Nikon still produces some of the best DSLRs in the market and its recently released D4 is certainly one that would challenge even the likes of the future Canon 1D X. However, between the D4 and the specs below, there isn’t anything in between unlike Canon which has the Canon 5D Mark II. That soon changed when Nikon release the D800 on which the specs is higher than the 5D Mark II.
The Nikon D800 is a behemoth as its sensor captures a resolution up to 36.3 megapixels in the RAW format and 15.4 megapixels in the DX format. In addition to that, this camera is also a full-frame beast which definitely brings the best out of the camera and certainly one that would tempt the semi-pro to professional users.
This is definitely a DSLR for low lighting. Without ISO expansion, the camera is capable of having an ISO rating of up to 6400 although ISO expansion would push the number up to 25600 under its Hi2 mode. At this high number, a considerable number of noise would be visible but it would also mean that this camera would perform without breaking a sweat under heavily low lighting conditions with considerably high shutter speed as well.
At any point of time, users can capture full HD video at up to 30 frames per second with a time length of 29 minutes and 59 seconds. This restriction is applied to all DSLRs as to comply with European definition of what a DSLR would be. As for burst mode, the camera can shoot for only 4 fps although the use of the MB-D12 attachment would push the number to 6 fps.
The price for this behemoth of a camera would be slightly below $3000 body only. In addition to the D800, Nikon will also release a slightly superior version called the D800E for $3300. The release dates for these cameras are late-March for the D800 and mid-April for the D800E.