Nikon D800 is the newest compact Nikon’s FX (Full Frame) camera.
Rendering pictures in a perfect way, getting detailed resolution, subtle textures and rich colors with your dSLR camera is now possible with the newest FX-format Nikon’s dSLR camera, the new Nikon D800.
The revolutionary 36.3MP along with the impressive EXPEED 3 image processing engine provide “imaging” capability that you can now achieve by using this newest Nikon camera model’s durability and speed.
Nikon D800 has a lot of nice features which are improved from the Nikon D700 such as the 36.3 MP FX sensor which is actually the greatest dSLR camera’s high resolution (for a 35mm dSLR).
What’s unique about this Nikon D800?
Just like the D700 model, it has amazing clean image with the ISO on high setting, with the built-in AF with 51 points and many tracking modes such as 3D-tracking.
This camera can continously shoot at 4 fps in FX mode, but it can boost to 5 fps in DX, and 6 fps in DX by using the attached battery grip, this means it’s very good for wildlife and sport activities.
The battery grip will cost a few hundred bucks, but definitely worth it, because you will get more fps and more easy for the potrait mode shooting. The only issue is the whole camera package will become heavier and bulkier.
But, compared with the D700, it is lighter and more compact in size, with 900g for the weight.
The D800’s Body and Handling
The body is just like Nikon D700, a DX camera or a crop sensor dSLR in several ways. However of course, this newest Nikon FX camera features some different features in some places. As an example this camera is wider to support the bigger viewfinder.
In the grip area, you will find a rubber texture, and the whole camera is constructed by the magnesium alloy body, it’s a definitely a solid camera.
As mentioned above, it’s lighter than the D700, and the magnesium alloy body actually helps to keep the camera’s balance, especially when you have it mounted with pro heavy camera’s lenses.
Additionally, the body handling and control are impressive, just like the D700. The way a Nikon camera works is actually a bit different than a Canon camera. In a Canon, you can actually press , dial and press the button again, but in a Nikon, you will have to press, hold down, and then dial the button, with this Nikon D800 is no exception. This setting is made to prevent changing of setting accidentally. You will find a lot of helpful buttons for the most used settings include WB, ISO, AF, mode, and a lot more buttons.
D800 also features high quality LCD display like many other advanced D700 or D300, but it’s a bit larger (0.2 larger) to have more room to display your photos. So you will find a lot of important information on your LCD screen.
The next great thing about this D800 model is this camera has 100% viewfinder coverage, and this will amaze the user who like to use crop sensor camera.
Auto ISO and pictures quality
With the full frame sensor which is the incredib.e 36.3 megapixel and the software to handle the chroma color noise from the image, the noise on the pictures appears to be more natural if you compare it with other camera brand, simply the best image quality in high ISO setting.
Up to ISO 4000, images are clean, and very acceptable at ISO 6400 with great quality print.
For the users who are fans of zooming in 100%, they will certainly be very pleased. The D800 is incrediby sharp if you use the right lens up to level of the pixel.
The best feature which becomes my favorite feature is the Auto ISO on Nikon D800. Because you can limit the lowest shutter speed and the ISO effectively.
The Auto ISO setting combined with the Aperture mode work really well most of the time.
The LCD Display
The LCD screen is 3.2′ display with 920k pixels and 640×480 resolutions which is quite standard for the 2012 cameras.
Paying for FX or full frame Nikon dSLR cameras shows that you are prepared to invest more money, not just for your camera, but for the lenses too.
Being a FX camera, D800 isn’t compatible with all of the lenses out there. But fortunately it will work very well with the D3X or D700 lenses.
Creative Lighting System
Similar to the D700 the D800 has built-in flash. It also has an aperture feeler and built-in AF motor so it will be compatible with the older AF-D Nikon lenses that we sometimes seen in fixed focal length lenses.
Nikon D800 vs D700
Why Nikon D800 compared to D700
1. Higher sensor resolution 36.3MP vs 12.1MP
2. 100% vs 95% coverage ViewFinder
3. Bigger LCD 3.2″ vs 3″
4. Better Shutter Life 200k vs150k actuations
5. Better metering 91k px vs 1k px
6. Lighter 900g vs 995g
7. USB 3.0 vs USB 2.0
8. SD and CF slot vs CF slot only
9. HD video vs no video
Nikon D800 is an ultimate versatile digital camera for all kinds of projects. It’s ideal for wedding, sports, portrait, and journalistic projects.
It also works well in lower or brighter light environment, I would say, it’s an all around dSLR camera.
Overall the D800 is a great camera, with an affordable price of its class (sold at one half the price of the D3x or even new Nikon D4).