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Nikon D800 spotted with 36-megapixel sensor, superior video

updated 09:50 pm EST, Sat November 19, 2011

Nikon D800 seen live for first time

Nikon's upcoming D800 has been seen in the field for the first time through a new leak Saturday night. The full-frame camera should be smaller and lighter than the D700 but, as Nikon Rumors heard earlier, will have the highest-ever resolution for a Nikon DSLR. At 36 megapixels, the 7360x4912 shots (confirmed by EXIF data) will compete with those from even modern medium format cameras for sheer image size.

A look at the back reveals that it's clearly not just the D700, as it has a new layout that includes replacing the switch for focusing modes to one dedicated to switching between still and movie modes along with toggling live view. Video capture appears to be much more of an overall focus outside of this, with a larger preview LCD and 1080p 30FPS video that's said to be "excellent," even compared to the newer D3s.

Few of the D800's subtler details are known, although it should have an autofocusing system similar to the D700. Unusually, it should both CompactFlash and SD card slots like the D300s, in spite of the demands that 36-megapixel shots can put on the typically slower SD format.

A launch window isn't known. Nikon could have a late 2011 unveiling, but it's unlikely to ship until 2012 unless it's available right away.

by MacNN Staff



  1. ershler

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Must have a good lens

    All of these pixels will go to waste without an exceptional "hunk of glass" sitting in front.

  1. SierraDragon

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ...has good glass. That many pixels, however, are probably inappropriate for my needs. I want to see the D4, D400 and the D7000 upgrade.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Whose sensor?

    Since Nikon don't make their own sensors, I wonder whose full-frame 36MP sensor this is? Sony, Kodak, Canon?

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  1. facebook_Eric

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    Joined: Nov 2011


    What happened to innovation?

    Still looks like a 10 year old DSLR. And I'll have to pay >$600 extra for the grip and GPS?

  1. Hash

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    You pay what you get for. Nikon's camera, especially the top cameras, are one of best in the world. You can buy better ones like Hasselblad or Leica and you will have to pay more than for Nikon.

  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Well at least...

    ...after waiting all this time for the d700 replacement/full-frame-gotta-have-it nikon, they didn't disappoint on the MP. Obviously MP is far from the most important part, but I've been severely limited in some of the large-format stuff I love to do with my d200. 10MP just doesn't let you blow things up really big and maintain resolution.

    So now getting full-frame and huge resolution makes it a no-brainer. Thank god they dragged it out long enough for me to be willing to pay for it.

    Now if they'll just drop Ashton Cutcher from their douchey marketing… kthxbye

  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Also, terrible photoshop job...

    on this image. The battery grip looks to be from a totally different context from the body (light, focus, etc).

    What's up with that? Casts some serious doubt on the credibility of the story, although NR seems pretty sold on its accuracy.

  1. facebook_Craig

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    Joined: Nov 2011


    Communication ports?

    I keep a big card in my camera and hook it up with USB. Hopefully this will have USB 3 and FireWire 800. Thunderbolt would be best

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