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Return of the King

When Nikon's D80 launched several years ago it was among the most popular, best-selling DSLR's ever. It comes as no surprise that such a sought after camera would eventually have a successor. After months - maybe even years - of rumors and speculation, Nikon has finally announced the D800.

Shortly after unveiling its new D4 flagship DSLR, Nikon has announced a new special-format camera that claims to capture photos with a higher resolution than any commercially available DSLR ever.

The D800 captures photos at a staggering 36.3 megapixels (7360 x 4912 resolution), more than double the maximum resolution of the D4, which is only 16.2MP. The D800 utilizes a full-frame CMOS sensor, Nikon's FX format. For those unfamiliar with the term "Full frame" means the image sensor is the same size as a frame of 35mm film -much  larger than a typical APS-C sensor in a normal DSLR.
"D800, built for today’s multimedia photographer includes a groundbreaking 36.3MP FX-format CMOS sensor, Full HD 1080p video at 30/25/24p with stereo sound, class leading ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 25,600, 4 fps burst rate and Advanced Scene Recognition System with 91,000-pixel RGB sensor."
The pixel count is supported by full HD resolution video recording. Capturing stunning video at 1920×1080p at 30, 25 and 24 frames per second. It can also record 720p at 60, 50, 30 and 25 fps. For the first time in a DSLR, the D800 is able to run uncompressed video footage via an included HDMI port straight to a recording instrument, a feature many film makers will appreciate.

Along with all of the above, The D800 also utilizes a unique 910,000 RGB matrix metering mode along with a 51 point AF system, catering to the high standards of commercial photography. It is built on magnesium-alloy material, meeting the standard for best DSLR protection.

The D800 is scheduled for launch sometime in March for around $3,000. Expect this one to be just as sought after as the D80, so if you want one you'll want to pre-order immediately. 

For those interested in the HD Video prowess of the D800 check out this short film below. Created to showcase the power of the D800's recording ability the film was shot using the D800 exclusively.

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