Nikon is set to launch a new D800 that is smaller and lighter than the current model D700, but has the highest-ever resolution for a Nikon DSLR, 36 megapixels.It is not known when the full frame camera will be launched in Australia but it has been seen in Japan. SmartHouse is tipping early in 2012.
The 7360×4912 shots (confirmed by EXIF data) will compete with those from even modern medium format cameras for sheer image size.
Electronista said that a look at the back reveals that it’s clearly not just the D700, as it has a new layout that includes replacing the switch for focusing modes to one dedicated to switching between still and movie modes along with toggling live view. Video capture appears to be much more of an overall focus outside of this, with a larger preview LCD and 1080p 30FPS video that’s said to be “excellent,” even compared to the newer D3s.
Few of the D800’s subtler details are known, although it should have an autofocusing system similar to the D700. Unusually, it should both CompactFlash and SD card slots like the D300s, in spite of the demands that 36-megapixel shots can put on the typically slower SD format.