Nikon D4 and D800 take 2012-2013 EISA camera of the year awards


Nikon D4 and D800 were chosen as the 2012-2013 best professional camera and camera of the year by EISA:

The EISA judges said: “The best professional camera of the year is Nikon’s full frame 16-million-pixel D4, for its ability to deliver the highest image quality even in extremely difficult conditions. Tests performed by EISA magazines found the camera has an exceptional combination of high resolution, wide dynamic range, very low noise levels even at ISO 12800, super-fast autofocus, short response time and high frame rates that can be maintained for very long sequences. The body is rugged and well protected against dust and moisture. The viewfinder delivers a sharp, comfortable and very precise view of what will be recorded. Almost perfect handling makes the D4 very easy and pleasant to use and we especially like the new joystick control that’s available whether the camera is in the horizontal or vertical position. The D4 also delivers very high video quality thanks to its uncompressed output.”

The EISA judges said: “This year’s best camera is the Nikon D800. Its 36-million-pixel full frame sensor offers exceptionally high resolution capture and, according to EISA magazine tests, no compromises have been made to the extent of the camera’s dynamic range or noise levels at high ISO settings. In a compact and reasonably priced, strong and sturdy body, it offers first-rate metering and a 51-point autofocus system developed from the professional D4. The camera has a clear and bright 100% viewfinder that is very precise and comfortable to use even for glasses wearers. The tiny flash can command additional Nikon flash units and delivers just the right amount of fill-in illumination even in complex lighting conditions. The D800E version delivers even higher resolution images without needing any post processing sharpening: the image quality comes close to that of a medium format camera, but with the benefits and versatility of a lightweight 35mm reflex camera.”

Nikon's press release:

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 15 August 2012 Nikon has won two accolades at this year’s EISA awards, taking the prize for ‘European Professional Camera of the year 2012-2013’ for the FX-format full-frame Nikon D4, and ‘European Camera of the year 2012-2013’ for the 36.3 megapixel FX-format Nikon D800.

The announcement adds to Nikon’s awards success at this year’s TIPA (Technical Image Press Association) awards, where the Nikon D800 picked up a ‘Best D-SLR Expert’ award, and similar plaudits were given to the Nikon 1 system camera and the Nikon D5100.

Dirk Jasper, Product Manager for Nikon Europe, says: “We are really proud to receive these two EISA awards for our flagship D-SLRs. Both the Nikon D4 and D800 offer unparalleled image quality and excellent performance in even the most extreme shooting situations, and feedback from professional photographers and videographers has been incredibly positive.”

Each year, the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) nominates the best equipment from different categories of audiovisual products released in Europe during the preceding 12 months. It recognises those products that will be appreciated by an enthusiast and professional audience who want high quality and creative features. The awards are chosen by panels representing over 50 prominent photo, video, audio, home theatre and mobile electronics magazines from up to 20 European countries.

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  • Z

    Um … Canon makes 2nd best printers, after Epson.

  • D3

    That video was a pretty poor attempt at celebrating an award winning camera. A video of a scared girl taking pictures of trees and branches in the rain? Come on!! Show a photographer using the camera for what the camera won the award for!

    • Fred

      Yup, a video of a frustrated photographer jumping up and down on a D800 would have been an Academy Award prospect and more realistic scenario.

      • Mock Kenwell

        Stick to your Canon and go away you troll…

      • gsum

        ha ha. Well they couldn’t get a vid of anyone jumping on a 1DX as Canon haven’t managed to get any on the street yet. No doubt Canon will be fretting about how they can tweek the 1DX to get it up to D4 standard.

  • Bruce

    “The D4 also delivers very high video quality thanks to its uncompressed output.”

    The D4 doesn’t even product broadcast video in FX mode. If you want to shoot high quality FX video, you’ll have to purchase the D800.

    I, too, have been forced into buying both the D4 and D800 in order to use my Nikon lens collection for both professional still and professional video.

    It’s a shame that the Nikon “flagship” camera produces such subpar FX video.

    • Andrew

      You said it correctly, the D4 is a flagship “camera” and not a flagship “video-cam”. The D4’s low light performance is stunning! This camera is for professional photographers and not professional videographers.

      • icallyouout

        exactly andrew.

        it amazes me how dumb people are.. ” i had to buy both” bs if youre so into video production buy a proper video camera.

        I dont go to video cameras looking to get the one that takes the best still photos…

        • John_IGG

          Have you ever considered why professional (or semi-pro) videographers switch to DSLRs for their filming? If not, here is why: The choice of lenses, YES, the choice of inexpensive (compared to video lenses) yet very powerful lenses. Have you ever thought how much an equivalent of 70-200mm or 16mm or 200-400mm would ever cost for a video camera? More than that, many pro photographers already own those lenses.

          So, you better think before you post, or keep voice down and go play somewhere else.

          • Andrew

            Why the D800’s Movie/Video Capabilities is Top Notch!

            John, think about what is being stated here, we are talking about a flagship camera, we are not arguing about all cameras Nikon makes. Nikon’s flagship camera (D4) should be optimized for picture quality which includes sharpness, even at the expense of its video capabilities if needed… no compromises!

            If you want an extremely capable camera that is also optimized for picture quality but whose parameters allow for incredible video performance, then the D800 is that camera. The D4 is a very capable camera in producing videos with its 16 MP sensor, but the D800’s 36 MP sensor allows it to produce higher resolution videos that are incredibly sharper!

            Nikon is very much aware of the needs of its customers and knows that high video quality is an increasing requirement. The D800 is optimized for picture quality with uncompromising sharpness; and because of that requirement, uses a weaker moiré filter. As a result, in certain situations with repeating patterns, moiré may become more noticeable in your video. To address this problem when it is likely to occur, you can install a stronger moiré filter in the camera (D800), but his will be your choice and not something that Nikon will impose on all users. What would you prefer, Nikon gives you a camera that takes sharper pictures and quality videos – but with the ability to optionally address moiré in demanding situations, or Nikon smears the picture with a stronger moiré filter and thus gives you softer pictures in the name of better video quality.

            The problem with these so called reviews is that they are biased; they take a products strength and try to turn it into weakness, but they do not emphasize the many options available to the professional to eliminate the problem. The D800’s ability to record uncompressed video file to an external recording device so that your video is not smeared with artifacts is another example of Nikon’s desire to make the D800 the top full frame DSLR camera on the market for taking videos.

            • John_IGG

              Well said Andrew,

              but still, at the price you pay for a pro video-lens, you can easily buy a D4, a D800, a D800E and some glass. For example, an Abakus 381-S16 which is a 16mm ultra-wide angle lens costs about 17+K USD.

              I do not say it is the same thing, as video lenses have a set of elements in them to maintain focus while zooming, most have built-in extenders, and my impression is they generally have greater zoom ranges (starting around 15-20x) and larger apertures. And since every moving part needs to be remote-controllable, I’d guess that comes with a price in servos, too (feel free to correct me on that).

              So, if you are a professional photographer who already owns a lot of prime glass and an D4, well, it is not dumb to buy a D800 and/or a D800E which you can also use as a second camera body (or a first, according to what you are shooting).

              It was the “dumb” word that triggered my response to icallyouout’s post…

              More than that, there are ways to avoid moiré. I have my D800E for two months now and I have yet to see moiré. I saw some chromatic aberration (which is easily controllable in DxO or Photoshop) but not moiré.

              Mind you, I am not a pro photographer. Just an amateur and a collector.

            • Mike Slagter


              The better video cameras out there actually use a much smaller MP count (C300 = 8.29 effective, records at 1080p, Red Epic = 14MP, can record up to 5k, filming in different resolutions crop last I looked), theoretically meaning less work at resizing in real time -> better real time resize algorithms possible.

              The D800 having 36mp vs D4 having 16mp is not theoretically a good reason for D800 having noticeably sharper image, I actually wondered if they used a cheaper tactic that actually ended up delivering sharper (but jaggier) results.

              As most people have found out, it appears that using D4’s 2.7x crop, 1:1 pixel mapping is the sharpest and least artifact you can achieve with video on the D4.

              Although I still feel that even doing this, D4 can only just pull off a decent 720p image once the 1080p 2.7x is scaled down in post. (still experimenting and loving it tho!)

    • Andrew

      The D800 shows that Nikon is serious about video (with its clean HDMI output for recording the video without first compressing the video – among other features) but at its core this camera is optimized for taking sharp pictures. Nikon has its priority correct, it will not compromise picture quality for anything, including video.

    • Andrew

      It is quite possible that the D600, which is targeted more towards enthusiasts (and thus non-hardcore professionals), may be the ideal camera to bring us the ideal camera-cam. Its 24 MP full frame sensor should give us good low light performance and high resolution while Nikon might be a little more aggressive in filtering out moiré to remove those pesky patterns that would otherwise spoil your beautiful video.

      • Flippy-out-thingy

        Add to that a flippy out screen (I know some people don’t like it, but it’s useful for video) and I’ll get one for event videography the WA I’d get from FX would rock and the flippy-out-screen-thingy would make getting low/high video footage a breeze.

    • Jabs

      @Bruce – That is a silly comment as both the D4 and D800 produce Broadcast results via their HDMI outputs. Broadcast resolution is ONLY 1920×1080 or about 2megapixels – duuuh!

      • umesh

        I think what he means is the softer video ( softer than 800 i e) D4 produces in ff mode. ( Which it does as I have compared it with my 800e)

    • sirinnesport

      “The D4 doesn’t even product broadcast video in FX mode”

      That to my knowledge is false. The D4 and D800 BOTH produce high quality uncompressed broadcast quality video, but to achieve it you have to plug in an external recorder (such as the atmos ninja) via their HDMI ports. This is stated on Nikons site:

      ” Built-in HDMI lets you view footage on an external monitor or record uncompressed 8-bit 4.2.2 footage directly to an external recording device.”

      If you’re talking about some other higher form of video, then sorry for my mistake.

  • Landscape Photo

    Yes, I witnessed the yellow-green LCD cast on the D800 I intended to buy.

    Whites were white with no tinge, but anything in the magenta-red-orange-yellow palette showed deviation. I double confirmed this by photographing the same scenery with my D700, then inserting the card.

    Yes, there is a LCD problem with possibly all D800 on the world with no in-camera calibration option given. Yet, it’s not too bad, human eye may get accustomed to it if you don’t swap cameras. The issue is possibly because of different technology in backlighting. Maybe Nikon wanted to improve battery life.

    Btw, the resulting images from D800 were nice with an improved DR, but didn’t have the same pictoresque colors & 3D-like feel of D700. I hesitated for this expensive purchase, and decided to wait a little more till facts become clearer. All I wanted was a D700X with exact shape of D700, but containing the successful D3x imager. Neither D800 nor D600 will address this solution.

    • gsum

      You’re putting out misinformation. There is no ‘LCD problem’ with the newer cameras.
      As for the comparison with the D700, all I can recommend is that you look again. All I see is more resolution. The D800 is very demanding of lenses and technique to get the best out of it though.

      • Landscape Photo

        The LCD of D800 displays different color palette from D700 for sure. It’s up to you whether calling it a problem.

        Yes, I saw the extra fine detail gained from 36mp pixel count. But the colors & texture is different from D800. Do I have the right to say something sincerely before people start to bash on me?

        • gsum

          Of course you do. Enjoy your D800.

        • YRaj

          I only had the D800 for one week and I gave up my D700 for it….I loved the D700 but you can feel the leap in technology once you start using the D800…
          The real beauty of this beast, is its flexibility. You have several cameras in one. File size is not a problem..if it is..then you don’t know how to use this camera. With two pushes I can change from an FX camera to a DX camera…with one lens, I can shot as FF then switch to DX format and have my lens automatically extended 1.5 times….
          The only problem I have had is a lockup at an event…but later learned that this was due to poor lens contact with body.
          It is not perfect..but it is like marrying your love…perfect for me!

    • Albert

      You are a dead set fruitcake, go back to using a compact wit a “colour correct” screen.

      • Landscape Photo

        D800 screen has different set of colors compared to D700, ok? You may like it, or not. All is up to you. But I didn’t…

        • umesh

          The colour CAST that you speak of only shows on lcd in jpgs and not on monitor in raws. Also I would say that this colour is more correct as it is optimized for calibrated monitors. I have a calibrated ultrasharp and now I get perfect colours which print correctly in offset. It wasn’t the case with my earlier samsung common monitor and D200 combo I used to use. I would say compare this small problem with what we had to go through for various brands of TPs ‘ colour and contrast properties. Besides I have found ,It’s more like “the colour is there but you cannot see it because its a common site . Like FL lighting. I can see and say so because I shoot a lot of interiors in mixed lighting.
          Go ahead and embrace this magnificent beast. Its worth a few small trifles. Isn’t everything in your life that you love is made so by the small irritating problems that it gives us but still we don’t care about ?

    • Kevin Rudoplh

      I doubt you have any of those cameras you speak of, either that or you’re another Canon troll who can’t stay away from this site.

      • Landscape Photo

        I do have a D700 & many Nikkors. Being not a troll for sure, all I’ve done was explaining my recent experience with D800.

    • bert

      I don’t care how the image looks on the LCD. With the D700 it is miles off as well. It is way to dark (shadow details only show up on the computer screen), and the highlights clip (the image seems clipped, but when you look at the histogram it does not).
      If the D800 only solves that, I can live with a green tint.

  • Smudger

    Not much competition was there?

    Even so the “judges” must have been left AF deniers and furnished with 3 hands to describe the handling as “near perfect”. Ever tried changing an AF setting (D800, D4) or metering mode (D4) when using a long lens especially if it’s on a monopod or when hand holding?

    • D

      Yes. Many times.

      My guess is you haven’t even seen one in real life.

      • icallyouout

        hes probably thinking about the canons he shoots with and how hard it is.

        wrong forum smudger.

    • umesh

      Nikon in this respect is like photoshop. You can do one thing with two hands or one hand. First one very fast without taking your eye off the camera and the other slower and the canon way. Just faster than canon.

    • RealityCheck

      You three have obviously never used a D4, D800 or D700…
      You can change the AF style on the D700 by merely flipping a little switch no more than an inch or so from your thumb – no dial, no button, just click=change.
      As for your ill informed jib at Canon, well you have obviously never used their upper end bodies either. Try changing settings like ISO, drive, or WB on the D800 with one hand – go ahead – we will wait for you to take both hands off your keyboard.

      I find nothing wrong with brand loyalty, the manufacturers count on such dynamics – but when it is practiced like religion (through blind unquestioned ignorance) then you are a fool.

      • event_photo

        LOL…and you mean to tell us all of us that moved from Canon high-end to Nikon high-end cameras for reasons of better ergonomics and ease of use are in the wrong?

        One-hand settings change on Canon, haha…get real…

  • Tooma

    My thoughts if anybody g.a.s.

    Congrats to Nikon for winning these awards…

    The d4 is a great camera but not a big enough improvement to have me upgrade from the d3s. The d800 on the other hand is such a ground breaking camera in an era of such small incremental improvements in technology that it is a shocking camera release. Nikon has raised the bar and canon and nikon users will reap the benefits for every generation of camera to follow. That being said the d800 has some issues and I can’t wait for Nikon to iron them out.

    • burgerman


      3800 shots later and LOTS of testing and I havent found one.

  • WowNikonSucks

    Even with half ass left focus problem, both won awards. Imagine both the AF problem, they will be more popular than Jesus LOL.

  • RealityCheck

    You mean now that Nikon finally has two competing FF professional products that offer the same 1080p video already available it is awarded the best of some photography show? That is amazing! (Amazing if you are of the smaller percentage of Nikon users who have been clamoring for video and pointlessly high mp for four years…)

    It would be more appropriate to chastise Nikon for making users wait for so long for any significant, relevant advancement of their product line. Especially since the features they have so pretentiously bestowed upon us have been offered from another segment defining brand for 3+ years! (Not to mention also being available in almost every lower-end body Nikon makes.)

    Chastised for making its D700 users wait four friggin years for what has ended up being a $6000 upgrade for the D4.

    For years Nikon been ‘the’ brand that limited its listening to the ignorant consumer masses through their plastic product lines, and provided real photographers with real photography tools against the marketing model of every other brand.

    Alas, it appears that the bottom dollar gimmick driven cookie cutter business model has been embraced, completely, by all…

    • LP

      Yes, hate the plastic D800, and the plastic 14-24, so much plastic, you must be right… D4 is the worst, no no, wait, D800 is the worst, it has to be, because you say so… Nikon is paying all the critics, magazines, labs and testers to say these two cameras are good, oh evil Nikon doing evil stuff… You have to see how awful is to hold the D4 in your hands, and the D800 with the evil MB-D12, all plastic, all poor quality, all poor results. The SB910 barely lights up, TTL is hedious… The 85f1.4G, Jesus man, plastic product, plastic results, poor bokeh… the plastic 24-70 is just not versatile… You should see how long it takes for a 64gb memory card from the D800 to download on my computer, 12 hours and I had to buy 10 HDD to handle ALL that data… just the worst… So much plastic, poor quality, I tell you right now, you see things so clearly I feel jealous…
      Look for The Beatles “The fool on the hill”, everybody is wrong, you’re the one that’s right, the world just won’t hear you.

      • Pablo Ricasso

        I don’t listen that song because I would have to use a plastic disc. Not to mention that it’s even older than the Plastic Ono Band…

    • jorg

      feeling better now?

    • Z

      Be a good boy and go play with your Rebel now …

    • gitzo

      You don’t have a clue do you…you clown.

  • Niktard

    Is this a joke? The D800 is a peice of junk!

    • jib

      The d800 is a piece of junk with its 36MP and with a better dynamic range than the D4 :-/
      Too bad that i can now enjoy better dynamic, better high iso than the d700 with a better resolution (even in Dx) that previous generation could do…

      I tested my sigma 50-500 which produce better result on the d800 than it did on my d300s…

      All lens i had performed extremely well, even at 100%; and i got some new and old : 24mm 1.4 af-s; sigma 70-210 2.8; 50mm 1.8 AF-D; tamron 105mm 2.8; sig 24-70 2.8; sig 50-500.

      stop talking BS about a product you don’t even really used.

      36MP is the equivalent resolution of a film… so if the lens performed well with a film; it’ll be as good… but please people : continue to shoot BD and sell me your old “low resolution” lens for a cheap price (70-210 for 50€; 105 2.8 for 15€… come on guys, i love having such bargain!)

      • Pablo Ricasso

        Good thought. I don’t know why >>>I<<< didn't.
        I really can't afford another camera right now, but if any of you whiners want to, I'll buy your lousy D800/D800e for half the local retail, issue or no issue, as long as it has a battery and I can click a photo with it. So go on, you really don't need to learn how to focus a wide angle lens. You don't want to carry a tripod. You don't have a studio. You don't shoot portraits or landscapes and the other sports shooter you know has eight frames a second, which indicates why he isn't playing sports. You dislike the low light performance because you only print 100 percent crops. You hear a lot of bad stuff on the net…

        DON'T WORRY. You can take all these problems and turn them into hard cash just by mailing me your defective thing and then you can go get something you can use. DON'T DELAY. Pop me a line with your contact information. I'll check back on here EVERY DAY.

  • John_IGG

    The more we feed the trolls, the more happier (and chubby) they get… Just ignore them.

    We know and they know that they can’t afford a D4, a D800 or a D800E, let alone the prime glass that goes with them. That drives them crazy – green, yes green with envy.

    As for IQ, handling or other problems, that’s for us to know and them to find out (if ever).

  • Andrew

    Only trolls may read:

    Poetry… Oh how I long to buy the “Canon Mark Whatever”, but the though of the D800 ruins my joy, and the D4 makes me sad.
    Oh they must have stolen the D800 and D4’s specs from “Canon’s Playbook”. Thou I cannot prove it, it must be so.

    • Andrew


      Poetry… Oh how I long to buy the “Canon Mark Whatever”, but the thought of the D800 ruins my joy, and the D4 makes me sad.
      Oh they must have stolen the D800 and D4′s specs from “Canon’s Playbook”. Though I cannot prove it, it must be so.

  • Peter

    Wow. Canon users are the most bitter, defensive fanboys on the planet.

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