Nikon D800 Released in Japan

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The Nikon D800 DSLR went on sale in Japan today, and distributors are having a hard time keeping up with demand. With pre-orders shipping all over the country, major retailers like Bic Camera, Yodobashi Camera and Camera no Kitamura are out of stock, and have no estimate concerning new supply shipments.

Bic and Yodobashi are pricing the camera body at roughly $3,575, while Kitamura is selling it for about $3,217. These prices seem a bit high, as Nikon's MSRP in the U.S. for the D800 is $2995.95.

There's no word on when the camera will be shipped in the U.S.

The D800, Nikon's new flagship camera that is set to compete with Canon's classic 5D line, was recently in the news due to a snafu at launch event in Bangkok in February. In a demo reel screened for the audience, Nikon used footage from other cameras, mainly the Canon 5D Mark II, to display the video capabilities of its D800. Below is an official promo video, featuring actual Nikon D800 clips:

The D800's 36.3 megapixel sensor appears to do well with video in low light situations, and the camera features stereo inputs and a peak audio meter display.

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