Read our full in-depth hands-on preview of the D800 here.
The launch of the D800 had been one of the worst kept secrets in the technology industry and so it comes as no surprise that Nikon has unveiled its latest enthusiast/pro-level DSLR, which will go on sale next month.
The Nikon D800, which Nikon says will sit alongside the D700 rather than replace it, will feature a 36.3 megapixel sensor, which Nikon claims will offer the imaging potential to rival medium format cameras, but “with all of the agility of the D-SLR format.” This means that you are essentially getting triple the megapixels of the 12 megapixel sensor seen in the Nikon D300.
The D800, which is already the company’s 23rd new camera of 2012, is promising great low noise performance with a base ISO range of 100 to 6,400, extendable from 50 to 25,600. The D800 will allow you to shoot 4 frames-per-second (fps) in burst shooting mode, or up to 6fps in DX crop mode.
The D800 uses the same Expeed 3 image processor as the Nikon D4 as well as the same 51 auto focus points with 15 cross hairs in the centre. There is a redesigned AF switch making switching between manual and auto focus a lot easier. Again similar to the D4, the D800 operates in very low light, down to -2EV, which is akin to moonlight.
The D800 saves to a choice of SD card or CF card but doesn't support the new QXD card which Nikon say is being saved for the company's flagship model. You'll find a 921k-dot 3.2in LCD screen on the back which Nikon says has a vastly improved colour range that is very close to sRGB.
One of the main developments with the D800 is the movie recording capabilities with 1080p shooting at 30fps or 720p at 60fps for slow motion shooting. The microphone-in port gives you 20 levels of adjustment while the headphone out has 30 levels of adjustment. Again like the D4, those shooting video will be able to output uncompressed video out at 1080p via the HDMI port on the side.
Nikon has also announced the D800E, which is very similar to the D800 but with a modified optical filter - essentially the anti-aliasing filter has been removed. "The D800E offers a unique alternative for those seeking a unique alternative for those seeking the ultimate in definition," Nikon said in a press release.
The D800 will work with any Nikon lens and while the company has announced no new lenses to coincide with the launch of the D800, it did say that new lenses would be coming in the near future, which would take full advantage of the new 36 megapixel sensor.
Looking at availability, the D800 will go on sale on 22 March, costing £2,399 body-only, while the D800E will go on sale at selected retailers for £2,689 on 12 April.
We will have a detailed hands-on of the Nikon D800 very soon but, for now, let us know in the comments what you think of the new Nikon D800?