Currently I fail to see any magic in this camera, just as usual Canon's crippled update, whereas the price seems to indicate premium qualities.
In that sense Nikon has clear and understandable distinction - full package in all FF cameras targeting different auditoriums, against Canon's very expensive and crippled expensive option.
What exactly do you think is crippled about this? These specs look much more appealing to me than the Nikon D800.
Exactly... granted it can still change up until it's release, but other than MP, what does the D800 have that the 5d3 (rumored) doesn't have that has been confirmed? ISO even wins (theoretically until tested) which is a first for canon.
Is Nikons low light AF still going to be better I wonder?
Until we start getting production samples, it's anyones guess.
Until the final specs are finally released AND production samples are out it's anyone's guess. When comparing the D800 to the D4 and the current 5D mk3 to the 1D-X, the D800 does carry more of the D4 technology when compared to the 5D mk3 and 1D-X (mainly the metering, and AF). We do not know the complete specs on the 5D mk3 so there is no way to compare any of the cameras yet.
I do feel that if these specs are correct then Nikon will have taken the Canon approach of the last gen cameras and Canon the Nikon approach. They kind of flip-flopped positions based on the intended audience for their new smaller body FX cameras. To me the most interesting aspect of the D800 is the removal of the AA filter option which is targeted towards a specific audience. Also keep in mind that Nikon has said that the D800 is not the successor to the D700, but they wanted to introduce a whole new category to the Nikon lineup.
Regardless if you shoot Nikon or Canon, it's an awesome time to be a photographer with many new and exciting tools out there for our disposal. I'm excited to see the production units of all of these cameras 1D-X, D4, 5D mk3, and D800/E. I just wonder what the release date of the 5D mk3 is going to be.