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Nikon D800 – D800E

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The Nikon D800 & D800E

Nikon’s D800 full frame camera


Information about the D800/D800E

The D800 was announced in February 2012 and is currently the highest pixel count DSLR at 36MP

The D800E version also includes a much reduced anti-aliasing (low pass filter) compared to the D800. The filters are still there for optical reasons but are effectively removed from an image detail point of view.

It seems that some early models suffer from a slight AF sensor misalignment, although careful testing is needed to confirm it.

May 2014: Significant firmware update

Nikon D800

Key features

  • 36.3MP CMOS sensor
  • 15.3MP DX (1.5x) capture mode
  • 25MP 1.2x Crop mode
  • 51 point AF system
  • ISO 100-6400 extendable to ISO 25,600
  • 1080p video at 30, 25 or 24 fps
  • 3.2″, 921k dot LCD
  • 4fps continuous shooting in FX mode
Compared to D700
  • 36.3MP CMOS sensor (compared to 12.1MP)
  • 15.3MP DX-format capture mode (compared to 5MP)
  • 51-point AF system with 15 cross-type sensors, rated to -2EV (compared to -1EV)
  • ISO 100-6400 extendable to ISO 25,600 equiv (compared to ISO 200-6400, extendable to ISO 25,600)
  • 1080p video at 30, 25 or 24 frames per second, up to 24Mbps, with uncompressed HDMI output and audio monitoring options
  • 3.2″, 921,000 dot LCD with anti-fog layer (compared to 3in, 921k-dot)
  • Maximum 4fps continuous shooting in FX mode, 6fps in DX mode (compared to 8fps in FX mode)
  • Advanced Scene Recognition System with 91,000 pixel metering sensor (compared to 1005-pixel)
  • Dual-axis Virtual Horizon (on LCD screen/viewfinder) (compared to single-axis)

Latest D800/D800E news and info

2014 May

13th Firmware A:Ver.1.10/B:Ver.1.10 

Custom Setting f13 has been changed to Assign Movie Record Button.
With Custom Setting f13 changed to Assign Movie Record Button, Assign MB-D12 AF-ON is now Custom Setting f14.
Custom Setting f15: Assign Remote Fn Button has been added.
The following functions have been added or renamed when the D800 is used with the Communication Unit UT-1 running firmware Ver. 2.0. A Network (UT-1) option has been added to, and Wireless transmitter has been renamed Wireless transmitter (WT-4) in, the setup menu.
Function that has been added:
– HTTP server mode
Use to view the pictures on the camera memory card, or to take photographs, from the web browser on a computer or iPhone.
Functions that have been renamed:
– FTP upload mode (previously Transfer mode (FTP))
Use to upload photos and movies from camera memory cards, or to upload photos as they are taken, to an ftp server.
– Image transfer mode (previously Transfer mode (PC))
Use to upload photos and movies from camera memory cards, or to upload photos as they are taken, to a computer.
– Camera control mode (previously PC mode)
Use to control the camera from a computer running Camera Control Pro 2 (available separately) and save photos and movies directly to the computer.
To enable support for these functions, Communication Unit UT-1 firmware must be updated to Ver. 2.0 or later, and the Wireless Transmitter Utility must be updated to Ver. 1.5.0 or later. When camera firmware is updated, network profiles specified with earlier firmware versions cannot be used. Network profiles must be created again.
Support for the updated version of Communication Unit UT-1 firmware has been added.
Support for CompactFlash memory cards with capacities greater than 128 GB has been added.
When AF-ON only was selected for Custom Setting a4 (AF activation) and the AF-ON button was pressed to initiate autofocus during viewfinder photography, focus remained locked even after the user took their finger off the button, and the shutter could be released at any time. However, specifications have been modified so that the shutter cannot be released under the following conditions if the camera fails to focus.
– Autofocus mode is set to AF-S (single-servo AF)
– AF-area mode is set to Single-point AF
– Custom Setting a2 (AF-S priority selection) is set to Focus
When values for 12 or 18 lenses were stored with AF fine-tune > Saved value in the setup menu, only some of the lenses for which values had been stored were displayed under List saved values. This issue has been resolved.
When the live view selector was set to live view photography with Custom Setting g4 (Assign shutter button) set to Record movies, a value for preset manual white balance could not be measured. This issue has been resolved.
When the built-in flash was set to Commander mode, remote Speedlights sometimes did not fire. This issue has been resolved.
In some rare cases, the memory card access lamp remained lit for longer than usual, and some time was required before any operations could be performed. This issue has been resolved.

2013 June

17th The revised version of the D800 will be the D810 and announced towards the end of June.
See general Nikon rumours page for more.

May

13th Firmware update 1.10 for the D800 and D800E is a major one

Custom Setting f13 has been changed to Assign Movie Record Button.
With Custom Setting f13 changed to Assign Movie Record Button, Assign MB-D12 AF-ON is now Custom Setting f14.
Custom Setting f15: Assign Remote Fn Button has been added.
The following functions have been added or renamed when the D800 is used with the Communication Unit UT-1 running firmware Ver. 2.0. A Network (UT-1) option has been added to, and Wireless transmitter has been renamed Wireless transmitter (WT-4) in, the setup menu.
Function that has been added:
HTTP server mode – Use to view the pictures on the camera memory card, or to take photographs, from the web browser on a computer or iPhone.
Functions that have been renamed:
FTP upload mode (previously Transfer mode (FTP)) – Use to upload photos and movies from camera memory cards, or to upload photos as they are taken, to an ftp server.
Image transfer mode (previously Transfer mode (PC)) – Use to upload photos and movies from camera memory cards, or to upload photos as they are taken, to a computer.
Camera control mode (previously PC mode) – Use to control the camera from a computer running Camera Control Pro 2 (available separately) and save photos and movies directly to the computer.
Support for the updated version of Communication Unit UT-1 firmware has been added.
Support for CompactFlash memory cards with capacities greater than 128 GB has been added.
When AF-ON only was selected for Custom Setting a4 (AF activation) and the AF-ON button was pressed to initiate autofocus during viewfinder photography, focus remained locked even after the user took their finger off the button, and the shutter could be released at any time. However, specifications have been modified so that the shutter cannot be released under the following conditions if the camera fails to focus.
Autofocus mode is set to AF-S (single-servo AF)
AF-area mode is set to Single-point AF
Custom Setting a2 (AF-S priority selection) is set to Focus
When values for 12 or 18 lenses were stored with AF fine-tune > Saved value in the setup menu, only some of the lenses for which values had been stored were displayed under List saved values. This issue has been resolved.
When the live view selector was set to live view photography with Custom Setting g4 (Assign shutter button) set to Record movies, a value for preset manual white balance could not be measured. This issue has been resolved.
When the built-in flash was set to Commander mode, remote Speedlights sometimes did not fire. This issue has been resolved.
In some rare cases, the memory card access lamp remained lit for longer than usual, and some time was required before any operations could be performed. This issue has been resolved.

April

2nd Firmware update A:1.01 / B:1.02 for the D800

2012 July

29th Suggestions that a Nikon service advisory may be on the way for the AF issues [NR]
24th Thom Hogan downgrades the D800 from ‘Recommended’ to ‘Not Recommended’ as a result of Nikon’s handling of the AF calibration issue [TH]
17th Some camera have focus inaccuracies on the left hand side. [MT]
This is a factory calibration error and can be fixed by NPS

June

19th New firmware on its way [NR]
1st Article about using MF/LF lenses on a D800 [NR] – somewhat cheaper version I built is hereview camera adapter for Canon camera

May

31st Firmware update to 1.01 [NR]
5th Detailed D800/800E image comparison at Rob Galbraith
Nikon acknowledge lockup problems for D4 and D800, with a temporary fix [PDN]

April

25th Important battery safety advisory for EN-EL15 batteries. The Nikon EN-EL15 battery is used in the Nikon D7000, D800, D800E and Nikon 1 V1 cameras.

March

24th Reports of a £200 price increase in the UK [PQ]
Very good DxOmark figures for the D800 [DxO]
20th Shipments soon [NR] but Nikon warn of very large number of pre-orders.
17th A PDF Manual is available for the D800/800E.
12th It seems that the D800 won’t work with the 24mm tilt/shift lens, which will not be welcome news to people wanting to use the camera for architectural use. [Nikon USA] Seems odd for such a camera?
Update -> MegaPixel checked this directly with Nikon, who say that it most definitely does work.

February

25th Next month in the US, the D700 will get a $500 price reduction (already reduced in Europe)
24th Some unofficial D700/800 noise comparisons [NR]
21st US dealer pricing [NR]
17th D880/800E technical guide [PDF]
15th Some more details about the D800 from CP+, including info on the AA filter in the 800E, as told to Amateur Photographer [AP]
8th D800 launched – I’ll be updating this page as I find more info

>>jump to pre-release info/rumours

Release Info

Nikon D800 DSLRNikon D800 Press Release

EXPECTATIONS SURPASSED: THE 36.3-MEGAPIXEL NIKON D800 IS THE MULTIMEDIA HD-SLR THAT SHATTERS CONVENTIONAL RESOLUTION BARRIERS FOR MAXIMUM FIDELITY

The New Nikon D800 Offers Unrivaled Resolution and Features Designed for a Variety of Demanding Professional Photographic and Multimedia Disciplines, Videographers and Filmmakers

MELVILLE, N.Y. (Feb 6, 2012) – Today, imaging leader Nikon Inc. announced the highly anticipated D800 HD-SLR, engineered to provide extreme resolution, astounding image quality and valuable video features optimized for professional still and multimedia photographers and videographers. A camera with an unmatched balance of accuracy, functionality and image quality, the Nikon D800 realizes innovations such as a high resolution 36.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, a 91,000-pixel RGB Matrix Metering System, Advanced Scene Recognition System and many other intuitive features designed to create the preeminent device for the most demanding photo and video applications.

Whether shooting high fashion, weddings or multimedia content, Nikon’s highest resolution sensor to date, a groundbreaking new 36.3-megapixel (7360 x 4912 resolution) FX-format CMOS sensor, affords flexibility and astonishing image quality to satisfy a myriad of client requests. The Nikon D800 incorporates the latest 91,000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering III and the Advanced Scene Recognition System, coupled with an improved 51-point AF system for images with amazing sharpness, color and clarity. With its compact, lightweight D-SLR form factor and extensive video feature set, the D800 allows photographers to transition to multimedia to create an immersive story. Professional videographers will appreciate practical features that go beyond NIKKOR lens compatibility and Full HD 1080p video, such as full manual control, uncompressed HDMI output, and incredible low-light video capability. With this innovative combination of features, the D800 celebrates resourcefulness and a dedication to the flawless execution of an epic creative vision. All of this is driven by Nikon’s latest EXPEED 3™ image processing engine, providing the necessary processing power to fuel amazing images with faithful color, a wide dynamic range and extreme resolution.

cutaway view of Nikon D800

“Whatever the project, visionaries need a tool that is going to help them stay on-time and on-task. The Nikon D800 re-imagines what is possible from this level of D-SLR, to address the needs of an emerging and ever changing market; this is the camera that is going to bridge the gap for the most demanding imaging professionals, and provide never before seen levels of SLR image and video quality,” said Bo Kajiwara, director of marketing, Nikon Inc. “The D800 is the right tool for today’s creative image makers, affording photographers, filmmakers and videographers a versatile option for capturing the ultimate in still image quality or full HD content, with maximum control.”

the Nikon D800 DSLR

Extreme Image Quality

The new Nikon developed 36.3-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24mm) CMOS sensor realizes Nikon’s highest resolution yet, and is ideal for demanding applications such as weddings, studio portraiture and landscape, where there is no compromise to exceptional high fidelity and dynamic range. Nikon’s first priority is amazing image quality above all else, and resolution of this magnitude affords photographers the ability to portray even the smallest details, such as a strand of hair, with stunning sharpness or crop liberally with confidence. Photographers also shoot with the assurance of NIKKOR lens compatibility, because only a manufacturer with decades of optical excellence can provide the glass to resolve this kind of extreme resolution.

For shooting with minimal noise in a variety of lighting conditions, the D800 features a wide native ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 50 (Lo-1)-25,600 (Hi-2). Nikon engineers have created innovative ways to manipulate light transmission to the sensor’s photodiodes, giving users the ability to shoot with confidence in challenging lighting conditions. Internal sensor design, an enhanced optical low pass filter (OLPF) and 14 bit A/D conversion with a high signal to noise ratio all contribute to a sensor capable of excellent low light ability despite the extreme resolution. Every aspect of this new FX-format sensor is engineered to deliver amazing low noise images through the ISO range and help create astounding tonal gradation and true colors, whether shooting JPEG or RAW. Images are further routed through a 16-bit image processing pipeline, for maximum performance. To further enhance versatility, users are also able to shoot in additional modes and aspect ratios such as 5:4 to easily frame for printed portraits or a 1.2X crop for a slight telephoto edge. For even more versatility, photographers can also take advantage of Nikon DX-format lenses for more lens options and enhanced focal range (1.5X), while still retaining sharpness and details at a high 15.4-megapixel (4800×3200) resolution.

Contributing to the camera’s rapid performance and amazing image quality is Nikon’s new EXPEED 3 image processing engine that helps professionals create images and HD video with amazing resolution, color and dynamic range. From image processing to transfer, the new engine is capable of processing massive amounts of data, exacting optimal color, rich tonality and minimized noise throughout the frame. Despite the immense data, the new EXPEED 3 also contributes to energy efficiency, affording the ability to shoot longer.

The D800 also features the Advanced Scene Recognition System with the 91,000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Meter III to provide unrivaled metering in even the most challenging of lighting conditions. At the system’s core is a newly designed RGB sensor that meticulously analyzes each scene, recognizes factors such as color and brightness with unprecedented precision and then compares all the data using Nikon’s exclusive 30,000 image database. Additionally, this new sensor now has the ability to detect human faces with startling accuracy, even when shooting through the optical viewfinder. This unique feature is coupled with detailed scene analysis for more accurate autofocus (AF), Auto exposure (AE), i-TTL flash control and even enhanced subject tracking. The Color Matrix Meter also emphasizes priority on exposure of the detected faces, allowing for correct exposure even when the subject is backlit. Even in the most difficult exposures the D800 excels, such as maintaining brightness on a bride’s face while retaining the dynamic range to accentuate the intricate details of a wedding dress beside a black tuxedo.

Advanced new automatic systems make it even easier to capture amazing images. The camera features a new enhanced auto white balance system that more accurately recognizes both natural and artificial light sources, and also gives the user the option to retain the warmth of ambient lighting. Users can expand dynamic range with in-camera High Dynamic Range (HDR) image capture, and enjoy the benefits of Nikon’s Active D-lighting for balanced exposure. Another new feature is direct access to Nikon’s Picture Control presets via a dedicated button on the back of the body to tweak photo and video parameters on the fly, such as sharpness, hue and saturation.

top view of nikon d800

True Cinematic Experience

The Nikon D800 has a compact and lightweight form factor that’s preferable for a production environment, yet is packed with practical and functional features. The D800 is ideal whether the user is a filmmaker on location or in the studio or a documentarian in the field who requires portability and the NIKKOR lens versatility and depth of field that only a HD-SLR can offer. Filmmakers have the choice of various resolutions and frame rates, including Full HD 1080 at 30/24p and HD 720 at 60/30p. By utilizing the B-Frame data compression method, users can record H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format video with unmatched integrity for up to 29:59 minutes per clip (normal quality). This format produces higher quality video data without increasing file size for a more efficient workflow. The optimized CMOS sensor reads image data at astoundingly fast rates, which results in less instances of rolling shutter distortion. The sensor also enables incredible low-light video capability with minimal noise, letting filmmakers capture footage where previously impossible or expensive and complex lighting would otherwise be necessary. Users are also able to have full manual control of exposure, and can also adjust the camera’s power aperture setting in live view for an accurate representation of the depth of field in a scene. Whether shooting for depth of field in FX-format mode, or looking for the extra 1.5X telephoto benefits of DX mode, the high resolution sensor of the D800 allows videographers to retain full 1080p HD resolution no matter which mode they choose to best suit the scene. Users are also able to easily compose and check critical HD focus through the 921,000-dot, 3.2-inch LCD monitor with reinforced glass, automatic monitor brightness control, and wide viewing angle.

For professional and broadcast applications that call for outboard digital recorders or external monitors, users can stream an uncompressed full HD signal directly out of the camera via the HDMI port (8 bit, 4:2:2). This output signal can be ported into a display or digital recording device or routed through a monitor and then to the recording device, eliminating the need for multiple connections. This image can also be simultaneously viewed on both the camera’s LCD and an external monitor, while eliminating on-screen camera status data for streaming purposes. The D800 also includes features concentrated on audio quality, such as a dedicated headphone jack for accurate monitoring of audio levels while recording. Audio output levels can be adjusted with 30 steps for precise audio adjustment and monitoring. The D800 offers high-fidelity audio recording control with audio levels that can be set and monitored on the camera’s LCD screen. A microphone connected via the stereo mic jack can also be adjusted with up to 20 steps of sensitivity for accurate sound reproduction. What’s more, recording can be set to be activated through the shutter button, opening a world of remote applications through the 10-pin accessory terminal.

Wield Speed and Performance with Astonishing Accuracy

Whether shooting the runway or fast moving wildlife, the enhanced 51-point AF system of the D800 delivers blazing fast AF with tack-sharp results. Nikon has enhanced the Multi-Cam 3500-FX AF sensor module and algorithms to significantly improve low light acquisition, for precise focus to an impressive -2 exposure value (EV). The focus system utilizes 15 cross-type AF sensors for enhanced accuracy, and the system also places an emphasis on the human face, working in conjunction with the Advanced Scene Recognition System to provide accurate face detection even through the optical viewfinder. The camera also utilizes nine cross-type sensors that are fully functional when using compatible NIKKOR lenses and teleconverters with an aperture value up to f/8, which is a great advantage to those who need extreme telephoto focal lengths (single cross type sensor active with TC20E III). For maximum versatility in all shooting situations, whether photographing portraits or static subjects, users are also able to select multiple AF modes, including normal, wide area, face tracking and subject tracking to best suit the scene.

The D800 delivers upon a professional’s need for maximum speed when it counts. The camera is ready to shoot in 0.12 seconds, and is ready to capture with super-fast AF and response speed. To photograph action in a burst, the camera shoots up to 4 frames per second (fps) in FX mode at full resolution, or up to a speedy 6 fps in DX mode using the optional MB-D12 Battery Pack and compatible battery. Further enhancing the speed of the camera and overall workflow, the D800 utilizes the new USB 3.0 standard for ultra fast transfer speeds.

Construction and Operability

The body of the D800 is designed to offer a compact form factor and a lightweight body for the utmost versatility. The chassis is constructed of magnesium alloy for maximum durability, and is sealed and gasketed for resistance to dirt and moisture. Users are able to easily compose through the bright optical viewfinder, which offers 100% frame coverage. For storage, the D800 has dual card slots for CF and SD cards, and offers users the ability to record backup, overflow, RAW/JPEG separation, and the additional option of shooting stills to one and video to the other. For high speed recording and transfer, data can be recorded to recent UDMA-7 and SDXC / UHS-1 cards. The shutter has been tested to withstand approximately 200,000 cycles, and the camera also employs sensor cleaning. The D800 also features a built-in flash and is compatible with Nikon’s acclaimed Creative Lighting System, including a built-in Commander mode for controlling wireless Speedlights.

D800E – Maximum Resolution Unleashed

In addition to the D800, Nikon will also be releasing a supplementary model for those professionals who demand even higher resolution and D-SLR versatility; the D800E. This model treads in medium format territory for studio work or landscape photography when there is no exception to only the highest fidelity and sharpness. This unique alternative model will effectively enhance the resolution characteristics of the 36.3-megapixel CMOS sensor by cancelling the anti-aliasing properties of the OLPF inside the camera. By doing this, light is delivered directly to the photodiodes, yielding an image resulting from the raw light gathering properties of the camera. A color moiré correction tool will also be available within Capture NX2 to enhance the D800E photographer’s workflow.

Price and Availability

The Nikon D800 will be available in late March for the suggested retail price of $2999.95.1 The D800E version will be available in mid April 2012 for a suggested retail price of $3,299.95. For more information about these models, NIKKOR lenses and other D-SLR cameras please visit www.nikonusa.com.

January (Pre release rumours)

27th Feb 7th is given for a 36MP D800 launch [NR]
26th Both the D700 and D300S are now listed as discontinued – so, how about 3 DSLRs from Nikon at CP+
25th In a unexpected comment (we don’t get a lot of Nikon stuff, but thanks) it was said that we should expect a D3200 at CP+, and that the D800 that everyone seems to expect as a racing certainty, may well be held back until after the D4 is shipping (which isn’t that far away).
19th The D800 is widely predicted [NR] for CP+ with a price of $3900 for the version without an AA filter and $3k for the ‘normal version.

If Nikon do go this way, expect many others to jump on the bandwagon and start offering AA free ‘premium’ models.

13th With the D4 for PMA/CES – we move on to CP+ (9-12 February 2012). We’re told that the D800 is quite likely, but still may be pushed back a month or so.
7th Some photos that seem to include a D800 are ‘accidentally’ leaked [CN]
As you’d expect, the photos are pulled after a bit.
Nikon camera lineup, incl. D800
More at [1k1] including suggestions of Jan/Feb announcement
6th D4 is announced.
4th The D800 didn’t appear in an accidentally leaked Nikon announcement article, so the money is on only the D4 at the moment.

2011 December

19th Thom Hogan points out some of the ongoing effects from 2011 on Nikon [TH]
He’s expecting the D4 and D800 early next year, but with announcements possibly January and February
18th Some purported D800 sample images [NR]
17th Updated 36MP D800 suggestions [NR]

36 MP sensor (7360×4912)
100% viewfinder coverage
Improved AF with face recognition – the D800 will still have 51 points AF point

CF+SD memory card slots, USB 3.0 Expeed 3 processor

ISO range: 100 – 6400, ISO LO @ 50 and ISO HI-2 @ 25600

The screen will be larger than 3 inches (probably 3.2 in.) No built-in GPS

There will be two different D800 versions/models, one with the antialiasing filter removed

4 fps continuous shooting, about 6 fps in DX mode with optional battery pack

Video modes: 1080p/30/25/24 and 720p/60/30/25/24 Uncompressed HDMI video out (just like the Nikon D4)

Headphone jack, can input from an external device such as a PCM sound recorder

86k pixels RGB sensor, 200,000 shutter cycles

9th After a bit of a lull, the D800 reappears in rumourland, with talk of a commercial being shot with it in Chicago [NR]

November

28th Some expectations of an announcement this Wednesday, but not much expected…
However on DPR there is talk of an 18MP D800 and 36MP D900.

Comes via a French magazine which has not had a splendid record in rumour accuracy over the years

19th Pictures of a D800 appear

Smaller and lighter than D700
Resolution: 7360×4912 (36MP)
CF+SD memory card slots
Slightly larger display
Excellent video quality, better than D3s
Video modes: 1080p/30/25/24 and 720p/60/30/25/24
AF identical to D3/D700

17th So, whatever happened to that 36MP D800?
Assorted suggestions/conspiracies appear at NR

October

25th No-one has heard anything more about a possible D800 launch, so chances of an announcement are being widely marked down.
11th D800 specs seem to be conflating nicely.[NR]

It will be interesting to see if Nikon really are looking to do the rough equivalent of Canon bringing out a 30+MP 5D3 when the 2007 1Ds3 carries on…

8th More specs appearing for a D800? [NR]
100% VF, dual slots, 51 pt AF and USB 3

Will Nikon bring out a ‘lesser’ camera that leaps ahead of their flagship D3x, by such a margin? This rumour, although now deemed ‘sound’ by NR just sounds a bit too good to be true

4th I note that the name and MP have been udated to ‘possible’ [NR]
There is also talk of a version without AA filter
3rd From the ‘land of wishful thinking’?
…there’s a suggestion of a 36MP D800 on the 26th [1k1]

September

29th Some Nikon patent sightings [PB] – Anti dust and secondary mirror features – just the sort of things to appear in a D4?
8th A nikon DSLR announcement is due – but it seems to be only a D3100 in red [NR]

August

25th DSLR announcement date guesss get pushed back into September [NR]
Thom Hogan seems fairly sure that any D4 won’t ship until early next year, so there is no rush for an announcement.
22nd A suggestion that all there will be from Nikon are some Coolpix cameras [NR].

Just like the assorted Canon ‘rumours’, what once was a range of DSLRs and mirrorless seems to have been downgraded somewhat.

September seems to be favoured now…

I note that Thom Hogan still suggests a DSLR announcement [TH]
2nd The Nikon leak rate increases, with Nikon Rumors agreeing [NR] with Thom Hogan’s changes.

“The D700 replacement will be available in Fall 2011 and the D3s replacement will be available at the beginning of 2012. Both will be produced in Malaysia. The D700 successor will have 24 MP, the D3s successor will have 18MP. Both cameras will have new AF-system and many new ‘astonishing’ feature.”

1st Thom Hogan modifies his predictions, upgrading the likelihood of a D800 (FF/’FX’) to come out with a D4 this month [TH]. D4x is pushed to late next year.

July

26th Nikon press events are scheduled for 24th August.
25th 22nd/23rd of August? – more signs [NR]
19th Two FX cameras by the end of August? – via a Nikon rep [NR]
11th A German camera store has Nikon event in Germany in September [NR]
More speculation from Thom Hogan [TH] puts a D4 and D400, announced in August, as what people will see.
Sony sensors at 24 and 36MP ? [SAR]
3rd In expectation of new cameras and to show the relative ages of different models, I’ve added a Nikon Timeline below, and on the main rumour page.

May

26th Nikon have said their launch schedule is unaffected [NR] and a major Nikon announcement is supposedly due for the end of August.
23rd A number of hard to find items (US) are appearing in the Nikon Store Outlet refurb section [TH], whilst there are reports that the current D700 microsite has vanished [NR]
11th We’re hearing (thanks) of Nikon reps downplaying any new product announcements. Whilst not referring to any particular camera, the suggestion was:
‘…if you need a new camera, buy one, don’t think something new will be available any time soon’
This matches up with shortages of pro level cameras we’re hearing of from many Nikon and Canon sources – of course finding one in stock is another matter…
There is also a suggestion of an actual release cancellation (S4100) at NR
3rd I note suggestions that the Nikon D4 will be pushed back to 2012 [1k1] and the D800 later this year.

February

27th Summer announcement and a removable sensor for the D800 – lots of different things at NR
13th From Japan we hear (thanks) that the D4 will push 4 key improvements for pro users.

– Improved high ISO

– Improved AF

– Much improved metering

– Further flash system integration.

No details other than they hoped I would consider it (?!?) as a ‘working pro photographer’.
7th A slew of compact cameras, but no DSLRs from Nikon at CP+ [NR] They are suggesting that FX camera announcements will be a summer event.

2011 January

28th We hear (thanks) that the D4 is slated for an early Q2 announcement (April?). D4 at ‘around’ 20MP (FX ‘FF’ and HD vid). The same technology will appear in the (DX) ~18MP D400.
The D700 replacement (D900), with similar video to the D4 will come along later (this year or next)
The D4 should actually be released by the end of the Summer.
As a follow on from what we were told this morning (above), a working pro photographer let us know that they had received ‘hints’ from a Nikon office to wait until August, when they enquired after buying several D3s cameras. Next year’s Olympics was also suggested as the next time for a new Nikon for the pro user.
24th Seems that Nikon may be making an announcement in late August [NR]
20th Everyone’s expecting quite a lot of higher end announcements from Nikon this year, but so far the rumours have been pretty quiet. March seems to be a popular estimate for some news [NR] with both mirrorless and a D800 mentioned.

Whilst I’m currently expecting the Canon 5D mk2 replacement – after- the 1Ds mk3 replacement, I’m minded to think we may not see a D700 replacement similarly delayed until after the D4 makes its entrance.

2010 November

5th Thom Hogan makes his annual predictions [TH] for next year in digital cameras.
D4 for Aug, D400 for Aug or later, D800 March? Lots more, and plausible as ever ;-)

October

14th Suggestion of a D800 book, seen at several Amazon stores for Feb 2011 [1k1]
TH comments on D400/800/4 rumours [TH Oct 6th]

August

22nd Some speculation as to who is designing/making Nikon Sensors for the latest cameras [NR] whilst Thom Hogan has some interesting thoughts about Nikon sensors and future developments (such as a 38MP D4x)
21st D3100 as expected [DPR] and suggestions that the D90 replacement is the only other DSLR on its way [NR]
This suggests that there will be no new FX (35mm FF) format cameras this year – but then some specs for the D800 appear [DR] 16MP, 9 FPS
Full HD 1920x1080p (24, 25, 30, 50, 60fps) with Stereo sound & AF
Perhaps -after- the D4 appears next year?
After all the recent Sony FF sensor stuff, there are renewed questions about who designs/makes Nikon sensors [SAR]

July

17th Pretty good hints that the D700 is not for replacement this year [NR]

June

5th A photographer moving to Nikon kit is told pretty emphatically that the D700 replacement won’t be this year [NR]. Some time around March 2011 seems a pretty popular choice.

April

10th A suggestion [1k1] that the D700 replacement is a 2011 product, although it’s asked elsewhere [NR], what would Nikon show at Photokina? D90 mk2 and EviL ;-)

March

26th Although we don’t get sent nearly as many Nikon rumours as for Canon, it’s worth noting that both have run a bit thin this year. Not just here – it would seem that it’s a thin news year so far for many of the plethora of ‘productnamehererumors.com’ sites that have sprung up over the last couple of years ;-)
The D700 refresh/replacement is still imminent, but as to when? Dates do keep passing by – our only comment received this year was a rather too vague ‘July’ – see some more thoughts at [NR]

2010 January

27th I notice that Thom Hogan has updated his 2010 predictions

BTW these are always well worth a read.

Of interest to full frame afficionados are his suggestions for:

D900 – poss 24MP version of D700 (March)

D3xs – sensor updates from D900 (Aug)

D700s – sensor updates and D3s features (Nov)

The D4 and D400 are still slated for a 2011 release – both expected to incluse a much revised AF system.

Specifications – D800

Price
MSRP (body only) US: $2999.95
UK: £2399.99
EU: €2829
Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Body material Magnesium alloy
Sensor
Max resolution (px) 7360 x 4912
Other resolutions 6144 x 4912, 6144 x 4080, 5520 x 3680, 4800 x 3200, 4608 x 3680, 4608 x 3056, 3680 x 2456, 3600 x 2400, 3072 x 2456, 3072 x 2040, 2400 x 1600
Image ratio w:h 5:4, 3:2
Effective pixels 36.3 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 36.8 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Expeed 3
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array Primary Color Filter
Image
ISO 100 – 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (50 – 25600 with boost)
White balance presets 12
Custom white balance Yes (5)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format .NEF (RAW)
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal, Basic
File format • NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed
• TIFF (RGB)
• JPEG
Optics & Focus
Autofocus • Phase Detect
• Multi-area
• Selective single-point
• Tracking
• Single
• Continuous
• Face Detection
• Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 51
Lens mount Nikon F mount
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2″
Screen dots 921,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT Color LCD with 170 degrees wide-viewing angle
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100 %
Viewfinder magnification 0.7×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Exposure modes • Programmed auto with flexible program (P)
• Shutter-priority (S)
• Aperture priority (A)
• Manual (M)
Built-in flash Yes (pop-up)
Flash range 12 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain, High-speed sync
Flash X sync speed 1/250 sec
Drive modes • S (single frame)
• CL (continuous low speed)
• CH (continuous high speed)
• Q (quiet shutter-release)
• MUP (mirror up)
• Self-timer
Continuous drive Yes (4 fps in FX format, max 6fps in DX)
Self-timer Yes (2 to 20 sec, 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2 or 3 sec)
Metering modes • Multi
• Center-weighted
• Average
• Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 EV (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (2 to 9 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3)
Videography features
Format • MPEG-4
• H.264
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 424 (24 fps)
Storage
Storage types Compact Flash (Type I), SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-I compliant
Storage included None
Connectivity
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini Type C)
Wireless None
Remote control Yes (Optional, wired or wireless )
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes (Water and dust resistant)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries) 900 g (1.98 lb / 31.75 oz)
Dimensions 146 x 123 x 82 mm (5.75 x 4.84 x 3.23″)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS Optional
GPS notes GP-1
D700 Information and resources

Specifications
Nikon Sample Images
Sample images
Preview info – DPR
24 page, 10MB PDF D700 brochure[PDF],
Rob Galbraith’s D700 review
Firmware v1.01 available: Nikon

D700 Key features

12.1 megapixel full-frame sensor (8.45µm pixel pitch)
Image Sensor Cleaning (vibration) *
ISO 200 – 6400 (with boost up to ISO 25600 and down to ISO 100)
Also supports DX lenses, viewfinder automatically masks (5.1 megapixels with DX lens)
14-bit A/D conversion, 12 channel readout
Same ultra-fast startup and shutter lag as D3
Nikon EXPEED image processor (Capture NX processing and NR algorithms, lower power)
New Kevlar / carbon fibre composite shutter with 150,000 exposure durability *
Multi-CAM3500FX Auto Focus sensor (51-point, 15 cross-type, more vertical coverage)
Auto-focus tracking by colour (using information from 1005-pixel AE sensor)
95% coverage, 0.72x magnification viewfinder *
Auto-focus calibration (fine-tuning), fixed body or up to 20 separate lens settings
Scene Recognition System (uses AE sensor, AF sensor)
Picture Control image parameter presets
5 frames per second continuous with auto-focus tracking*
Optional MB-D10 Battery Pack (same as D300), increases burst rate to 8 fps *
UDMA compatible single CF card slot *
3.0″ 922,000 pixel LCD monitor
Live View with either phase detect (mirror up/down) or contrast detect Auto Focus
Virtual horizon indicates if camera is level (like an aircraft cockpit display)
HDMI HD video output
‘Active D-Lighting’ (adjusts metering as well as applying D-Lighting curve)
Detailed ‘Control Panel’ type display on LCD monitor, changes colour in darkness
Magnesium alloy body with connections and buttons sealed against moisture
Improved Info display on main screen *

* Different wrt D3

D700 Specifications

Price (body only) UK: £1999, US: $ 2999, EU: € 2599
Body material Magnesium alloy
Sensor 36 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor FX format
RGB Colour Filter Array
Built-in fixed low-pass filter
12.87 million total pixels
12.1 million effective pixels
3:2 aspect ratio
Image processor Nikon EXPEED
A/D conversion 14 bit
Image sizes
(FX format)
4256 x 2832 [L; 12.1 MP]
3184 x 2120 [M; 6.8 MP]
2128 x 1416 [S; 3.0 MP]
Image sizes
(DX format)
2784 x 1848 [L; 5.1 MP]
2080 x 1384 [M; 2.9 MP]
1392 x 920 [S; 1.3 MP]]
File formats NEF (12-bit or 14-bit, compressed or lossless compressed RAW)
NEF + JPEG
TIFF
JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
Lens mount Nikon F mount with AF coupling and AF contacts
No field of view crop (full-frame)
When using DX lenses / DX mode 1.5x FOV crop
Usable lenses DX AF Nikkor: All functions supported
Type G or D AF Nikkor: All functions supported (PC Micro-Nikkors do not support some functions)
Other AF Nikkor: All functions supported except 3D Colour Matrix Metering II. Lenses for F3AF not supported. IX Nikkor lenses not supported.
AI-P Nikkor: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D Colour Matrix Metering II
Non-CPU AI Nikkor: Can be used in exposure modes A and M; electronic rangefinder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster; Colour Matrix Metering and aperture value display supported if user provides lens data
Auto Focus 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors)
Multi-CAM 3500FX
AF working range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, normal temperature)
AF fine tuning possible
Contrast Detect in Live View (Tripod) mode
Lens Servo Single Servo AF [S]
Continuous Servo AF [C]
Manual focus [M]
Focus Tracking automatically activated by subject’s status in [S] or [C] AF
Focus Point Single point from 51 or 11 focus points
Liveview (Tripod mode): Contrast AF on a desired point anywhere within frame
AF Area Mode Single point AF
Dynamic Area AF [9 points, 21 points, 51 points, 51 points (3D-tracking)]
Automatic-area AF
Focus Lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
AF assist AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5-3 m/1.6-9.8 ft.)
Exposure modes Program Auto [P] with flexible program
Shutter-Priority Auto [S]
Aperture-Priority Auto [A]
Manual [M]
Metering TTL full-aperture exposure metering using 1005-pixel RGB sensor
3D Colour Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); colour matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); colour matrix metering (non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data; metering performed)
Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8, 15, or 20 mm dia. circle in center of frame or weighting based on average of entire frame
Spot: Meters approx. 4 mm dia. circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Metering range 3D Colour Matrix Metering: 0 to 20 EV
Center-Weighted Metering: 0 to 20 EV
Spot Metering: 2 to 20 EV
At normal temperature (20°C/68°F), ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens
Meter coupling CPU and AI
Exposure lock Locked using AE-L/AF-L button
Exposure bracketing 2 to 9 frames
1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV steps
Exposure compen. +/-5.0 EV
1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Sensitivity Default: ISO 200 – 6400 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps
Boost: 100 – 12800 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps, HI2 = ISO 25600
Shutter Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter
30 to 1/8000 sec (1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps)
Flash X-Sync: 1/250 sec
Bulb
DOF Preview Stop-down lens aperture by pressing button
Activates modeling flash
White balance Auto (1005-pixel CCD, image sensor)
Presets (seven) with fine tuning
Manual presets (five)
Colour temperature in Kelvin (2500 – 10000 K)
White balance bracketing (2 to 9 frames in increments of 1, 2 or 3
Picture Control Standard
Neutral
Vivid
Monochrome
Image parameters Sharpening: Auto, 10 levels
Contrast: Auto, 6 levels, Custom tone curve
Brightness: 3 levels
Saturation: Auto, 7 levels
Hue: 7 levels
Colour space sRGB
Adobe RGB
Viewfinder Optical-type fixed eye-level pentaprism
Built-in diopter adjustment (-3 to +1m-1)
Eyepoint: 18 mm (at -1.0m-1)
Focusing screen: Type B BriteView Clear Matte VI screen
Frame coverage 95%
Viewfinder magnification approx 0.72x with 50 mm f/1.4 lens
Focusing screen B-type BrightView Clear Matte IV Screen
Superimposed focus brackets
On-demand grid lines
LCD monitor 3.0 ” TFT LCD
Approx. 920,000 pixels (VGA; 640 x 480 x 3 colours)
170° viewing angle
100% frame coverage
Brightness adjustment
LCD Liveview Handheld mode: TLL phase-detect AF with 51 focus areas (15 cross-type sensors)
Tripod mode: focal-plane contrast AF on a desired point within a specific area
Shooting modes Single frame
Continuous Low [CL]: 1 – 5 fps (1 – 7 fps with Battery Grip)
Continuous High [CH]: 5 fps (8 fps with Battery Grip)
Liveview [LV]
Self-Timer (programmable)
Mirror-up mode
Self-timer 2 to 20 sec custom
Flash Manual pop-up type
Guide number of 17/56 (ISO 200, m/ft.) or 12/39 (ISO 100, m/ft.)
Flash control TTL flash control with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor; i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL fill-flash available with SB-900, 800, 600 or 400
Auto aperture (AA): Available with SB-900, 800 and CPU lens
Non-TTL auto (A): Available with SB-900, 800, 28, 27 or 22s
Distance-priority manual (GN): Available with SB-900, 800
Flash Sync Mode Front-curtain Sync (normal)
Red-Eye Reduction
Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync
Slow Sync
Rear-curtain Sync
Flash Accessory Shoe ISO 518 standard-type hot shoe contact; Safety lock mechanism provided
Flash Sync Terminal ISO 519 standard terminal, lock screw provided
Flash compensation -3 to +1 EV
1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Creative Lighting System With Speedlights such as SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, SB-R200, or SU-800 (commander only), supports Advanced Wireless Lighting, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, Flash Colour Information Communication, modeling flash and FV lock; built-in flash can be used as a commander
Orientation sensor Tags images with camera orientation
Playback mode Full frame
Thumbnail (4 or 9 images)
Zoom
Slideshow
RGB histogram
Shooting data
Highlight point
Auto image rotation
image comment (up to 36 characters)
Languages Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
Dutch
English
Finnish
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Swedish
Connectivity USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) Mini-B connector
HDMI video out (version 1.3a, Type C mini connector provided)
Remote control 10-pin terminal
PC Sync flash terminal
10-pin terminal GPS: NMEA 0183 (Ver. 2.01 and 3.01) interface standard supported with 9-pin D-sub cable and GPS Cable MC-35 (optional)
Remote control: via 10-pin terminal
Storage Compact Flash Type I or II
UDMA supported
36 characters of text can be input and stored in EXIF header
Power Lithium-Ion EN-EL3e
Included dual battery charger MH-18a
Optional AC adapter EH-5a/EH-5
Optional Battery Pack MB-D10
Dimensions Approx. 147 x 123 x 77 mm/5.8 x 4.8 x 3.0 in.
Weight (no batt) Approx. 995 g/2.19 lb.
Operating environment Temperature: 0 – 40 °C / 32 – 104 °F, Humidity: under 85% (no condensation)
Box contents Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, Quick Charger MH-18a, USB Cable UC-E4, Video Cable EG-D100, Camera Strap AN-D700, Body Cap BF-1A, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-1, LCD Monitor Cover BM-9, Software Suite CD-ROM (Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area)
Optional accessories Wireless Transmitter WT-4, Magnifying Eyepiece DK-17M, AC Adapter EH-5a, Capture NX 2 Software, Camera Control Pro 2 Software, Image Authentication Software
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