Nikon’s new D800 HD-SLR is built for that multimedia photographer who wants to capture the best images, while still getting amazing video footage at the same time. As Nikon’s D4’s smaller sibling, the 36.3-megapixel FX-format HD-SLR captures images rivaled only by those produced with a medium-format camera and is priced to do so at $2,999.95. But for that type of money, expect nothing but the best, including full HD 1080p video at 30/25/24p with stereo sound, class leading ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 25,600, 4 fps burst rate and Advanced Scene Recognition System with 91,000-pixel RGB sensor. For cinematographers and multimedia professionals, 36.3 MP means true 1080p HD cinematic quality video and includes inputs for stereo microphones and headphones, peak audio meter display, DX crop mode to maximize NIKKOR lens selection and angle of view and much more.

The D800 only uses a CF and SD card, unlike the CompactFlash XQD the D4 takes, while its on-board flash can trigger multiple other flashes that have already been set up in a different setting like a studio. It doesn’t come with the lowpass filter, but those who want it can opt for the D800E that is the same camera but with the lowpass filter (it’ll be available in April).

It shares a lot of specs with the D4, like its 91k RGB 3D color metering, lightning-fast AF, 3-inch 921k-dot LCD screen, and uncompressed HDMI video output and QuickTime video recording in H.264 B-Frame format at 1080p30, 1080p24, 720p60, and 720p50. For its exterior, it’s smaller than a D4 without an integrated vertical grip and Ethernet connectivity. Its magnesium alloy body is a bit lighter than the D700, weighing only 1000g. It’ll be available in March.


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