Moving the game marker for high-end digital photography into fresh new territory, the Nikon D800 employs a 36 MP sensor—the world’s highest effective pixel count at 36.3-million pixels, to be precise—that promises to capture reality like never before. “Define every eyelash, every line in tree bark, and every shimmer of light” no less, is what they say. The incredible amount of photo information collected allows enlarging to A1 poster size, nearly 2′x3′, at a crisp 200 dpi, or cropping down to a tiny portion of the original image without losing detail. Video mode offers broadcast quality performance, with Full HD 1080 at 30/24p, and uncompressed HD output on demand. Keeping the package safe is a durable magnesium alloy frame, and the camera is sealed and gasketed for resistance to dirt and moisture. Of course, there is lots more to be detailed: check the official D800 microsite. Aimed at the pro, we could all want one. Available in March, list $2,995, lens not included.