Nikon unwraps D800 release month

By Posted 7 Feb 2012, 10:50

Just over a week ago we told you that Nikon had seemingly discontinued some old DLSR models in preparation for the rumored D800. Today we have news that the Nikon unwraps D800 release month officially.

The camera has been the subject of rumors for a while now but the Nikon has finally announced what the D800 will bring to the table. While we’d love to hand you the release date today, sadly this is not the case, but we can reveal that the date has been narrowed down to a month. The unit has been the subject of some delays mainly due to the recent floods in the area, but according to The Verge it will finally be available in March. The D800 will retail for $2,999.95 and instead of being a scaled down version of the D4, this will be going head on with the Canon 5D Mark II.

First up the D800 uses a 36.3 megapixel FX format sensor that creates TIFF files as big as 212MB. Similar to the D4 it uses the same 91,005 pixel RGB metering sensor, and has the same 921,000 dot LCD screen. The Expeed 3 processor allows the D800 to start up in only 0.12 seconds, and also uses the new 51 point autofocus system.

The new cameras ISO range goes up to 6400 and is expandable to 25,600, which falls short of the Nikon D4. You will find a USB 3.0 port along with an SD card and CF slot, which is something not found on the D700. Nikon has put on proper doors to protect the inputs and done away with those horrible pieces of rubber.

Nikon have provided more for users wanting to take video with the D800, as output is uncompressed HDMI. Footage can be viewed on the LCD screen and an external monitor at the same time. Users can now start and stop recording wirelessly, and also shares the power aperture control like the D4. You will also find a new headphone jack on the D800.

Recording at 1080p is possible at either 24 or 30 frames per second, or 720p at 30 or 60 frames per second. The company also revealed the Nikon D800E that is basically the same camera without the antialiasing feature and is $300 more. This is aimed at those who take shots of fashion or textiles and still want to utilize the full 36.3 megapixels.

Online retailer Amazon has already got both models up for preorder but doesn’t give any more information on the actual release date during March. Will you be getting the Nikon D800?

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