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The New Nikon D800 Is Official and the D800E Tags Along with 36 Megapixel of Goodness!

A short ‘leak’ about the Nikon D800 released surfaced early this morning and right around 12 noon (local time), the official press release that the Nikon D800 and D800E was available.

The Nikon D700 had tremendous success in the full-frame (FX) market despite the onslaught of high-megapixel competition from the first industry-standard Canon 5D Mark II, then from the high megapixel Sony Alpha A900 and A850 DSLRs. The combination of relatively low megapixels count guaranteed class-leading high-ISO image quality as well as fast, ready-for-sports burst speed coupled with the same AF-system of the pro-grade D3 line.

Nikon D800 DSLR with 24-70 36 MegapixelThe Nikon D800 and D800E

The Nikon D800 naturally replaces the ageing D700 and it’s not a minor upgrade too, which is great news.

First up is the insane 36.3 megapixel CMOS sensor with 7360 x 4912 resolution, that’s leaping towards medium format pixel count already.

With native ISO range of 100-6400 that is expandable to ISO 50 to ISO 25,600, it’s well suited for events photographers as well. Clearly, the target market of most small-body, full-frame, high-ISO DSLR these days are towards the lucrative wedding photography market and this Nikon D800 would sure make many professionals happy.

Come to think of it, it’ll make many computer and hard-drive manufacturers happy as well with the file sizes the Nikon D800 would require!

The Nikon D800E – No Anti-Alias Filter

For quite some time, many have drooled over the image quality of sensors that are devoid of an anti-aliasing filter like Sigma’s Foveon sensor. The images with AA filters tend to be softer and less detailed due to the additional thin film that’s in front of the image sensor.

Nikon D800 DSLR with 24-70 36 Megapixel

This AA filter prevents many image problems from occuring such as moire and color bleeding, for example, at the expense of resolution and sharpness.

The Nikon D800E  have accepted this issue and handled it the way medium format digital camera manufacturers handle issues like moire by having the software handle it during post-processing! The result is a full-blown, 36.3 megapixel data that’s fully ‘absorbed’ by the sensor without a filter blocking the details!

This makes the Nikon D800E a perfect studio camera and reduces the need for post-processing sharpening as well, improving workflow and production time.

Pricing

The Nikon D800 will retail for about $2999.95 while the Nikon D800E would retail for $300 more ($3299), which is quite a steal compared to the price of the most basic medium format system.

Specifications (From DPReview)

Sensor
Max resolution 7360 x 4912
Other resolutions 6144 x 4912, 6144 x 4080, 5520 x 3680, 4800 x 3200, 4608 x 3680, 4608 x 3056, 3680 x 2456, 3600 x 2400, 3072 x 2456, 3072 x 2040, 2400 x 1600
Image ratio w:h 5:4, 3:2
Effective pixels 36.3 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 36.8 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Expeed 3
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array Primary Color Filter
Image
ISO 100 – 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (50 – 25600 with boost)
White balance presets 12
Custom white balance Yes (5)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal, Basic
File format
  • NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed
  • TIFF (RGB)
  • JPEG
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 51
Lens mount Nikon F mount
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2″
Screen dots 921,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT Color LCD with 170 degrees wide-viewing angle
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100 %
Viewfinder magnification 0.7×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Programmed auto with flexible program (P)
  • Shutter-priority (S)
  • Aperture priority (A)
  • Manual (M)
Built-in flash Yes (pop-up)
Flash range 12 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain, High-speed sync
Flash X sync speed 1/250 sec
Drive modes
  • S (single frame)
  • CL (continuous low speed)
  • CH (continuous high speed)
  • Q (quiet shutter-release)
  • MUP (mirror up)
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive Yes (4,5 fps)
Self-timer Yes (2 to 20 sec, 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2 or 3 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Average
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 EV (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (2 to 9 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3)
Videography features
Format
  • MPEG-4
  • H.264
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 424 (24 fps)
Storage
Storage types Compact Flash (Type I), SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-I compliant
Storage included None
Connectivity
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini Type C)
Wireless None
Remote control Yes (Optional, wired or wireless )
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes (Water and dust resistant)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion EN-EL3e rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries) 900 g (1.98 lb / 31.75 oz)
Dimensions 146 x 123 x 82 mm (5.75 x 4.84 x 3.23″)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS Optional
GPS notes GP-1

You can read the official Nikon press release here.

Can you say “drool”? Wow.