Having spent two weeks shooting the newest Nikon dSLR while on a photo vacation in Peru, I can safely proclaim that the D800E is indeed a low light, no tripod, high ISO capable camera.
The camera came along as a backup to the D4, but after looking at some images it was switched to the go-to camera for landscapes and portraits.
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In the first photo, the camera was handheld, ISO at 100, shutter speed at 1/90 and the 50mm f/1.4 set to 3.3. I was crouching and balancing the D4 with the 70-200 in my lap. Photo B is the same image cropped to 100%.
In the next image, the D800E was set at a faster speed with the 16-35mm telephoto lens at f/5.6 and 35mm. Camera settings were as follows: shutter speed at 1/4000 and ISO at 560.
The lizard was shot at 1/250 second and ISO 200, the 50mm lens was set at f/9.5.
In the next photo I intentionally threw the background out of focus by opening up the lens enough to blur anything beyond 15 feet. Look at the sharpness of the Bromeliads, and the cobweb. The photo was taken shortly after sunrise, camera handheld, arm stretched with the camera away from the face for best angle. The lens used was the 50mm f/1.4 at f/8. Shutter speed was 1/90 with ISO set at 200.
In this photo, The 70-200 f/2.8 lens was set at f/4 and 200mm. The camera was set to: ISO 100, and 1/350th. No moiré visible in what certainly would have been the perfect scenario of repeating knitting patterns.
I will agree with all the pre-release reviews that this camera will excel wen placed on a tripod in great light conditions. But, aren’t all cameras going to excel under these conditions?
This newest Nikon is a superb camera. In over 1,400 photos taken with the D800E during the two weeks, I have not come across a single incidence of blur or moiré as feared.
Go ahead and order the camera, you will be a very happy camper!