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Compared to the canon's the live view is:
1. Way slower to activate! Takes like 5 seconds sometimes for live view to come on.
D800E Live View comes up instantly for me. I tried timing it, but it was too quick to get an accurate time.
2. Once you zoom in to a pixel level the lag on the image is horrible. It makes checking focus a pain in the butt.
I don't see this lag.
I have the Multi Selector center button set to zoom to medium magnification. This is a usable level. Full magnification is greater than 100% and noise overwhelms the image.
3. Harder to check focus as the interpolation has issues with displaying pixel level image onto the monitor.
Interpolation causes problems with geometric subjects. With natural shapes it is not as much of a problem, but the noise level is horrible.
Overall, the live view has a long way to go to reach canon levels imo. Does that mean it isn't usable. No, but it does make it more difficult especially if you are used to doing things like you do on the canons.
Yes, Live View is very disappointing on the D800E. For me, the worst problem is when shooting flash. LV comes up with the exposure set on the camera. In a studio situation, where ambient light is much darker than what the flash will provide, LV comes up black. You have to decrease shutter speed and/or open aperture to see the image.
The dynamic range is amazing! I'll sacrifice a LOT to get such amazing dynamic range.
Yes, definitely amazing.