Tape5: When you throw something very good at the market, it is praised and put aside.
When the product is very very good by a large margin, it freaks people out and causes confusion and disorientation.
D800 is one such product.
This is the best way to explain this phenomemon that I have heard so far & I definitely agree.
No one detail may be revolutionary but the combination of medium format image sensor resolution without sacrificing sensor noise and broad (best?) dynamic range at a price that is far below what might be expected for this combination of features IS revolutionary.
But personally , I would say just the sensor with it's overall performance without the expected poorer noise trade-off is revolutionary. I can use the center portion of the image at still relatively high pixel count (like in DX mode) and suddenly my 70-200mm F2.8 can be a 140-400 f2.8 without spending around $7,000 for a lens like this.
Much like the 240Z when it first sold for $4,000 initially (yes, I am rather hold, ha ha) was revolutionary for what you got at that price. Many cars had more power or as good or better handling but no where near that price point.
Graystar: Shouldn't they wait until 2012 is over before picking a winner for 2012?
Again, as posted above, most articles about this award included this info:
"The Camera GP2012 Camera of the Year award is presented to the best still camera released on the Japanese market between April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012."
Denis James Evans: Is this for 2011 or 2012? Absurd.
To be specific, this is from a more in-depth article on this award:
It was released during this period.