Nikon Corporation launched a powerhouse FX-format digital SLR camera today, the Nikon D800, set to offer users of all levels powerful digital imaging solutions through advanced technology and design. The camera comes with the world’s highest effective pixel count of 36.3-million pixels, the new EXPEED 3 image-processing engine and a 91K-pixel (approximately 91,000 pixels) RGB sensor.
The new 91K-pixel (approximately 91,000 pixels) RGB sensor supports the Advanced Scene Recognition System, offering advances in scene recognition performance. The camera is also equipped with a number of new functions, including Multi-area mode Full HD D-Movie that lets users record movies using either the FX-based movie format or the DX-based movie format.
The D800 is Nikon’s response to demands by advanced amateur photographers and professionals for a higher pixel count, better image quality, smaller, and lighter digital SLR camera that captures still images with superior resolution, and records movies with true high-definition picture quality.
The model also responds to the demands of professional photographers by offering a standard sensitivity range of ISO 100 – 6400, and additional support for equivalents of ISO 50 (Lo 1) and up to ISO 25600 (Hi 2). The result is superior image quality when shooting still images and recording movies in dimly lit situations, such as just before sunrise and just after sunset.
The D800 records movies with superior resolution through optimal information processing acquired from the 36.3-million pixel image sensor. Users can record 1920 × 1080p/30-fps full-HD movies using either the FX-based movie format or the DX-based movie format according to shooting conditions. The FX-based movie format offers a shallow depth-of-field with an emphasis on blur characteristics, while the DX-based movie format brings subjects closer when lenses with short focal lengths are used.
The camera is also equipped with a headphone jack and supports precise adjustment of microphone sensitivity. In addition, users can play back movies or view the live recording of movies simultaneously via the camera’s monitor and on an external monitor. Professional users can link the movie live view mode to an external HDMI monitor, as well as record movies simultaneously onto an external device via the HDMI link.
Nikon’s newest digital SLR camera also features a time-lapse photography function that captures images at a selected interval and then combines the images to create a time-lapse movie. A time-lapse movie shows the changes in a particular scene that occur over time.
The D800’s viewfinder supports a frame coverage of approximately 100% and magnification of approximately 0.7× . The magnesium alloy body gives the camera the same level of durability as the D700 with an approximate 10% decrease in weight.
The Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D12 supports the Rechargeable Li-ion Batteries EN-EL15 and EN-EL18, common AA batteries and the AC Adapter EH-5a/b (with Power Connector EP-5B). When the MB-D12 is mounted on the D800, it is possible to shoot at high-speeds continuously at approximately 6 fps using the DX-format image area. The MB-D12 also offers the added convenience of controls, including a shutter-release button, an AF-ON button and multi-selector for vertical shooting. What’s more, the MB-D12 uses the same seals as the D800’s magnesium body, resulting in superior resistance to dust and water.
The camera offers a 51-point AF system for improved subject acquisition and focus under dim lighting. An addition 11 focus points (five at the centre with an additional three to each side) are fully functional when lenses with a maximum aperture of f/8 are used
Photographers will also benefit of a virtual horizon that shows the degree to which the camera is tilted sideways (roll), or forward, or backward (pitch), which is displayed on the monitor and in the viewfinder
The new shutter unit is tested for approximately 200,000 cycles and supports a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000s and flash sync speed of 1/250s. The camera offers support for SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0)
For those demanding even more definition, Nikon has also released the D800E, a model that offers increased resolution for images with more dimensions.
In-camera disabling of the aliasing and moiré pattern reduction operation performed by the optical low-pass filter built into the D800E allows light passing through a NIKKOR lens to strike photodiodes directly for even greater resolution. This model is optimal for landscape and artistic photography, which demand higher resolution and clear definition. With the exception of the above modification, the D800E possesses the same characteristics as the D800.