Nikon D800 Trials

Comparison of Nikon D800 and D700

Using the same subject matter, lighting and camera settings for a direct comparison in quality, resolution and colour between the Nikon D800 and D700, as expected, the overall results were quite similar with the exception of the pixels and file sizes. With the D800 at 36.3 megapixels, it is currently the highest resolution 35mm DSLR camera in the world. The detail and resolution from the D800 is far superior to that of its predecessor, the D700 and consequently capable of a greater sized prints.  

The Nikon D800 with its larger file sizes requires larger storage media with a 32GB card having a capacity to hold around 300 images shooting in both RAW and large jpg format stored on the same card. With its unique duel memory card slots, it will hold CF and SDHC memory cards allowing you the photographer, to choose the function each is used for with a variety of options possible. The D800 is also a little choosy on the card manufacturers, Nikon therefore recommends using only Lexar, Sandisk, Toshiba or Panasonic memory cards which they have tested and approved. Any other manufacturers cards may indicate an error or unable to be formatted.

The battery life on the D800 allows less shots per charge, around 850 or so (this is with the pop up flash in operation) compared to around 1000+ on the D700, this is due to compliance with a new Japanese electronics law introduced.


Nikon Recalls EN-EL15 Battery Packs

Photographers should be aware that Nikon have recently recalled some battery packs, EN-EL15 for the D800 and D7000, some 6000 sold in USA and Canada and a further 195,000 sold worldwide. There is a potential hazard for these batteries to burn and are identified by the ninth character of the lot number being either ā€˜Eā€™ or ā€˜Fā€™. 

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