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Still image shooting functions

Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module for razor-sharp detection in low light

Accurate AF detection is crucial for extremely high-resolution still images in every situation. The 51 sensor points in the D800/D800E’s AF sensor module work down to -2 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F), the approximate physical limit of human visibility through an optical viewfinder. For even more powerful detection, you can rely on the camera’s 15 crosstype sensors in the center to detect both vertical and horizontal lines when using any AF NIKKOR lenses of f/5.6 or faster. What’s more, AF can be activated with eleven focus points in the center with open aperture of f/8*, which is a big plus when you combine a telephoto lens with a 2.0x teleconverter to shoot distant subjects.

  • *Cross-type sensor is limited to the center AF point only. AF may not be achieved in lowcontrast or low-light conditions.

Available focus points according to aperture

Compatible with f/5.6
Compatible with aperture slower than f/5.6 and faster than f/8
Compatible with f/8

Perform as cross sensors.

Perform as line sensors.

Versatile AF-area modes

Auto-area AF mode

Whether it's a still life, a portrait, a landscape or a candid street scene, your subject matter varies, but its importance doesn't. That's why the D800/D800E offer four AF-area modes, each specifically tailored to adapt to various subjects. Single-point AF is ideal when you need pinpoint focus on stationary subjects. Dynamic-area AF has three options (9-point, 21-point and 51-point) and is ideal for shooting moving subjects. The selected AF point and the surrounding points keep your subject in sharp focus even if it briefly leaves the selected points. 3D-tracking allows you to maintain focus on subjects that are moving erratically from side to side. Auto-area AF detects human faces and prioritizes their sharpness for you — an ideal choice for candid photography.

3D-tracking mode

Choosing AF mode and AF-area mode combinations

Control your desired AF mode (continuous or single servo) and AF-area mode (single-point, dynamic-area, 3D-tracking or auto-area AF) without ever taking your eye away from the viewfinder. By using a dedicated AF-mode button and command dials, you can switch between modes without interrupting your creative flow.

Glass prism optical viewfinder with approximately 100% frame coverage

See every important element in your frame clearly and precisely. The D800/D800E offer approx. 100% frame coverage (in FX format) from its slim pentaprism, giving you the visually comfortable FX-format advantage and an unobstructed view when shooting still images. The viewfinder image is not only large and bright — the focusing screen is also carefully designed to help you sense sharp focus intuitively, be it manual or autofocus.

High-precision, high-durability shutter

The D800/D800E's shutter unit has been tested to well over 200,000 cycles of release to prove durability and precision. While the shutter unit designed to run at a speed range of 1/8,000 to 30 s, its intelligent self-diagnostic shutter monitor automatically monitors actual shutter speeds in order to correct possible variances that can occur over time.

High-precision sequential control mechanism

For true digital SLR excellence, the camera's mechanical structure, power and precision are vital to ensure indispensable speed and reliability. That's why Nikon utilized its engineering expertise to refine the powerful sequential control mechanism that drives the shutter, mirror, and aperture independently. As a result, shutter release can be operated with mirror-up position during live view. Because mirror-down movement is not required, you can expect even quieter still live view shooting. And as power aperture control operates via the stepping motor, the sound of mechanical adjustment is reduced for quieter and smoother control.

Active D-Lighting that reproduces brightness as you see it

Active D-Lighting preserves details in both highlights and shadowy areas of high-contrast scenes. Color reproduction is improved thanks to the image-processing engine EXPEED 3, and exposure control considering face brightness is achieved by the enhanced face detection performance of Advanced Scene Recognition System.

Expand dynamic range: HDR (High Dynamic Range)

The D800/D800E can shoot two frames in a single shutter release, but at different exposures: one overexposed and one underexposed. The camera then instantly combines them to create an image covering a wider dynamic range. The range can be widened by up to 3 EV for different looks, all full of saturation and tonal gradation, while the smoothness of the edge where the two exposures meet can be adjusted for a more natural appearance.

Note: Tripod use is recommended.

Fast response time

The D800/D800E are designed to respond immediately. Once the strategically located switch is turned on, the camera starts up in approx. 0.12 seconds* and your finger is in position for shutter release. Release time lag is minimized to approx. 0.042 seconds*, equivalent to that of the D3S, with continuous approx. 4 fps capability in FX format, approx. 5 fps in 1.2x and DX format and approx. 6 fps capability in DX format** with MB-D12.

  • *Based on CIPA Guidelines.
  • **When used together with batteries other than EN-EL15.

Shoot achieving reduced blur with zoom lenses in dim light: Auto shutter speed control for auto ISO sensitivity control

The D800/D800E come equipped with an auto option for minimum shutter speed that automatically controls the balance between shutter speed and the ISO sensitivity based on the focal length of the lens being used. This can be particularly useful when using a zoom lens, because the camera can automatically choose the shutter speed to reduce camera shake. What's more, through the operation of ISO button and sub-command dial, auto ISO sensitivity control can be immediately turned on or off, without needing to enter the menu.

• Shutter speed: 1/25 second • Aperture: f/4
• Focal length: 24mm • Sensitivity: Auto (ISO 900)
• Shutter speed: 1/100 second • Aperture: f/4
• Focal length: 120mm • Sensitivity: Auto (ISO 6400)

Shoot with multiple formats in one camera: Image area options

The D800/D800E offer four image area options: FX format (35.9 x 24.0 mm), 5:4 (30.0 x 24.0 mm), 1.2x (30.0 x 19.9 mm), and DX format (23.4 x 15.6 mm) with all cropped image areas visually masked in the viewfinder. DX format offers approx. 1.5x, and 1.2x crop offers approx.1.2x telephoto effect. When a DX NIKKOR lens is used, DX format is automatically selected.

FX format
DX format

Get studio quality lighting virtually anywhere

Fast, versatile and portable, with Nikon Speedlights in your hands, your lighting possibilities are endless. The difference is a level of accuracy and flexibility that only the Nikon Creative Lighting System delivers. Its advantages are best experienced via Advanced Wireless Lighting. Using high-precision i-TTL flash control with strategic, intuitive operations, you can make lighting as powerful and comprehensive as your imagination can take it. Whether you shoot in the studio or in far-flung locations, there is a Nikon Speedlight solution to inspire your creativity.

Unparalleled lighting performance — SB-910 Speedlight

Nikon's SB-910 offers versatile i-TTL for on-camera or wireless flash control, a refined operability and a powerful guide number of 34/111.5 (ISO 100, m/ft, STD, FX format with zoom head set at 35mm). The SB-910's menus and controls have been improved for more operational ease. When a hard-type incandescent or fluorescent color filter is attached, the SB-910 detects it and adjusts white balance instantly.

Capture NX 2 (optional): Optimal for processing images taken with the D800/D800E

To accommodate the imaging power of the D800/D800E's 36.3 effective megapixels, the latest Capture NX 2 now features powerful 64-bit processing. Capture NX 2 drastically simplifies an array of image enhancement procedures, letting you concentrate on making your pictures the best they can be. Instead of complicated layering and memorization, simply place a Color Control Point wherever you want to reprocess. Color Control Points use intuitive slider controls to make quick and easy adjustments to image characteristics such as brightness, contrast, saturation and tones. Change, adjust and experiment all you like, safe in the knowledge that all changes are non-destructive and an original always remains intact.