Nikon introduces the its new D800 and D800E digital SLR cameras featuring a 36.3 Megapixel FX-Format CMOS image sensor. To handle extreme resolution and deliver amazing images, the D800/D800E is equipped with EXPEED 3 image processing engine. It features the new 91,000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering III and the Advanced Scene Recognition System, and an improved 51-point AF system with 15 Cross Type AF sensors for sharp and clear images.
Nikon’s D800 offers standard ISO sensitivity of 100-6400 and is expandable to 50-25,600. It supports continuous shooting at up to 4fps at full FX-format resolution. The DSLR comes with an enhanced optical low pass filter (OLPF) and 14 bit A/D conversion with a high signal to noise ratio to deliver excellent low light ability despite the extreme resolution. The in-camera High Dynamic Range image capture mode allows users to expand dynamic rangem and the Active D-Lighting allows for balanced exposure. The D800 records Full HD 1080 video at 30/24p or 720p video at 60/30p in H.264/MPEG4 AVC format. It has a 3.2-inch LCD display with reinforced glass automatic monitor brightness control, and wide viewing angle. Users can also bring images or videos to a larger screen via HDMI port.
To meet professional’s need for maximum speed, the D800 is ready to shoot in 0.12 seconds and is ready to capture with super-fast AF and response speed. It has a lightweight body with the chassis construted of magnesium alloy for maximum durability. It supports RAW shooting and supports CF and SD memory cards including the latest UDMA-7 and SDXC/UHS-1 cards. The D800 has two axis Virtual Horizon graphic indicator and users can use the LCD display or viewfinder to check if the camera is level—horizontally or with forward or rear rotation.
Another model, D800E treads in medium format territory for studio work or landscape photography when there is no exception to only the highest fidelity and sharpness. It includes all features of the D800 yet it will effectively enhance the resolution characteristics of the 36.3-megapixel CMOS sensor by cancelling the anti-aliasing properties of the OLPF inside the camera. “By doing this, light is delivered directly to the photodiodes, yielding an image resulting from the raw light gathering properties of the camera. A color moiré correction tool will also be available within Capture NX2 to enhance the D800E photographer’s workflow.”
The Nikon D800 will be available in late March for $2999.95 and the D800E in April for $3299.95.