Nikon D800E What You Need to Know for Best Performance

The D800E’s original MSRP was US: $3,299.95 UK: £2689.99 EU: €3171

Used D800E cameras fall into a price range of $550 to $650. The difference will be due to condition and accessories included.

The Nikon D800E uses a Lithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger.

The battery can not be charged via USB. This means a battery charger will be necessary.

Third party battery chargers will be less expensive than OEM Nikon chargers. There will usually be an option to get one bundled with a third party battery purchase.

SanDisk SD Card
SanDisk Extrme Pro UHS-I 512GB Card

The Nikon D800E is compatible with Compact Flash (Type I), SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I) memory cards.

The D800E has two different memory card slots. Each slot uses a different card format.

One slot is compatible with Compact Flash Type I cards. These are thinner than the Type II cards. Type I cards are much more common.

The second slot uses SD memory cards. The camera can use cards with capacities of up to 2TB. Getting a card with UHS-I will ensure the card is fast enough for the D800E.

The D800E is compatible with Nikon F mount lenses. This opens up a wide range of lens possibilities. A full range of lenses exists including circular fisheye, ultra wide angle, perspective control, macro, telephoto, mirror, bellows, and all kinds of zooms.

There is a list of the best Nikon D800E lenses that covers lenses for all different types of photography.

  • Active D-Lighting
  • 4.0 fps continuous shooting
  • Auto Active D-Lighting System
  • Custom Setting Options
  • Red eye correction

The D800E has an Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sized sensor. This is paired with the Expeed 3 image processor.

The Nikon D800E can record video at 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 424 (24 fps) in MPEG-4, H.264.

The fixed screen on the D800E can make shooting video difficult. A fully articulated LCD screen would make recording video easier.

Manufacturer Nikon
Model D800E
MSRP US: $3,299.95 UK: £2689.99 EU: €3171
Body type Mid-size DSLR
Max resolution 7360 x 4912
Other resolutions 6144 x 4912, 6144 x 4080, 5520 x 3680, 4800 x 3200, 4608 x 3680, 4608 x 3056, 3680 x 2456, 3600 x 2400, 3072 x 2456, 3072 x 2040, 2400 x 1600
Image ratio w:h 5:4, 3:2
Effective pixels 36.3 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 37 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Expeed 3
ISO 100 - 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (50 - 25600 with boost)
Boosted ISO (minimum) 50.0
Boosted ISO (maximum) 25600.0
White balance presets 12.0
Custom white balance Yes (5)
Image stabilization No
Image stabilization notes None
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal, Basic
Autofocus ['Phase Detect', 'Multi-area', 'Selective single-point', 'Tracking', 'Single', 'Continuous', 'Face Detection', 'Live View']
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 51.0
Lens mount Nikon F
Focal length multiplier
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2″
Screen dots 921000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT Color LCD with 170 degrees wide-viewing angle
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7×
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes No
Built-in flash Yes (pop-up)
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain, High-speed sync
Continuous drive 4.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 to 20 sec, 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2 or 3 sec)
Metering modes ['Multi', 'Center-weighted', 'Average', 'Spot']
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (2 to 9 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Videography notes None
Modes None
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Storage types Compact Flash (Type I), SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini Type C)
Microphone port None
Headphone port None
Wireless None
Wireless notes None
Remote control Yes (Optional, wired or wireless )
Environmentally sealed Yes (Water and dust resistant)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) None
Weight (inc. batteries) 1000 g (2.20 lb / 35.27 oz)
Dimensions 146 x 123 x 82 mm (5.75 x 4.84 x 3.23″)
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS Optional
GPS notes GP-1