Nikon is set to have its press conference at Nikon’s headquarters in Thailand on January 6th, 2012 under the slogan “The image you are waiting for“. It is expected Nikon will unveil its new products which includes the Nikon D4, and the AF-S 85mm f/1.8G lens. Its also possible Nikon will annouce the D8oo and the 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 lens (see patent)
Below are the confirmed specs for the D800 and side by side comparison Images of the D800 and D700.
The D800 will pack a newly designed 36mp sensor. The D700 was only 12mp.
Nikon didn’t improve much on the D800’s ISO capability. The D800 base ISO will be 100 with the capability to shoot at ISO 50, The D700 ISO was 200. And with the new EXPEED technology processing, JPEG Images will be cleaner.
While the D700’s 51 point autofocus system was pioneering in 2008, The D800 improves the autofocus capability in low light situations along with better accuracy. The D800 will feature an 86 thousand split control autofocus, metering, white-balance system and Face Recognition AF features.
The D800 improves on the D700 viewfinder coverage by 5%. Unlike the D3 series, the D700 had a 95% viewfinder coverage. This 5% increase means the Composition is more precise with a 100% viewfinder.
Sadly, the D800′s 4 frames per second (body only) and 6 frames per second in DX mode with the optional battery pack is nothing impressive. The D700 boasted 5 frames per second (body only) and 8 frames per second with battery pack.
The D700 lacked in storage. The D800 will have a CF card and SD card slot.
Full HD video in 1920 × 1080/30p, Headphone jacks that can be input from an external device such as a PCM sound recorder.
The D800 screen will be larger than Nikon’s popular 3” LCD display. Additionally, it will be brighter with adjustments to control brightness.
The D800 tested at 200,000 shutter count which exceeds the D700, which was 150,000.
There will be two models of the D800. One will be a base model and the other will feature an option for the anti-aliasing filter to be removed. This model is expected to cost more.
Motopod Interview Episode 300 with Mark Miller, the cyclist who rode the bike in the Nikon D800 commercial filmed in Chicago. Skip to 2:31:00 for Nikon segment.