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Setup menu

In the Setup menu you'll find options for configuring the camera's basic settings such as date/time and language. This is also where you will format SD and CF cards, set HDMI output settings and define attributes of non-CPU lenses - older manual focus designs with no electronic communication to the camera.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Page one
Format memory card  • SD card slot *
Yes
No
 • CF card slot
Yes
No
 
Monitor brightness  • Auto
 • Manual (-5 - +5)
 
Clean image sensor  • Clean now
 • Clean startup/shutdown
Clean at startup
Clean at shutdown
Clean at startup & shutdown
Cleaning off
 
Lock mirror up for cleaning  • Start  
Image Dust Off ref photo  • Start
 • Clean sensor and start
Capture a ' reference image' for the 'Dust Off' feature of Capture NX2.
HDMI  • Output resolution
Auto
480p
576p
720p
1080i
 • Advanced *
Output range
Auto
Limited range
Full range
Output display size
95%
100%
Live view on-screen display
On
Off
 
Flicker reduction *  • Auto
 • 50 Hz
 • 60 Hz
 
Time zone and date  • Time zone
Select
 • Date and time
Date set
Time set
 • Date format
yyyy/mm/dd
mm/dd/yyyy
dd/mm/yyyy
 • Daylight saving time
Off
On
 
Page two
Language  • Czech
 • Danish
 • German
 • English
 • Spanish
 • French
 • Indonesian
 • Italian
 • Dutch
 • Norweigian
 • Polish
 • Portugeuse
 • Russian
 • Romanian
 • Finnish
 • Swedish
 • Turkish
 • Ukranian
 • Arabic
 • Chinese Traditional
 • Chinese Simplified
 • Japanese
 • Korean
 • Thai
 
Auto image rotation  • On
 • Off
 
Battery Info  • Charge
 • No. of shots
 • Calibration
 • Battery age
Information display only.
Wireless transmitter    
Image comment  • Done
 • Input comment
Text entry
 • Attach comment
When enabled the comment is written into the header of each image.
Copyright Information *  • Done
 • Artist
Text entry
 • Copyright
Text entry
 • Attach copyright information
Information is stored as metadata.
Save/load settings  • Save settings
 • Load settings
 
GPS  • Auto meter off
Enable
Disable
 • Position
 • Use GPS to set camera clock
Yes
No
 
Page three
Virtual horizon  • (Display)  
Non-CPU lens data  • Done
 • Lens number (1 - 9)
 • Focal length (6 - 4000)
 • Max aperture (F1.2 - F22)
For older manual focus lenses that do not provide electronic communication to the camera.
AF fine tune  • AF fine tune (On/Off)
On
Off
 • Saved value (+/- 20)
 • Default (+/- 20)
 • List saved values
 
Eye-Fi upload *  • Enable
 • Disable
 
Firmware Version  • Version No.
A x.00
B x.00
Information display only.

Retouch menu

The Retouch menu offers a collection of editing presets for post-capture processing of your images. NEF files can be selected for more extensive processing in which you can adjust the camera's currently configured image size, quality and color settings.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Page one
D-Lighting  • Select image
Low
Normal
High
 
Red-eye correction  • Select image  
Trim  • Select image
Zoom / Scroll
Aspect
 
Monochrome  • Black-and-white  
Select image
 • Sepia
Select image
 • Cyanotype
Select image
 
Filter effects  • Skylight 
Select image
 • Warm filter
Select image
 • Red intensifier *
Select image
 • Green intensifier *
Select image
 • Blue intensifier *
Select image
 • Cross screen *
Select image
 • Soft *
Select image
 
Color balance  • Select image
Color wheel
 
Image overlay  • Image 1
 • Image 2
 • Preview
 
NEF (RAW) processing *  • Select image
Image quality
Image size
White balance
Exposure compensation
Picture Control
High ISO NR
Color Space
Vignette control
D-Lighting
Apply in-camera adjustments to a NEF file to create a re-processed JPEG.
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Resize *  • Select image
 • Choose destination
SD card slot
CF card slot
 • Choose size
1920 x 1280; 2.5MB
1280 x 856; 1.1MB
960 x 640; .6MB
640 x 424; .3MB
 
Quick retouch *  • Select image
High
Normal
Low
 
Straighten *  • Select image (+/-20 adj)  
Distortion control *  • Auto
Select image
 • Manual
Select image (+/-5 adj)
 
Fisheye *  • Select image (slider adj)  
Color outline *  • Select image
 
Color sketch * • Select image
Vividness (+/-1 adj)
Outlines (+/-1 adj)
 
Perspective control *  • Select image (+/-20 adj)  
Page three
Miniature effect *  • Select image Define area to remain in focus.
Selective color *  • Select image Select/adjust up to 3 colors.
Edit movie * • Select image Define start and end points of a clip.

My menu

This is where you can store a customized selection of menu items for quick access. You do so by using the Add items menu to select among a list of available options from each of the other five menu categories. Alternatively, you can swap this tab for one the populates itself with the most recently used menu items.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Add items  • Select image
Playback menu
Shooting menu
Custom setting menu
Setup menu
Retouch menu
 
Remove items  • Select item to remove  
Rank items  • Select item to re-order  
Choose tab  • My menu
 • Recent settings
Swap menus displayed in the tab.
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Comments

Total comments: 16
Galbertson
By Galbertson (2 months ago)

Maybe subject expressed before, has anyone tested older legacy glass, 70's manual prime nikkor glass on D800E for overall performance? The resolving power on film was extremely high, the only artifacts in hi res scans was film grain, not flaws in optics, seemingly capable of resolving limits of 36mp sensor. Have never found true test without bias for "new", "best" nikkor glass.

0 upvotes
josikim
By josikim (2 months ago)

Legacy glasses will do just fine! I only have one, which is a 50mm F2 AI. I own the D800E and the resolving power on that little lens is still amazing. It keeps up with my modern Nikkor 35 1.8G, which, according to Dxo is sharper than it's big brother the 35 1.4G. It's definitely not as sharp as, say my 58mm 1.4G, but for an old lens, it really does bring out its best.

0 upvotes
Vmo9
By Vmo9 (4 months ago)

After using this camera for a while, I tried the Canon 5D Mark III and recently made the switch. Auto focus needs improvement, as does the weather proofing. After 30 plus years of being a Nikon fanatic and after the issues with this camera causing countless shipping for maintenance and water seepage I became frustrated and ended not using it as much. Resale value was fair but not what I had thought a camera such as this would bring.

2 upvotes
q8wizard
By q8wizard (4 months ago)

VMO9 you have the same issue of mine, focusing problem and slight salty water leaked inside and spreads like a cancer in the camera component, it is not a weather nor water sealed and it cant be fixed, now since i have all the top of the lenses and accessories i cant think of switching, so I'm in delma, should i wait for the upgrade or to by the d800e, I'm very loyal to this brand for very long time, i cant think of abandons nikon but i guess as someone said Nikon who is trying to.

1 upvote
Vmo9
By Vmo9 (2 months ago)

It was not easy to switch from Nikon to Canon, especially since I owned every "fast" professional lens Nikon produces. From the fisheye to the 800mm and two 400mm f2.8 lenses, it was a very difficult choice financially and also to end my loyalty to Nikon after 30 years. Selling all of my used gear and basically starting over was an adventure in itself. What I can offer is that since I made the switch the customer service that I've received from Canon has been impressive, as I'm hard on my gear and push the limits. The recent firmware update for my 5D Mark III pushed the standards even higher. It's difficult after purchasing an expensive piece of hardware to give it a thumbs down, as know one wants to admit making a bad decision.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 3 minutes after posting
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bdenize
By bdenize (6 months ago)

I just got my D800 2 days ago, coming from D7000.
I do not own the very expensive lenses everyone say to be the "MUST" on the D800/E. And that was my very big concern about getting this camera.
I tested it with my 70-300VR and even with my 24-85 AFD. It works just GREAT !
Maybe I unconsciously take a bit more care in holding the camera when shooting. But that is the point also for every amateur... improving the technique.
Still, IMHO... I am very happy I didn't go for the smaller D610. Worth every penny I spent for it. I am VERY happy I did it.
I did my homework of course, and checked the left AF points. All is fine for me.
I found the shutter noise to be a bit kinky compared to D7000... not as "smooth" but it seems normal for FX.
If you are Amateur, go for it and be happy if your budget allows it. You will certainly be with the D800, no matter you need or don't the extra mpx. It is a monster.

Comment edited 51 seconds after posting
1 upvote
calicam
By calicam (7 months ago)

I agree that to take full advantage of the D800E quality, it demands extra care when shooting and using the best lenses. I'm looking at the Sony A7R for a possible future purchase, maybe easier when backpacking. I also don't care for the very curvy, roundish look of the Nikon and Canon offerings.

0 upvotes
scottstensland
By scottstensland (8 months ago)

the ON/OFF switch on D800E is less ergonomically pleasing than D300

0 upvotes
aquadream
By aquadream (9 months ago)

The review states that best results are obtained from D800/E if best (most expensive) lenses are used, which sounds a bit like a drawback. My experience shows the opposite. Nikon D800E shines the brightest over any other camera I have used when I use just simple plastic zooms like Nikon 28-80/3.3-5.6G
I was not able to get ever sharper immages with any Canon using superior prime lenses than the images I get from nikon D800E with the nikon 28-80/3.3-5.6G lens.
Perhaps the best D800E results will be with the best lenses there are. I also have Nikon 85/1.4G, no questions there. This lens is so sharp that manages to exite some moire and aliasing even when shooting grass.
However D800E produces superior image quality over anything else even with cheap lenses.

I could post some examples.

4 upvotes
mufflon
By mufflon (8 months ago)

sound interesting -> i will test that too :)

0 upvotes
munro harrap
By munro harrap (9 months ago)

There seems to be a kind of failure to realize that the D800 responds very much faster to use than does the 5D MkIII, and that it does not degrade images as do the 5D MkII and 5D MkIII series.
There's no point having the resolution if the 5D Mk II and III smooth away all low contrast detail as they do- certainly in Raw files as well as Jpeg in the 5D MkII.

I would not advise anyone to buy such a camera whose shutter lag is also much greater than its peers. An Old 1Ds is a much better bet if you are a Canon fan, much. No degradation to fine detail (which happens at ALL isos and much much faster response-same as D800 in custom function mode.

I bought a 5D MkII. I was appalled at what it did to the images and the Jpegs are a disgrace-worse than the Basic level off a Nikon with all detail mushed. Well, if you want that, and the finest detail turned to mush in 5dMkII and MkIII RAW files too , as now Dpreview admit(years too late), go ahead, but the D800 is just SO much better -it just is.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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SASpurr
By SASpurr (10 months ago)

In the 'Final Word' subsection of the 'Overall Conclusions' section it states:-

"Yet, I'd caution anyone who considers buying the D800 or D800E solely, or even primarily because of their ultra-high resolution. Pushing these cameras to achieve their maximum level of detail requires an investment of both time (methodical preparation) and money (the very best lenses Nikon makes)."

The part about which I would like clarification is "...requires an investment of both time...". Is the author referring to additional tasks over and above what one would 'normally' do in taking a picture? If so what are these tasks?
Or does it refer to care in the conduct of normal tasks: use of tripod, select correct depth of field/aperture, exposure delay and remote control to reduce vibration, switch off image stabilisation??

1 upvote
Joed700
By Joed700 (8 months ago)

The only reason you want this camera is because you plan to present your photos or make BIG prints. Of course, shooting RAW at all time. You probably want to invest in prime lenses or good zoom like 24-70mm f2.8 or 80-200mm f2.8; 50mm f1.8g... Also, purchasing a photo processing program is a must, like CS6 or similar. If you are a causal shooter who doesn't care about post processing, you are better off getting the D610 for full frame or D7100, D5300...and shoot jpegs.

Also, you really don't need a tripod in many situations. I think Nikon was trying to emphasize the pixel power of this camera by telling people to shoot at a higher shutter speed...

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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YogiGX20
By YogiGX20 (7 months ago)

When digital cameras reached 14 MP, with the first being the Pentax K20D, criticism was raised, that lenses won't cope. It's now crept up to 24MP for APS-C and the sensors are praised for their detailed pictures. Makes me wonder how great all these new kit lenses must be??? Or it was all just a media hype?
Using a DX lens on a D800 brings the resolution down to about 15MP which is roughly the same pixel pitch as a Nikon D7000 or Pentax K5 - it is also considered the best compromise between pixel size and resolution. So a D800 is basically a full frame version of a 16MP APS-C sensor as far as I understand it.
I think you do need much better glass for a D7100 or D5300 (than a D800) to get the best out of the sensor and a much steadier hand (or fast shutter speeds) for really sharp pictures. Such a high amount of photo sites will pick up any lens movement ....
I reckon if Nikon also produced a "D800" with a 24MP sensor, it'd be more appealing to a wider audience.

2 upvotes
Mike Davis
By Mike Davis (11 months ago)

Regarding the excellent demo of diffraction's impact at various f-stops, on page 25 of this review, where is the photo showing what could have been accomplished using Photoshop ACR sharpening against an f/4 RAW file?

I would very much like to compare sharpening of the f/4 RAW file to sharpening of the f/22 RAW file. Surely, a silk purse made from silk would be more attractive than a silk purse made from a pig's ear.

Link to page 25 of this review: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikon-d800-d800e/25

Mike

0 upvotes
arhmatic
By arhmatic (11 months ago)

Maybe it's just me, but I see this camesas looking more and more like a melted soap bar. I miss the days when bodies had straight, clean lines. They were also much smaller, for the same full frame film...

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