Crazy!! Is Nikon off their collective rocker?


Is Nikon off their collective rocker?

Today they interduced the D700 replacement.  

36.3-Megapixel Nikon D800

Is the mega pixel war on again.  I thought we would see an increase in quality pixel instead of a numeric increase.  Is this kin to shoehorning a 454 ci V8 into a Vega? Is this a combination the is great in a straight line?  

The D800 does have some other great numbers "91,000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering III and the Advanced Scene Recognition System, coupled with an improved 51-point AF system"**.  Add to this 1080p video at 30/24p with HDMI ouput and the feature add up to a fine offering. Native ISO is better,"the D800 features a wide native ISO range of 100-6400"**. 

The mega megapixel does make its mark in the continuous frame rate.  The rate is down to 6 frames per second in DX mode and 4 frames per second in full resolution FX mode.  This is rolling back to the days of the D70s (a great little camera) and far from the 7 frames per second of the D300s without the battery pack.

Not all is bad here.  Many photographers (Wedding, Fashion, Landscape, Commercial, etc.) will find good use of those 36.3 Megapixels. It want be a fit for every photographer and the QUALITY of those pixels will need to prove out the features for the D800 to become the right fit for the curves in your photography.

** Information cited from Nikon USA.