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Nikon D800 Review

The Nikon D800 is a top of the range heavyweight fully featured DSLR most probably one of the current flagships from Nikon.

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Overview – (Body Only)

The Nikon D800 is full-mirrored DLSR. The image size is 36 megapixels and that is currently the highest resolution you can get in a DSLR. It has full HD for video and a moveable viewing screen plus a number of revamped features both hard and software that make this an enviable camera for those who can pay the price.

Nikon D800

Nikon D800 – Top

The Nikon D800 is a magnesium alloy shell fully weather sealed machine. We are talking quality and rugged. With the giant 36 megapixel capability you could theoretically shoot a picture that will print in A1 or 60 by 80 cms, and that is big. It does also mean that the quality will be very very good at lower sizes.

Like the Nikon D5200 one of the key parts of this camera is the live view. So that without looking through the viewfinder you can see what you are taking on the back screen. Not every SLR has this but some of the Nikons are offering it and it does have many advantages. The back screen is fixed however and not moveable. As a further interesting addition, the D800 has a picture control button that allows access to the picture control menu during live view and by which you can alter the image using effects and filters whilst shooting.

Nikon D800

The camera has several built in picture adjustment and creative effects and these are part of the actual shooting process rather than being postproduction. If you want to try out various image variations without having to check the results afterwards, or even alter them from shot to shot then this feature is a definite bonus, you also won’t miss that one in a million shot whilst you are trying to check if the effect you wanted to try was actually going to be any good.

The Nikon D800 offers excellent video features for film makers. As one might expect it shoots in high definition 1080 pixels but with the bonus of the big pixel size image you will find superb definition. You can put an external mike onto the camera and the camera itself has options to control the sound levels from the microphone. It can shoot at up to 60 frames per second for high speed action and slow motion though the HD frame size will be slightly smaller than at normal speeds.

Nikon D800

Nikon offers two types of video called FX and DX and this simply affects actual size of the scene which is captured. The DX is slightly smaller and zoomed in than the FX. The mode you shoot in also depends upon the compatibility of the lens you have. Overall it simply means more versatility for movie making. Movies can be shot in live view and also put out to an external monitor. There is also a time lapse feature which will allow frames to be shot of a scene at set intervals over a time period which can then be replayed at speed. The photographer can control the time period and intervals for shooting.

The Nikon D800 also has Active D Lighting to brighten up dark scenes and High Dynamic Range which combines three shots in one to get a better exposed picture. These are particularly effective in difficult lighting conditions.

It has different types of auto focus and image tracking which means that still and moving subjects alike can be kept in focus.

 

Design and Control Features //

The Nikon D800 is well built and similar to all other Nikons in terms of controls. The body comes in black. This is a top of the range camera and if you are used to the Nikon controls you won’t have any trouble, otherwise they may take a bit of getting used to.

The D800 also allows still shooting in several formats including one which emulates the medium format image of 5×4 inch film cameras.

With this Nikon you will want to access the comprehensive range of Nikon lenses and accessories as you won’t want to compromise on quality.

Overall one can only say that versatility is the byword for the D800, there are very few things you won’t be able to do with it.

 

Performance //

The Nikon D800 produces top quality images which have been described as broadcast quality and one might expect that with a top of the range camera.

The nearest rival is Canon EOS 5D Mark III but that only weighs in at 22 megapixels although it offers pretty comparable features other than that. A Canon user may still be tempted to switch just for the bigger pixel range alone. If you want to double your spend you can go up to the Nikon D4 but the D800 could still give that a good run for its money. For a little less you can get the Sony A850 and that is probably worth a look.

 

Who is it for?

This for very serious photographers and professionals, at a price tag of £2500 to £3000 it’s not for the casual user. Additionally with the host of features on here once again it’s going to suit someone that will need that versatility. Also Nikon accessories will be costly but if you are up in this price range it most likely isn’t an issue.

 

Value for Money

This camera is definitely value for money and it will pay back the investment in fabulous quality pictures, for movie makers it could be a great choice.

 

Final thought

If you have the money and you want a serious piece of kit that delivers in spades, then this could be the one for you.

Nikon D800 Review

The Nikon D800 is a top of the range heavyweight fully featured DSLR most probably one of the current flagships from Nikon.

 ……………………………………………………………………………………….

Overview – (Body Only)

The Nikon D800 is full-mirrored DLSR. The image size is 36 megapixels and that is currently the highest resolution you can get in a DSLR. It has full HD for video and a moveable viewing screen plus a number of revamped features both hard and software that make this an enviable camera for those who can pay the price.

Nikon D800

Nikon D800 – Top

The Nikon D800 is a magnesium alloy shell fully weather sealed machine. We are talking quality and rugged. With the giant 36 megapixel capability you could theoretically shoot a picture that will print in A1 or 60 by 80 cms, and that is big. It does also mean that the quality will be very very good at lower sizes.

Like the Nikon D5200 one of the key parts of this camera is the live view. So that without looking through the viewfinder you can see what you are taking on the back screen. Not every SLR has this but some of the Nikons are offering it and it does have many advantages. The back screen is fixed however and not moveable. As a further interesting addition, the D800 has a picture control button that allows access to the picture control menu during live view and by which you can alter the image using effects and filters whilst shooting.

Nikon D800

The camera has several built in picture adjustment and creative effects and these are part of the actual shooting process rather than being postproduction. If you want to try out various image variations without having to check the results afterwards, or even alter them from shot to shot then this feature is a definite bonus, you also won’t miss that one in a million shot whilst you are trying to check if the effect you wanted to try was actually going to be any good.

The Nikon D800 offers excellent video features for film makers. As one might expect it shoots in high definition 1080 pixels but with the bonus of the big pixel size image you will find superb definition. You can put an external mike onto the camera and the camera itself has options to control the sound levels from the microphone. It can shoot at up to 60 frames per second for high speed action and slow motion though the HD frame size will be slightly smaller than at normal speeds.

Nikon D800

Nikon offers two types of video called FX and DX and this simply affects actual size of the scene which is captured. The DX is slightly smaller and zoomed in than the FX. The mode you shoot in also depends upon the compatibility of the lens you have. Overall it simply means more versatility for movie making. Movies can be shot in live view and also put out to an external monitor. There is also a time lapse feature which will allow frames to be shot of a scene at set intervals over a time period which can then be replayed at speed. The photographer can control the time period and intervals for shooting.

The Nikon D800 also has Active D Lighting to brighten up dark scenes and High Dynamic Range which combines three shots in one to get a better exposed picture. These are particularly effective in difficult lighting conditions.

It has different types of auto focus and image tracking which means that still and moving subjects alike can be kept in focus.

 

Design and Control Features //

The Nikon D800 is well built and similar to all other Nikons in terms of controls. The body comes in black. This is a top of the range camera and if you are used to the Nikon controls you won’t have any trouble, otherwise they may take a bit of getting used to.

The D800 also allows still shooting in several formats including one which emulates the medium format image of 5×4 inch film cameras.

With this Nikon you will want to access the comprehensive range of Nikon lenses and accessories as you won’t want to compromise on quality.

Overall one can only say that versatility is the byword for the D800, there are very few things you won’t be able to do with it.

 

Performance //

The Nikon D800 produces top quality images which have been described as broadcast quality and one might expect that with a top of the range camera.

The nearest rival is Canon EOS 5D Mark III but that only weighs in at 22 megapixels although it offers pretty comparable features other than that. A Canon user may still be tempted to switch just for the bigger pixel range alone. If you want to double your spend you can go up to the Nikon D4 but the D800 could still give that a good run for its money. For a little less you can get the Sony A850 and that is probably worth a look.

 

Who is it for?

This for very serious photographers and professionals, at a price tag of £2500 to £3000 it’s not for the casual user. Additionally with the host of features on here once again it’s going to suit someone that will need that versatility. Also Nikon accessories will be costly but if you are up in this price range it most likely isn’t an issue.

 

Value for Money

This camera is definitely value for money and it will pay back the investment in fabulous quality pictures, for movie makers it could be a great choice.

 

Final thought

If you have the money and you want a serious piece of kit that delivers in spades, then this could be the one for you.

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