The tradeoffs that came with raising the pixel count were well worth it.
Imaging: 24.5MP effective, full-frame FX-format CMOS sensor captures images at 6048x4032 pixels with 12 or 14 bits/color in RAW mode.
Storage: Dual slots for CompactFlash Type I/II including UDMA; microdrives. Stores JPEG, NEF RAW, RAW + JPEG, and TIFF files.
Burst rate: Full-sized JPEGs (Fine mode): Up to 44 shots at 5 fps.
RAW: Up to 24 shots at 5 fps (14 bit). DX format (10.5MP) JPEGs: Up to 76 shots at 7 fps.
AF system: TTL phase detection with 51 illuminated focus points (15 cross-type). Singleshot and continuous AF with 3D focus tracking. Tested sensitivity down to EV -2 (at ISO 100, f/1.4).
Live view: TTL Phase detection and Contrast Detection modes.
Shutter speeds: 1/8000 to 30 sec plus B (1/3-, 1/2-, or 1-EV increments). 300,000-cycle rating. Metering: TTL metering using 1,005-pixel RGB sensor, 3D Color Matrix II, centerweighted, and spotmetering (approx. 1.5% of viewfinder). EV 0-20 (at ISO 100).
ISO range: Normal, ISO 100-1600; expanded, ISO 50, 3200 (in 1/3-EV increments) or 6400 (1-EV increment).
Flash: Dedicated Nikon hot-shoe with i-TTL flash using Nikon SB-400, SB-600, SB-800, and SB-900 Speedlights. Flash sync to 1/250 sec. Supports wireless control of SB-600, SB-800, or SB-900 units when using SB-800 or SB-900 as Commander.
Viewfinder: Fixed eye-level pentaprism. LCD: 3-in. TFT with 920,00-dot resolution, 170-degree viewing angle.
Output: Hi-Speed USB 2.0, HDMI video, composite video, and 10-pin remote control.
Battery: Rechargeable EN-EL4a Li-ion, CIPA rating, 4,400 shots.
Size/weight: 6.3x6.2x3.4 in., 3.1 lb with a card and battery.
Street price: $8,000, body only.
For info: www.nikonusa.com.