Some readers quickly pointed out that the Nikon D700 images were out of focus but nonetheless the Nikon D800 appears to have excellent high ISO noise performance. Both set of images were labeled as 100% crops and they show about the same coverage of the scene. One possible explanation is that the Nikon D700 images were shot at much closer distance than the Nikon D800 images. This method is probably a fair way to compare cameras with different pixel densities but we really should be looking at both noise and details. We may have to wait until end of March when the Nikon D800 officially starts to ship to see any solid reviews and comparisons.
With the massive pixel count of 36.3 megapixels, the Nikon D800 and Nikon D800E can generate images with excellent resolution but also pose challenges for shooting techniques. It becomes more important to reduce camera shake and motion blur, focus properly, and select optimal camera and lens settings. Nikon is certainly aware of all these and has just published a technical guide to get you prepared for the official shipping date. Read More…
“Nikon D800 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)”
Estimated arrival date: January 04, 2013 – January 08, 2013
On the other hand, Nikon Rumors got a shipping date of March 22, 2012 for Nikon D800 and April 12, 2012 for Nikon D800E.
[Update]: After switching the shipping method on the Amazon pre-order to one day shipping, the estimate delivery date chanted to March 21, 2012. However someone who pre-ordered the D800E also got an estimated shipping date of the same, which is not true according to Nikon’s official statements on the availability. Most likely Amazon has some issues with their pre-order system and this is not a true indication of Nikon D800’s popularity. It is better to stay put in the queue than go to the end of the queue at other retailers.
I have been playing with the Nikon D800 NEF raw files. Interestingly the Nikon D800 NEF files can be opened in Nikon Capture NX 2.3. I had thought Nikon would need to push out a new Capture NX version. Lightroom 3.6 and Lightroom 4 Beta cannot open the Nikon D800 NEF RAW files because the camera is not recognized. So the workflow I used is NEF->16-bit TIFF->Lightroom. One of the files I looked was the chandelier photo that has shown up in different versions on the Internet. It was probably smuggled out of Nikon D800 press event in Russia. Read More…
Are you still torn between the Nikon D800 and the Nikon D800E and cannot make up your mind if you want to get the D800E for best possible sharpness but deal with the moire problem? Scott Kelby apparently made up his mind pretty quickly. He is going with the D800, the one without the “E”. Read More…
If you are interested in Nikon D800 NEF raw images taken at high ISO, you can find them here. The files can be opened and edited using Nikon Capture NX 2.3.
The noise level at ISO as high as 6400 is stunningly low. The noises are definitely there if you zoom in but for practical purposes, they are very good.
[update: February 11, 2012]: Check out ISO 6400 samples from Nikon D800.
Are you worried that Nikon D800, with its massive 36.3 mega sensor pixel count, may be a bad camera for high ISO noise? Well, it is really a subjective matter. For people who pixel-peeps at 100%, it is easy to find noise even at ISO 100. For all the normal people who take photos to view at a reasonable magnification, the definition of noise-free can be quite relaxed. With all that said, why don’t you check out some Nikon D800 high ISO samples and make up your own mind?
[via DPReview forum]