The new Nikon D800E ditches the low-pass optical filter found in the D800. The result is a camera that produces images with sharper image quality and a stronger preservation of details. But does this absence of an anti-aliasing filter impact the camera’s sensor in other areas?
The new Nikon D800E seems like an identical twin to the D800. Both cameras have the same tough-as-nails magnesium alloy exterior. The two also share the same advanced Full HD video and both borrow from the Nikon D4’s 51-point autofocus system.
You need a scalpel and microscope to discover the biggest difference between these two siblings, which can be found in their similar 36-megapixel sensors. Unlike the D800, the D800E’s sensor is stripped of an anti-aliasing filter, a feature that applies a slight softening to an image’s sharpness. This is intended to limit the undesirable effect known as moiré, which is the consequence of fine and repetitive details (like lines and dots on a piece of fabric) exceeding a sensor’s resolution.
The absence of this filter allows the D800E to theoretically snap pictures with sharper resolution, and it allows the camera to preserve even more details.
Will the removal of the anti-aliasing filter also impact other aspects of camera quality? DxOMark put the camera through its rigorous sensor tests to find out.