Thank you for the excellent review. I have used other backup solutions over the years and without fail I have lost valuable data. After the last failure (a LaCie Big Disk), I sat back and asked myself what my data is worth. I had held back on investing in a Drobo until that point, but I realised that if it lives up to the claims it will be a worthwhile investment. I bought the original Drobo and later replaced it with a DroboPro. They nevery failed me, but were quite slow, so I found it difficult to use as part of the primary workflow for Aperture. I have since bought the Drobo Mini and Drobo 5N. I use the Drobo Mini for Aperture (it is really fast enough) and I use the 5N for completed copies of multimedia. The solution has not failed me, is really fast enough and I can highly recommend it. I know there are many highly opinionated posters here that complain about Drobo, but I thought I will just post my experience over the past five years.
BTW, always have an offsite backup!
407 comments that are mostly negative. I am personally glad that Nikon is supporting the 1 system. If you don't like the lens, the price or the system don't buy it. I have FF DSLR and a Fuji XE1, bought the J1 on special for my daughter's birthday and I have only been impressed with the quality and speed. I suggest all the trolls choose a different topic. This is one is now quite boring.
Just looked at it, very impressive first attempt. I prefer the Aperture workflow and it is good enough to work with. Thanks Apple!
This is clearly a game-changer. The combined technologies currently have no equal. There is however no reason to believe Canon is doomed, I am sure Sony / Aptiva would love to have them as a customer, unless there is some exclusivity deal with Nikon.
Thanks Barney & Amadou.
Another excellent review that's written from a practical use perspective. The current crop of DSLRS are all exceptionally good, I am not quite sure what I would need beyond this.
Having said that, I like the idea of a built in GPS & WiFi of the 6D, it wouldn't make me switch, but certainly looks handy.
As usual, reading the forum is more fun than watching day-time television!
slncezgsi: It seems that D800 is much more popular than the D600. I would have not naively guessed this. Question to those who used both - what makes the D800 so much better than D600? I am honestly wondering.
The D800 is exceptional in so many ways. I have both and I like both the D600 and the D800 but there is one feature of the D800 which is massively underrated and that is the ability to do a DX crop and still have 16MP and get 5FPS+. This really makes the D800 the best of both worlds. It is obviously terrific for landscape and studio work, as is the D600. The extra resolution is great as it allows you to crop later on and allows you to cary less glass with you.
But the killer feature is the DX crop. I shoot sports and action for fun, so I don't need a 1DX or D4. In DX crop mode, the D800 allows edge to edge focus points, it brings it 1.5x closer, which is great for sports and it gives you 16MP, which is more than adequate for my type of sports shots.
The camera is reliable, I have used it in the Sahara and in rain forests and it hasn't missed a frame.
All I can say is buy it and use it. You will love it. Best camera I have ever had.
I shoot Nikon DSLR and Canon G12. I was hoping that Canon would bring a serious contender that is fast and has an Electronic View Finder to the market. I am puzzled why Nikon and Canon aren't taking the mirrorless market seriously. They seem to be happy to leave this space to Sony, Olympus et al. They should stop worrying about cannibalising their own DSLRs or they will lose out. The Nikon 1 is actually pretty good, but it has flaws. It was overpriced, but you can get great deals on it now. This Canon leaves me completely confused what they were trying to do. Slow focus, no EVF. A real missed opportunity. All I can hope is that Nikon has learnt out of the 1 series and releases a professional grade model at Photokina. My wish list: Bigger sensor (very unlikely), V1 spec with built in flash, better quality lenses (faster lenses), higher res sensor, better low-light performance.
As DP review says, you are not supposed to be doing this with a D800
... complaints of the camera and its relatively slow frame rate don't detract from how impressive a performer it is for all but pro sports/action photography. As such we've awarded it our highest honor, the Gold Award
Patrick Mimran: I agree with the review , i own and used both cameras , the Canon 5d mark3 and the nikon d800 E.I receive the Canon prior to the Nikon , and i was expected a lot from the Nikon .But when i tested it and compared it with the canon , i was very disappointed , even if the pixel count is higher , the overall image is less sharp and needs a lot of sharpening to equal the ones of the Canon , this was a surprise which i did not expect . The colors of the Canon are a lot nicer and closer to reality , the ones of the nikon are faded and at my taste tinted slightly overexposed and not as good and deep as the Canon.Even when i blow up the resolution of the Canon file to equal the nikon one , it still have an edge over the Nikon .What i say will certainly surprise many people but this is what i think based on my own taste and experience with both cameras .
I will buy your D800e now!
Weyskipper: Thanks DPreview for a very thorough and high quality review as usual. I personally think that DPR is the benchmark for in depth and quality reviews.
I have been using the D800 for more than six weeks and I find it the most fantastic camera I have ever used.
Quite a few of the posters here have asked that the score be clarified. I have read through all the posts this morning and have not see a response from DPR. It really does require explanation. I have used all the cameras in the comparison list except the Pentax. There is more than clear space between the D800 and the others.
Here's the thing, if DPR thinks the score is important, it has to be correct. There is no way on planet earth that the D300s can out score the D800. It really does require urgent clarification.
If the score is unimportant, DPR should drop it. Unfortunately there is no half-way house.
Amadou, thank you for the reply. Much appreciated. I agree that the different timings create a challenge in score. I suspect you guys have given this quite a bit of thought. Also, thanks for the thorough review. I have learnt some things about my camera hadn't yet discovered.
Thanks DPreview for a very thorough and high quality review as usual. I personally think that DPR is the benchmark for in depth and quality reviews.
Many people have commented that you need a tripod, cable release etc. to get the best out of the camera. This is also true for Hasselblad, Leica, Canon etc. It is a valuable comment, but nothing unique. Have a look at my Sahara gallery for hand-held pics under extremely difficult lighting conditions. The D800 performed superbly in extreme conditions.
When all is said and done. As of today, the best-seller list on Amazon reads:- Nikon D800 - 1st Place- Canon 5D Mark III - 13th Place- Nikon D4 - 15th Place- The 1DX is not in the top 100
I guess, whatever we may think of the too many pixels and the 4FPS and so on does not make one bit of difference.
I can sort of understand there is a difference between the 5DIII and D800, but why is the 1DX not making the list. Any ideas?
I am a great believer in in Canon. After all remember the company that gave us fast autofocus and the 5D MKII. Nikon has been trying to play catchup for a long time. Although I think the 5DIII is a damp squib, I am more than convinced that Canon has something awesome up its sleeve. Remember that they had the tsunami to deal with.
The 5D III is everything the 5D II should have been. The high ISO pictures are great. The faster AF is a really important improvement Very impressive - for 2008. However, it is now 2012.
Canon must be planning something better than this. There are so many contradictions with this camera. It goes to crazy ISO levels, but doesn't have a low-light autofocus. It does 22mp - which is not much better than 21mp. The price, you have got to be kidding. Are they pretending to be Leica?
Come on Canon we know you can do better than this.