Guess what? Your memory card just got a whole lot smaller thanks to the new Nikon D800 ($2,999). There’s no hiding the fact that the long awaited full-frame FX-format shooter is a direct assault on the Canon 5D Mk II, which has captured the attention (and dollars) of HD-SLR shooters. Built around a Super Bowl sized 36.3 megapixel full-frame sensor, the D800 has been adorned with many of the features first announced on the colossal Nikon D4; that means you’ll find the same ultra-quick Expeed 3 processor, 91k-pixel RGB metering sensor, 3.2″ 921k-dot LCD, and a 51-point auto focus system. Rounding out the highlights are compatibility with both FX and DX Nikkor lenses, a healthy 100-6400 (expandable to 50-25600) ISO range, built-in HDR, dual SD/Compact Flash card slots and a USB 3.0 firehose to get those massive images off the camera.
But where this new Nikon truly excels is a host of new video features. 1080p video capture (60 or 24 fps) or 720p (60 or 30 fps) is an expected specification, but we’re jazzed about live external monitoring with the D800′s ability to shovel out totally uncompressed HDMI, wireless stop/start, a built-in headphone jack for audio monitoring along with a new audio metering system, and some clever new compression for better video quality.
If you’re an eagle-eye, you may have read that Nikon also released the D800e alongside the D800. Long story short, the D800e will get you unfettered access to every single last pixel of that whopping 36.3 megapixel sensor for about $300 more (no anti-aliasing). If you live and breath RAW (think: fashion photography), then consider this your cannon of choice.
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Buy Now: $2,999 (Available March)