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Just Posted: In-depth Nikon D800 review

By dpreview staff on May 8, 2012 at 21:09 GMT
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We've just posted our Nikon D800 review. At 36MP, the D800 is the highest resolution camera you can buy without making the step up to medium format, it's also one of the first DSLRs to offer uncompressed video output. Despite these drastic increases in capability over the D700, Nikon's latest full-frame offering will be immediately familiar to any one who's shot with one of the company's high-end cameras. So what's the D800 like to shoot with and does all that resolution render its competition redundant?

We've recently received a reviewable D800E - the more expensive variant with a self-cancelling low-pass filter, to allow the capture of even higher resolution. We've covered the camera in the review but will be extending the coverage when we've had a chance to fully test it.

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louie c
By louie c (May 8, 2012)

I was just checking this morning to see if this review was up yet. Logged in just now and what a treat!

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Donald B
By Donald B (May 8, 2012)

from the comparision shots, im wondering if its all worth it anymore, as the focus points are all over the place. i find the IR test of their poster better.
look at the top cameras k5 d800 5d111 xpro1 and look at different parts of the the test image and they all can win.

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topstuff
By topstuff (May 8, 2012)

Excellent work.

This is clearly an exceptional camera !

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D1N0
By D1N0 (May 8, 2012)

I immediately raced to the d800e raws. (but they weren't there yet :( )

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macjonny1
By macjonny1 (May 8, 2012)

i'm sooooooooooooooo glad I don't shoot Canon anymore!!!

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Then4
By Then4 (May 8, 2012)

Orly ! First time i see you write about Canon...but i hope you enjoy your D800 .

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Louis_Dobson
By Louis_Dobson (May 8, 2012)

I borrowed one for an afternoon and was blown away. I've done the FF Nikon thing (for four years) and for my kind of shooting all the humping kit around was a pain, it spoiled my hobby - hence my switch to the OM-D.

But if you don't have that problem, this thing is the dog's danglies, absolutely no doubt at all. Buy two!

82% does not begin to cover it.

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MikeNeufeld30
By MikeNeufeld30 (May 8, 2012)

How are you making out with the OMD? IM still waiting!!!

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Louis_Dobson
By Louis_Dobson (May 8, 2012)

Good, I think. Still feeling my way around it, nervously. The D800 is a D3 with no grip, 36MP and a slower frame rate, so an afternoon, in fact ten minutes with Photoshop, was all I needed to reach a conclusion ("Wow that's sharp!"), but the OM-D needs a bit more learning...

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MikeNeufeld30
By MikeNeufeld30 (May 8, 2012)

wow!!!!!1

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snake_b
By snake_b (May 8, 2012)

Excellent. Good work, DPR.

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