>Now it is almost a year with D800 out. What is your take on >the subject question?
The NIkon D800 is way way more than just 36MP.
I love my D800! I love the dynamic range, depth of color and detail in texture. I print on an Epson R3000 and most of my prints from the D800 have an almost 3D appearance especially when printed on metallic paper.
I love the AF abilities, I love the amazing resolution - from a moving sail boat using an old (no VR) 24 - 85 NIKKOR zoom I shot a distant catamaran that looked like a blob @ 85mm: zoom in 100% and there's people on deck looking at a dolphin surfacing - and in clean focus. I've been shooting that 24-85 like a macro lens on the D800 because I can crop close in and get excellent tiny detail on butterflies, dragon flies and spiders - at a good printable size!
My old NIKKOR 80-400 f/4.5 5.6 AFS D zoom was slow to auto focus on my other Nikons but on my D800 is quick and nimble enough to keep focus on a fast moving butterfly on a bush - or a red breasted woodpecker's head while darting around a bird feeder.
Shooting AF-C 3D -11 points, hold the shutter button half way, keep it there and focus is locked on the spot weather subject moves or I recompose in the view finder. I like it better than pressing the AF / AE Lock button with my thumb - but thats just me. Most of the time I don't use VR but if I do I want time for it to settle in.
I love being able to switch aspect ratios with the FN button and command wheel. I use them all.
And I haven't even mentioned how wonderful "Auto ISO" and Aperture Priority on the D800 work.
The Nikon D800 is way more than just 36MP and I am always thankful that I have this camera!