Nikon D810 FX-format Digital SLR Camera (Review)

Product Description

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.


Specifications
Type Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Effective angle of view Nikon FX format
Effective pixels
Effective pixels 36.3 million
Image sensor
Image sensor 35.9 x 24.0 mm CMOS sensor
Total pixels 37.09 million
Dust-reduction system Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (requires Capture NX-D software)
Storage
Image size (pixels)
  • FX format (36×24): 7360 x 4912 (L), 5520 x 3680 (M), 3680 x 2456 (S)
  • 1.2x (30×20): 6144 x 4080 (L), 4608 x 3056 (M), 3072 x 2040 (S)
  • DX format (24×16): 4800 x 3200 (L), 3600 x 2400 (M), 2400 x 1600 (S)
  • 5:4 (30×24): 6144 x 4912 (L), 4608 x 3680 (M), 3072 x 2456 (S)
  • FX-format photographs taken in movie live view: 6720 x 3776 (L), 5040 x 2832 (M), 3360 x 1888 (S)
  • DX-format photographs taken in movie live view: 4800 x 2704 (L), 3600 x 2024 (M), 2400 x 1352 (S)
    Note: Photographs taken in movie live view have an aspect ratio of 16:9; A DX-based format is used for photographs taken using the DX (24×16) 1.5x image area; an FX-based format is used for all other photographs
File format
  • NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed; small size available (12-bit uncompressed only)
  • TIFF (RGB)
  • JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available
  • NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control system Can be selected from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
Storage media SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards; Type I CompactFlash memory cards (UDMA compliant)
Dual card slots Either card can be used for primary or backup storage or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; pictures can be copied between cards
File system DCF 2.0, DPOF, Exif 2.3, PictBridge
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverage
  • FX (36×24): Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical
  • 1.2x (30×20): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical
  • DX (24×16): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical
  • 5:4 (30×24): Approx. 97% horizontal and 100% vertical
Magnification Approx. 0.7x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint 17 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment -3 to +1 m-1
Focusing screen Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets and framing grid
Reflex mirror Quick return
Depth-of-field preview Pressing Pv button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (P and S modes)
Lens aperture Instant return, electronically controlled
Lens
Compatible lenses Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G, E, and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC lenses), DX lenses (using DX (24×16) 1.5x image area) AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only); IX-NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses cannot be used: The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supports the 11 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster)
Shutter
Type Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter, electronic front-curtain shutter (in mirror up release mode)
Speed 1/8000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, bulb, time, X250
Flash sync speed X=1/250 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/320 s or slower (flash range drops at speeds between 1/250 and 1/320 s)
Release
Release mode S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), QC (quiet continuous shutter-release), Self-timer, MUP (mirror up)
Frame advance rate
  • With EN-EL15 batteries
    (FX/5:4) CL: Approx. 1 to 5 fps, CH: Approx. 5 fps, QC: Approx. 3 fps
    (DX/1.2x) CL: Approx. 1 to 6 fps, CH: Approx. 6 fps, QC: Approx. 3 fps
  • Other power sources
    (FX/5:4) CL: Approx. 1 to 5 fps, CH: Approx. 5 fps, QC: Approx. 3 fps
    (1.2x) CL: Approx. 1 to 6 fps, CH: Approx. 6 fps, QC: Approx. 3 fps
    (DX) CL: Approx. 1 to 6 fps, CH: Approx. 7 fps, QC: Approx. 3 fps
Self-timer 2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2 or 3 s
Exposure
Metering TTL exposure metering using 91K-pixel RGB sensor
Metering method
  • Matrix: 3D color matrix metering III (type G, E and D lenses); color matrix metering III (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data
  • Center-weighted: Weight of approx. 75% given to 12-mm circle in center of frame; diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15 or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circle)
  • Spot: Meters 4-mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
  • Highlight-weighted: Available with type G, E and D lenses (equivalent to center-weighted when other lenses are used)
Range
(ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)
  • Matrix, center-weighted, or highlight-weighted metering: 0 to 20 EV
  • Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV
Exposure meter coupling Combined CPU and AI
Mode Programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)
Exposure compensation -5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Exposure bracketing 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV; 2 to 5 frames in steps of 2 or 3 EV
Exposure lock Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index)
ISO 64 to 12800 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV; can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 32 equivalent) below ISO 64 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 or 2 EV (ISO 51200 equivalent) above ISO 12800; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-Lighting Can be selected from auto, extra high, high, normal, low or off
ADL bracketing 2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3 to 5 frames using preset values for all frames
Focus
Autofocus Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors; f/8 supported by 11 sensors), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 to 3 m/1 ft 8 in. to 9 ft 10 in.)
Detection range -2 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Lens servo
  • Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status
  • Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus point Can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points
AF-area mode Single-point AF, 9-, 21- or 51-point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, group-area AF, auto-area AF
Focus lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Flash
Built-in flash Manual pop-up with button release and a guide number of approx. 12/39, 12/39 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Flash control TTL: i-TTL flash control using 91K-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix, center-weighted and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash mode Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off; auto FP high-speed sync supported
Flash compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Flash bracketing 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV; 2 to 5 frames in steps of 2 or 3 EV
Flash-ready indicator Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; blinks after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoe ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting
System (CLS)
Nikon CLS supported; commander mode option available
Sync terminal ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread
White balance
White balance Auto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view), choose color temperature (2500 K to 10000 K); all with fine-tuning
White balance bracketing 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3
Live View
Live view mode Live view photography (still images), movie live view (movies)
Lens servo
  • Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time servo AF (AF-F)
  • Manual focus (M)
AF-area mode Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
Autofocus Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Movie
Metering TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Metering method Matrix, center-weighted, or highlight-weighted
Frame size (pixels)
and frame rate
  • 1920 x 1080; 60 p (progressive), 50 p, 30 p, 25 p, 24 p
  • 1280 x 720; 60p, 50p

Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; all options support both high and normal image quality

File format MOV
Video compression H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format Linear PCM
Audio recording device Built-in or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
ISO sensitivity
  • Exposure modes P, S and A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 64 to Hi 2) with selectable upper limit
  • Exposure mode M: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 64 to Hi 2) available with selectable upper limit; manual selection (ISO 64 to 12800 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV); can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 or 2 EV (ISO 51200 equivalent) above ISO 12800
Other movie options Index marking, time-lapse photography
Monitor
Monitor 8-cm/3.2-in., approx. 1229 k-dot (VGA; 640 x RGBW x 480 = 1,228,800 dots) TFT monitor with 170 ° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment
Playback
Playback Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, auto image rotation
Interface
USB SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0 Micro-B connector); connection to built-in USB port is recommended
HDMI output Type C HDMI connector
Audio input Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
Audio output Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)
Ten-pin remote terminal Can be used to connect optional remote control, optional WR-R10 (requires WR-A10 Adapter) or WR-1 Wireless Remote Controller, GP-1/GP-1A GPS Unit, or GPS device compliant with NMEA0183 version 2.01 or 3.01 (requires optional MC-35 GPS Adapter Cord and cable with D-sub 9-pin connector)
Supported languages (may differ by country or area)
Supported languages Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Power source
Battery One EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Battery pack Optional MB-D12 Multi-Power Battery Pack
with one EN-EL15/EN-EL18a*/EN-EL18* Rechargeable Li-ion Battery or eight AA-size alkaline, Ni-MH or lithium batteries
* Available separately; Requires optional BL-5 Battery Chamber Cover
AC adapter EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5B Power Connector (available separately)
Tripod socket
Tripod socket 1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions / weight
Dimensions
(W x H x D)
Approx. 146 x 123 x 81.5 mm/5.8 x 4.9 x 3.3 in.
Weight Approx. 980 g/2 lb 2.6 oz with battery and SD memory card but without body cap; approx. 880 g/1 lb 15.1 oz (camera body only)
Operating environment
Temperature 0 to 40°C/32 to 104°F
Humidity 85% or less (no condensation)

Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.


Design and construction

For those who are frustrated with pictures shot while trying to awkwardly hold a small point and shoot camera or a smartphone camera, the Nikon D810 is a revelation. The right handle is a perfect size, making it easy to hold the D810 comfortably. And most of the camera’s buttons are easy to reach, while maintaining the camera DSLR normally. I should mention here that Nikon set the control knob and the layout of what she had with the predecessor of this device – D800 – which may frustrate some users migrating to the D810 from the older model. I thought the button layout was good with the D810, but those accustomed to the button layout of the D800 may not agree.

This model is a heavy camera, weighing nearly 2 pounds without the target. But Nikon designers have done a good job of designing the D810, distribute the weight evenly, making the well-balanced unit. However, I recommend having a neck strap attached to this model if you will use it for a full day of photography, such as digital SLR D810 is heavy enough that it will use your arms after a few hours of transportation around.

As with most digital SLR cameras, the Nikon D810 performance speeds are very good when using the viewfinder of the camera to frame the photos, but the slow performance levels when using the framing scenes using the display screen. When shooting with the viewfinder, you can record images at speeds up to 5 frames per second at full resolution, which is a good performance compared with other digital SLRs, but not a high level of performance range. There is no noticeable shutter lag with this camera, and shooting shot delays are minimal. You will not miss many photos spontaneous waiting for this model to start either,

Another advantage to the viewfinder shooting is that you save battery power compared to using the screen to frame the scene. When shooting primarily with the viewfinder, you should be able to take pictures for hours on a single battery charge, which is an excellent performance.

Nikon D810 also gave a pair of memory card slots, one for the CF card and one for SD cards. CF cards offer higher performance levels as SD cards, which will appeal to advanced photographers, the optional dual memory card slot is another example of how the D810 features you can follow to improve your photography skills.

The display is a high quality, measuring an average of 3.2 inches diagonally and offering more than 1.2 million pixels resolution. It is unfortunate Nikon has chosen not to do this or articulated activated touch screen display. Surprisingly for a camera in this price range, the D810 does not offer either integrated Wi-Fi connectivity.

Keep in mind that the high price of Nikon D810 is not the only cost you will encounter with this model. You must purchase interchangeable lenses for use with the D810, as you must do with all DSLR cameras. Nikon has dozens of interchangeable lenses available for F lens mount D810, which means you’ll have no problem finding the right lens to do the job you want in a special photo shoot. You’ll just have the budget for extra lenses with this or any other digital SLR camera.


Image quality

Nikon D810 as a pro-sumer camera, which means it is suitable on the market between professional digital SLR models and consumer digital SLR models. D810 and the image quality allows it to dominate pro-sumer market as FX full frame image sensor (measuring 35.9 x 24 mm or 1.41 x 0.94 inches) creates pictures of stunning quality. The large image sensor easily transported 36.3 megapixel resolution of the camera.

With the Nikon D810, you can shoot in JPEG, RAW or TIFF formats, which contributes to the flexibility of this camera. And Nikon’s designers do not forget about the video features with impressive camera, providing full HD video up to 60 frames per second. The D810 does not, however, offer 4K video.

The D810 creates sharp images, if you work with the upgrade option to easily use manual focus option or autofocus precise 51 points of the camera. Nikon removed the anti-aliasing filter of the image sensor on this model, which allows him to create sharper images than older DSLR cameras. (With improved image sensor technology in recent years, anti-aliasing filters are not needed as often as they used to be.


 

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