Nikon D800 press release

In case you missed the Nikon D800 press release (Google translated):

Sao Paulo, February 6, 2012

Nikon introduces its long-awaited release, the HD-SLR D800, which offers resolution never seen before, amazing picture quality and valuable video resources, still optimized for professional multimedia photographers and videographers. With unparalleled balance between precision and functionality, the Nikon D800 brings innovations such as the CMOS sensor 36.3 megapixel FX-format, 91,000 pixel RGB sensor, advanced Scene Recognition System and many other new features.

Exceptional Image Quality

The new 36.3 megapixel CMOS sensor (7360 x 4912 resolution) and FX format (35.9 x 24mm) is the largest in terms of resolution so far developed by Nikon, and come meet nikonzeiros numerous requests from around the world. It is ideal for situations where you can not compromise the fidelity, such as weddings, photo studio and record landscapes. A resolution of this magnitude gives the photographer the ability to portray even the smallest details with stunning clarity. Every aspect of the sensor of this model was designed to ensure clear images in low light, so it has enhanced features like OLPF converter and a 14 bit A / D to minimize the noise around the picture.

The D800 lives up to Nikon’s reputation of being the sovereign ability to capture in low light thanks to the standard range of ISO 100-6400, expandable to 50 (Lo-1) and 25600 (Hi-2), which helps create gradient amazing colors when shooting JPEG or RAW.

All these image data are directed to a channel of 16 bits for maximum performance. Photographers can also take advantage of the lenses in FX format lenses for more options and increased focal range (1.5X), while still maintaining the clarity and detail in high resolution of 15.3 megapixels (4800×3200).

The D800 has an advanced Scene Recognition System with its array of colors (3D Color Matrix Meter III), which provides precise measurement in the most challenging lighting conditions. At the heart of this system is the innovative RGB sensor that analyzes each scene meticulously, recognizes factors such as light and bright and then compares all the data using the unique database of 30,000 images from Nikon. This new sensor still has the ability to detect faces with high accuracy even when shooting through viewfinder. The Color Matrix Meter also prioritizes the faces detected, allowing the right exposure even when the subject is backlit.

Novelty is also the exclusive image processing engine Nikon’s EXPEED 3, which controls the entire system and is the catalyst behind the responsiveness of the camera’s auto focus and performance. The new Nikon image processing engine is capable of processing huge amounts of data, with perfect color and tone perfect. 3 The EXPEED also contributes to energy efficiency, allowing the user to use the camera for longer.

Featured in the new and improved white balance system of this model that more accurately recognizes both the sources of natural light and artificial ones, and gives the user the option to retain the warmth of ambient lighting.

Users can also capture a greater dynamic range with the HDR function and enjoy the benefits of Active D-Lighting for balanced exposures even in backlit scenes. In addition, the camera offers a dedicated button for quick access to Nikon’s Picture Controls to adjust the parameters of photo and video in real time, such as color, sharpness and saturation.

True Cinema Experience

The Nikon D800 is a compact and lightweight which is ideal for the production environment. Its features are very practical and functional usable by both filmmakers in the field and in the studio or filmmakers. Filmmakers have the option of multiple resolutions and frame ranges, including Full HD 1080 and HD 720 30/24p to 60p. By using the method of data compression B-Frame, the user can record video in H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC up to 29:59 minutes per clip. The optimized CMOS sensor reads the image data on rates incredibly quick results almost instantly.

The D800 also allows videographers to keep the resolution high definition (1080p) regardless of the selected scene mode. Users can also compose and easily check critical focus for HD LCD monitor 3.2 “and 921 000 pixels with reinforced fabric, automatic control of brightness and wide viewing Anglo.

For professionals, it is important to have a camera that has digital recorders and external monitors. With the D800 is possible to transmit an uncompressed HD signal directly off the camera for an HDMI output (8 bit, 4:2:2). This signal can be transmitted to a display, digital recording device or routed through a monitor, eliminating the need for multiple connections. The image can also be viewed simultaneously on the LCD screen and an external display screen while excluding the state data of the camera for streaming media.

The D800 also includes features to enhance the audio quality, as a specific output for headphones used to monitor the audio levels during recording, which can be adjusted within 30 steps. Have the onboard microphone can be adjusted with up to 20 steps of sensitivity for the faithful reproduction of sound. To complete the recording can be configured to be activated via the shutter button.

Shutter speed and performance with amazing accuracy

The autofocus system Advanced Multi-Cam 3500 AF is the next generation of the proven 51-point AF system Nikon. The fully customizable system offers users the ability to capture fast moving subjects in focus and accurately track, or select a single AF point with absolute precision in detail. The focus system uses 15 sensors of the type AF Crusaders for accuracy and the system also emphasizes human faces even when the viewfinder is used. The D800 also employs 9 cross-type sensors fully functional when used with compatible NIKKOR lenses and teleconverters aperture f / 8 or smaller.

For maximum versatility in different situations, users can also select multiple AF modes, including normal, expanded area and tracking of faces and objects / people, even the optical viewfinder.

Ready to shoot in less than 0012 seconds, the Nikon D800 can capture files in FX mode and resolution up to 4 fps, or up to 6 fps with DX mode with the optional battery pack MB-D12 battery and compatible. To further improve the speed of the camera and the overall workflow, the D800 uses the new standard USB 3.0 for fast transfer.

Format and operability

The structure of the Nikon D800 is designed magnesium alloy for maximum durability and reliability. The camera body is closed and sealed with gaskets to resist dust, moisture and also to electromagnetic interference. You can easily picture of the composition through the viewfinder of course, which offers 100% coverage of the scene.

The shutter was tested to withstand 200,000 cycles, ensuring maximum durability, while the sensor cleaning is made by the vibration of OLPF. The self-diagnostic shutter unit also includes a mirror balancer to minimize the residual impact of the “bounce”, improving the AF and zoom viewing time. Furthermore, the display is coated with a new finish protection thermal which serves to resist to overheating during prolonged use. For storage, the D800 has dual card slot for CF and SD cards, offering the user the possibility of recording up when a card is full, recording RAW / JPEG, separately, and the added option of recording still pictures to and video card to another. For recording and transfers at high speed, data can be recorded on the latest UDMA-7 and the cards SDXC/UHS-1.

The D800 also features built-in flash, and is compatible with the acclaimed Creative Lighting System Nikon, including the Command Mode for embedded control Speedlights wirelessly.


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  • DaveMck

    So now we have the D800 (which could have been named the D700x) that relatively few people have been waiting for or wanting.

    Nikon PLEASE now give us the ‘D800’ that so many more of us HAVE been wanting for so, so long i.e. the camera that is to the D4 what the D700 was to the D3.

    • RG

      Totally agree. Was hoping the D800 would have some sports shooting ability in a prosumer FX format. Too many MP and too slow FPS. I’m shooting with a DX camera now, so DX mode in this thing brings nothing to the party. Movie mode is also a waste of technology for a still photographer, but I guess that doesn’t matter any more. Fingers crossed now for the 5D MkIII.

  • Can’t wait for the D800 – I want to buy a discounted D700. The D800 is over spec’ed for me. I don’t need 36Mp or video, but I am sure the 800 will be an excellent camera for those who do. For me it’s either the 700 or a big upgrade to the D4.

  • Donz

    must be a typo, or lost in translation – surely this should read: “Photographers can also take advantage of the lenses in DX format…”

  • They say we can choose resolution
    6144 x 4912, 6144 x 4080, 5520 x 3680, 4800 x 3200, 4608 x 3680, 4608 x 3056, 3680 x 2456, 3600 x 2400, 3072 x 2456, 3072 x 2040, 2400 x 1600
    Is that for RAW or only for JPEG?

    • That would be nice to know, but afraid it is only for jpgs… Else it would be a great way to sacrifice resolution for low light performance…

      • So this is Nikon I’ll not buy, I’m waiting for cheap FF with 16MP sensor. Huge files are not acceptable for my wedding workflow.

  • Pete

    Nikon just shot their D3X.

    RIP D3X

    Does anybody see any reason to gor for a D3X now? It cost 2 D800´s !

  • ambo

    sweet mama !!!! … now that nikon got 60p video…. hopefully d7k replacement will inherit that….

  • chris

    The camera I have been waiting for! I really hope that we get good enough image quality for advertising assignments, I never really liked the Phase One 40MP that I use now (It’s heavy and the autofocus is very poor.) If this is a great camera it’s going to be tough for Phase One and Hasselblad, there are many advertising pros that have been waiting for a dslr with almost 40MP. And it’s so much cheaper than medium format cameras!

  • Marco Polo

    WOW it looks like the D800 is far better in low light capabilities tha the old D700!
    Less noise and faster focus in low light!

    • Mike L

      “…faster focus in low light….” Yup, that’s my beef with the D700. If you don’t have enough light, the autofocus goes bizerk. You have to switch to manual focus.

  • Dr Motmot

    Great job Admin! Well done Nikon, now how about some upgraded lenses?

  • Mike M

    So I’d imagine I’m not alone in taking solace that the low FPS of this camera bodes well for a potential D400 lowish mpix very high FPS “outdoor sports” type camera in March?

    • You could be right, but I for one certainly hope, that a D400 will also sport a more-than-decent low light performance, while I do not care so much about MPs or FPS…

      • Mike M

        Assuming they use the D7000 sensor or something in that ballpark it’ll be fine with me, DX isn’t optimal for low light, but my high fps wish at low mpix would pretty much dictate it would also have good low light performance based on what’s out there now. I could live with a low pixel count entry level FF camera in the low 2000 dollar range too, even though I’d need a bunch of new glass.

        • I know that DX is not ideal for low light performance, but I like the DX format and need good low light performance, I hope the D400 will have 1-3 higher usable iso-levels better than D7000. I know I will not get D4ish performance (though I can dream…), but some what better than D7000 is possible – I hope…

  • Ashton Kutcher

    This camera is too big and heavy for my small hands.

    • Demi

      Pretty little hands to match that pretty little mouth boy! Get over here!!!!

  • Sudi Upadhya

    I was hoping the specs to be a little different than the Nikon rumors said, but I am proved wrong. I am an amateur, don’t take pictures for a living and I have a D300. I was hoping to upgrade to a full frame. Not sure if this is what I want to upgrade to. Any suggestions?
    If you ask me why I want to go full frame – I love taking pictures using natural light, don’t like using additional lighting. Thought the high ISO performance would help. And the additional wide angle benefit.

    • Mike L

      I run two D700’s, and they are great. My only beef is when trying to autofocus in lower light. Of course, it is all relative. I find the D700 to be a workhorse, for those who just can’t justify the expense of a D3.

  • Jadewatcher

    36mpx with option for a 30mpx 5:4 aspect ratio in camera, 100% viewfinder, improved high iso noise control considering high mp count, new matrix metering, and ability to push iso down to 50. .. a landscape photographer, i really couldn’t have asked for more. This is my camera, and the camera i’ve been asking Nikon to put out for 3 years, so i’ll preorder it asap.

    An even better low-light camera with a lesser MP count could be all that Nikon needs to make to take a serious advantage over competitors, and i’m sure they’re not ignoring this kind of request

  • Steven Grove

    Please make a version with all the great still photography features and no video.

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