Nikon D800 Review

Wednesday February 08 2012

Camera Review
Introduction | Nikon D800 Hands-on | Nikon D800 vs Nikon D4 | Nikon D800 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark II | Nikon D800 vs Nikon D700 | Nikon D800 Sensor performance | Conclusion

Nikon D800 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark II: Is the D800 a 5D Mark II killer?

The table comparing the two cameras’ technical specifications is very telling: the Nikon D800 is radically superior to the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

The D800 has largely erased Canon’s lead in certain domains such as resolution and video. Further, the D800 brings with it some important improvements to areas in which Nikon was already strong: an autofocus and a finish and even a viewfinder at 100% worthy of the term “professional.”

  Nikon D800 Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Resolution 36,8  megapixels 21,1 megapixels
ISO  latitude 100 to 6  400 (expendable to 25 600 ISO) 100 to 6  400 (expendable to 25 600 ISO)
Autofocus “enhanced” Multi-Cam 3500-FX AF system with 51 focus points
15 of the points are cross-type sensors
11 midpoints can operate at f/8
9 focus  points
Exposure metering Scene Recognition System with 91k pixel RGB metering  sensor TTL 35 zone SPC metering with 4 variations
Video 1080p Full HD mode up to 30 fps, HDMI video output,  audio out, and mic. Input 1080p Full HD mode up to 30 fps
Viewfinder 100% - magnifiction 0,7x 98% - magnifiction 0,71x
Screen 3" / 921    000 dots with 170° viewing angle 3" / 921 000 point
Frame  rate 4 fps (6 fps in DX format -15 MPixels crop- with MB-D12 grip and EN-EL18 batteries) 3,9 fps
Built-in  flash Yes No
External  flash sync Yes Yes
Weight 0,900 kg 0,810 kg
Battery  life 850 photos 850 photos
Price $2,999  
Weather  sealing Similar  to D700 No

We are waiting to see just how Canon will respond to this challenge.

As for image quality, the D800 will doubtless meet all expectations with respect to sensitivity as well as to resolution. It will be very interesting indeed to compare the DxOMark results for the 5D Mark II and the D800 so as to verify that the Nikon has taken full advantage of its sensor specifications.