With the D800, Nikon has raised the bar in video quality. Touted as “Broadcast Quality,” its video capabilities are sure to make the D800 a favorite among both amateur and professional videographers alike. Features include 1080p and 720p video at 24, 25 and 30 fps (720p adds 50 and 60 fps), H.264/MPEG-4 video with B-frame compression, up to 30-minute long clips (normal quality, highest quality is 20 minutes) and real time noise reduction during video recording. Uncompressed HDMI video out allows for continuous streaming of 1080p signal. Dual 3.5-mm jacks provide stereo headphone output and stereo input, with 20-increments of adjustment for input, and 30-increments for output. Full manual control for shutter speed, aperture, and ISO both before and during recording is possible, while a dedicated video button next to the shutter allows easy starts and stops. The D800 can auto focus continuously during video recording, and includes face detection to keep subjects in focus. The result is a very powerful and portable video tool.
Here are some sample videos produced by the D800:
The Nikon D800 and Photographer John Walsh A short film made by fashion photographer John Walsh shown at the UK launch of the Nikon D800. All stills and moving image in this film was shot on the D800.
Through the Lens, Cinematography by Andrzej Sekula, Directed by Cellin Gluck