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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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Key Specs

Type
DSLR
Lens mount
Nikon F
Resolution (effective)
36.3 megapixels
Memory card
Sd, Cf i
Model

General

Type
DSLR (Nikon F) (Yes)

Sensor

Resolution (effective)
36.3 megapixels
Sensor type
CMOS
ISO modes
100 iso, 200 iso, 400 iso, 800 iso, 1600 iso, 3200 iso, 6400 iso

Flash

Flash
Yes (Internal, External) (Front curtain, Rear curtain, Slow, Red eye)

Shooting

Focus
Af, Manual (51 points) (Af assist lamp, Face detection)
Shutter speed
1/ {"1":8000, "2":30} secs

Imaging

Exposure modes
Aperture, Shutter, Manual, Program
Exposure compensation
Yes
Histogram
Yes
White balance modes
Auto, Cloudy, Incandescent, Flash, Flourescent, Shade, Custom

Other features

Location support
Yes (Internal)
PictBridge support
Yes
Red-eye removal
Yes
Self-timer
Yes
Tripod mount
Yes
4 fps (continuous)
Screen size
3.2 inches

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
LCD (Yes)

Storage

Memory card
Sd, Cf i (Sdxc, Sdhc)

Image formats

Image formats
Jpeg, Tuff
Video recording
Yes (H264, Mpeg4) (1920 x 1080 (1080p))

Connections

USB
3.0
WiFi
Yes (External)
Video output
Yes (HDMI)

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)
Model
E

General

Type
DSLR (Nikon F) (Yes)

Sensor

Resolution (effective)
36.3 megapixels
Sensor type
CMOS
ISO modes
100 iso, 200 iso, 400 iso, 800 iso, 1600 iso, 3200 iso, 6400 iso

Flash

Flash
Yes (Internal)

Shooting

Focus
Af, Manual

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
LCD (Yes)

Storage

Memory card
Sd, Cf i (Sdxc, Sdhc)

Image formats

Video recording
Yes (H264, Mpeg4) (1920 x 1080 (1080p))

Connections

USB
3.0
Video output
Yes (HDMI)

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable

Other features

Screen size
3.2 inches
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