36.3MP Full-Frame Nikon D800 DSLR Makes Official Debut (Exclusive Photos)

Nikon surprised pretty much no one tonight by officially announcing the much anticipated (and much leaked) 36.3-megapixel, full-frame D800 digital SLR.

The D800, which will sell for $2,999 (body only), has been teased by rumors sites on the Internet for several months. There will also be a version without a low-pass (aka “anti-aliasing”) filter, called the Nikon D800E which will sell for $3,299.

The Nikon D800, the successor to the 12MP Nikon D700 from 2008, will go on sale in mid-March. The Nikon D800E, which will be available in limited quantities, will start shipping in mid-April.

Though full details about the new camera(s) have appeared on blogs and websites in the last few days, because PDN signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), we have not been permitted to write about the camera until now. Our NDA, however, did give us some hands-on time with a prototype of the D800 and we were allowed to take exclusive photos of it. Those photos accompany this article.

Overall, the camera is what many people expected: a smaller version of the recently announced Nikon D4, the more rugged and faster 16.2MP flagship DSLR in Nikon’s lineup.

Read more details and see more exclusive photos of the Nikon D800 by clicking here.

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