Nikon’s D800 has been awarded the prestigious Camera Grand Prix 2012 title and also won the public vote for best camera. The awards, organized by the Japanese ‘Camera Journal Press Club’ also recognized the Canon EF 8-15mm F4L USM as lens of the year. Meanwhile, the Editors Awards were given to Sony’s NEX-7 and the Olympus m.Zuiko 45mm F1.8.
The Camera GP2012 Camera of the Year award is presented to the best still camera released on the Japanese market between April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012.
This is the seventh time a Nikon camera has received a Camera Grand Prix “Camera of the Year award”, the last being the Nikon D3, which won the award in 2008.
Primary reasons for Nikon D800 selection
Remarks from the Camera Grand Prix 2012 Executive Committee regarding Camera of the Year selection”The Nikon D800 was selected as the Camera GP2012 Camera of the Year based on comprehensive evaluation of the camera as a whole. Equipped with a 36.3-million pixel image sensor, the Nikon D800 is capable of capturing images with superior resolution. The number and variety of its advanced functions enable recording of both photos and movies with better image quality than ever before. The D800 offers performance and functions equal to those of Nikon’s flagship model at an affordable price. The extremely durable body also supports use under even the most severe photographic and environmental conditions.”A sample of comments from general users regarding Camera GP2012 Readers Awards selection
- The D800 offers incredible resolution. It is an amazing camera that will stand out in camera history, just as the Nikon D3 did. A camera that offers image quality equal to that of medium-format digital cameras, yet can be taken out into the field is a dream come true! This is the first time in a long time that I can’t wait to try a new camera.
- The D800 is a sensational camera that completely does away with previous ideas of what constitutes superior image quality. It seems to offer performance that exceeds that of the most advanced professional cameras in a body commonly seen with consumer-class models for advanced amateur photographers.
- Nikon’s release of a model equipped with a full-size, 36-megapixel CMOS sensor at a price that advanced amateur photographers can afford seems to me to be a very significant event. Supporting the same interfaces used by the latest computers, including UHS-I compliant memory cards and SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0), the D800 sets the standard for the future of digital-SLR cameras.
See also: Pictures taken with Nikon D800