Nikon D810 Review

The Nikon D810 is here to fill some big shoes. It replaces the much loved D800 and D800E. This pro camera takes the best of both models to offer greater pixel resolution. Nikon D810 comes with other features like a wider sensitivity range, more capable video capture, and more exceptional performance.

Nikon D810 shares a lot of features with its predecessor, Nikon D800 but it has additional features. It comes with a refined 36.3-megapixel image sensor. This professional comes with a next-generation EXPEED 4 image processor. The Nikon D810 beats its predecessors for its sensitivity both at the bottom and top of the range. It is a stand-alone pro DSLR to beat the competition.

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Nikon D810: Performance

Nikon D810 comes with a new EXPEED 4 processor which allows you to take one frame per second. Its burst performance has significant improvements to a maximum of five frames per second at full resolution.  This professional DSLR shoots 7fps with a DX-format crop. You don’t have to worry about battery life. The Nikon D810 comes with an optional MB-D12 Multi-Power Battery Pack.

Nikon D810: Viewfinder

This pro camera comes with a new mirror sequencer unit. Nikon D810 is made to offer better control vibration. Its rear panel LCD display now has four dots for each pixel. You are allowed either a brighter better visible display to shoot outdoors. Or, save power when shooting in lower ambient light. The pentaprism viewfinder is upgraded with a new prism coating. Now you can enjoy better clarity along with a brighter LCD display which is easy to read.

Nikon D810: Body and Design

Nikon D810 has a new body. It comes with a deeper and comfortable hand grip with some minor tweaks on the controls. The Live View and mirror lockup modes have been improved as well. They can now use a new electronic first-curtain shutter function. Nikon D810 also has a new highlight-weighted exposure metering option. You get to enjoy a new picture control called ‘Flat’. It is aimed at professional photographers who need to color grade and match output from different cameras.

Nikon D810: Images

This pro DSLR comes with a Quiet Continuous mode to the Drive Mode dial. You can get a burst of photos more quietly than when in standard continuous mode. It makes Nikon D810 the ideal camera when capturing sound sensitive subjects. This pro camera works well when snapping skittish wildlife, press conferences or live performances.

Nikon D810: Video

Videographers get plenty of love from this DSLR pro camera. Nikon D810 has a lot of features which make a video capturing a breeze. You record videos to the camera’s memory cards. Nikon D810 also allows outputting uncompressed HDMI capture with an external device. You use the camera’s Power Aperture function as the Nikon D810 records to memory cards.

Nikon D810: Specifications

Price
Body type
Sensor
Image
Optics & Focus
Screen / viewfinder
Photography features
Videography features
Storage
Connectivity
Physical
Other features
MSRP$3299.95
Body typeMid-size SLR
Max resolution7360 x 4912
Other resolutionsFX: 5520 x 3680, 3680 x 2456; 1.2: 6144 x 4080, 4608 x 3056, 3072 x 2040; 5:4: 6144 x 4912, 4608 x 3680, 3072 x 2456; DX: 4800 x 3200, 3600 x 2400, 2400 x 1600
Image ratio w:h5:4, 3:2
Effective pixels36 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors37 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorEXPEED 4
ISOAuto, 64-12800
Boosted ISO (minimum)32
Boosted ISO (maximum)51200
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (6 slots)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW + TIFF
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal, basic
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points51
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots1,229,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT-LCD (WRGB)
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (tunnel)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.7×
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesNo
Built-in flashYes
Flash range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (via hot shoe, flash sync terminal, wireless)
Flash modesFront-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, redeye reduction, redeye reduction w/slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync
Continuous drive5.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs for up to 9 shots)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Highlight-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (2-9 exposures in 1-3 increments)
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Videography notesUncompressed output over HDMI with simultaneous writing to memory card
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, CompactFlash (UDMA compliant)
USBUSB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
WirelessOptional
Wireless notesvia WT-5A or Eye-Fi
Remote controlYes
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionEN-EL15 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)1200
Weight (inc. batteries)980 g (2.16 lb / 34.57 oz)
Dimensions146 x 123 x 82 mm (5.75 x 4.84 x 3.23″)
GPSOptional
GPS notesvia GP-1 or GP-1A

Nikon D810: Conclusion

The Nikon D810 is an outstanding camera that is well-suited to nature, still-life and macro shooters, but can also offer outstanding images of sport, action and wildlife.

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Build Quality
Ergonomics & Handling
Features
Focus Accuracy
Image Quality
ISO Performance
Viewfinder
Performance
Video mode
Connectivity
Value
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