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" It'll certainly be interesting to see how Canon and Sony respond. Either way, whoever said the megapixel wars of old were over, might want to think again."
Sony will no doubt respond with the same sensor, seeing as Nikon use Sony sensors.
"Nikon has itself drawn attention to this with some bold claims about how the D800 (used in FX mode with a fast lens) is able to produce "exquisitely shallow depth of field with beautiful bokeh effects". That's something we definitely look forward to seeing for ourselves first-hand."
Why is this a bold claim? It is simply one of the benefits of using a full frame sensor. The D800 isn't unique in this regard.
Indeed, I would guess that Sony is only too happy for Nikon to go to 36MP with the D800 as it paves the way for them to offer something similar – if not identical – in the coming months. And as for Canon… well, the 5D MKIII is expected sometime soon, and although I very much doubt it'll match the D800 for resolution (rumours point more towards 22MP), you don't need to look all that far online to find spurious talk of a mega-megapixel Canon DSLR launch planned for later in the year..
As for the "bold claims" in the final paragraph, I was really just being colloquial and referring to Nikon's use of flowery marketing language more than anything else. You're absolutely right that one of the major benefits of a full-frame sensor is that it produces a shallower depth of field. I certainly wasn't claiming the D800 is unique in this respect.
"one of the major benefits of a full-frame sensor is that it produces a shallower depth of field"You would almost think that a DX sensor produced a different depth of field to an FX sensor, except of course that effectively there is a DX sensor in the centre of every FX sensor and guess what - the depth of field does not suddenly change at the margin. Just think it is important that people don't get the wrong impressions about what affects depth of field ;)
If the rumours of the Pentax finally making a full frame camera come true, I wonder if they will also use a similar sensor?
Not really. By using only a DX sized portion of an FX sensor you are restricting the field of view so the result should really be compared with the FX and a longer focal length lens. Since focal length does have an affect of DoF, equivalent images will show shallower DoF with the larger sensor. This affect is offset somewhat by the need to magnify the result (wrt sensor size) but not completely.
Great quality camera with some very forward thinking features, I don't however think it will make me give up my D3X with it's far superior 5FPS, ideal for my penchant for photographing Formula 1 and wildlife, I still think my D3X is future proof for a couple of years yet, great review by the way.
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