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Nikon Unveils D800, D800E D-SLRs

2/07/2012 11:17:09 AM Eastern

Melville, N.Y. - Nikon officially introduced Monday the
long-awaited D800 professional/advanced amateur d-SLR with incorporated FullHD
1080p video recording.

 D800

The D800 HD-SLR (shipping in March at a $3,000
suggested retail) features a huge 36.3-megapixel (7,360 by 4,912) full-format
FX CMOS sensor. It includes the latest 91,000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering
III system and offers an Advanced Scene Recognition System, coupled with an
improved 51-point AF system.

For video -
offered for the first time in this spot in the d-SLR assortment - the D800
features uncompressed HDMI output, and high low-light video capability
performance.

Nikon's latest Expeed
3 image processing engine is said to enhance color and dynamic range.

Like the D700
before it, the D800 was designed to shoot low-noise images from a wide range of
lighting conditions. The D800 features a wide native ISO range of 100 to 6,400,
expandable to 50 (Lo-1)-25,600 (Hi-2); an internal sensor design; an enhanced
optical low pass filter (OLPF); and 14 bit A/D conversion with a high
signal-to-noise ratio.

Images are further
routed through a 16-bit image processing pipeline for maximum performance.

Modes are also
offered for aspect ratios, such as 5:4 to easily frame for printed portraits or
a 1.2x crop for a slight telephoto edge.

The camera can
also be used effectively with Nikon's DX-format lenses offering 1.5x enhanced
focal range at a high 15.4-megapixel (4,800 by 3,200) resolution.

Also included is
an Advanced Scene Recognition System using a 91,000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Meter
III and RGB sensor to analyze each scene, recognizes factors such as color and
brightness and compares the data using Nikon's exclusive 30,000 image database.

The sensor will
also detect human faces when shooting through the optical viewfinder.

An enhanced auto
white-balance system accurately recognizes both natural and artificial light
sources, and gives the user the option of retaining ambient lighting.

Users can expand
dynamic range with in-camera High Dynamic Range image capture, and Nikon's
Active D-lighting for balanced exposure. The D800 also offers direct access to
Nikon's Picture Control presets via a dedicated button on the back of the body.

The camera adds a 921,000-dot,
3.2-inch LCD monitor with reinforced glass, automatic monitor brightness
control, and wide viewing angle.

 The camera is ready to shoot is 0.12 seconds,
and cam capture stills in up to 4 fps in FX mode at full resolution, or up to a
6 fps in DX mode using the optional MB-D12 battery pack and compatible battery.
The camera is also equipped with a USB 3.0 standard port for ultra-fast
transfer speeds.

 The body is made of magnesium alloy and is
sealed for resistance to dirt and moisture.

The optical
viewfinder offers a 100 percent frame coverage, and the camera includes dual
storage card slots supporting CF and SD cards. The system allows record backup,
overflow, RAW/JPEG separation, and the additional option of shooting stills to
one card and video to the other.

Support is offered
for UDMA-7 and SDXC/UHS-1 cards.

The D800 also
features a built-in flash and is compatible with Nikon's Creative Lighting
System, including a built-in Commander mode for controlling wireless speedlights.

In addition to the
D800, Nikon also announced the D800E (April, $3,300) offering even higher
sharpness from the same sensor. Nikon said the D800E  will effectively enhance the resolution
characteristics of the 36.3-megapixel CMOS sensor by cancelling the
anti-aliasing properties of the OLPF inside the camera.

By doing this,
light is delivered directly to the photodiodes, yielding an image resulting
from the raw light gathering properties of the camera. A color moiré correction
tool will also be available within Capture NX2 to enhance the D800E photographer's
workflow.

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