Nikon D800 And D800E Review

36 megapixels in 35mm format: Nikon D800 and D800E

With the twins D800 and D800E, Nikon presents two digital SLR cameras in 35mm format that have a particularly high resolution of 36 megapixels. The Japanese camera manufacturer is not launching the models as successors to the D700, but as high-resolution additions, because these models are not designed for high speeds or particularly high sensitivities. The D800 is all about detail resolution, and the D800E even more: this more expensive model is aimed at professionals who know how to handle a camera without a low-pass filter. Its absence allows a higher resolution, but also carries the risk of unattractive moirés.

Short evaluation

Pros

  • Integrated flash unit
  • Very good video functions including live stream via HDMI
  • Surprisingly high low-noise levels
  • Extremely high sensor resolution
  • Outstanding scope of equipment

Cons

  • High sensor resolution places the highest demands on lenses
  • Slightly low continuous frame rate (but large buffer allows long sequences)
  • Display neither foldable nor swivelable

Nikon D800 And D800E ReviewEspecially for the D800, Nikon developed a new CMOS image sensor in the 36 x 24 millimeter 35mm format that physically resolves 36.8 megapixels, which effectively results in 36.3 megapixels or 7,360 x 4,912 pixels. Nikon has this sensor produced by appropriately equipped contract manufacturers. Thus, the D800 achieves a new resolution record in 35mm format (with Nikon FX). Unlike the D700, which with its 12-megapixel sensor offers particularly large and light-sensitive pixels, the D800 is dedicated to capturing the finest details. It even outshines the professional camera D3x and even offers the advantage of greater ease of use and the built-in flash with a guide number of 12, which can also serve as a master for controlling external flash units. Of course, the D800 can be equipped as usual with a multifunction handle, with which the camera not only achieves a longer battery life, but is also extended by a portrait shutter release including ergonomic handle. Nikon deliberately sees the D800 as a handy alternative to the medium format camera, but the D800 offers a large ISO range from 100 to 6,400, which can be manually screwed down to ISO 50 and up to ISO 12,800 or 25,600.

Nikon D800 And D800E ReviewThe sensor is read out on twelve channels, the image signal is digitized with 14 bits, the data processing in the powerful Expeed 3 image processor even in 16 bits. According to Nikon, this should enable “very fine tonal gradations and extremely natural colour reproduction with an enormous wealth of detail and dynamic range – even when recording in JPEG format”. However, the D800 can also save in RAW or TIFF formats. Numerous technological advances, which the D4 already has to offer, were incorporated into the new development: For example, the improved 51-point autofocus with its 15 cross sensors, where 11 of the sensors are light-sensitive up to F8, i.e. automatic focusing is possible even with a 600/F4 telephoto lens including two converters. The D800 is also equipped with the new 91,000 pixel RGB exposure meter. It not only supports continuous autofocus in subject tracking, but also automatic white balance and even provides face detection when using the optical viewfinder. The i-TTL flash metering is also improved.

Nikon D800 And D800E ReviewIf the D700 did not yet offer video recording, then the D800 can immediately offer the second, advanced generation. At FullHD resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, the videographer has the choice between the frame rates of 30, 25 and 24 frames per second, at 1,280 x 720 pixels even 50 and 60 frames per second are available. The D800 offers both a headphone jack and a stereo microphone input (each via a 3.5 millimetre jack) as well as a manual tone control. The uncompressed picture signal can be output via the HDMI mini connector (without monitor overlays), so that an external and thus unlimited video recording with appropriate devices can be made. The D800 itself will then not be able to record. External recording of the audio signal in PCM format is also possible. Without uncompressed HDMI output, on the other hand, the film recordings land on the memory card, but the maximum recording length is then limited to 29 minutes and 59 seconds per clip. It is saved in Quicktime format (MOV) with compression H.264 or MPEG-4/AVC. Other interesting features for videographers include aperture control in fine 1/8 increments and the ability to index important phase images of a video sequence, which makes it easier to find certain sequences during subsequent video editing.

Nikon D800 And D800E ReviewCompared to the D700, the case is a few grams lighter, ready to use with battery and SD memory card but without lens, the D800 weighs in at exactly one kilogram. In addition to the SD card slot, which also accepts SDHC or SDXC memory cards (including UHS-1), the D800 has a CompactFlash slot that is UDMA-7 compatible. If desired, both card types can be used simultaneously. Either the camera fills them one after the other, or both at the same time as a backup, or saves them on one RAW and on the other JPEG, or you separate photo and video recordings from each other. The rear screen has grown to a diagonal of 3.2 inches (about eight centimeters) and still offers a resolution of 921,000 pixels. New is a light sensor for automatic adjustment of the monitor brightness. The splash water and dust protection has been preserved (and even at D4 level) as well as the high-quality magnesium housing.

What is new is that the viewfinder covers the field of view 100 percent, but the magnification factor drops minimally from 0.72x to 0.7x, the exit pupil now measures 17 instead of 18 millimeters on the D700. With 200,000 releases, the shutter offers a long service life and allows exposure times from 1/8,000 to 30 seconds. The newly designed drive works very economically, especially in LiveView and during long film shoots with the mirror flipped up. With the EN-EL15 battery charged, 850 CIPA-standard shots are possible; in LiveView film recording mode, the operating time is 60 minutes, unless the camera is switched off for safety reasons due to excessive heat generation. The interval function has been extended by the possibility of recording time-lapse films and playing them back at 24 to 36,000 times the speed. Also new is an HDR recording function that automatically compares three images with each other. The smoothing of the transitions between differently exposed image areas can be individually adjusted by the user for a natural image effect.

Nikon D800 And D800E Review

The D800 will be available from the end of March 2012 at a price of EUR 2,900. The sister model D800E will be available from mid-April for EUR 3,220 at selected professional dealers only. Unlike the D800, the D800E lacks the low-pass filter. This brings a somewhat higher real resolution, but it also holds the danger of Moirés, which shouldn’t be underestimated. Nikon says professionals know how to handle it, as there are no low-pass filters in medium format either. Particularly with fabrics and other fine structures, the photographer must be careful and, for example, adjust the focus or camera position slightly. The D800E comes with an activation code for the camera image processing software Capture NX 2, which has to be purchased additionally with the D800. Capture NX 2 offers a function to reduce moirés, but Nikon stresses that this cannot replace a low-pass filter.

After three and a half long years, Nikon now offers the D800, which is still available, a high-resolution sister model to the D700. So a lot of time to bring the D800 up to date. In addition, Nikon has equipped the D800 with a full-frame sensor that has 36 megapixels of resolution, as high as no 35mm camera before. In addition, the D800 inherits the autofocus module and exposure meter of the brand new top model D4, from which it also largely takes over the video capabilities. digitalkamer.de was one of the first German-language publications to have the opportunity to intensively test the D800 in its own test laboratory as well as in practice.

Ergonomics and workmanship

Whether the Nikon D800 is a beauty or not – that’s certainly in the eye of the beholder. It is undoubtedly a photo camera, a classic one with unmistakable similarities to the D700. So the D800 stays with a large, almost massive housing with a high towering prism dome as well as a large viewfinder eyepiece. This viewfinder covers the field of view 100 percent; it is clear and bright, as befits a classic professional-class SLR camera. In the hand, the D800 feels almost the same as its predecessor, even though it weighs almost 100 grams less. But even with a weight of around 900 grams without a lens, the D800 is anything but a lightweight, just a tool and by no means a camera just for taking snapshots in between. On the other hand, the camera radiates an unshakeable robustness, its magnesium housing looks like it has been built for eternity. Nikon has improved the case of the D800 in detail. The front rotary wheel can now be reached more easily, preferably with the middle finger, so that the index finger remains resting on the trigger. However, the tab of the ring-shaped circuit breaker remains between the trip unit and the front rotary wheel, allowing the main switch to be operated too easily by mistake. Great, however, how soft and quiet the mirror stroke on the D800 is.

The operation has changed little compared to the predecessor and remains Nikon-typical: To select most of the parameters both hands are necessary or at least two fingers. To set the recording mode, turn the rotary control while holding down the Mode button. The ISO setting, the white balance configuration, and the image quality settings work in a similar way.

This is extremely effective in preventing the camera from moving in the heat of battle, but practically always requires both hands on the D800. Configuration is facilitated by an extremely large status display on the top of the camera.

Alternatively, the settings can also be shown on the brilliant display. Its diagonal has grown slightly to 3.2 inches, the resolution continues to be 921,000 pixels as already with the D700. From the Nikon D4, the display adopts the new coating, which is supposed to effectively suppress fogging. It remains the case that the display is firmly installed, it cannot be folded or swivelled. This is a pity, as Nikon has improved the Live View function with the D800 (more on this in the Lens section). As with the D7000 and D4, Live View can be switched conveniently with a dedicated push-button on the rear of the unit, and there is a ring switch around the push-button that switches between photo and video mode. However, the switch for selecting the AF measurement method had to be changed, it has now migrated to the extensive camera menu. There is a dedicated trigger for starting a video recording – but it only works after the Live View mode has been switched to “Video”.

Everything remains the same, even with the menu navigation. Every Nikon photographer will immediately find his way around the menus of the D800, but they also don’t pose a big mystery for those switching. Rather the wealth of setting and configuration options that can be found here. The menus can also be configured individually, personal settings can be saved on a memory card, from where they can then be transferred to a second D800. Nikon has hidden the connections under robust flaps that close full. The almost massive handle accommodates a powerful battery from below, which is sufficient for around 900 shots according to the CIPA standard. Its flap is arranged in such a way that the battery compartment is accessible even when the quick-release plate is attached – the tripod thread is made of stainless steel and sits in the optical axis.

Equipment

Nikon has equipped the D800 with such a rich, almost opulent feature set that it’s easier to write what it doesn’t have. For example, motive programs or even the creative functions that are currently so modern. If you don’t want to do without it, you can at least add a miniature effect to your shots in playback mode, add star-shaped highlights or create black-and-white images with one color (“Color-Keying”) – to name just a few of the possibilities. But only afterwards. The D800 is unmistakably aimed at photographers who understand their craft and know which shooting parameters are right for each subject. You benefit from a new light meter that has an amazing 91,000 metering points. That’s even enough for the AF to automatically focus on faces. So Nikon does not close himself completely to the zeitgeist. The D800 is also equipped with HDR auto shooting, which takes two differently exposed photos in rapid succession and then fuses them into one image with an extended dynamic range. Not only the exposure difference of the individual shots between one and three f-stops can be specified, but also the radius with which contrast differences in tone mapping are compensated. Also on board is the D-Lighting function, which adjusts the tonal value curve to the motif contrast and thus brightens up the shadow areas, for example.

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The D800 makes it easy to take pictures with many small details. This includes, for example, an artificial horizon on the Live View screen that shows whether the camera is correctly aligned in the transverse and longitudinal axes. In the viewfinder, two bar graphs symbolise deviations from the optimum position. If desired, a histogram in Live View mode provides information on the brightness distribution in the image at the current exposure setting. Like Nikon’s new top model D4, the D800 also offers two memory card slots. One takes classic CF cards, the other the smaller cards in SD format. The use of memory cards can be configured in a variety of ways. For example, one card can store RAW images while JPEG files are written to the other card. Or both cards store the same files, so that a backup is created in the camera. Of course, one card can also serve as an extension of the other in the classic way, so that the storage capacity is increased. A slot for especially fast XQD cards remains reserved for the top model D4.

The image processing capabilities offered by the D800 in playback mode are extremely generous. RAW shots can be developed into JPEG photos directly in the camera, shadows can be raised via D-Lighting or red flashed eyes can be corrected. The D800 even comes with a perspective correction function, which can be used to minimize falling lines, and even a correction function for barrel or cushion-shaped distortions is available. In contrast to other 35mm DSLRs in their price range, Nikon has equipped the D800 with a small on-board flash, which with its guide number of 12 at least serves as a close-up brightener. And more: In combination with wirelessly connected system flash units, the integrated flash of the D800 serves as the master for the setup – no additional external flash is required. It goes without saying that the other flash functions of the D800 offer everything a photographer’s heart desires: synchronisation to the second curtain, long-term synchronisation, stroboscopic flash and a quite short synchronisation time of 1/250 second.

As one of the few cameras at all, the D800 can take photos fully automatically at fixed intervals. Optionally, it saves the interval sequence as a video file, resulting in a time-lapse movie. Speaking of film: While the Canon 5D MK II set standards for video recording almost four years ago, Nikon now also meets the great wishes and requirements of videographers with the D800: It records videos with a maximum resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (Full HD), has a connection option for an external stereo microphone and allows the audio level to be manually adjusted. It hardly matters that the camera’s internal mono microphone is more of a makeshift. Demanding videographers are more likely to be bothered by the fact that the D800 records video at a maximum frame rate of only 30 full frames – even some simpler cameras today can handle double the frame rate. The D800 compensates for this with an HDMI socket that can output the uncompressed video stream directly and without detour via the memory card. However, if a memory card is inserted during video recording, the HDMI jack transmits the Live View image with the recording information displayed to an external control monitor.

The D800 proves to be more of an endurance runner than a sprinter when it comes to taking serial pictures. Equipped with the standard EN-EL15 rechargeable battery, the camera records image series at a rather leisurely 4 frames per second (fps). This rate is maintained thanks to its ample buffer memory for around 17 RAW shots or 45 JPEG photos. The status display shows the number of photos that still have space in the internal buffer memory. The rather leisurely pace is clearly due to the large volume of data that the 36-megapixel sensor delivers. The continuous shooting rate can be increased to about 5 fps in “1.2x mode”. The camera then switches to a crop mode with an extension factor of 1.2; the resulting image section still corresponds to that of a 25 megapixel image. If the D800 is additionally equipped with the optional battery handle MB-D12 and AA/Mignon cells, its continuous shooting rate increases to 6 fps according to Nikon – a value that still doesn’t inspire sports photographers, but is acceptable for many action scenarios.

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Lens

It’s obvious: A 35mm DSLR with 36 megapixel resolution needs to be equipped with adequate glass (more on this in the Image Quality section). We mainly used the camera with the standard zoom NIKKOR 24-70mm 1:2.8G ED, the macro lens NIKKOR 105 mm 1:2.8G VR and for a short photo tour the NIKKOR 28-300 mm 1:3.5-5.6G ED VR. A small drawback in practice was that the standard zoom does not have an image stabilizer. Nikon relies on an optical stabilizer, but does not equip every lens with the vibration reduction system. In view of the extremely high sensor resolution of the D800, even the slightest shake can have a negative effect; the well-known rule “shutter speed = 1/ focal length” should therefore be better applied to non-stabilised lenses with a security surcharge on the next shutter speed.

The D800’s autofocus system doesn’t give the slightest cause for criticism. It takes over the AF module with 51 sensors from the D4, of which 15 are cross sensors. Eleven sensors are particularly light-sensitive and operate up to a light intensity of F8. Since even the smallest deviations from the optimum focus setting can cause visible blurring at the immense sensor resolution, the AF of the D800 can be fine-tuned for up to 20 lenses.

Nikon D800 And D800E ReviewIn practice, however, much more important is the speed at which the D800 focuses and triggers when the shutter release button is pressed: the picture was in the box after 0.3 seconds at the latest.

Especially impressive is how Nikon improved the autofocus of the D800 in Live View mode. Accompanied by a soft mirror stroke, the camera found the point of focus after about one second and released it. However, Live View mode unfolds its full potential when manual focus is required. The viewfinder image can now be displayed in 23x magnification on the rear display, the section to be displayed can be freely selected. However, it proves to be a shortcoming that the display cannot be folded up or down – for example, when shooting close to the ground, you might have to put yourself out of shape. All in all, however, the Live View of the D800 has proven itself in practice, even with automatic focusing. If the ambient light is not sufficient for the autofocus, it is assisted by a bright white auxiliary light.

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Fortunately, the obtrusive light can be switched off – it is only necessary in really adverse lighting conditions anyway, in the dim light of a pub the D800 easily managed without any bright light.

Picture quality

For a long time, Nikon was rather conservative when it came to sensor resolution, as can be seen from the D3xab, which is not much in demand due to its price.

The D700 still had to manage with a modest twelve megapixels, while 21 megapixels and more resolution established themselves in the mid-range of full-format DSLRs. Now that’s it, the D800 with its resolution of 36 megapixels is set far apart and enters spheres that were previously reserved for the digital medium format. Some photographers will ask themselves quite rightly whether this impressive number of pixels is reflected at all in a corresponding image quality.

As befits a professional camera, the D800 is very cautiously tuned. It leaves gripping contrasts and screaming bright colours to others, while the D800 convinces with its love of image detail and its ability to create the finest colour and brightness gradations. The output tonal range remains close to the theoretical maximum of 256 gradations per channel up to about ISO 400, but even at ISO 6.400 the color and brightness resolution is still acceptable 7 bit/channel. Not quite as convincing is the input dynamic, the D800 processes up to ISO 1,600 brightness differences of about ten f-stops. That’s a good value, but not a superior one. However, the very honest JPEG tuning should play a role, with correspondingly adjusted tonal value curves (e.g. via D-Lighting) the camera can also cope with higher motif contrasts – and when recording in RAW anyway. The color fidelity of the D800 is also very high, only with some cyan and orange values the camera in the lab didn’t take it so exactly – a small carelessness, which hardly plays a role in practice.

That Nikon relied on a very moderate resolution for the D700 gave this camera considerable high-ISO capabilities at the time. Can the D800 keep up with its predecessor in terms of low noise, even though its pixel count has tripled with the same sensor area? To cut a long story short, she can. And not only keep up, the D800 even surpasses the D700. Not necessarily metrologically, if both cameras are compared pixel by pixel. In any case in practice, however, as soon as images from the D800 are scaled down to the desired output dimension. But one thing at a time: In the laboratory, the measurement curve for the luminance noise of the D800 to ISO 1.600 hardly increases noticeably; only with even higher sensitivity settings does a very fine grain become more and more visible. The grain size remains very consistently low up to high ISO 6,400, only above this does it increase slightly. Nikon has adjusted the noise suppression perfectly, preferring to allow a soft grain instead of turning even the finest image details through the ironer with the noise.

The D800 intervenes similarly unobtrusively in the color noise – however, from ISO 3.200 it should be approached a bit more courageously, in homogeneous areas there are light color clouds from time to time. Per pixel, the noise of RAW files from the D800 to ISO 6.400 is hardly more pronounced than that of its predecessor. If you reduce the image resolution of the files from the D800 to the twelve megapixels of the D700 images, the new significantly better Available Light capabilities are shown. Up to ISO 6,400, the D800 can be used without any problems if an output resolution of around 4,000 x 3,000 pixels is sufficient. Nikon does not call even higher ISO levels “extended ISO range” for nothing, but for web resolution and smaller prints they are also quite useful.

Absolutely impressive is the resolution of the D800. Equipped with the 24-70/2.8 it breaks the mark of 70 line pairs per millimetre (lp/mm) – but only in the image centre. The glory ends abruptly towards the edges of the picture – at 24 millimetres focal length, the zoom lens only exceeds the 35 lp/mm mark at an optimum aperture of F11. A loss of resolution of around 50 percent towards the edge of the picture is simply too high. Fortunately, this weakness of the standard zoom decreases with increasing focal length, at 50 and 70 millimeters the loss of resolution just stays within limits. By the way, the 105 macro is almost exemplary in this respect; in the worst case, the edge loss of the resolution is a good 15 percent. The high sensor resolution of the D800, however, brings a phenomenon to the fore that didn’t previously play such a major role: loss of sharpness due to diffraction. In all the lenses tested, the resolution power beyond F11 decreases rapidly – here physics simply sets limits that cannot be overcome.

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In practice, the drop in resolution at the edge is particularly annoying in landscape and architectural photography – i.e. whenever sharpness is required over the entire field of view and the photographer prefers short focal lengths. The edge darkening of the standard zoom NIKKOR 24-70mm is completely uncritical, but at the shortest focal length position it shows a pronounced barrel shape. However, the D800 can automatically correct both distortion and vignetting – either during recording or during playback using the corresponding editing function. Unfortunately, this does not apply to chromatic aberrations; in extreme cases they can appear as quite pronounced colour contours on contrasting edges.

Conclusion

With the D800, Nikon presents a high-resolution 35mm DSLR that does practically nothing wrong. The equipment of the camera is outstanding, the ergonomics not least thanks to brilliant 100 percent viewfinder outstanding. The 36-megapixel sensor outclasses the competition in terms of resolution and detail reproduction and penetrates spheres that were previously reserved for the digital medium format. However, this only applies as long as the D800 is equipped with adequate lenses, the NIKKOR 24-70mm 1:2.8G ED is not included, especially in the wide-angle range. The high-ISO capabilities of the D800 are surprisingly good in view of the pixel density on the sensor, and even excellent at a resolution reduced to twelve megapixels.

Nikon D800 And D800E ReviewCompared to the previous generation of top models, Nikon has significantly improved its video capabilities and Live View operation. The latter shines with an acceptable fast autofocus, which makes Live View on the D800 practical. From the even higher quality D4, the D800 takes over the 51-point AF module and the 91,000-pixel light meter that enables face recognition. The housing of the camera is a bit bulky, but accommodates an on-board flash, which can even serve as a master for wirelessly connected flash units. The bottom line is that the D800 is recommended as an all-round camera for the highest demands. It is only suitable for sports and action shots to a limited extent in view of its modest serial frame rate. And it would be even more valuable in the studio if the display could at least be folded.

Fact sheet

Fact sheet
Manufacturer Nikon
Model D800
Price approx. 4.400 EUR**
Sensor Resolution 36.3 megapixels
Max. Image resolution 7.360 x 4.912
(aspect ratio) (3:2)
Lens AF-S Nikkor 24-70 mm 1:2.8 ED
Filter threads 77 mm
Viewfinder Pentaprism-SLR
Field of vision 100 %
Enlargement 0,7-fold
Diopter compensation -3 to +1 dpt.
LCD monitor 3,2″
Disbandment 920.000
rotatable
swivelling
as seeker yes
Video output AV and HDMI (each PAL/NTSC)
as seeker yes
Program automation yes
Aperture priority yes
Aperture priority yes
manual exposure yes
BULB long-term exposure yes
Motive programmes
Portrait
Children/Babies
Countryside
Macro
Sports/Action
more
Exposure metering Multi-field, Centre-weighted Integral, Spot
Flash yes
Guide number 12 (measurement)
Flash connection System flash shoe
Remote release Cord
Interval shooting yes
Storage medium SD/SDHC/SDXC, CompactFlash
Video mode
Size MOV
Codec H.264/AVC
Resolution (max.) 1.920 x 1.080
Frame rate (max.) 30
Sensitivity
automatic ISO 100-25.600 (upper limit adjustable)
manually ISO 50-25.600
White balance
Automatic yes
Sun yes
Clouds yes
Fluorescent lamp yes
Light bulb yes
Other Shadows, manual color temperature selection
Manual yes
Autofocus
Number of measuring fields 51
AF auxiliary light whitely
Speed approx. 0.3 s
Languages German
more 23
Switch-on time approx. 0.2 s
One-hand operation
(zoom and shutter release)
Weight
(Ready)
approx. 900 g (only housing
)approx. 1,900 g (with lens**)
Continuous shooting function*
Number of series images 45 (JPEG
)17 (RAW)
Frequency
(frames/s)
4.0 (JPEG
)4.2 (RAW)
Endurance run
(frames/s)
1.4 (JPEG
)1.2 (RAW)
with flash
Zoom
Zoom adjustment at lens
Zoom levels continuously variable
Time WW to Tele
Memory speeds*
JPEG 1,4 (9,1 MByte)
RAW 2.6 s (32 MByte)
Triggering during
.Save as possible.
yes
Battery life approx. 900 images (according to CIPA)
– not applicable” or “not available
“* with Panasonic 4 GByte Gold SDHC Class 10 memory card**

with lens AF-S Nikkor 24-70 mm 1:2.8 ED

Short evaluation

Pros

  • Integrated flash unit
  • Very good video functions including live stream via HDMI
  • Surprisingly high low-noise levels
  • Extremely high sensor resolution
  • Outstanding scope of equipment

Cons

  • High sensor resolution places the highest demands on lenses
  • Slightly low continuous frame rate (but large buffer allows long sequences)
  • Display neither foldable nor swivelable

Nikon D800 Datasheet

Electronics

Sensor CMOS sensor 35mm 36.0 x 24.0 mm (crop factor 1.0
)36.8 megapixels (physical) and 36.3 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 4.9 µm
Photo resolution
7.360 x 4.912 pixels (3:2)
5.520 x 3.680 pixels (3:2)
3.680 x 2.456 pixels (3:2)
Picture formats JPG, RAW, TIF, TIF compressed
Colour depth 42 bits (14 bits per color channel)
Metadata Exif (version 2.3), DCF standard
Video resolution
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 30 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 25 p
Video format
MOV (Codec n.a.)
MPG4 (Codec H.264)

Lens

Lens mount
Nikon F

Focusing

Autofocus mode Phase comparison autofocus with 51 sensors
Autofocus Functions Single AF, Continuous AF, Manual, AF Assist Light
Focus control Live view

Viewfinder and Monitor

Reflex viewfinder Reflex viewfinder (prism viewfinder) (100 % image coverage), 17 mm interpupillary distance, diopter compensation, replaceable focusing screens
Monitor 3.2″ TFT LCD monitor with 921,000 pixels
Info display additional info display (top)

Exposure

Exposure metering Center-weighted integral measurement, matrix/multi-field measurement over 1,000 fields, spot measurement
Exposure times 1/8,000 to 30 s (Auto
)1/8,000 to 30 s (Manual)
Bulb Function
Exposure control Program automatic, Aperture automatic, Time automatic, Manual
Bracketing function Step size from 1/3 to 2 EV
Exposure compensation -5.0 to +5.0 EV
Sensitivity to light ISO 100 to ISO 6,400 (automatic
)ISO 50 to ISO 25,600 (manual)
Remote access Remote tripping
Motives 0 further motif programmes
Continuous shooting 4.0 frames/s at highest resolution
Self-timer Self-timer at intervals of 2 s, special features: or 10 s (optional)

Flashgun

Flash built-in flash (hinged
)flash shoe: Nikon, standard center contact
Flash number Guide number 12 (ISO 100)
Flash functions Auto, Fill Flash, Flash On, Flash Off, Slow Sync, Red-eye Reduction

Equipment

Image stabilizer no optical image stabilizer
Memory
CF (Type I)
second memory card slot
SD
Power supply 1 x Nikon EN-EL15 (lithium ions (Li-Ion), 7.4 V, 1,030 mAh)
Playback Functions Image index
Picture parameters Contrast
Special functions Live view
Ports Data interfaces: USB
AV connectors AV output: HDMI output Micro (Type D)
Supported direct printing methods PictBridge
Tripod socket 1/4″
Features and Miscellaneous Integrated sensor cleaning systemArtificial
horizon for horizontal camera alignmentD-Lighting
for artificial illumination of dark image areasEXPEED-3 image processorLive-Viewwith contrast-based AF on SensorAF motif detection

Size and weight

Dimensions W x H x D 146 x 123 x 82 mm
Weight 1.000 g (operational)

Other

included accessories Nikon AN-DC6 Storage AccessoriesNikon
BF-1B (Case Cover)Nik
onBM-12 (Monitor Cover)
Nikon BS-1 (Shoe Cover)Nikon

Capture NX SoftwareNikon
EN-EL15 Special BatteryNikon
MH-25 Charger for Special BatteryNikon
UC-E14 USB CableRubber EyecupShoe Cover

BS-1; Eyepiece End DK-17Transfer StrapImage Editing Software

Nikon Picture ProjectImage Management Software
Nikon View Pro

optional accessory Nikon EH-5B Power Supply UnitNikon
EN-EL15 Special BatteryNikon
EP-5B Battery Compartment Adapter CableNikon
MB-D12 Battery GripNikon
MB-D18 Battery GripWirelessTransmitter WT-4

Firmware updates for various Nikon DSLRs: support of AF-P lenses

Nikon provides a new firmware version for each of the ten DSLRs D7100, D7200, D810, D810A, D800, D800E, Df, D4, D4S and D500. Common to all updates is better support for AF-P lenses. For example, the focus no longer shifts when the camera goes into power-saving mode and wakes up again. In addition, the focus indicator now flashes as soon as the close-up limit or infinity position is reached

The new firmware for the D800E (Version A/B 1.11), D800 (Version A/B 1.11), D4 (Version A/B 1.11) and Df eliminates the erroneous error message that no image could be captured when mirror lock-up was activated in the individual functions of the camera and when remote control via Camera Control Pro 2 was used.

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