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Nikon D800

88
Global
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Summary

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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User Reviews

90
daneluti
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
100
mwwhited
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
90
abigfatbunny
Had to clean the sensor once (fluid+dust/debris) then it was fine.Only downsides...read more
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Speed (start-up time, lag)

84
 

Image quality

93
 

Durability

83
 

Ease of use

80
 

Design and form factor

84
 

Battery life

75
 

Video quality

84
 

How It Stacks Up

86

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86
 

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80
 

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90
 

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How It Stacks Up

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