D800 has 3 image sizes (36.2 MP, 20.3 MP, 9 MP) and 4 formats: FX, DX, 5:4, 1.2x.

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D800 has 3 image sizes (36.2 MP, 20.3 MP, 9 MP) and 4 formats: FX, DX, 5:4, 1.2x.
Mar 2, 2012

The Nikon D800 does not force you to shoot at 36.2 MP for each picture.

See at http://imaging.nikon.com/history/scenes/32/index_02.htm
Image size adjusts to photographers' needs

While many people have high expectations of the kind of image quality possible with 36.3 megapixels, I think some may worry that it'll be tough taking full advantage of that potential. What have you done to make the camera accessible to a wide range of users?

Hara: "The D800 has an effective pixel count of 36.3 megapixels, but that doesn't mean it can take pictures only at that size. There are three image sizes – large, medium, and small – and you can choose the one that suits your needs. In FX format, the large size enables shooting with about 36.2 megapixels, while about 20.3 megapixels are used for the medium size, or maybe if you're taking snapshots you'll find you can get by with the small size, which is about 9 megapixels. Both the medium and small settings use data from the full extent of the 36.3-megapixel sensor optimally processed to a smaller size using EXPEED 3. Therefore, we suggest selecting medium or small for normal use and choosing large only for, say, group portraits or very high resolution landscape shots. And just like our high-end D4 model, the D800 offers a choice of four image area settings: FX format, DX format, a nearly square 5:4 format that studio photographers will find easy to use, and a 1.2x format that is slightly narrower than the FX format. Each of these formats is available in the large, medium, and small sizes I mentioned earlier, giving the photographer considerable freedom in choosing a size."

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