I bought a used Nikon D800 and it made me laugh… but in a good way

DCW contributor Claire Gillo holding a Nikon D800
(Image credit: Future)

Just how old IS the Nikon D800? I checked, and it was launched in 2012. At the time of writing in 2023, that makes it 11 years old. In terms of camera development, this should put it right back with the dinosaurs.

I was working on a Nikon magazine when the Nikon D800 first came out, and its full frame 36MP sensor was the stuff of dreams. I wanted one very badly, but there was no way I could afford one.

Nikon D800 fan. (Image credit: Future)

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com