If you are looking to buy a Nikon D800, here’s the bottom line…
If you already invested in fast Nikon glass (lenses) AND you are not a sports (or other) photographer that requires a high burst rate (that’s frames per second aka FPS) then this is a no brainer, get the camera!
In my own personal research prior to purchasing this camera, I was so concerned about video and still quality that I overlooked one of the coolest features of this camera. I didn’t even know the camera did this until after I purchased it and dug into the menus. What’s the, “this”? It’s the built in capabilities of time-lapse photography on the Nikon D800.
NOT ONLY does it have a built in intervalometer, which automates the shutter to trigger at specified intervals (over a specified period of time) for time-lapse photography, BUT it also creates the resultant video for you – in camera!
What does this mean? It means you don’t have to buy and truck around a separate intervalometer, and more importantly, it means you don’t have to create the end result video yourself in post processing software and wait for it to render. But, if you do want to have the camera save every photo in camera for post processing, you can always use the Shooting Menu –> “Interval Timer Shootings” (instead of choosing “Time-lapse Photography”). It’s the best of both worlds.
In this video, I show you how to set up the Nikon D800 for time lapse photography, and show you some examples of my very first attempts at time lapse.
For landscapes, portraits, architecture, and just about everything else (short of fast FPS, as mentioned above) this full frame camera will do nothing but impress you. There’s been plenty said about the comparison to the Canon 5D Mk III but here’s my 2 cents. Both cameras have their plusses and minuses. I think it all boils down to your previous investment in lenses – buy for the glass you already have. However, if you are starting from scratch and trying to decide Nikon or Canon … do a lot of research. Check out YouTube videos and actual photos on Flickr. From everything I’ve read and watched it can be summarized as follows: If your priority is stills, then the Nikon D800 is the winner. If your priority is video, then the Canon 5D Mk III is the winner. Good luck!
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