“Tatouage” could be another short movie shot with Nikon D800

Tatouage short movie Nikon D800

"Tatouage" shot with a Nikon D800?

Few days ago the Japanese photographer and director Shinji Watanabe uploaded a picture on flickr that was probably taken with Nikon D800 (see EXIF data at the bottom of this post). The picture was removed few hours later but on his website Shinji Watanabe wrote about an upcoming 30 minute short movie called "Tatouage" shot with a Nikon camera that is supposed to premier during the CP+ show in Japan next week - here is the schedule:

Part 1: February 9th, 1:15 p.m. to 2:05 p.m.
Part 2: February 9th, 3:05 p.m. to 3:55 p.m.

My guess is that just like the motorcycle movie shot in Chicago"Tatouage" will be another production to show and promote the video capabilities of the new Nikon D800.

Update: as several readers have mentioned the comments section, Shinji Watanabe's flickr stream contains at least one image with a maximum/original resolution of 7360 x 4912 (just like those D800 samples):

Here is the EXIF info from the image posted on flickr:

File Size : 6.2 MB
File Modification Date/Time : 2012:01:30 23:26:00-08:00
File Type : JPEG
Camera Model Name : NIKON D800

Orientation : Horizontal (normal)
X Resolution : 240
Y Resolution : 240
Resolution Unit : inches
Software : Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
Modify Date : 2012:01:31 16:05:57
Exposure Time : 1/13
F Number : 2.8
Exposure Program : Program AE
ISO : 6400
Exif Version : 0230
Date/Time Original : 2011:04:30 21:09:07
Create Date : 2011:04:30 21:09:07
Shutter Speed Value : 1/13
Aperture Value : 2.8
Max Aperture Value : 2.8
Metering Mode : Multi-segment
Light Source : Fine Weather
Flash : Off, Did not fire
Focal Length : 44.0 mm
Color Space : Uncalibrated
Exif Image Width : 4912
Exif Image Height : 7360
CFA Pattern : [Red,Green][Green,Blue]
Exposure Mode : Auto
Focal Length In 35mm Format : 44 mm
Lens Model : 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8
Thumbnail Offset : 962
Thumbnail Length : 6974
Application Record Version : 55563
Time Created : 21:09:07+00:00
Photoshop Quality : 10
Photoshop Format : Standard
Progressive Scans : 3 Scans
Creator Tool : Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
Metadata Date : 2012:01:31 16:05:57+09:00
Lens Info : 24-70mm f/2.8
Lens : 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8
Image Number : 860
Date Created : 2011:04:30 21:09:07.008
ICC Profile Name : ProPhoto RGB
Raw File Name : DSC_0996.JPG
Version : 6.6
Process Version : 5.7
White Balance : Custom
Tone Curve Name : Custom
Camera Profile : Embedded
Lens Profile Setup : LensDefaults

History Action : derived, saved, saved, converted, derived, saved, saved, converted, derived, saved

History Parameters : converted from image/jpeg to image/tiff, from image/tiff to application/vnd.adobe.photoshop, converted from image/tiff to application/vnd.adobe.photoshop, from application/vnd.adobe.photoshop to image/jpeg, converted from application/vnd.adobe.photoshop to image/jpeg

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Tone Curve : 0, 0, 37, 24, 63, 64, 103, 130, 169, 213, 255, 255
Profile CMM Type : KCMS
Profile Version : 2.1.0
Profile Class : Display Device Profile
Color Space Data : RGB
Profile Connection Space : XYZ
Profile Date Time : 1998:12:01 18:58:21
Profile File Signature : acsp
Primary Platform : Microsoft Corporation
CMM Flags : Not Embedded, Independent
Media White Point : 0.9642 1 0.82489
Red Matrix Column : 0.79767 0.28804 0
Green Matrix Column : 0.13519 0.71188 0
Blue Matrix Column : 0.03134 9e-005 0.82491
Color Transform : YCbCr
Image Width : 4912
Image Height : 7360
Encoding Process : Baseline DCT, Huffman coding
Bits Per Sample : 8
Color Components : 3
Y Cb Cr Sub Sampling : YCbCr4:4:4 (1 1)
Aperture : 2.8
Date/Time Created : 2011:04:30 21:09:07+00:00
Image Size : 4912x7360
Scale Factor To 35 mm Equivalent: 1.0
Shutter Speed : 1/13
Create Date : 2011:04:30 21:09:07.80
Date/Time Original : 2011:04:30 21:09:07.80
Modify Date : 2012:01:31 16:05:57.80

Thumbnail Image : (Binary data 6974 bytes, use -b option to extract)
Circle Of Confusion : 0.030 mm
Field Of View : 44.5 deg
Focal Length : 44.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 44.0 mm)
Hyperfocal Distance : 23.01 m
Light Value : 0.7

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  • Per

    Only a couple of days left until we know=)

  • thats nice

    • Banned

      That’s a really bad artwork…

      • Kede


      • thanks for your opinion.

    • Art

      Yep. Sneaky leaked pictures…..

      It has begun!!!!

      I’m so excited!!!!!!

      (Sorry, I couldn’t resist…)

  • thats nice

  • Marc W.

    Programmed Auto?

    • Bob Wilber


      Programmed Auto produces better results than that.

  • Donji hogfan

    too bad exif data don’t contain the price of the camera

    • kede

      hahaha and “wife consent”

  • ATM

    Just wonder if these also will be a new videocamera only, like the D4, or there will be some great update on the still picture side to.

  • Give the Sample someone for the glory of Nikonians!

    Just teasers and texts is so boring, i´m a photographer not a journalist, i need to see a FULL SIZE SAMPLE!

    Can i have it please?

    • you asked wrong, when you ask

      i can has full sizzed imagez and post your email i will send you.

  • vesilvio

    Date Created : 2011:04:30

    While we’are waiting for the D800 debut, in these days they’re probably trying the new D900…

  • Interesting!

    I like the new Nikon D800 camera. A friend of mine is getting his D4 this week!

  • The fact that it was shot at 6400 ISO is promising… I will be honest, I really can not wait for the D800 to be released. I have a D300 that is currently my backup that I will likely sell. My D700 will become my second body… Pretty Excited! 😀

  • Moe Jacknally

    I downloaded the sample picture before it was taken down.
    No free image host lets me upload the 6 mb file.

    But I can tell you one thing: It looks terrible.
    I think it’s the photographer’s fault though – not the cameras.

    • RK

      Anywhere you could upload a 100% crop so we can see what it looks like at a pixel level, the bit on the guys looks like the only area in focus so would be a good bet.

    • Stefan

      really terrible ;-/


  • Chris Zeller

    Glad we’re done with “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and back to D800 rumors. 🙂

    • Daniel

      LOL. I agree! That kid needs to find a toy or somethin’ – like Canon…

  • Zeb

    Original April 2011? Not impressed with the quality of the photo though, 36MP all blurred. 🙁

  • Myl3s

    This is what I’m talking about!

  • Ole

    36152320 pixels 🙂

  • Claustral

    This camera is 8 months old! Waiter, I want to fresh camera please!!

  • Hom Thogan

    These pre programmed leaks are getting lazier and lazier each time… you would have to be really dumb to think this is a real mishap… this is in fact another PR stunt by a camera maker.


  • Ed

    I will be bummed if all this waiting on pins and needles for this D800 has been done in vein. If so ….. what will we look to next from Nikon and how soon? D400? D4s?

    • Fred

      Pins and needles .. in vein. Like it!

  • Anonymous Maximus
    • Myl3s

      Holly crap that looks bad! The PS is TERRIBLE; the ISO looks fake, like added grain when comparing to the leaked samples.

      It’s front lit with strob or hmi, but yet he shoots it at ISO 6400 — something doesn’t add up here.

      Wantanabe is a talented guy, shooting sh*t like that doesn’t seem like his style. Also, both shots have terrible art direction, wouldn’t be surprised if he shot the video, and some dumbasses at nikon PR handled the press stuff (pulled/stills and art GFX…)

    • John

      Doesn’t look good. Cramming 36MP does it.

      • Myl3s

        So would it be reasonable to assume an iQ180 (80MP) on a sensor roughly 2.5 times the size of 35mm will look like shit (at a reasonable ISO)? Let me tell you, it doesn’t, I’ve shot on one as a asst. it’s lovely.

      • Myl3s

        So would it be reasonable to assume an iQ180 (80MP) a sensor roughly 2.5 times the size of 35mm will look like shit (at a reasonable ISO)? Let me tell you, it doesn’t, I’ve shot on one as a asst. it’s lovely.

        • John

          Sure…but who made the sensor ? Sony/Nikon ?. Nope.

      • James

        It’s the same pixel density as a 15MP APS-C sensor. Does the current 16MP APS-C sensor in the Nikon D7000 look bad?

    • Jon

      Is it April 1st? No? Okay, carry on.

  • PeterO

    “Light Source : Fine Weather” ???

    • martijn

      will it do forecasts too? like: The sun is shining, it’s allmost sundown. if you wait for 10 seconds, the light will be at its best. 5….4…..3….2….1…. CLICK

  • sgts

    you must have to be mates with someone in nikon to do a test, because it sure as shit isnt if you can actually take a photo that isnt soft/noisy/blown highlights……..

  • GD

    ISO 6400

  • legion

    two comments:

    1. i hope he added film grain in photoshop. the noise looks very similar to D7000 noise at 6400, which is sad because this was scaled down from 36mp to 6mp.

    2. why would you set up a photo shoot under conditions in which you needed to shoot at f2.8 and 6400 iso for 1/13th of a second shutter speed?

  • I

    Nikon rep in my country, who was presenting D4 in January, mentioned that he had D4 in his hands for 6 months before release .

  • Sure seems odd that someone who already has access to the D800 would be such a poor photographer.

    • Bjrichus

      Think Ashton.

  • Oops. I wonder if Watanabe will get a crack at the next new model before its released.

  • Hmm. I REALLY hope this is 100% fake. Those stills look horrible. Absolutely horrible. As much as I want a D800, and as much as I could use the video features, if ISO6400 looks like this, I won’t be buying the camera. At this point, it doesn’t look any better than my D300s as far as ISO goes. Now, I know it’s incredibly small photos, but that’s kind of the point. The noise is incredibly pronounced, even this small. I hope it’s fake. This is horrible.


    • WoutK89

      Pre-production model jpeg output, how can you think this is comparable to the official production 14-bit NEF output?

  • Doug
    • loppolo

      mmm i dont think, look the red triangle http://i.imgur.com/z8Ab0.jpg

      • Agreed Loppolo:- Definitly NOT a D80o on the top right.

        The Top Right is a D5100 and the top left is a D7000. 🙂

  • Moe Jacknally

    Another d800 sample?

    this picture here is also from watanabe’s flickr account and has the same pixel size as the one which was deleted(4912×7360)

    unfortunately no detailed exif info


    • DaveC

      Geez- can this guy take any photos without obvious camera shake? This is the kind of photographer that gets to test them? Sad.

      • Boing Wronkwell

        Is is as soft as her…. Well, you know.

        Not a good example.

  • Eric Calabros

    of course its one year old .. they dont put a sensor in their cam that has came out of Sony lab two month ago

  • Doug

    D4 ISO 10000 test

  • Clark Tanaka

    I’m going so I’ll check it out but I guess they are all stills taken from the movie footage itself.
    I wonder why he didn’t take any stills.

    • Kede

      Or it’s a cropped H3D-39 image.?

  • Doug
  • simon
  • sardo
    • Ryan

      The 5412 x 7216 size images were taken with a Hasselblad H3D11-39.
      (It is in the camera data.)

  • frazisco
  • RK

    There is another 30+ mp photo on his flickr stream, it has the camera exif striped but looks like another d800 candidate. The noise is better in this one but worse in my opinion than a d700, however it is impossible to compare directly not knowing the iso used, or how competent the photographer is in ACR.


    • RK

      That’s what happens when you take too long to write a comment, the exact same thing gets posted several time before above.

      The noise in the image really is interesting though as it seems to vary with over a region of several pixel, where as the d700 noise tends to vary pixel to pixel, by which I mean the noise seems to clump together in splotches 3 to 4 pixels wide. A quick play with the JPEG shows to me that this makes it very hard to balance noise reduction and sharpening in ACR.

      Not looking good….

    • ok, those images will be removed in 3,2,1…

      • Doug


  • Doug

    we can always run to the m9 if things get messy

  • Jc

    That photo looks like the editing went over board with the highpass filter the one linked with the 2 guys. Jus saying.

    • cosmic

      I don’t think these 5412 x 7216 pixels images are from the D800… It’s more like 60mp.

      • cosmic

        Oops, that’s 38.8mp, but the dimensions aren’t the same as the ones Nikon Rumors posted.

    • Martin

      This is from a Hasselblad H3d II – 39

  • capiscopoco

    I find this i think is the real shot of “tatouage” without the high noise… i see from the exif that is taken drom dark spot http://i.imgur.com/Yzer6.jpg

  • Call me worried.

  • RM

    This shots are HAsselblad

  • Moe Jacknally

    the pictures with a 5412 x 7216 resolution were made with a Hasselblad


    amazing how talented this guy is in taking bad pictures with the best equipment….

    I believe that the only real picture he has taken with a D800 is this one(repost):

    • agree, only one picture is taken with the D800

  • Doug
  • John

    Should have stayed around 18MP. Nikon fell into Canon’s Megapixel race trap.

  • PoBoy

    Yeah, it’s over. For Nikon. Don’t bother putting in your preorder for the D800, it’s a piece of crap. Can’t you tell? OMG, I can’t wait for this friggin camera, get out of the way! D800 customer coming thru!

  • hong konger

    NPS members in Hong Kong have just been invited to a product presentation at 3.15pm HK Time. Guess both D4 and D800 will be on display.

    Am looking for D4 for low light work.
    D800 for architectural photography / landscape and portraits.

    • What date, Feb 7th? Thanks.

      • Hong konger

        Sorry yeah 7th feb

  • Captain Howdy

    Dear Admin,

    If D800 video specs are identical to D4 – would not make much sense doing totally different video promos unless D800 has something special in store? Perhaps 120@720p? Any more insight about the Chicago shoot?

  • Moe Jacknally

    Maybe the D800 is 2k or 4k compatible……. 😉

    • Captain Howdy

      One can dream, can’t one…? 😉

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