The Nikon D800E is a variant of the D800 that is free from the effects of an anti-aliasing filter. Aimed at studio and landscape professionals the D800E should theoretically begin to rival medium format digital equipment in terms of resolution. In our testing, the D800E matches the D800 in almost all respects, but does offer a meaningful increase in resolution in certain situations.
If you’re weighing up the D800 and D800E, in our opinion there is no obvious downside to opting for the more expensive model beyond the extra cost. You get better image quality in both RAW and JPEG mode (although diffraction and lens aberrations remove that benefit at certain aperture settings). And color moiré in still images – in the relatively few instances we’ve encountered it – is typically only marginally more visible in the D800E than it is in equivalent scene elements captured by the D800.