Nikon D800 Upgrade

Camera Upgrade

Just received the new Nikon D800. Originally, looking for another D700 to have as second back-up and of the same system, moving away from Canon. After 3 ½ years, the D700 was no longer in production, although there was supposed to be a reduced rate in manufacturing the D700 this was not to be. I was not so keen to go searching for an obsolete camera body but instead, opted for the D800 which does have advantages although there was a waiting list! The D700 performs well in low light levels, increased ISO speeds with low noise yet still produces large, quality images even at relatively high ISO speeds even with its 12MP sensor. When the D800 specification was announced, one of the main talking points by many professional photographers was the large pixel count at 36.3MP. This is comparable with medium format digital cameras at a significantly lower cost.

Nikon has updated more than just the resolution. The D800 has significantly more advanced features than its predecessor, mainly in its video capabilities that make it a feasible and attractive option for professional photographers. A two card system has been incorporated, CF and SDHC, the photographer has the option to select which is the prime media and can be programmed to record in both RAW and jpg formats whilst the back-up may be set to only records in jpg format. The ISO range is also greater than its predecessor from 50 to 25,600. Nikon have also made updates to the RAW file format which meant that Adobe Lightroom 2 was unable to import and process the images. This entailed an upgrade to Lightroom 4 and an additional update to download before these files could be viewed and digitally processed.

Now that all systems are running, its time for some serious comparison and evaluation testing……

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