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Nikon D800 DSLR Digital Camera BodyBetter > Photography > Fast
This 36.3MP Nikon D800 camera has a much higher pixel count than many cameras in its category; so much so that it competes with cameras of a much higher calibre, a fact that seems to overshadow the other features of this camera.
The smaller D800 is Nikon’s first SLR camera with a massive pixel count of 36 million. Having such a high pixel count does not come without its disadvantages. The D800 takes a longer time to shoot photos continuously even though it still performs quite well when using the standard battery and at full resolution. It does perform faster with a battery grip and when set to DX mode. You can improve performance by decreasing the size of your images. Its outer appearance is similar to that of other Nikon cameras. Its pronounced handgrip ensures nothing but comfort as you handle the camera. The smoother, slicker curves characterize the D800 whose light weight is masked by how this DSLR just fits in your hand. It’s neither too big nor too small.
The D800’s control’s design makes it easier to use this camera. The zoom buttons, release, bracketing, ISO, White Balance and Quality buttons are all to be found on the rear of this camera. Focusing is done by either selecting AF or M on the focus switch. A sub-command button will help you choose from the available AF Area modes. The LCD mounted on the top of the camera as well as the viewfinder can be used to see the available options. You now have the opportunity for a ‘live view’ of the photos you take or the movies you make by using the Live View button as well as the Live View mode selector. If you wish to focus on a specific part of your subject, the D800 has a red rectangle which when placed at whichever part of the frame you wish to focus on. The result is that this section of the photo appears sharper than the other parts. The downside of the auto focus feature of the Live View is that response time is quite slow. The alternative is to focus manually and zoom in up to 23x. Unfortunately, the resulting image will not be as sharp.
Pressing the OK button will activate the Exposure Preview feature which will enable you to use the new live histogram feature that now has a dual axis showing roll and pitch instead of the optional virtual horizon. Its battery holds out for 900 shots. An alternative battery grip will give you more power and speed up continuous shots in DX mode. The Nikon D800 has dual storage capabilities. You can use either the SD card or CF card or both to store you photos. What stands out in this feature is that you have numerous storage options e.g. to use both cards at the same time or to use one as the main storage and the other to receive the overflow. Numerous ports make it easier to share photos.