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Nikon D800 DSLR

The Nikon D800 is a camera that is all about the resolution.  At 36.3 Megapixels, the D800 will capture a level of detail not previously available outside of medium format.  The D800 is the ideal camera for landscapes, portraits, or any other application where capturing as much detail as possible is required.

Nikon really shook up the camera market with the D800.  The ground breaking 36.3 MP full frame sensor is as arguably the best ever put into a 35mm sized camera.  ISO performance matches that of the impressive Nikon D3 providing a ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to 25,600).  Continuous shooting at up to 4 fps.  

In the field the D800 is an incredibly impressive machine.  It has nearly every feature you'd expect from a camera at this level.  There are countless custom settings that range from autofocus tweaks to customization of function buttons on the camera.  There is also a fantastic built in HDR function while shooting JPEG that produces amazing results.

The D800 also boasts some pro level HD video features as well.  Although less popular than some of Canon's offerings with regards to video, the D800 is a very capable camera. One feature that stands out is the variable crop ratio for video.  You can choose full frame (1.0x), APS-C crop (1.5x), or a 2.7x Crop which really expands the versatility of lenses mounted on your camera.  

One area that deserves discussion with the D800 is the question of wether or not the D800 is considered the replacement for the wildly popular D700.  When the specs were announced for the D800 there was a great deal of concern from the wedding & event shooting community that the 36 MP resolution was far beyond what they needed.  The huge resolution increase was called into question due to the resulting raw file size increase (nearly 45-75 MB per image), and the dependence on pro quality lenses and technique to yield completely sharp images.  These two factors combined make shooting the D800 a decision that must be considered for wedding work.   

Additionally, if you are going to be renting the D800 and plan to shoot RAW files, please be sure that your computer is up to the task of editing.  Older systems will with less than 4-8GB of RAM will work, albeit fairly slowly with the huge files the D800 produces.  We recommend a professional editing software such as Adobe Lighroom 4/Photoshop or Apple Aperture.  Long story short, the D800 is a high performance camera that requires an equal effort by the photographer to achieve the camera's full potential.    

Main Features

  • 36.3 Megapixel Full-Frame Sensor
  • 4 fps max frame rate
  • ISO 100-6400 (Expandable to 25,600)
  • 51 Point AF System
  • 1920x1080 HD Video at 24/30 fps
  • CF and SD Card slots
  • EN-EL15 Battery

The manual may be viewed from Nikon's site here 

You will receive a strap, one battery and a battery charger with your rental.


  • Nikon EN-EL15 Battery

  • Nikon MH-25 Battery Charger

  • Lens Mount
    Nikon F bayonet mount
  • Effective Pixels
    36.3 million
  • Sensor Size
    35.9mm x 24mm
  • Image Sensor Format
    FX
  • Image Sensor Type
    CMOS
  • Total Pixels
    36.8 million
  • Dust-reduction system
    Image sensor cleaning
  • Dust-Off Reference Photo
    Yes
  • Image Area (pixels)
    FX-format
    (L) 
    7,360 x 4,912

    (M) 
    5,520 x 3,680

    (S) 
    3,680 x 2,456
    1:2 format (30 x 20)
    (L) 
    6,144 x 4,080

    (M) 
    4,608 x 3,056

    (S) 
    3,072 x 2,040
    5:4 format (30 x 24)
    (L) 
    6,144 x 4,912

    (M) 
    4,608 x 3,680

    (S) 
    3,072 x 2,456
    DX-format
    (L) 
    4,800 x 3,200

    (M) 
    3,600 x 2,400

    (S) 
    2,400 x 1,600
  • File Format Still Images
    JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression 
    NEF (RAW): lossless compressed 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed 
    TIFF (RGB) 
    JPEG: JPEG-Baseline-Compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal Quality
  • Picture Control
    Landscape 
    Monochrome 
    Neutral 
    Portrait 
    Standard 
    User-customizable Settings 
    Vivid
  • Storage Media
    CompactFlash© (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA) 
    SD 
    SDHC 
    SDXC
  • Card Slot
    1 CompactFlash© (CF) card and 1 Secure Digital (SD) card
  • File System
    Compliant with DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0 
    DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) 
    EXIF 2.3 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 
    PictBridge
  • Viewfinder
    Eye-level Pentaprism Single-Lens Reflex Viewfinder
  • Viewfinder Frame Coverage
    FX (36x24): 100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical Approx.
    1.2x (30x20): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
    DX (24x16): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
    5:4 (30x24): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
  • Viewfinder Magnification
    0.70x Approx.
  • Viewfinder Eyepoint
    19.5 (-1.0¯¹)
  • Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment
    Built-in diopter adjustment (-3 to +1 m¯¹)
  • Focusing Screen
    Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII with AF Area Brackets (grid lines can be displayed)
  • Reflex Mirror
    Quick-return type
  • Lens Aperture
    Instant-return type
  • Depth-of-field Control
    Yes
  • Lens Compatibility at a Glance***
    AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible 
    Metering with AI lenses
  • Compatible Lenses
    AF NIKKOR other than type G or D*2: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering III 
    AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering III 
    DX AF NIKKOR: All Functions Supported Except FX-format (36x24)/5:4 (30x24) Image Size 
    Non-CPU: Usable in [A] or [M] mode Center-Weighted or Spot Metering; Electronic Rangefinder can be used if Maximum Aperture is f/5.6 or Faster 
    Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All Functions Supported
  • Shutter type
    Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
  • Shutter Speed
    1/8000 to 30 sec. 
    Bulb
  • Fastest Shutter Speed
    1/8000 sec.
  • Slowest Shutter Speed
    30 sec.
  • Flash Sync Speed
    Up to 1/250 sec. 
    Synchronizes with shutter at 1/320s or slower (flash range drops at speeds between 1/250 and 1/320s)
  • Bulb Shutter Setting
    Yes
  • Shutter Release Modes
    Continuous low-speed [CL] mode; 1-4 frames per second 
    Continuous high-speed [CH] mode; 4 frames per second 
    Mirror-up [Mup] mode 
    Quiet Shutter Release 
    Self-timer mode 
    Single-frame [S] mode
  • Continuous Shooting Options
    FX-format
    CH: Up to 
    4 frames per second
    CL: Up to 4 frames per second
    5:4 format
    CH: Up to 
    4 frames per second
    CL: Up to 4 frames per second
    DX-format
    CH: Up to 
    5 frames per second
    CL: Up to 5 frames per second
    1:2 format
    CH: Up to 
    5 frames per second
    CL: Up to 5 frames per second
  • Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution
    4 frames per second
  • Self-timer
    2, 5, 10, 20 sec. Timer duration electronically controlled
  • Exposure Metering System
    TTL exposure metering using 91,000-pixel RGB sensor
  • Metering Method
    Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8mm circle in center of frame 
    Matrix: 3D color matrix metering III (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering III (other CPU lenses) 
    Spot: Meters 4mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
  • Metering Range
    0 to 20 EV (3D color matrix or center-weighted metering) 
    0 to 20 EV (spot metering)
  • Exposure Meter Coupling
    CPU 
    AI
  • Exposure Modes
    Aperture-Priority (A) 
    Manual (M) 
    Programmed auto with flexible program (P) 
    Shutter-Priority (S)
  • Exposure Compensation
    ±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
  • Exposure Bracketing
    2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
  • Exposure Lock
    Yes
  • Mirror Lock Up
    Yes
  • ISO Sensitivity
    ISO 100 - 6400
    Lo-1 (ISO 50)
    Hi-1 (ISO 12,800)
    Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)
  • Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity
    100
  • Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity
    6400
  • Lowest Expanded ISO Sensitivity
    Lo-1 (ISO 50 equivalent)
  • Highest Expanded ISO Sensitivity
    HI-2 (ISO 25,600 equivalent)
  • Expanded ISO Sensitivity Options
    Lo-1 (ISO-50 equivalent), Hi-1 (ISO-12,800 equivalent), Hi-2 (ISO-25,600 equivalent)
  • Long Exposure Noise Reduction
    Yes
  • High ISO Noise Reduction
    Low 
    Normal 
    High 
    Off
  • Active D-Lighting
    Auto 
    Extra High 
    High 
    Normal 
    Low 
    Off
  • D-Lighting Bracketing
    2 frames using selected value for one frame 
    3–5 frames using preset values for all frames
  • Single-point AF Mode
    Yes
  • Dynamic AF Mode
    Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)
  • Auto-area AF Mode
    Yes
  • Autofocus System
    Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection
  • Detection Range
    -2 to 19 EV (ISO 100, 68°F/20°C)
  • Lens Servo
    Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status 
    Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
  • AF-area mode
    9, 21 or 51 point Dynamic-area AF 
    Auto-area AF 
    Single-point AF 
    3D-tracking (51 points)
  • Focus Lock
    Focus can be locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button 
    Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF)
  • Focus Modes
    Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A) 
    Continuous-servo (AF-C) 
    Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only 
    Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only 
    Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder 
    Normal area 
    Single-servo AF (AF-S) 
    Wide area
  • Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points
    51
  • Autofocus Sensitivity
    -2 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
  • Autofocus Fine Tune
    Yes
  • Built-in Flash
    Yes
  • Flash Bracketing
    2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV
  • Built-in Flash Distance
    39 ft. (ISO 100)
  • X-Sync Speed
    1/250
  • Top FP High Speed Sync
    Up to 1/8000
  • Flash Control
    TTL: i-TTL flash control using 91,000-pixel RGB sensor are available with built-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-700, or SB-400; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighting metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
  • Flash Sync Modes
    Front-curtain sync (normal) 
    Rear-curtain sync 
    Red-Eye reduction 
    Red-Eye reduction with slow sync 
    Slow sync
  • Flash Compensation
    -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
  • Flash-ready indicator
    Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit such as SB-910, SB-900, SB-400, SB-80DX, SB-28DX or SB-50DX is fully charged
  • Accessory Shoe
    Yes
  • Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
    Built-in flash Commander Mode 
    CLS Supported
  • Flash Sync Terminal
    Yes
  • White Balance
    Auto (2 types) 
    Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K) 
    Cloudy 
    Direct Sunlight 
    Flash 
    Fluorescent (7 types) 
    Incandescent 
    Preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored) 
    Shade
  • White Balance Bracketing
    2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV
  • Live View Shooting
    Photography Live View Mode 
    Movie Live View Mode
  • Live View Lens servo
    Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F) 
    Manual focus (MF)
  • Live View AF-area mode
    Face-priority AF 
    Wide-area AF 
    Normal-area AF 
    Subject-tracking AF
  • Live View Autofocus
    Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
  • Movie Metering
    TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
  • Movie Frame size (pixels) and frame rate
    1280 x 720 (30p): 30 fps (29.97 fps) 
    1280 x 720 (60p): 60 fps (59.94 fps) 
    1920 x 1080 (24p): 24 fps (23.976 fps) 
    1920 x 1080 (30p): 30 fps (29.97 fps)
  • Movie Maximum recording time
    20 minutes at highest quality 
    29 minutes 59 seconds at normal quality
  • Movie File Format
    MOV
  • Movie Video Compression
    H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
  • Movie Audio recording format
    Linear PCM
  • Movie Audio recording device
    Built-in monaural microphone 
    External stereo microphone (optional)
  • Movie
    HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps 
    HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps 
    HD 1,280x720 / 30 fps 
    HD 1,280x720 / 24 fps 
    HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
  • Movie Audio
    Built-in microphone, monaural 
    External stereo microphone (optional)
  • Monitor Size
    3.2 in. diagonal
  • Monitor Resolution
    921,000 Dots
  • Monitor Type
    Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
  • Monitor Angle of View
    170-degree wide-viewing angle
  • Monitor Adjustments
    Brightness, 5 levels
  • Virtual Horizon Camera Indicator
    Yes 
    Also visible in LiveView Modes 
    Also visible in Viewfinder
  • Playback Functions
    Auto Image Rotation 
    Full-Frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) 
    Histogram Display 
    Image Comment 
    Movie Playback 
    Movie Slideshow 
    Playback with Zoom 
    Slideshow 
    Highlights
  • In-Camera Image Editing
    Color Outline 
    Color Sketch 
    D-Lighting 
    Distortion Control 
    Edit Movie 
    Filter Effects 
    Fisheye 
    Image Overlay 
    Miniature Effect 
    Monochrome 
    NEF (RAW) Processing 
    Perspective Control 
    Quick Retouch 
    Red-Eye Correction 
    Resize 
    Selective Color 
    Side-by-Side Comparison 
    Straighten 
    Trim 
    Color Balance
  • Image Comment
    Yes
  • Interface
    HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector 
    Headphone Connector 
    NTSC 
    Stereo Microphone Input 
    Super Speed USB 3.0
  • Wi-Fi Functionality
    Eye-Fi Compatible 
    WT-4A
  • GPS
    GP-1 GPS unit
  • Save/Load Camera settings
    Yes
  • Total custom Settings
    54
  • My Menu
    Yes with customization
  • Recent Settings
    Yes
  • Supported Languages
    Arabic 
    Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) 
    Czech 
    Danish 
    Dutch 
    English 
    Finnish 
    French 
    German 
    Indonesian 
    Italian 
    Japanese 
    Korean 
    Norweigan 
    Polish 
    Portuguese 
    Romanian 
    Russian 
    Spanish 
    Swedish 
    Thai 
    Turkish 
    Ukrainian
  • Date, Time and Daylight Savings Time Settings
    Yes
  • World Time Setting
    Yes
  • Battery / Batteries
    EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery
  • Battery Life (shots per charge)
    900 shots per charge (Battery Life) (CIPA)
  • AC Adapter
    EH-5b AC Adapter 
    Requires EP-5B Power Supply Connector
  • Battery Charger
    MH-25 Quick Charger
  • Tripod Socket
    1/4 in.
  • Approx. Dimensions
    Width: 5.7 in. (144.78mm)
    Height: 4.8 in. (121.92mm)
    Depth: 3.2 in. (81.28mm)
  • Approx. Weight
    31.7 oz. (900g)
    camera body only