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Nikon D800 Digital SLR Camera Body, 36.3 Megapixel, FX Format, Full 1080p HD Video - Bundle - with Nikon SB-910 TTL AF Shoe Mount Speedlight, USA Warranty

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About Nikon D800

The Nikon D800 is a 36.3MP professional HDSLR that breaks new ground in resolution and metering technology. More than an upgrade to the just-discontinued 12MP D700, the D800 is a major overhaul. Unlike the D700, which was positioned as a "prosumer" camera, the Nikon D800 is definitely geared towards pro users especially studio, fashion, and wedding and portrait photographers. The D800 has a 91,000-pixel RGB Matrix Metering System, Advanced Scene Recognition, and what Nikon says is an improved 51-point AF system. It has a relatively small form factor for a pro camera, similar in size to the D700. For videographers, the camera can capture 1080p video at up to 30fps with manual control and uncompressed HDMI output.

Unlike the 16MP D4, Nikon's recently-announced new flagship camera that boasts an ISO range of 100-204-800, the D800's native ISO range is 100-6400, expandable to 50 and 25,600. However, Nikon says improvements in light transmission to the sensor photodiodes, changes in sensor design, an enhanced Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF) and 14 bit A/D conversion with a high signal to noise ratio will translate into outstanding low-light, high-ISO performance. Also unlike the D4, the D800 delivers only 4fps burst rate at full resolution, 6fps in DX mode (see below).

Nikon users who have invested in DX-format lenses will be able to use them on the D800 by using the 15.4MP resolution setting. In this setting, only the pixels that cover a DX-sized portion of the sensor will be active, giving the camera a 1.5x crop.

Other features include Advanced Scene Recognition, which compares the scene with Nikon's 30,000 image database. Face recognition has been refined, with the Color Matrix Meter placing priority on exposures of detected faces. Nikon says it has also improved white balance to better recognize both natural and artificial light.

D800: Tool for serious cinematography
For videographers, the D800 is a serious tool. Able to record full HD 1080p at 30 or 25p and 720p at 60/30p, the D800 records H.264 or MPEG4 AVC format video using the B-Frame data compression method for up to 29:59-minute clips. Rolling shutter distortion a common problem for HDSLRs is said to be minimized thanks to fast data read rates at the sensor. High-ISO performance is said to allow filmmakers to capture footage where previously impossible.

The D800 is available both with and without a low-pass filter (the model without the low-pass filter is the D800E. The D800E cancels anti-aliasing properties and allows light to be delivered directly to the photodiodes. This is said to offer the highest possible color fidelity and dynamic range that, according to Nikon, delivers near-medium-format image quality. Color moire correction ise available within Capture NX2.

Both the D800 and D800E will use UMDA6 and UMDA7 Compact Flash cards as well as SD SDXC and UHS-1 cards in two card slots. The camera is protected from moisture and dust and is constructed of magnesium alloy. Nikon also claims up to 900 image captures and 60 minutes of HD video recording per battery charge.

Nikon D800 Features

  • Extreme resolution 36.3-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24.0mm) CMOS sensor: Large 4.88 pixels capture astonishing detail and subtleties with outstanding dynamic range for demanding wedding, landscape, fashion/commercial and video applications.
  • Full 1080p HD broadcast quality video and minimized rolling shutter: Create true cinematic experiences using Full 1080p video at 30 or 24fps in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format. D800's massive 36.3MP sensor combined with B-frame datacompression delivers high quality video in a lighter file ensuring unmatched moving image integrity at up up to 29min/59 sec
  • View simultaneous Live View output on external monitors and record uncompressed video via HDMI terminal: Check video recording on the camera's LCD and external monitor simultaneously and when the highest possible image quality is required you can bypass CF or SD storage media and record uncompressed 1080p footage directly from the image sensor
  • Multi-Area Full HD D-Movie Video Recording Mode: Designed to help filmmakers, multi-media professionals and event photographers realize their creative vision, recording on either FX or DX-format at Full HD 1080p at 30/24p and 16:9 is now possible.
  • Comprehensive high fidelity audio recording and playback control: Built-in external stereo microphone input allows for recording crystal clear sound using the optional ME-1 Stereo Microphone and can be precisely controlled in 20 incremental steps. Check audio in isolation as you record using headphones directly connected to the camera.
  • 91,000-Pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering III with Advanced Scene Recognition System: Face detection using the optical viewfinder and detailed scene analysis using the 91K RGB sensor enables superior auto exposure, auto white balance detection,AF performance and i-TTL flash exposure.
  • Nikon EXPEED 3 image processing technologies: EXPEED 3 extends and assures breathtakingly rich image fidelity and reduces noise, even at high ISO's.
  • Low noise ISO sensitivity from 100 to 6400: Added ISO settings of Lo-1 (ISO 50 equivalent), Hi-1 (ISO 12,800 equivalent) andHi-2 (ISO 25,600 equivalent) extend versatility.
  • Fast, accurate 51-point AF system: AF system features 4 Dynamic AF modes, including 3D Focus Tracking, for autofocus precision and razor sharpness.
  • 3.2-inch super-sharp 921,000-dot LCD monitor with automatic monitor brightness control: Ambient brightness sensor automatically adjusts LCD visibility according to environment for bright, crisp image playback, menu adjustment and Live View shooting. Enlarge images up to up to 46x to make on the spot focus confirmation.
  • Two Live View shooting modes: Photography Live View and Movie Live View modes add flexibility; exposure, whitebalance, histogram, focus mode, AF area mode and focusing accuracy are easily confirmed
  • Expand Dynamic Range using built-in HDR: Combines two exposures at up to 3EV to create a single image revealing an extremely wide dynamic range, but with less noise and richer color gradation than ever before.
  • Dedicated Nikon Picture Control Button: Convenient Picture control button provides six preset options: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Landscape and Portrait for stills and video while 9 customizable settings provide advanced, personalized color control.
  • Continuous shooting at up to 4 fps at full FX-format resolution: Commercial image quality teams with speed and handling to create new shooting possibilities in the studio or on location. Shoot DX-format images up to 6 fps using the optional MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack and batteries other than the EN-EL15.
  • Rugged, durable and precise magnesium-alloy construction: Effectively protected from invasive dust, moisture and tested to exceed 200,000 cycles.
  • High speed CF and SD dual memory card slots: CF cards compatible with UDMA6 as well as UDMA7. For SD cards, SDXC and UHS-1 are supported.
  • Two axis Virtual Horizon graphic indicator: Use either LCD monitor or viewfinder to check if camera is level; horizontally or with forward or rear rotation.
  • Up to 900* images and 60 minutes of HD Video per battery charge

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