CNET First Look
Nikon D800An 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.
The Nikon D800 is a great full frame model. It's targeted a non sport professionals you know like wedding, landscape and architectural photographers. People who subjects generally who don't sprint across the scene. The D800 actually comes to a two versions, standard one and a more expensive D800E. The D800E incorporated a modified low pass filter system. The results in little to know (??) and therefore produces generally sharper photos. The body design remains quite similar to that of the D700 and uses the now standard an icon conventions. It's really sturdy and comfortable to shoot with despite being a bit heavy because of it's magnesium alloy construction. It's got slightly improved dust and weather sealing of the previous model as well. The great pass in set for your fingers that ensures extra stability. One of the big updates over the D700 is just a few finder now covers a 100% of the scene. Still big and bright and extremely comfortable to use. You can also now program this function buttons for silent (??) operation during video shooting. With the exception of the new 36 megapixel sensor the D800 uses a lot of the same core components of the D4 including the great view finder, the updated autofocus and metering systems and then also it's new capabilities enabled by the XP3 image processor. Things like improve white balance, face detection boost for exposure and dynamic range up optimization. There's little camera HDR. It also includes the same set of enhance and expanded set of video capabilities for an icon that is which include uncompressed 422 HTMI (out?). (??) head phone jacks, light (aperture?) adjustment for shooting and expanded set of frame rates. To me a couple of the settle standout features are support for you as B30 which is essential if you shoot (??) with those large files for example and two card slots. Frankly I wouldn't expect the photo quality in this camera to be less than spectacular and it delivers. It's impossible to apply a hard up or limited use of disability in any particular (??) sensitivity because unlike a lot of the cameras the D800 has no noise where it doesn't need it. I'm sure it's probably gaining up to sensor uniformly but the photo simply don't look it. Plus even slightly less than a 100% view in a lot of cases you won't see the noise at all and when you scale down the higher resolution of the sensor compensates for any loss of sharpness due to the noise reduction. The dynamic range is great as well. Well jpegs have expected clipping in the highlights of high contrast photos, there's plenty of detail recoverable in the (??). I didn't see much in the way clip shadows but there's plenty of recoverable detail there to. And it handles bright saturated reds, pinks, and purples very well without blowing out any detail. All of the exposures are dead on. The automatic way balance just a touch cooler than I like that's imminently twickable to your taste right down to an option to preserve the warmth of an indoor lighting in full auto white balance. The video looks really good as well. Though I can't say whether it's better than any of the alternatives. Well there's some (where?) there's no rolling shuttered to speak of. Videos reasonably sharp and the total range in both light and dark looks very smooth and broad. Low light videos and noise free full size but I think most commercial shooters will find it acceptable if they need to shoot an ambien light and even some independent video pixel papers will be quite happy with it. My one complaint, the batteries seems to drain faster than almost any (??) DSLR views recent memory. Drops of a few bars on the indicator every shooting session. Well all the LCDs are larger it doesn't seem up to the highest resolution images for judging sharpness and it's also difficult to use it in direct sunlight. The D800 unsurprisingly great camera this worth every penny of it's higher price for it's target market (??) support (??) photographers and it should definitely please those who've been waiting patiently to replace their old kind of equipment. I'm (??) (Bernon?) and this is the Nikon D800.