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Nikon D800 Black 36.3 Megapixels Digital SLR Camera Body - 25480

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36.3 MP FX-Format CMOS Seonsor/ 4 FPS Shotting Speed/ ISO 1006,400(Expandable to 25,600)/ FULL HD, 1080p at 30/25/24p/ 51-Point Area Coverage/ Dynamic Range With Built-In HDR/ Dedicated Picture Control Button/ Eye-level Pentaprism Single-Lens Reflex Viewfinder/ 1/8000 To 30 Sec. Shutter Speed/ Black Finish (Camera Body Only Lens Not Included)
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Nikon D800 Black 36.3 Megapixels Digital SLR Camera Body - D800BODY

D800, built for today’s multimedia photographer includes a groundbreaking 36.3MP FX-format CMOS sensor, Full HD 1080p video at 30/25/24p with stereo sound, class leading ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 25,600, 4 fps burst rate and Advanced Scene Recognition System with 91,000-pixel RGB sensor.


  • Every photo will astound. Every video will dazzle.
    Hold in your hands an HD-SLR able to capture images rivaled only by those produced with a medium-format camera: extremely low noise, incredible dynamic range and the most faithful colors. Meet the Nikon D800, a 36.3 megapixel FX-format HD-SLR for professional photographers who require end results of the highest quality, who demand superior performance, speed, handling and a fully integrated imaging system. For cinematographers and multimedia professionals, 36.3 MP means true 1080p HD cinematic quality video and includes inputs for stereo microphones and headphones, peak audio meter display, DX crop mode to maximize NIKKOR lens selection and angle of view and much more.
  • Reveal every nuance, every detail
    The 36.3 megapixel FX-format advantage

    Wedding, commercial or landscape, the D800 is the ultimate 36.3 MP FX-format camera for creative genius. Witness tonal range and precision rendered to supreme clarity, depth and texture. Make poster sized prints without sacrificing detail. Explore creative opportunities with ISO 100 to 6400 (expanded up to 25,600)—shoot from dawn to dusk. Experience Nikon's new Advanced Scene Recognition System featuring the 91,000-pixel RGB light meter capable of rendering unprecedented levels of accuracy to AF, AE, i-TTL flash control, face recognition and auto white balance. Nikon's new EXPEED 3 image processing reduces color phase shifts seen with lesser systems, producing more faithful colors and tones while managing massive amounts of data at breakthrough speed. With the D800 in your hands, achieve what was once unreachable.
  • Broadcast quality video
    A full cinematic experience

    Filmmakers, multimedia professionals and event photographers—record Full HD 1080p at 30/25/24p or 720p at 60/50p in AVC format. Produce to your exacting vision when working in manual mode, controlling aperture, ISO, AF and shutter speed. Record uncompressed files via HDMI to an external recording device. via HDMI. Widen production perspective using either Nikon FX or DX lens formats at Full HD 1080p and 16:9 aspect ratio. Attach headphones and check audio levels or monitor input via peak audio meters as displayed on the camera's LCD monitor. Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted in up to 20 steps. Remotely start and stop video. Simultaneous Live View on the camera's LCD monitor and external monitor during recording are possible.
  • Render every megapixel with precision
    Fast, precise 51-point wide area coverage

    Precise AF detection is critical to sharply render every pixel of the D800's massive resolution count. An improved 51- point AF system with 15 Cross Type AF sensors, versatile AF area modes and superb AF detection in even the dimmest lighting deliver immediate, pinpoint focus. Fast shot-to-shot time, full resolution frame rate up to 4 fps, 6 fps in DX crop mode and ultra fast CF and SD card write times. For more productive workflow, high-speed data transfer using USB 3.0 is realized. For demanding professionals, the D800 responds immediately and precisely.
  • Versatile shooting, fluid operation
    Streamlined ergonomic design puts critical tasks a touch away

    Intuitive design makes D800 operation a thing of beauty. A streamlined ergonomic body allows critical photography and video tasks, including Movie Record, Live View, White Balance and Picture Control to be performed at the touch of a button. Confirm image capture and view menu options, histograms, video settings and more using the D800's super sharp 3.2-inch 921,000-dot LCD screen with 100% coverage. Anti-glare coating and auto brightness control ease of viewing, no matter the environment. Enlarge images up to 46x for on-the-spot focus confirmation. Magnesium alloy construction and environmental sealing make the D800 as comfortable in the field as in the studio.
  • EXPEED 3 image processing
    Nikon's EXPEED 3 technology extends and assures breathtakingly rich image fidelity and reduces noise, even at high ISO's. EXPEED 3 is so powerful that it handles data-intensive tasks such as Full-HD video recording at 30p with ease.
  • Rich image previewing
    The D800's 3.2-inch super-sharp 921,000 LCD monitor automatically adjusts LCD brightness and visibility according to your environment for bright, crisp image playback, menu adjustment and Live View shooting. Enlarge images up to 46x to make on the spot focus confirmation—crucial for high resolution shooting.
  • Expand dynamic range with built-in HDR
    Create a single image revealing an extremely wide dynamic range, but with less noise and rich color gradation than ever before. Combine two exposures at up to 3EV.
  • Dedicated picture control button
    The convenient Picture control button provides six preset options: Vivid, Monochrome, Neutral, Standard, Landscape and Portrait for stills and video while 9 customizable settings provide advanced, personalized color control.


  • Lens Mount: Nikon F bayonet mount
  • Effective Pixels: 36.3 million
  • Sensor Size: 35.9mm x 24mm
  • Image Sensor Format: FX
  • Image Sensor Type: CMOS
  • Total Pixels: 36.8 million
  • Dust-reduction system: Image sensor cleaning
  • Dust-Off Reference Photo: Yes
  • Image Area (pixels):
    • FX-format
      (L) 7,360 x 4,912
      (M) 5,520 x 3,680
      (S) 3,680 x 2,456
    • 1:2 format (30 x 20)
      (L) 6,144 x 4,080
      (M) 4,608 x 3,056
      (S) 3,072 x 2,040
    • 5:4 format (30 x 24)
      (L) 6,144 x 4,912
      (M) 4,608 x 3,680
      (S) 3,072 x 2,456
    • DX-format
      (L) 4,800 x 3,200
      (M) 3,600 x 2,400
      (S) 2,400 x 1,600
  • File Format Still Images:
    • JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
    • NEF (RAW): lossless compressed 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed
      TIFF (RGB)
    • JPEG: JPEG-Baseline-Compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal Quality
  • Picture Control:
    • Landscape
    • Monochrome
    • Neutral
    • Portrait
    • Standard
    • User-customizable Settings
    • Vivid
  • Storage Media
    • CompactFlash© (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA)
    • SD
    • SDHC
    • SDXC
  • Card Slot: 1 CompactFlash© (CF) card and 1 Secure Digital (SD) card
  • File System:
    • Compliant with DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0
    • DPOF (Digital Print Order Format)
    • EXIF 2.3 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras)
    • PictBridge
  • Viewfinder: Eye-level Pentaprism Single-Lens Reflex Viewfinder
  • Viewfinder Frame Coverage:
    • FX (36x24): 100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical Approx.
    • 1.2x (30x20): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
    • DX (24x16): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
    • 5:4 (30x24): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
  • Viewfinder Magnification: 0.70x Approx.
  • Viewfinder Eyepoint: 19.5 (-1.0¯¹)
  • Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment: Built-in diopter adjustment (-3 to +1 m¯¹)
  • Focusing Screen: Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII with AF Area Brackets (grid lines can be displayed)
  • Reflex Mirror: Quick-return type
  • Lens Aperture: Instant-return type
  • Depth-of-field Control: Yes
  • Lens Compatibility at a Glance:
    • AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
    • Metering with AI lenses
  • Compatible Lenses:
    • AF NIKKOR other than type G or D*2: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering III
    • AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering III
    • DX AF NIKKOR: All Functions Supported Except FX-format (36x24)/5:4 (30x24) Image Size
    • Non-CPU: Usable in [A] or [M] mode Center-Weighted or Spot Metering; Electronic Rangefinder can be used if Maximum Aperture is f/5.6 or Faster
    • Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All Functions Supported
  • Shutter type: Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
  • Shutter Speed:
    • 1/8000 to 30 sec.
    • Bulb
  • Fastest Shutter Speed: 1/8000 sec.
  • Slowest Shutter Speed: 30 sec.
  • Flash Sync Speed:
    • Up to 1/250 sec.
    • Synchronizes with shutter at 1/320s or slower (flash range drops at speeds between 1/250 and 1/320s)
  • Bulb Shutter Setting: Yes
  • Shutter Release Modes:
    • Continuous low-speed [CL] mode; 1-4 frames per second
    • Continuous high-speed [CH] mode; 4 frames per second
    • Mirror-up [Mup] mode
    • Quiet Shutter Release
    • Self-timer mode
    • Single-frame [S] mode
  • Continuous Shooting Options
    • FX-format
      CH: Up to 4 frames per second
      CL: Up to 4 frames per second
    • 5:4 format
      CH: Up to 4 frames per second
      CL: Up to 4 frames per second
    • DX-format
      CH: Up to 5 frames per second
      CL: Up to 5 frames per second
    • 1:2 format
      CH: Up to 5 frames per second
      CL: Up to 5 frames per second
  • Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution: 4 frames per second
  • Self-timer: 2, 5, 10, 20 sec. Timer duration electronically controlled
  • Exposure Metering System: TTL exposure metering using 91,000-pixel RGB sensor
  • Metering Method:
    • Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8mm circle in center of frame
    • Matrix: 3D color matrix metering III (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering III (other CPU lenses)
    • Spot: Meters 4mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
  • Metering Range:
    • 0 to 20 EV (3D color matrix or center-weighted metering)
    • 0 to 20 EV (spot metering)
  • Exposure Meter Coupling:
    • CPU
    • AI
  • Exposure Modes:
    • Aperture-Priority (A)
    • Manual (M)
    • Programmed auto with flexible program (P)
    • Shutter-Priority (S)
  • Exposure Compensation: ±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
  • Exposure Bracketing: 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
  • Exposure Lock: Yes
  • Mirror Lock Up: Yes
  • ISO Sensitivity
    • ISO 100 - 6400
    • Lo-1 (ISO 50)
    • Hi-1 (ISO 12,800)
    • Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)
  • Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity: 100
  • Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity: 6400
  • Lowest Expanded ISO Sensitivity: Lo-1 (ISO 50 equivalent)
  • Highest Expanded ISO Sensitivity: HI-2 (ISO 25,600 equivalent)
  • Expanded ISO Sensitivity Options: Lo-1 (ISO-50 equivalent), Hi-1 (ISO-12,800 equivalent), Hi-2 (ISO-25,600 equivalent)
  • Long Exposure Noise Reduction: Yes
  • High ISO Noise Reduction:
    • Low
    • Normal
    • High
    • Off
  • Active D-Lighting:
    • Auto
    • Extra High
    • High
    • Normal
    • Low
    • Off
  • D-Lighting Bracketing:
    • 2 frames using selected value for one frame
    • 3–5 frames using preset values for all frames
  • Single-point AF Mode: Yes
  • Dynamic AF Mode: Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)
  • Auto-area AF Mode: Yes
  • Autofocus System: Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection
  • Detection Range: -2 to 19 EV (ISO 100, 68°F/20°C)
  • Lens Servo:
    • Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status
    • Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
  • AF-area mode:
    • 9, 21 or 51 point Dynamic-area AF
    • Auto-area AF
    • Single-point AF
    • 3D-tracking (51 points)
  • Focus Lock:
    • Focus can be locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
    • Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF)
  • Focus Modes:
    • Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
    • Continuous-servo (AF-C)
    • Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
    • Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only
    • Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
    • Normal area
    • Single-servo AF (AF-S)
    • Wide area
  • Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points: 51
  • Autofocus Sensitivity: -2 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
  • Autofocus Fine Tune: Yes
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • Flash Bracketing: 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV
  • Built-in Flash Distance: 39 ft. (ISO 100) .X-Sync Speed 1/250
  • Top FP High Speed Sync: Up to 1/8000
  • Flash Control: TTL: i-TTL flash control using 91,000-pixel RGB sensor are available with built-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-700, or SB-400; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighting metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
  • Flash Sync Modes:
    • Front-curtain sync (normal)
    • Rear-curtain sync
    • Red-eye reduction
    • Red-eye reduction with slow sync
    • Slow sync
  • Flash Compensation: -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
  • Flash-ready indicator: Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit such as SB-910, SB-900, SB-400, SB-80DX, SB-28DX or SB-50DX is fully charged
  • Accessory Shoe: Yes
  • Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS): CLS Supported
  • Flash Sync Terminal: Yes
  • White Balance:
    • Auto (2 types)
    • Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K)
    • Cloudy
    • Direct Sunlight
    • Flash
    • Fluorescent (7 types)
    • Incandescent
    • Preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored)
    • Shade
  • White Balance Bracketing: 2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV
  • Live View Shooting:
    • Photography Live View Mode
    • Movie Live View Mode
  • Live View Lens servo:
    • Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F)
    • Manual focus (MF)
  • Live View AF-area mode
    • Face-priority AF
    • Wide-area AF
    • Normal-area AF
    • Subject-tracking AF
  • Live View Autofocus: Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
  • Movie Metering: TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
  • Movie Frame size (pixels) and frame rate:
    • 1280 x 720 (30p): 30 fps (29.97 fps)
    • 1280 x 720 (60p): 60 fps (59.94 fps)
    • 1920 x 1080 (24p): 24 fps (23.976 fps)
    • 1920 x 1080 (30p): 30 fps (29.97 fps)
  • Movie Maximum recording time:
    • 20 minutes at highest quality
    • 29 minutes 59 seconds at normal quality
  • Movie File Format: MOV
  • Movie Video Compression: H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
  • Movie Audio recording format: Linear PCM
  • Movie Audio recording device:
    • Built-in monaural microphone
    • External stereo microphone (optional)
  • Movie
    • HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
    • HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
    • HD 1,280x720 / 30 fps
    • HD 1,280x720 / 24 fps
    • HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
  • Movie Audio:
    • Built-in microphone, monaural
    • External stereo microphone (optional)
  • Monitor Size: 3.2 in. diagonal
  • Monitor Resolution: 921,000 Dots
  • Monitor Type: Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
  • Monitor Angle of View: 170-degree wide-viewing angle
  • Monitor Adjustments: Brightness, 5 levels
  • Virtual Horizon Camera Indicator:
    • Yes
    • Also visible in LiveView Modes
    • Also visible in Viewfinder
  • Playback Functions:
    • Auto Image Rotation
    • Full-Frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar)
    • Histogram Display
    • Image Comment
    • Movie Playback
    • Movie Slideshow
    • Playback with Zoom
    • Slideshow
    • Highlights
  • In-Camera Image Editing
    • Color Outline
    • Color Sketch
    • D-Lighting
    • Distortion Control
    • Edit Movie
    • Filter Effects
    • Fisheye
    • Image Overlay
    • Miniature Effect
    • Monochrome
    • NEF (RAW) Processing
    • Perspective Control
    • Quick Retouch
    • Red-eye Correction
    • Resize
    • Selective Color
    • Side-by-Side Comparison
    • Straighten
    • Trim
    • Color Balance
  • Image Comment: Yes
  • Interface:
    • HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
    • Headphone Connector
    • NTSC
    • Stereo Microphone Input
    • Super Speed USB 3.0
  • Wi-Fi Functionality:
    • Eye-Fi Compatible
    • WT-4A
  • GPS: GP-1 GPS unit
  • Save/Load Camera settings: Yes
  • Total custom Settings: 54
  • My Menu: Yes with customization
  • Recent Settings: Yes
  • Supported Languages:
    • Arabic
    • Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
    • Czech
    • Danish
    • Dutch
    • English
    • Finnish
    • French
    • German
    • Indonesian
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Norweigan
    • Polish
    • Portuguese
    • Romanian
    • Russian
    • Spanish
    • Swedish
    • Thai
    • Turkish
    • Ukrainian
  • Date, Time and Daylight Savings Time Settings: Yes
  • World Time Setting: Yes
  • Battery / Batteries: EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery
  • Battery Life (shots per charge): 900 Battery Life (shots per charge) (CIPA)
  • AC Adapter:
    • EH-5b AC Adapter
    • Requires EP-5B Power Supply Connector
  • Battery Charger: MH-25 Quick Charger
  • Tripod Socket: 1/4 in. (ISO 1222)

Package Content:

  • AN-DC6 Strap
  • EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • MH-25 Battery Charger
  • UC-E14 USB Cable
  • BM-12 LCD Monitor Cover
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cap
  • DK-17 Viewfinder Eyepiece
  • NikonView NX2 CD ROM

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Width: 5.7"
  • Height: 4.8"
  • Depth: 3.2"

Approximate Weights:

  • Unit: 2 lbs
  • Shipping: 4 lbs
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Red Eye ReductionYes
Effective Pixels36.3 Megapixels
Records VideoYes
Records HD VideoYes
Included AccessoriesAN-DC6 Strap, EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-25 Battery Charger, UC-E14 USB Cable, BM-12 LCD Monitor Cover, BF-1B Body Cap, BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cap, DK-17 Viewfinder Eyepiece, NikonView NX2 CD ROM
Height (inches)4.8
Width (inches)5.7
Depth (inches)3.2
Built-In FlashYes
Focus ModesAuto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A), Continuous-servo (AF-C), Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only, Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only, Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder, Normal area, Single-servo AF (AF-S), Wide Area
Image StabilizationYes
LCD Screen Size (inches)3.2
Red-Eye ReductionYes
Self TimerYes
Self Timer Delay2, 5, 10, 20 sec.
Shutter Speed1/8000 to 30 Seconds
Storage MediaCompactFlash© (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA) , SD, SDHC, SDXC
Power SourceEH-5b
White BalanceAuto (2 types), Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K), Cloudy, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent (7 types), Incandescent, Preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored), Shade


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Exceptional Camera

Four years ago I left my Nikon F100 and the film world of Velvia for the convenience of digital - I purchased a D300. While the D300 is a good performer, my results with...Read complete review

Four years ago I left my Nikon F100 and the film world of Velvia for the convenience of digital - I purchased a D300. While the D300 is a good performer, my results with travel and landscape photography were mixed. I just purchased the D800, and took it down to the harbor for a comparison test with my D300. For both cameras I used FX lenses: a 24-85, and the 70-200 2.8 ED VR II. I also took a few shots with a DX lens on the D300. I experimented with a wide range of settings (ISO, metering, Active D-lighting, etc.) and scene types. I later viewed them without editing on my PC. I'll just cut to the chase, and state that as expected, the results from the D800 were consistently superior: sharpness, level of detail, depth of color, you name it. Where the D300 sometimes struggled getting the correct exposure (requiring bracketing), the D800 nailed it every time. The D800 wasn't perfect - for example, there was a group of bright orange and yellow kayaks that lost detail on those parts in strong daylight. But it was considerably better than the D300's attempt. I then took some shots inside my house. The D800 excels in very low light conditions - with or without flash. I tried the camera's built-in flash, then coupled it with my SB-600 as a wireless remote (SB-600 users: don't forget to go into custom settings, #e3 and change TTL). The results were just outstanding. Then I started editing a few of the shots. You simply will not believe the sharp level of detail when you magnify the D800's shots. Besides the full frame sensor and 36MP, the D800 is loaded with details to make you a better photographer. For example, autofocus has been redesigned. To shift between servo and continuous, you press and hold the front auto/manual focus button with your left hand, then use the control dials on the right to switch between servo and continuous, or switch from 51 point to 21 point to center, etc. You still use the pad in the rear to move the location of center focus. Switching focus methods is faster, and more importantly you no longer have to pull the camera away from your face to make changes. My description may sound a bit awkward, but after a few minutes of experimentation, I could really appreciate the new process. Active D-Lighting has additional settings, including automatic. I tried them all - the results showed differences, though the extremes probably weren't as dramatic as I might have hoped. For more extreme contrast situations, you can shoot HDR (2 photos combined into one, either TIFF or JPEG format - not NEF (Nikon's RAW). For landscapes shots," live view" is easier to use and much easier to see in daylight because the screen's brightness is adjustable. I tried "live view" with the D300, and disliked it so much I never used it. With the D800, it will absolutely get some use. There are so many other features. If you currently have a D300, you'll be right at home with the D800. Nonetheless, take the time to go through the D800's manual, and have fun experimenting before you head out on a real shooting session. I've never used a D700, so I'll let others comment on the value of upgrading from the D700 to the D800. But if you currently use a D300, the decision is a no-brainer. Don't procrastinate the inevitable - order it right now. Yes it's expensive, but do it anyway. We take pride in the quality of our photographs and the responses from our audience. While the D300 is a good introduction to digital photography, the D800 is a gateway to professional grade photography. Summer is just around the corner. Buy the D800, and be prepared to be energized by this incredible camera and the outstanding photographs you'll be taking - especially if you also splurge for the 70-200 2.8 ED VR II lens. Yes, you really do need that lens as well.


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Great Images -- can not use Adobe RAW or see SD card

I waited 6 months for the camera to be delivered and after getting all the accessories and new lenses I was ready (new CF & SD card, software updates from Adobe Lightroom 4,...Read complete review

I waited 6 months for the camera to be delivered and after getting all the accessories and new lenses I was ready (new CF & SD card, software updates from Adobe Lightroom 4, Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended, USB 3.0 router, New GPS and Nikon Microphone) It finally arrive two days before Father's day (great present for me) and I started shooting some test shots at La Jolla shores seals. Shots look great in the camera so I attached the D800's new USB cord to the new 3.0 router plugged into a 3.0 port and right away there was a problem. I get a message "Your transfers will go faster if you use a 3.0 USB port". Could it be the router is wrong or the cable? Re-cabled the camera directly into the USB 3 of the computer and got the same message. Ignored it and started Nikon Transfer (newest version) and it was slow and the images came across and were displayed in Viewer. Also, opened the images in Nikon NX2 NEF (RAW) and they looked great but after making some corrections, I was not able to save as a NEF file - got an error message and had to convert to TIFF to save the changes. No problem - yet. Next, I tried to open the NEF files in Adobe Lightroom 4, and they would not DISPLAY or copy. I was using "Lossless compression" so I thought it might be an incompatibility with Adobe's new RAW version 7.1 but I got the same results when I tried to open the NEF in Photoshop CS6 Extended. Nothing would display, only an error message saying Adobe does not recognize the file type. Shot some test shots without compression (NEF/RAW) and tried to download them directly from the camera in Lightroom 4 and Adobe CS6, same error message. Took the CF card OUT OF THE CAMERA, and put in a card reader and tried to view them in Lightroom 4 and CS6 and FINALLY!!! I could see the images and copy them directly to Adobe, open them in NX2 and work and save them as NEF files. Next problem showed when I tried to format the two cards in the camera. I should have been given a choice to select CF or SF but there was no choice and the format process only took place on the CF card (a Lexar 32gb 1,000x expensive card). The SD card (SanDisk Extreme Pro 64gb 95mb/s) card could NOT be seen through the cable using NX2. To format the SD card you must REMOVE the CF card first. I called Nikon Technical support and after two hours waiting and talking to "NU_DELLI" I was told to ship my brand new Nikon D800 to a Nikon Repair station for repair. WHAT??? No one tested this before shipping millions of cameras or was it just mine. I called three friends that just got their D800's and they all came over and found the same results. THERE'S SOMETHING IN THE HARDWARE OR SOFTWARE THAT CORRUPTS RAW IMAGES IN THE CAMERA if the cable is used to transfer the images and the format operation needs an update. By the way, the first thing I did when I got the new camera was upgrade the camera BIOS to the latest version. What is Nikon doing about it? I called today and they said "We're working one it" The work-around for all you Nikon lovers before you switch to the dark side and dump Nikon for Canon - AGAIN-is to get a good USB 3.0 card reader. Amazon has some at great prices. Shoot your RAW images, remove the card, insert it into the card reader and transfer your images using Nikon Transfer or windows copy command and then everything works some-what OK. Needless to say I still have my Nikon F1, a NASA Titanium F2S servo & motor drive with data back, FE, FG, F4 with data back, F5 with data back, D100, D200, D300 all with grips and they all still work great. I have spent almost $10,000 on a new system to find it doesn't work correctly and I will have to ship it to El Segundo for how knows how long at my expense and wait. I've already waited 6 months to get it and now I'm going to have to give it up for repair. My recommendation, wait and don' buy another Nikon product until they fix the problems, and bring Technical support back to the US where we can understand them.

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Good camera but ran into issues!


from Pacific Northwest

good camera but I ran into issues shortly after purchasing. The viewfinder is dark when using lenses f4 and up. Which i think is something Nikon should have fixed. Lenses that are f2.8 and wider seem to be fine. I can't use my 16-35mm f4 nikkor lens because the viewfinder is so dark indoors. The shutter is really loud! Shooting stills in live view is even a worse sounding shutter. I would like a d810 instead because of all these issues. I'm thinking of switching camera companies because of the issues I found with this camera. And focus is hit or miss


It could have been the best


from San Diego, CA

The high resolution sensor, familiar controls, astonishing dynamic range and image quality make me a happy D800 user. In fact, the D800/e could have been the best DSLR that Nikon had ever made... if it weren't for the build quality and QA issues that have plagued this wonderful camera. If it had been as solid as the D700, I would give the camera 5 stars. However, the left-side autofocus problems, external flashes not being triggered in commander mode, the failing 10-pin connector, the body finish (to name the most common and well-known issues) have happened to too many users. After long discussions with the US support to get my 10-pin connector fixed out of warranty, I just hope that nothing else on my D800 will break. When buying a camera in this price range, I have higher expectations on both the build quality and service. Users deserve being taken serious by Nikon, and not for granted.

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Incredible camera!


from Lancaster, PA, USA

I've been doing photography for 30+ years and have always shot with a Nikon. I purchased a D70 when it 1st came out and it was a nice camera but the resolution was not up to par with 35mm film cameras. When the 36 Megapixel D800 came out I knew I had to have one and I was not disappointed! This is a solid camera built like a rock and packed full of features any enthusiast or professional would love! The resolution of the D800 is just astounding - images even with Nikon's kit lenses are stunningly sharp and the color is clean and accurate. I highly recommend the D800 to anyone who wants near medium format quality in a 35mm package. I've included 2 images from the Rolex Watch Technicum building in Lititz, PA with one image showing just a crop on the door - you can actually see the Christmas Tree inside! The lens used was the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR shot at ISO 100 at F11 for 15 seconds at 24MM.


Buy one! EASILY COMPATIBLE WITH AI LENSES. Terrific image quality


from Washington, DC area, USA

First of all, I would like to give this camera a rating of 4-1/2 stars. If you own and would like to use a lot of old manual focus AI and mirror lenses, this camera will do it. I have 50+ years of photography experience but am a very recent convert from manual film cameras. I still use my first Nikon F from 1967 and was extremely concerned about how well a digital camera would work with my extensive collection of manual focus Nikkor lenses. I am retired, on fixed income, and a whole new set of lenses is NOT in the future for me. Borrowed a D800 a couple times and tried it with a number of my favorite old manual focus AI and mirror lenses and was extremely pleased to discover that they were beautifully compatible. Just returned from a trip to Italy with the D800 and 5 AI Nikkor lenses and was totally satisfied with how well they worked together. LIKES: Very pleased to find the ground glass focusing to be about as accurate as the electronic range-finder, despite my failing eyes. Electronic range-finder works well with ALL of my f5.6 or faster old lenses and especially with all of my fast AI Nikkors (55f1.2, 24f2, 28f2, 35f1.4, 105f1.8, 135f2). Live-view focusing is a terrific feature with really big, slow telephoto lenses. Love the spot-meter feature. Love the ability to quickly change the ISO. Love the built-in diopter correction for the viewfinder. Image quality is superb. My DISLIKES: I find digital camera bodies to be very NON-intuitive (compared to manual film cameras) and thus slower and more difficult to use. Perhaps I should buy a Df. Part of what I mean by this is a digital camera requires the use of your eyes to make most or all settings. A manual camera like an F3 allows you to set the camera "blind" by using just feel. That is easier and quicker IMO when you learn the controls. I find the matrix-metering (when used with the one AF lens I own), to be less reliable than knowing how to make a proper exposure. I use the spot-meter feature, manual mode, my decades of experience, and nail every exposure every time, no question. Works great. Need more "Non-CPU lens" data entry spaces. Space for just 9 lenses is not nearly enough. It cannot even cover all the various Nikkor maximum lens apertures, let alone focal lengths. No aperture direct read-out of an AI lens like an F2 or F3 body. Mirror-up operation requires a special remote release. Will have to order one. Self-timer is not self-cancelling after one shot, requires visual setting instead of tactile. No mirror-up operation for my 7.5mm fisheye-Nikkor. No use for a built-in flash on a camera of this sophistication. Too many bells and whistles clutter up the camera controls.


Light unit with almost everything.


from Phoenix, MD 21131, USA

As a nature photographer with my ability to reach the great satisfaction, D800 is the camera I enjoy most .I still love to use D2x and D3 as backup. I carry D800 and D3 in my bag,almost all the time. With my nature work using D3 and D2x, D800 is great addition to my work.

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Just posting a nice Pic


from Wisciconsin, USA

Daddy long legs (pholcidae) with D800 and 105mm F2.8.

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Excellent Camera


from Maine

I have been shooting with this camera for a little over a year and am very happy with its characteristics. Excellent low light shooting and incredible detail. I have used it all over the world shooting wildlife as well as landscapes and people. I have added it to my D3x when traveling and especially like it on days that I don't want to carry around the weight of the D3x. Both of these cameras perform especially well when paired with high end Nikon lenses. The picture of the owl shown was shot at 8:00 in the evening with the D800, a 200-400 f4.0 lens, at 1600 ISO. Amazing color and clarity. Well worth the money.


Great Camera


from Missouri, USA

I went from a D3200 to the D800 and found it easy to learn. I use it with a Nikon 500mm F/4 super telephoto lens and love it. It recently developed a focusing issue and is currently in the shop at Nikon, forcing me to use my D7100. There is night and day difference in the two cameras, even though the D7100 is an excellent camera. My wish and advice for Nikon is to improve this camera by removing the ability to do video and concentrate all the electronics and image processing for still photos and maybe to increase the ability to shoot and focus a bit faster. I have never done a video with the camera and have no intention of doing one. I love outdoor photography and the resolution of this sensor is outstanding. The new D810 just looks like a D800 E to me with a different number. Make a camera for just still photography for us die hard camera buffs!

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from Minnesota, USA

I have decided to leave Nikon. Quality problems and Nikon's refusal to take video seriously. The D800 is an OK camera. There is really nothing special about it. I honestly think the Canon 6D is a better camera than this and its cheaper.


just I loved......


from Waterbury, CT, USA

Awesome detail,perfect pic quality. Good features .

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Nikon D800 Black 36.3 Megapixels Digital SLR Camera Body

Nikon D800 Black 36.3 Megapixels Digital SLR Camera Body


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