Nikon D800 preview

Nikon has dropped yet another powerful dSLR on us for 2012, with the introduction of the Nikon D800. The long awaited successor to the D700, the Nikon D800 is now the most resolute camera Nikon has to offer (as of 2/2012), with an astounding 36.3-megapixels of resolution coming from a FX-format (full frame) CMOS image sensor.

The D800 is aimed at professionals in the photography and videography industries, with Nikon claiming the D800 has been optimized for multimedia needs, with “unmatched balance of accuracy, functionality and image quality”. Alongside the ability to capture massive 7360 x 4912 pixel images, the D800 offers high-quality 1080p HD video at 30, 25, and 24fps frame rates. These videos are saved using the MPEG-4 (H.264) video codec, with monaural sound thanks to a built-in microphone; an external mic port allows for optional stereo microphone units to be used.

Other important features include an enhanced version of their 51-point Phase detection AF system, a 91,000-pixel RGB sensor with Advanced Scene Recognition technology, a 3.2-inch wide LCD screen with 921k pixels, EXPEED 3 processing engine, a strong yet lightweight magnesium alloy chassis, RAW and JPEG image formats, and Dual card slots that accept CF (UDMA-7 complaint) and SD/SDHC/SDXC  (UHS-1 compliant) type memory cards.

They also announced a D800E variant of this camera, which they claim offers even higher resolution from the same 36-megapixel image sensor by, “cancelling the anti-aliasing properties of the OLPF inside the camera”. This allows light to travel directly to the photodiodes, which helps the camera yield more detail from the raw light coming through.

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