Nikon D800: Sony sensors hit again

We leanred a little more about the Nikon D800 when NR revealed the first pictures of the futur new pro Full Frame Digital SLR from Nikon.

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The most impressive item recorded will certainly be the arrival of a new FX-FF digital sensor of 36 mega-pixels. You read it well: Nikon will hold the record of the largest number of pixels in a D-SLR camera. And I need to make two remarks.

First, some who thought that Nikon would follow the path drawn by the Nikon D700 with its large sensor with a (relatively) small resolution of only 12 mega-pixels. With the Nikon D800, out goes this strategy which allowed hope of a record sensitivity paid only by the price of a resolution only sufficient. Nikon gave it to the calls of consumer marketing sirens: Always more!

Even if we can hope that the quality will be here (and most probably, it will be sufficient), many were those who hoped to see Nikon keep a photographer’s strategy and who will be disappointed to see the strong progress of the electronic gadget strategy.

As a matter of fact, the electronic gadget manufacturer is nearly certainly Sony. As is usual, Sony and Nikon cooperated to design, create and manufacture this exceptional digital sensor: Derived from the same technology recently disclosed on the most recent Sony cameras (Alpha 65, Alpha 77, and Nex-7), it goes from APS-C to Full frame size going from 24 to 36 mega-pixels.


  • 36-megapixel digital sensor
  • 51-point AF system
  • 1080p video recording with 30/25/24 frames/s and 720p with 60/30/25/24 frames/s
  • Double memory cards: SD & CF
  • USB 3.0 support
  • Smaller and lighter than the original Nikon D700

No price and no availability date disclosed today for the Nikon D800. But The Verge had already suggested a launch on November 24th for ¥300,000 (or US$3,900).