The Nikon D810A is a full frame DSLR pro camera with 36.3megapixel dedicated to astrophotography. It comes with a specialized IR cut filter that captures the red tones. This professional camera has no optical low pass filter.

Nikon D810A shoots ultra-long exposure. It snaps up to 900 seconds with a built-in time-lapse. Enjoy interval shooting and unlimited continuous shooting. Nikon offers free downloadable Capture NX-D software. It has an Astro Noise Reduction filter to eliminate pixel artifacts without sacrificing its ranking.

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Nikon D810A: Design and Build

This pro camera comes with the same body like the D810 which feels good in the hand. It is weatherproofed and with a proper handgrip. The side of the Nikon D80A is surrounded by rubber texture. This professional DSLR camera is well built if you are going to use it for an extended purpose. It’s great equipment for outdoor shooting.

Nikon D810A: Images

In playback, Nikon D810A has a zoom display. This helps you view images at 100% making it easy to see when an image is sharp. Another great feature you will love on Nikon D810A is its ‘Split Screen Display Zoom’. You will be able to view two areas of the image magnified while taking the photo in Live View mode. This pro DSLR has a quiet shutter mode. It dampens the noise of the Nikon D810A shutter.

The Nikon D810A is described as not suitable for general photography by some people. It is because it records red tones of H-alpha emission nebula. Nikon D810A is four times more sensitive than conventional pro DSLRs. To use Nikon D810A for general use, you have to attach an IR cut filter at the front. Alternatively, you can use a dedicated infrared filter for blocking visible light. You can shoot infrared photos as well.

Nikon D810A: Video

Not like the D810, Nikon D810A can record videos at full HD 1920 X 1080. It records at 24p, 25p, 30p, 50p, and 60p. The camera comes with a microphone and headphone sockets. You can record good-quality stereo sound. Just like any pro camera, Nikon D810A can create time-lapse videos in-camera.

You can produce a video for cinema or TV on this professional DSLR. This is because it supports color grading options. Enjoy more working time with extended battery life. It can last 1200 shots basing on Nikon/CIPA test results.

Nikon D810A: Specifications

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, 200-12800 (expandable to 100-51200)
Boosted ISO (minimum)100
Boosted ISO (maximum)51200
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (6 slots)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW + TIFF
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal, basic
  • 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 (RGBW)
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
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, CompactFlash (UDMA compliant)
USBUSB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
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)880 g (1.94 lb / 31.04 oz)
Dimensions146 x 123 x 82 mm (5.75 x 4.84 x 3.23″)
Timelapse recordingYes
GPS notesvia GP-1 or GP-1A

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