Nikon D800: no price set, Nikon says find the best

Camera manufacturer Nikon has released its next big digital SLR, a whopping 36.3 megapixel beast with 1080p Full HD video support. Interestingly, there’s no recommended retail price, and the company is telling customers to shop around.

Sold out practically from day one, the Australian stores listing the D800 camera are now waiting on stock set to arrive in a few weeks, but also lack a uniform price.

For the release of Nikon’s latest camera, the company has ditched a set price and is asking consumers to shop around to find the best price.

The D800 is a full-frame digital SLR with a 36.3 megapixel sensor, 51 autofocus points, uncompressed video out, low-light sensitivity up to ISO 25600, high-speed USB 3.0 port for data transfer, and a magnesium alloy frame.

We looked around and found a variety of prices, ranging from $3425 to $3999 body only, so if you’re thinking of buying one, make sure to look around. From what we’ve seen, the prices above $3400 are Australian stock, with anything under $3000 more or less assured of being grey market stock without an Australian warranty.

Nikon Australia recently changed its retail pricing policies to offer select Australian retailers better pricing in exchange for only selling stock sold through the local arm of Nikon, instead of taking the cheaper overseas import channels.

As part of this shift in policy, Nikon has also added two year warranties to several products, with the D800 included in this.

The D800's magnesium allow inside, with the optional battery grip beneath.