Nikon D800E DSLR Camera, Body Only

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84% Gold Award
The D800 offers a level of fine detail that ranks it among the best performers we've subjected to our studio testing, and the D800E actually improves upon it.”

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Key Features

  • 36.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor
  • 51-point AF system (15 cross-type)
  • ISO 100-6400 expandable to 25,600
  • 3.2 inch LCD with 921,000 dots
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • 4 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 100% viewfinder
  • 91,000 pixel metering system
  • Built-in flash with wireless control
  • Dual-axis level (viewfinder and live view)
  • Uncompressed video output via HDMI
  • Weather-sealed and shock-proof
  • 15.3MP DX-format crop mode

Product Description

The Nikon D800E is a variant of the 36.3MP full frame Nikon D800, sharing an identical feature set in every way except for the D800E's "canceling out" of the optical low-pass filter. Without the anti-aliasing filter in place, the D800E picks up some additional sharpness and effectively, an even higher sensor resolution. It also increases the risk of introducing moiré patterning to images, though our studio and field testing didn't show this to be a significant problem in normal use. Like the D800, the D800E is equipped with a 51-point AF system with 15 cross-type points, full 1080p HD video recording and an ISO range of 100-6400 expandable up to a 25,600 equivalent. You'll only really see the benefit over the 'stock' D800 within a narrow range of apertures, but JPEG rendition is very different. Ironically, the D800E delivers sharper, crisper JPEGs than the D800.

Specs

Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Sensor
Max resolution 7360 x 4912
Other resolutions 6144 x 4912, 6144 x 4080, 5520 x 3680, 4800 x 3200, 4608 x 3680, 4608 x 3056, 3680 x 2456, 3600 x 2400, 3072 x 2456, 3072 x 2040, 2400 x 1600
Image ratio w:h 5:4, 3:2
Effective pixels 36 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 37 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Expeed 3
Image
ISO 100 - 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (50 - 25600 with boost)
White balance presets 12
Custom white balance Yes (5)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal, Basic
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 51
Lens mount Nikon F
Focal length multiplier 1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2
Screen dots 921,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT Color LCD with 170 degrees wide-viewing angle
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes No
Built-in flash Yes (pop-up)
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain, High-speed sync
Continuous drive 4.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 to 20 sec, 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2 or 3 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Average
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (2 to 9 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 424 (24 fps)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types Compact Flash (Type I), SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-I compliant
Storage included None
Connectivity
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini Type C)
Remote control Yes (Optional, wired or wireless )
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes (Water and dust resistant)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries) 1000 g (2.20 lb / 35.27 oz)
Dimensions 146 x 123 x 82 mm (5.75 x 4.84 x 3.23)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS Optional
GPS notes GP-1

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

Score Breakdown
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Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Features
Metering & focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
Image quality (jpeg)
Low light / high ISO performance
Viewfinder / screen rating
Performance
Movie / video mode
Value
Gold Award
Gold Award
84 %
Overall Score

The Nikon D800E, at low ISOs and optimum lens apertures, offers slightly higher resolution than its less expensive sibling, the D800. Its raw files respond impressively to a moderately aggressive sharpening routine, while avoiding visible artifacts. As with the D800, it offers the (somewhat clunky) option to output uncompressed video, but is noticeably susceptible to color moiré in video mode.

Good For

Photographers with medium format experience and expectations who place a premium on obtaining the highest resolution currently available in a 35mm form factor camera. Videographers who can make use of uncompressed video.

Not So Good For

User Reviews

4.69048 out of 5 stars
  • Arsen, May 2, 2012 GMT:
    Truly an Amazing Camera

    I am just blown away with the resolution and sharpness of this camera. It is really that good. I would have given it 5 Stars if it had 6fps & larger buffer.

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  • omri keren, Feb 15, 2012 GMT:
    If your photos are'nt good enogh

    you'er not close enough. (Robert Capa)

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  • skmadapatu, Apr 5, 2013 GMT:
    My bad luck with latest D800E’s

    I am having unfortunate experience with latest D800E’s. I had left autofocus issue with the D800E I bought on late March 2013 from Amazon (30124xx). Thanks to Amazon I got the replacement yesterday (301279x). Sadly both left & right autofocus (24mm 2.8 & 50mm 1.8) worse than the one before. I am followed the test procedure - http://blog.mingthein.com/2012/07/03/how-to-tell-if-your-d800-d800e-d4-has-the-left-focusing-problem/ So I thought I will give a chance by updating the firmware ...

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  • Don Paluh, Apr 20, 2013 GMT:
    Nikon D800E: incredible quality photos and a reliable package

    I have been shooting as a full-time professional or as part of my other full-time work (brochures, websites, etc.) for over 20 years. Almost all of my photography was, and still is, used in magazines, brochures or websites, so my chromes all had to be digitized: rarely did I hand of prints to a client. Mostly I used a Howtek drum scanner to scan medium and large-format chromes, so I was dealing with the high end of the quality equation. When digital first came out, I saw the potential, but ...

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WHAT'S IN THE BOX?

  • D800E Camera Body
  • AN-DC6 Strap
  • EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • MH-25 Battery Charger
  • UC-E14 USB Cable
  • BM-12 LCD Monitor Cover
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cap
  • DK-17 Viewfinder Eyepiece
  • NikonView NX2 CD ROM

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