New Nikon D800 and D800E are highest resolution full-frame dSLRs

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Today’s announcement of the new Nikon D800 contains few surprises given the now-standard leakage factor that detailed full anticipated specs as far back as October. The 36.3-megapixel D800, along with its fraternal twin, the D800E, are currently the highest resolution full-frame dSLRs on the market, and should remain so even after the arrival of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II’s successor, which is expected to be announced soon (possibly even later this month). The D800E is a slightly more expensive version of the camera that uses a special optical low-pass filter without anti-aliasing. Most cameras use an anti-aliasing filter to reduce moiré patterns at the expense of sharpness and pixel-level detail. By eschewing anti-aliasing, the D800E should deliver higher true resolution and sharpness, and Nikon expects it to compete with medium format cameras (which also leave off anti-aliasing filters) for raw shooters.

Key features include:

  • 36.3 MP full-frame CMOS sensor (7360 x 4912 pixels) (35.9 x 24mm sensor size)
  • ISO 100-6,400 with expanded range from 50 to 25,600
  • 3.2 inch 921,000 pixel LCD screen with 170-degree viewing angle and auto brightness
  • 1080p Video at 24/25/30 fps (1920 x 1080) and 720p 24/25/30/60 fps
  • B-frame video compression H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC, maximum 29:59 min per shot
  • Up to 6fps continuous shooting (DX mode) and 4fps FX
  • Self-cleaning image sensor (vibration of low pass filter)
  • Live View/movie shooting switch
  • Full-time AF in Live View/movie modes*
  • Shutter speed 30 – 1/8000 sec*
  • Shutter rated to 200,000 actuations
  • Built-in intervalometer
  • Electronic virtual horizon
  • 100% coverage optical viewfinder with 0.7X magnification with diopter adjustment
  • Advanced Scene Recognition System (3D Color Matrix Meter III)
  • Nikon EXPEED 3 image processing engine
  • 12 or 14-bit RAW files (NEF): lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed TIFF (RGB)
  • JPEG: fine, normal, basic compression
  • DX-crop mode (1.5X) 15.3MP (4800 x 3200 pixels)
  • 1.2-crop mode (1.2X) 15.3MP (6144 x 4080 pixels)
  • 51-point AF system with face recognition (Advanced Multi-Cam 3500 AF)
  • 91,000 pixel RGB metering sensor
  • 2-exposure in-camera HDR
  • 2-9 frame exposure bracketing in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV
  • Dual memory card slots: SecureDigital (SD/UHS-1 SDHC/SDXC) and CompactFlash (UDMA-7)
  • High-speed USB 3.0 transfer
  • Uncompressed HDMI video out 8 bit (4:2.2), headphone out, audio in.
  • Weather sealed magnesium alloy body
  • Integrated pop-up flash, Creative Lighting System with Command Mode
  • Battery: EN-EL15
  • Shots per charge 850 (CIPA standard)
  • Dimensions: 5.7 x 4.8 x 3.2 inches (146 x 123 x 81.5 mm )
  • Weight: 900g (without battery and media card)
  • Made in Japan
  • D800 Pricing (retail):
    • $2,995 US dollars
    • ¥268,200 Japanese yen
    • €2,899 Euros
  • D800 Announcement Date: February 7, 2012
  • D800 Release Date: March 22, 2012

The Nikon D800 is scheduled to ship in late March for $2,999.95 (body only), while the D800E should arrive in mid April for $3,299.95 (body only).

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