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Nikon announces 36.3 Megapixel DSLR priced at $2999

Nikon announced the D800 HDSLR, which features a high resolution 36.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, a 91,000-pixel RGB Matrix Metering System, Advanced Scene Recognition System and many other features important for the most demanding photo and video applications.

The new Nikon developed 36.3-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24mm) CMOS sensor realizes Nikon’s highest resolution yet, and should be a good choice for demanding applications such as weddings, studio portraiture and landscape.

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Professional videographers will appreciate practical features that go beyond NIKKOR lens compatibility and Full HD 1080p video, such as full manual control, uncompressed HDMI output, and incredible low-light video capability. With this innovative combination of features, the D800 celebrates resourcefulness and a dedication to the flawless execution of an epic creative vision. All of this is driven by Nikon’s latest EXPEED 3 image processing engine.

“Whatever the project, visionaries need a tool that is going to help them stay on-time and on-task. The Nikon D800 re-imagines what is possible from this level of D-SLR, to address the needs of an emerging and ever changing market; this is the camera that is going to bridge the gap for the most demanding imaging professionals, and provide never before seen levels of SLR image and video quality,” said Bo Kajiwara, director of marketing, Nikon Inc. “The D800 is the right tool for today’s creative image makers, affording photographers, filmmakers and videographers a versatile option for capturing the ultimate in still image quality or full HD content, with maximum control.”

And here are the highlights:

  • 36.3 mp – huge image sizes!
  • 4 fps, or up to 6 fps with DX mode with the optional battery pack MB-D12 battery
  • D800 uses the new standard USB 3.0 for fast transfer
  • ISO 100-6400, expandable to 50 (Lo-1) and 25600 (Hi-2)
  • exclusive image processing engine Nikon’s EXPEED 3
  • HDR function
  • Full HD 1080 and HD 720 30/24p to 60p
  • record video in H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC up to 29:59 minutes per clip
  • uncompressed HD signal directly off the camera for an HDMI output (8 bit, 4:2:2)
  • clean HDMI out
  • viewed simultaneously on the LCD screen and an external display
  • headphone jack

In addition to the D800, Nikon will also be releasing a supplementary model for those professionals who demand even higher resolution. This alternative model will effectively enhance the resolution characteristics of the 36.3-megapixel CMOS sensor by cancelling the anti-aliasing properties of the OLPF inside the camera. By doing this, light is delivered directly to the photodiodes, yielding an image resulting from the raw light gathering properties of the camera. A color moiré correction tool will also be available within Capture NX2 to enhance the D800E photographer’s workflow.

The Nikon D800 will be available in late March for the suggested retail price of $2999.95.The D800E version will be available in mid April 2012 for a suggested retail price of $3,299.95.

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He has over 15 Apple Pro Certifications for video editing and special effects including Apple Certified Trainer for Final Cut Pro X and Apple Certified Trainer for Motion 5. Jasper is also an AWS Certified Developer and AWS Certified Solutions Architect.

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