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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Nikon D810 Review

The big headline to me regarding the Nikon 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.

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.

Nikon D810
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Image quality is spectacular. Color, and detail are outstanding. I shoot RAW and have been using the Camera Raw 8.6 Release Candidate from Adobe to process my files. They look near perfect without any adjustment. I do hope that Lightroom is updated for the D810 soon as it would not recognize the files I tried to import. I guess Adobe Bridge isn't dead after all.

The view finder is really clear and I may be mistaken but I think the data in the viewfinder is presented with a slightly different technology than the D800. Whatever is being used is crisp and very readable.

Video quality is excellent as well. This is not a feature that is terribly important to me but I think that many users who value DSLR video will really like it. The spec sheets spell out the specific improvements. I have done a fair amount of production using high-end ENG cameras with external camera control units. Out of the box the D810 compares well but I do wish that there were easier ways to access traditional CCU functions on a DSLR.

The Nikon D810 is all about features and that’s where it truly shines. Nikon might not have delivered much better image quality, but it certainly did deliver a very useful feature decreased base ISO of 64, which is 2/3 of a stop lower than ISO 100. Why is this useful? Because 64 is a native ISO, which means that you are getting a real hardware change and not a software “boost”. This makes ISO 64 as good as ISO 100 (actually even better, since there is a bit more dynamic range) and better yet, you can now go all the way down to ISO 32 when needed. As far as I know, the D810 is the first modern DSLR that allows going below ISO 50, the last DSLR camera that could do that was the Kodak SLR/n, which could go all the way down to ISO 6.

The increased resolution on the LCD improves the quality of displayed images and those who have previously complained about the “green tint” issue on the LCD will be happy to know that Nikon is now allowing to change the color balance of the LCD screen through the Setup menu, so you can manually calibrate the screen and change it to any tint of color you like.

Last, but not least, is the number of additions and improvements for videographers and timelapse shooters. Timelapse shooters will be happy to know that there is now timelapse and interval timer exposure smoothing and the maximum number of images has been bumped up from 999 to 9,999. Videographers will appreciate such new additions as Zebra Stripes, simultaneous memory and external card recording, selectable audio frequency range, power aperture control for smoother changes in aperture and a “Flat” picture control for flatter “RAW” video footage that gives more room for editing during post-production.
Auto Focus Technology
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus Points 51
Battery Average Life 1,200 Photos
Color Black
Compatible Devices
  • Nikon Lenses
  • Nikon F Mount
Compatible Mountings Nikon F (FX)
Configuration Base
Continuous Shooting Speed 5 fps
Digital Zoom 1x
Display TFT
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
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
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
GPS Optional
HDMI Type mini-HDMI
ISO Range Auto, 64-12800
Image Aspect Ratio 5:4, 3:2
Image Stabilization None
Image types
  • RAW
  • JPEG
Included Components
  • D810 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body
  • 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
  • ViewNX 2 CD-ROM
  • Nikon D810 Fx-Format Digital Slr Camera Body
Price Nikon D810 From Amazon : $2,796.95
Price Nikon D810 From Ebay : $2,109.00

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