Nikon D800After the wide achievement of the D700 DSLR camera, Nikon declared in February 2012 the release of its successor, the Nikon D800 digital SLR camera. The D800 comes more or less three and a half years after the release of the extensively successful yet affordable D700. Though this is actually long time in photography years, given the fixed leaps in technology, it is fascinating to see how Nikon copes with the shifting digital SLR market. Also, it would be interesting to make out how Nikon responds to its most important competitor, the Canon EOS II.

The D800 sports a similar rugged weather sealed magnesium-alloy body as its predecessor. A D800 digital SLR camera body only will cost you roughly around £ 2024.00 with a minimum of two years guarantee, at the time of writing this article. But the similarity ends there. In fact, the D800 is packed with features that push the envelope of the entire 35 mm digital SLR camera category. We list down the

An impressive 36.3 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor

Containing an impressive 36 million pixels per frame, the D800 competes directly with Medium format cameras at a fraction of the cost. It is in fact the only digital SLR in this category that sports a rocking 36.3 megapixel full frame camera. Its competition, the Canon EOS, comes close to only 22 megapixel. This is about the closest in the whole category. Nikon has really pushed the bar a bit higher than reach.

Full HD Video Capabilities

It is fascinating to see that Nikon has been doing its research right, by pulsing the market in the right places. They read the market well to understand that one of the success of its main competitor lies not only in its image capturing capabilities, but also in its video capturing capabilities. The Canon EOS II boasts of a Full HD video camera that allows users to take professional videos without having to invest much in professional, not to mention expensive , video cameras. Fortunately, the people at Nikon have incorporated this in its D800 and D800E models.

Multi Area D-Movies

This is a feature that Nikon has pioneered with its D-series digital SLR cameras. The Multi area D-movies mode allows users to record full High definition movies at 30 frames per second. The Nikon D800 also offers three different movie recording formats that may be chosen according to the user’s intent.

EXPEED 3 image processing engine

The Nikon D800 sports the latest in image processing technology which is specifically optimized for digital SLR cameras. This makes it the D800 easier to use, versatile and highly functional in producing medium format quality images that are not only rich in details but also with an impressive high speed performance.

Apart from these, the Nikon D800 also has ISO settings at around 100-6400 that can be extendable up to 25,600. It also has a 3.2′ 921k-dot LCD monitor.

Packed with features best for a medium format camera, the Nikon D800 has successfully pushed the limits of the 35 mm digital SLR category while fulfilling the existing needs of the category’s market.