Nikon D810

Nikon D810

The Nikon D810 DSLR Camera takes the position of the Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera as the high-resolution choice in the Nikon DSLR camera lineup. It is equipped with a 36.3MP FX-format CMOS sensor that does not have an Optical Low Pass Filter, allowing for very crisp and detailed still images.

Because of the inclusion of the EXPEED 4 Image Processor, performance speed has been enhanced as compared to the EXPEED 3, and noise has been successfully reduced across the ISO range of the camera.

The maximum continuous shooting speed in FX format is 5 frames per second, while the maximum continuous shooting speed in DX format is 7 frames per second. Additional enhancements to the Full HD video capabilities of the D810 include 1080p capture at 24, 30, and 60 frames per second as well as 1080p capture at 24, 30, and 60 frames per second.

Additionally, the enhanced efficiency of the CPU allows for up to 1200 pictures on a single battery charge and up to 40 minutes of video recording on a single battery charge. The improvement in low-light performance has been achieved by the use of a large native ISO sensitivity range that ranges from 64 to 12,800 and maybe increased from 32 to 51200.

In addition to 51 AF points with 15 cross-type sensors, the sophisticated Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor provides Group Area AF, which enables up to five AF sensors to be utilized as a single group. When photographing things that cannot be tracked easily by a single AF point owing to lighting circumstances, this feature comes in very handy.

Due to the fact that it is a video-capture camera, the D810 offers recording in both the FX and DX formats, as well as simultaneous recording to memory cards and an external recorder. It also has the capability of recording 60p output to an external recorder.

The ISO range for video has also been enlarged, and now includes ISO 64 to 12,800, with the possibility of expanding to 51,200. When shooting in manual mode, automatic ISO adjustment allows for smooth exposure transitions.

A built-in stereo microphone, as well as connections for an external microphone and headphones, are all supported. An adjustable audio frequency range allows for fine-grained control over the sound recording experience.

A 3.2 on the scale “Playback watching and live view are both enabled by an LCD with the 1,229K-dot resolution, while enhanced coatings on the optical viewfinder components produce brighter images and more accurate colors than before.

The Live View feature now incorporates a split-screen display zoom for still images, as well as a zebra highlighting display while shooting video. It is possible to use full aperture metering while shooting in live view for still images.

Exposure smoothing is now available for interval and time-lapse photography, and the maximum number of shots per sequence has been increased to 9,999. Picture Control options have been enhanced to include Flat Picture Control, which allows for the most dynamic range and color modifications possible in post-production.

A built-in flash with i-TTL metering as well as a hot shoe attachment is all included in the D810, which has two media slots that can accommodate both Compact Flash and SD cards. A wider grip provides more comfortable handling for prolonged shooting sessions, and a second I button has been added to the rear panel to provide faster access to critical settings and menu options.

A 36.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor that does not include an optical low pass filter.

The D810 is equipped with Nikon’s highest resolution sensor, and by eliminating the Optical Low Pass Filter, the sensor delivers exceptional sharpness and detail. With its rapid channel reading, broad dynamic range, rich tones, and better image at high sensitivities, the sensor is a powerful tool for photographers.

EXPEED 4 Image Processor is a powerful image processing tool.

The EXPEED 4 CPU outperforms the EXPEED 3 processor in terms of performance and low noise imaging over the whole ISO range, as well as overall image quality. This model has support for 1080p video capture at 60 frames per second, and the processor’s greater efficiency allows for up to 1200 still images and 40 minutes of video recording on a single battery.

The ISO range is 64 to 12,800 in its native form.

Because of the increased ISO range compared to the D800, it is possible to capture more effective low-light images, and the ISO range may be extended from 32 to 51,200.

Sensor with Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX Auto Focus Technology

Autofocus control is quick and precise thanks to the camera’s versatile AF modes, which include 9, 21, and 51 points as well as 3D tracking.

When shooting in low light, the autofocus sensitivity may be reduced to -2EV, and 15 cross-type sensors are compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses with an open aperture of f/5.6 or faster. With an aperture of f/8, the eleven central focus points are able to work. Improved ‘lock-on,’ expanded the store by orientation,’ and additional choices for AF mode limits are among the new features.

Area AF (Area of Focus)

Area for Group Discussion By combining and monitoring 5 distinct AF points, the AF system improves subject identification and tracking in tough lighting circumstances or while photographing comparably tiny subjects against a high-contrast backdrop.

As your composition changes, the 5-point AF area may be moved throughout the 51-point array to accommodate it.


Using Nikon’s RAW Size S file format, you may speed up your workflow by delivering 12-bit uncompressed Nikon NEF files. This allows for faster picture transmission and better post-production.

Shooting in a Continuous Loop

In FX mode, the D810 can record up to 5 frames per second, and in DX mode, it can capture up to 7 frames per second when using the optional MB-D12 battery handle and AA batteries.

The reduction of vibration allows for sharper imaging.

The shutter/mirror box construction of the D810, as well as the electronic front-curtain function, both contribute to improved overall image clarity.

During high-speed photography, the shutter/mirror system decreases picture shaking, resulting in a stable viewfinder image with minimum blackout and little blackout. If the electronic front-curtain shutter is enabled, it lowers the likelihood of blurring in even the finest details by reducing internal vibrations during the exposure process.

Quiet Continuous Mode is a mode that keeps everything quiet.

Quiet Continuous Mode is enabled via a revised Sequencer/Balancer Mechanism, which allows for near silence consecutive shooting.

Control of the image

Additionally, image control options have been expanded to include Flat Picture Control (which is designed for shooting in RAW modes and for video capture when adjustments will be made in post-production), which is geared for shooting in RAW modes and for video capture when adjustments will be made in post-production.

In addition, a clarity option has been introduced to all Picture Control settings, and precise 0.25 step control over Picture Control has been enabled, allowing for even finer control over Picture Control.

Full HD 1080p video capture at 60, 30, and 24 frames per second

It is possible to record video in both FX and DX formats, with an ISO range ranging from 64 to 12,800 with the ability to increase the range to 51,200. It is now possible to record to memory cards as well as to an external recorder at the same time.

When shooting in manual mode, auto ISO adjustment is available for smooth exposure transitions. Random noise, distortion, and flicker are reduced while shooting at high sensitivities thanks to Nikon’s 3D noise reduction technology. Using the Zebra mode on the camera display, you can see exactly where the highlights are located.

There is a built-in stereo microphone, as well as connections for an external microphone and headphones, to accommodate your needs. Both before and while recording, you may fine-tune the audio levels in isolation, and you can choose the sound range (wide/voice).

3.2 T3.2″ LCD Monitor with 1,229k-dot Resolution

In addition to comprehensive playback watching and live view capturing, a high resolution LCD allows for fine-tuned color balance and brightness customization. The use of a split screen display zoom when capturing still images allows you to evaluate sharpness and exposure between two expanded locations in the image.

Viewfinder using an optical system

Improvements in the coatings on the optical components result in brighter and more accurate color, and the Organic EL information display makes it simpler to make changes in bright and dim lighting settings, respectively.

Shooting with an interval timer or a time-lapse camera

A new feature, exposure smoothing, is available in the time-lapse and interval shooting modes, and the number of photographs that may be recorded has been extended to 9,999 images.


With i-TTL metering, you can use a built-in flash as well as a hot shoe mount, and you can even use a flash sync terminal. The built-in flash has a commander mode that allows you to wirelessly operate up to two groups of off-camera flash units at the same time.

Slots for CompactFlash and SD cards

Two card slots are offered, allowing for more flexible picture storage and a more efficient workflow. Because the camera has only one CF card slot, which accepts high-speed UDMA 7 cards, and only one SD card slot, which accepts high-speed, high-capacity SDXC and UHS-I cards, you can store still images on one card while shooting video on the other, or you can shoot RAW on one card while shooting JPEG on the other.

Wi-Fi with an optional transmitter is available.

The Nikon D810 provides wireless connectivity for image transfer to a computer or FTP server, as well as for remote camera control using Nikon’s Camera Control Pro 2 software, through the use of an optional WT-5A Wireless Transmitter in conjunction with an optional UT-1 Communications Unit (sold separately). The WT-5 is attached to the UT-1 device, which is mounted to the auxiliary hot shoe of the camera.

This is referred to as the Form Factor.

Improved handling is made possible by a deeper hand grip, and an additional I button has been provided for quicker access to important settings. With a sturdy magnesium alloy body that has excellent weather and dust sealing, the D810 is resistant to moisture and dust infiltration.

Nikon D810 Specs

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 photodetectors37 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorEXPEED 4
ISOAuto, 64-12800
Boosted ISO (minimum)32
Boosted ISO (maximum)51200
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (6 slots)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW + TIFF
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal, basic
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive 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 (WRGB)
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 modesMultiCenter-weight highlight-weightedSpot
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)
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)980 g (2.16 lb / 34.57 oz)
Dimensions146 x 123 x 82 mm (5.75 x 4.84 x 3.23″)
GPS notesvia GP-1 or GP-1A

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