Nikon unveils beastly D800 DSLR camera

There are cameras for casual happy snappers, there are cameras for more dedicated and passionate enthusiasts, and there are cameras for full-on professional photographers. So, which group does the new full-frame Nikon D800 cater for?

While Nikon’s latest beast leans more towards the latter group—and therefore eliminates much of The Tech Herald editorial team where ability is concerned—we cannot help but stare longingly at it in the hope of suddenly developing a proficiency that would justify the D800’s asking price.

Yet, although $3,000 USD (body only) will likely alienate many prospective buyers, the 35mm D800 DSLR is packed to the rafters with sexy features that will make it the envy of pretty much anyone with a passing interest in cameras.

For example, it boasts (and this isn’t a misprint) an incredible 36.3 mega-pixel CMOS sensor, a pixel resolution of 7360 x 4912, a 51-point AutoFocus system, a maximum ISO of 6400 (extendable to 25,600), and a selection of professional crop modes.

Other fixtures and fittings include a 3.2-inch LCD display (931k), 1080p Full HD video capture (30fps), 720p video at 60fps, SD and CF memory card slots, support for USB 3.0 connectivity, optional wireless and Ethernet, and the ability to stream uncompressed video via HDMI onto a separate recording device.

If you’ve got a spare $3,000 USD burning a hole in your pocket, the Nikon D800 is expected to hit retail in March.

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