Nikon D800E

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    Highlights

    • 36.3 MP Full Frame CMOS Sensor
    • No Optical Low-pass Filter
    • 100 - 6,400 Native ISO
    • 51 Focus Points (51 Cross-type)
    • 3.2" 921k dot Fixed Screen
    • Optical (pentaprism) Viewfinder
    • 4.0 fps Continuous Shooting
    • 1920 x 1080 Video Shooting
    • Built-in Flash
    • Wheather Sealed Body
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    Overview

    Nikon D800E was announced in 2012 and is a Full Frame (35.9 x 24 mm) DSLR camera with 36.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor. Its native ISO ranges from 100 to 6,400 and expands to 100 - 25,600 in boosted mode. The camera has a Fixed 3.2" screen with 921k dot resolution and built-in Optical (pentaprism) viewfinder.

    Nikon D800E can capture video up to 1920 x 1080 resolution.


    Here is the Nikon D8xx series lineup, where you can view and compare the main specifications of the cameras within the same series.

    Nikon D8xx series lineup
    Model Date Sensor Native ISO Screen Price
    Image cannot be found Nikon D850 August
    2017
    45.7 MP
    Full Frame
    64 - 25,600 Tilting 3.2"
    2,359k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Nikon D810A February
    2015
    36.3 MP
    Full Frame
    200 - 12,800 Fixed 3.2"
    1,229k dot
    Image cannot be found Nikon D810 June
    2014
    36.3 MP
    Full Frame
    64 - 12,800 Fixed 3.2"
    1,229k dot
    Image cannot be found Nikon D800E June
    2012
    36.3 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 6,400 Fixed 3.2"
    921k dot
    Image cannot be found Nikon D800 June
    2012
    36.3 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 6,400 Fixed 3.2"
    921k dot

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Nikon D850 vs D810A vs D810 vs D800E vs D800.

    Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Nikon D800E.

    PROS

    •   Video Capture
    •   Large Sensor
    •   51 Focus Points
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   Large Screen - 3.2"
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
    •   Built-in Flash
    •   High DxO Overall Score - 96
    •   High USB Speed
    •   HDMI Output
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   2 Storage Slots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    CONS

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Fixed Screen
    •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   No Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   No Built-In Bluetooth

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   Price
    •   Sensor Resolution - 36.3 Megapixel
    •   100 Lowest Native ISO
    •   6,400 Highest Native ISO
    •   -2 EV Min AF Detection
    •   15 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Screen Resolution - 921k dot
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 4.0 fps
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec
    •   Weight - 1000 g (2.20 lb / 35.27 oz)
    •   Battery Life - 900 shots

    Predecessor

    Here we are comparing Nikon D800E to its predecessor D700 and displaying the major changes.

    UPGRADES Nikon D800E vs Nikon D700
    Video Capture vs
    Higher Sensor Resolution 36.3 Megapixel vs 12.1 Megapixel
    Lower Native ISO 100 vs 200
    More Powerful Processor EXPEED 3 vs EXPEED
    Max Image Resolution 7360 x 4912 vs 4256 x 2832
    Tracking Autofocus vs
    Face Detection vs
    Larger Screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
    Higher Viewfinder Coverage 100% vs 95%
    Higher DxO Low Light ISO 2979 vs 2303
    Higher DxO Color Depth 25.6 vs 23.5
    Higher DxO Dynamic Range 14.3 vs 12.2
    Higher DxO Overall Score 96 vs 80
    Higher USB Speed USB 3.2 Gen 1x1 (5 GBit/sec) vs USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
    Speaker Mono vs
    Built-in Microphone Mono vs
    Microphone Input vs
    Headphone Output vs
    Lighter 1000 g (2.20 lb / 35.27 oz) vs 1074 g (2.37 lb / 37.88 oz)
    More Storage Slots 2 vs 1
    DOWNGRADES Nikon D800E vs Nikon D700
    Lower Resolution Screen 921k dot vs 922k dot
    Lower Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent) 0.70x vs 0.72x
    Lower Max Continuous Shooting 4.0 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Shorter Battery Life 900 shots vs 1000 shots

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Nikon D800E vs D700.

    Successor

    In 2014 Nikon D800E was replaced by Nikon D810. Let us now have a look at some important differences between Nikon D800E and its successor.

    UPGRADES Nikon D810 vs Nikon D800E
    Lower Native ISO 64 vs 100
    Higher Native ISO 12,800 vs 6,400
    Higher Boosted ISO 51,200 vs 25,600
    Higher Resolution Screen 1,229k dot vs 921k dot
    Higher Max Continuous Shooting 5.0 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Higher DxO Color Depth 25.7 vs 25.6
    Higher DxO Dynamic Range 14.8 vs 14.3
    Higher DxO Overall Score 97 vs 96
    Built-in Microphone Stereo vs Mono
    Lighter 980 g (2.16 lb / 34.57 oz) vs 1000 g (2.20 lb / 35.27 oz)
    Longer Battery Life 1200 shots vs 900 shots
    DOWNGRADES Nikon D810 vs Nikon D800E
    Lower DxO Low Light ISO 2853 vs 2979

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Nikon D800E vs D810.

    Screen and Viewfinder

    Fixed screen

    Nikon D800E has a 3.2" Fixed screen with 921k dot resolution.


    Optical (pentaprism) Viewfinder

    Camera has a built-in Optical (pentaprism) viewfinder. It has a 100% coverage and 0.70x magnification.

    Sensor

    Nikon D800E features a 36.3 megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor with dimensions of 35.9 x 24 mm and a total area of 861.6 mm2. Its native ISO range is 100 - 6,400 and expands to 100 - 25,600 in boosted mode.


    Here is a sensor size comparison chart where you can see how Nikon D800E's Full Frame sensor compares with other types of sensors:

    Sensor size chart
    Sensor Dimensions Area Aspect Ratio Crop Factor
    Image cannot be displayedMedium Format44 x 33 mm1452 mm24:30.79x
    Image cannot be displayedFull Frame35.9 x 24 mm861.6 mm23:21x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-H27 x 18 mm486 mm23:21.3x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C23.6 x 15.6 mm368.2 mm23:21.5x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C (Canon)22.3 x 14.9 mm332.3 mm23:21.6x
    Image cannot be displayedMicro Four Thirds17.4 x 13 mm226.2 mm24:32x
    Image cannot be displayed1-inch13.2 x 8.8 mm116.2 mm23:22.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/1.7-inch7.44 x 5.58 mm41.5 mm24:34.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/2.3-inch6.17 x 4.55 mm28.1 mm24:35.6x

    Photography Features

    Camera is equipped with EXPEED 3 processor and can take pictures up to 7360 x 4912 resolution. It can also take pictures with lower resolutions like 6144 x 4912, 6144 x 4080, 5520 x 3680, 4800 x 3200, 4608 x 3680, 4608 x 3056, 3680 x 2456, 3600 x 2400, 3072 x 2456, 3072 x 2040, 2400 x 1600 with 5:4, 3:2 aspect ratios.


    Lens Mount

    Nikon D800E has Nikon F lens mount. Due to Full Frame sensor its crop factor (also called lens multiplier) is 1x. This means that a 35mm equivalent focal length of the mounted lens will be equal to its actual focal length.


    No Low-Pass Filter

    There is no optical low-pass filter (OLPF), also known as an anti-aliasing filter, in front of the sensor. This results in a slightly sharper image but may also introduce moiré patterns and aliasing artifacts when photographing subjects with fine, repetitive patterns or details.


    No In-Body Image Stabilization

    The camera does not have in-body image stabilization (IBIS) so it needs lenses with optical image stabilization for vibration reduction.

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    Connectivity, Battery and Storage

    USB Input and HDMI Output

    Nikon D800E has a USB 3.2 Gen 1x1 (5 GBit/sec) input for data transfer. There is a Mini Type C HDMI connector for video signal output.


    Battery

    Nikon D800E comes with EN-EL15 battery pack with battery life of 900 shots.


    External Storage Slots

    The camera has two card slots - one for SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I) and one for CompactFlash (Type I, compliant with UDMA).

    Other Features

    Shutter

    Nikon D800E has Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter. Shutter speed can go up to 1/8000 sec. Camera can shoot continuously up to 4.0 fps.


    Focusing

    Nikon D800E has 51 (15 cross-type) focusing points and from -2 to +19 EV detection range There is also face detection feature which automatically finds and focuses on faces.


    Exposure

    Camera's exposure metering ranges from 0 to +20 EV and you can set the exposure compensation within the ±5 EV range. You can also do exposure lock, exposure bracketing and manual exposure adjustment.


    Flash

    Nikon D800E has a built-in flash with maximum range of 12.00 m at ISO 100 and also accepts external flash which can be connected via Hot Shoe or PC Terminal. The fastest flash synchronization speed is 1/250 sec. Flash compensation can be set from -3 to +1 EV with 1/3 or 1/2 or 1 EV step increments.

    Physical Parameters

    Nikon D800E has dimensions of 146 x 123 x 82 mm (5.75 x 4.84 x 3.23"). It weighs 1000 g (2.20 lb / 35.27 oz) which is neither heavy nor lightweight.

    146 mm (5.75")

    123 mm (4.84")

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    82 mm (3.23")

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    Nikon D800E dimensions

    Nikon D800E for Different Types of Photography

    We give scores to the camera for different type of photography based on its features and specifications. Let us see how Nikon D800E is suitable for six different types of photography.


    Landscape Photography

    EXCELLENT
    86

    Nikon D800E gets a score of 86 and is EXCELLENT choice for Landscape photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   Screen Resolution - 921k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing

    Sports Photography

    GOOD
    74

    Nikon D800E gets a score of 74 and is GOOD choice for Sports photography.

    •   6,400 Highest Native ISO
    •   51 Focus Points
    •   15 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Face Detection
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Screen Resolution - 921k dot
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 4.0 fps
    •   Battery Life - 900 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Wildlife Photography

    GOOD
    70

    Nikon D800E gets a score of 70 and is GOOD choice for Wildlife photography.

    •   6,400 Highest Native ISO
    •   51 Focus Points
    •   15 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Screen Resolution - 921k dot
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 4.0 fps
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Battery Life - 900 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Portrait Photography

    GOOD
    81

    Nikon D800E gets a score of 81 and is GOOD choice for Portrait photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   51 Focus Points
    •   15 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Face Detection
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Large Screen - 3.2"
    •   Screen Resolution - 921k dot
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Street Photography

    GOOD
    79

    Nikon D800E gets a score of 79 and is GOOD choice for Street photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   51 Focus Points
    •   15 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Fixed Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 921k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 1000 g (2.20 lb / 35.27 oz)

    Travel Photography

    GOOD
    74

    Nikon D800E gets a score of 74 and is GOOD choice for Travel photography.

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Fixed Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 921k dot
    •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 1000 g (2.20 lb / 35.27 oz)
    •   Battery Life - 900 shots

    Nikon D800E Evaluation

    We evaluate Nikon D800E and give score of 71 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new camera is added to the database.


    OVERALL
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    Sensor

    GOOD
    75

    We give Nikon D800E a score of 75 for Sensor parameters.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   Sensor Resolution - 36.3 Megapixel
    •   100 Lowest Native ISO
    •   6,400 Highest Native ISO
    •   High DxO Overall Score - 96

    Photo

    GOOD
    73

    We give Nikon D800E a score of 73 for Photo parameters.

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 4.0 fps
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec

    Video

    BAD
    14

    We give Nikon D800E a score of 14 for Video parameters.

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080

    Focusing

    GOOD
    79

    We give Nikon D800E a score of 79 for Focusing parameters.

    •   -2 EV Min AF Detection
    •   51 Focus Points
    •   15 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus

    Screen and Viewfinder

    GOOD
    73

    We give Nikon D800E a score of 73 for Screen and Viewfinder parameters.

    •   Fixed Screen
    •   Large Screen - 3.2"
    •   Screen Resolution - 921k dot

    Connectivity

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    81

    We give Nikon D800E a score of 81 for Connectivity parameters.

    •   High USB Speed
    •   HDMI Output
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   No Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   No Built-In Bluetooth

    Battery, Storage and Physical

    GOOD
    73

    We give Nikon D800E a score of 73 for Battery, Storage and Physical parameters.

    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 1000 g (2.20 lb / 35.27 oz)
    •   Battery Life - 900 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots


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