At the beginning of February, Nikon will reportedly introduce the successor of the recently discontinued D700 digital SLR, the full-frame D800, which is rumored to include a higher resolution image sensor than its forerunner, and improved video capabilities.
As Nikon Rumors has found out, the announcement will take place on February 7 in Japan, February 6 in the US, while shipments will begin a few weeks after this date.
The Nikon D800 has suffered an important number of modifications when compared with the D700, the most important of these being the addition of a new 36MP full-frame image sensor.
This will be seconded by an Expeed 3 image processor, the combo enabling Nikon to offer a 100 to 6,400 ISO range that can be expanded to 50 – 25,600, when the need arises.
Furthermore, the D800 will use the same 51-point AF system found in the D3s, but this time this will get a new face recognition mode.
The video recording capabilities of the camera were also enhanced to allow for shooting 1080p at 30fps while, for getting 60fps, users will have to drop down to a 720p resolution.
The image quality of the videos recorded was however improved, according to some previous rumors spread by the same Website, so the D800 is expected to top the current D3s in this chapter.
Other features that will make their way in the D800 include a 100% coverage viewfinder, dual memory card slots (most probably CompactFlash and SD), a built-in GPS and an USB 3.0 data transfer port.
Changes were also made to the body of the D800, as this was designed in order to be both lighter and smaller than the D700, but at the same time it received a larger rear display that is said to measure over 3-inches in diagonal.
The DSLR camera will also be on display at the CP+ show which will take place in Japan between February 9 and 12.