More Nikon D800 Details

by on December 17, 2011

in Nikon

Nikon D800

The Nikon D800 may very well be a 36MP shooter, which is substantially different from the D4 with its rumored 16MP sensor.

According to Nikon Rumors, the D800 specs include the following:

  • 36 MP sensor (7360×4912)
  • 100% viewfinder coverage
  • Improved AF with face recognition – 51 AF points
  • CF+SD memory card slots (no XQD like the D4)
  • USB 3.0
  • ISO range: 100 – 6400, ISO LO @ 50 and  ISO HI-2 @ 25600
  • Likely 3.2″ LCD
  • No GPS built-in
  • Expeed 3 processor
  • Two different D800 versions, one with the antialiasing filter removed
  • 4 fps continuous shooting, about 6 fps in DX mode with optional battery pack
  • Video modes: 1080p/30/25/24 and 720p/60/30/25/24
  • Headphone jack, can input from an external device such as a PCM sound recorder
  • 86k pixels RGB sensor
  • 200,000 shutter cycles
  • Uncompressed HDMI video out

That’s a pretty impressive spec sheet.  Of course, the higher resolution sensor is the greatest departure from the rumored Nikon D4.

It begs for questions about a D4X model though.  Will Nikon allow the D800 to reign as the studio champ at a significantly lower price point?  Or, will it introduce a more powerful pro model with a 36MP or higher-res sensor as well?




1 LOADWICK December 17, 2011 at 8:06 am

I was really hoping for much better video, things like 120 fps of 1080p, and an increase to 4k video at 30fps.

2 Eric Reagan December 19, 2011 at 11:54 pm

That would be nice. We can’t even get dedicated video cameras to shoot with those specs yet (C300, F3, etc.), let alone something in the sub-$5k price range. I’d keep your eyes on Sony around NAB 2012 for something maybe close to that…. Don’t know about the 4K though (but it wouldn’t surprise me).

3 nino December 23, 2011 at 6:29 am

I would immediately buy nikon with that video features but we wont see that in near future. Sounds more like RED to me.

4 Tim L December 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm

“Two different D800 versions, one with the antialiasing filter removed”

Perhaps Nikon is testing two different versions in the field but I find it hard to believe they would actually sell two different versions if this is the only difference.

5 sjms December 17, 2011 at 9:33 pm

i have a problem here. the D3/D3s and the D700 were convergent. designed overall to work together as a primary and secondary body setup. here we have a divergence well away from that idea. it doesn’t feel right.

6 sjms December 17, 2011 at 9:36 pm

oh, and then to pop a peanut flash on top of that mass/mess of “what everyone thinks they want” sundae

7 sjms December 17, 2011 at 10:19 pm

this thing is starting to sound like it was designed by Homer Simpson

8 Robb December 20, 2011 at 8:27 pm

If it is 36mp, I’m betting it’ll be a non-Bayer design. Nikon has some nice patents on dichroic glass based sensors. This camera could have 12m R, 12m G & 12m B pixels. Removal of the Bayer filter also helps make sense of the no-AA filter option — no de-mosaicing artifacts to worry about.

9 Larry Kurnarsky December 23, 2011 at 11:56 am

I’m not entirely a fan pf mega-megapixel sensors. Having extensively used both the Nikon D-700 and the Canon 5D II, I have come to believe that Nikons’s sensor is superior in terms of low light operations and noise. It needs to be remembered that the most pixels does not automatically equate to the best quality. I’d like to know more about the actual performance of this new sensor.

10 ron heferen February 10, 2012 at 3:26 am

now the d800 will be on the market in march with a vido built in ,which camera would buy d700 or the d800 . ron

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