Nikon D810 review

Nikon D810 review

Nikon has officially unveiled the 36.3-megapixel Nikon D810 – price tag £2699.99 (€3299) body only – which Nikon says offers “the highest image quality in Nikon’s history.” The release date for this Nikon D800 replacement will be 17 July 2014.

Nikon D810: price, specs, release date confirmed

Chief among the Nikon D810’s key features is a newly developed 36.3-megapixel FX CMOS sensor, designed without the optical low pass filter like many of the new Nikon DSLRs released in the past year.

The Nikon D810 also boasts a native ISO range starting at ISO 64 and ending at ISO 12,800. This range can also be extended from an equivalent ISO 32 to ISO 51,200.

The Nikon D810 inherits a number of other features from its sibling, the NIkon D4s, chiefly its EXPEED 4 processing engine, which Nikon says allows the camera to offer higher definition, improved depth and clarity, a more accurate Auto White Balance, improved processing capability, increased continuous shooting rates, support for full HD video at 60p, as well as energy-saving capabilities to allow you to shoot longer.

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Nikon D810 release: EXPEED 4

Its faster continuous shooting speeds, along with the Multi-CAM 3500FX 51-point AF system also inherited from the D4s, allow photographers to shoot full-resolution images at up to 5fps – or alternatively the D810 can shoot 15.3-MP images at up to 7fps in DX crop mode. Another option allows you to shoot 25.1-megapixel images at 6fps in a 1.2x crop mode.

Also on board this new Nikon camera is Nikon’s new Group Area AF mode, which is designed to help photographers better isolate subjects from their background. The Nikon D810 also incorporates a new shutter/mirror box mechanism that Nikon says reduces image shake for a steady viewfinder image with minimal blackout during high-speed shooting.

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Nikon D810 release: Group Area AF

With the Nikon D810 you can also employ a new electronic front-curtain shutter to minimise internal vibrations and reduce the risk of micro-blur in images with fine details.

Nikon has also added a new raw Size S file format to the D810 which produces 12-bit uncompressed Nikon NEF files to allow for faster working.

Nikon Picture Control 2.0 introduces a number of new options for photographers, including a new Clarity setting that allows you to make fine adjustments to contrast in .25 increments.

Meanwhile, a new Flat rendering option applies a more natural effect, Nikon says, and will retain all the details and preserve rich tonal information in both highlights and shadows, delivering a wide dynamic range.

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Nikon D810 Video

Nikon D810 Video

The Nikon D810 records full HD video (1080p) at 50p/60p frame rates. The new Nikon camera offers FX and DX sensor crop formats as well as clean HDMI out, plus simultaneous capture of full-resolution footage in-camera and on an external recorder.

What’s more, the D810 also allows for full ISO control in video mode, with access to the whole of the native range (ISO 64-51,200) – or you can use the Auto ISO function to set a maximum.

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An improved audio control aims to cut down on wind noise, employing a stereo microphone input and an audio outlet so you fine-tune audio levels in isolation both before and during recording. You can also select the sound range (wide/voice), and wind noise can be reduced when recording with the built-in microphone.

Meanwhile, a new Zebra mode helps you identify areas of overexposure during filming, and the new ‘Flat’ Picture Control can be used for optimal colour grading processing after shooting.

Nikon D810 Body

Nikon D810 Body

Nikon says it has made a number of changes in the D810 body to improve its handling. Among these are a re-designed grip and a newly employed i button. Unlike the D800 there’s now a metering mode button on the dial, and Nikon has rubberised the memory card slot cover.

On back of the camera is an anti-reflective, 3.2in, 1,229-dot LCD screen which allows you to customise the colour balance and push colour and brightness in any direction.

Meanwhile, a new Live View split-screen zoom makes it possible to enlarge two points on the same horizontal line to check levelling and sharpness.

Nikon D810 Specs

Nikon D810 Specs List: summary of key features

  • New 36.3-MP FX-format sensor
  • ISO range of 64–12800, extendable from 32–51200 ISO equivalent.
  • Up to 7 fps burst rate: uncompromised full-resolution images at up to 5 fps. 15.3MP images at up to 7fps in DX crop mode
  • EXPEED 4 Processing Engine
  • Multi-CAM 3500FX 51-point AF system configurable in 9-point, 21-point, and 51-point coverage settings and sensitive down to -2 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
  • Group Area AF mode
  • Multi-area D-Movie: Full HD (1080p) movies in FX- and DX-format at 50p/60p. Access the full light sensitivity range, from ISO 64, while filming, and control shutter speed, aperture, and audio levels, too
  • RAW Size S: delivers richly graded 12-bit uncompressed Nikon NEF files
  • Picture Control 2.0: new Flat setting for maximum dynamic range; fine-adjust detail with Clarity.
  • New shutter/mirror box architecture and electronic front-curtain features
  • Colour-tune monitor: anti-reflective 8.0-cm (3.2-in.), 1229k-dot RGBW LCD monitor. Push the colour balance and brightness in any direction
  • Live View split-screen zoom: check levelling and sharpness. Accessed via the camera’s ‘i’ button
  • Kevlar/carbon fibre-composite shutter unit with 52 ms shutter lag, standard life cycle rating of 200,000 releases, and a shutter speed of 1/8000 to 30secs, with flash synchronization at up to 1/250sec
  • Unlimited continuous shooting: capture countless JPEGs
  • EL-15a battery: lithium-ion rechargeable battery with a capacity of 1900 mAh (7.0V). Capture up to 1,200 still images on a single charge.
  • Storage media: two card slots – one CF card slot for high-speed UDMA 7 cards, and one SD card slot for high-speed, high-capacity SDXC and UHS-I cards.
  • Magnesium alloy body: weather and dust sealing
  • Wired and wireless connection: supports Ethernet and wireless LAN. To connect, use the optional UT-1 Data Transmitter together with the WT-5 Wireless Transmitter.

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Nikon D810 Price & Release Date

Nikon D810 Price & Release Date

The Nikon D810 price tag will be £2699.99 (€3299) body only, with a release date set for 17 July 2014.

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