Expert Review of Nikon D800E SLR Body Only
The key feature of Nikon D800E SLR has been its 36.3MP sensor. The camera uses EXPEED 3 processor and a Multi-Cam 3500FX AF that delivers 51 AF point system performance and a 91k pixel metering system too. It can even focus right down to -2EV and is mated with ability to rise as high up to 25600ISO at the Hi2 setting. This feature should make Nikon D800E quite a promising camera. The continuous still shoot can be done at the rate 4fps at full resolution backed by standard battery power. This can be extended by dropping the size of the image to catch images in DX format. The central 11 AF points can function as aperture f/8, meaning, that now, wildlife photographers need not carry an extra collection of heavy optics. D800E brings to you Full HD video recording. The camera can capture 1080p video at 24, 25, and 30fps. You can turn to 720p and avail the frame rate of 60 and 50fps. Both the crops, FX and DX can be found in video mode. Your work gets secured inside the dual memory card slots and is compatible with cards namely, Compact Flash, SD, SDHC, and SDXC. While one card stays active for all your day's shoot, the other stays active as a backup. You can have your pics and videos duplicated in the second card or store RAW pics in one and JPEGs in another. Under CIPA ratings, you get 850 shots under a single charge. This rating is inclusive of flash use so, you can admire the battery life lasting longer.
D800E has an inbuilt pop up flash unit that helps to achieve the fill light effect on scene. The camera comes in two versions that is, a standard body and a special edition named D800E. Coming to D800E, the camera is the world's highest tech performing DSLR for photography class like Nature, Outdoor, Landscape, and precision. Nikon D800E simply delivers the best image quality. Nikon D800E SLR weighs lesser than other Nikon full frame digital cameras, making it the best DSLR till date. DSLR may not be as fast as the other DSLRs but is certainly a lot faster than the other medium-format digicams that it replaces. D800E was made out to differ from D800 by the sharpness it produces by deactivating the aliasing and cutting down on moiré pattern, an operation so run by optical low pass filter.
Design and Build Quality
Nikon D800E SLR sports the same toughness and weatherproofing as D700. The camera enjoys 100 per cent coverage from the viewfinder. It measures 145 x 122 x 81mm. The camera feels wholly comfortable and lightweight, and can fit into your palms. The body is dust and moisture resistant, and there is no built-in GPS in D800E. The D800E does support Eye-Fi cards but they work only with a wireless point of access and not under direct mode. AF area switch is dedicated to switching between stills and movies with a LiveView button. There is a large dial on the top left side of the device that lets you access the bracketing. Also, there are two buttons to the left of the lens mount. You can use them to find apt aperture when shooting video. There are five buttons on the left side of the monitor that perform the same functions as D700. D800E offers HDMI, USB, and two 3.5mm audio jacks, for external and other headphones.
Focus and Face Detection
Nikon D800E SLR sports function buttons and dials for AF area mode selector and focus mode switch. You have to press the AF mode switch, hold it, and spin the rear and front dials while keeping eye on the light show. In other words, you are controlling something that should be auto enough. Coming to manual-focus, D800E has three helper dots in the lower left of the finder. The tolerance of the center OK dot feels impressive. Overall, the manual-focus is faster to use than in other cameras. The camera does offer face detection and automatically sets metering for human subjects.
Lens and Image Stabilization
The best lens to use over Nikon D800E SLR is the newest 28-300mm VR. The lens provides great sharpness, which you can have over the provided pixel count. But if you can’t get enough, then you should use 24mm f/1.4, 60mm f/2.8 AF-S Micro, 85mm f/1.8 G, Voigtländer 40mm f/2, 105mm Micro and 200mm AF-D Micro. The image stabilization depends upon the lens one chooses.
Screen and Menus
My menu of Nikon D800E SLR is quite good while other menus are quite exhausting, it’s like going down and down with the navigation of menus. The LCD is sharp and bright, the Auto brightness works well but under direct sunlight. The screen is 3.2 inches wide and is of 920k dots with an aspect ratio of 4:3.
Nikon D800E SLR is powered by EN-EL15. Nikon claims that you can achieve 900 shots on a single charge. The battery is slightly more expensive than the batteries offered by Nikon as far the DSLR series is concerned. The charger also gets shipped in the box. Those who wish to achieve more battery life can switch to optional MBD12 battery grip
You can shoot at Full HD 1080p resolution at frame rates of 24, 25, 30fps and 720p resolution at 25, 30, 50, 60fps rates. Your video file gets rendered in MP4 and H.264 wherein, the maximum recording time is 29min and 59sec. The audio can be controlled manually plus the device has a headphone for the same. There are 20 adjustment levels for recording audio wherein, auto as well and volume can be managed within 30 levels. There is a dedicated movie button that sits right behind the shutter button. The movie mode gets turned off if live view is disabled and/or the selector is set to stills mode. The contrast-detect AF is the only choice when you shoot videos and works quite slowly. The quality of video from Nikon D800E SLR is excellent. The colors rendered look as natural, the auto white balance and exposure settings give out impressive output.
Nikon D800E SLR features 36MP resolution. Nikon has armed the camera with full-frame FX-format sensor wherein, the images delivered are of 7360 x 4912pixels resolution. The resolution image can be reproduced at 300dpi at 24.5x16.4in. The ISO sensitivity runs from 100 to 6400ISO, which can be extended at both ends between 50 to 25600ISO.
· Nikon D800E SLR leads the class at 36.3MP sensor
· ISO performance is high in both RAW and JPEGs
· Wide dynamic range
· White balance and metering results are consistently satisfying
· Ergonomics and build quality are superb
· Camera settings are intuitive and responsive
· Live View operation has been enhanced
· Dual card slots
· Understandable camera customization techniques provided
· Viewfinder coverage is 100%
· Uncompressed HD video can be seen on HDTV
· USB 3.0 port
· Slow 4fps continuous shoot in FX mode
· AF is slow in Live View and video modes
· Rear LCD does not stand good brightness levels in bright sunlight
· ISO button not placed conveniently on the body
· Exporting uncompressed video via HDMI is not an easy task