The Nikon D700 was the last great pre-video DSLR. It was an excellent and very boring camera. Nikon's newest, a $3,000 body called the D800, introduces two major features: HD video and a 36-megapixel sensor.
That sensor is what's on everybody's mind. Studio photographers will love its rich details, and for the hack on the street, it's the sharpest sensor in this price range. Let's be clear from the start: This is one of the best cameras you can buy for three grand, period. But it's been overshadowed by the standard-bearer in this category, the Canon 5D Mark III. At a $500 lower price, could the Nikon D800 be a better buy?