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Nikon D800E (no lens included)

36-megapixel full-frame sensor digital SLR camera body with enhanced definition

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Our take on the Nikon D800E (no lens included)

A full-frame, 36-megapixel sensor. That's one dense patch of pixels. If there were no other reason to take a deeper look at the Nikon D800E, this would still command the attention of the photographic world community for years. Resolutions and tonal range that have been the domain of mega-professional large-sensor/large-format cameras are now available in a sleek, full-frame DSLR.

The Nikon D800E, from a high angle

The Nikon D800E delivers the sharpest possible images from its 36-megapixel sensor.

The 36 million pixel question

A full-frame, 36-megapixel sensor. That's one dense patch of pixels. If there were no other reason to take a deeper look at the Nikon D800E, this would still command the attention of the photographic world community for years. Resolutions and tonal range that have been the domain of mega-professional large-sensor/large-format cameras are now available in a sleek, full-frame DSLR.

In pursuit of maximum definition

The D800E has been tweaked in an intriguing way. Most DSLRs have what's called an "optical low-pass filter" (OLPF) that lives along the light path to the sensor. Its purpose is to eliminate moiré patterns and false colors through a process known as "anti-aliasing." Unfortunately, this process also affects the final sharpness and resolution of your image.

On the D800E, the OLPF has been re-engineered to eliminate the anti-aliasing process, removing any obstacles to maximum resolution. This aids both still and video shooters who want the sharpest possible images and have the resources to address any potential artifacts by changing shooting conditions, or by using specialized software after the shoot.

The only thing worked up is you

Yes, the D800E makes tremendously rich and detailed images. Blow your images up to poster size without sacrificing a speck of detail. Don't even begin to worry whether the EXPEED 3 processor is up to the challenge. It won't even work up a sweat delivering 4 of these monster-size frames per second in continuous shooting mode.

Cinematic video, on demand

Nikon has taken its time in delivering a camera that redefines the deep end of the DSLR video pool. One good look at the specs or the sample videos on their website will show you it's been time well-spent. The Nikon D800E delivers breathtakingly sharp images, even in low light. The dynamic range and extreme low noise profile are positively cinematic. And there's another feature that will have every video shooter in "full drool" mode: uncompressed HD video from the HDMI output, for either critical monitoring or recording to external solid state devices. In addition, a forward-looking (and backward compatible) USB 3.0 port will help you to transfer those large file sizes with blazing speed to computers that are similarly equipped.

Tools for the multimedia artist

There are other things that make this a great camera for the multimedia professional. There's an external stereo microphone mini jack, and audio meter displays for fine-tuning your audio inputs. Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted in up to 20 steps. Adjust the breadth and scope of your productions with a huge array of Nikon FX and DX lenses. And adjust your shot in real-time with simultaneous live view on both the LCD display and an external monitor.

D800E back panel controls and menu

The D800E's controls and menu demonstrate Nikon's attention to feedback and detail

Let your thumbs point the way

Careful attention has been paid to the ergonomic experience here. Dedicated buttons for Picture Control, White Balance, Live View and Movie Record are just millimeters away from your natural grip. The 170-degree angle-of-view LCD display has auto-brightness, anti-glare coatings, and a new, enhanced color gamut for critical shot evaluation while on the go.

They kept the best

Of course, Nikon has preserved the best of what you've enjoyed from earlier cameras in this bloodline. Solid magnesium-alloy construction, easy integration with the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS), and broad ISO flexibility come standard.

If you're saving your images to onboard memory cards, the D800E gives you the flexibility of both CompactFlash and SD/SDHC/SDXC storage. The video files use industry standard H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding wrapped with the Quicktime .MOV file format, for easy integration with popular video editing software.

Resume builder

Whether you're out to shoot large-format, exquisitely detailed landscapes, elegant embroidery on a classic wedding dress, or the next academy-award winning short, the D800E won't leave you empty-handed. It's a professional's tool, in every sense of the word. They've just broadened the scope of what you might call your profession.

Product Highlights:

  • 36.3-megapixel effective recording
  • full-frame Nikon FX-format CMOS image sensor (24 x 35.9 mm)
  • optical low-pass filter has been modified to eliminate anti-aliasing properties, delivering the sharpest images possible from the sensor
  • 15.3-megapixel DX-format capture mode
  • Dust Reduction System to keep image sensor clean
  • 3.2" high-resolution (921,000 dot) LCD screen with brightness adjustment, expanded color gamut, and 170-degree wide-viewing angle
  • 51-area autofocus with 15 cross-type sensors and 3D Focus Tracking for accurate, high-speed focusing
    • rated to -2EV for reliable low-light autofocus performance
  • dual live view modes can be used to line up still images or preview video composition
  • Dual-axis Virtual Horizon indicator for composing level photos, no matter the camera's orientation
  • bright, eye-level pentaprism viewfinder with dioptric adjustment
  • Nikon EXPEED 3 image processor optimized for high-data rate images and 1080/30p full HD video
  • uncompressed HD video output available through HDMI interface, for broadcast-level video quality
  • Active D-Lighting (with auto setting mode) for better shadow and highlight detail in high-contrast shooting conditions
  • compatible with most Nikon lenses
  • DX Series lenses compatible at reduced image sizes (DX format — see below)
  • records images as NEF (RAW) (12-bit or 14-bit uncompressed, lossless compressed, or compressed), TIFF, or JPEG (3 compression ratios)
  • maximum image size in FX format (pixels): 7,360 x 4,912
  • maximum image size in DX format (pixels): 4,800 x 3,200
  • built-in i-TTL (intelligent, through-the-lens) flash
  • shutter speed range: 1/8000 to 30 seconds, bulb
  • flash sync at 1/250 second
  • continuous high-speed shooting up to four frames per second in FX-format, up to 5 frames per second in DX format
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent): 100-6,400
  • three expanded ISO settings: Lo-1 (ISO 50), Hi-1 (ISO 12,800), Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)
  • depth of field preview
  • custom white balance settings
  • durable magnesium alloy body
  • accepts CompactFlash® memory cards (Type I, UDMA compliant) and SD, SDHC, and SDXC UHS-I compliant memory cards no memory included
  • HD formats:
    • 1080p (30, 25, 24 frames per second)
    • 720p (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 frames per second)
  • HDMI output (Type C mini connector)
  • ultra high-speed USB 3.0 interface
  • 5-3/4"W x 4-13/16"H x 3-1/4"D (without lens)
  • weight (without battery and media): 31.7 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable EN-EL15 lithium ion battery
  • MH-25 AC battery charger
  • viewfinder eyepiece
  • UC-E14 USB 3.0 cable
  • neck strap
  • body cap
  • accessory shoe cap
  • software CD-ROM

What's in the Box:

  • D800e digital camera body (with attached body cap and LCD monitor cover)
  • EN-EL15 Rechargeable Lithium ion battery pack (7.0V/1900mAh/14Wh) with plastic terminal cover
  • MH-25 Battery charger (8.4V/1.2A)
  • AC wall adapter
  • 6' AC cord (w/non-polarized C7 plug)
  • 59" UC-E14 USB cable (has a USB type-A connector on one end and a USB 3.0 Micro-B connector on other end)
  • USB Cable clip
  • Adjustable neck strap
  • ViewNX2 CD-ROM
  • User's Manual (English)
  • User's Manual (Spanish)
  • Quick Guide (English)
  • Quick Guide (Spanish)
  • Warranty Programs sheet

Nikon D800E (no lens included) Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(12 Reviews)

Be ready to see "Everything" from New York, NY on 3/2/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Amazing camera!



Great Image Quality. I Just Hope Files Were Smaller!

SZara from Holtsville, NY on 6/10/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I love the image quality I get when this camera is coupled with my pro lenses. Too bad the RAW (NEF) files are so huge, around 75MBytes. I wish Nikon will think about a firmware update that will allow smaller (sRAW?) files.

Pros: Heavy duty, pro quality, feels good in the hand.

Cons: Very large RAW files.

Best DSLR with few exceptions

Ed in NJ from White House Station, NJ on 2/7/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is the best DSLR out there, unless you're a sports photographer needing a very high frame rate. When I shoot, I fear no ISO up to 6400. Exposure is exceptionally accurate, and very repeatable. 36mp is a LOT of pixels, and huge files, which is the other exception: if you're not going to print large (bigger than 13x19), 24 of those mp are pretty much a waste. Never had issues with moire (DID have SERIOUS issues with a D700 and executive portraits where they were wearing oxford cloth shirts... so it can happen with any camera.) Focusing is fast and accurate, but you should focus tune - 36mp is very unforgiving of tiny focus misses. You also need to up your technique - if you're not really still, with really good lenses, you'll pay for 36mp and get 18mp quality results. But if you work hard on your technique and have good glass, this will produce images that you can't beat without dropping $40K on a medium format body. However - the price for those high dynamic range pixels is, you'll be buying hard disks at a breathtaking rate. And there are so many config options, you really do need to read the manual. Every time I pull a CF card of photos into my computer to do an image review, I'm blown away by the amount of detail, dynamic range, and just plain raw quality of the files. I do rent medium format digital from time to time because customers request it, and several of those customers, upon seeing the D800E files, have decided MF is no longer a requirement.

Pros: Fast accurate focus, low noise up to 6400, amazing dynamic range, pixels sufficient for 60x40 inch prints or more

Cons: 16 bit RAW files are 206mb in size; frame rate only 4fps; intolerant of iffy lenses or less than stellar handling technique

Best you can buy

Rick375 from Benton, AR on 11/20/2013

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I've had this camera for about a week now, and have only taken some casual shots, but they have been amazing! Never seen this level of detail in a digital camera. My D700 was (is) very good, but I'm afraid it's just going to sit in the closet. One warning though: This camera will show any flaws in your technique, so don't be surprised to get a few blurry shots you didn't expect. Use a tripod and cable release and you will be very impressed.

Pros: Color range is great. Amazing resolution.

Cons: You HAVE to use good glass, so you will probably cut into your kid's college fund.

One of the best DSLRs

John from Pittsburgh, PA on 7/27/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is one of the best DSLRs money can buy. You can create very large enlargements that maintain their sharpness because of the 36MP sensor. In addition, this camera captures a wide dynamic range. This means you can recover from under or overexposed pictures, or helps you create great HDR pictures from a single frame if you are in to that type of photography.

Pros: 36MP sensor, dynamic range and color reproduction

Cons: If you shoot fast action or sports, you may find the FPS and buffer may limit you. This camera can produce a moire effect, however it can easily be removed using some common software packages like Apple Aperture or Adobe Lightroom.

Best Quality

spressa777 from NYC,NY on 5/2/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

In the 90s, I was a Nikon film camera user. I started using Canon in digital era. Finally with this D800e. I decided to come back to Nikon. What I care is picture quality. and this is very good , as good as my Mamiya 67 medium format film camera.

Pros: image quality

Cons: heavy

Great camera and value

Sparky from Oneonta, NY on 4/11/2013

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Finally, a digital SLR that gives me all the advantages of my old mechanical SLRs like the Nikon FM or the Leica M6. With CPU autofocus lenses it's quick and easy to change the aperture and ISO settings. The automatic exposure is spot on and delivers a wide range of tonalities from dark to light. I am especially thrilled to rediscover my older non-CPU AI-s lenses. The camera meters automatically with them, f-stops are easy to change by rotating the ring on the lens, and manual focus is quick and accurate using the focus indicator in the viewfinder. With non CPU lenses the 800(E) gives me that feeling of complete control that I missed when I originally switched to digital. The camera is expensive for an SLR, but it delivers medium format quality and even rivals my old 4X5 view camera. Considering that a medium format digital camera costs as much as a new car, the Nikon packs a lot of value for the dollar. Also, wide angle is now truly wide angle, given that the camera is full frame. At the telephoto end the quality is so good that it's easy to crop if needed without sacrificing quality. I barely know all of the features built into this camera but the menus are easy to use and mostly intuitive. I have therefore addressed the key features that led me to purchase this camera. I also haven't tried movie mode yet because my main interest is in still photography. Finally, I'm extremely impressed with the high ISO quality. There's virtually no sacrifice at ISO 800 and 1600.



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Bertha D Universe from La Crescenta, Ca on 4/11/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I saved for over a year for the D800e and I will say I am glad I did. Coming from a Nikon D70 and a set of three Canon 40D's, the D800e was a huge step up. All my D70 lenses work fine on the body, and many were even full-frame ready. There is no doubt in my mind why the D800e is the top of the market today, as the dynamic range alone justifies the price.

Pros: - Works with most of the lenses Nikon has made over the last 30+ years, and even longer if you want to try an adapter. - The dynamic range is the closest thing I've seen to film, this is what digital should be all about, exposure latitude. - Size and fit are perfect, nowhere near as massive as the D3.

Cons: None that I can find, this is definitely a decade-life camera...


Augustin A. Flores from Saipan,CNMI on 4/1/2013

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I really like the D800E and so far have been Very Happy with my purchased. High ISO and the Dynamic Range is Excellent,Files are Great! Very Impressive,Fabulous and I've been Facinated by Sharpness,Focus and Clarity. I use mostly the SDHC Memory Card 16GB.



WOW. Long time Canon guy switched to Nikon

cp from Atlanta, GA on 3/5/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I am long time Canon user started with Rebel XS, upgraded to T1i, then 7D, then the full frame 5D Mark II for the past 2 years. Wanted to upgrade to 5D Mark III and started reading the reviews, tech spec, comparisons on both 5D Mark III and D800E. When I finally put D800E on my hand, I know this is my new toy. It is far easier to access some of the key and most frequently use functions right off the D800E vs. the old 5D Mark II. I found myself adjusting my setting much quicker and take the shot vs. scrolling through the on screen menu/setting of 5D-II. I am very impressed with the ISO performance. I am very surprise to see images that I can bring out from some very low light conditions. In additions, built-in flash light is a life saver. I don't use flash light a lot but something when you need it you got right there. D800E is lighter (weight) than Canon. I will be traveling extensively with this new baby. Lighter is definitely welcome. I am still very new with the D800E. The more I learn about it, the more I love the camera. There are 2 things that I am not quick happy with D800E: (1) Capture NX2 is not included. I read quite a number of reviews that indicated the full version of Capture NX2 is included with D800E (not the D800). Apparently both versions only come with View NX3 and not Capture NX2. (2) Time to clear the buffer is long if you shoot continuously (for sport). I am not a sport photographer but there is away a chance that I may need it.

Pros: Ease to use. Great ISO performance. Fantastic/Great detail pictures. Lighter in weight.

Cons: No Capture NX2 software. Buffer taking long time to clear.

Great buy

MakNetRover from Irvine, CA on 10/14/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Definitely a great camera. Wish it was free from AF issues, had to go through a few bodies from different sellers to finally arrive at one from Crutchfield. Got lucky finally.



Excellent control layout, superb AF, sharpest ever pure images

ybp from Wichita, KS on 8/24/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Images from my D800E, from ISO 50 to ISO 500, are the best that I have seen. Noise gradually makes IQ equal and then increasingly worse from ISO 500-5,000 versus the 1D X, at 100% magnification, but due to the high resolution you can see more details with the D800E. At all ISO levels, the D800E is about twice as good compared to the D7000. This includes every aspect of image quality, including dynamic range and noise. I am considering 100% views, so the D800E wins even more considering additional resolution. Face detection and 3D focus tracking, especially for sports, are both at Nikon's best ever with the D800E's new Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module, shared with the Nikon D4. The D800E is better than the best of Nikon's autofocus technology so far, which in the past has been my standard of perfection. (See cons.) Layout and controls of this camera are my favorite from Nikon so far, in particular the drive selection knob, AF selection button, and the qual/wb/bkt/iso controls on the top-left. The LCD is perfect (body serial number 3006054). No problems with any autofocus points. Best of all is the extra sharpness offered. In fact, the D800E images that I get are much more responsive to additional sharpening compared to the D800. A less intensive amount of sharpening (a.k.a. unsharp mask) on a D800E image produces a much sharper, more natural and desirable result versus sharpening on images shot through a traditional AA filter.

Pros: In practice I observe an increase of unsharpened resolving power by a factor of about 1.5, which is a fanatastic 50% increase in usable image quality. There is at least double the potential additional sharpness in D800E images, which just isn't there in D800 files, no matter how much excessive sharpening someone applies. The Nikon D800E isn't a $6,800 camera like the 1D X, which strangely I find myself comparing to each other.

Cons: At ISO 6,400 and beyond, the detail in the 1D X starts to surpass the detail available in the D800E, despite the difference in resolution. The 1D X is just a little more dead-on in focus precision, and a little bit closer 100% in focus reliability. So, I simply shake my head in unbelief at the 1D X.


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 3.2"
Adjustable-angle LCD No
Wi-Fi Optional
GPS-enabled Optional
Lens 35mm Equivalent N/A
Optical Zoom N/A
Digital Zoom N/A
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Mini
Internal Memory None
Memory Media CompactFlash Type I
Sensor Size 35.9mm x 24mm CMOS
Megapixels 36.3
Image Stabilization None
Highest Resolution 7630 x 4912
4K Video No
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720
Width (inches) 6
Height (inches) 4-15/16
Depth (inches) 3-3/8
Weight With Battery (ounces) 35.3
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Recording Features
Optional Accessories
Play, Print and Edit Features
Battery Information
Computer Requirements

Recording Features

Overview: The D800E is Nikon's new groundbreaking digital SLR, built for today's multimedia photographer. It can produce stunning still images and broadcast quality video. The package includes the camera body with a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery pack and battery charger. The camera has the Nikon F bayonet mount, and is compatible with Nikon AF NIKKOR lenses, including Type G and D lenses, as well as DX lenses. No lenses are included with this "body only" kit.

Note: This D800E incorporates an optical filter with all the anti-aliasing properties removed, in order to facilitate the sharpest images possible. This is an ideal tool for photographers who can control light, distance, and their subjects to the degree where they can mitigate the occurrence of moiré. The D800E carries an increase possibility that moiré and false color will appear, compared to the D800. Aside from the optical filter, all functions and features are the same as on the D800.

Image Sensor: The D800E is equipped with the Nikon FX-format, 35.9 x 24.0mm CMOS image sensor with an incredible 36.8 million total pixels (and 36.3 million effective pixels). The Nikon FX format enables photographers to take advantage of the familiar perspective characteristics of 35mm film photography. You can choose to shoot in the FX format, or switch to 1:2 (30 x 20), 5:4 (30 x 24) or DX format.

Dust Reduction System: The camera has an integrated ultrasonic Self-cleaning Sensor Unit, which employs four different resonance frequencies to vibrate the optical low-pass filter and shake dust away from the sensor. Image sensor cleaning can be set to operate automatically when the camera is turned off or on, or can be operated from the camera's menu.

Magnesium Alloy Body: The D800E features rugged, durable and lightweight magnesium alloy for the body, exterior cover, chassis, and mirror box, to achieve better durability and lighter weight. The D800E is 10% lighter than the D700, yet just as rugged.

EXPEED 3 Image Processing: Nikon's EXPEED 3 technology provides superb image fidelity and reduced noise, even at high ISOs. EXPEED 3 can also handle data-intensive tasks, like Full HD video recording at broadcast quality 30p, with ease.

Still Image Size/Quality: The D800E records still images in JPEG, TIFF (RGB), and NEF* (RAW) formats. It can also record in both NEF (RAW) + JPEG formats simultaneously. JPEG images can set to fine (1:4 compression), normal (1:8), or basic (1:16) image quality. Depending upon the selected format (image area), you can choose from the following image sizes:

Format (Image Area) Large Medium Small
FX (36 x 24) 7360 x 4912 5520 x 3680 3680 x 2456
1.2x (30 x 20) 6144 x 4080 4608 x 3056 3072 x 2040
DX (24 x 16) 4800 x 3200 3600 x 2400 2400 x 1600
5:4 (30 x 24) 6144 x 4912 4608 x 3680 3072 x 2456
FX format
(Movie Live View)
6720 x 3776 5040 x 2832 3360 x 1888
DX format
(Movie Live View)
4800 x 2704 3600 x 2024 2400 x 1352

* RAW data from the image sensor is saved directly to the memory card in Nikon Electronic Format (NEF). Once transferred to a computer, NEF (RAW) images can only be viewed using compatible software such as the supplied ViewNX2 software.

Movies: The camera can record movies in MOV format with MPEG-4/H.264 advanced video coding and Linear PCM audio. Audio is recorded using the built-in monaural microphone, or an external stereo microphone. Image quality can be set to High or Normal. The maximum length of movies are up to 29 min 59 sec (20 minutes for High Quality movies). The available movie options include:

Frame Size Frame Rate Maximum Bit Rate
1920 x 1080 30, 25, or 24 fps High Quality: 24 Mbps
Normal Quality: 12 Mbps
1280 x 720 60 or 50 fps High Quality: 24 Mbps
Normal Quality: 12 Mbps
30 or 25 fps High Quality: 12 Mbps
Normal Quality: 8 Mbps

Dual Recording Media: The D800E has dual media slots that can accommodate Compact Flash and SD Memory cards. Images are recorded onto Type I CompactFlash memory cards (UDMA compliant--SanDisk and Lexar Media only) up to 128 GB, or SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards up to 64 GB. Class 6 or higher write speeds are recommended for movie recording. No memory card is supplied with the camera.

Memory Buffer: The camera is equipped with a memory buffer for temporary storage, allowing shooting to continue while photographs are being saved to the memory card. Up to 100 photographs can be taken in succession.

LCD Monitor: The Nikon D800E features 3.2-inch, 921,000-dot (VGA), color TFT LCD monitor with a 170° wide viewing angle and 100% frame coverage. The monitor has adjustable brightness control using an ambient brightness sensor. The D800E features a Live View that lets you use the monitor in place of the camera's viewfinder to confirm your subject and composition while shooting.

Optical Viewfinder: In addition to the LCD monitor, the D800E has an eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder with approximately 100% frame coverage in FX format (97% in other formats). It has a diopter adjustment knob so you can set the viewfinder to your personal eyesight (with or without eyeglasses). The bright and sharp viewfinder makes focusing in low-light situations possible. The viewfinder offers approximately 0.7x magnification. The viewfinder also has a built-in eyepiece shutter to prevent light from entering the viewfinder when shooting self portraits on a tripod. The viewfinder uses a Type-B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with superimposed AF brackets and on-demand grid lines for clear and accurate focusing of your subject.

Electronic Virtual Horizon: The innovative Virtual Horizon provides instant, accurate confirmation of the D800E's position relative to horizontal level. When using Live View, you can choose to display the virtual horizon on the LCD, a feature ideal for landscape and architecture photography. You can also level the D800E while looking through the viewfinder using the convenient analog scale.

51-Point Autofocus System: The D800E is equipped with Nikon Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module, which features up to 51 focus points. The system selects the focus point that best applies to the subject, demonstrating an outstanding level of precision, even when shooting in constantly changing conditions. All 51 focus points, including the array of 15 cross-type sensors located in the center, maximize the potential of lenses with maximum apertures of f/8.

AF-Area Modes: The D800E offers a choice of four focus area modes that together cover a wide area of the frame. The AF-area mode determines how the focus area is selected and what happens if the subject moves out of the selected focus area while the camera is still focusing. You can choose one of the following AF-area modes:

  • Single-Point AF: The camera will focus on the subject in the selected focus point only.
  • Dynamic Area AF: The camera offers a choice of three different size areas to match the movement of the subject, using groups of 9, 21 or all 51 focus points.
  • 3D-Tracking: In AF-C focus mode, the camera will track subjects that leave the selected focus point and select new focus points as required.
  • Auto Area AF: The camera automatically detects subject and selects focus point. If a face is detected, the camera will give priority to the portrait subject.

Focus Modes: You can choose from the following focus modes:

  • Single-servo Autofocus (AF-S): camera focuses automatically when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. The focus remains locked while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. The picture will only be taken when the in-focus indicator is displayed. Recommended for stationary subjects.
  • Continuous-servo Autofocus (AF-C): camera focuses continuously while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. Photographs can be taken whether or not the camera is in focus. Recommended for moving subjects.
  • Manual (MF): focus must be adjusted manually using the lens focusing ring

Predictive Focus Tracking: In continuous-servo AF, the camera will initiate predictive focus tracking if the subject moves toward or away from the camera while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway or the AF-ON button is pressed. This allows the camera to track focus while attempting to predict where the subject will be when the shutter is released.

Focus Lock: Focus Lock can be used to change the composition after focusing, making it possible to focus on a subject that will not be in a focus area in the final composition.

Electronic Range Finder: If the connected lens has a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster, the camera's Electronic Range Finder can be used to confirm whether or not your subject in the selected focus point is in focus (the focus point can be selected from any of the 51 focus points).

AF Assist Illuminator: The built-in AF assist illuminator enables the camera to focus even when the subject is poorly lit. The illuminator has a range of approximately 1'-8" to 9'-10".

Release Modes: The release mode determines how the camera takes photographs. You can choose from the following shooting modes:

  • Single Frame: camera takes one photograph each time the shutter-release button is pressed
  • Continuous Low Speed: while shutter-release button is held down, the camera records 1-5 frames per second, as selected in the menu. In FX or 5:4 mode, maximum frame rate is 4 fps.
  • Continuous High Speed: while the shutter-release button is held down, the camera records up to 5 frames per second (determined by the power source used)
  • Quiet Shutter-Release: during single frame shooting, noise is reduced by disabling the beeps and minimizing the sound produced when the mirror drops back into place.
  • Self-Timer: use self-timer for self-portraits or to reduce blurring caused by camera shake; you can set the self-timer to 2, 5, 10 or 20 seconds
  • Mirror Up: choose this mode to minimize camera shake in telephoto or close-up photography or in other situations in which the slightest camera movement can result in blurred photographs

Interval Timer Photography: The D800E is equipped to take photographs automatically at preset intervals. Shooting will begin about 3 seconds after the interval is set or you can set a start time. You can also select the number of shots taken per interval. The images can be replayed at rates from 24 times to 36,000 times faster than normal. The images can be saved as a movie file (in 16:9 aspect ratio).

Exposure Modes: The Exposure Modes determine how the camera sets shutter speed and aperture when adjusting exposure. You can choose from the following Exposure Modes.

  • Programmed Auto (P): camera sets shutter speed and aperture for optimal exposure according to a built-in program; recommended for snapshots and other situations in which there is little time to adjust camera settings
  • Shutter-Priority Auto (S): user chooses shutter speed while camera sets aperture for best results; use to freeze or blur motion. The shutter speed can be set from 30 to 1/8000 seconds.
  • Aperture-Priority Auto (A): user chooses aperture while camera sets shutter speed for best results; use to blur background for portraits or bring both foreground and background into focus for landscape shots
  • Manual (M): user controls both shutter speed and aperture for complete control over exposure

Long Time-Exposures: When Bulb shooting is selected, the shutter will remain open while the shutter-release button is held down. Bulb shooting is used for long time-exposure photographs of moving lights, the stars, night scenery, or fireworks (an optional tripod and optional remote cord are recommended to prevent blur).

AE/AF Lock: If your subject is off-centered in the frame, it can become difficult to achieve proper exposure and focus. By engaging the AE/AF Lock feature, you can focus and meter on your subject, lock the exposure and focus by pressing the shutter release button halfway, then recompose your shot before taking the picture. You can choose from the following AE/AF Lock settings: AE/AF Lock, AE Lock only, AF Lock only, AE Lock Hold, AE Lock Reset, and AF On.

Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from -5.0 to +5.0 EV in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV.

Metering: The D800E utilizes through-the-lens (TTL) metering using the camera's 91,000-pixel RGB sensor. You can choose one of the following metering methods:

  • 3D Color Matrix III: If using a type G or D lens, you can utilize 3D Color Matrix Metering III (or Color Matrix Metering III with other CPU lenses). The camera meters a wide area of the frame and sets exposure according to distribution of brightness, color, distance, and composition for natural results
  • Center-weighted: The camera meters the entire frame but assigns greatest weight (75%) to the area in the center of the frame. The diameter of the circle can be set to 8, 12, 15, or 20mm, or weighting can be based on the average of the entire frame. (Non-CPU lenses use a 12mm circle or average of entire frame.)
  • Spot: The camera meters inside a 4mm diameter circle (approximately 1.5% of frame). The circle is centered on the selected focus area, making it possible to meter off-center subjects.

Multiple Exposure: This feature records a series of two to ten exposures in a single photograph. Multiple exposures can be recorded at any image quality setting, and produce results with colors noticeably better than photographs combined in an imaging application because they make use of RAW data from the camera image sensor.

White Balance: White balance is used to preserve natural colors under different types of lighting. You can choose one of the following white balance options: Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, or Shade. You can also choose a color temperature from a list of values (2500K-10000K), or manually set the white balance using the subject, light source, or existing photograph in the memory card as reference. The White Balance Fine Tuning feature allows you to compensate for variations in the color of the light source or to introduce a deliberate color cast into an image by adjusting the amber, blue, green and magenta color settings.

Bracketing: Bracketing automatically varies exposure, flash level, Active D-Lighting (ADL), or white balance slightly with each shot, "bracketing" the current value. You can set the increment to 1/3, 2/3, or 1 EV, and the number of shots to 2, 3, 5, 7, or 9. In exposure, flash level, and ADL bracketing, multiple shots are required to complete the "bracket" as the camera will vary the settings with each shot. With white balance bracketing, the camera creates multiple copies of each photograph, each with a different white balance. Bracketing can be combined with continuous shooting or the self timer modes.

ISO Sensitivity: ISO Sensitivity is the digital equivalent of film speed. You can set the ISO Sensitivity to Auto or Manual. You can manually select settings of ISO 100 to ISO 6400 in steps of 1/3 EV. For special occasions, expanded settings of Lo-1 (equivalent to ISO 50), Hi-1 (12,800) and Hi-2 (25,800) are available. When using Auto ISO, you can set a maximum value of 200, 400, 800, 1600, or 3200, as needed.

Noise Reduction: Photos taken at high ISO sensitivities can be processed to reduce noise. The amount of noise reduction performed can be set to High, Normal, or Low.

Preset Picture Controls: The camera offers six preset Nikon Picture Controls. You can choose a Picture Control according to the subject or type of scene:

  • Standard: standard processing for balanced results; recommended for most situations
  • Neutral: minimal processing for natural results; recommended for photographs that will later be extensively processed or retouched
  • Vivid: pictures are enhanced for a vivid, photo-print effect; recommended for photos that emphasize primary colors
  • Monochrome: takes monochrome photographs
  • Portrait: process portrait for skin with natural texture and a rounded feel
  • Landscape: produces vibrant landscapes and cityscapes

Picture Control Settings: The Preset Picture Controls listed above can be modified to suit a particular scene or your creative content. The following manual adjustments can be made:

  • Quick Adjust: allows you to reduce or exaggerate the effect of the selected Picture Control Preset from -2 to +2
  • Sharpening: controls the sharpness of outlines from 0 to 9; you can also select Auto which adjust the sharpness automatically according to the scene
  • Contrast: adjust contrast automatically according to the type of scene or chose from values between -3 to +3 to increase or decrease the contrast of your subject
  • Brightness: reduce or enhanced brightness level from -1 to +1; this does not affect exposure
  • Saturation (for non-monochrome): automatically adjust saturation according to the type of scene or choose from values between -3 to +3 to lower or increase your subject's saturation
  • Hue (for non-monochrome): adjust your subject's hue from -3 to +3 to change the level of Hue
  • Filter Effects (for monochrome): simulate the effect of color filters on monochrome photographs from yellow, orange, red, green or off
  • Toning (for monochrome): choose the tint used in monochrome photographs from B&W, Sepia, Cyanotype, Red, Yellow, Green, Blue Green, Blue, Purple Blue, or Red Purple.

Color Space: The color space determines the gamut of colors available for color reproduction. You can select either sRGB for photos that will be printed or used "as is" with no further modification, or Adobe RGB for images that will be extensively processed or retouched after leaving the camera.

Active D-Lighting: Active D-Lighting preserves details in highlights and shadows, creating photographs with natural contrast. Active D-Lighting offers the following application strength levels: Auto, Low, Normal, High, Extra High and Off.

Built-In Speedlight: The D800E has a pop-up flash that provides coverage for the angle of view of a 24mm to 300mm lenses (or 16mm lens in DX format). The following flash modes are supported:

  • Front-Curtain Sync: This mode is recommended for most situations. In programmed auto and aperture-priority auto modes, the shutter speed will automatically be set to values between 1/250 and 1/60 seconds.
  • Red-Eye Reduction: The red-eye reduction lamp lights for approximately one second before the flash fires to reduce the red-eye effect.
  • Red-Eye Reduction With Slow Sync: Combines red-eye reduction with slow sync for use with portraits taken against a backdrop of night scenery. (Tripod recommended)
  • Slow Sync: Flash is combined with shutter speeds as slow as 30 seconds to capture both subject and background at night or under dim light. (Tripod recommended)
  • Rear-Curtain Sync: The flash fires just before the shutter closes, creating effect of stream of light following moving subjects. In programmed auto and aperture-priority auto, slow rear-curtain sync is used to capture both subject and background. (Tripod recommended)

Flash Control: The camera supports two flash control modes:

  • i-TTL Balanced Fill-flash for Digital SLR: Used with matrix and center-weighted metering, the flash emits a series of nearly invisible pre-flashes immediately before the main flash. Pre-flashes reflected from objects in all areas of the frame are picked up by the 91,000-pixel RGB sensor and are analyzed, along with range information, to adjust the flash output. Available with the built-in flash, and optional SB-910, SB-900, SB-700, or SB-400 Speedlights.
  • Standard i-TTL Flash for Digital SLR: Flash output is adjusted to bring lighting in the frame to a standard level. This mode is automatically activated when spot metering is selected.

Flash Compensation: Flash compensation is used to alter flash output from -3 EV to +1EV in increments of 1/3 EV to change the brightness of the main subject relative to the background. Flash output can be increased to make the main subject appear brighter or reduced to prevent unwanted highlights or reflections.

FV Lock: This feature is used to lock the flash output, allowing photographs to be recomposed without changing the flash level and ensuring that the flash output is appropriate to the subject even when the subject is not positioned in the center of the frame. The Flash output is adjusted automatically for any changes in ISO sensitivity and aperture.

Optional Accessories

Speedlights: The Nikon D800E supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS), and can be used with CLS-compatible flash units. Optional flash units, such as the SB-R200, SB-400, SB-600, SB-700, SB-800, SB-900, and SB-910, can be attached directly to the camera accessory shoe.

WT-4 Wireless Transmitter: The WT-4 Wireless Transmitter connects the camera to wireless and Ethernet networks. The photos on the camera's memory card can be viewed by computers on the same network, or copied to a computer for long-term storage. The camera can also be controlled from any computer on the network using the Camera Control Pro 2 software (available separately).

MC-30/MC-36 Remote Shutter Release: The MC-30 and MC-36 Remote Shutter Release cables can help prevent camera shake by triggering the shutter release without touching the camera. The MC-30 has a 32" cable, and plugs into the camera's 10-pin remote terminal. The MC-36 is 36" long and can be programmed for interval timer photography and long time-exposures.

ME-1 Stereo Microphone: The ME-1 can record stereo sound while shooting movies. Audio recorded with the ME-1 play back in stereo when the camera is connected to a TV via an HDMI cable.

GP-1 GPS Unit: The Nikon GP-1 is an optional GPS unit designed for use with Nikon digital cameras, including the D800E. When connected, the GP-1 allows the current latitude, longitude, altitude, and local time to be recorded with each photograph taken.

Play, Print and Edit Features

Auto Image Rotation: Photographs taken while Auto Image Rotation is set to "On" contain information on camera orientation, and allow the images to be rotated automatically during playback, or when viewed using the supplied ViewNX 2 or optional CaptureNX 2 software.

Playback Menu: The playback menu contains the following options:

  • Delete: allows you to delete the current image or all the images in the selected folder or folders
  • Playback Folder: allows you to play back the images in the current folder, all folders created with the D800E, or all folders on the memory card
  • Hide Image: allows you to hide and reveal selected pictures. Hidden images can only be deleted by formatting the memory card.
  • Display Options: choose from either a detailed display of information or a basic display of information
  • Copy Images: copy pictures from one memory card to another
  • Image Review: When this setting is enabled, the camera displays the image on the LCD monitor after the picture is taken.
  • After Delete: choose the picture displayed after an image is deleted (next, previous, continue)
  • Rotate Tall: portrait photos are displayed in tall orientation during playback
  • Slide Show: allows you to play back images one after the other in a slide-show fashion. You can select the type of images to display, and how long each photo will be displayed.
  • Print Set (DPOF): used to create a digital "print order" that lists the photographs to be printed, the number of copies, and the information to be included on each print for use with PictBridge-compatible computers or devices that support DPOF.

Single-Image Playback: During single-image playback, you can view all the pictures stored on the memory card one at a time.

Thumbnail Playback: This feature allows you to view four (2x2), nine (3x3), or 72 (9 x 8) images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly.

Playback Zoom: During single-image and thumbnail playback, you can zoom in on the selected image. You can zoom in up to 46x for large images, up to 34x for medium images, and up to 22x for small images. Once the image is enlarged, you can move it around on the LCD monitor using the multi selector.

Retouch Menu: The Retouched Menu allows you to create trimmed, resized or retouched copies of the photographs you have taken on the memory card. The Retouch Menu gives you the following editing options: D-Lighting, Red-eye correction, Trim, Monochrome, Filter effects, Color balance, Image overlay, NEF (RAW) processing, Resize, Quick Retouch, Straighten, Distortion control, Fisheye, Color Outline, Color Sketch, Perspective control, Miniature effect, Selective color, Edit movie, and Side-by-side comparison.

Image Comment: The camera allows you to input up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text and save it to a recorded image. The comment can be viewed in CaptureNX 2 (software available separately) or the supplied ViewNX 2 software.

PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is a standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.

HDTV Playback: The camera features a mini-HDMI (Type C) output for connecting the camera to an HDTV or other high-definition video device. The output resolution to Auto, 480p, 576p, 720p, or 1080i. The camera does not have a composite video output.

Battery Information

Battery: The D800E is powered by the EN-EL15 Lithium-ion battery (7.0V/1900mAh/14Wh). A fully-charged EN-EL15 can provide enough power for approximately 900 shots. The battery charges in approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes using the supplied MH-25 battery charger.

Optional AC Adapter: You can power the camera for extended periods on ordinary household current with the EP-5B power connector and EH-5B AC adapter.

Multi-Power Battery Pack: The MB-D12 Multi-Power Battery Pack attaches to the bottom of the camera body, and can accept a rechargeable EN-EL18 or EN-EL15 battery, or eight AA alkaline, Ni-MH, or Lithium batteries. The MB-D12 also has a shutter-release button, AF-ON button, Multi-selector, and Main- and Sub-command dials for easier operation when shooting photographs in portrait (tall) orientation.

Computer Requirements

SuperSpeed USB 3.0: The Nikon D800E utilizes the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection for connecting the camera to a computer. A 59" UC-E14 cable is supplied with the camera, with a Type A USB connection on one end (computer) and a USB 3.0 Micro-B connector on the other (camera) end.

ViewNX 2: The supplied ViewNX 2 CD-ROM contains a Nikon Transfer 2 function for transferring pictures from the camera to the computer, where ViewNX 2 can be used to view and print selected images or to edit photographs and movies. ViewNX 2 is compatible with computers with the following Operating Systems:

  • Windows: Pre-installed version of:
    • Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate (Service Pack 1)
    • Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate (Service Pack 2)
    • Windows XP: 32-bit versions of Home Edition, Professional (Service Pack 3)

Note: All installed programs run as 32-bit applications in 64-bit editions of Windows 7 and Windows Vista

  • Macintosh: Mac OS X version 10.5.8, 10.6.8, or 10.7.2

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