Nikon D800 and D800E


A megapixel monster, the D800 blows other DSLRs out of the water in sheer megapixel count and resolution, and can realize extremely minute detail on par with a high-end medium format camera.  As the extremely high resolution may be an acute advantage for the dedicated landscape photographer making mural size prints, its sensor size may not be practical depending on use.  This camera will certainly enhance the production of mainly studio work where very high resolution and/or large work will be the final output, and/or to retain detail in a crop of a larger image.  This image size and volume may be a deterrent for other types of photography (news, action, sports) where the massive amounts of data used can slowdown workflow.


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The Nikon D800E is a specialized version of the D800, which utilizes an optical anti-aliasing filter instead of the low pass filter.  This modification is aimed at reducing blur and moire patterns in images.


Nikon D800 specs at a glance:

Sensor type

36.3 Megapixel CMOS, FX format, full frame

35.9mm x 24mm



ISO 100 to 6400, (expandable to 50 and 25,600).



Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 sec.

Slowest shutter speed 30 sec./bulb

Burst rate: maximum of 4fps in FX mode, 6fps in DX mode


Movie mode

Full HD video recording is available at frame rates of 30, 25, and 24 fps (1920 x 1080) as well as several higher frame rates (60, 50, 30, and 25) in 1280 x 720 (very useful for slowing down fast action sequences).  Also 24 fps at 640 x 424.  Manual exposure control while recording is possible through adjustment of ISO, aperture, or shutter speed.  Uncompressed output is available via the HDMI port.



The D800 requires two units to be wifi compatible: The UT-1 Communications Unit AND WT-5a Wireless Transmitter (approximately $1300 for both).  This option is also relatively bulky and occupies the hot shoe.  So wireless transfer of files is not necessarily a viable option with this camera, but was likely not included by Nikon  because of the slow speed of transferring larger file sizes over Wifi.

We are currently looking into the use of Eye-Fi cards with the D800 and D800E, of which there has been some reported success but also incompatibilities.

GPS tagging capabilities can be added with the Nikon GP-1A GPS Unit ($279), allowing you to record latitude, longitude, altitude, and time metadata.


Focus and Autofocus

Multi-CAM 3500FX AF sensor

51 unique AF points, with options of 9,21, or 51-point arrays, and 9 cross-type variants. Several different types of AF can be used including:

Contrast-detect AF for focusing anywhere in the frame,

Single servo (AF-S) used for any still photography

Full-time servo (AF-F) for shooting video (tracks subject)

Continuous servo (AF-C) for continually tracking a moving subject, combined with 3 different options for AF area modes, which are:

Dynamic area AF mode, 3D tracking mode, and auto area AF mode.

Seven focus points are compatible with an effective aperture value of f/8 or faster, making AF compatible with long telephoto lenses used in conjunction with teleconverters.



100% coverage with 0.70x magnification

921k dot, 3.2 in. LCD



Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G and D lenses, and all FX lenses.  DX lenses may be used with an automatic crop factor of 15.3.  11 focus points available for lenses used with teleconverters of an effective aperture of f/8 or faster



Flash Sync Speed 1/250 s

Has a built in flash, which can be used as a Commander for multiple different light sources across 3 different channels for refined control.


Design and Build

31.7oz.(900g) body only

5.7 x 4.8 x 3.2 in. (146 x 123 x 81.5mm)


Additional Features

Built in time lapse function- allows for choosing number of shots, interval of time between them, and also delay if needed.  Up to 8 hours maximum shooting time

Built-in HDR mode (2 frames up to 3 EV apart)






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2 thoughts on “Nikon D800 and D800E

  1. Debbie

    A very comprehensive overview of this model of camera, it is very good to know so much information about the model before making any choice to buy one.

    1. James Post author

      Yes, that is true, Debbie. There are many specifications to compare, and even more so with these high-end DSLRs. Thank you for your comment, and have a fantastic day! :)


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