In the last month, Nikon completely rejuvenated its FF line with the introduction of the D4 and D800/D800E dSLRs, replacing, in digital terms, ancient technology with the latest and greatest Nikon’s electronic wonder workers could provide. So, with a pair of new, FF cameras on the market (see D800 vs. D4), and a trio of old ones (D700, 5DII, and A900) the question arises: which is better, or, in this case, how much better is the D800?
Well, let’s have a look.
D800: magnesium alloy with dust seals
D700: magnesium alloy with dust seals
5DII: magnesium alloy
A900: magnesium alloy with dust seals
The 5DII loses
D800: 36Mp FF
D700: 12Mp FF
5DII: 21Mp FF
A900: 24Mp FF
D800 and Sony A900 win
The Sony is the clear loser
D800’s focus is revamped, so it wins
The new Nikon and Sony take the top spot
Another win for the D800
The Nikons win
D800: up to 6
D700: up to 8
The old Nikon wins here
D800: +/- 5 stops
D700: +/- 5 stops
5DII: +/- 2 stops
A900: +/- 3 stops
The Nikons win
D800 wins by a nose
D800: yes, full 1080p HD
5DII: yes, full 1080p HD
Resolution may be a tie, but the D800 has far more bells and whistles
D800 wins, which is good for those massive 36Mp files!
The D800 is the class of the field here
D800: 32 ozs.
D700: 38 ozs.
5DII: 30 ozs.
A900: 32 ozs.
The Canon is the lightweight
Needless to say, the D800 wins outright (though not surprisingly) in a lot of these areas
Want to buy a D800? As for pricing and availability, the D800 will hit stores for $2999 in March while the D800E will arrive in April for $3299.
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