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Philip Bloom does it again. He compared both the Nikon D800 and the Nikon D4 in low light, detail and close up. He also threw in the Canon 5D mkIII for comparison. Yes, the Nikon D800 has a bit more detail than the Canon 5D mkIII, but with the moire and aliasing from the Nikons, the Canon 5D mkIII is much better in that respect out of the box. It’s up to you, if you own a crap load of Nikon glass, then buy the Nikon, if you own a crap load of Canon glass, stick with the 5D mkIII. Both cameras are outstanding, and remember, the D800 can output clean HDMI onto an external recorder bumping the bitrate higher than in camera. Check out this great comparison video.
by Philip Bloom
The Nikon D800 looks very promising and seems to resolve more than the 5d mkIII. It does have it’s issues with moire and aliasing, but there are always ways around it. I wanted to share this video of the D800E. Here are some specs on the D800E.
Please note – The D800E is optimized for photographers that are looking to get the maximum sharpness out of their NEF raw files. Shooters that rely predominantly on capturing JPEGs may want to choose the D800 camera instead.
- Optimized for NEF Raw File Capture
- Low Pass Filter w/ Anti-Aliasing Removed
- 36.3Mp CMOS FX Format Sensor
- EXPEED 3 Image-Processing Engine
- 3.2″ LCD Monitor
- Nikon F Mount Lens Mount
- Eye-Level Pentaprism Viewfinder
- 1920 x 1080/30/25/24p HD Video Capture
- Built-In Flash + i-TTL Flash Control
- Matrix/Center-Weighted/Spot Metering
Here’s a great test video of using the Nikon D800′s internal recording versus an external recorder such as the Atomos Ninja. I’ve read that there wasn’t really a difference, yeah right there isn’t! The external recordings are much cleaner and withstand much much more color grading and you can push and push compared to the internal recording. The D800′s internal recording uses only about 24-28 mbps of bandwidth compared to a much higher (100 mbps+) of the Atomos Ninja.
Props to by Ron Adair for doing this test video.
This is a hilarious comparison video which I thought was brilliant! Definitely taking tests to another level, which I love. Check it out. The video clearly shows the 5D mkIII a hell of a lot better in low light and in ISO performance. The D800 looks to be a bit sharper, but with a post-sharpening effect, the 5D mkIII should be similar.
by Kevin Good
Here’s some cool test videos of the new Nikon D800 shot at ISO 1000. It’s a very nice and clean image.
Details about the video
50mm 1.4, iso 1000, 50/sec, 25 frame.
Shot wide open with only existing car park lighting.
This is the raw file uploaded direct from the camera.
by mark tierney
I wanted to show this piece shot with the new Nikon D800 to show that this DSLR has a sharper image than the 5D mkIII. I think the 5D mkIII is a better overall buy since the D800 still has moire and aliasing, but it’s not as bad as say the 5D mkII is. And, I’m sure there will be an anti-aliasing filter for it that will eliminate most of it. If you have Nikon glass, I would say go with the Nikon D800.
Shot with a Nikon 35mm f/1.4 lens.
Here’s another Nikon D800 sample footage. It’s a cute little video, but it does show how the D800 resolves it’s 1080 HD. I must say, it is kinda pretty.
“Please note opening scene is shot with a PDW-700
All other scenes labeled as per with the D800″
by Yves Simard
Take a look at this footage from the Nikon D800 using it’s autofocus feature. It does have autofocus in video mode, even though it’s the best. There is a bit of moire in the glass jar, but it’s still a nice image.
This is another video showing it’s autofocus feature, notice the detail in the statue!
Here’s some more footage coming from the D800. Notice the moire all over the image, even though the 5D mkII has moire as well and they’ve shot feature films from it, so I don’t think it will steer people away.I really like this sensor and the way it represents colors. It is different from the 5D mkII/III, but I like it. But I must say being a previous owner of a 7D, I hate moire and aliasing. It just ruins everything in my opinion, especially when you’re trying to capture something that is crucial in the shot. Maybe they’ll come up with a filter like for the 5D mkII that reduces moire in the Nikon D800. But it definitely is a manageable image.
by mark tierney
Here’s one of the first real videos coming from the Nikon D800. And wow! The resolution is amazing, perhaps better than the 5D mkIII. We’ll have to wait to see a side by side comparison of the two cameras, but for now, I think it’s game on for both Nikon and Canon, choose one and start making some films! I saw another video from the D800 and there were tons of moire, but in this video I don’t really see anything that stands out, I guess it just depends.
by Taiwan 鮮師 Johnson
The CameraStore TV’s Chris Niccolls has a review on the new Nikon D4 which I thought I’d share.
Here it is folks. The Nikon D4 video test and it’s a beauty! This video was shot using ONLY available light. Amazing how sensitive the sensor is. I’m very impressed by how sharp the image is, of course Nikkor lenses are awesome. These new DLSRs have improved greatly on the aliasing and moire, which is virtually gone from the image.
ISO 800/1080p/24 fps/Available light.
Here’s a great comparison between the Nikon D4 and the D800 DSLR cameras. Check it out!
Head on over to Nikon’s website to download the D800 manual. Seems like they want you to download manuals before you get the camera so you can drool and not want to change your mind on the purchase you just made, haha.
- New book: The Nikon Creative Lighting System, 2nd Edition (see press release).
- Nikon D800 already on eBay.
- Amazon UK changed the release date of the Nikon D800 to March 26th.
- Zeiss is rumored to announce a new 70-200mm cinema lens with Nikon mount at the NAB show next month.
- Nikon released firmware ver. 1.01 for their GP-N100 GPS unit for Nikon 1. Download it here.
- Nikon also released IPTC Preset Manager – it’s used to enter IPTC presets for cameras (D4) that embed International Press Telecommunications Council information.
- The new Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX lens (Nikon mount) will be released on April 6th, 2012.
- Nikon South Africa announced exclusive 5 years warranty on Nikon D7000, D5100 and D3100 DSLR bodies.
- Nikon D800 hands on pre-production review by Richard Peters.
- 27 Nikon D200 cameras were used in the creation of the Extreme Ice Survey project.
- Rare lenses on eBay: Nikkor Ai ultra wide 13mm f/5.6 lens.
- The winner of the Nikon lens thermos giveaway is GJ Canave. Congratulations!
Here are a few more video samples of the new Nikon D800. Looks pretty! This camera really has some advantages over the 5D mkIII like being able to record uncompressed 4:2:2 footage from the HDMI to an external recorder. The 5D mkIII cannot do this. Also, both the D800 and D4 have 3 crop modes, which basically acts like having 2 different cameras. FX and DX modes give your lenses different focal lenghts without sacrificing the quality of the image.
Nikon D800 Video Test Enjoy/
For Those of you asking:
Shot this 30 FPS Full 1080p
Lens: Nikon 105mm Micro-Nikkor f/2.8
Mostly natural lighting, used a mirror to direct sunlight
We are all anticipating new footage from both the Canon 5D mkIII and the Nikon D800 DSLRs but here’s a sample clip from the Nikon D800, uncompressed stream. Here are some of the specs.
- The HDMI signal was output to Avid DNxHD, 176Mbit CBR (constant bitrate)
- Colour is 10bit 4-2-2 although it is not clear if the Nikon D800 is doing 10bit or if that is just on the external encoding
(I suggest the latter)
- The output is 1080i (no 1080p )
- It also does 720p at up to 60fps
One feature of the D800 that may raise a few eyebrows for video shooters is the amount of compression in its H.264 codec. Unlike the 5D Mark II’s 38-Mbps bit rate or the 7D’s 47-Mbps, the D800 only records 24-Mbps. Although disappointing, there is a strategy behind it. The D800 utilizes B-Frame data compression, which is an improved and more efficient form of compression, and it allows you to capture longer clips (up to 30-minutes per clip). For most users, 24-Mbps should be sufficient (large sensor video camcorders like the Sony FS100U and Panasonic AF100 capture roughly the same bit rate). For the D800, you can output an uncompressed full HD signal via the HDMI 1.4 port (8-bit, 4:2:2) to a digital recorder. With an external recorder like the Atomos Ninja or the AJA Ki Pro, you can capture higher quality Apple ProRes files that are more suitable for post, making your D800 closer to a studio camera. The Ninja, which retails for around $1,000, can also function like an external monitor and with the D800, you can still view the camera’s LCD screen while an image is being output to an external monitor via HDMI. (Something the 5D Mark II and 7D can’t do.) Speaking of the LCD screen, filmmakers will also appreciate the D800′s new 921,000-dot 3.2-inch LCD monitor with reinforced glass and automatic brightness control.
So there’s a couple of things that seem weird and crazy to me. Why does Nikon make knowing about what the camera outputs such a mystery. Apparently this test was created at 176 Mbit CBR but we don’t know if it’s straight off the camera or it’s the external recorder that captured it. Who knows, we’ll have to buy one and create our own tests.