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One of the reasons we launched this column was to make sure our reviews and hands-on posts weren’t the final say on products — after all, you often need to live with something for more than a week to notice its WiFi signal cuts off past 15 feet, or there’s a nasty bug in the settings menu. Indeed, that theme is what ties together this week’s roundup of stories: Darren explains why he ditched Sparrow for iOS, Kevin laments the file size of photos he’s taken with his Nikon D800 and Brian finds a flaw in his Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight.
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Three years is quite a long time for any one gadget to complete its product cycle — even a high-end DSLR. The D700 remained on its flagship DSLR perch since its launch in the summer of 2008, all the way through Nikon’s D800 announcement earlier this year. During that tenure, the full-frame camera became the primary workhorse for a bounty of photography pros, and it appears safe to confirm that its successor is up to the same task. The 36.3-megapixel D800 has completed its labs tour, leaving reviewers with positive impressions across the board.
As always, DPReview offers some of the most comprehensive analysis on the web, and highlights several advantages over the D800′s competitor, the Canon 5D Mark III, including a higher megapixel count (36MP vs. 22MP) and a significantly lower price tag ($ 3,000 vs. $ 3,500). CNET struggles to identify cons, and praises the cam for its “stellar photos, excellent videos, speedy performance, and a relatively streamlined shooting design.” Ken Rockwell brings a D800E into the reviews mix, concluding that the low-pass-filter-less flavor isn’t the best fit for everyone. Finally, newcomer The Photo Brigade put the camera in the hands of Preston Mack, a professional on assignment who used the DSLR to capture a GigaPan photo for MLB.com and offered this takeaway: “I am very happy with the Nikon D800 camera. It is an amazing value.” Overall, seems like quite a hit — you’ll find links to all of the above reviews just past the break.
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Thirty six megapixels. That’s the native resolution of Nikon’s long-awaited FX-format digital SLR. The D800 was designed with all professional photographers in mind, but with 36.3-megapixel captures (yes, that also means 36.3 megapixels in RAW, or 15.4 in DX format), the Japanese camera maker’s latest DSLR output is likely to far exceed the needs of many. It also limits low-light shooting capabilities — the D800 is a full-frame camera, but even so, with a standard sensor capturing 36.3 megapixels, its high-ISO performance is unlikely to match the likes of the D4, or Canon’s new 1D X. It’s for this reason that Nikon limited the camera’s top native sensitivity to ISO 6400, or 25,600 in Hi2 extended mode. Want to see more? Thumb through the gallery below and jump past the break for a closer look at the latest full-frame DSLR to hit the market.
Gallery: Nikon D800
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Some specs for Nikon’s next semi-pro camera have surfaced on Japanese camera site Digital Camera Info, and Nikon Rumors seems to think they’re creditable. It’s an interesting move by Nikon but not one that will be appreciated by the bulk of DSLR buyers.
The new D800, they say, will pack 36 megapixels on a full frame FX sensor, and essentially forgo advances in low-light performance in order to produce a medium-cost studio camera instead of a lower-cost prosumer one. The rumored $ 4000 price puts it out of most enthusiasts’ reach, and the high megapixel count makes it less practical for sports and field photography.
Video will be 1080p/30, though they may add additional framerates. The LCD will be larger and brighter (likely with an improvement in resolution as well), and there will be two CF cards slots and one SD. The four frame per second burst speed won’t wow anyone, but I’m guessing that is a deliberate decision given the reassigned priorities. The release date is rumored to be November 24th, with an announcement on October 26th.
We’ll see how the rumors pan out, but it’s certainly about time for the Dx00 range to get an update. The problem is that this D800 doesn’t seem to replace the D700 so much as add a new entire type to the lineup, below the D3s in size and low light performance and above the D3x in megapixels. What of the D700? Will there be a new model at the $ 2500-$ 3000 price, perhaps a D700s with a focus on low light? Very little information on that front, unfortunately.
It’s all speculation, of course, until the information is truly out there. And until the cameras are actually reviewed, the capabilities are merely theoretical. Patience is the word today for Nikon fans.