Two Nikon Digital-SLR Cameras, the D4 and D800, Recipients of EISA Awards

August 30, 2012

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that the Nikon D4 and Nikon D800 FX-format digital-SLR cameras are the recipients of European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) Photo Awards. The D4 is the recipient of the European Professional Camera of the Year 2012-2013 Award and the D800 the European Camera of the Year 2012-2013 Award.

The Nikon D4 is Nikon's latest flagship digital-SLR camera. It is equipped with a new Nikon FX-format CMOS image sensor (imaging size of 36.0 × 23.9 mm) and EXPEED 3, Nikon's latest image-processing engine. Together, these features enable superior image quality rich in detail along with excellent high-speed performance. The D4 responds to a number of demands from professional photographers working in the field with highly advanced functions and the ultimate in performance.

The Nikon D800 is a digital-SLR camera with an effective pixel count of 36.3-million pixels for superior image quality with incredible resolution and detail. Since its release, it has been extremely well received by both advanced amateur and professional photographers alike. In April of this year, the Nikon D800 was also the recipient of the prestigious Best D-SLR Expert Award presented by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), an authority in the photography and imaging industry. The D800 was also recognized in May of this year as the best still camera released on the Japanese market between April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012 with the Camera of the Year Award, and the favorite camera of general users with the Readers Award, both part of the Camera Grand Prix 2012 held by the Camera Journal Press Club/Japan, proving just how well the D800 has been received in Japan.

Reasons for selection of the D4 as the European Professional Camera of the Year 2012-2013 (comments from EISA)

"The best professional camera of the year is Nikon's full frame 16-million-pixel D4, for its ability to deliver the highest image quality even in extremely difficult conditions. Tests performed by EISA magazines found the camera has an exceptional combination of high resolution, wide dynamic range, very low noise levels even at ISO 12800, super-fast autofocus, short response time and high frame rates that can be maintained for very long sequences. The body is rugged and well protected against dust and moisture. The viewfinder delivers a sharp, comfortable and very precise view of what will be recorded. Almost perfect handling makes the D4 very easy and pleasant to use and we especially like the new joystick control that's available whether the camera is in the horizontal or vertical position. The D4 also delivers very high video quality thanks to its uncompressed output."

Reasons for selection of the D800 as the European Camera of the Year 2012-2013 (comments from EISA)

"This year's best camera is the Nikon D800. Its 36-million-pixel full frame sensor offers exceptionally high resolution capture and, according to EISA magazine tests, no compromises have been made to the extent of the camera's dynamic range or noise levels at high ISO settings. In a compact and reasonably priced, strong and sturdy body, it offers first-rate metering and a 51-point autofocus system developed from the professional D4. The camera has a clear and bright approximately 100% viewfinder that is very precise and comfortable to use even for glasses wearers. The tiny flash can command additional Nikon flash units and delivers just the right amount of fill-in illumination even in complex lighting conditions. The D800E version delivers even higher resolution images without needing any post processing sharpening: the image quality comes close to that of a medium format camera, but with the benefits and versatility of a lightweight 35mm reflex camera."

The EISA awards

EISA is the association of 50 major photo, video, audio, home theater, and mobile device magazines published in Europe. Each year, EISA chooses the best products released in Europe over the past year from a number of categories of imaging, audio, and mobile devices.

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