Nikon announced on Monday, February 6, 2012 their new professional D800 FX-format digital SLR camera. It will take pictures at a resolution of 36.3 megapixels which is the highest for any commercial DSLR camera.
Bo Kajiwara, director of marketing, Nikon Inc said in a press release, “Whatever the project, visionaries need a tool that is going to help them stay on-time and on-task. The Nikon D800 re-imagines what is possible from this level of D-SLR, to address the needs of an emerging and ever changing market; this is the camera that is going to bridge the gap for the most demanding imaging professionals, and provide never before seen levels of SLR image and video quality. The D800 is the right tool for today’s creative image makers, affording photographers, filmmakers and videographers a versatile option for capturing the ultimate in still image quality or full HD content, with maximum control.”
Nikon wanted to fit the needs for advanced amateur photographers but also professionals as well. The camera is compatible with the Nikon F-mount FX a nd DX lenses. When you attach the DX lens, the camera will capture pictures at 15.4 megapixels. In FX mode, it can take 4 frames per second and 5 frames per second in DX mode, then 6 frames per second in DX mode if used with the optional MB-D12 vertical battery grip.
They developed the D800 so it will capture still images with great resolution and record movies in true high-definition. The Nikon camera will be able to film in full HD 1080p and will include the Advanced Recognition System used in Nikon’s top-of-the-range D4. Nikon D800 records QuickTime video in H.264 B-Frame format at 1080p30, 1080p24, 720p60, and 720p50.
Nikon plans to release the D800E camera for those professionals that want complete control of their photos. It will allow you to disable some of the camera’s filter functions so light will hit the sensor directly and capture detail in images. Nikon says this function is used to take better landscape and artistic photography.
The GadgetBox from MSNBC reported on the Nikon D800 specs saying, “The D800 offers a 36.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS censor, a 91,000 pixel 3D Matrix Metering system with Advanced Scene Recognition System, and an enhanced 51 pt AF system. The camera’s ISO range goes up to 6400 (expandable in Hi-2 mode). The D800 has support for speedy USB 3.0, dual CF and SD card slots, and uncompressed HDMI out.”
The D800 will be available in late March 2012 for $2,999.95 for the body only. The D800E version will be available in mid April 2012 for $3299.95.