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Just posted: Nikon D800 first impressions and 'real world' samples

By dpreview staff on Mar 22, 2012 at 19:41 GMT
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We've just got hold of Nikon's 36MP D800 full-frame DSLR and have been seeing what it's like to shoot with. We've shot it alongside the D3S to see exactly what effect trebling the pixel count has. In addition we look at the handling, its video shooting controls and how it behaves with vintage lenses. To put our studio samples in context we've also included a 40-image real-world samples gallery and a look at the camera's low-light performance. You may be surprised by the outcome.

Nikon D800 first impressions

There are 40 images in this review samples gallery - a mixture of default JPEGs and processed raw files. Please do not reproduce any of these images on a website or any newsletter / magazine without prior permission (see our copyright page). We make the originals available for private users to download to their own machines for personal examination or printing (in conjunction with this review), we do so in good faith, please don't abuse it.

Unless otherwise noted images taken with no particular settings at full resolution. Because our review images are now hosted on the 'galleries' section of dpreview.com, you can enjoy all of the new galleries functionality when browsing these samples.

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russbarnes
By russbarnes (Mar 23, 2012)

Jealousy is such a terrible thing. Look at how the green eyed monster displays itself in mankind below........

6 upvotes
JUANJOV
By JUANJOV (Mar 23, 2012)

how works video compared to 5DIII?

1 upvote
gl2k
By gl2k (Mar 23, 2012)

Why do I have to be EXTRA careful for accurate focus ?
D7k has about the same resolution and there is no note about that fact.
Sony A77 even has a lot higher res than the D800.

0 upvotes
Petka
By Petka (Mar 23, 2012)

If you look at the files at the same size, and print them the same size, then the focus accuracy does not need to be any better. Only if you enlarge the pictures more (to take full advantage of the extra resolution), then naturally the focus imperfections start to show. Focus accuracy and DOF are not absolute, they are mutual agreements made in the time of film, enlarged to 8x10 and viewed at a certain distance (20" ?). If the picture looks sharp, it is sharp. If you enlarge a D800 file 1:1 on the screen, the old conventions of sharpness and DOF do not hold anymore, even if a 8x10 print made from the file would look as sharp as ever.

2 upvotes
Tape5
By Tape5 (Mar 23, 2012)

This is not a camera with a care free point and press ten frames a second D4 or 5DIII type of attitude. At this pixel count ( medium format aside ) it needs good light, good glass, good technique, good subject, good processing and a good printer to shine.

If any one of these elements are missing, you will get average results and will be punished by your three grand investment.

5 upvotes
Mannypr
By Mannypr (Mar 23, 2012)

Are you implying that the extra megapixels of the cam make it superextra fuzzy on all parameters pertaining to photography ? If so , then that's the price you pay for high resolution . High resolution makes garbage in garbage out more obvious . High resolution will make manufacturers work harder at designing better equipment able to make this high resolution cameras show off it's stuff.

1 upvote
bbbinohio
By bbbinohio (Mar 24, 2012)

That depends on what you call "average results". If you mean results that are less than optimal, but results that are still SIGNIFICANTLY better than ANYTHING that you could have gotten from a D700, D3 or D3s, EVEN if you had perfect lighting, perfect technique, the best glass, a great subject, good processing and a good printer. Then yes, I agree with you, the D800 will only give you "average results".

I can live with that.

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2 upvotes
ewelch
By ewelch (Mar 23, 2012)

Get rid of Flash for your player! Please!

2 upvotes
Hauer
By Hauer (Mar 23, 2012)

More info here too... Link: http://blog.mingthein.com/2012/03/23/first-impressions-review-the-nikon-d800/
I would stick to the D700 or save further and go for the D4...

0 upvotes
bradleyg5
By bradleyg5 (Mar 23, 2012)

Wow that's some nasty noise and detail loss over ISO 3200, great nature cam but better options available for events/people.

3 upvotes
bbbinohio
By bbbinohio (Mar 23, 2012)

LOL

2 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Mar 23, 2012)

bradleyg5:

Are you seeing lots of ISO3200 and above raws samples provided here?

0 upvotes
AnHund
By AnHund (Mar 23, 2012)

Maybe get some new glasses or a better monitor?

1 upvote
drissised
By drissised (Mar 23, 2012)

it's a good camera for pro's ...

0 upvotes
bbbinohio
By bbbinohio (Mar 23, 2012)

Yeah, I agree. It's really only good for pro's... and of course advanced amateurs... OH... and enthusiasts.... and then it's probably good for people who like to shoot in low light as it's got better low light focusing and lower noise than the D700... Oh yeah... landscape photographers... and architectural photographers... and of course portrait photographers.... and it's perfectly suited for macro photographers... Oh, and because of it's great low light capability, cropping capability, not to mention it's color depth it would be a wedding photographers... Oh.. and because Nikon cut down on the weight, it would probably be pretty good for travel photographers... and street photographs... and don't forget it would most certainly be good for anyone who was concerned about image quality, as it currently has the best IQ on the planet....

Outside of those few... I think everyone else should buy Canon.

19 upvotes
llopart
By llopart (Mar 23, 2012)

The canon hater again.... be happy with your camera and have fun with it... if you don't like Canon just don't mention it your liver will say thank you for doing it...

0 upvotes
john101477
By john101477 (Mar 23, 2012)

hahaha thats funny.
My only beef with the camera is the low FPS. I really wish nikon would make a high FPS camera for sports and wildlife photographers with the body of the D800. The D3s is just way to big and heavy for every day work

1 upvote
drissised
By drissised (Mar 24, 2012)

I said it's a good camera for pro's because 36mp is an advantage they can use, and because it's 36mp they can afford upgrading to expansive equipment's if they have to, and they will spend enough time editing their pictures any way.
as it for me I pick D700 over the D800 if you ask me. That's my opinion I don't speak for every one...
one more thing, sorry I made you upset, chill man you sound like I raped your daughter or something...

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1 upvote
bbbinohio
By bbbinohio (Mar 23, 2012)

I wonder if these shots were all hand-held, or did DPR use a tripod with any of them???

0 upvotes
pc168
By pc168 (Mar 23, 2012)

I would admit that 36MP is an overkill and I don't need that. However, if we compare it against 5DMKIII, I would still choose D800 for the sake of a proven 51-points AF system. This was one of the reasons why I switched from Canon a few years ago.

1 upvote
Stollen1234
By Stollen1234 (Mar 23, 2012)

51 point AF is not a bad think but it is not that important to get pin sharp photos if you know what you are doing.

how can you make a comparsion with the 5D mark III? at least make a real world comparsion before posting..

just another incredible statement

2 upvotes
Svenson
By Svenson (Mar 23, 2012)

…from everything I can read at the moment from (early) “real world user” - the new 61-points AF system in the 5DMKIII (coming down from the 1Dx) seems to be from a different world.

0 upvotes
Charly Diaz Azcue
By Charly Diaz Azcue (Mar 23, 2012)

Venus ?

0 upvotes
llopart
By llopart (Mar 23, 2012)

Good for you for switching, you have a great camera to buy from Nikon.. still don't get why the hate to Canon... They have come also with a great auto-focus system in the mark III. Why keep beating your liver with hateful comparison... Aren't you happy that now Canon has come with a proven auto-focus system for the 5D III or that makes you bitter?

0 upvotes
Josh152
By Josh152 (Mar 23, 2012)

@lopart

In what way exactly is Canon's new focus system proven? Almost no one has a 5DIII or a 1DX. Until they start being used extensively in situations that require fast and accurate focus, the jury is still out.

That said I will be surprised if it isn't as good as Nikon's. Of course that is for the 1DX. The D800 will probably have better tracking than the 5DIII since Canon chose to use a neutered version of the 1DX AF in the 5DIII.

Comment edited 12 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
Svenson
By Svenson (Mar 23, 2012)

@Charly Diaz Azcue: Mars!

0 upvotes
llopart
By llopart (Mar 23, 2012)

@Josh152

Some reviews about the focus system.....
http://blog.jeffascough.com/photographers/2012/03/canon-eos-5d-mark-iii-review.html

Also regarding focus system and 32 mp... as quoted by dpreview...

Firstly, on a 36.3MP sensor, accurate focus is essential, since there is less margin for error than you'd expect from a 12, 16 or even 24MP sensor. When viewed at 100%, even minor focussing errors are visible in files from the D800 where they might go unnoticed in cameras with a smaller pixel count, if you're shooting at wide apertures - especially on longer lenses - accurate focussing is a must.
30MB on a memory card, and the .NEF files are bigger again. Not only will they rip through hard drive space like there's no tomorrow, but manipulating files this large on a computer can be pretty time-consuming. If you're planning on purchasing a D800, some extra RAM for your PC should probably also be on your shopping list...

0 upvotes
Josh152
By Josh152 (Mar 23, 2012)

One or even a couple reviews don't mean much. I am talking about real world use by pro's in a wide verity of situations.

As far as focus accuracy goes that whole bit you posted is only applicable for 100% viewing size. At smaller sizes there wont be much if any difference. Besides if you are planing on making a print that large or larger, taking the time to ensure focus accuracy is critical no matter what camera you are using.

0 upvotes
llopart
By llopart (Mar 23, 2012)

Ok Josh152

You complain that no one has use it. When someone that has use tell you is a great AF system you want more proof...
But tell me what are you going to do when prof that Canon has now a great focus system in their cameras? Start complaining about the mp like everyone else?

Comment edited 4 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
llopart
By llopart (Mar 23, 2012)

Or better Josh don't sweat it... be happy with your Nikon D800 that is a great camera and let Canon users be happy with their very expensive bad autofocus and small mp camera 5D mark III.
You will be happy just not comparing the 2 of them and let others believe they have a better camera for their needs....

0 upvotes
Josh152
By Josh152 (Mar 23, 2012)

The fact is one test by one person is hardly a representative sample of all the situations the camera will be used in. This goes for pretty much anything. Until many users run it through it's paces there is really know way to know how well it will or wont work or what bugs it may have. No device is "proven" until it has been used a while. That is just how it works.

BTW I am not Nikon or Canon fan. The only way I will be getting a camera as expensive as a D800 or 5DIII right now is if I win one in a contest or win the lottery.

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0 upvotes
Svenson
By Svenson (Mar 23, 2012)

Ok - I start to understand why Canon stopped at 22MP with their new 5DMKIII.
In perfect conditions (studio?) you ou have an advantage of the 36MP - but on the street. Vibrance is missing, AF accuracy seems to be crucial with this amount of pixel...

10 upvotes
lensberg
By lensberg (Mar 23, 2012)

I agree with your assessment... even colour depth seems a bit off... plus the smallest of details aren't actually defined properly despite this massive resolution...

I'm magnifying these sample images up to 400% (not doubt its excessive... but nevertheless...) and i notice a very fine grainy texture in the samples taken outdoors... its almost reminiscant of a different kind of noise suppression technique... but i'm wondering why Nikon need to use even faint traces of NR at such low ISO settings... Or could the reason be due to the lens used...?!

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7 upvotes
WaleedEssam
By WaleedEssam (Mar 23, 2012)

I don't understand what happened in the bar shots!! they are unbelievably awful!! The well lit low ISO shots are pretty good though.

1 upvote
FineArtPhoto
By FineArtPhoto (Mar 23, 2012)

I agree. Compared to my Pentax 645 D I miss a good tonality and fine detail. I think 36 MP are too much for the small sensor. If you want a better all over image quality you need a bigger sensor. Even Pictures taken with my 1 DS MKIII and Zeiss lenses look better...

1 upvote
Coeurdechene
By Coeurdechene (Mar 23, 2012)

lensberg are you being ironic? because if you aren't, magnifying a 36 MP image to 400% is not exessive, it's pretty much obsessive and quite pointless. You will never see an image that size in such a distance you'll be able to see what you are seeing in that computer screen... looks like an approach that will never consider the real capacities of such a camera.

5 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Mar 23, 2012)

Svenson:

You could be right, but you'll need many many RAW files from both the D800 and the Canon to verify your supposition.

In other words, why talk about colour if all you have is jpegs--yes I know there are four raws too?

0 upvotes
russbarnes
By russbarnes (Mar 23, 2012)

Canon stopped at 22MP because they are more interested in video than stills. Anyone that thinks otherwise isn't concentrating on what Canon just released - it's all about the video.

1 upvote
lensberg
By lensberg (Mar 23, 2012)

@ Coeurdechene - whether its excessive or obsessive is beside the point... my only purpose in doing so was to analyze the reproduction of the very finest of details that were able to be captured...

36 MP is an impressive figure in theory... but crammed onto a 36 × 24 sensor is overkill... the level of detail is average... its good in comparison to a 12 MP sensor... but it pales in comparison to a true medium format sensor like the one in the Pentax 645D in terms of details, definition & sharpness...

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lensberg
By lensberg (Mar 23, 2012)

@ russbarnes - Canon capped its sensor at 22 MP to augment its high ISO and DR performance vastly... Firstly given today's level of technical expertise... 36 MP on a 35mm full frame format makes absolutely no sense whatsoever... for someone paying $3000 + a substantial investment in high end glass... one would expect great image quality on consistant basis ... not just when the conditions are "favourable"...

2 upvotes
Svenson
By Svenson (Mar 23, 2012)

@HowaboutRAW:
This is why I stated "...I start to understand..."; for sure we need more to proof.
I although think we have to wait for both - Nikon and Canon - releasing their first firmware update after the sh** fan started (now)...

0 upvotes
Josh152
By Josh152 (Mar 23, 2012)

No the reason canon went with 22 megapixels was probably because they thought the D800 was going to get the 16 megapixel sensor in the D4 and the 36 megapixel sensor was going in something like a D4X. That is the direction Nikon has gone in the past after all. In the end it s a numbers game when it comes to marketing and there is no way canon would intentionally be so far behind Nikon on the spec sheet.

1 upvote
DarkShift
By DarkShift (Mar 23, 2012)

@lensberg

I don't see vast improvement in 5D3 dynamic range.

D800 at ISO100 has maybe 2 stops better DR than 5D2. That is huge.

2 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Mar 24, 2012)

Svenson:

See the word "could" in my comment, that was a ready acknowledgment that you may be correct.

0 upvotes
Dvlee
By Dvlee (Mar 25, 2012)

@Svenson...because canon shot itself in the foot when it released the very pricey 1Ds 22mpx then shortly thereafter they gave us the 22mpx 5D for less than half the cost of the 1Ds. It turned out that many people considered the 5D superior to the 1Ds. The 5D became a big success for Canon. I don't know anyne who thought the 1Ds was worth the extra cost.

I suspect that Canon does not want to shoot itself in the foot again, so they just upgraded the 5D at the same mpx and is saving their monster mpx camera for later. I think we'll see that T4i, 7D, 60D(70D??) upgrades at the same mpx before we see somethng along the line of the D800.

I'm sure that Canon anticipated the D800 but I wonder if the price point caught them by surprise. With the 22mpx 5DIII selling for a higher price than Nikon new 36mpx D800, how will a 36+mpx Canon be priced? What will it have that will make it so special that will allow it to be priced higher than the 5DIII and be competitive against the D800?? Stay tuned

0 upvotes
Elle77
By Elle77 (Mar 25, 2012)

Nikon is my favorite camera ever, even from the start of launching. I am using nikon D3100 the beginner version. The clarity is very crisp. I can recommend this to use to other people specially this nikon D800.

Comment edited 29 seconds after posting
1 upvote
Stollen1234
By Stollen1234 (Mar 23, 2012)

thank you for posting these real world fotos.
Canon is just amazing .. isnt it? need more proof? just watch these wonderful fotos.. yikes..

Comment edited 31 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
goldaccess
By goldaccess (Mar 23, 2012)

Canon?

0 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Mar 23, 2012)

Pst, this is a Nikon camera. You can tell because the D in the model name comes before the number where Canon cameras have the D after the number.

Also it says "Nikon" on the front ;)

1 upvote
lensberg
By lensberg (Mar 23, 2012)

Duly noted... but i think the sentiment remains the same... because Canon have amalgamated fantastic image quality with spectacular ISO performance... something the D800 is not capable of outside studio conditions...

0 upvotes
Charly Diaz Azcue
By Charly Diaz Azcue (Mar 23, 2012)

I have to see that yet ... if you compare high-iso images at 100% D800 retains better texture, 5DMk3 NR destroys it, but when you see the picture at 900 pixels it looks good for sure I can give you that.
honestrly I prefer the final quality and detail of the 5DMk2 to the 5Dmk3 at high-iso
Regards

0 upvotes
naththo
By naththo (Mar 23, 2012)

Well, I think they have been taking photos at the wrong time, late morning to early afternoon the daylight brightness is too far bright and you will get blown out highlight big time. It needs exposure compensation to bring it under control. I have to do that as well if I was taking photo in middle of day. Plus taking photo of portrait does need flash compensation to keep highlight under control as well. So it has to be play around and fiddle around to get a great result. And it minimise you from correcting much on ACR. It saves you time! Oh, play with saturation for portrait, keep it a bit less than normal saturation otherwise face look too pink/orange etc. Plenty of things to keep in mind when you photograph it.

0 upvotes
Danlo
By Danlo (Mar 23, 2012)

Im sorry, but those must have been the worst set of "real world" samples I have ever seen. I want to see what the camera is capable of in natural lighting, I want to se "finished" images, really good basic PP and correct exposure (exposure for the highlights for example and the lift shadows in ACR) - to really see what the dynamic range is like..
Look at the red brick house with white windows, even my Nikon J1 could have made the image WITHOUT blowing the highlights!
These images tells us NOTHING about what the camera is capable of.

Comment edited 44 seconds after posting
3 upvotes
starwolfy
By starwolfy (Mar 23, 2012)

What is funny with people is that they are never satisfied and the more you give them, the more they require without even saying thank you.
DPreview got the camera and took time and effort to show the camera how it comes out of the box. After experimenting, writting, organizing, taking pics, they put all of that on this website which also need a lot of efforts to be managed well.
But you, confortably seated in fron of computer screen, you just say: HEY DUDED IT'S BULLSH"" IT'S NOT WHAT I WANT TO SEE SO DO IT AGAIN!!!!!! DUDE!!!

Is there something wrong?

14 upvotes
Rawmeister
By Rawmeister (Mar 23, 2012)

Your 5th word, "people", could be redefined as" immature punks with very little life experience or social skills".
In this case I agree fully with your statement.
Having said that, some of the samples I looked at show abysmal dynamic range, innacurate colour and too much noise reduction that destroys detail. I would not buy this camera period.
This camera hails the end of the magapixel wars for 36 x 24mm sensors.

0 upvotes
Stanley zheng
By Stanley zheng (Mar 23, 2012)

ok the image is great and all, but can anybody give some info on where this camera is made in? cuz I understand that some nikon camera like the d300 is made in Thailand. Are d800's are also made in thailand? please fill me in on this one.

1 upvote
pacogwapo
By pacogwapo (Mar 23, 2012)

FYI full frame nikon cams were made in Japan while DX bodies are made in Thailand.

0 upvotes
BahPhotog
By BahPhotog (Mar 23, 2012)

Is there a difference if it is made in Thailand or Japan? Quality wise it is Nikon quality standards.

4 upvotes
pacogwapo
By pacogwapo (Mar 24, 2012)

if it's Nikon it must be damn good.

0 upvotes
czecht
By czecht (Mar 23, 2012)

THANKS for the photos, but I wanted to download as big JPG's as I could, but only one image came OK. But the rest are just a small files, about 60-80kb.
I did not want to do anything else but to look them in few apps for my own info, since I am about to buy the D800. I like to see some samples first....
Anyway, also most of the images did not show - just telling me that they are LOADING, but they never made it to my screen.

Anyway, THANKS for your efforts and samples and if you can let me download them, and possibly few of them in full RAW format, I would like to get them.
Tony

0 upvotes
Jaxak71
By Jaxak71 (Mar 23, 2012)

Color balance reminds me of D7000. I checked the sample photos taken for the D700 review here and they look better to me (not comparing the resolution). It is a personal preference I know. All things considered this samples look great too.

0 upvotes
Aleo Veuliah
By Aleo Veuliah (Mar 23, 2012)

Thanks Dpreview

Nikon always know very well what they do, well done Nikon

4 upvotes
Eric Napa
By Eric Napa (Mar 23, 2012)

Thanks to Barney Britton and DPReview for the images.

I'm impressed. Yes ISO 25600 was noisy, but I don't see this camera as being intended for low light situations. That having been said, I felt that the noise I saw was much like film grain. To my mind, this camera is for making large prints. If large prints are not your goal, then there are probably cameras which are a better fit. What has happened is that to a greater extent than ever before, DSLR Development has moved to the point where bodies are becoming application specific. This started with the D3X, D3S split and with the D4 / D800 introduction it has moved to the next step. It seems as if some comparisons are no longer apples to apples as the cameras have different intents. The D4 is a photojournalism tool optimized for high frame rate and low light. The D800 is a studio/landscape tool that begs for a tripod. It looks like the 5DMK3 seeks to split the difference. So I look over at my old D70 and think "Aren't we Lucky!".

8 upvotes
ScottnLaguna
By ScottnLaguna (Mar 23, 2012)

Oh one more thing, my bad, off focus shots look like the d700 until I start zooming in. The sharp ones are killer. You could easily use a slightly OOF shot small and hardly notice.

1 upvote
kadarpik
By kadarpik (Mar 23, 2012)

Some comments on computer resources mentioned here critically towards D800, opened LR4 NEF-s with my small sandybridge i5/Lion laptop with only 4 GB of RAM, increased shadows, corrected keystone, sharpened, removed CA, applied lens profile. Have not seen any serious problems with the performance. I think in i5/i7 desktop there no problems of any kind. LR4 and CS6 use GPU extensively and provide much better performance than LR3 CS5 on this.

0 upvotes
ScottnLaguna
By ScottnLaguna (Mar 23, 2012)

Just got mine today and Managed to shoot a few shots before dark. Man! I love this camera! Like the D7000, you really need to watch your technique. It will focus sharp, even with a mediocre lens. I was worried about that but not now. I have a 28-105mm 4.5D Macro and it isn't a gold ring lens. It looks very good, especially up close. One feature I wanted to try was the live view zoom. This camera is much easier to put into live view than the D700, which I have. Just push a button and you're in. Then you can focus, lock focus and zoom 46x to check your focus. While it 's zoomed all the way you can take the shot. Zoomed so much, it shows camera shake while handholding. Awesome on a tripod, but can easily be hand held too. The size is not smaller than a D700, to me. It feels better in your hands but not smaller. Together, the D800 looks slightly bigger to me. Next step for me is to download the Adobe Raw Beta files, so I can start seeing the Raw.

0 upvotes
GiovanniFoto
By GiovanniFoto (Mar 23, 2012)

amazing is all i can say... honestly these photos make you wanna break every camera in the world lol i was really impressed with the coffee cups at 3200iso.. big TIME.

2 upvotes
ojosodo
By ojosodo (Mar 23, 2012)

For Barney Britton and the rest of the crew at Dpreview:

Those sample images are very reasonable. It bothers me that so many readers demand that a set of samples be a set of masterpiece photographs. They're samples, people. and intended to demonstrate purely the imaging capabilities of the camera in the hands of a real person.

How many of us can go out with a new camera and shoot 30 amazing photographs in a day or two with a brand new camera? Not one of us. I know my hit rate with frameable shots is probably 2-3 per month at best and I'm not working on a deadline.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ojosodo/

If any of us does have that level of talent, it's a shame that it would be squandered in front of a computer rather than out on the streets producing images to change the world!

I'm very happy to have Dpreview here in Seattle. Keep us advised, dear writers.

15 upvotes
GiovanniFoto
By GiovanniFoto (Mar 23, 2012)

i was impressed with the overall quality of these photos.. did you notice that the 24-70mm stood right out. that lens mates very well with the d800.. i cant wait to get my hands on this camera ! i got tons of newport photos i gotta take this summer. lol

1 upvote
Dan Nikon
By Dan Nikon (Mar 23, 2012)

Well, I have to get at least 30 masterpiece shots tomorrow once I get the camera, I have a lifestyle shoot to do..:-). Seriously, what most digital photographers suffer from is not finding the right kind of light to make the image reach maximum saturation threshold in their shots. They are almost all and always overexposed by at least half to a full stop. You have to reeeeally understand light to know what this threshold looks like, it is rarely seen on this site. That said, the samples look good, the camera will be stunning in the right hands, just another camera in the hands of most...

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Stanley zheng
By Stanley zheng (Mar 23, 2012)

wow, I have to admit that the real world samples of Nikon D800 is truly amazing for a 35mm Dslr.... Love it.... Guess my final choice will be Nikon D800, but damn, it is soo hard to get your product in south east asia!! Long waiting list!!!! My goodnesss!

0 upvotes
gogo2
By gogo2 (Mar 23, 2012)

D800 already outdated based on pixel count. Nokia 808 already trounced D800 with 40mp sensor. I think DPReview should review Nokia 808 alongside D800 and see which one takes the cake.

1 upvote
puneetvikramsingh
By puneetvikramsingh (Mar 23, 2012)

buddy thats a camera phone having a 41 MP sensor and will produce 5 MP picture averaging out the noise of low light shot. It will capture acceptable noise upto ISO 800....

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Stanley zheng
By Stanley zheng (Mar 23, 2012)

hmmm Gogo.... are you high?

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GiovanniFoto
By GiovanniFoto (Mar 23, 2012)

LOLOL if this kid is serious then i wanna smoke what hes smoking ! ! !

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kadarpik
By kadarpik (Mar 23, 2012)

Yes it will indeed allow 38 Mpixel jpegs in creative mode, there is wrong information in forums. The lens is plastic but 10 times more accurate than DSLR lenses. Sensor is designed in house so no comparisions available today from other vendors.

You can also use full megapixel resource for crop or for better low light and you get 5 Mpixel images then of course. This phone will open new possibilities for creative people.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
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Stephen123
By Stephen123 (Mar 23, 2012)

Yes. The Nokia 808 can take 38mp photos. Yes it is extraordinary for a cell phone. But the sensor, lens, body, interface, stabilization, and available lenses and accessories come no where near the D800.

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DarkShift
By DarkShift (Mar 23, 2012)

"The lens is plastic but 10 times more accurate than DSLR lenses"

Yes the Nokia 808 is great in daylight, but you should take this claim with grain of salt.

The fact is that the lens is just optimized for a smaller imaging area which results in higher resolution per mm. That doesn't mean that it would resolve as many details over the whole picture area as good DSLR lenses do.

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Earl E. Gibson III
By Earl E. Gibson III (Mar 23, 2012)

Unable to upload any images from D800 onto Aperture 3...Not Supported...(Oh Boy!)

0 upvotes
highwave
By highwave (Mar 23, 2012)

what's that lens attached to it in the preview picture? It makes the whole camera look small.

0 upvotes
Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Mar 23, 2012)

85mm f/1.8. Quite a lens, actually.

0 upvotes
highwave
By highwave (Mar 23, 2012)

No wonder I was puzzled by it. It looked like the 35mm f/1.8 but then I think the D800 would look too small if that was the case.

I have to say, with that particular lens, the D800 looks very proportionate and beautiful.

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Kelvin L
By Kelvin L (Mar 23, 2012)

Thanks for this report. This is looking like a potential replacement for my trusty D700.

I'm saddened that I may have to upgrade one or two of my lenses though, especially the 24mm f/2.8 AF - with film it was fine, with 12 megapixels it struggles a bit.

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AnHund
By AnHund (Mar 24, 2012)

I don't think the 24mm was good enough for the d700, but hope that the 35mm 2.0D and 50mm 1.4D will be good enough for the d800.

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healer81
By healer81 (Mar 23, 2012)

Are they going to do a first impression for the 5D MIII? would like to see the comparison.

0 upvotes
KW Phua
By KW Phua (Mar 23, 2012)

Which is better? Get D800 and upgrade the RAM and hard drive or even update my 2008 Mac? Or get the 5D3? Also not seeing any >f16 photos to consider for landscape use.

0 upvotes
lamosaurousrex
By lamosaurousrex (Mar 23, 2012)

Honestly, the 5D MkIII is a better choice. The less megapixels means better low light performance and canon makes MUCH higher quality than nikon.

0 upvotes
Sonnyphoto
By Sonnyphoto (Mar 23, 2012)

from a build quality perspective, hands down Nikon is the winner... I wouldn't say canon builds "quality". But both great cameras. I'm in a similar situation so I plan on picking up an external hard drive for the Mac to start and see if the processing power is sufficient to effective work flow on Lightroom before I upgrade...

2 upvotes
Jogger
By Jogger (Mar 23, 2012)

get a D700

3 upvotes
kevindar
By kevindar (Mar 23, 2012)

If your primary use is landscape, get the d800. However, be warned that at f16, your images will likely not hold any more detail than 5d3 due to defraction. to get that last bit of detail from the 36mp, you will need good dof, shoot at f11 or bellow (f8 or bellow would be ideal), a very steady tripod, and good lenses. Not a simple task always. I do however think the d800 will have over 1 stop edge in dynamic range, which is very important in landscape. and all this comes from a canon shooter.

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Petka
By Petka (Mar 23, 2012)

At f:16 the 36 MPix sensor would go to waste. Diffraction would squash the resolution below 10 MPix level. With D800 stopping down from F:5.6 starts to bring the resolution down.

See the table #3 at the end of this article: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/resolution.shtml

Naturally both 5DIII and D800 would suffer just as much at f:16, but to get the extra resolution D800 gives we just have to keep the aperture at f:8 or larger. That means either wide angles with enough DOF or tilt lenses for landscapes.

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DarkShift
By DarkShift (Mar 23, 2012)

@Petka

That article has an error where it says that sampling rate must "at least the double". The Nyquist law actually says that it must be OVER double, say three times analog signal resolution of HIGHEST frequency.

Please see the following comparison. How come the 36MP sensor practically kills 21MP and 16MP sensors at diffraction limited f11?

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1021&message=40974126

So to avoid moire and to capture cleaner details it is better to have a sensor that has much higher resolution than the lens.

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AnHund
By AnHund (Mar 24, 2012)

You should definitely get a better computer first and then a first class graphical monitor like the Eizo Color Edge or similar that can be calibrated. Apple do not have a monitor that is good enough for handling high end graphical work with correct color reproduction.

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Neal Hood
By Neal Hood (Mar 23, 2012)

Excellent summary review and well communicated. It makes me apprehensive for the full review.

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Lofi
By Lofi (Mar 23, 2012)

OMG, finally more megapixels do make sense! :D

0 upvotes
ivan1973
By ivan1973 (Mar 23, 2012)

How ironic, I remember Nikon fans keep saying it doesn't make sense on Canon before D800 was released.

3 upvotes
Mark Alan Thomas
By Mark Alan Thomas (Mar 23, 2012)

Uh huh. And now the Canon guys are saying it. Nothing ever changes. Human beings need conflict. Next?

9 upvotes
pdcm
By pdcm (Mar 23, 2012)

No Ivan you are wrong. I think Nikon got really fed up of my emails to them telling them that unless they came out with a camera that matched the 5D Mk 2 very soon I was going to change brands, hahaha. Other Nikon users have also been frustrated by Nikon's slow response to Canon's higher pixel count advantage for some time. The 5d Mk 2 is a great camera which even though it's old is still very popular. Finally Nikon have come out with something that not just matches it, but is superior. I'm not into this Canon/Nikon which is best nonsense. Both companies make great cameras.

5 upvotes
AnHund
By AnHund (Mar 24, 2012)

Higher pixel count? The d3x is 24MP and the Canon is 21MP as far as I recall.

0 upvotes
atoz
By atoz (Mar 23, 2012)

Excuse me if this sounds harsh, but, if you're taking pictures like the ones posted, you should be using a simple point and shoot camera or your phone. It's like owning a Land Rover Defender 110 and using it to drive to the local 7-11 to pick up a six-pack of light beer.

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Mar 23, 2012)

It does sound harsh, yes, and actually very rude.

But it is also completely irrelevant. This is a preview samples gallery, intended to show you how the camera performs in a range of different conditions, setups, and in combination with a range of different lenses.

38 upvotes
atoz
By atoz (Mar 23, 2012)

Sorry, my dog died this afternoon and I'm taking it out on the world.

0 upvotes
Anfy
By Anfy (Mar 23, 2012)

As a dog owner myself I feel sorry for your loss. :-(
Of course this has nothing to do with the excellent first impression (p)review by DPR.

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thejohnnerparty
By thejohnnerparty (Mar 23, 2012)

I loved Seattle, but it is not the center of the cultural universe, i.e. not that much to draw on in Seattle. London offered a lot more - richer content - in my opinion.

2 upvotes
EvokeEmotion
By EvokeEmotion (Mar 23, 2012)

There's plenty to photograph in the Seattle area, just not the best place lighting wise.

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Nikkorforever
By Nikkorforever (Mar 23, 2012)

It's quite astonishing how rude people can be this day.. What ever happen to if you dont like it then just leave it concept?

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verybiglebowski
By verybiglebowski (Mar 23, 2012)

To me it doesn't sound harsh. Actually you just described my life dream. Except, I would go with lager.

1 upvote
GiovanniFoto
By GiovanniFoto (Mar 23, 2012)

haha there just trying to show how the camera performs.. as far as im concerned.. they could of taken a photo of a pos and i would of been impressed lol

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Stanley zheng
By Stanley zheng (Mar 23, 2012)

so you are saying that in order to own a land rover defender you have to live in the woods, or out there in the middle of the forest to get your money worth?

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richardday
By richardday (Mar 23, 2012)

Weatherwise, Seattle's a bit like the UK, except the light is better! - Maybe that's why DPR moved there? ;)

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pdcm
By pdcm (Mar 23, 2012)

Stupid post. Am I supposed to buy another (cheap) car just to pick up my 6 pack.

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plasnu
By plasnu (Mar 23, 2012)

I have to say these are the horrible samples, sorry.

This Japanese site has much better images taken by a professional photographer.

http://photo.yodobashi.com/gear/nikon/20120322/

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 23, 2012)

Subtle.

The difference is DPR is not trying to make Fine Art images, they want to test the camera in a variety of real world settings including snap shots, portraits, etc. These are full-sized images at a variety of ISO, not tiny web-sized images.

13 upvotes
plasnu
By plasnu (Mar 23, 2012)

If this review was trying to say that 36MP has an advantage "in real life", the reviewer has to prove it with the images, not the words. This is not a review of a microscope.

I understand what you mean, but even though this is a test shoot, I'm wondering why those images are so unattractive. I saw much more attractive test snap shots and portraits than this on the other reviews of this site.

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KW Phua
By KW Phua (Mar 23, 2012)

From these photos we can see the real world performance of the camera. So we can see the strength and weakness. Good job.

4 upvotes
ajacona
By ajacona (Mar 23, 2012)

I'm sure it depends on context and time.

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Jninh77
By Jninh77 (Mar 23, 2012)

Plasnu, use another website then. DPReview is the effort of alot of people trying to bring you information you don't have. Do you create masterworks with every shot you take? They are trying to show a variety of scenes. Thanks DPReview.

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Mar 23, 2012)

You're welcome :)

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Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (Mar 23, 2012)

I don't think there is anything wrong with DPR. This is a free website and you have freedom to visit this website. If you don't like it, go to another one, you have your own choice. No need to blame too much.

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Rotherhithe
By Rotherhithe (Mar 23, 2012)

I think the samples can be called 'real world' - i.e. how does it perform - colour rendition etc., in every day situations, with every day lenses in different lighting conditions. They are not intended to be entered into a photographic competition

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Stanley zheng
By Stanley zheng (Mar 23, 2012)

yada yada yada bla bla bla... yawnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.

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pocky
By pocky (Mar 23, 2012)

I think the poor reviewers play with so many cameras for so little time that they never get as far as taking good photos with any of them. These days it takes quite a while to learn a camera well enough that using its features to get the desired effect becomes second nature. I think it is unreasonable to expect the reviewers to get to that point - it takes me months with just one new camera!

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Stanley zheng
By Stanley zheng (Mar 23, 2012)

if I wanna see some good fine art pictures, definitely dpreview is definitely not the site, I wanna go and check it out.. hehehehehehhee

but, hmmmmm isnt it, reviewing cameras and gears are what dpreview all about.. hmm well maybe I could be wrong...

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Petka
By Petka (Mar 23, 2012)

A camera of this calibre should have an auto-shutoff feature if the scene in front of the lens is not worth photographing.

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plasnu
By plasnu (Mar 23, 2012)

OK, I think you are right. I expected to see the maximum potential of this 36MP camera in real world, and it was my misunderstanding.

0 upvotes
Martin Datzinger
By Martin Datzinger (Mar 23, 2012)

@jasnu: Yes, the samples from yodobashi.com are far better from an artistic point of view. Sadly, since they're only shown at very small resolution and because they're processed to artistic taste, they don't allow me to see how the sensor is working and more importantly, how the lenses are coping with the resolution. For that matter, looking at dpreview's samples is worthwhile. E.g. DSC_0346-ACRprocessed is very telling and positively so. Looks very clean right to the edges. Apart from the fact that there's quite nasty blue/yellow CA in it and I'm starting to get nervous that you can't manually correct CA in LR4 and supposedly ACR 7 anymore (Or is there a way in the new processing engine?).

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Peter Hayward
By Peter Hayward (Mar 23, 2012)

Thanks for the link. The barrell shot is a good one and I'd sure love to try some of that 36 year old whiskey ... :)

1 upvote
marike6
By marike6 (Mar 23, 2012)

From the article "Not only was the 5D II Canon's first video-equipped DSLR, but at 21MP it offered a class-leading pixel count, effectively equal in resolution to Canon's professional EOS-1 Ds Mark III."

Not to be pedantic, but I believe the D90 was the first video enable DSLR. Granted it wasn't a very good one, but technically it was the first and this Wikipedia article seems to verify this fact.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_single-lens_reflex_camera#DSLRs_with_HD_video_capture

By the way, love the bokeh in the Cherry Blossom image. Nice work.

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Goreyo
By Goreyo (Mar 23, 2012)

"...Canon's first..."

2 upvotes
Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (Mar 23, 2012)

Not to be pedantic, but the sentence says "Not only was the 5D II Canon's first video-equipped DSLR". As far as I can tell, the D90 was made by Nikon.

5 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (Mar 23, 2012)

Oops. I guess I'm reading challenged. So sorry.

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Biowizard
By Biowizard (Mar 22, 2012)

The OBVIOUS benefit of 36 million pixels is that you can CROP freely, and still end up with a high res image. Enough so, that you could effectively double the length of any lens you shoot with, by settling for a 9 megapixel "4/3rds" crop, which would still print at A4 size at 300 dpi without interpolation.

Yes, your 24-70 f2.8 zoom could "effectively" give you 140mm at f2.8, if you are willing to drop to a 9Mpx crop.

This is something you CANNOT do on any Canon right now ...

Brian

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ivan1973
By ivan1973 (Mar 23, 2012)

Didn't know there are people taking cropping as a hobby. Those who buy D800 must have plenty of time in the first place. Imagine you are shooting thousands.

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Frank C.
By Frank C. (Mar 23, 2012)

good idea, I'll take a picture of the world from outer space and begin my cropping from there

2 upvotes
DarkShift
By DarkShift (Mar 23, 2012)

No cropping is not a hobby for some people.

The 2:3 format is about useless for most pro photography. Especially in portrait format.

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munro harrap
By munro harrap (Mar 22, 2012)

First you need to try Capture One Pro on these files. It outstrips the others, I discovered yesterday in all respects, especially definition-wise (try the version 6 trial to test). Then, lenses depend on samples, at all times. I have secondhand £40 lenses as good as £1300 new ones, so..

Then my initial impressions with all samples seen (including Imaging Resources) are that it has the best reds of any DSLR, which alone is epocal (unless they are specially chosen reds, of course!)

The huge 100% file size does show whether things are sharp, and in focus. These samples also show that underexposure increases noise! so why not expose correctly instead of three stops under? But it is the revolution people, it is the Nikon F for now, precisely because for posters and front of house shots, as well as ads, you need this resolution.No need for a vertical grip-just crop! And I need the speed of use, the lack of shutter lag, but post better samples next time please.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Mar 22, 2012)

This is a great camera period. Not as good as a 645d but it doesn't cost at much either and is much more versatile.

3 upvotes
AnHund
By AnHund (Mar 24, 2012)

In some ways it is much better and a lot more versatile than the 645D. It is also 3-4 times less expensive and comes very close IQ-wise.

0 upvotes
Skytalker
By Skytalker (Mar 22, 2012)

While I am not a big fan of high resolution I do think Nikon did it well this time. Images look great even at high ISO and I am pretty sure the D800 will produce excellent images in good hands. If you consider its crop features, you could practically say you have 3 cameras in one. Let's see next what users can do with it.

4 upvotes
Rubenski
By Rubenski (Mar 22, 2012)

I keep reading the word 'fanboy'. Is that a gay thing? And remember, I learned at school the word 'gay' meant happy. It feels like there's a lot of hate between Canon and Nikon 'fanboys', isn't that just pityful?

Another question: how is it possible there are so many 'goons' (another word I learned here) out there that already know exactly what this camera is about? And they even seem to know everything about a camera almost no one has ever used in the 'real world'? Are the goons so smart and intelligent? Do they have very secret 'inside information'? Or are there other hidden 'treads' and posts I don't know about that 'proof' all of there information?

Or are there simply many lunatics around?

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Mar 22, 2012)

From www.urbandictionary.com

Fanboy:

a person willing to defend and promote the object of his affection regardless of fact and objectivity. This encompasses everything from technological items like PC's and game consoles to gearheads and fishing fanatics.

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Stanley zheng
By Stanley zheng (Mar 23, 2012)

maybe "simply many lunatics around" seems to be the perfect words...:)

0 upvotes
treepop
By treepop (Mar 22, 2012)

While it's not aimed as a low light hoss. I must admit, I thought the 25,600 would look better. Just a take away...

0 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (Mar 22, 2012)

How did DPR get Zooey Deschanel to pose for them in the 7th image?

3 upvotes
Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Mar 22, 2012)

She's a big fan of the site.

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neo_nights
By neo_nights (Mar 22, 2012)

LOL! So I was not the only one who thought about that as well!

1 upvote
anthony mazzeri
By anthony mazzeri (Mar 23, 2012)

"She's a big fan of the site."

DPR has female readership?

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Mar 23, 2012)

@ anthony - we're making some progress on that score ;)

2 upvotes
KonstantinosK
By KonstantinosK (Mar 22, 2012)

I have a feeling that the Canon 5D MKIII can't stay more expensive than this one for too long...

8 upvotes
treepop
By treepop (Mar 22, 2012)

agreed

1 upvote
JLins
By JLins (Mar 22, 2012)

Wait until you see the high ISO comparison... I'd risk saying that the D800 fits perfectly the nature photographer and the 5DIII fits perfectly the wedding photographer. Too bad they aren't made from the same manufacturer so one could have both bodies and share the lenses.

2 upvotes
ivan1973
By ivan1973 (Mar 23, 2012)

If D800's noise is not as good, can really forget about it.

1 upvote
Martin Datzinger
By Martin Datzinger (Mar 22, 2012)

Yeah. But how does the grip fit largeish hands? Because for me, that is one of the most important aspects of any camera! The old Oly E10/20's grips have been perfect , as are the E-3/5's and the Pentax 645D's. D7000: catastrophic without grip, D200/300 still too small, D700 a bit better, D3X/s almost there. D800's seems unnecessarily thinner than the D700's on side-by-side pictures!

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mikeber
By mikeber (Mar 22, 2012)

This camera is aimed mostly at studio, advertising, fashion and landscape photographers. I have no idea why people jump first at high iso results. Its like saying well, I checked the latest 80Mp digital back from Phase One and its not so good at sports photography. I am not impressed !
The real question about D800 is if it will become the tool of choice for pros who otherwise use a top of the line Canon, or MF. Will those considering buying a 40Mp Hasselblad, Leica S2 or Leaf digital back abandon them in favor of this Nikon? Will pros who currently use EOS 1 in the studio, jump from Canon to Nikon's wagon, while still remaining in "affordable" territory? And no less important to Nikon, will the large prosumer market chose to upgrade current Nikons to D800?

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Martin Mojzis
By Martin Mojzis (Mar 22, 2012)

Please, tell somebody to B. Britton, what is exposure correction. E. g. DSC_0346-ACRprocessed is overexposed, no ND gradual filter... This is professional camera and need professional skills. Advanced photographer can not take seriously these shots. Btw., on my D3X i have serious problems with lenses. All handpicked, precise on D700 and now it's very hard to get quality what I'm looking for. Talking about 28/2.8 D, 50/1.4 AF-S an 105/2.8 AF-S VR Micro. I know why is this and I'm working and learning how to do right. Using cheap zoom lenses for testing camera with 36 Mpix sensor is total fault, sorry. For serious test, we want to see pictures taken in correct exposition, with correct WB, tripod, with filters and adequate optics, handpicked lenses by Nikon or Zeiss. Raw.
Because I hate anonymous criticism, all my portfolio is on www.martinmojzis.com . I'm pro photographer and designer, 38 y. old., and still learning. Not satisfied. But shots like in this article ... please no.

2 upvotes
Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Mar 22, 2012)

Wow.

20 upvotes
dudu_307
By dudu_307 (Mar 22, 2012)

Seems you're a good photographer and a great idiot....

13 upvotes
Lea5
By Lea5 (Mar 22, 2012)

Hmmmm I use a D3X too and I have no serious problems with my lenses.

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Wally626
By Wally626 (Mar 22, 2012)

Like the plane near the tree in image 0346. A ND filter may make a better photograph but it would not show the ability of the camera to cope without one.

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QuarterToDoom
By QuarterToDoom (Mar 22, 2012)

>I'm pro photographer and designer

Apparently so is 80% of the population on here.

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ivan1973
By ivan1973 (Mar 23, 2012)

What makes you think so, Quarter?

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Raist3d
By Raist3d (Mar 23, 2012)

Well for what it´s worth, at least apparently he knows some photography looking at his website. It beats being told by someone who has no clue (not saying it is any less rude because of that).

Also Barney, I think you are a very handsome man ;-) , now you can claim you have seen it all :-)

All respectfully said.

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walliswizard
By walliswizard (Mar 22, 2012)

D800 is a great camera, but unlike the D700 it seems like it will always need great glass, a super-powerful computer, and a good technique to get the best from it.

The D700 on the other hand was/is an awesome camera that could be used by a lot more people.

So it seems to me the D800 is great but is very much in the pro-user league. I do hope Nikon fills the gap somewhat with a 16-20MP D700s (D750?) for the rest of us...

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Auke B van der Weide
By Auke B van der Weide (Mar 22, 2012)

but then again, you need a lot of attention and concentration to get the best out of a D700 as well..... especially when shooting at f/2.8 or below. Pixelpeeping at 100% on these files is like a mirror to your skills..... Great!

PS
D800 in DX is like a D7000. Does that make the D7000 a difficult camera and if not, why not?

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walliswizard
By walliswizard (Mar 22, 2012)

Dunno, but seeing as I just ordered a D7000 I flippin' hope not :)

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Tim Ashton
By Tim Ashton (Mar 22, 2012)

Yes. My D7k punishes poor technique and rewards you when you get it right
Tim

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steelhead3
By steelhead3 (Mar 22, 2012)

Coming from sony cameras, we are used to high resolution cameras and how they are with lenses; don't worry all lenses will be improved.

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walliswizard
By walliswizard (Mar 22, 2012)

Good, I just hope they improve the lenses I can afford!!

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Absolutic
By Absolutic (Mar 22, 2012)

Absolutely. I've owned several D7000 and D700. D7000 requires a good technique. The great thing about D700 is that it is so good, that one can cheat and be lazy and still get amazing shots, because it is simply impossible to get bad shots with D700. Well, I love D700. I did have to sell mine to afford D800. I fully realize that with D800 I would have to be very very careful, and keep my shutter speed up, etc, etc, etc, to use good techniques otherwise I would be disappointed

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ivan1973
By ivan1973 (Mar 23, 2012)

Its so true. High MP need high resolving power lens. Plastic lens? No.

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Auke B van der Weide
By Auke B van der Weide (Mar 23, 2012)

well, if you can cheat and be lazy and still can get amazing shots with a D700..... then you certainly can get the same shots with a D800..... just a matter of downsampling to 12MP right?

You can do all with a D800 what you can do with a D700..... just not 8fps with the batterypack.... oops

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 22, 2012)

All the Canon trolls are already out in full force, but it doesn't matter as they already know deep down that the D800 is an absolute home run.

Thanks DPR.

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Mar 22, 2012)

I agree, all canon fanboys can applaud 5D3's higher ISO as much as they will want <even though all the detail will be smeared even at ISO100 and there will be tons of noise in the shaddows at base ISO>, for me this is THE camera to have.

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walnist
By walnist (Mar 22, 2012)

And i see the Nikon ones are raising up from their bridges as well. :)

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Robert Hoy
By Robert Hoy (Mar 22, 2012)

nicolai is a black pot calling the kettle black (fanboi)

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Mar 23, 2012)

Well, let's not start calling names chaps. You've all seen the 5D3 samples, it's not like I'm not right or anything.

1 upvote
ivan1973
By ivan1973 (Mar 23, 2012)

I suppose to a Nikon troll, a broken Nikon is always better than a working Canon.

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Mar 23, 2012)

Huh? What's that about ? What troll, this is a D800 thread and canon fans are coming here leaving replies. Who is doing what ? Don't worry, the 5D will have as good video as ever, the low light capability will be up there with the best. Never mind detail, dynamic range and all the rest of the boring photographic stuff. And it finally has autofocus !

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nomiss777
By nomiss777 (Mar 23, 2012)

It's funny... From my experiences with the forums here, there are a lot more Nikon trolls than any other kind of trolls.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Mar 23, 2012)

Life is much easier when you don't couple your self esteem to a camera brand (or any other brand).

Said a pentaxian (now all the fanboys can laugh at me for surely nothing exists outside Nikon en Canon :p).

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Mar 22, 2012)

The samples look very good. You complain that it has too much megapixels and you don't need it, you complain that your current computer cannot handle the files, but this camera is not a canon rebel, it will not be followed by a newer model next year, it is here to stay for at least another 4-5 years, and at the rate computers and computer software develop, in 1-2 years the D800 files will be acceptable, in 4 years 36 MP will probably be not that impressive.

And let's not forget, if Nikon would have not released a 36 MP camera, Sony would have surely had, leaving the others in the dust for another 4-5 years.

The D800 is here to stay, it has great image quality, detalil to rival MF entry level and superb value for money. I only wish I could afford one, a new I7 processoor along with a board, ram and 2 TB hard drives would only cost a third of a D800 anyways.

Cheers and thanks for the files DPR.

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 22, 2012)

I agree: the 36 mp D800 is as "future-proof" as any DSLR today.

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Ben Raven
By Ben Raven (Mar 22, 2012)

Excellent points, nicolai !

This is just the INTRO date. These specs are for the life of this camera's availability.

One additional point: Sony WILL introduce their 36MP FF to replace the A900.
Remember, this is the Nikon iteration of the SONY-SOURCED 36MP sensor in the D800.

This is all about the FUTURE, not just this current minute !

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Zerg2905
By Zerg2905 (Mar 23, 2012)

I say the 4k is "future" proof in the complex DSLR world. Or "that" anamorphic thing (btw, it is quite nice to be able to shoot movies in 21:9). You might have an idea about what I'm talking about...

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copajaus
By copajaus (Mar 22, 2012)

After looking at those shots,the advantages (And disadvantages...) of a high pixel count are obvious.
For me cropping is the most important point and the possibilities with 36mp are pretty good.
Not sure in low light though, but that's predictable.
Let's keep in mind that those pictures are taken without really knowing the camera well, meaning potentially every shot could be a lot better.
I think the D800 is well priced if we evaluate its capabilities. On the other end, the Canon EOS-5D mk3 is $500 to expensive... and I am a Canon man.
Both are great camera but let's not forget that the photographer vision is the most important thing... not the photographic gears.
To conclude, "Bravo" to Nikon and Canon for moving the SLR technology 1 step further in the right direction.

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Anfy
By Anfy (Mar 22, 2012)

Pure words of wisdom, those brand vs brand and/or camera vs camera discussions are sad and pointless.

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Lionel Lam
By Lionel Lam (Mar 23, 2012)

Well said copajaus. I cringe when people say they buy 'new gear' to take better pictures. After looking at their photos, I think they are just wasting their money. You are absolutely right about the 'photographer vision'. I think all these senseless ramblings about which brand is better is just to justify the investment they have made with their systems. It's a sort of 'self-assurance' thing. Both Canon and Nikon are excellent brands and both are equally good. The choice of one over the other is based on personal preference. For me, I prefer Nikons for how they position the mode dials as well as the position of the ISO and metering buttons. That's just me. :)

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Stanley zheng
By Stanley zheng (Mar 23, 2012)

Yes you are absolutely right... its a shame that canon priced their camera $500 more.... but it is still cheaper to upgrade to canon 5d mark III if you are a canon shooter, rather than selling off all your canon gear and get all brand new nikon gears.

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