When most people are still waiting for their Nikon D800 pre-orders to ship on March 20, a curious Nikon D800 unboxing video has popped up on Youtube. In the video, Michael J. McNamara, a digital camera expert from McNamara Report unboxed a Nikon D800 and later compared it side-by-side with a Nikon D800E. How in the world can this guy get his hands on the Nikon D800 and D800E so early?
If you pay attention starting at 1:15, you will notice the following.
The yellow sticker at the bottom of the camera is most likely the “SAMPLE” sticker Nikon put on the evaluation units they sent out. I found one example on a Taiwanese website.
That also explains why there is no user manual and warranty card inside the box. Typically we’d expect unboxing video to show a production unit, not a sample.
The Nikon D800 unboxing video is embedded below for your convenience.