After so much speculation and anticipation, Nikon has finally and officially announced the Nikon D800 (Pre-order is already live on Amazon for $2999). Prior to Nikon’s official announcement, this powerful shooter generated wave upon wave of excitement as rumors and leaks were slowly revealed and spread throughout the photography community.
Nikon’s press release today revealed that the D800’s 36.3-megapixel CMOS sensor is the highest yet in their lineup, surpassing that of the Nikon D3X. Aside from the basic D800, Nikon will also be releasing the D800E, which shoots images with enhanced resolution by cancelling the anti-aliasing effects of the OLPF inside the camera.
Here’s a snippet about the D800 from the Nikon press release:
“A camera with an unmatched balance of accuracy, functionality and image quality, the Nikon D800 realizes innovations such as a high resolution 36.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, a 91,000-pixel RGB Matrix Metering System, Advanced Scene Recognition System and many other intuitive features designed to create the preeminent device for the most demanding photo and video applications.”
“The Nikon D800 incorporates the latest 91,000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering III and the Advanced Scene Recognition System, coupled with an improved 51-point AF system for images with amazing sharpness, color and clarity. With its compact, lightweight D-SLR form factor and extensive video feature set, the D800 allows photographers to transition to multimedia to create an immersive story. Professional videographers will appreciate practical features that go beyond NIKKOR lens compatibility and Full HD 1080p video, such as full manual control, uncompressed HDMI output, and incredible low-light video capability.”
On the D800E, Nikon stated:
“Nikon will also be releasing a supplementary model for those professionals who demand even higher resolution and D-SLR versatility; the D800E. This model treads in medium format territory for studio work or landscape photography when there is no exception to only the highest fidelity and sharpness. This unique alternative model will effectively enhance the resolution characteristics of the 36.3-megapixel CMOS sensor by cancelling the anti-aliasing properties of the OLPF inside the camera. By doing this, light is delivered directly to the photodiodes, yielding an image resulting from the raw light gathering properties of the camera. A color moiré correction tool will also be available within Capture NX2 to enhance the D800E photographer’s workflow.”
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