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Nikon D810

  • Nikon D810
  • Nikon D810

When it comes to camera, Nikon is still considered as one of the leading brands. In fact, a significant number of people always consider a Nikon in their bucket list when planning to get a camera. Nikon has set high standards in the field of still images and continues to further elevate the standards in this field. In fact, I am not aware of any camera that comes close to the features offered by the DSLR cameras of Nikon.

Nikon has again unveiled another remarkable camera through its Nikon D810. The camera is an ultra-high resolution camera that replaces the D800 and D800E models. It is packed with a number of features and is often times regarded as the consolidated version of the Nikon D800 and D800E because it has all the features of these models combined including the necessary improvements. This is without saying that the Nikon D810 has features that were not developed in the Nikon D800 and D800E. When it comes to its two predecessors, the D810 is more of the D800.

The Nikon D810 utilizes the “Anti-aliasing (AA) filter cancellation” of the D800E but with the improvement of dispensing with the AA filter completely. The removal of the AA filter thus results in a better resolution than the two earlier models. The removal of the AA filter is not only what makes it superior than its predecessors because other major innovations have also been introduced with the Nikon D810. Some say that it is the better choice for those who intend into going full-frame.

The Nikon D810 is a single-lens reflex digital camera that has a 36.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor. It no longer needs the AA filter which is an improvement of the Nikon D800E which merely canceled the effects of anti-aliasing. The Nikon D810 has a picture control system here one can select from Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat or Standard. The selected picture control system allows flexibility since you can modify the picture control after you have selected one. It provides great speed in FX mode where it allows a maximum of 5fps shooting which is again an improvement of the 4fps maximum shooting for both the D800 and D800E models. It is this feature that allows for a wider range of shooting conditions for the Nikon D810.

The camera has two card slots where you can store your pictures. And either of the card  slot can either be the primary storage or the backup storage. Moreover, the camera allows pictures to be copied from one card to another. It has a self-timer of varying times and interval exposures.

There are other specifications of the Nikon D810 which are improvements or add-ons in relation to its predecessors. One such feature is the new “Group Area AF” mode which allows five AF points to act simultaneously. With the Group Area AF mode the camera now allows for faster and continuous taking of shots without compromising quality of the pictures.


The Nikon D810 also improved the monoaural audio of the D800/D800E with the introduction of the 1080/60p movie recording feature coupled with an integrated stereo mic. Vibrations had also been significantly reduced with the Nikon D810 with the introduction of another feature called the electronic first-curtain shutter which was coupled with the newly-designed sequencer or mirror balancer. With less internal vibrations, it is now easier to shoot images which are pinpoint sharp. In the earlier models, the power aperture is only available when using the HDMI, however, with Nikon D810, the power aperture is now available even when one is shooting a video to the SD/CF card. The Nikon D810 also offers unlimited continuous shooting which in the previous models was subject to the 100-frame limit. Moreover, while outputting video over HDMI, the camera can simultaneously make a recording to the memory card.

Just like most cameras, the Nikon D810 has auto-focus measures which allows for contrast-detect autofocus anywhere in the frame. When face-priority autofocus or subject-tracking autofocus has been selected, the camera will automatically select the focus point.

For those who use the multimedia, movies are shown in the camera in 1080/60p with the concomitant reduction on noise and moiré. If you are looking for a lens for the Nikon D810, there are a number of compatible lens that can be used for the camera. It is very much compatible with the DX lenses, AF Nikkor lenses, AI-P NIKKOR lenses and non-CPU AI lenses. However,  IX-NIKKOR lenses, non-AI lenses and F3SF lenses are not compatible with the Nikon D810. However, one must bear in mind that although the camera is compatible with the DX lenses, the camera must however be set using the DX (24×16) 1.5x image area. For non-CPU AI lenses, the camera must be set only to exposure modes A and M.

For its battery, the Nikon D810 uses the EN-EL15 Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery. Just like its predecessors, the Nikon D810 can be a bit bulky and heavy for simple hand carry. It weighs a little less than a kilogram with the battery and the SD memory card included. With the camera body only, it can result in a reduction of its weight by around a hundred grams. This is sill heavy though particularly for those who intend to walk around with the camera on. Of course, the weight will significantly increase with the inclusion of an additional lens. To a lot of people, this is what will keep people from purchasing the Nikon D810. However, to those who choose quality and who want to have to make the images captured by their camera appear professional, the weight issue will definitely not hinder them from getting the Nikon D810.

The Nikon D810 is a wonderful camera but it comes with a heavy price. However, if you are looking for exceptional for your digital camera without considering price, then I can say that the Nikon D810 is worth every penny. The camera again raises the standard of still images and no other camera from Nikon can deliver the quality of image that the Nikon D810 can deliver.


9.5 Total Score

The D810 will ignite your creativity and help you capture images that astound.

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  1. The only criticism I have is the lack of user interchangeable focusing screens.

  2. Easy to use with great results.

  3. Love this D810. Image quality is superb – permforms nicely in lower light and higher ISO. Technique is important so that there is no motion blur.

  4. The viewfinder is brighter and clearer as well. The autofocus is where the difference really stands out.

  5. Absolutely stunning images! New ergonomic body feels great in the hands. It is a pleasure to use.

  6. Image quality and resolution all in one package that outperforms other cameras in its class.

  7. My initial impression is the D810 is more than I had hoped for.. very pleased.

  8. Agree with all the commenters. Very fast and accureate AF system and the ability to work with the group area af.

  9. The D800 was a great camera, but the D810 improves many different things that together make this a worthy update.

  10. It’s quiet, it’s fast and it takes amazing pictures in low light with super high quality results.

  11. Super sharp viewfinder in Live View, the camera ergonomics are perfect! It feels so solid in my hands! Love the ISO range especially ISO 64 and ISO 32!

  12. Hands down, this is the best pro-sumer DSLR on the planet. It has the picture quality, flexibility, useability and low light capability that should satisfy the advanced amateur or professional photographer. The detail is amazing.

  13. Feels great in hand and the quiet shutter is awesome. Focus is extremely fast and effective.

  14. Overall quality is great, and the feel is comfortable in the hand.

  15. Nikon D810 is awesome. For me what I like about it is it’s rugged with precision design with little touches right where I want them.

  16. Great ergonomics of the new grip and the improvement of the overall picture quality.

  17. Handles great as well, and new features such as highlight-weighted metering have real purpose and work as advertised.

  18. Picture quality is noticably better and the new shutter is super nice. Speed is noticably improved also.

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