forcing you look at this site. If you have nothing useful to say …

  • Adriana Castellanos

    Wowww!! :O Amazing :)

  • Smudger

    Not a chance these pix are right.
    Likewise, the 36mp sensor rumour is not credible.

  • Vistrad

    Looks more like something between D90 and D700. Maybe there’s going to be another middle model. I can’t belive that D800 is going to be smaller, I shoot D700 and one of the best things about it is that it’s smaller than the big and heavy D3 but bigger than D7000 so it feels right w/o the grip. If the D800 is going to be smaller than I’ll be dissapointed.

  • http://www.RaceTrout.com RaceTrout

    I sure hope this is not it.
    I don’t want more Mega pixels I want more ISO.
    I want ISO so high that I have to use a diffuser to soften moon light.
    And video is for those indecisive people that cannot decide which 1/180 sec best defines a 30 minute wedding.
    I’m just sayin’

    • http://www.pixerela.com Omar R

      X2 “I don’t want more megapixel i want more ISO”

      • Doug

        X3 “I don’t want more megapixel I want more ISO”… sort of.
        16Mp max and nothing short of stellar ISO performance is what I’m looking for. With every new “rumored” release of D800 information, I just get more disappointed. I really hope these rumors are all wrong and the D800 turns out to be something a bit more reasonable, feature and price wise. Otherwise, I’ll have to sell all my gear and buy Kodak :) Either that or I just keep shooting my D90 for a couple of more years.

        • Patrik

          Just give me pixels. You see, everybody has different preferences. D700 already shoots in moonlight, and I don’t hear people complaining about how “noisy” their D3x shots are. Hoping this is on par with pixel noise, with a resolution increase to boot! (rubbing hands… with grin…)

        • Allen

          X4 “I don’t want more megapixel I want more ISO”…

          At first I disregarded the D800 because of the high MP rumor. Then I realized that the way tech is advancing high MP may work just fine, especially with lower MP alternative settings.

          Still, for me high ISO is the clincher. Otherwise I already have the perfect camera (for my usages) with the D2x.

          -Allen

      • Ciril

        I hope Nikon isn’t trading ISO for Megapixels. That would be a big mistake considering what made the d700 successful.

    • http://Imajicaphotography.com Andrew Burns

      Spot on.

      • http://www.imajicaphotography.com Andrew burns

        36mp is way, way overkill!

        • Mike

          Yes, overkill for internet photographers. For print photographers megapixels still matter. Have a look at National Geo and see how subpar 12-24mp looks when printed at 300dpi in a magazine.

          My dream is a 50mp SLR with a JPEG performance so good NEF isn’t necessary.

          • Evan Ricardson

            never going to happen, jpeg is compressed in the camera…so it introduces artifacts. Plus, jpegs are still 8 bit, whereas raw is 14-16bit. only thing jpg’s are good for are the web.

          • Allen Wicks

            Not true. The quality of NGeo pix is more often about glass and good tripod then about MP.

  • allen23

    In times like this, I suggest to trust the most basic logic and historical experience rather than rumours.

    Fact: picture looks fake.
    very crappy PS job. definitely not something from Nikon. hence the “leak” source is not creditable, if the pic is coming from the same source which indicates the D800 specs then congratulations to those who fancy high iso low MP size including me :)

    myth: 36 MP?
    sounds more like misleading marketing info to confuse Canon. it is, in so many different ways physically unpractical to shoot TIFF/RAW in 36MP. when have you ever seen a cannon user shooting 21MP? It would be physically pushing your PC’s limits trying to merge multiple 36MP raw files into panorama or HDR. For a standard user, being the majority of SLR buyers, (again you need to have faith in the fact that D800 will be made to meet the majority’s demand because it is all about making sales) 16MP or 24 is way above enough. My gut feeling says D800 should be a 16MP / 24MP

    Truth: Nikon will release new FX cameras and it will be significantly better than the old ones to justify the price and 3+ years of research and Nikon has never disappoint historically. Nikon have to release 800 if Canon’s 5d mark 3 is coming out, and as we all can see cannon has already spit out their 1dx…..

    If the new model is not as good we just go back and buy the discounted 3DX or 700 or CANON 5D MARK 3, either way we are winners in this game, just relax and let these guys make their cameras, they know exactly what most of us want and you just sit back and get your wallets all warm up and polish your golden FX lens :)

    • Dave

      Unfortunately I find your arguments fatally flawed.

      • Ciril

        Why? I think he might be right. 36 MP just sounds very high. Especially if the d700 and all pro-slrs where famous for their high ISO capabilities. I don’t think Nikon is gonna trade ISO for Megapixels. Well maybe they surprise us with a sensor that really can combine these two aspects. I don’t care about the computer-aspect, mine sure could handle the bigger files. The medium format photographers have to deal with big files allready. Buying one of the discounted models like the d700 is defenitely a cool plan B if the d800 might be a disapointment. Less money for the body, more money for the lenses ftw.

    • Mike

      “when have you ever seen a cannon user shooting 21MP?”

      Are you kidding? First of all you can’t even spell CANON and now you’re claiming people are shooting their Canon 5D IIs at lower rez? Jesus, get a grip moron. 21mp is NOT ENOUGH, I know this from experience shooting for magazines. When you are outputting print at 300dpi you need as many MP as possible. A magazine would prefer 100mp if it was available. Hence why so many fashion shooters (real shooters, not idiots on Model Mayhem) use Phase backs.

      • WB

        +100

      • Aaron

        Not sure why you think a magazine image would look better at higher resolution than, say, 15 MP. A 2-page spread at 300dpi would only take up 15.8 MP, (8″*300dpi)*(12″*300dpi) and for the majority of uses (single page, or partial page) you need only half that. Sure, the extra resolution is nice for crops, etc, but any modern DSLR should be capable of producing enough resolution for a 2-page spread. No doubt there are situations where resolution is king, and for that we have $10,000+ medium-format solutions, but for most DSLR uses ~20 MP is more than enough.

        • AH

          Absolutely right. There is no need for 36MP on a FF, but there is a need for some super high quality sensor like the one in the D2H and 16-20MP would be enough. Otherwise switch to medium format if you need more than that.

      • Evan Ricardson

        Amen….MM is a joke. Higher MP, as long as it is done right, is more important to me than iso. I’ve only shot above ISO 800 maybe twice. Other than that, it’s as LOW as I can shoot to reduce noise. You don’t need 25,600 ISO shooting in a studio.

    • http://assuredphotos.com RRRoger

      I had a 5D2 and never once needed to shoot in crop mode.
      The 21 mp JPEGs were excellent.
      The problem was that the keeper rate was so low that I was missing important pictures.

      My D3 and D7000 pictures are almost as good as those best 5D2 ones and there are nearly no missed shots with a keeper rate 10x better.

      I expect the D800 to Trump the 5D3 in stills and hopefully Video as well.

  • Paul

    Quote
    ” it is, in so many different ways physically unpractical to shoot TIFF/RAW in 36MP. when have you ever seen a cannon user shooting 21MP? It would be physically pushing your PC’s limits trying to merge multiple 36MP raw files into panorama or HDR.”

    Quit trying to tell landscape photographers what they need just because you don’t.
    I came to digital from LF 10X12 film because setting up a darkroom these days is just too much hassle.

    I’m a Canon DS3 shooter now and I ONLY shoot RAW at 21 MP. I could care less about more ISO and FPS. 1 FPS is plenty and if I could get 60 MP for under $20,000 I would jump all over it. I normaly process 8-10, 21 MB raws into 2GB panos with no problems. Just build a decent quad computer with 12 GB of memory or more. If the D800 actually has 36 MP and no AA filter its next on my aquisition list.

    • http://www.jaimephoto.com jaimephoto.com

      Yes sir! If this is in fact the new nikon, as a landscape photographer who wants to jump on the Med. Format digi sensors, but don’t want to make a car payment, this option (if the price is right) is what I’ve been expecting from nikon since their D300 came out. I love my D300, and Im always looking to print bigger (stitching with Tilt shift lenses, or shooting with pano heads) and if it holds up with the 300′s sensor, this would be a great step forward.

      But this being a “rumor” I guess we shall wait and see no?

      • AH

        Why shouldn’t it hold up to the old D300 sensor which is crappy even compared to the D700 sensor?

  • Martin

    I hope Nikon will be releasing two models: Nikon D700s and Nikon D700x. The one we are looking at now is the D700x, meant to appeal to the same users that wanted D3x. But if we have to wait for D700s as long as it took D3s to come after D3x, I am afraid Canon will have the lead. By far..

  • http://www.photogalleryonline.com.au James

    I have a D200 and love it but always thought the D300s not big enough leap. And D700 has no video so was waiting for the D800. I have just bought a Sony A77 and quite frankly watching it stitch 24mp photos together in sweep panorama in seconds makes me wonder why anyone would ever bother with manually achieving this in photoshop these days. Also please tell me an application where you are going to need more than 24mp to print to as a hobby or professional. If your doing A1 poster, my 10mp D200 has been coping well for years. If your doing bill board 24mp would kill it. Quality clean files in low light from a Sherman tank is what Nikon is about and I am looking forward to that from the Nikon D400/800 even the consumer full frame model. Sony A77 is not good in low light but daytime landscape fine, otherwise fine for high fps shooting and video.

    • http://www.fredjourdain.com fred

      I use an epson 9880 for photos and paintings printing. I have a D7000 and used to have a D300, when printing an A1 print, you are at about 100dpi. It is not very impressive. 36mpx is just what you need for good high res A1 print. It’s no luxuray trust me.

      a 35mm film is equivalent to 24mpx, so being used to print from 120 and 220 films, to get the same res, you should have something like 80 mpx, like leaf, mamiya or hasselblade cameras. Theses cameras and back pack are selling at really high price tag, but it’s the way to go if you want the best quality available in digital.

      Also, using the 36mpx will let you take advantage of really high resolution on smaller print. Let’s say, 400-600dpi prints at 18×24 inches. We’re still far from the true resolution available in 120 films, but it’s a good step :)

  • http://www.bstyle.ch Be Syle

    Is it really the D800 DSLR.. it seem’s to be smaller .. it could be a pic of the D400.. why would the reduce the size the beloved D700 …??

    • http://assuredphotos.com RRRoger

      The D800 is smaller for the same reason as smaller Laptops and Notebook Computers.
      Some new DSLRs are being made lighter too.
      However, when they start putting 4″ or larger LCD Monitors on them the size might actually start to increase like a 17″ Notebook did.

      The latest Rumors include a D4 with Carbon Fibre body.

    • john

      I have a d300 and d700 and love both of them…

      I will wait and see. If Nikon makes a D300s type camera with 16 to 18 pix and better ISO I’m grabben it.

      • shay

        They did, its called a D7000

  • Jack

    Still only a mono-mic for video?
    Is it really that hard to include stereo mics?

    I understand that any built-in mics are not great,but still, better than mono for casual use.

    Jack

  • http://www.thombesafari.com Joe Louw

    Still waiting, I need this ASAP – I have a few GREAT, once in a life time opportunities coming up, and I HAVE to it with a FULL frame sensor. What to do what to buy?????
    There is NO full frame camera on the market worth buying TODAY – Maybe the D3s but to expensive.

    • Dave

      Have been using the D700 professionally for 2 years, and it has never failed to impress, by far the best full frame camera (without video). It’s my hammer. Rent one or wait.

    • Shlint Flurbo

      Then rent a D700 for your events and wait for the D800 release.

  • http://www.2msoft.net/2mfoto/d5/ Marcel

    Hm… hope this is not it … i am expecting something more …
    well this is D800 (semi pro class) and my dreams are more oriented to D4 / D5.
    Btw. what do you think about this idea?
    My Nikon D5

  • andy

    Increasing MP will increase the price, bringing it close to medium format. I own a d3x but cannot afford MF digital, so will run a pentax 67

  • http://www.reyno.com Dave Reyno

    These images could be real..The viewfinder is more D700 like than the current D300 that you would expect from a D800..Full frame could be 36 mp. Personally think it should be good at higher ISO and need it for a lot of my wedding work. D300 and D300s blows past iso 400. So as long as this camera handles noise at 1600 iso it will be a winner. If is doesn’t will be a dissapointment in the marketplace and everybody will be chasing after D700′s. It been forever getting this to market so lets hope it work the wait and affordable..I may just end up buying more glass and working my existing bodies till the inflated price drops in 2 years!

  • http://www.whoisweston.com Who is Weston

    I hope it is real…This Time! I agree with Marcel…My dreams are more so pointed at the D4. :)

  • Andre

    Now let’s see when this camera will be released, due all the issues still happening in Thailand. Or will this camera be made in Japan?… Guessings, guessings, guessings…

  • iEye

    These are real. Sorry people, you are going to have to deal with the new red flash motif (I say new, it looks pretty similar to their last released cameras, the D3100 and D5100), movie record button and metering mode button placement.

    And don’t get me started on the resolution… :-)

  • http://Facebook.com/birksphotography Birks

    If it means that resale prices of the D700 come down then I’m all for it! I don’t need 36mp or movie modes, so I’d gladly take a second hand D700 off someone’s hands.

  • harrap

    Not credible. Nobody who does not have a VERY powerful PC will be able to process 36MP RAW files, and noise levels are so high on the D7000 (comparable) that subject texture is absent at all but the lowest ISOs. I fail to see why Nikon should go for 36MP- unless it is to ensure continued D3X sales, as obviously image quality will be poor. Canon have sensibly opted for 18MP in their 1DX precisely because they discovered, (didnt we all?) that the 5D MkII resolution entailed smoothing out of the increased detail in low contrast situations to avoid the blocky texture that 1Ds Mk III Raw files have at 400 ISO. Leica shine with their 18MP M9 and created a new format (S Series- 36x48mm) PRECISELY because you just cannot get that many genuine pixels onto a 35mm size sensor.

    Canon may manage 24MP to rival the D3X at low Iso , but the D3X image quality whilst cool is not exactly natural and textures ARE affected.

    Sure, IF you have an i7 processor and 32Gb of ram you MAY cope at 36MP, but why would you want to bother as there is no gain at all above 16-18MP at full-frame.

    I do not want to be forced to pay thousands of pounds for a big heavy digicam thanks, so wait until Nikon actually announce their reality, and leave your oddity alone!!

    • Giorgio

      Agree

  • Filippo

    I’m sorry, but for me it’s a JOKE!!!
    is similar to the Canon 1D markIV as structure and location of the controls
    36 megapixels? for what?
    need more ISO and less megapixels.

    Regards.

    • Anon

      Sorry, I don’t agree with you. D700 high iso is plenty enough.

  • C_QQ_C

    mm I may be wrong, but the viewfinder housing looks odd to me, at the left hand side there is a seam / juncture ( what is the right word in enlish ? ) and the right had side it looks seamless…
    There also seems to be a flash compensation control on the right hand side of the viewfinder housing, and lower down on the body there is another one ??
    The center part of the front looks more “black”to me compared to the rest of the body, but that may be due to different materials used.. ?

    • Markus

      Who gives a damn, but did you click on an ad? ;-)

      Seriously, we have seen quite some doubtful images on NR, how more doubtful and terrible taken how more it was correct information.

      So be prepared :-)

    • Patrik

      Top button is a mechanical latch for the flash, while the bottom one is the compensation button, just like on the D700.
      And just to confirm the plastic look, I have in my hand a D40 with exactly the same efect. The molding around the lens is in fact darker than the top cover. I am not saying that the same plastics are used, just that there can be different reflective properties of reflection on the same body made by Nikon.
      Just goes to show that there still is no real indication that these are faked. And if you think about the design, it is so original that you would need to be a master of industrial design to produce such a fake. Nothing is taken from another known Nikon body, but everything is well within curent design practices (unlike previous conceptual photos). Looks like it will fit my hand very nicely, can’t wait to hold one!

  • Observer

    Note that if the sensor spec is true “Resolution: 7360×4912 (36MP)”, it can NOT be the 3 RGB layer 12 MP, Bayer free sensor for a total 36 MP most of us are hoping for. If it would be the 3-layer RGB thing the x & y resolutions should be similar to the 12 MP cameras, i.e. around 4256 × 2832 as for D700, times three for the 3 layers. That is, if sensor spec is true, it must be a normal RGB Bayer sensor with tiny winy pixels. Pity!

  • http://photoartbymark.zenfolio.com photoartbymark

    love rumors but i will wait and wait and wait and see what it looks like when it officially comes out i am looking for a ff dslr around 2500 to 3000 usd is fine by me

  • Billy Kroll

    If I was going to have a chopper built I would call Orange County Choppers and have it done right. There are just too many little oddities with that image for me to believe it is the real deal.

  • Eduardo

    Lighter and smaller? Noooooo!!!! The D700 has a great size, and actually,it could be a bit larger and heavier…
    36MP? Noooooo!!! How many MB just one 36MP RAW will have? Maybe 25/30 MB? Tooo much!!! The limit for digital cameras would be between 16-20 MP, nothing more…

  • Pikemann Urge

    The limit for digital cameras would be between 16-20 MP, nothing more

    I suppose you could argue that there is no point to 36Mpx in a hand-holdable camera when a) you really need good lenses and b) hand-holding will shave the edge off the resolution especially at lower shutter speeds.

    However it’s better to have the resolving power for when you actually can use it, rather than not having it at all, as long as the extra pixel count doesn’t compromise on dynamic range or latitude (and I doubt that Nikon is going backwards here).

  • http://assuredphotos.com RRRoger

    Smaller and lighter than D700
    Slightly?
    Resolution: 7360×4912 (36MP)
    Slightly less dense than a D7000 for better High ISO performance?.
    CF+SD memory card slots
    Why not two of the same?
    Slightly larger display
    Edge to edge display?
    Excellent video quality, better than D3s
    Better image, and better LiveView AutoFocus?
    Video modes: 1080p/30/25/24 and 720p/60/30/25/24
    30fps for Home Movies, 25 European, 24 Cinema,
    720P/60 Super Smoooth?
    AF identical to D3/D700
    Why not advanced D7000 AF?
    Will the Expeed 3 Processor make the D800 AF better?
    I still do not have a date for the official announcement
    Will it be soon?

  • Ogaili

    False, False, False,
    How come Nikon will launch D800 with resolution of 36MP by $4000, while still marketing D3x with resolution of 24MP by $8000?
    It is not rational to launch a camera with a resolution 3 times higher than it’s predecessor.

    • http://assuredphotos.com RRRoger

      Olgaili,

      The D800 will be less than 1/3 greater resolution than a D3x.
      The body will be less than 2/3 the size and weight (unless the D4 is Carbon Fibre).
      It will have less LCD’s and Pro features such as Frames per Second.

      The D700 was half the price of the D3.

  • Giorgio

    Seriously, I really hope that specs and photos are fake.
    Disappointing (unbelievable) specs: 36Mpx, CAM3500 AF, 6400 max iso, 4 fps
    Disappointing photo details: “qual” button, no AF area selector, ridiculous mode dial, reverse zoom buttons

  • http://www.fredjourdain.com fred

    I use an epson 9880 for photos and paintings printing. I have a D7000 and used to have a D300, when printing an A1 print, you are at about 100dpi. It is not very impressive. 36mpx is just what you need for good high res A1 print. It’s no luxuray trust me.

    a 35mm film is equivalent to 24mpx, so being used to print from 120 and 220 films, to get the same res, you should have something like 80 mpx, like leaf, mamiya or hasselblade cameras. Theses cameras and back pack are selling at really high price tag, but it’s the way to go if you want the best quality available in digital.

    Also, using the 36mpx will let you take advantage of really high resolution on smaller print. Let’s say, 400-600dpi prints at 18×24 inches. We’re still far from the true resolution available in 120 films, but it’s a good step :)

    Read more on NikonRumors.com: http://nikonrumors.com/2011/11/19/ladies-and-gentleman-i-present-to-you-the-nikon-d800.aspx/#ixzz1ekUsGigX

    • Caesar

      LOL, 35mm is not the equivalent to 24mp. Dream on. I had a pro photo lab run some tests for me and for an article I did in a well known photo magazine and the results where nowhere near your imaginary 24mp. 24mm is equivalent in resolution to the resolution power of the sensor in the Nikon D700. Thats 12mp, not even close to your 24mp fantasies.

  • Robbert

    Am I the only one to notice that the word Nikon on the back seems to be printed on the housing instead of on the glass of the display? Major giveaway. No Nikon has ever been released this way. These are phoney.

    36MP is not unrealistic. It would really trump Canon. Pixel density would be far less than on Nikon 1 models. They have the ability to process the data with their new generation Expeed chips. Also, if you cluster pixels, you’d have a hell of a 9MP high iso device.

    I just don’t think it’ll look like this.

  • Robbert

    Am I the only one to notice that the word Nikon on the back seems to be printed on the housing instead of on the glass of the display? Major giveaway. No Nikon has ever been released this way. These are phoney.

    36MP is not unrealistic. It would really trump Canon. Pixel density would be far less than on Nikon 1 models. They have the ability to process the data with their new generation Expeed chips. Also, if you cluster pixels, you’d have a hell of a 9MP high iso device.

    I just don’t think it’ll look like this.

  • Pikemann Urge

    LOL, 35mm is not the equivalent to 24mp. Dream on.

    Yes, 35mm is the equivalent of 24Mpx. It depends on the film, though. You don’t have to like film, but it is the case with Ektar 100 (and, needless to say, Spur Orthopan). A drum scanner is not even necessary to achieve this result. Good scanning practice, however, is definitely necessary.

    You comment is certainly conservative compared to what I have read. One photographer wrote that a 12Mpx APS-C DSLR is better than 6×4.5 film and he had the scans to prove it. What is worse than no evidence? Bad and (unintentionally) misleading evidence.

    Not sure why you think a magazine image would look better at higher resolution than, say, 15 MP. A 2-page spread at 300dpi would only take up 15.8 MP

    A downsampled image will always look better. If you took the same photo, one at 20Mpx and one at 40Mpx, and you downsampled them both to 10Mpx, the bigger file will, usually, look nicer and clearer.

    • Afterhours

      The sharpest 35mm Nikon lenses reach about 42 megapixel resolution in the center of the image (based on my simple calculations which I will not share here, of course…) and I think that the finest films can outresolve that, so the bottleneck would be the lens.
      Speaking about sensor resolutions: FF: ~40 mp max, DX: ~20 mp max, more than this would be overkill.

  • jtfoto

    Have those of you with the “sports” comments EVER shot sports for a living? 4 F/S? If that isn’t fast enough, don’t give up your day job. If you had, you’d realize that low light and bigger buffer are the real gems.

    And the “Canon” comments – Seriously? Have you used a D3s?

  • mr mojoko

    this is sooooooo baaad hold out gun .. it gonna kick your balls off when you see and try it .. canon noobs will be jelous about nikoun to frecoun to speak out about the raw power of awesomenes .. yeah baby jeah and slap that bich jeah :D

  • KnightPhoto

    OK, on the back-of-camera image – What is the dark very-slim-rectangle immediately below the circular eyepiece?

    Is that the eye-detector for when using the hybrid viewfinder EVF? ;-)
    (not sure if this point was covered already, but if there is an EVF on this camera then there must also be on-sensor PDAF for optional use as well :-)

  • Peteraaa

    only a moron will believe the 36 MP……

  • teo

    I VERY BADLY wanted this to be true, but if you can’t see the front image is photoshopped (poorly) then you are really REALY desperate.

    (Sorry if coughed all over your cake.)

    • http://AdairCreativeGroup.com Ron Adair

      Please, Teo, outline in very specific terms why you believe this image is fake.

      • teo

        1. body image and battery grip image come from different images (different depth of field, different lighting setup)
        2. the body was manually masked out from a different background VERY POORLY (jittery lines and soft edges, tried to compensate by blurring them)
        3. the battery grip has so horrible focus, it was probably a smaller file that was enlarged to match the body.

        ANY of this 3 points is a dead giveaway to amateur retouching.

        • http://adaircreativegroup.com Ron Adair

          Your first and third original conclusions are flawed, and the second is irrelevant.

          Look more closely at the full size images (enlarge them in the browser window or image editing app to 300-400%), and you will clearly see that the appearance of a disparity in depth is really only that — appearance. The image is, in fact, whole, and free from manipulation in the manner which you describe in these points. Likewise, lighting is consistent between grip and camera for a mixed lighting environment.

          As for the image being cut out, that is only one of a few key indicators that the image is NOT thus manipulated, as such a poor job in isolating the camera from it’s background would indicate either a need for expediency on the part of the photographer, or the lack of expertise, or both. Therefore, one can logically infer that the photographer did NOT employ the necessary skill nor dedicate the required amount of time to create a fake d800 image as you suggest, but rather snapped a quick image, painted out the background to help further mask his identity, and leaked the images.

          And if your arguments cannot disprove the validity of these images, it is then only reasonable to assume they are in fact real, as is the subject.

          • teo

            I understand your position and I can’t lecture on forensic photo analysis (or pretend that I am a specialist).
            I would love this to be true, but I can’t ignore my experience and senses. In the end it’s like religion: if you really want it to be true then you can ignore all evidence to the contrary, and live a long happy life.

            • http://adaircreativegroup.com Ron Adair

              The value of faith is undisputed, but requires some portion of prior experience (else how should the bearer know to have faith in a thing in the first place?), and should lead to a greater degree of knowledge after its exercise. For instance, a farmer may never have planted and subsequently tended to crops before obtaining a yield, but he will know by others experience that the process works. After acting on faith that it will work for him too, he will gain direct knowledge.

              As a photographer of roughly 18 years, and an alumni of the commercially renown Brooks Institute of Photography, I offer you that basis on which to trust that these images are authentic, based on a consideration of all probabilities. So far, no argument has offered a more probable likelihood to counter that conclusion. Your alternative is to trust the collective who are your equivalent, and like you only claim to suspect, but not know for certain.

              It’s easier to believe that these images are fake in lieu of an expert understanding, but in this case it’s also the riskier position as there are too many evidences supporting their authenticity.

  • John

    Wow that looks like the D5100 with a third party power grip. A Nikon powergrip looks seamless with the camera.

  • Shy

    This is taking so long that i am switching to Fuji, much more interesting the Interchangeable lens mirrorles system with real leaking images.

  • Bernardo

    Like many people, I’m in the dilemma of waiting for the replacement or getting the D700 instead. Rumors are the price tag of the D800 will range between 3,000$ – 4,000$.

    My question here is, let’s suppose the launch price of the D800 is 3,500$. Would you expect it to drop in few months after launch and if so, how much?

    I’m obviously talking forecasting based on previous Nikon launches.

    • Shy

      I own D700 after (D40/D80/D90/D3100/D5000/D7000/D300 deep testing) and can confirm you that D700 is a great camera. If your needs are high quality image, great ISO performance, durability, excellent human factors design and don’t bother the weight, go for it. For the supposedly D800 specifications, If your needs are landsccape or studio in a high percentage of your work, then wait; for anything else go for the D700, actually I am keeping it to pair with a D800 on my trips, well if it ever goes on sale :), the extra money can be used for great glass like 14-24, 24-70, 70-200, 300 f2.8, 105 F2.8 mm, 85 F1.4 or any of the legends on the Nikon arsenal.

      • Allen Wicks

        That is good to know. IMO though we should wait to see a real D800 and its pricing before deciding how well the D700 compares. E.g. I thought my D2x was an almost-perfect DSLR – - until the D3′s low-light performance established a new bar. Who knows, the D800 may knock our socks off like the D3 did.

    • Jürgen

      I can’t wait the launch of the D800. When the camera is out, I am going to buy it.
      For me as a amatuer it really does not matter where in the range between 3000 and 4000 the camera will be. I want to buy the latest equipment.
      That is, of course, because I have been saving up for it. If I could afford to just spend money, I would buy a D700 now and get the D800 later

  • http://assuredphotos.com RRRoger

    Except for development cost and increased profit,
    I see no reason for the 36 MegaPixel Sensor to cost more than the 12 did.
    The size is the same so shouldn’t the wafer yield also be the same?

    So, I expect the D800 to match or beat the 5D3 price.

  • joe mcdonald

    No Low Light = No My Money

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