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Still images/Movies common features

Precision 8-cm (3.2-in.), approx. 921k-dot, wide-viewing-angle LCD monitor with automatic monitor brightness control

The D800/D800E's large and sharp color LCD monitor delivers bright, crisp image playback with a much larger capacity for accurate color reproduction. Using an antireflective structure, you can count on clarity equal to that of the D4, even under bright conditions. Moreover, if monitor brightness is set to "Auto", the camera automatically adjusts LCD brightness according to the environmental lighting conditions measured by the ambient brightness sensor, allowing easy use of live view in both bright and low-lit places — very useful when shooting video and stills. The ability to magnify playback images up to 46x (Large-size images in FX format) is extremely helpful for spot focus confirmation.

LCD monitor with an integrated structure of glass and panel realizes a clearer image

Conventional models
Air space between glass and panel causes reflections at the surfaces of each part, resulting in some light loss.
D800/D800E
Surface reflection is reduced and light loss greatly decreased by the integrated structure of glass and panel.

Contrast-detect AF that enables sharp focusing

During live view and movie recording, contrast-detect AF is available for sharp focusing. Selectable AF servo modes include single-servo AF (AF-S) suitable for still image shooting, and full-time servo AF (AF-F) for movie shooting. Also, from four AF-area modes, you can select the most appropriate mode according to your subject. Contrast-detect AF allows you to focus anywhere within a frame to expand your creative freedom.

AF-area modes

Normal-area AF

-Face-priority AF
Suitable for focusing on a person's face such as for a commemorative photo. Up to 35 faces can be detected. When multiple faces are detected, the camera will focus on that recognized to be the closest. Alternatively, you can choose a different face in the frame with the multi selector.

-Wide-area AF
For hand-held shooting of landscape shots. AF area can be moved to the desired position within a frame.

-Normal-area AF
Ideal for tripod shooting to achieve a pin-point focus in close-up shots. AF area can be moved to the desired position within a frame.

-Subject-tracking AF
Suitable for a moving subject. After focus is locked with the center button of the multi selector, AF area tracks the subject's movement.

Live view selector for optimized still images and movies

The D800/D800E's live view operation has evolved even further, optimizing camera control to become more intuitive for shooting video as well as still images. Simply clicking the live view selector switches between live view modes designed specifically for still images or movies. Live view photography lets you shoot still images while confirming the exposure level on the LCD monitor*. You can even magnify images up to approx. 23x to check the exact focus. For movie live view on the other hand, the D800/D800E incorporate a dedicated exposure control for quality video shooting, enabling smooth exposure transition when shooting moving subjects. You can also shoot video with full manual control. When needed, press the shutter-release button while filming to instantly capture still images in 16:9 aspect ratio. Each time you use live view, for either still photography or movie shooting, your image area and camera setting information will be clearly indicated, allowing you to confirm quickly.

  • *Exposure preview display and resulting image may vary, depending on the settings used.

Accurate confirmation of level shooting: Dual-axis electronic virtual horizon

With the D800/D800E, you can always check the LCD monitor or the viewfinder for both the camera's position in relation to the horizontal plane and its pitch (forward or rear rotation). This can enhance compositional accuracy, particularly when shooting still lifes, landscapes and architecture.

Viewfinder display
LCD monitor display

Lightweight yet durable construction

Many important parts of the D800/D800E have been designed to achieve better durability and lighter weight. The result is a camera approx. 10% lighter than the D700, yet just as rugged. A magnesium alloy construction protects the sophisticated technologies against accidental shock, and weather and dust sealing has been extensively applied and severely tested, making the D800/D800E as reliable on the road as it is in the studio.

High-speed CF and SD dual card slots

Card recording speed is yet another crucial element of a smooth and productive shooting experience. The D800/D800E CF memory card slot is compatible with the latest UDMA 7. The SD card slot is compatible with SDXC (Secure Digital eXtended Capacity) and UHS-I. You can also use two cards simultaneously for a number of functions, such as recording JPEG and RAW data on separate cards, recording the same data simultaneously on two cards for backup and more.

Memory card capacity

The following table shows the approximate number of pictures that can be stored an 8 GB Toshiba R95 W80MB/s UHS-I SDHC card at different image quality, image size, and image area settings.

-SD memory cards

Image quality
Image size
File size*2
No. of images*2
Buffer capacity*3
FX (36x24)*1
DX (24x16)*5
FX (36x24)*1
DX (24x16)*5
FX (36x24)*1
DX (24x16)*5
NEF (RAW), Lossless compressed,
12-bit
-
32.4 MB
14.9 MB
133
303
21
38
NEF (RAW), Lossless compressed,
14-bit
-
41.3 MB
18.6 MB
103
236
17
29
NEF (RAW), Compressed,
12-bit
-
29.0 MB
13.2 MB
182
411
25
54
NEF (RAW), Compressed,
14-bit
-
35.9 MB
16.2 MB
151
343
20
41
NEF (RAW), Uncompressed, 12-bit
-
57.0 MB
25.0 MB
133
303
18
30
NEF (RAW), Uncompressed, 14-bit
-
74.4 MB
32.5 MB
103
236
16
25
TIFF (RGB)
L
M
S
108.2 MB
61.5 MB
28.0 MB
46.6 MB
26.8 MB
12.5 MB
71
126
277
165
289
616
16
18
26
21
26
41
JPEG fine*4
L
M
S
16.3 MB
10.4 MB
5.2 MB
8.0 MB
5.1 MB
2.7 MB
360
616
1200
796
1200
2300
56
100
100
100
100
100
JPEG normal*4
L
M
S
9.1 MB
5.3 MB
2.6 MB
4.1 MB
2.6 MB
1.4 MB
718
1200
2400
1500
2500
4600
100
100
100
100
100
100
JPEG basic*4
L
M
S
4.0 MB
2.7 MB
1.4 MB
2.0 MB
1.3 MB
0.7 MB
1400
2400
4800
3000
5000
8900
100
100
100
100
100
100
  • *1Includes images taken with non-DX lenses when On is selected for Auto DX crop.
  • *2All figures are approximate. File size varies with scene recorded.
  • *3Maximum number of exposures that can be stored in memory buffer at ISO 100. Drops if optimal quality is selected for JPEG compression, ISO sensitivity is set to Hi 0.3 or higher, High ISO NR is on when auto ISO sensitivity control is on or ISO sensitivity is set to ISO 1600 or higher, or long exposure noise reduction, Active D-Lighting, or auto distortion control is on.
  • *4Figures assume JPEG compression is set to Size priority. Selecting optimal quality increases the file size of JPEG images; number of images and buffer capacity drop accordingly.
  • *5Includes images taken with DX lenses when On is selected for Auto DX crop.

Approved memory cards

-SD memory cards

The following cards have been tested and approved for use in the camera. Cards with class 6 or faster write speeds are recommended for movie recording. Recording may end unexpectedly when cards with slower write speeds are used.

SD cards
SDHC cards*2
SDXC cards*3
SanDisk
2GB*1
4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB
64 GB
Toshiba
Panasonic
4 GB, 6 GB, 8 GB, 12 GB, 16 GB, 24 GB, 32 GB
48 GB, 64 GB
Lexar Media
4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB
-
Platinum II
4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB
Professional
Full-HD Video
-
4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB
  • *1Check that any card readers or other devices with which the card will be used support 2 GB cards.
  • *2Check that any card readers or other devices with which the card will be used are SDHC-compliant. The camera supports UHS-I.
  • *3Check that any card readers or other devices with which¬†the card will be used are SDXC-compliant. The camera¬†supports UHS-I.

-CompactFlash memory cards

The following Type I CompactFlash memory cards have been tested and approved for use in the camera. Type II cards and microdrives cannot be used.

SanDisk
Extreme Pro
SDCFXP
16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Extreme
SDCFX
8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB
Extreme IV
SDCFX4
2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB
Extreme III
SDCFX3
Ultra II
SDCFH
2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB
Standard
SDCFB
2 GB, 4 GB
Lexar Media
Professional
UDMA
1000x
16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
600x
8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB
400x
300x
2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB
Professional
233x
2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB
133x
80x
2 GB, 4 GB
Platinum II
80x
2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB
60x
4 GB

Improvements around the shutter-release button

Angle, shape, contour, and texture: all of these design facets came into play when crafting the D800/D800E's shutter-release button. Your index finger can rest comfortably for longer periods of time, allowing you to concentrate when it matters, while the designated movie-record button means you're ready to trigger movie shooting in an instant.

Refined color temperature control: Minute control over white balance

The D800/D800E's white balance proves its reliability even when using an external flash and live view in the studio environment. The monitor hue of live view and resulting image's white balance can be individually set so that the difference between the two is minimized. Furthermore, for even more control, color temperature can be manually set in 10-kelvin increments or in mired units.

High-speed data transfer with USB 3.0

For a more productive tethered and transfer workflow, the D800/D800E are compatible with USB 3.0. When connected to equipment featuring USB 2.0, speed is reduced to that of USB 2.0.

Retouch menu options: In-camera editing

Captured images and movies can be altered and edited in-camera and on the fly if required, all without the need to resort to a computer. Retouch menus include an array of useful features such as NEF (RAW) processing, resize, distortion control, fisheye, miniature effect, red-eye correction, filter effects and image overlay, as well as the ability to designate the start and end point of movie clips all at once, in order to save them more efficiently.

NEF (RAW) processing
Color sketch

Retouch menus incorporated in the D800/D800E

• D-Lighting • Red-eye correction • Trim (3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 16:9 and 1:1) • Monochrome (Black-and-white, Sepia and Cyanotype) • Filter effects (Skylight, Warm filter, Red/Green/Blue intensifier, Cross screen and Soft)
• Color balance • Image overlay • NEF (RAW) processing • Resize • Quick retouch • Straighten • Distortion control • Fisheye • Color outline • Color sketch • Perspective control • Miniature effect • Selective color • Edit movie (Choose start/end point, Save selected frame)

Efficient power management

EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (supplied)

A comprehensive re-working of the D800/D800E's circuits now enables approx. 900 shots* of still image shooting. All on one charge of an EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery.

  • *Based on CIPA Standards.

MB-D12 Multi-Power Battery Pack (optional)

Attach the MB-D12 to the camera body to extend battery stamina. The pack accommodates a variety of batteries (see specifications) and utilizes the same integral magnesium alloy construction and weather sealing as the D800/D800E body itself. You also get approx. 6 fps continuous shooting speed* in DX format. The MB-D12 has its own dedicated shutter-release button and command dials for vertical composition shooting.

  • *When using batteries other than EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery.

Sample figures for the camera and optional MB-D12 Multi-Power Battery Pack are given below. Based on CIPA Standards*.

Battery
Number of shots
One EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (camera)
Approx. 900 shots
One EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (MB-D12)
Approx. 900 shots
One EN-EL18 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (MB-D12)
Approx. 1,400 shots
Eight R6/AA-size alkaline batteries (MB-D12)
Approx. 1,000 shots
  • *Measured at 23°C/73.4°F (±2°C/3.6°F) with an AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens under the following test conditions: lens cycled from infinity to minimum range and one photograph taken at default settings once every 30 s; flash fired once every other shot. Live view not used.

Note: The number of shots that can be taken with fully-charged batteries varies with the condition of the battery, temperature, and how the camera is used. In the case of R6/AA-size alkaline batteries, capacity also varies with make and storage conditions; some batteries can not be used.

The defining strength to match outstanding resolution for stills and videos

To best draw out the full potential that a 36.3 megapixel camera can offer, lens quality is of vital importance. Even subtle differences in optical performance make a difference when utilizing such a large pixel count. NIKKOR empowers photographers and cinematographers in every field, allowing them to better see the essence of their vision and render it as sharp as possible without sacrificing delicate tones or nuance. From f/1.4 primes to fast f/2.8 zooms to f/4 zooms with VR, the latest line of NIKKOR lenses — many loaded with the renowned Nano Crystal Coat — is fully optimized to deliver the image quality the Nikon D800/D800E truly deserve. Moreover, DX lenses can also be used for the D800/D800E: simply attach one and the camera automatically recognizes it and sets the required crop.

ViewNX 2: Browse, edit, share and more

This bundled, all-in-one software implements an easy-to-use interface for all your photos and movies. Take advantage of an array of editing functions, including basic editing of RAW files and even D-Movies. ViewNX 2 also works effortlessly with Nikon's photo-sharing and storage service, my Picturetown, with labels to help you find that special photo quickly and easily.

Camera Control Pro 2 (optional): Extremely versatile remote camera controls

For those that want to operate their camera via computer, Camera Control Pro 2 lets you control camera settings and various features from a distance. Aside from controlling exposure mode, shutter speed, and aperture, the software now offers numerous improvements to make the D800/D800E's live view operation exceptionally smooth. Creative control opportunities include remote start and stop for movie shooting and switching between live view for stills and movies. You can also adjust the monitor hue of live view photography and the resulting image's white balance individually, which can be quite helpful when working in the studio. You can also display audio level indicators during movie shooting. And with the optional WT-4A/B/C/D/E Wireless Transmitter, image files can be transferred using either Wi-Fi or an Ethernet connection.

WT-4A/B/C/D/E Wireless Transmitter

WT-4A/B/C/D/E Wireless Transmitter supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g wireless connections, as well as wired 10BASE-T and 100BASE-TX connections. And it can transmit taken image and movie data from a USB-connected D800/D800E to a computer wirelessly. Thumbnail Selector software supplied with the WT-4A/B/C/D/E allows sending just thumbnail images saved in the built-in memory of the WT-4A/B/C/D/E to a computer of on-site editors. Editors can select images they need from the thumbnail images and transmit the complete data of only their selection to a computer to realize significantly higher efficiency of the workflow. Thumbnail images taken with up to five cameras can be displayed on a computer at one time — especially useful for photographers working as a team.