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D-Movie shooting functions

Full HD video quality and minimized rolling shutter effect: Dynamic movie shooting in diverse lighting situations

Many filmmakers, multimedia professionals and still photographers need the highly mobile, lightweight and compact form of a D-SLR in order to cover large events or make documentaries, music videos or movies. For these professionals, the D800/D800E are ready to create true cinematic experiences. By using the B frame data compression method, you can record 1080p Full HD video at 30p in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format with unmatched moving image integrity for up to approx. 29 min. 59 s* of recording in a single clip. Thanks to Nikon's latest image-processing optimizations, the monumental power of 36.3 megapixels transforms to sharp, exquisitely rendered videos. Expect exceptionally smooth gradation in blue skies, with minimum block noise and beautifully natural movement rendered clearly and sharply. The D800/D800E's intelligent image sensor reads out movie images at faster rates than ever, significantly reducing the rolling shutter distortion that can occur during panning shots or when shooting fast-moving lateral subjects like trains. Thanks to EXPEED 3, your movies will take on a distinctive look of their own, even with dimly lit scenes. Combine these benefits and you'll begin to realize exactly the new creative opportunities possible for photographers and cinematographers alike.

  • *Maximum recording time varies according to frame rate, frame size and image quality settings. Maximum recording time for time-lapse photography is 20 min.

Multi-area mode Full HD D-Movie: Creative movie-making freedom in FX- and DX-based formats

The D800/D800E are designed to stimulate cinematographers to explore different moods and perspectives by enabling Full HD and HD video recording in two frame formats; Nikon FX- and DX-based movie formats in just one camera. When using wide-aperture NIKKOR lenses, the large image area of the FX-based format* renders exquisitely shallow depth of field with beautiful bokeh effects. The DX-based format uses an image area similar to 35mm movie film, allowing cinematographers to shoot with picture angles that they are accustomed to. Having the advantage of two D-Movie formats in one camera and an arsenal of NIKKOR lenses makes the D800/D800E an incredibly versatile movie-making tool.

  • *The aspect ratio of movies is 16:9 whichever format is selected. Also, in the FX-based movie format, the width of the image area is approx. 91% of that in the still image FX format.
FX-based format
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G
DX-based format
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

Smoother video recording under fluorescent or mercury lamps: Auto flicker reduction

With the D800/D800E, it is easier than ever to reduce flicker effects during live view and video recording. Simply use auto in the flicker reduction menu to automatically identify the flicker frequency at the beginning of live view and switch to the one that will work best. You can also manually switch between 50 Hz and 60 Hz.

Comprehensive high-fidelity audio recording control

The D800/D800E are designed for crisp stereo recording with a built-in external stereo microphone input. Attach the compact ME-1 Stereo Microphone to record clear sound while significantly reducing mechanical noise. An external headphone jack enables you to effectively monitor and control audio in isolation. While the audio level indicators offer visual confirmation of audio level, the microphone sensitivity can be controlled precisely in 20 incremental steps.

View simultaneous live view output on external monitors and record uncompressed video via HDMI

During movie shooting, you can now simultaneously check videos on an external monitor* using an HDMI connection, in addition to the camera's TFT monitor. And for those who need the purest video output for professional quality editing, you can now record uncompressed movie live view footage directly to an external storage device via HDMI interface.

  • *When video is output through HDMI interface simultaneously with recording to a CF/SD card, output image through HDMI interface will be smaller than 1,280 x 720.

Time-lapse photography

Capture a variety of scenes and subjects at a breathtaking pace. The D800/D800E's time-lapse photography lets you set intervals and frame rates in order to dramatically relay slow-moving activity at dramatic speeds. The D800/D800E allow you to shoot time-lapse photography with replaying rates from 24 times to 36,000 times faster than normal. Time-lapse photography files can be saved as a movie file.

Note: Movie files of time-lapse photography will be saved in 16:9 aspect ratio. It is recommended to confirm image area in movie live view before starting time-lapse photography.

Versatile custom settings for D-Movie

The D800/D800E have addressed useful feedback from videographers with convenient custom controls for D-Movie operation. Instead of rotating the command dial, power aperture enables smoother aperture controls during movie live view using a button designated via custom menu, which can be very convenient to confirm depth of field. Index marking helps you locate important frames for later-stage in-camera editing and replay by attaching markers during movie recording. Markings are indicated along with the progress bar, which is easy to confirm visually.

Movie specifications

Image size (pixel)/frame rate*1
Maximum bit rate (high/normal quality)
Maximum recording time
1,920 x 1,080/30p*2
24 Mbps/12 Mbps
29 min. 59 s
1,920 x 1,080/25p*2
1,920 x 1,080/24p*2
1,280 x 720/60p*2
1,280 x 720/50p*2
1,280 x 720/30p
12 Mbps/8 Mbps
1,280 x 720/25p
  • *1Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps for values listed as 30 fps, 23.976 fps for values listed as 24 fps, and 59.94 fps for values listed as 60 fps.
  • *2Maximum length for High quality movies is 20 min.

Note: The videos shown here were taken using D-Movie function, then converted to Flash Video format for ease of handling. Image quality varies from the original.