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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Nikon D800

Is this 36-megapixel, full-frame DSLR a medium-format killer?

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Improved Video
The D800 can shoot 1920x1080 full HD video at 30p and 24p (25p PAL), and 1280x720 HD video at 60p and 30p (50p PAL), in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC (.MOV) format. B-frame
compression provides clip lengths up to 29 minutes, 59 seconds. A built-in mono microphone provides Linear PCM sound, and there's a jack for an external stereo mic. The big, full-frame sensor produces cinematic selective-focus control and low-light capability that's reportedly better than conventional pro camcorders. You can shoot videos with virtually all Nikkor lenses (DX lenses only in DX crop mode, others in FX or DX mode).

Durable Construction
The D800 is ruggedly constructed with magnesium alloy, and sealed against dust and moisture. The shutter has been tested to 200,000 cycles. A built-in sensor cleaner helps keep the sensor dust-free, handy when changing lenses frequently in the field.

New AF System
The D800 adopts the new AF and metering systems introduced in the flagship D4 pro model. Featuring Nikon's Advanced Multi-Cam 3500FX AF sensor module and new algorithms to enhance low-light performance, the D800 can autofocus in levels down to EV -2, and with lens/teleconverter combinations as slow as ƒ/8. There are 51 AF points, 15 of them cross-types for enhanced accuracy.

EXPEED 3 Processing & ISO
Like the Nikon D4 pro DSLR, the D800 features Nikon's EXPEED 3 processing, which optimizes image quality and video performance. Despite the relatively small pixels necessitated by the huge pixel count, the D800 provides a normal ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to Lo-1 (50) and Hi-1 (12,800) and Hi-2 (25,600).

Dual Memory Card Slots
The D800 can save files on CompactFlash (including UDMA 7-compatible) and SD/SDHC/SDXC (including UHS-I) media, thanks to dual card slots.

Essential Accesories

Still/Video Head
The Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head gives you a fluid head for video and a ballhead for still work. It's one of the most innovative accessories we've seen. www.manfrotto.us

Stereo Mic
Adding the Nikon ME-1 to the D800 complements the camera's impressive HD video capability with vastly improved sound. www.nikonusa.com

High-Capacity CF Card
The Lexar Professional 600x CF card is fast for HD video use, and in capacities up to 32 GB, it's a good choice for the huge files generated by the D800's image sensor. www.lexar.com


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