Our Lives in Stasis

Two great cameras

Lawrence J Cheong

For those living under a rock, Nikon released two new cameras for 2012, the ultra-high megapixel D800 and the new flagship model, the D4. The question is, how are these cameras for nature or wildlife photography? I’ve spent the past couple days mulling over the details, and I think the answer is, “It depends.”

For macro and landscape photographers, the higher megapixel rating of the D800 is very attractive and will provide another level of detail. Wildlife photographers would also appreciate the higher level of detail, but would sacrifice the higher FPS.

The D4 provides a higher FPS and better low light performance, something wildlife photographers will love. (Especially those who shoot in dim/low light conditions, like rainforests or in the woods.) The lower megapixel rating isn’t terrible, and should be able to create some amazing imagery.

For myself, I have yet to decide which model is right for me…

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