- 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
- Size Comparison
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 #17 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras and all-around #98 out of 1459 for cameras in our database. You can test our Smart camera finder to find camera listings based on your custom criteria.
The following is a graph of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.
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.
D800 vs D78025MPFull frame7.0 fps2020
D800 vs D85046MPFull frame7.0 fps2017
D800 vs D810A36MPFull frame5.0 fps2015
D800 vs D75024MPFull frame6.5 fps2014
D800 vs D81036MPFull frame5.0 fps2014
D800 vs Df16MPFull frame6.0 fps2013
D800 vs D61024MPFull frame6.0 fps2013
D800 vs D60024MPFull frame5.5 fps2012
D800 vs D800E36MPFull frame4.0 fps2012
D800 vs D70012MPFull frame5.0 fps2008
Nikon D800 Gallery
You can view the D800 from several angles in the gallery here.
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.
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.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
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.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
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 776g and the Nikon D800 is heavier compared to its competitors.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
Down below is a image of the Nikon D800 alongside a soft drink so you can have a feel for its size.
The top view just below will illustrate the button arrangement on the D800.
Nikon D800 Lens features
The D800 uses the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses that are available. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the D800.
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.
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.
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.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
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.
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.
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 909. 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:
D800 vs D7802260 yesnoyes
D800 vs D8501840 yesyesyes
D800 vs Df1400 yesnono
D800 vs 90D1300 yesnoyes
D800 vs D5001240 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 84 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.
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.
Nikon D800 Sports photography factors
A above average sports photography score of 74 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.
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.
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 79 as a landscape camera is a terrific option among its competition.
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.
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.