Design and features
Not content with announcing just one professional-grade SLR this year, Nikon has also released the D800, with a whopping 36.3-megapixel CMOS FX sensor (35.9 x 24mm).
This camera takes plenty of inspiration from the D4, with the same 3.2-inch LCD screen at 921,000 dots, auto-brightness sensor, similar video capabilities and the Expeed 3 processor. The D800 is more than just a D4-lite, though.
Aimed at studio, wedding and fashion photographers, the D800 has a similar shape to its predecessor, the D700, but with refined ergonomics. It's an easier camera to hold in the hand, thanks to its lighter weight. The positioning of buttons has also been tweaked slightly, with more curvature on certain dials so that they fall easily into reach, when needed. There's also a new Live View switch to change between video and stills at the rear of the camera, which is the most prominent addition to the rear panel. Like the version found on the D4, it feels very much like Live View was a central part of the engineering process for this camera, as it works intuitively and without any airs or grace.