Nikon reveals 36.3MP D800 DSLR

The Japanese camera giant’s latest snapper arrives packing some serious fire power in the megapixel department

Nikon has officially lifted the curtain off is previously leaked D800 DSLR, and as the rumours suggested, it will arrive wielding a gargantuan 36.3MP sensor capable of producing photos with a whopping 7360x4912 resolution.

The Nikon D800’s high-ISO performance won’t actually match that of the Nikon D4 – its top native ISO sensitivity is 6,400 –as it’s primarily aimed at photographers who work in controlled environments that demand high resolution images. This isn’t the camera to document a dark and murky cave exploration.

The Nikon D800 does however share some new features from the D4, including the same Advanced Scene Recognition System, 1080p/30p HD video recording with uncompressed HDMI output and Active-D lighting.

So will the Nikon D800’s price match its megapixel count? A list price of US$3,000 dollars for the body alone would suggest so. A US$3,300 D800E model will also be available and will have its low-pass filter removed, enabling it to catch finer detail.

The Nikon D800 will hit stores in late March, with its D800E companion doing the same in mid-April. No word on a UK price tag or release date as of yet, but as always, we’ll keep you posted. Time to start saving.