February 7, 2012 /

Nikon D800 Announced!

Details of the new Nikon D800 DSLR camera which was announced on February 6th, 2012.

Here is another tech/geeky post but we are super excited for 2012 because of all of the new cameras that are coming to market! With 2012 being an Olympic year, the two major camera manufacturers, Nikon and Canon, are releasing new versions of their flagship cameras: the D4 and 1DX respectively. While $6000 and $6800 cameras are a bit out of our budget at the moment, last night the first entry into the high end consumer market emerged with the $3000 Nikon D800.

Nikon D800

While you may see us shooting with Canon 5D Mark II’s, we also shoot with our Nikon D700 occasionally. Their is no doubt that Nikon makes amazing lenses, but the lack of video features on the Nikon D700 DSLR made us slowly migrate to Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D for our wedding work. We put our pre-order in this morning with B&H for the Nikon D800 though for this amazing list of features (more than listed here but these are the ones we are most excited about):

35.9 x 24.0 mm Full Frame FX Sensor
36.3 Megapixel Resolution (7360 x 4912 resolution)
51-point Auto Focus system
ISO Sensitivity from ISO 100 to 6400
Full HD Video Recording at 1080 30p/24p

The 36 megapixel prospect is very interesting, as Nikon had recently touted ISO performance over megapixel count in their professional cameras like the D3 and D700. Each of Nikon’s previous offerings boasted lower megapixels by the numbers than Canon’s, but still produced world-class images. Even Nikon’s new flagship sports camera, the D4, is “only” 16.2 megapixels. I’m really excited to see what Nikon can do as our D700 was looking a little long in the tooth compared to our Canon 5D Mark II’s or even our backup Nikon D7000. Now with a serious video offering (yes the D7000 did video but is not a full frame sensor like the 5D), there is a compelling argument to move our entire wedding setup into Nikon territory. Of course… we’ll be eagerly awaiting Canon’s response with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (or whatever they end up calling it) which is expected to come shortly. I will also eagerly be awaiting our pre-ordered Nikon D800 whenever it ships from B&H in March! Review coming soon!

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