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Nikon D800

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Nikon D800

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Nikon D700

84

Nikon D700

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,853 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
95.0
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.4 EV
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D800

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True resolution Much higher true resolution 36.2 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture around 3x more detail in your photos
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 95.0 vs 80.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 2,853 ISO vs 2,303 ISO
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The D800 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.4 EV vs 12.2 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 25.3 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.8 more bits of color
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Startup delay Less startup delay 200 ms vs 400 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Weight Lighter 1,000 g vs 1,074 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.70x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 1000 shots vs 900 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 197 ms vs 209 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Size Slightly smaller 147x123x77 mm vs 146x123x82 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
        D800:2,853 ISO
        D700:2,303 ISO
        Sensor size Very large sensors Help
        D800:Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
        D700:Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
        Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
        D800:0.70x
        D700:0.72x
        Focus points Many focus points Help
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        Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
        Shoot in extreme weather
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        D800:200 ms
        D700:400 ms
        Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
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        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Pentaprism
        Built-in focus motor Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
        Autofocuses with more lenses
        Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
        1/8000 of a second
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        Weight Heavy Help
        D800:1,000 g
        D700:1,074 g
        Size Large Help
        D800:146x123x82 mm
        D700:147x123x77 mm
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        6,400 ISO
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        D800:4 fps
        D700:5 fps
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur

        Compared to recent pro DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

        Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        25,600 ISO
        GPS No built-in GPS Help
        Missing geo-tagging
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        D800:921k dots
        D700:922k dots

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        Nikon D750

        Nikon D750

        Pro DSLR

        $2,297 body only

        $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Nikon D810

        Nikon D810

        Pro DSLR

        $3,297 body only

        $3,830 with 50mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        GPS Has a built-in GPS
        Thickness Is thicker
        Cross type focus points Has slightly fewer cross-type focus points
        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Pro DSLR

        $3,399 body only

        $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Nikon D610

        Nikon D610

        Pro DSLR

        $1,697 body only

        $2,197 - $2,200 with 24-85mm lens

        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $947 body only

        $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
        Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D600

        Nikon D600

        Pro DSLR

        $1,360 - $1,410 body only

        $1,550 with 50mm lens

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $640 body only

        $850 with 18-105mm lens

        Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
        Size Is slightly smaller
        Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

        Nikon D800 Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D800.

        Nikon D700 Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D700.

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        Avatar for Cass Webber Cass Webber (5:25 AM, August 04, 2014)
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        JKan (4:38 AM, May 17, 2012)
        D800 doesn't replace or upgrade or update the d700. D700 is much more sport orientated, like Ongopt mentioned, it's basically a mini d3, which is true (assuming with the battery grip of course). On the other hand, I'm one of the lucky few that gets to shoot the d800. Although the traditional technology is that the more mega pixel you pack into a sensor, the smaller is the pixel size, thus create crazy noise. However, if you just do a little bit, just a little bit of research, the d800 is actually amazing at low night. Obviously they are doing some newer technology. Don't judge a camera using traditional mindset, I was skeptical with the d800 noise performance at first, but after reading a few reviews and actually able to work with one (i work for a professional photographer that owns a d800), the low light quality is extremely good. If i have to compare the d800 to something, probably the d3x, except the d3x sucks at low light. The d800 definitely replace the d3x in my opinion. Definitely drop that more mega pixel = crappy noise idea, totally not true with the d800. 


        It is your choice to believe someone who never shot with a d800 before, or someone that actually have. I'm sure majority of people looking at this review does not own the d800 (since nikon is still limiting it). Personally, I'm still stick with the d700, sports and events, D700 is much better fit for me. It all depends on what kind of photography you are looking for/shooting.
         
        Frank Billson (6:40 PM, March 17, 2012)
        Does anybody even consider that they made advances in sensor technology during the 4 years since the D700 came out? I mean if you compare the pictures for yourself, the D800 is at least as good as the D700 in high ISO, if not even slightly better. So you basically get a D700 with much higher resolution (which is awesome for everyone who still actually prints), video and slightly better ISO performance. The disadvantage is that it's slightly slower due to the huge files. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.
         
        Max (10:17 PM, March 01, 2012)
        How could someone possibly rate a camera that isn't even in stores? O_o
         
        Marky (9:45 AM, February 22, 2012)
        If you're a wedding photographer hold on to your D700. But, I'm pretty sure you know this. The D800 is OVERKILL when it comes to weddings only because we don't need that extra resolution. It's pretty much what I expected to come out. I am so lucky I didn't bother grabbing one. I would love to see the videos it produces though :]
         
        Avatar for Joe Leong Joe Leong (2:40 PM, February 17, 2012)
        Ordered my D800 and D4. No issues or complaints whatsoever. Let's shoot
         
        Makjabari (4:12 AM, February 14, 2012)
        which is better, to have higher true resolution (i.e. 36 mb) or higher sensor pixel size (i.e. 74)
         
        Reloo (2:13 PM, February 10, 2012)
         But if a image taken by D800 with 36MB and high ISO, then shrinked to 16MB compared with a D4 image at the same ISO and 16MB. Will the result with noise still be better with D4 than D800?
         
        Ongopt (4:11 AM, February 10, 2012)
        Too bad Nikon succumbed to the pixel wars. Bumping 12 to 36 means lower ISO and lower dynamic range. Instead of a versatile camera like the D700, we now have a camera limited to portraits and landscapes. The stat above for D700 frame rate is wrong. It has always been able tl shoot 5 fps and 8 with the grip and battery like I have.

        The D700 was mini D3. The D800 is none of that. If yoy want high performance at pro level in landscapes, portraits and sports there is only one option now: the $6000 D4. Before there was a choice. One could get the D700 which offered a huge chunk of the D3's performance for almost half the price. Maybe that is what Nikon is trying to do and say: if you want to play with the big boys, there is now a very high price of admission. I'll be keeping my very versatile D700 until it dies.
         
        Avatar for Сергей Сергей (7:24 PM, February 07, 2012)
        oh no:(
         
        Reloo (7:53 AM, February 07, 2012)
         It's now official! :)
         
        Reloo (7:52 AM, February 07, 2012)
        Very nice! I wish I know more about how it's working with high ISO though.. and some compare images. But I'll guess it will show up as soon as people are allowed to test shoot the D800 :)
         
        Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:05 PM, January 30, 2012)
        Nikon Rumors published rumored specs
         
        Avatar for Сергей Сергей (8:30 PM, January 29, 2012)
        Hey where do you took this info abt 36mpx D800's sensor. I don't beleive