Opinion: The decade-old Nikon D800 is still a beast, and here’s why

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I’ve experienced something of a consumer-tech Ragnarok over the past few months. Just before Christmas the dishwasher stopped working and then my laptop conked out following a mild drop. At the beginning of 2022 I was finally ready to admit my tablet had become so slow it was practically unusable – but before I could replace it, I was forced to shell out on a new car or face a laundry list of costly repairs.

Disposable tech is pretty much impossible to avoid at this point, and if you do try to hang onto something – like my poor tablet – you’ll often find that a lack of software support makes it redundant long before the hardware gives up the ghost. It’s pretty astounding, then, when you consider that last month marked the Nikon D800’s 10-year anniversary – a camera that’s still widely used today.

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Mike Harris
Technique Editor

Mike is Deputy Editor for N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine, and brings with him over 10 years experience writing both freelance and for some of the biggest specialist publications. Prior to joining N-Photo Mike was the production editor for the content marketing team of Wex Photo Video, the UK’s largest online specialist photographic retailer, where he sharpened his skills in both the stills and videography spheres.  

While he’s an avid motorsport photographer, his skills extend to every genre of photography – making him one of Digital Camera World’s top tutors for techniques on cameras, lenses, tripods, filters and other imaging equipment, as well as sharing his expertise on shooting everything from portraits and landscapes to abstracts and architecture to wildlife and, yes, fast things going around race tracks.