Nikon D800 Review

Overall Score

80

Main Features

  • 36 MP Full frame CMOS Sensor
  • 100 - 6400 ISO
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • Optical (pentaprism) Viewfinder
  • 4 fps continuous shooting
  • 1920 x 1080 video resolution
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 146 x 123 x 82 mm, 900g.
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  • Replaced: D700
  • Replaced by: D810

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Nikon D800 Overview


First introduced in June, 2012, Nikon D800 is a 36 MP DSLR with a Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sized CMOS sensor. Nikon replaced the older Nikon D700 with D800. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Nikon D800 with Nikon D700

Nikon replaced D800 with Nikon D810. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Nikon D800 with Nikon D810


Nikon D800 comes with a Full Frame sensor - 35.9 x 24 mm CMOS sensor, which has a diagonal of 43.18 mm

- Full Frame, approximate the actual size shown above

Sensor resolution of Nikon D800 ~ 7348 x 4898 pixels.

Nikon D800 has Crop Factor: 1.0

The sensor has a surface area of 861.6 mm².

There are approximate 35,990,504 photosites (pixels) on this area.

Nikon D800 Series History
Model Year $ Sensor ISO Weight Dimensions
Nikon D850 Nikon D850 2017 46MP 64 - 25600 1015g 146 x 124 x 79mm
Nikon D810A Nikon D810A 2015 36MP 200 - 12800 880g 146 x 123 x 82mm
Nikon D810 Nikon D810 2014 36MP 64 - 12800 980g 146 x 123 x 82mm
Nikon D800 Nikon D800 2012 36MP 100 - 6400 900g 146 x 123 x 82mm
Nikon D800E Nikon D800E 2012 36MP 100 - 6400 900g 146 x 123 x 82mm

Proc and Cons of Nikon D800


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Nikon D800 with competitors in semi-pro dslr cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
Optical Viewfinder
RAW Support
921k dots Screen Resolution
1/8000s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Focus
UHS-I Memory Card Support
Headphone Port
Timelapse Recording
15 Cross Focus Points
±5 AE Bracketing Range
200000 cycles Shutter Life Expectancy
External Flash
AF Face Detection
36MP High Resolution Sensor
4.0 fps Continuous Shooting
900 shots Long Battery Life
Manual Exposure Mode
Microphone Port
Environmental Sealing
51 Focus Points
2 Storage Slots
Flash Sync Port
Focus Bracketing
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Touch Screen
Slow Continuous Shooting: 921 fps
No Articulating Screen
No Image Stabilization
Weight: 900g
Type Scores

Nikon D800 has an Overall Score of 80/100 and ranked #18 out of 206 in DSLR cameras, and ranked #66 out of 1222 in all cameras.

Nikon D800 Scores
Imaging score
81
Features score
75
Value for money score
87
Portability score
65
Overall score
80
Average Scores in Semi-Pro DSLR
Imaging Score
55
Features Score
58
Value For Money Score
73
Portability Score
70
Overall score
61

Physical Dimensions of Nikon D800


Nikon D800 weighs 900g and has external dimensions of 146 x 123 x 82mm (5.75 x 4.84 x 3.23"). Considering that the average weight of Semi-Pro DSLR cameras is 783g, Nikon D800 is 117 grams more than the average weight of cameras in this category.

Weight Comparison
Semi-Pro DSLR Cameras


Nikon D800
900g
Average weight
783g
Min weight
479g
Max weight
1074g

Thickness Comparison
Semi-Pro DSLR Cameras


Nikon D800
82mm
Average Thickness
75mm
Min Thickness
64mm
Max Thickness
86mm

Here is the front and top view image of Nikon D800 with the dimensions:

Nikon D800

Specifications of Nikon D800


General
Brand Nikon
Model D800
Announced June, 2012
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Lens Mount Nikon F
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier 1
Number of Lenses 305
Macro Focus Range n/a
Screen
Screen Size 3"
Screen Type Fixed
Screen Resolution 921k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.0
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 51
Number of Cross Focus Points 15
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/30 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 sec
Continuous Shooting 4.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range 12.00
Flash Modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain, High-speed sync
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±5 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size Full frame
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Dimensions 35.9 x 24 mm
Sensor Area 861.6 mm²
Sensor Resolution 36 MP
Max Image Resolution 7360 x 4912
Max Native ISO 6400
Min Native ISO 100
Max Boosted ISO 25600
Min Boosted ISO 0
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS Optional
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 900 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model EN-EL15
Physical
Weight 900 g
Physical Dimensions 146 x 123 x 82 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type Compact Flash (Type I), SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-I compliant
Storage Slots 2
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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