Generating a fierce debate among the WDC team, the D800 just edged out the equally impressive Canon EOS 5D Mk III in this category. While both models have their strengths over the other, we felt that the staggering 36.3MP resolution offered by the D800 was a real game-changer. The stunning level of detail offered by the D800 will trouble that of much costlier medium format cameras, capturing the imagination and extending the possibilities to a host of photographers.
It's not all about resolution, as the D800 is brimming with a comprehensive set of features, sports a very sophisticated 51-point AF system, is a joy to use thanks to some fantastic handling characteristics, while the rock-solid build and the plethora of weather-seals will protect it from the elements. This, and loads of little details, all go to make this one of the best DSLRs we've ever seen.
Runners up: Canon EOS 5D MkIII, Canon EOS-1D X, Nikon D600, Nikon D4, Sony Alpha 99