Nikon unveils new 36.3-megapixel DSLR – the D800

7 Feb 2012

Nikon revealed a new DSLR camera, the D800, which boasts a 36.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor.

The Nikon D800 offers an ISO range between 100 and 6400 which is extendable up to 25600 and down to 50.

It includes Nikon’s EXPEED 3 image processing engine and 16-bit image processing.

Its advanced scene recognition system incorporates a 91,000-pixel RGB sensor which can detect human faces even when only using the optical viewfinder. It can also recognise a scene’s colour and brightness more accurately.

The camera has Nikon’s Multi-CAM 3500FX AF system with selectable and configurable 9-point, 21-point and 51-point coverage settings. This has improved the low-light acquisition sensitivity abilities of the autofocus sensor module and algorithms down to -2 EV.

Its start-up time is 0.12 seconds and release time lag on is about 0.042 seconds.

It can film Full HD footage which can be recorded at frame rates of 30p, 25p and 24p. At 720p resolution, it can shoot at a frame rate of 60p, 50p and 25p. Full HD recording is also possible in both FX and DX-based formats.

The camera has an external stereo microphone input and an audio out for external headphones. It also has a line input setting for PCM linear recorders. It also offers the ability to output the uncompressed live view to external monitors and recorders at the designated image size and frame rate.

It offers a 3.2-inch, 921k dot wide-viewing-angle LCD monitor which allows images to be magnified up to 46x during playback.

The D800 will be available in the US in March for US$3,000. Currently, no European release date has been revealed.