This is a post by Joe Marine... much more to come from Joe soon. Stay tuned!
Nikon's new D800 will be put through its paces soon enough (we hope), but until then we've got some moderately compressed videos to pixel peep. I find it curious that these official company videos always seem more compressed than they ought to be - as if to entice more speculation - but that's a topic for another post. In any case, this music video, directed by Morten Rygaard and produced by Peter Brodin at Nikon Nordic, gives us a small taste of D800 quality:
Here is a behind-the-scenes video showing a little bit of their process:
Other than the video being a little soft (could be compression), there weren't any major image issues that I could see - even the brick wall in the video looked fine. Watching the behind-the-scenes, there's no sign of an external recorder. Does this hurt the quality a bit? Maybe. Should we be worried? Probably not. It's safe to say that the D800 will be a capable camera, but how it will stack up against the next generation of cameras, we just can't be sure yet.
There's quite a bit of slow motion in the video - certainly not a strong suit of DSLRs in general - but it's clear that a portion was "Twixtored" in post. Starting at the 3:04 mark, there are a few shots that go well beyond the 720p 60fps mode available in the D800 and the recently announced Nikon D4.
What do you guys think?