Nikon unveils 36MP D800 & D800E digital SLR 'twins' to Best For Reviews

Nikon targets photo enthusiasts and medium format photographers with new D800 and D800E, offering incredible 36 megapixel resolution


Nikon has finally taken the wraps off its long rumoured and long awaited D800 digital SLR, direct replacement for the Nikon D700, and, its maker suggests, the perfect camera for those Nikon users looking to 'step up' from the still current D7000.
The new full frame DSLR/s mark the latest of no fewer than 20 products released so far this year by Nikon, including a myriad compact cameras topped off by its flagship DSLR in the recently announced D4.
Also, in offering an incredible 36 million pixel resolution it is currently the highest resolving camera in the 35mm format.
The new Nikon D800 has a suggested UK price of £2399 and will be on sale from March 22nd, 2012.
Among the D800's headline features we picked up at the UK press launch are the following:
* Broadcast quality video with Full HD capture offered at a choice of 30, 25 or 24 fps, in that respect being the same as the Nikon D4.
* 36.3 megapixel effective resolution from a 36.8MP FX format CMOS sensor. There's also the choice to shoot 15.4MP in DX (crop) format, or, more unusually, 5:4 or 1.2x format.
* Light sensitivity range expandable from ISO50 to ISO25,600
* EXPEED 3 processor with noise characteristics similar to the D700, claims Nikon, adding that it even "surpasses the D7000".
* 51 point AF system
* Same Advanced Multi Cam 35000 FX engine as the D4.
* 3D Colour Matrix Metering
* HDMI output
* Time lapse photography option
* Shutter life tested to 200,000 cycles
* 900 shot battery life
* Two axis virtual horizon
* Choice of both SD and CF card slots
* 3.2 inch LCD monitor with 921k dot resolution
* Released alongside the D800/800E is a new accessory battery pack in the MB-D12 at £379.99
* 6fps high speed shooting
* Lightweight body further enhancing mobility and also boasting the same weather sealing as the D700.
NIkon also added that it imagines professional photographers will use this camera as their high resolution camera, when required, and the existing D4 as their main.
The D800E meanwhile is identical to the D800, save in the respect that it has had its anti aliasing filter removed to push the camera to deliver just that bit more detail. Should this at the same time introduce unwanted image artefacts, this is solved by moire removal provided via Nikon Capture NX software.
The D800E is set to retail for a pricier £2689.99, and Nikon sees its specialist commercial photography audience as making up just 10% of that of the D800.
Aimed at medium format users, the D800E has been introduced, say Nikon UK, because "we didn't want to ignore a market."