Nikon D800 Brochure and Product Information

Information is pouring in from everywhere now. Since the Nikon D800 is officially out now, and are getting updated with the product information, including the official Nikon D800 Brochure, Nikon D800 Detailed Product Information and Sample Images (to be posted shortly).

Here is the official video:

Below are the links with all the latest information:

  1. Nikon D800 NikonUSA Page
  2. Nikon D800 Official Product Information
  3. Nikon D800 Brochure (PDF File)
  4. Nikon D800 Sample Images
  5. Nikon D800E Sample Images

Official Nikon D800 Announcement from

A new Nikon FX-format digital SLR camera with the world’s highest effective pixel count–36.3-million pixels–for noteworthy definition and image quality

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Nikon D800 FX-format digital SLR camera. The D800 offers the world’s highest* effective pixel count of 36.3-million pixels, and is equipped with the new EXPEED 3 image-processing engine and a 91K-pixel (approximately 91,000 pixels) RGB sensor for overwhelming definition and image quality. Nikon will be exhibiting the D800 at the CP+ CAMERA & PHOTO IMAGIING SHOW, to be held Thursday, February 9 through Sunday, February 12 in Yokohama, Japan. This exhibition is open to the public.

*Among interchangeable lens digital SLR cameras equipped with image sensors conforming to the 35-mm film size as of February 7, 2012

The D800, a new FX-format model offers an noteworthy effective pixel count of 36.3-million pixels. At its core is superior image quality equal to that achieved with medium-format digital cameras. The D800 is also equipped with a number of new functions for a high level of added value, all in a compact and lightweight body.

In addition to a new Nikon FX-format CMOS image sensor and the new EXPEED 3 image-processing engine, specifically optimized for Nikon digital SLR cameras, the D800 is equipped with a new 91K-pixel (approximately 91,000 pixels) RGB sensor that supports the Advanced Scene Recognition System with its noteworthy advances in scene recognition performance. The camera is also equipped with a number of new functions, including Multi-area mode Full HD D-Movie that enables movie recording using either the FX-based movie format or the DX-based movie format.

For users who demand an even greater sense of definition, Nikon also releases the D800E, a model that offers increased resolution for images with more dimension.

D800 Development Background

Reflecting Nikon’s efforts to respond to a number of demands, including those for a higher pixel count, better image quality, and a smaller and lighter camera, the D800 is a digital SLR camera developed to capture still images with the superior resolution and record movies with the true high-definition picture quality demanded not only by advanced amateur photographers but also by professionals.

Nikon is responding to the needs of users who demand more from photographs and movies with the recently announced D4, a flagship model that combines excellent definition and image quality with superior high-speed performance, and the D800, a model that offers the ultimate in resolution demanded for nature and studio photography.

D800 Primary Features

  1. New Nikon FX-format CMOS image sensor
    The D800 is equipped with a new Nikon FX-format CMOS image sensor and the new EXPEED 3 image-processing engine for Nikon digital SLR cameras. This new image-processing engine is faster and offers greater performance. The camera also offers the world’s highest* effective pixel count of 36.3-million pixels. When combined with the sharp rendering of NIKKOR lenses, images exhibiting resolution equal to that achieved with medium-format digital cameras are possible.

    The D800 also responds to the demands of professional photographers with a standard sensitivity range of ISO 100–6400, and additional support for equivalents of ISO 50 (Lo 1) and up to ISO 25600 (Hi 2), for superior image and picture quality in dimly lit situations, such as just before sunrise and just after sunset, with shooting of still images as well as movie recording.

    *Among interchangeable lens digital SLR cameras equipped with image sensors conforming to the 35-mm film size as of February 7, 2012

  2. New 91K-pixel RGB sensor for the more accurate Advanced Scene Recognition System
    The D800 is equipped with a new 91K-pixel (approximately 91,000 pixels) RGB sensor. When a human face is detected in the frame, 3D Color Matrix Metering III bases exposure control on the brightness of that face so that the face is optimally exposed even with backlighting. In addition, the superior resolution of the metering sensor, which makes full use of an incredible 91,000 pixels, enables extremely precise analysis of the scene for more accurate control over autofocusing, auto exposure, i-TTL flash control, and auto white balance.

    *There is no display in the viewfinder that shows when a face or faces have been recognized.

  3. Multi-area mode Full HD D-Movie for movie recording using one of two movie formats
    The D800 records movies exhibiting superior resolution with optimal processing of information acquired from the 36.3-million pixel image sensor. Recording of 1920 x 1080p/30-fps full-HD movies is supported, and users can choose to record using the FX-based movie format or the DX-based movie format according to recording conditions. The FX-based movie format offers a shallow depth-of-field with an emphasis on blur characteristics while the DX-based movie format enables recording of movies that bring subjects closer when lenses with short focal lengths are used. The D800 is also equipped with a headphone jack and supports precise adjustment of microphone sensitivity. In addition, it supports simultaneous display of movies or the movie live view display in the camera monitor and on an external monitor. Further, the D800 responds to the needs of professionals who require uncompressed movie files with the ability to record movies directly to an external HDMI recorder in movie live view mode. The D800 also offers a time-lapse photography function that captures images at a selected interval and then combines the images to create a time-lapse movie that shows the changes in a particular scene that occur over time.
  4. Viewfinder frame coverage of approximately 100% (*1) and a lightweight and durable water- and dust-resistant body
    The viewfinder built into the D800 supports a frame coverage of approximately 100%*1 and magnification of approximately 0.7x(*2). Adoption of a magnesium alloy for the body gives the camera the same level of durability as the D700 with a weight approximately 10% less.

    *1 With FX-format image area
    *2 With 50-mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1

  5. Support for high-speed continuous shooting and a variety of battery types with the Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D12 (optional)
    The MB-D12 supports the Rechargeable Li-ion Batteries EN-EL15 and EN-EL18, common AA batteries, and the AC Adapter EH-5a/b (with Power Connector EP-5B). When the MB-D12 is mounted on the D800, high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 6 fps* using the DX-format image area is possible. The MB-D12 also offers the added convenience of controls, including shutter-release button, AF-ON button and multi-selector, for vertical shooting. What’s more, the same seals as those used for the D800 with its magnesium body offer superior resistance to dust and water.

    *When powered by the AC adapter, or AA batteries or Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL18 with the MB-D12. Measured according to CIPA guidelines.

  6. Other D800 Functions and Features
    A 51-point AF system for improved subject acquisition and focus performance under dim lighting. In addition, 11 focus points (five at center with an addition three to each side) are fully functional when lenses with a maximum aperture of f/8 are used.
    A 3.2-inch, approximately 921k-dot LCD monitor with reinforced glass, automatic monitor brightness control, and wide viewing angle
    A virtual horizon that shows the degree to which the camera is tilted sideways (roll), or forward or backward (pitch) with display in the monitor and viewfinder
    A new shutter unit that has passed testing for 200,000 cycles and supports a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 s and flash sync speed of 1/250 s
    Continuous shooting at 4 (FX-format/5 : 4 image area) or 5 (DX-format/1.2x image area) fps*
    *When powered by a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL15
    CompactFlash and SD dual memory card slots
    Support for SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0)

The D800E with specifications for even greater resolution with an effective pixel count of 36.3-million pixels

In-camera disabling of the aliasing and moiré pattern reduction operation performed by the optical low-pass filter built into the D800E allows light passing through a NIKKOR lens to strike photodiodes directly for even greater resolution. This makes this model optimal for landscape and artistic photography with which higher resolution and clear definition is demanded. With the exception of the modification indicated above, all other functions and characteristics are the same as with the D800.

* Aliasing and moiré patterns may be more noticeable in images captured with the D800E with some subjects, scenes or shooting conditions.
* Optical low-pass filter IR coating and anti-reflection coating performance is the same with both the D800 and the D800E.


  1. February 7, 2012 at 2:47 am

    It is best articles Thank you

  2. 2) Ravi R
    February 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    So the cat is out of the bag, finally. What a phenomenal camera and specs. Can’t wait for the reviews from you. It’s amazing that this camera put’s the medium format cameras to shame at least in terms of price and not to mention the Video capabilities. Canon has to go back to the drawing board again.

    • February 7, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      Ravi, I agree – the Nikon D800 looks amazing at a great price!

      • 2.1.1) Ravi R
        February 7, 2012 at 4:02 pm

        Dang ! I just got a D7000 and even though I was eventually going to get a D700 as I wanted a Full Frame now this camera has me drooling. What a timing ! I am now tempted to make use of my Tax returns ! LOL.
        Naseem, can’t wait for your detailed review and also please take some 1080P video. Your photos are awesome and to see your composition and color in Video would be a treat !!
        36 MP ! I still can’t get over it. On second thought, i might need some money to buy a super computer to process those RAW images !

        • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
          February 7, 2012 at 5:01 pm

          Ravi, no need to get the D700 anymore, the D800 is far superior!

          A detailed review will be published as soon as I get my hands on the camera!

  3. 3) Bruce
    February 9, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Thank you for your articles about the D800 – very helpful.

    There is a feature in the D3, and I assume D4 whereby the photographer can “teach” the camera to correct focus for a lens that consistently has back or front focus (within certain limits, I’m sure). This feature undoubtedly has a name, but I don’t know what it is called. The camera remembers the setting, so the next time that lens is mounted the camera uses the right amount of correction.

    Do you know whether the D800 can be adjusted to correct for minor lens variability in this way?


  4. 4) George Kurian
    February 13, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Thank you for your great article. Can’t wait to grab a D800.

  5. 5) Taylor Bartholomew
    March 11, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I would like your advice. I have a D800 on pre-order and have been trying to decide on what memory to buy. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of buying the latest and greatest super fast cards, but striking a balance can save quite a bit of money. The way I see it, a card’s write speed is essentially irrelevant to performance due to the size and performance of the buffers of cameras at this level, unless of course you’re shooting full speed continuous RAW bursts, which I don’t believe a serious photographer will do, at least not to the point of filling the buffer. And read speed is only a convenience if you’re not willing to be patient enough to wait an extra few minutes when transferring your shots to your computer. So that only leaves the need for performance where shooting video is concerned. My understanding is that the D800 will shoot full HD at 24 Mbps, which equates to 3MBps. This means that anything over class 6 for SD or 200X for CF should be more than sufficient allowing me to get more capacity at lower speeds for my dollar and still be OK rather than having to sacrifice total capacity for speed that I don’t need anyway. Do you agree with my analysis? Thanks.

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