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Nikon D800

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1292 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the screen and video are on the whole positive. The usability and image quality also get good opinions. Views are divided on the value for money, and there are some negative opinions about the control panel and battery.

performance, image quality, usability, video, screen

battery, control panel

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Nikon D800 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Nikon D800 Review


Nikon's latest full-frame DSLR has an incredible amount of resolution with an equally awesome price. Of course it's impressive — but let's see how good it really is.

36.3-megapixel full-frame DSLR ; Records full HD 1080p videos ; Has more options than you possibly imagine

Expensive and heavy ; Noisy at higher ISOs ; Definitely for serious shutterbugs

Don’t expect spectacular results without tweaking, and noise at high ISOs is definitely an issue. In the end, however, your photos will be worth the effort.


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Nikon D800E


June 2012: This review has been significantly expanded to include detailed analysis of the performance of the D800 alongside its closely-related stablemate the D800E. We have also added samples and analysis of the D800/E's uncompressed video feature....

Class-leading image resolution at 36.3 MP (with the D800E offering slightly superior resolution) ; Outstanding high ISO performance in both JPEG and Raw files ; High quality JPEG images at default settings (with the D800E offering slightly superior...

Relatively slow 4 fps continuous shooting in FX mode (6 fps with optional battery grip in DX mode) ; Slow AF in live view and video modes (compared to phase-detection) ; Rear LCD prone to glare in bright sunlight, despite new design ; Fine detail in...

The Nikon D800E - at low ISOs and optimum lens apertures - offers slightly higher resolution than its less expensive sibling, the D800. Its raw files respond impressively well to a moderately aggressive sharpening routine while avoiding visible...

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Nikon D800


The full-frame Nikon D800 manages to deliver 36 megapixels of resolution, without sacrificing image quality at high ISOs. It only shoots 4 frames per second, but that should be sufficient for event photographers, landscape shooters, and well-heeled...

Excellent high ISO performance. High-resolution full-frame sensor. Fast focus and performance. Excellent viewfinder

Slower to focus in Live View. Must initiate autofocus manually during video recording

At 36 megapixels the Nikon D800 ($2,999.95 list, body only) is not only the company's highest-resolution camera—it's the highest-resolution camera you can find anywhere without moving up to digital medium format. Event photographers will appreciate the...


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Nikon D800 (Body Only)


After what feels like a long drought, this quarter looks like a desert flood of pro cameras, with a host of great models arriving that really improve on the already-great models that came before. The first of these to cross my path is the Nikon D800, a...

The Nikon D800 boasts stellar photos, excellent videos, speedy performance, and a relatively streamlined shooting design

While there's nothing major to complain about, the D800's battery life could use a boost

An unsurprisingly great camera that's worth every penny of its higher price for its target market of professional nonsports photographers, the Nikon D800 should definitely please those who've been waiting patiently to replace their older Nikon equipment.

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Nikon D800 Preview


Nikon has dropped yet another powerful dSLR on us for 2012, with the introduction of the D800. The long awaited successor to the D700, the D800 is now the most resolute camera Nikon has to offer (as of 2/2012), with an astounding 36.3-megapixels of...

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Nikon D800


Promising extremely high-resolution images, the Nikon D800 doesn't disappoint; better yet, its high-ISO performance surprised us, able to produce a good 8 x 10-inch print even at ISO 25,600. Well-designed and built, the Nikon D800 is a premium...

Rugged build; Excellent controls; Extremely high resolution; Dual cards; Surprising high ISO performance

Very large files; Slower frame rate; Custom white balance gives a greenish tint; Battery life lower than D700

Overall, the Nikon D800 is a gentlemanly camera, one that is true to all that its external appearance and demeanor promise. It is big and burly, with a solid feel appropriate of a professional tool. Its controls are excellent for the serious...

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Nikon D800 Review: Function and Form Converge


Nikon introduces the D800 as the highest megapixel DSLR in their lineup. With an unheard of 36.3MP FX-format CMOS sensor, we are surprised the pixels aren't falling off the sensor. Speaking of sensors, Nikon has unleashed a newly designed sensor for...

Excellent image quality ; Large files that allow for cropping ; Broad dynamic range ; Sophisticated feature set ; Expanded video functionality

No "small" RAW options ; CF and SD card slots vs. dual CF slots ; Moderate 4fps continuous shooting ; Focus hunting in video AF

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Nikon D800


Kudos to Nikon for bringing in such an incredible camera at an affordable price!

Amazing resolution

What’s not to like

All I can say about my new D800 is: Kudos to Nikon for bringing in such an incredible camera at an affordable price!

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Field Test: The Nikon D800: Big Camera, Big Files, Big Image Quality


Editor's Note: While we ran a lab test on the Nikon D800 in the July issue of Shutterbug, we also wanted to put the camera in the hands of a shooter who could give us more of an “in the field” look into this impressive camera. Joe Farace stepped up to...


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Nikon D800 Review


Brilliance in one heavy package.

Excellent JPEG & RAW quality as well as videos; 24fps recording at 710p & 1080p; Great build quality; Easily accessible buttons; USB 3.0 ports for fast photo transfers

Noise in pictures (at full resolution) & videos in low-light conditions due to high megapixel sensor

Each one of these full resolution JPEGs is around 18MB, so not only do you need a high capacity SD card, but output is also swift thanks to the USB 3.0 port. In addition to SD cards you also have space for the good old CF cards. There’s a lot more to...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser: No
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder / Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D:3D enabled / No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:DSLR Camera
Sensor Size:35.9 x 24.0 mm


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/8000


Compact Flash Card: Yes
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Nikon EN-EL15
Battery Type:Nikon EN-EL15


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes