Nikon D800

 
Nikon D800 front
 
  • 36MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Raise to 25600)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 900g - 146 x 123 x 82mm
  • Revealed June 2012
  • Old Model is Nikon D700
  • Successor is Nikon D810
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
54
Imaging
76
Features
80
Overall
77

Nikon D800 overview

Nikon D800 is Nikon's Advanced DSLR camera initially released on June of 2012. It includes a 36 MegaPixel, CMOS Full frame size sensor with a peak resolution of 7360 x 4912.

Nikon launched this camera to upgrade the previous Nikon D700 (Read Full Comparison) and afterwards released the updated Nikon D810 (Read Full Comparison) as a way to upgrade this model.

The D800 is ranked #16 out of 91 in Advanced DSLR cameras and all-around #68 out of 1421 for cameras in our database. You can test our Smart camera finder to find camera listings based on your custom criteria.

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Nikon D800 family

The Nikon D800 comes with a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can view all earlier and new models alongside main specifications.

ModelResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleasedWeight
Nikon-D780 front thumbnailNikon D780
D800 vs D780
25MPFull frame7.0 fps2020840g
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
D800 vs D850
46MPFull frame7.0 fps20171015g
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Nikon-D810A front thumbnailNikon D810A
D800 vs D810A
36MPFull frame5.0 fps2015880g
Nikon-D750 front thumbnailNikon D750
D800 vs D750
24MPFull frame6.5 fps2014840g
Nikon-D810 front thumbnailNikon D810
D800 vs D810
36MPFull frame5.0 fps2014980g
Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
D800 vs Df
16MPFull frame6.0 fps2013760g
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Nikon-D610 front thumbnailNikon D610
D800 vs D610
24MPFull frame6.0 fps2013850g
Nikon-D600 front thumbnailNikon D600
D800 vs D600
24MPFull frame5.5 fps2012850g
Nikon-D800E front thumbnailNikon D800E
D800 vs D800E
36MPFull frame4.0 fps2012900g
Nikon-D800 front thumbnailNikon D80036MPFull frame4.0 fps2012900g
Nikon-D700 front thumbnailNikon D700
D800 vs D700
12MPFull frame5.0 fps20081074g
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Nikon D800 Pros and Cons

Here is a list of good and bad points of the Nikon D800 based on things which are generally seen as essential in a camera.

comes with HDMI support
comes with headphone jack
comes with microphone jack
does have Top LCD display
environment proofing
exports RAW files
good min ISO (100)
good resoluion screen (921 thousand dot)
good sized screen (3.2 inches)
great MP (36MP)
has built in flash
has dual storage slots
has manual focus
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports face detect autofocus
supports phase detect autofocus
supports tracking focus
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
display isn't selfie friendly
fixed screen
low frames per second (4.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
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Nikon D800 Sensor features

The Nikon D800 features the Expeed 3 chip. The measurement of the sensor on the Nikon D800 is 35.9mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 862 mm² sensor is able to resolve 7360 x 4912 pixels with aspect ratios of 5:4 and 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 36MP and features a native ISO range of 100 to 6400. The ISO can also be extended electronically to a maximum of 25600. RAW files are saved therefore you have more room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath illustrates the D800's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The D800 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is showcased in green.

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To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D800 dimensions

Nikon D800 weighs about 1.98 lb (900g / 31.75 oz) and features external measurements of 146mm x 123mm x 82mm (5.7" x 4.8" x 3.2"). The weight of general Advanced DSLR camera is 775g and the Nikon D800 is heavier compared to its competitors.

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Down below is a image of the Nikon D800 alongside a soft drink so you can have a feel for its size.

Nikon D800 dimensions scale

The top view just below will illustrate the button arrangement on the D800.

Nikon D800 topview buttons dials

Nikon D800 Lens features

The D800 uses the Nikon F mount and has 308 lenses that are available. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the D800.

ModelFocal LengthApertureStabilizedAutofocusWeight
Irix-45mm-F1.4-Nikon-F-Mount lensIrix 45mm F1.445mmf/1.4 925g
Sigma-135mm-F1.8-DG-HSM-Art-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art135mmf/1.8 1130g
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Tokina-AT-X-Pro-11-16mm-f2.8-DX-II-Nikon-F-DX lensTokina AT-X Pro 11-16mm f2.8 DX II11-16mmf/2.8 560g
Nikon-AF-S-DX-Nikkor-18-300mm-F3.5-5.6G-ED-VR lensNikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR18-300mmf/3.5-5.6 830g
Nikon-AF-Micro-Nikkor-200mm-f4D-ED-IF lensNikon AF Micro-Nikkor 200mm f4D ED-IF200mmf/4.0 1190g
Venus-Laowa-24mm-F14-2x-Macro-Probe-Nikon-F lensVenus Laowa 24mm F14 2x Macro Probe24mmf/14 474g
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Tamron-AF-70-300mm-F4-5.6-Di-LD-Macro-Nikon-F-FX lensTamron AF 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di LD Macro70-300mmf/4.0-5.6 435g
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Nikon D800 Connectivity

The D800 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras with NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily send photos and in some cases alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.

Certain apps also allow a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external display. A lot of cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB socket.

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Nikon D800 Video features

The highest video resolution on the Nikon D800 is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p resolution delivers a great balance for quality versus file size but FULL HD won't leave you with much room to downsample. The camera does feature both headphone and microphone jack making it especially useful while capturing audio.

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Nikon D800 Weather Sealing

Nikon D800 comes with environment sealing which makes it a good selection to use for rough climates. This can be particularly beneficial in case you are not sure about the elements you might face for outdoor photography.

Nikon D800 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon D800 includes a 3.2 inch fixed display screen with a resolution of 921 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the display offers no touch support. The D800 also has a builtin Top LCD display allowing you to quickly view your settings.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Nikon D800 are below:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • Coverage 100%
  • Magnification 0.7x

Viewfinders are really useful for sunny outdoor situations which will make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Nikon D800 Shutter features

Nikon D800 is able to shoot continuously at 4.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000s.

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Nikon D800 Flash and Hot shoe features

Nikon D800 includes both integrated flash plus external flash ability. The max flash sync is 1/250s.

Nikon D800 Autofocus features

Nikon D800 includes both Phase Detect Auto Focus along with Contrast Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster & accurate compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera includes Face detect which can be helpful for people photography.

The Sensor includes 51 focus points to select from. It also features Tracking Auto Focus for subjects that move. Nikon D800 has manual focus when required for low light situations or you need to have more precise control on focus.

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Nikon D800 Battery life

The battery power (EN-EL15) in the Nikon D800 is fashioned to last for 900 clicks according to the CIPA specifications which is similar to its competitors. The typical Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 911. Nikon D780 offers the highest (2260) battery life for this group of cameras.

Here is a collection of Advanced DSLR cameras having the highest battery life:

ModelMax VideoBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D780 front thumbnailNikon D780
D800 vs D780
3840 x 21602260 yesnoyes
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
D800 vs D850
3840 x 21601840 yesyesyes
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Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
D800 vs Df
None1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
D800 vs 90D
3840 x 21601300 yesnoyes
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
D800 vs D500
3840 x 21601240 yesyesyes

Nikon D800 for specific styles of photography

The following bar chart gives a overview of the Nikon D800 for specific styles of photography. To find out more, check out the specific section underneath.

Nikon D800 Portrait photography features

The Nikon D800 receives a points tally of 85 which is very high, and means the camera is a brilliant pick to use for portrait images. Shooting portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW files plus the option to use off-camera lighting.

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has manual focus
sensor resolution is fantastic (36MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports face detect autofocus
delivers RAW formats

Nikon D800 Street photography info

Getting a decent points total of 60, the Nikon D800 is fairly acceptable to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports RAW files
environment proofing
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization

Nikon D800 Sports photography factors

A above average sports photography score of 75 indicates the Nikon D800 is a very decent fit for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs great tracking plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
megapixel count fantastic (36 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
includes tracking focus
weather proofing
has phase detect AF
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization

Nikon D800 Travel photography highlights

Size is really critical when selecting a camera for travel. In general, the Nikon D800 gets a nice 66 as a travelling camera which is a respectable choice for your journeys.

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environment sealing
MP count excellent (36MP)
built-in flash
screen is not selfie friendly

Landscape photography with Nikon D800

If you're looking to pick a camera for landscape photography, the most significant aspect will be image quality. The Nikon D800 with it's excellent score of 80 as a landscape camera is a terrific option among its competition.

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you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inch)
fantastic resolution (36MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports RAW files
environment sealing
two card slots
does not have image stabilization

Vlogging with Nikon D800

A camera for vlogging really should offer a articulating display screen, microphone input and preferably IBIS. Considering every thing, the Nikon D800 is not really acceptable as a vlog camera as it gets a low score of 30.

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supports face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have external microphone socket
does not have a selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization

Nikon D800 Alternatives

If you are shopping for replacements to the D800, below is a range of the top ranked cameras that fall in to the category of Advanced DSLR.

The graph listed below will give you an overview of the D800 vs it's top scored rivals suggested earlier.

These are some more cameras you may check out as alternate options. To review a comprehensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Company
Nikon
Model
Nikon D800
Type
Advanced DSLR
Revealed
2012-06-11
Body design
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Processor Chip
Expeed 3
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor measurements
35.9 x 24mm
Sensor surface area
861.6mm²
Sensor resolution
36 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
5:4 and 3:2
Full resolution
7360 x 4912
RAW images
Max native ISO
6400
Max boosted ISO
25600
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points
51
Cross focus points
15
Lens
Lens mounting type
Nikon F
Total lenses
309
Focal length multiplier
1
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Display size
3.2 inches
Resolution of display
921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech
TFT Color LCD with 170 degrees wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
100%
Viewfinder magnification
0.7x
DXO scores
DXO All around score
95
DXO Color Depth score
25.3
DXO Dynamic range score
14.4
DXO Low light score
2853
Features
Lowest shutter speed
30s
Highest shutter speed
1/8000s
Continuous shooting speed
4.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain, High-speed sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync
1/250s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 424 (24 fps)
Max video resolution
1920x1080
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS
Optional
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
900g (1.98 lbs)
Dimensions
146 x 123 x 82mm (5.7" x 4.8" x 3.2")
Other
Battery life
900 images
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
EN-EL15
Self timer
Yes (2 to 20 sec, 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2 or 3 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
Compact Flash (Type I), SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-I compliant
Storage slots
Dual
Retail cost
$2,999