Brighton Professional photographer
- For a stills photographer it doesn't come much better than this camera (other than medium format). Great design and image quality. Built to last.
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Published on: 08 February 2017
The amazing 36.3-megapixel Nikon D810 is the successor to the best selling D800 & D800E. It features an all new FX-format sensor with no low-pass filter, ultra-wide ISO range and the same EXPEED 4 image processor as the Nikon D4s to deliver unprecedented sharpness. Superior AF performance (also the same as the Nikon D4s), a burst rate of up to 7fps, and Full HD movie recording at 1080/60p are also featured. Nikon’s Picture Control 2.0 provides exceptional in-camera image processing and optimisation flexibility.
36.3-MP FX-format sensor
The all-new sensor without an OLPF offers the ultimate in image detail. Boasts fast channel readout, wide dynamic range, and clean performance at high sensitivities.
EXPEED 4 Image Processor
Boosts the camera’s overall performance to a whole new level. Vastly improves image rendering and ISO performance, and allows higher frame rates when shooting movies.
Up to 7 fps burst rate
Capture fast-moving subjects with incredible flexibility. Shoot uncompromised full-resolution images at up to 5 fps. Shoot 15.3-MP images at up to 7 fps in DX crop mode.
Unlimited continuous shooting
Capture countless JPEGs and produce spectacular light-trail photography. Shoot in continuous release mode with a shutter speed of 4 seconds or slower, and you can record as many high-quality JPEGs as your media cards and battery life allow. With an extremely short time gap between each exposure, you can seamlessly join shots of star trails or taillights to beautiful effect, using third-party software.
Extensive ISO range
In a first for a DSLR, the D810’s ISO range starts at ISO 64 for cleaner, better-defined images. Shoot at up to ISO 12800, or extend the range from 32 to 51200 ISO (equivalent).
For moviemaking in diverse conditions, D-Movie offers broadcast-quality video in multiple frame formats. The D810 records Full HD (1080p) movies in FX and DX formats at 50p/60p frame rates with markedly reduced noise, moiré, and false colour. It offers clean HDMI out, plus simultaneous capture of full-resolution footage in-camera and on an external recorder.
Take complete control over footage while filming. You can set sensitivity from ISO 64 all the way up to ISO 51200 (equivalent) in M mode, and the Auto ISO function lets you configure the maximum ISO settings you want to work with. Nikon’s 3D noise reduction reduces random noise, distortion, and flicker when filming at high sensitivities. Zebra mode shows you exactly where highlights are blown on the camera monitor.
High-fidelity audio control
superior audio control improves sound recording and offers greater overall flexibility. A stereo microphone input and an audio out let you fine-tune audio levels in isolation both before and during recording. You can select the sound range (wide/voice), and wind noise can be reduced when recording with the built-in microphone.
Flagship AF performance
Boasting the same AF system as Nikon’s D4S, the D810 delivers the ultimate in high-resolution precision. Offers fast acquisition and improved background isolation even in challenging lighting conditions with the new Group Area AF mode.
Multi-CAM 3500FX 51-point AF system
Fine-tuned for ultra-high resolution images. Configurable in 9-point, 21-point, and 51-point coverage settings and sensitive down to -2 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F). Advancements include improved lock-on, expanded ‘store by orientation,’ and options for AF mode restrictions. Fifteen cross-type sensors in the centre are compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses with open aperture of f/5.6 or faster, and 11 central focus points work with an open aperture of f/8.
Group Area AF
Experience enhanced subject detection and tracking. Group Area AF mode constantly monitors five different AF fields, offering improved acquisition and background isolation when shooting subjects that are comparatively small and close to a high-contrast or distracting background. The 5-point AF area can be shifted across the 51-point array as composition demands.
Fast, durable, responsive
The D810 starts up in approximately 0.12 seconds and boasts a shutter release lag of just 52 ms. The Kevlar/carbon fiber–composite shutter unit is tested to 200,000 releases and a shutter speed of 1/8000 to 30 s, with flash synchronisation at up to 1/250 s.
RAW Size S
Accelerate your workflow with Nikon’s RAW Size S file format. Delivers richly graded 12-bit uncompressed Nikon NEF files that enable faster image transfer and smoother post-production.
Push the colour balance and brightness in any direction to suit your personal workflow preference.
Split-screen display zoom
Check levelling and sharpness with complete precision using the Live View split-screen zoom. This feature lets you compare two points in the image: each point is enlarged and displayed on the split screen. Accessed via the camera’s i button, this function is ideal for architectural or product shot photography.
Durable magnesium alloy body
Extensive weather and dust sealing ensure the D810 is moisture and dust resistant.
Two card slots for a smooth shooting experience. One CF card slot for high-speed UDMA 7 cards, and one SD card slot for high-speed, high-capacity SDXC and UHS-I cards.
Wired and wireless connection
The D810 supports Ethernet and wireless LAN. To connect, use the optional UT-1 Data Transmitter together with the WT-5 Wireless Transmitter.
Sharp and steady
The D810’s shutter/mirror box architecture and electronic front-curtain feature ensure the sharpest possible results. The shutter/mirror mechanism reduces image shake for a steady viewfinder image with minimal blackout during high-speed shooting. When activated, the electronic front-curtain shutter reduces the risk of micro-blur in even subtle details by minimising internal vibrations during exposure.
Picture Control 2.0
Ease post-production with Flat setting for maximum dynamic range; fine-adjust detail with Clarity: Picture Control 2.0 makes it easy to define parameters so you can perfectly reflect your creative vision whether shooting stills or video.
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