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Nikon D810 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body
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Overall score: 86%
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- 36.3 MP FX-format CMOS sensor without an Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF)
- 30% faster EXPEED 4 image processing engine
- 51-point AF system and 3D Color Matrix metering III with a 91,000-pixel RGB sensor
- ISO 64-12,800 expandable to 51,200
- Featuring a new RAW Small Size option, which produces 16MP images with much smaller file sizes
- Professional video and audio capabilities
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||1,200 Photos|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (FX)|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||5 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||1229000|
|Display Size||3.2 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||36.3 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||51,200|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||32|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||No|
|File Format||JPEG (Exif 2.3, DCF 2.0), RAW (NEF), TIFF (RGB)|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC, CompactFlash (UDMA compliant)|
|Flash Modes Description||Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Hi-speed sync, High-speed synchronization, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Second curtain synchro, Slow synchronization|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/250 sec|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Flash Type||via hot shoe, flash sync terminal, wireless|
|Focus Description||51-point phase detection|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|Form Factor||Mid-size SLR|
|ISO Range||Auto, 64-12800|
|Image Aspect Ratio||5:4, 3:2|
|Item Dimensions||4.84 x 3.23 x 5.75 inches|
|Item Weight||2.16 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||14 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Weight||1.14 grams|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 year Manufacturer supplied Full USA Warranty|
|Material Type||Magnesium alloy|
|Maximum Focal Length||300 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/8000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||7,360|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Highlight-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||28 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16 MP|
|Optical Sensor Size||full frame|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Processor Description||EXPEED 4|
|Remote Control Description||Yes|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||Ultrasonic + dust off reference data|
|Shipping Weight||4.3 pounds|
|Style Name||Body Only|
|Supported Battery Types||EN-EL15 lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Total USB 3.0 Ports||1|
|Video Capture Format||mpeg-4;h.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical (tunnel)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Sensor Size||Full frame||Full frame||Full frame||Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)|
|Max Resolution||36.3 MP||24.3 MP||36.3||36.3 MP|
|Iso Range||Auto, 64-12800||Auto, 100-12800, expandable to 50-51200||100 - 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (50 - 25600 with boost)||Auto, 200-12800 (expandable to 100-51200)|
|Display Size||3.2 inches||3.2 inches||3.2 inches||3.2 inches|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||5||6.5||6||5|
|Wireless Communication Technology||Optional||BuiltIn||None||Optional|
|Item Weight||2.16 pounds||1.65 pounds||2.2 pounds||1.94 pounds|
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Review summary from DPReview
“ The D810 offers medium format image quality at ISO 64, and more than enough resolution for almost any application. Its well thought-out ergonomics, build and speed make it as versatile in the field as in the studio. We do have some reservations: mirror slap can be an issue with some VR lenses, and the electronic 1st curtain implementation is limited. We also wish focus were more reliable in low light, but these do not detract unduly from the quality of the total package. ”
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From the Manufacturer
Harness the power of extreme resolution, jaw-dropping image quality and huge dynamic range in both stills and Full HD 1080p video applications. A newly designed 36.3 megapixel FX-format full-frame image sensor with no optical low-pass filter is paired with the thrilling performance of EXPEED 4 for staggering detail retention, noise-free images from ISO 64 to ISO 12,800, fast frame rates, cinematic video capabilities, in-camera editing features and outstanding energy efficiency. For still and multimedia photographers, the D810 will ignite your creativity and help you capture images that astound. For cinematographers and camera operators, the D810 will become one of the most versatile tools in your arsenal. The D810 will expand your vision and make you rethink what’s possible.
The evolution of high resolution.
One look at the jaw-dropping image quality possible with the D810 and you'll never look at image quality the same way. The level of detail and sharpness, the wide dynamic range and rich tonality in nearly any light is simply staggering—almost unimaginable until now. For still and multimedia photographers including landscape, studio, wedding and portrait pros, the D810 will ignite your creativity and help you capture images that astound. For cinematographers and camera operators, the D810 will become one of the most versatile and important tools in your arsenal. With meticulous autofocus, fast frame rates and image processing, smaller file formats, excellent energy efficiency and exciting new capabilities for all manners of shooting, the D810 expands your vision and lets you rethink what’s possible.
One look changes everything
The bar has been raised
The D810 truly raises the bar for image quality and dynamic range. An all-new FX-format full-frame image sensor design—36.3-megapixels with no optical low-pass filter—is paired with Nikon's innovative EXPEED 4 image processing for flawless detail retention from snow white to pitch black, beautiful noise-free images from ISO 64 to ISO 12,800, an extremely wide dynamic range, flattering well-saturated skin tones and much more. The combination reveals the true optical precision of NIKKOR lenses, which provide flawless rendering even at these pixel counts. For those seeking the ultimate in D-SLR image quality, the D810 delivers.
Take productions to the next level
Outstanding on TV, video and film sets
The D810 is the full-frame D-SLR that cinematographers, camera operators and multimedia photographers have been waiting for. Bring the camera's remarkable image quality and dynamic range to 1080p videos recorded at 60/50/30/25/24p uncompressed to an external device, compressed to an internal CF/SD card or both simultaneously. Move between dark and light scenes without any iris or frame-rate adjustments thanks to ISO Auto Adjust. Smoothly change a shot's depth of field with power iris control. Shoot in a flat picture style that enhances dynamic range and streamlines post-production work. Even enjoy broadcast-caliber audio control right in the camera. Let the D810 and the vast collection of NIKKOR lenses take your production to the next level.
Where speed and accuracy converge
The D810 performs with astounding speed and precision. Capture 5 fps at full resolution and in 5:4 crop mode, 6 fps in 1:2 crop mode and 7 fps in DX-crop mode*. Enjoy tack-sharp focus—crucial in high-resolution images—thanks to an Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX AF sensor that uses 51 focus points, including 15 cross-type sensors, 11 of which work all the way to f/8, plus a new Group Area AF. Internal vibration has been nearly eliminated with a newly designed sequencer mechanism and Electronic Front Curtain Shutter system. You can even quickly spot-check your focus by zooming in 46x on the large 3.2-inch 1,229k-dot display with RGBW alignment and monitor highlights during video capture with zebra striping right in the display. The D810 is as nimble as it is precise.
*When using optional MB-D12 battery pack and EN-EL18a battery (for up to 100 jpeg shots)
Thrilling new capabilities and inspiration
The D810 is a versatile camera for versatile shooters. Produce stunning star-trail images with unlimited continuous shooting—capture images for as long as your battery or memory card will allow. Create smooth, even time-lapse sequences thanks to new Exposure Smoothing. Preserve details in both the shadowy and bright areas of stage performances and other spot-lit situations with Highlight-weighted Metering. Use the D810's pop-up flash as a Commander for Nikon's Creative Light System—a major convenience for location photographers. Save your files in a new 12-bit uncompressed RAW size S* format that's half the size of RAW size L. Wherever your passion and inspiration takes you, the D810 will follow.
*In-camera RAW processing or some retouch options, such as image overlay, cannot be applied.
- D810 Body Only
- EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
- MH-25a Battery Charger
- USB Cable Clip
- HDMI Cable Clip
- UC-E22 USB Cable
- AN-DC12 Strap
- BF-1B Body Cap
- BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cap
- DK-17 Eyepiece
- BM-12 LCD Monitor Cover
- NikonView NX2 CD ROM
Top Customer Reviews
UPDATE 8-11-2014 Spent two weeks shooting landscapes and wildlife in Maine. The new group auto focus setting was amazing for shots of birds. The focus tracking was amazing and I was able to secure the best eagle pictures I have ever taken and all the credit goes to the D810. My D200, D800 and even D4 would have had trouble tracking these subjects. The auto focus improvements are extremely substantial and have immediate real world benefits.
The big headline to me regarding the D810 is the shutter and mirror assembly. The sound of the camera is completely different than the D800 or the D4 for that matter. The D810 sounds like there has been a lot of work done on damping the mechanical vibrations that occur when the shutter is tripped. In my initial testing I found that with the Nikkor 105VR Micro that there was a noticeable reduction in the slight blur that I had always attributed to mirror slap on the D800. Holding the camera when it triggers, one feels less bounce going on inside the body.
UPDATE 7-23-2013 Shooting macro with the 105VR I definitely saw an improvement in focus acuity and it seemed that the combination of improved focus and VR yielded noticeably better results than the D800.
Having had a D800 and going through the experience of having to return several due to the "left focus issue" before I found a good one, it was one of the first things I tested. I am happy to report that I found no evidence of variability in focus across the range of focus points.Read more ›
My D7000 and 17-55mm combination was good and I shoot lots of photos with it so I thought I will never have the desire to upgrade to full frame body. But boy I was so wrong. After yesterday, I realize the full frame bokeh and feel of the photo is much better than on DX body, indeed as people claimed. I used group focus most of the time since the kids were moving all the time. The focus was fast, got it right 97% of the time I would say. Much better than the single focus point of D7000 since the group focus has bigger focus area so you do not need to change focus point often. I use AF-ON button to focus, which is much better laid out than D7000. The AE-L/AF-L button on D7000 is so badly designed that I found it unusable.
Other impression with the D810 is that Pixels DO matter! It makes me not afraid of cropping the photo. Meanwhile I believe the photos look much sharper on my screen, comparing to D7000 and 17-55mm F2.8. Yes, the lens and no AA filter increase the sharpness on D810, but I believe the huge chunk of pixels squeeze on the screen makes it look sharper too. And I feel more pixels make spot healing in PS easier too.Read more ›
First of all, and I think most important of all is the autofocus is so much quicker. I was demonstrating it to my friend by just turning the camera to anything and press the shutter and it instantly focus and takes the picture. I set the menu mode for shutter release on focus only. On the D800, you will get the focus just a bit slower. Although this may not sound like a big difference, it allows me to get "that" picture with more confidence. I was never able to to use autofocus "c" mode to follow a flying bird because it is just not fast enough, or maybe I am not good enough of a photographer. However, on the D810, I was able to follow a dragonfly buzzing around my backyard and out of 6-7 pictures, I got 3 excellent in focus one. One of the picture looked like 3D because it was so clear!
The second difference, which I think is just as important to me is the improvement of ISO performance. I compared the noise level between ISO 800 - 12800 on both cameras. On the D800, I could definitely see annoying noise, even with noise reduction turned on by 1600, and by 3200, it was definitely unacceptable. On the D810, I could definitely see noise by 2500, and by 8000, it was definitely unacceptable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic camera especially is you like shooting in low light. Had to buy a second to backup my other D810Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
the best looking camera of all time .
to me the picture quality at the very same place as exterior look of my gear. Read more
I like this camera a lot, however, I still have some reservations about it and I'd like to try out the Sony and Canon 5D before declaring this camera as amazing. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Niki
Excellent camera for serious photographers. Incredible resolution. A little on the heavy side, but if that's not a problem then I highly recommend it.Published 12 days ago by Dan Cooksey
I have my D800 and the Up-grades truly earn it's new name "Nikon D810".Published 26 days ago by Daniel Gutierrez
Software for tethering is $179 for Camera Control Pro 2 at BNH! $179.95 something we should get for free. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Spud
The most amazing camera we have every owned, the low-light capability and picture quality is astounding!Published 1 month ago by Janis
I am very disappointed with Nikon's quality. The camera is a good product. However, the first one I ordered had a problem with the SD card reader from the moment I unboxed it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brendan G. Jaffer