Nikon D810


36.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor | EXPEED 4 image processor | No optical low pass filter


What we like:

  • Unprecedented image quality at ISO 64
  • Pro-grade AF and subject tracking
  • Redesigned mirror balancer
  • Electronic 1st Curtain
  • Added video features 

What we don't:

  • Lack of non-central cross-type AF points

The Nikon D810 is a pro-level, full-frame DSLR. Like its predecessor the D800 before it, the Nikon D810 sports a high-resolution 36.3MP sensor, the highest resolution of any DSLR currently on the market, but omits the AA filter for maximum resolution. A new base ISO sensitivity of 64 offers unparalleled dynamic range, far outstripping the abilities of its nearest competitor the Canon EOS 5D Mark III when it comes to shooting in tricky lighting situations. 

The newly introduced highlight-weighted metering helps preserve highlights to capture all the tones in those tough scenes, while shadows remain relatively noise-free.

At the D810’s core is Nikon’s latest EXPEED 4 processor, which gives the camera about a 30% increase in overall camera speed compared to its predecessor. The bump in processing power also results in a one stop higher maximum ISO of 51,200, as well as an increased burst rate of up to 5fps, compared to 4fps on the D800.

"A new base ISO sensitivity of 64 offers unparalleled dynamic range, far outstripping the abilities of its nearest competitor the Canon EOS 5D Mark III when it comes to shooting in tricky lighting situations."

Ergonomically, the D810 and the older D800 are almost (but not quite) identical, and operationally it will feel familiar to anyone who has used any of Nikon’s pro-level or full-frame cameras. It is weather and dust-sealed and built to take most anything you toss at it. The deeper grip compared to the D800 is a nice upgrade.

Pro-level video features like flat picture control (also available for stills), power aperture, a redesigned built-in stereo mic, and zebra stripes to monitor highlights, also make their way into the D810. 1080p video can be captured at up to 60fps, as well as 50, 30, 25 and 24fps. 

The Nikon D810 inherits its AF system from the pro-level D4S. Fifteen of its 51 AF points are cross-type and work together with the 91k-pixel RGB metering sensor to automatically focus on faces and produce a class-leading ‘3D’ AF tracking mode, capable of uncanny accuracy when shooting moving subjects. The high-resolution metering sensor also provides accurate exposure, white balance, face-biased metering, and spot-metering linked to AF point - all features that'd whet any photographer's appetite.


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