Nikon’s latest DSLR D800 has core technology borrowed from the top model D4, combined with a 36.3MP CMOS sensor that comfortably eclipses the rest of the DSLR market in resolution terms.
Compared to the bigger brother, the Nikon D700, in terms of noise reduction, it doesn’t have much difference as it’s using a larger CMOS resolution. But overall, it’s a great DSLR for photographers who need poster large images.
Nikon D800 Features
Extreme resolution 36.3-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24.0mm) CMOS sensor.
Full 1080p HD broadcast quality video and minimized rolling shutter.
View simultaneous Live View output on external monitors and record uncompressed video via HDMI terminal.
Multi-Area Full HD D-Movie Video Recording Mode. Comprehensive high fidelity audio recording and playback control.
Comparison to Canon 5D Mark III
The Canon 5D Mark III is considered the top competitor of the D800, which is the usual race between Canon and Nikon. There have been many different opinions online, but actually these 2 cameras are developed in slightly different directions so it’s like tiger vs. bear.
The Canon 5D Mark III is only developed at 22 Megapixels, focusing on noise reduction and the usual Canon’s great video recording, when the Nikon D800 is 36.3 Megapixels focusing on large size production for photographers/multimedia professionals taking serious landscape images and posters.
Both are great machines, but if you also want superb video quality, get the Canon 5D Mark III. For the Nikon D800, the purpose is pretty clear, it did impress so many professionals on the focus system.
Specs comparison is not hard to find on the internet, I’m not re-posting here, but I do have a lot of plans on large image printing and selling so this Nikon D800 is the top candidate. The Nikon D800 has a much lower price than the Canon 5D Mark III. Also the Nikon D800 has the shutter life of 200,000 times, when the Canon 5D Mark III has the shutter lifetime of 150,000 times. And importantly, I personally feel that Nikon’s image results are more my style – it’s completely personal as both cameras have excellent results.
Every Nikon DSLR camera uses an optical low pass filter (OLPF) in front of its sensor to slightly blur the image at a pixel level in order to reduce the occurrence of false colors and moiré that can appear when shooting repetitive and/or fine patterns. For the vast majority of photographers, the D800 provides an ideal balance between sharpness and effectively prevented moiré and false color, ideal for shooting using all file formats. D800E is a specialized camera that removes the “effect” of the OLPF, which results in a slight gain in sharpness and resolution and is recommended for studio and still life professionals but carries an increased possibility that moiré and false color will appear. Everything else between these 2 cameras are basically the same. I pick the Nikon D800 because of its balance.