updated 06:35 pm EST, Mon February 6, 2012
Nikon D800 press shots and details slip
The Nikon D800 has had much of its mystery taken away after a leak of details and photos through Brazil. The full-frame DSLR will shoot at 36.3 megapixels, ZTOP saw, and will take a very different approach than the 16-megapixel D4. In return for more than double the resolution, it would have a smaller normal ISO sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 6,400 and a lower maximum ISO as a result, most likely the 25,600 of the D700.
Many of its internal improvements should carry over from the D4, such as the Expeed 3's 16-bit photo processing, similar startup and shutter lag, and video improvements to the 1080p30 footage such as B frame compression and noise filtering. The D800 isn't expected to get XQD card support, though, opting for CompactFlash and possibly a secondary SD card slot.
A bracketing button would be new and would let photographers quickly get a feel for the right exposure for a shot.
Most expect news of the camera on February 7, although Nikon has a tendency to make announcements late the evening before it holds special events and could disclose the D800 as soon as tonight. Pricing is most likely to put it at or near the $2,700 of the D700 and make it compete both with some pro DSLRs, including Nikon's own D3x, as well as the occupy the very highest end of hobbyist DSLRs currently led by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.