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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  • Good Times


    • nir.exe

      Its about time!

  • Anand

    When is the D900 coming???

    • Anand

      for those that don’t get it! 😛



    • Art

      You took the words right out of my mouth… What does this have to do with the upcoming D900???? D4, D7000, D5100, D3100 …. What we are all waiting for is the D900.

      Projected Specs:

      * Built in WiFi
      * Built in “Social Media” posting (directly to Flickr etc.) via WiFi
      * Scriptable camera actions through the use of Python
      * 72MP/12MP swapable sensor
      * ISO + 3 stops over D4 with 72MP sensor, +6 stops with 12mp sensor
      * Greater Dynamic Range than D4
      * Smooth continuous focus for video
      * Optional external hard drive pack for RAW video with hot swapable drives
      * Optional automatic “reset” when the camera is turned off for a specified period of time to user specified settings.

      That’s all I can remember from my “internal source”. Did anyone else find out from their sources anything I missed? The D900 is coming, I can feel it!!!!

      • mikils

        you forgot the embedded coffee pot and the ”vibrate” mode to massage the photographer while waiting for the right shot!

    • Rob

      Ill wait for that will it be soon?

      Any rumors yet!

  • Been there guy

    Just the way I like it.

  • YES!!! It is here!!!!

  • BB

    Why no mention of D800E if its press release?

  • I’ve been waiting so long for this.

    The dual card slots….. is it 1 cf and 1 SD Or can you use 2 CF’s or 2 SD’s? That’ would be ideal.

  • price?


    • ich bins

      2800 € street and 3200 E version, only to be sold in certain pro shops (to keep the prices up)

  • Let’s see how much the AF system has improved from D700. I don’t think the AF coverage is improved.

  • Mutog

    Well, looks like it time to finally upgrade. Drove my D60 into the ground over the past 4 years, but learned a ton! Can’t wait to do the same with the D800.

    • Worminator

      If all you are doing is uploading to flickr you’d be better off saving your money.

      • Bob from Ohio

        Not if it makes him happy.

      • Lol … Funny but mean 🙁

      • Mutog

        Photograph for a Music Publication, but yeah a few make it on Flickr. I have pushed the D60 to its limits I don’t hop to a new camera because it will “make me better” I learn how to use what I got.

  • Chandra

    Where’s the pricing and the two models?

  • Jabs

    I’ll take two please – LOL.

    One D4 plus a WT5 and one D800 plus an MD with a few lenses would do quite well for me in 2012.

    OK – back to reality.

    Sweet new series of Nikon Pro bodies and now for the influx of new lenses to compliment all this great stuff.

    Banner year for Nikon then, perhaps as Nikon has now blown out everyone out there including Canon and Sony – lol.

    Expeed 3 RULEZ-zzz!!!

  • Ball_Lightning

    Damn… it’s really “just” 6fps in DX mode AND with the bg. Guess i was hoping for too much.

  • Ron Scubadiver

    E jack.

  • Adolphous_Heidler

    Yes, yes, YES! I can personally guarantee Nikon a sales volume >= 1!

  • Tim

    I wonder how large the buffer is going to be.

    • NotSurprised

      36MB x 6fps = ~256 MB????? =P

      Hopefully a lot more.

      This is no speed demon, but I personally would never use it in full MP mode, unless I was getting paid.

      • an onymous

        You silly.. 6 fps is plenty for D800 considering its sensor resolution and amount of data produced!

        compare that with D4…

        16.2Mp X 11fps = “only” 178.2 Meg

        Hence the processing speed in D800 is indeed Very impressive!

        • an onymous

          BTW, what a blunder.. the D800 do 6fps only in DX mode so let’s do the math again…

          D800 do 4 fps in FX mode, consequently:

          36.3Mp X 4fps = 145 Meg/sec

          A bit slower than D4, but still good!

          (If I recall the figures correct, the D700 did 12Mp X 8fps = 96 Meg)

  • Brian

    Why no price?

  • FuntimeWithDrZoidber

    Do you really want 36mp? I realize for some people more megapixels is still a good thing, but for me, and most other people I imagine, anything 20mp+ is more than enough. The bigger raw files just mean more disk space needed to store them, slower transfer times, faster/bigger memory cards.

    The new E version without the filter is interesting. I’d like to see some comparison examples of the filtered/non-filtered images side by side.

    • Justin

      Yes, I want 36 MP. I want to print 20×30 and 40×60 at a level where I can still walk up to the print and appreciate the hyperfocal setting used to get delicious detail back to front in the image. I want to be able to crop to a gorgeous 4:5 ratio without losing all my resolution.

      • NotSurprised

        I want to take a photograph of you admiring your 20×30 and 40×60 prints at a level where I can walk into the 3-dimensionally projected photograph your hyperfocal distances without losing resolution.

        No wait, I want a D700S.

        No love for the low-pro ISO. =\

    • Paul D’Andrea

      I absolutely agree. I print images from my D700 and D300 at 24″x36″ with no trouble. 36mp is just going to be a hassle.

      I really wish the D800 was a D4 lite, or a D700s. I could live with the D700 for a long time if it just shot video.

      • Egan

        It makes sense to me that you can just shoot in Medium quality mode, which is still 18MP FX for smaller files. You can bump up to 36MP if you are getting paid and need absolute quality/sharpness.

        The question for me is whether shooting in Medium 18MP FX quality will result in better ISO and noise performance in low light. Do you effectively increase the pixel size and reduce high noise ISO? How does all of that play out? Or is that just a pipe dream?

        • Fredbare

          All electonic devices suffer from noise due to the motion of electrons. The electronic noise rises with temperature as the electrons become more thermally ‘agitated’. At lower temeperatures the noise due to electrons drops – why they sometimes cool electronics like sensors in some applications with liquid nitrogen/helium – think astronomy or the LHC etc.
          So, given that one has electron noise that it’s not possible to ‘cure’ one looks at maximising the signal – the oft quoted ‘signal to noise ratio’ you find on things like DVD player specs etc.
          if you turn up your hi-fi amp with no input signal you’ll here this noise as a ‘hiss’ from the speakers.
          So, bigger photosites will have a larger surface area and thus gather more light (i.e. the ‘signal’) than smaller photosites. The signal is increased over the electronic noise ‘floor’ – and hence better overall noise performance

    • yo

      no, but that’s what nikon decided and hopefully we’ll see a d4 sensor in a d800 body in 2013.

    • Andrew

      This camera has USB 3.0 for faster transfer time.

    • chris

      if you need to shoot advertising campaigns that are used as big outdoor billboards, (which I shot so far with a phase one 40MP), 36 MP is barely enough!

  • BartyL

    Built-in flash AND 100% viewfinder! I seem to remember there were those who thought it couldn’t be done – for reasons they could never adequately explain. How ’bout that?

  • bruce29928

    Will there be another thread with the US release and US pre order links (and sample videos and pix)?

  • zonaid

    At last!!
    Now I will look into some good deals for D700….

    • …I paid 2100 for mine two years ago. I wouldn’t expect a better deal any time soon. They’re still in short supply.

  • Eduardo B.

    What is OLPF converter?

    • Stefan

      Optical Low Pass Filter

  • typo in a press release?? “Photographers can also take advantage of the lenses in FX format lenses for more options and increased focal range (1.5X)” surely that should read “DX format lenses”

    • Sideswiped

      It’s a translation from Portuguese. It’s going to have some issues.

    • Brenton Ford

      Nah it is correct in saying FX … as when you put an FX lens on a DX sensor it multiplies the zoom by 1.5x … therefor turning the D800 to DX means the 70-200 2.8 VRII is now a 105-300mm 2.8 with VRII 😉 … make sense?

    • Chris Lilley

      I agree that ‘DX’ makes the surrounding text actually make sense. It has a DX crop mode.

      And, since there is resolution to spare, the DX crop actually makes sense (similar resolution to a D7000).

  • cpm5280

    Nikon is going to make back a bunch of the cash they had to write off this last year. I’ll help, if I can. 🙂

  • Jacob

    When is it expected to be availible for pre-sale?

  • nodrog

    No image of back yet or view finder and display.

  • Michael

    I’ve got mine on order; now let’s see when they get to the dealers.
    Will it be time to retire to Leica M-9?

  • Woohoo! Not how much will it set me back?

  • johnny

    Yeah..yeah.. yeah… Let me see the images!

  • Nikonsniper

    Nikon has a New Camera???? Say it is not so…..

  • inginerul

    I have the D700 but this sounds so good I will upgrade as soon as I will have the money lying around. Perfect specs, Canon will really have to go at great lengths with the new 5D to top the D800, and I know that at least in the AF section Nikon will be better.

  • This.

  • yo

    nicely done nikon. D400 next?

  • AF Crusader

    Any chance of an on/off switch for the AA filter? I saw that Nikon has some kind of patent for that…

  • nik

    i bet nex-5n high iso better than this shit.

  • Dan

    Im curious, if the RAW files are locked at 36MP only, what would be the best wotkflow, as the file sizes will be massive. I know on other dual memory card Nikons you can store JPG’s on one and RAW’s on the other. Does anyone know if Lighroom has the ability to import the JPGs, let us go through and pick out the ones we want, and then import the equivalent RAW files? Makes more sense than bringing in all my RAW’s at 100meg+ at a time. Unless it makes you alot more selective of that you shoot, which you shouldnt have to think about.

    Would just make sense bring in downsized 16mp jpgs and then just selecting the ones you one to import and full quality/res RAW.

    • XLRT

      Why not just select the RAWs you want in LR’s import dialog before importing them?

      • Balert

        Because the import dialog preview only shows very pixelated thumbnails of the shots. Not good enough to accept or reject. You need to import them all, then sort ’em.

  • Admin, a brilliant job and well done for putting up with so many weird comments and doubters. Really appreciate this site and your hard work.

    D800 looks brilliant and I will have one!

  • Bob

    I am really anxious to know if the D800 will have iPhone control, like the D4.

    That would be really sweet, but it doesnt look too good…

  • Niktarded

    Sonys backlit whatever they call it sensor has a crap load of noise! Nikon is retarded!

  • Well none of this is going to actually improve my images. I am sticking with my D300 because there are maybe 10 people on the planet who will actually be limited by this level of technology. So I just took delivery of an Einstein and PLM from Paul C. Buff. Now that will really give me the improvement in image quality I am looking for.

  • T.I.M

    D800 battery cover on Adorama website.

    • Alfonso

      Less than 30 bucks from nikon? It must be some magic plastic widget

  • stephen

    4FPS? And only 6FPS in DX? Ouch…

  • souvik


  • rocky

    DROOL ~~~~~~~~~~~

  • nikonnut

    Well done admin!

    Now lets see those image samples.

  • an102

    admin, no new lens have been annonced with d800 ?

    • I don’t think so, unless there is a surprise, but I don’t believe in/like surprises.

  • Hmm. When will it be released officially? It’s well past midnight in Japan, and the D4 was announced about this time last month. So, when should we expect an official announcement?

    Anddd, once announced, how long before preorders are taken? A matter of hours?


  • T.I.M

    I go play with my new AF-s 200mm f/2.0 VRII while waiting for the D800…..
    Now I have a D5100 for sale, anyone ?

  • satrio


    This could be the next great investment upgrade from D90..hehehe…

    d800 got the FX sensor (CMIIW), got 1080p capability with the ability to auto focus…so I guess this is a sufficient camera for both world of still pictures and movie pictures..

  • Yeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Finally a great camera for field macro – cropability and sealing.

    • Patient

      I have waited a long time for this camera, and I hope it is what I was waiting for. I just wanted a D700 with video. I skipped the D700 because, by the time I was ready to upgrade, the rumors of the D700 replacement already were circulating. That was years ago! Finally, the wait is over. My only hope is that the D800 has the same low-noise/high-ISO capabilities of the D700. A prosumer camera like this is fine for me if it has the low-noise characteristics. I hate to have to spend double the price to get the D4 just for a good sensor. Actually, the D800 looks a lot like a D7000 with a full-frame sensor. Makes me wonder if I should just get the D7000 and use the extra cash for more toys. In any case, I’ve waited this long – I think I can wait a little longer to see what the D800 and D4 do in the real world by unbiased users. At least the price point seems realistic with this camera.

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