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conclusion:We like it

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The Nikon D800 is one of the best DSLRs currently available, and is noteworthy not just for its ability to shoot very sharp 36-megapixel images under just about any lighting conditions, but for its excellent performance as an HD video camera as well. Its auto-focus is fast and accurate, and its full-frame sensor works with just about any Nikon lens made in the past 30 years. The only major downside of the camera (besides its price, and the fact that you'll want to spend even more on lenses to go with it) is that those 36-megapixel files can take a lot of time to write to memory cards, slowing its burst mode a bit. If you're a pro-level Nikon shooter, or want to take your photos to the next level, there's very little to dislike about the D800. If you're a Canon shooter, the good news is you don't have to switch, since the EOS 5D Mark III is equally capable.

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Critic reviews

8.6
11 reviews
  • Image quality
    9.3
  • Video quality
    8.4
  • Battery life
    7.3
  • Design and form factor
    8.5
  • Durability
    8.3
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    8.5
  • Ease of use
    7.9

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User reviews

9.3
11 reviews
9.0
CNET Mar 23, 2012

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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8.0
Gizmodo Apr 2, 2012

It's a better still camera than the D700, it adds video, and the fantastic image sensor takes images to a new level of quality. The high-resolution sensor was a gutsy move, and it paid off, as Nikon proved that you can pack pixels into a camera without ruining its performance in the dark.

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8.0
Digital Photography Review May 10, 2012

The D800 is a camera that consistently delivers high quality results, under a wide range of shooting conditions with a minimum of fuss. There's not much more you can ask for in a photographic tool than that.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Apr 2, 2012

A week was all the time it took for us to fall in love with the D800. And we were starting to get butterflies when we first took it out of the box. This is the camera we'd get if money were no object. ... The resolution of the D800 is its main selling point, and it really is a game-changer.

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9.0
CNET Asia Apr 13, 2012

The Nikon D800 provides excellent image and video quality, with enough resolution to satisfy any pixelpeeper. Aside from an ergonomic design, it also has an intuitive button layout which makes for a pleasant shooting experience.

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9.0
Reviewed.com Cameras Sep 30, 2012

The Nikon D800 is a beast of a camera, an extraordinarily high-resolution anachronism dropped into a supposedly post-megapixel world. The 36.3-megapixel sensor of the D800 defines it; it is the camera’s greatest asset, making it one of the most flexible, enjoyable cameras we’ve ever shot with.

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9.0
Imaging Resource Nov 22, 2012

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 performer that easily earns its selling price.

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9.0
Camera Labs Mar 15, 2012

The bottom line? Until we know what Canon has up its sleeve, Nikon has what's arguably the most exciting DSLR around and one which represents a fantastic upgrade-path for D700, D300(s) and D7000 owners alike who really value resolution; indeed even D3x owners may be tempted.

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9.0
TechRadar Apr 17, 2012

It's clear that the D800 is an excellent and very capable camera. The metering, white balance and autofocus systems all deliver the goods and the image quality is superb at the lower sensitivity settings.

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8.0
T3 Aug 6, 2012

For now though, the D800 offers all the future proofing a photo enthusiast could conceivably need, if they can justify stumping up the cash and telling themselves that yes, they do really, truly need all those pixels.

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8.0
Digital Trends Jul 16, 2012

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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9.0
sixbysixphoto sixbysixphoto

Let's get this out of the way: my comments on IQ are irrelevant. With the right lens and technique, I can get images from this which are technically sharper, more detailed, better in colour and noise than anything I've ever owned. I can open the .NEFs in Lightroom and drag any slider I like and...

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9.0
abigfatbunny abigfatbunny

Had to clean the sensor once (fluid+dust/debris) then it was fine. Only downsides of note are size/weight (obviously), continuous fire rate and image file size. DP review here: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikon-d800-d800e/3...

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10
uncouth uncouth

This camera is simply amazing! The quality of the pics that it produces are exceptional. If you are thinking of purchasing this camera, you will certainly want to invest in excellent glass as well... as the resolution will bring out issues with cheaper lenses that may not have been noticable...

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