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Nikon D800/D800E Technical Guide now available for download

Nikon USA now has the 20 pages Nikon D800 | D800E Technical Guide available for download. The guide includes samples and covers the basic camera functionality.

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  • Ahmed Saeed

    we could step the resolution down for hand held shots?
    could this help with the motion blur?

    • hq

      Then why buy a D800? I’d simply use a faster shutter speed.

    • Patrik

      That’s a built in feature… its called blur. Works very well for moire reduction too! Printed, you get the resolution YOU achieved, now it is not limited by the sensor! People seemed concerned by the moire possibility on a D800E: only the best technique will exhibit this. Most people will never see it…

      • http://www.robertash.com Robert Ash

        That’s too funny :)

  • romeo

    careful selection of settings and of tools (such as
    lenses and tripods), and working with the best possible subjects.

    At the high resolutions off ered by the D800/D800E, even the
    slightest camera motion can result in blur.

    Use a tripod to reduce blur when
    photographing static subjects.

    Use of a tripod is
    recommended.

    • hq

      Yes, keep in mind that was for the “1 second” shot, so yes, Mirror Up and Tripod really makes a difference at 36mp.

  • Mike

    Told ya! Let this thing pass………I get me a D700 , its still for me the better package.

  • WengerIsMad

    Mirror up, focus in live view… So why didn’t they go mirror less??
    Surely there will be a EV pro Nikon within a year or two.

    • BornOptimist

      Not until they have a sensor with pd af sensors that can handle lower lights.
      The V1/J1 has really good af in good light, but in bad light it is NOT good.
      A mirrorless camera without excellent af in both good and bad lights, and also on stationary AND moving subjects is not a pro camera imo.

  • Ole

    Amazing details in the shot from the library!

    I wonder, though, why the 50 mm G is not listed in the list of lenses that can provide sharpness! Is Nikon working on a new and better 50 mm lens?

    • Smudger

      Coz it’s c##p!

      • Anonee

        You, troll !

      • Victor Hassleblood

        NO. Coz it’s simply too cheap to make it on the list .

        The 50 shows only half of the chromatic aberration of the 35 1.4 (which is listed) and it offers close to 20% more res as well (both tested on D3X). I highly doubt it will be useless on the D800. Nikon only recommends what they want to sell most. I am looking forward to my D800E.

        I AM NOT AFRAID

        • XLRT

          20% more resolution than the 35/1.4? The MTF-Charts published by Nikon speak different language. Judging from them the 35/1.4 gives you 65% res. in the center to about 50% res. in the corners, the 50/1.4 50% res. in the center to 35% res. in the corners and the 50/1.8 75% in the center to 50% in the corners.

          So I can see why the 50/1.4 couldn’t make it to the list. But the 50/1.8 has similar resolution to the 35/1.4 (and not 20% more) and could be put on that list. But again the list is not exclusive. It says “Below are SOME of the lenses you can use for enhanced sharpness”.

    • Dan7919

      Yes, it is strange not being listed, as one of the reference D800/E photos of the Japanese girl was taken with the 50mm 1.4g on their website.

    • Chris

      Yeah, bought it, lot it for 3 month and sold it… Not in line with the other 1.4th…. But I wondered too why it was not listed!
      Hopefully they will bring a 50/1.0 (noct) soon (and if it is then micro, too – that would be nice!)

      Chris

    • Jesus Bilbao

      It depends the kind of photo you want, i have for three years D3x, this camera has good resolution, but need more light, and better lens than D3, I only use Sigma 50 1.4, in weddings, events, because high definition in the center, but both, Nikon and Sigma make softness borders and extreme corner so use 60 2.8 and 105 2.8 macro for products, groups and portraits. The 50 1.4 are very useful on D3s, when you take photos of live music, weddings, events is marvellous. High resolution cameras need more light, better flash, tripods and primes lens and you can take big prints of course you need a good af fine-tuning if is a person, or live view focus before at max aperture

  • mok

    With D800 one should use tripod for static objects?
    And what about moving objects – should camera be welded to steel wall or melted with concrete for pictures to be sharp?

  • Zen-Tao

    D800 Seems to be a studio camera evenly-matched with medium format ones. If I need a tripod to make the singlest picture…. Good news for my Nikkor 80-200 f2,8 AF non VR I dont have to purchase 70-200 VR. It’s a relief. But it’s not a camera to follow a bride into the ballroom.

    • biho

      I totally agree, it is obvious that D800 is for the studio’s controlled environment. It is actually a competitor to medium format cameras. This brings me to believe that D800 is not the replacement of D700. I still expect Nikon to surprise us by making the D400 full frame so as to achieve a number of things simultaneously: replace the D700, upgrade the pro D300s, avoid overlap between D7000 replacement and the D400, put a direct competitor to Canon 5D III, fill the current price gap which is 1400$ between D800 & D300s, and have the first FF DSLR under 2000$. Remember how D40 was a breakthrough in the DX DSLRs, they just need to add another zero for the FF camp !!

      • Dominik

        This brings me to believe that D800 is not the replacement of D700.

        This is what I have been saying ever since the specs were confirmed. It is not a D700 replacement. There is still room in the range for a faster medium resolution FF camera.

        There is the option of using the D800 crop modes (1.2x 25.1mp and 1.5x 15.4mp) for more speed and smaller files, but you’re losing FOV on the wide end, not to mention with 1.5x crop you’re giving up a big chunk of your viewfinder. It’s okay but not ideal.

        The D800 will excel in optimal conditions suited to taking advantage of 36mp but the workhorse would still be a D700 or a replacement with slightly more resolution. I’ll be keeping my pair of D700s for that reason since the only suitable replacement at this point is a D3s or D4. The D800 will complement them and is icing on the cake but not a ‘replacement.’

        • javaone

          I think the D800 would best the D700 in every measure if you down sampled it to around 12mp (in camera 4608 x 3056 mode).
          If I am right why would you want a D700.

          So many people here are obsessed with what there pixels look like. Not what there images look like.

          To get the best out of this you have to use the best technique but what ever you do now with a D700 should look better with a D800. (Unless what you do is look a pixels)

          • fred

            Who still wants a D700 or its successor? Raw shooters who don’t want >20Mp.

          • Dominik

            Who wants it?

            Anyone who wants to shoot more than 4fps and doesn’t need 75mb raw files.

            The D700 was, and continues to be, an excellent camera for a wide range of jobs.

            Of course the old cropping argument keeps coming up. “With the D800 I’ll be able to crop more!” You should be aiming to get it right in the camera.

            A lot of people haven’t really planned for life at 36mp, especially if they take a lot of images.

            * You need larger CF cards and more of them.
            * You need more external hard drives.
            * Opening, editing, saving, and batch processing 75MB raw files is going to take a lot longer than the 15MB files they’re currently working with on a D700 or D3s.
            * Camera technique and processing will need to be even more critical to get the most out of 36mp – you’ll need even faster shutter speeds in certain situations or a tripod
            * Retouching skills that were good enough for 12mp portrait images won’t cut it at 36mp – a great deal more time and effort will be required.

            While I’ve ordered a D800 I’ll continue to use my pair of D700s for most jobs.

            If you’re a wedding photographer where most of your images will never be printed any larger than A3 (album and 8×10″s), and where you’re often working in less optimal light in a dim church and reception venue, why would you want thousands of 36mp files? In those situations it makes sense to shoot with a D700 most of the time and save the D800 for portraits and group shots.

            • jorg

              so true, Dominik.

      • nebus

        This would be a good move if they did so.
        The rumours for Canon now to possibly have two versions of their 5DII – one at 46mpx and one at 22mpx – would also sustain this theory. I’m looking forward to trying the D800/e version to see how they compare to my MFD setup. But i would also like something like the D3x but cheaper so a FF D400 at around 18/20mpx would be great.

        • Dominik

          a FF D400 at around 18/20mpx would be great.

          Nikon should also be able to offer one without affecting D4 sales. The D4 would continue to appeal to those who need its superior build quality, 10fps, and 204K ISO. Enthusiasts who will never pay $7000 for a D4 and don’t need 36mp will have a camera to spend their money on.

          I hope they do it. A beefed up D7000 replacement with improved AF, weather sealing and larger buffer could then be the D300s replacement and flagship DX model.

          Until Nikon introduces a genuine D700 replacement, i.e. 18mp~ FX sensor, 6-7fps, ISO 100-12,800, 51pt AF for somewhere around the $2K mark, there will continue to be a large gap in the range and no compelling reason to sell the D700 if you can afford to keep it.

          After all, 4fps with 75MB raw files is not going to suit every job – it’s not geared toward general photography like the D700 was. To me the D800 is a camera that complements the D700 rather than replaces it so I won’t be selling mine any time soon.

          • ted

            A few months after you get your D800 could you dig up this post and announce if your still using your D700 for anything but a backup camera? It like you people don’t even know yourselves.

            • Dominik

              I carefully explained why I don’t need 36mp/75MB raw files for every job and I know I’m not alone.

              I’ll be using the D800 for a very specific range of applications. Architecture. Studio work. Landscape photography. Outdoor portraits in perfect light. Large group shots.

              Weddings, events, essentially any general photography work where 12mp will be more than enough at the final print size and where I’d like the option of 8fps, I will use my D700 bodies.

              I see value in both cameras for different reasons and the D800 is not the perfect tool for every assignment. I’m not sure why that kind of statement bothers you.

            • jodjac

              I think you’re right Ted. I can’t wait to shoot my first wedding with the D800. Start to finish, 800 frames times 36 megapixels equals one happy bride. Wait and see. I have a feeling the black and whites will be stunning. Dynamic range- at home on the dynamic range. Focus in the moonlight? How romantic!

  • random

    It doesn’t matter if you shoot 36 or 12 mpx camera. Your handholding technique will give you the same result at the same print size even with 36 mpx sensor.

    At the pixel level (100%) motion blur that you don’t notice at 12 mpx might be a tiny bit more apparent at 36 mpx. Resize 36 mpx image back to 12 mpx and it’s “gone”.

    • Landscape Photo

      If a photo has to be taken handheld, then the convenient min. shutter speed must be doubled.

      For example if someone maintains 90% sharp images on 50mm @ 1/60 with D700, now with D800(E) it must be better 1/125.

      Even tripods are prone to vibration. Hanging some weight (eg. rucksack) can make a difference.

      • Astrophotographer

        Finally, someone that understands this. Blur is relative to the print size . The d800 allows you to print larger. And people seem to be complaining about it.

        • Astrophotographer

          Oops, ment to reply to random

    • Don

      Finally, someone who has at least a half a brain. If you are shak
      Some of you are nuts. Did you not want smoother flim beacuse you couldn’t hold the camera still?
      Also, some are saying “Give me the 700 over the 800 then all my photos will be somewhat blurry. Think about it.ing you camera the same amount on the 700 vs 800, the 800 photos will look at least as good. The shake was there with the 700 you just couldn’t see it due to the “blur” of 12mp. The 800 will not create blur between two 8×10 photos from each camera.

  • Fishnose

    Thanks NR, for this link. Very interesting!

    And a huge disappointment.
    ‘Technical Guide?’ Oh wow. ‘Use a tripod to reduce blur ?’ Gee!
    ‘Basic Handling Guide’ would have been a better title.
    All I can say is, I can hardly wait for my D800. At long last a camera that doesn’t limit me.
    Sure, a couple more ISO steps would have been nice, but what the hell.

    Love this: ‘A large head helps keep the camera steady.’ – Hmm, my head isn’t particularly big, but my hands are quite big. Will that do? (J/K)

  • plug

    In the old film pre-VR days the conventional wisdom was that, to avoid camera shake handheld, the maximum shutterspeed should be 1/focal length with good technique, and one should be more conservative with longer, 300+, focal lengths.

    For example: 50mm 1/60
    200mm 1/250
    300mm 1/500 etc.

    VR gives some extra leeway, but with the D800 what are the new “rules” for when not using a tripod? Any suggestions?

    • Fishnose

      I would say that those old ‘traditional’ values will be highly relevant again – with really good VR. Like the VRII on the 24-120 F4.

    • Chris

      Correct – ant that is exactly what I wished for auto-iOS-setting, and what is now finally in the 800! Ant great to read that you can fine tune it… Page16 or somewhere…

    • Ruleofthirds

      Exactly right! This all sounds like lunacy to me. When I went from 6 to 12 mp not much changed, don’t see why 36mp would change the fundamentals of photography!

      • Rob Ueberfeldt

        There is no relation between shutter speed and resolution.
        Not unless I missed a digital photography class somewhere.
        There is relation between VR and shutter speed.
        I guess 36MP will test the sharpness of photos, but sharp is sharp at 12MP and 36MP.
        Reminds me why I try and avoid Nikon (all) manuals.

  • don rafael

    And what about moving objects – should camera be welded to steel wall or melted with concrete for pictures to be sharp?

    Love this: ‘A large head helps keep the camera steady.’ – Hmm, my head isn’t particularly big, but my hands are quite big.

    i love this comments :)

    to be honest people always complaining,

  • i love nikon
    • T.I.M

      ok…..don’t forget to take your pills !

      • BartyL

        I watched the first 15 seconds of his video and I can see why you made that comment.

        It could be that, in marketing terms, he it attempting to ‘differentiate’ himself from all the coherent, sane reviewers who have done some preparation prior to recording, and some post work prior to publishing.

    • ZoomDaddy

      Stupid is as stupid does.. Don’t waste my time, Just so you know spudly I will never watch another video by you…

    • Royster

      If that is the standard of Canon users then we have no worries.They wouldn’t understand how to use a camera like the D800

    • Ron Scubadiver

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9A_ojpn0omA&feature=related

      His videos are hilarious. He apparently has dozens… of videos… and brain cells.

      He spends more time making painful-to-watch videos of himself stuttering to pronounce camera names than he does taking actual pictures.

      Oh wait, he does take actual pictures. Here is one from his Facebook fanpage, which two people like.

      http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/387511_273640709366511_273614092702506_750563_1302161155_n.jpg

      Yayyy!! Canon users, unite!

      • AXV

        That’s probably how 90% of photographers are like…

      • jodjac

        Not sure but I think I see evidence of pixel blur! Maybe he has his hands on the venerable D800?

    • Dominik

      Disturbing.

  • cpm5280

    Admin, it’d be nice if PDF links weren’t posted as Google Docs links. I know it’s convenient, but not everybody wants/likes/trusts Google and its services.

    • http://www.seanmolin.com Sean Molin

      Oh please. If you’re that concerned, just get off the internet. That’s the only way to be totally sure, right?

      • fred

        If you’re that unconcerned with privacy and freedom, get out of my country.

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

      What do you mean? The link is directly to Nikon USA.

      • http://www.seanmolin.com Sean Molin

        …and there *is* that. Haha.

  • Wally in Texas

    Great Camera and…..Get a Tripod Stupid!

  • Hightower

    Well…i think it’s time now to optimize my breathing technique for calmer shooting of still subjects … :-P

  • Burgerman

    >>>
    It doesn’t matter if you shoot 36 or 12 mpx camera. Your handholding technique will give you the same result at the same print size even with 36 mpx sensor.

    At the pixel level (100%) motion blur that you don’t notice at 12 mpx might be a tiny bit more apparent at 36 mpx. Resize 36 mpx image back to 12 mpx and it’s “gone”.

    _________

    Finally sombody gets it…

    It wouldnt matter if you have a billion pixels. Its the amout of magnification at full size that shows the shake… At the same output size as the previous generation of crappier cameras like the d700 etc printed at the SAME SIZE theres NO DIFFERENCE!!!

    • Banksie

      Um, I think we all “get it.” But maybe what you don’t get is that it makes staying with a D3s/D4/D700 worthwhile if you are simply going to always resize back down to 12 MP and print at small print sizes.

      The point here is that people are buying the D800 for the pixels and to print very LARGE. That’s what this camera is all about. Otherwise stick with the D3s/D4/D700, or wait for the D700’s actual and eventual replacement.

      So, yes it does matter. Now, do YOU get it?

      • javaone

        You raise a good question.
        What size are people planing to print with there D800?
        What size do you print now?

        Hand shake, focus is about print size.
        Do people want a “D700″ replacement for: Price? Low light?

        I get the impression a lot of people here think they have a good sharp photo when they can go to 100% zoom and not see any blur or shake. If that is the case the more pixels you have the harder it is to take a good sharp photo.

        To me you have a good sharp photo when you can print at your desired print size and it looks clean. Going to 100% zoom is a about being able to quickly tell how bad/good a picture going to be.

        D800 is, for me, the wrong direction because of speed. I want a SLR for speed (focus, low light & FPS). I could care less about how many pixels it has.
        If they give me 100MP but it could do 12 FPS. I am happy. It is still not clear which is better in low light D700 vs D800.

  • EastOfGratiot

    This guide, while a bit obvious to most serious photographers is actually quite instructive for casual photographers who want the new, latest and greatest camera. I must confess that when I fist used my D7000 after having mostly used my D700 I was quite shocked by the sensitivity towards camera shake. I had to adjust my shutter speeds a lot compared to the ultra-forgiving D700. When I got everything right my shots rivaled the D700 photos but my handheld technique and existing lenses didn’t always produce optimal results. Now that I’ve adjusted to the high and low pixel density techniques I think I’m ready for the D800E. The auto, focal length-varying ISO setting should be fantastic. I just hope the picture control settings are save-able. Anyway, I think Nikon did the right thing to publish this advice guide. I just think they should have put it out with the D7000 intro.

    • Don

      and who are all these casual photographers buying D800s?

  • http://ronscubadiver.wordpress.com Ron Scubadiver

    Pondering having a 36mp Nikon…

  • Steve Starr

    Anyone notice this manual was copyrighted/printed back in 2010 (last page)?

    Must mean the camera has been in testing for a very long time. They must have done a lot of debugging so it should be good to go since it must have been in the design stage since 2009 or prior.

    • Chrisgull

      Interesting… That might explain why 50/1.4 AF-S was not on the lens list.

      This probably also means that Nikon’s lens designers have had this sensor as a design goal for quite some time, rather than the D3X.

  • hq

    Funny: Page 15:

    “Resolution can be improved by disabling high ISO noise reduction (page 11), particularly at low ISO sensitivities.”

    Why would high ISO be enabled / applied for low ISO sensitivities pictures???

    • AXV

      Noise reduction! Pay attention!

    • jodjac

      That’s a good question. I’d like to know what they meant by that as well. Shouldn’t noise reduction be automatically disabled on low ISO’s?

      • RK

        nope all camera produce noise at all iso’s – it just varies with iso – blame quantum mechanics – there is still noise at base iso which depending on the subject you may want to “reduce”

        • BartyL

          Are you saying that “High ISO Noise Reduction” is actually applied even at base ISO? Like the OP and jodjac I thought that it would only be applied at something above base ISO – starting at ISO 800 or 1600 for example.

          • jodjac

            Help!

          • Michel

            Based on D7000’s behavior i can say that noise reduction is never off despite what you set.

            I hope d800’s noise reduction can really be totally disabled.

  • shane

    I like the information like what did people expect like there giving a diffinition to this camera from others used by a professional which this camera is for it will produce excellent landscape portrait images

    Unbelievable camera cant wait for the d800 not ‘e’ version as thats problemtic with moire as I dealth with medium format before

    • WengerIsMad

      Pardon?

  • jorg

    that fake camera on the nikon finland page looks funny, i kind of like it. esp. the idea of an DX-body with built-in grip- cool.

    admin, you only posted it on facebook, is there a reason for that?
    it is clear that this camera will not be THE D400, but posting it would serve all the D400-awaiters here ;)

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

      Yes, this is a 100% fake image, probably 3 years old.

      • Landscape Photo

        I don’t understand why this one became so popular. If you google D800, that stupid photo still appears among the first couple of images. Duh!

  • Shane

    That fake Nikon camera on Finland site I bet was the d800 prototype that’s my guess

  • broxibear
    • Chrisgull

      That’s just wishful thinking.

    • Japater

      I was using the same logic, maybe wishful thinking but it makes complete sense to me.

      I am sure the D800 is an awesome piece of camera, however as stated many times, it’s not replacing the D700 because after almost 4 years since its release, the D800 provides the same ISO performance (assuming it does). One would think something else is on the way, call it D400, D800s, D800x… which is going to actually enhance what the D700 is well known for: great ISO performance for about half the price of the D4.

      I really hope it’s not just wishful thinking.

      Either way, it’s all happening and that alone makes for exciting times.

      • Robin

        D700 was a mistake the Japanese wont be making again.

        Of course there will be other models like D400 and what not, but nothing that would encroach so dramatically into the pro lineage.

        • Japater

          You might be right but that “mistake” (if that’s what it was) created a huge market that is waiting for it to continue and evolve. IMHO, it would be a huge risk to tell all those customers: “we didn’t improve the ISO, but wait, take 3 times the megapixels!”.

          I guess, time will tell, especially when other manufactures (aka Canon) make their move.

        • Btdown

          That “mistake” sold a shit-ton of cameras to consumers who will generally be disinterested in the d800 as a direct replacement or upgrade. God forbid a company give the consumer what they *actually* want, rather than what the company thinks they want. Is there any historical sales data on this mistake compared to other models? Yeah, It cannibalizes sales from higher end models, but if that’s where the sweet spot is, why would you not feed it?

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

      No way.

      • Japater

        Come on admin, tell us more :)

    • Landscape Photo

      He’s referring a D700-based model to be likely called D700s (or D750), though the picture is a photoshopped D300.

      And call an FX D400, which is reserved for the D300s successor.

      Except for the name, what the page tells is quite logical. If the D4-lite is crippled enough, I think it may go along with D4 in a commercial sense. The main differences to D4 can be

      * 95% viewfinder (like D700)
      * single card slot (like D700)
      * No other crop m0de than DX (like D700)
      * slow frame rate (even slower than D700)
      * 12-bit nef only (worse than D700)

      Differences to D700 can be

      * 16mp sensor from D4
      * latest generation battery due to regulations

      This camera can be priced around $2000, suitable for a large audience.

      • Anonymous Maximus

        D700s = Poor man’s high-ISO stills & motion camera, stick a 50mm f/1.4G on the front and be there ;)

        The pro will still choose the D4 anyway.

      • Dominik

        Landscape Photo, why would they need to cripple the viewfinder like the D700, have a single card slot (D300s has two), or 12-bit NEF to avoid it competing with the D4?

        Nikon could offer a full frame D400 (or new model) for close to $2000 with 18mp~, 51pt AF, 6fps, ISO up to 25K, and it wouldn’t stop pros buying the D4 for its superior ISO range and 10fps.

        Enthusiasts who will never buy a $6000 pro camera but don’t need a 36mp 4fps D800 – or can’t afford to spend $3000 – essentially looking for a well-rounded FF camera like the D700, have somewhere to spend their cash.

        The D700 was released a year after the D3 so timing wise it would make sense to sell it later in the year.

        There are rumors Canon will release a faster 5Dmk3 with improved AF and if this materializes it would make even more sense for Nikon to address the gap in their FF range.

        With all due respect, anyone suggesting that the D800 is a straightforward replacement for the D700 probably hasn’t moved beyond photographing their pets. It is not a D700 replacement; the D700 is still relevant.

  • Chris Ni
  • moe

    The D800 kicks the D700’s ass when it comes to ISO

    • Anonymous Maximus

      How did you compare?

      • Moe Jacknally

        the “techbang” preview had a iso comparison between the d700 and d800.
        but they deleted the pictures :(

  • David C

    I also had an opportunity to check out techbang’s review last night, and the d800 vs d700 ISO comparisons were astonishing. I was debating as to whether or not I should cancel my d800 pre-order because I was a skeptic about the ISO performance… But I’m overly impressed with the comparison and am now really stoked to get my hands on this camera…

  • http://Nikonrumors Son of FE

    Nikon marketing math:

    D800+D400(FF)+grip>D4
    ($3000+$2800est.+$550>$6000)

    Oh, and you need at least 2 gold rimmed lenses to appreciate them.

    Maybe not so crazy.

  • Hassle Bad

    welcome in medium format territory
    where a Tripod is mandatory

    and where the laws of diffraction
    got a lot of buyers into retraction

    Only to find themselves so sorry.

    • Frank

      hmm, I see fashion photographers doing shoots for magazines with Medium Format cameras hand held all the time. Tripod definitely not mandatory.

      This attitude happens every time a new camera is announced.

      Nikon is NOT going to release a camera that changes such a fundamental part of photography ( being able to hold the damn camera and walk around with it while using it )

  • Moe Jacknally

    Most naggers want:
    – High ISO so you can even take pictures inside a black hole – in daylight quality
    – 24-60 FPS while shooting pictures so you can play it back as a movie file later…
    – A 8-500mm 1.4 lense attached with no ca, vignetting or other problems.
    – Image stabilization inside the body and lense – so you can still make great pictures even if you use a running jackhammer as a tripod.
    – 200 MP
    – An Atomic battery that runs forever
    – 1-4 TB SSD hard drive should be included
    – It should be free or the company should pay you for getting one…

    – Bonus feature: Option to toggle “Nude Mode” while taking pictures.

    Back to reality – most people here complaining about the features of the D4 and the D800 can’t even afford each of them .
    Stay with your D3100 with your 18-55mm kit lense

    Btw. : I myself used to complain about the D4 compared to the D800E – well guess what. I’ve preordered both now.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsJnxlXepsY

    • Peam Stunk

      agree with all but for the atomic battery, I rather see a little steam engine powering a dynamo for power. D800 ‘Steam Punk’ edition.

    • http://www.wildbirdy.com SusanP

      LOL! where can I get one of those jackhammer tripods?

  • linghu

    Nikon make a bad move i guess, should have make two models of D800, one with 36PM ; one with 24mp, dont think many people will interetsed in the D800E.i am happy to pay that extra $ on a D800 with 24mp instead of the D800E.

    • Dominik

      The D800E is not a bad move at all.

      A 36mp camera is getting close to medium format territory and those cameras don’t have the AA filter. Nikon is catering to those who want the maximum amount of detail from the sensor.

      While the D800 will suit the needs of most photographers, I think it’s great that they’ve made it an option.

  • jared

    i m happy to pay £ 2600 for nikon d800 with 16 mp

  • Gav

    Hey Admin.

    Is there any chance you could do a poll.

    I would be curious to see, if given the opportunity what camera the majority of people would rather have.

    1: A D800

    2: A D800 body with all its advancements but with a sensor more along the lines of an updated D700. ie improvement in ISO performance, slight improvement in pixels etc.

    What I think most people want is a camera that is a ‘Jack of all Trades’ …..master of none but pretty bloody good in everything.

  • Sahaja

    I guess a lot of what they say applies to the D7000 as well since it has the same pixel density.

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