Ruy Penalva: Should we conclude that D800 is a good studio but not an every day hand photo camera?I did not understand why having a big sensor the image in jpeg comparison seems more cropped, bigger, than that of Canon MKIII!!! The big image gave the sensation or more detail.
@ LSE - that's more of a personal call, I'd dare say, & I looked at several cameras, including the MKIII, & decided, given I do a fair amonut of indoors work, with moving subjects needing a mix of high shutter speed & thus high ISO, that the D800 was better. So far that decision has proven to be correct.
@ Ruy - of course I don't need 36mp, in what I do, & in fact I greatly reduce the photo for interent publication. However, in doing so, you can significantly gain as a result. I came from using an Oly E-5 with the SWD lenses &, although I'm still on a step learning curve with the D800, the results are already very impressive (even though I would say that the SWD Zuiko's are superior to the Nikkor/Tamron combo I've got). And given I need a camera which can handle 3 200 - 6 400 ISO, with very good results, I can state that the D800 is extremely impressive at such a high ISO.
I'm using mine as "an every day hand photo camera", mostly outdoors & certainly not in a studio, with moving subjects (dogs & cats) & I'm having no problems other than getting the WB right. But that's the fault of the operator, having never used a Nikon before, rather than the camera.
Joesiv: Good job on the review, I like the included diffraction test. Seems a lot of people talk about it as if it's a brick wall for detail at F8...
F22 with sharpening eeks out a lot of detail even at the pixel level!
With the benefits of greater depth of field also explained, I think you nailed it!
I don't know if I missed it, but compared to the D4 the D800 doesn't have a mic input which is a sad omission for video folks.
Thanks for the review!
Just to belay your fears, the D800 has a MIC input ;)
I got my D800 on Monday & I haven't come across (yet) any of the problems mentioned by PDN nor some of the other comments about focusing problems. Likewise I have not had battery or viewfinder issues. So far it's been pretty good apart from Auto WB. That is poor in comparsion to my Olympus E-5's Auto WB. Mind you that's easily fixed by me not being lazy & doing the WB properly.