Megapixel Madness

Nikon D800 +  Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G | 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100

It’s impossible to appreciate fully by simply viewing the downsized images I’m posting here, but from what I’ve seen so far on my monitor at home, files from the Nikon D800 look downright stunning.  It seems that the big headline feature of the camera is its 36 megapixel sensor. I guess I can see why, because this thing captures an incredible amount of detail:

Same image as above, cropped. Really really cropped.

Besides the amazing sensor, however, other key elements of this new camera system are really impressing me so far. I can see definite improvements in metering, autofocus, and especially in handling over my older D700. I’m in love.

Happy shooting this weekend 🙂

12 thoughts on “Megapixel Madness

    1. I agree!

      I assumed that the details would be amazing with D800 but I am really curious as to how the ergonomic improvements are with D800 relative to D700.

      Really really looking forward to your in-depth review Jonathan! 😀

      1. Thanks! So far, it feels lighter, fits better in the hand, and the directional pad feels way better. Those are the first things I noticed. The new AF mode selector is also much improved I think.

      2. Thank you for the info. I have been hearing so many good things about the camera, it’s really hard to resist the temptation to upgrade (although I find D700 satisfy my needs perfectly for now ^^).
        Enjoy the wonderful camera! ^^

  1. I’m sure the X100 is not going anywhere just yet but I too am wondering what you did or have done to your D700? I am wondering if I should upgrade since I don’t need crazy fast FPS.. I’m just worried about my work flow for my 2009 apple MacBook pro is starting to feel quite dated! I feel I should get this years IMac with, hopefully, ivy bridge proceccers and loads of RAM before I can think about getting the d800!

    Anyway, congrats on getting the new camera! I am very excited to get your thoughts on it. Let’s us know how the high ISO is compared to the d700! Thanks!

    1. Raw files from the D800 don’t seem to be slowing my 2-year old iMac as much as I thought they would, so I don’t feel a significant impact to my workflow due to the boost in resolution over the D700 at this point. I haven’t done too much high ISO shooting with the D800 yet, but I have a good feeling about this sensor in that regard as well. Stay tuned!

  2. oh my! those details are stunning! No way Canons can capture that kind of details (at least not the 5D or 5DMII) – will have to get my hands on the MIII to find out 🙂

  3. I’m a huge fan Jonathan. I feel that your visual acumen is not constrained by your gear. you’d take amazing photographs if you were given a disc camera. That said, I am anxious to hear /your/ report of the D800. It would be great to see you do one sample D700 v D800 image comparison. I love my D700 but always seek better higher ISO capabilities. If I see a Akita in SF I’ll look for a lens nearby 😉 cheers

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