Nikon D800E

 
Nikon D800E front
 
  • 36MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Boost to 25600)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 900g - 146 x 123 x 82mm
  • Introduced June 2012
  • Superseded the Nikon D700
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
54
Imaging
75
Features
80
Overall
77

Nikon D800E overview

Nikon D800E is Nikon's Advanced DSLR camera first announced on June of 2012. The camera uses a 36MP, CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 7360 x 4912.

Nikon released this camera in order to improve the previous Nikon D700 (Read Full Comparison)

The D800E is scored #16 out of 91 in Advanced DSLR cameras and all round #66 out of 1422 for cameras in our collection. Remember to try out our Smart camera search to see camera rankings based on your personalized requirements.

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Below is a diagram of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon D800E family

The Nikon D800E comes with a history of related cameras. Down below, you can look at all older and latest models alongside important features.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D780 front thumbnailNikon D780
D800E vs D780
25MPFull frame7.0 fps2020
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
D800E vs D850
46MPFull frame7.0 fps2017
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Nikon-D810A front thumbnailNikon D810A
D800E vs D810A
36MPFull frame5.0 fps2015
Nikon-D750 front thumbnailNikon D750
D800E vs D750
24MPFull frame6.5 fps2014
Nikon-D810 front thumbnailNikon D810
D800E vs D810
36MPFull frame5.0 fps2014
Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
D800E vs Df
16MPFull frame6.0 fps2013
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Nikon-D610 front thumbnailNikon D610
D800E vs D610
24MPFull frame6.0 fps2013
Nikon-D600 front thumbnailNikon D600
D800E vs D600
24MPFull frame5.5 fps2012
Nikon-D800E front thumbnailNikon D800E36MPFull frame4.0 fps2012
Nikon-D800 front thumbnailNikon D800
D800E vs D800
36MPFull frame4.0 fps2012
Nikon-D700 front thumbnailNikon D700
D800E vs D700
12MPFull frame5.0 fps2008
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Nikon D800E Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of benefits and drawbacks of the Nikon D800E based on criterias that are usually viewed as essential in a camera.

above average min ISO (100)
comes with external mic socket
comes with HDMI socket
comes with headphone socket
environment sealing
features face detection focusing
features tracking autofocus
flash built-in
focusing manually
has Top LCD display
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
large sensor size (Full frame)
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
no anti-alias filter
resolution is high (36MP)
saves RAW formats
screen has good resolution (921 thousand dots)
screen size is good (3.2 inch)
supports phase detect AF
two card slots
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
continuous shooting slow (4.0 frames per second)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
no moving screen
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Nikon D800E Sensor info

The Nikon D800E houses the Expeed 3 processor. The sensor measurement in the Nikon D800E is 35.9mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 862 mm² sensor can resolve 7360 x 4912 pixels and aspect ratios of 5:4 and 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 36MP and supports a native ISO range of 100 - 6400. This ISO can also be widened digitally to a high of 25600. RAW photos are supported so you have wider room to maneuver in post.

Nikon decided to skip the anti-alias filter for the Nikon D800E. This can result in more detailed photos but can create moire under certain circumstances.

The graphic below displays the D800E's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The D800E sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is showcased in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D800E dimensions

Nikon D800E is 1.98 lbs (900 gr / 31.75 oz) and the measurement of the camera is 146mm x 123mm x 82mm (5.7" x 4.8" x 3.2"). The weight of normal Advanced DSLR camera is 775 gr so the Nikon D800E is more heavy when compared to its competitors.

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Below is a pic of the Nikon D800E next to a soda to help you to have a feel for its scale.

Nikon D800E dimensions scale

The top view below will show you the button arrangement on the D800E.

Nikon D800E topview buttons dials

Nikon D800E Lens info

The D800E works with the Nikon F mount and has 308 lenses currently available. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our database which will work with the D800E.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Nikon-AF-Micro-Nikkor-200mm-f4D-ED-IF lensNikon AF Micro-Nikkor 200mm f4D ED-IF200mmf/4.0 1190g
Tamron-AF-55-200mm-F4-5.6-Di-II-LD-Macro-Nikon-F-DX lensTamron AF 55-200mm F4-5.6 Di II LD Macro55-200mmf/4.0-5.6 300g
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Tamron-SP-15-30mm-F2.8-Di-VC-USD-Nikon-F-FX lensTamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD15-30mmf/2.8 1100g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-500mm-f4D-ED-IF-II lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f4D ED-IF II500mmf/4.0 3800g
Sigma-70-200mm-F2.8-EX-DG-Macro-HSM-II-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG Macro HSM II70-200mmf/2.8 1390g
Tokina-AT-X-Pro-100mm-f2.8-Macro-Nikon-F-FX lensTokina AT-X Pro 100mm f2.8 Macro100mmf/2.8 540g
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Sigma-135mm-F1.8-DG-HSM-Art-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art135mmf/1.81130g
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Nikon D800E Connectivity

The D800E has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras that contain NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily send pictures and usually change settings without connecting straight to the camera.

A few applications even stream a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. The majority of cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB socket.

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Nikon D800E Video info

The maximum video quality in the Nikon D800E is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality provides a good balance in quality vs file sizes but FULL HD will not give you much room to crop. The camera does include both headphone and mic socket making it incredibly useful whilst recording sound.

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Nikon D800E Weather Sealing

Nikon D800E has environment sealing which makes it a great pick to use in challenging locations. This is especially handy in case you are unsure about the conditions you may encounter in outdoor photography.

Nikon D800E Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon D800E houses a 3.2 inch fixed screen supporting a resolution of 921 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the screen offers no touch support. The D800E also includes a Top LCD display so its possible to quickly checkout the camera's settings.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Nikon D800E are as follows:

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

In those bright outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders can be rather useful.

Nikon D800E Shutter info

Nikon D800E can shoot continuously at 4.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000 seconds.

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Nikon D800E Flash and Hot shoe info

Nikon D800E has got both built-in flash and also external flash ability. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/250 seconds.

Nikon D800E Autofocusing info

Nikon D800E has got both Phase Detect Auto Focus along with Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker & accurate when compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera boasts Face detect which makes it valuable for taking photos of people.

It boasts 51 focus points to select from. It also has Tracking Auto Focus for things on the move. Nikon D800E boasts manual focusing in case it is required in low light scenarios or you require more precise focusing control.

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Nikon D800E Battery life

The battery (EN-EL15) in the Nikon D800E is designed to last for 900 images as per the CIPA requirements making it about average when compared to its competition. The general Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 911. Nikon D780 has the highest possible (2260) battery life in this class of cameras.

Following is a listing of Advanced DSLR cameras that come with the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
D800E vs Df
1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
D800E vs 90D
1300 yesnoyes

Nikon D800E for varying styles of photography

The following diagram provides a analysis of the Nikon D800E for varying styles of photography. To learn more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Nikon D800E Portrait photography advice

The Nikon D800E has a score of 85 which is terrific, meaning that it is a great fit for portrait photography. Shooting portrait photos leans heavily to sensor size, support for RAW photos together with the ability to utilize external lighting.

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manual focus
high megapixels (36MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
provides face detection focus
saves RAW files

Street photography with Nikon D800E

Having a decent rating of 60, the Nikon D800E is relatively suited for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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sensor size is great (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
weather proof
no moving screen
no image stabilization

Sports photography with Nikon D800E

A above average sports photography points tally of 75 indicates the Nikon D800E is a respectable option for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have good autofocus plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
high resolution (36MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
comes with tracking focus
environment sealing
has phase detect autofocus
max fps very slow (4.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization

Travel photography with Nikon D800E

Portability is extremely important when choosing a camera for travel. All things considered, the Nikon D800E gets a above average 66 as a travelling camera which is a respectable choice to buy for your journeys.

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environment sealing
high sensor resolution (36MP)
flash built-in
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen

Nikon D800E Landscape photography info

For anyone who is planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photos, the most essential factor will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon D800E at it's awesome score of 80 as a landscape camera is a great pick amongst its rivals.

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manual focus
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
pretty good screen size (3.2 inch)
excellent MP (36MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
no anti-alias filter
exports RAW files
environment proofing
two card slots
lack of image stabilization

Nikon D800E Vlogging information

A vlogging camera should posses a articulating display, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Considering every thing, the Nikon D800E is not really suitable as a vlog camera as it delivers a really bad score of 30.

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supports face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have microphone support
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization

Nikon D800E Alternatives

If you need replacements to the D800E, below is a range of the top rated cameras which fall within the category of Advanced DSLR.

The diagram just below gives you a bird's eye view of the D800E vs it's top scored competitors listed previously.

Following are additional cameras you might consider as alternate options. To read through a thorough comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Nikon
Model type
Nikon D800E
Class
Advanced DSLR
Introduced
2012-06-11
Physical type
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Powered by
Expeed 3
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
35.9 x 24mm
Sensor area
861.6mm²
Sensor resolution
36 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
5:4 and 3:2
Full resolution
7360 x 4912
RAW format
Max native ISO
6400
Max boosted ISO
25600
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points
51
Cross type focus points
15
Lens
Lens support
Nikon F
Number of lenses
309
Focal length multiplier
1
Screen
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display size
3.2 inch
Resolution of display
921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display technology
TFT Color LCD with 170 degrees wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
100%
Viewfinder magnification
0.7x
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
96
DXO Color Depth rating
25.6
DXO Dynamic range rating
14.3
DXO Low light rating
2979
Features
Slowest shutter speed
30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
4.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain, High-speed sync
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize
1/250 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
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
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS
Optional
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
900 grams (1.98 lbs)
Physical dimensions
146 x 123 x 82mm (5.7" x 4.8" x 3.2")
Other
Battery life
900 pictures
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery ID
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 shooting
Storage type
Compact Flash (Type I), SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-I compliant
Card slots
Dual
Retail pricing
$2,389