Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Nikon Announces 36Mp “HD Multimedia” D800, D800E dSLRs With Prices, Availabilities

The Nikon D800: a new kind of dSLR.

Nikon has just announced the long-awaited successor to the D700 model: the D800 and D800E, which Nikon claims to be a true multi-media camera thanks to its greatly enhanced video capabilities. In digital camera terms, the D700 was getting quite old for a dSLR. Launched in 2008 with essentially 2007 technology, the D700 revolutionized photography by offering pro features at half the price of a pro camera: the D3.

Building on the success of the D700, Nikon has offered improvements in many categories that are sure to make many current Nikonians consider an update and some non-Nikonians consider jumping ship.
In the following couple of days, expect some commentary, especially in light of the D4. For now, if you want some in-depth analysis, go here.

Key specs:Body: magnesium alloy, weather seals
Sensor: 36Mp FX
Aspect ratios: 3:2, 5:4
Formats: NEF (RAW), TIFF, JPEG
ISO: 50-25,800
AF Modes: 8
AF Points: 51
Viewfinder: 100% coverage. 0.7x magnification
LCD: 3.2” 920k dot live view
Built-in flash: yes
Shutter Speed: 1/8000-30 seconds, bulb
Flash Sync: 1/250th second
Continuous rive: 4 fps (FX), 6fps (DX)
Exposure Compensation: +/- 5 stops
AE Bracketing: 2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3, ½, 2/3, 1 stops
WB settings: 12, 5 more user-defined
WB Bracketing: 2-9 frames in steps of 1, 2, 3
Video: 1080p full HD
Movie Formats: MPEG, H.264
Microphone: mono
Speaker: mono
Wireless: no
GPS: optional
Storage: Compactflash, SD
Weight: 1.98lbs (with battery)
Size: 5.75” x 4.84” x 3.23”
Price: $2999.95 or $3299.99 (D800E)

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