Nikon D810

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    Highlights

    • 36.3 MP Full Frame CMOS Sensor
    • No Optical Low-pass Filter
    • 64 - 12,800 Native ISO
    • 51 Focus Points (51 Cross-type)
    • 3.2" 1,229k dot Fixed Screen
    • Optical (pentaprism) Viewfinder
    • 5.0 fps Continuous Shooting
    • 1920 x 1080 Video Shooting
    • 30 min Video Recording Limit
    • Built-in Flash
    • Wheather Sealed Body
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    Overview

    Nikon D810 was announced in 2014 and is a Full Frame (35.9 x 24 mm) DSLR camera with 36.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor. Its native ISO ranges from 64 to 12,800 and expands to 32 - 51,200 in boosted mode. The camera has a Fixed 3.2" screen with 1,229k dot resolution and built-in Optical (pentaprism) viewfinder.

    Nikon D810 can capture video up to 1920 x 1080 resolution.


    Here is the Nikon D8xx series lineup, where you can view and compare the main specifications of the cameras within the same series.

    Nikon D8xx series lineup
    Model Date Sensor Native ISO Screen Price
    Image cannot be found Nikon D850 August
    2017
    45.7 MP
    Full Frame
    64 - 25,600 Tilting 3.2"
    2,359k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Nikon D810A February
    2015
    36.3 MP
    Full Frame
    200 - 12,800 Fixed 3.2"
    1,229k dot
    Image cannot be found Nikon D810 June
    2014
    36.3 MP
    Full Frame
    64 - 12,800 Fixed 3.2"
    1,229k dot
    Image cannot be found Nikon D800E June
    2012
    36.3 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 6,400 Fixed 3.2"
    921k dot
    Image cannot be found Nikon D800 June
    2012
    36.3 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 6,400 Fixed 3.2"
    921k dot

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Nikon D850 vs D810A vs D810 vs D800E vs D800.

    Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Nikon D810.

    PROS

    •   Video Capture
    •   Large Sensor
    •   64 Lowest Native ISO
    •   51 Focus Points
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   Large Screen - 3.2"
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
    •   Built-in Flash
    •   High DxO Overall Score - 97
    •   High USB Speed
    •   HDMI Output
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Long Battery Life - 1200 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots

    CONS

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Fixed Screen
    •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
    •   Low Video Recording Limit
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   No Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   No Built-In Bluetooth

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   Price
    •   Sensor Resolution - 36.3 Megapixel
    •   12,800 Highest Native ISO
    •   -2 EV Min AF Detection
    •   15 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,229k dot
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 5.0 fps
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec
    •   Weight - 980 g (2.16 lb / 34.57 oz)

    Predecessor

    Here we are comparing Nikon D810 to its predecessor D800 and displaying the major changes.

    UPGRADES Nikon D810 vs Nikon D800
    Lower Native ISO 64 vs 100
    Higher Native ISO 12,800 vs 6,400
    Higher Boosted ISO 51,200 vs 25,600
    Higher Resolution Screen 1,229k dot vs 921k dot
    Higher Max Continuous Shooting 5.0 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Higher DxO Color Depth 25.7 vs 25.3
    Higher DxO Dynamic Range 14.8 vs 14.4
    Higher DxO Overall Score 97 vs 95
    Built-in Microphone Stereo vs Mono
    Lighter 980 g (2.16 lb / 34.57 oz) vs 1000 g (2.20 lb / 35.27 oz)
    Longer Battery Life 1200 shots vs 900 shots
    DOWNGRADES Nikon D810 vs Nikon D800
    More Expensive $3299.95 vs US: $2999.95 UK: £2599.99 EU: €2829

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Nikon D810 vs D800.

    Successor

    In 2017 Nikon D810 was replaced by Nikon D850. Let us now have a look at some important differences between Nikon D810 and its successor.

    UPGRADES Nikon D850 vs Nikon D810
    Cheaper $3299 vs $3299.95
    Sensor Type BSI-CMOS vs CMOS
    Higher Sensor Resolution 45.7 Megapixel vs 36.3 Megapixel
    Higher Native ISO 25,600 vs 12,800
    Higher Boosted ISO 102,400 vs 51,200
    More Powerful Processor EXPEED 5 vs EXPEED 4
    Max Image Resolution 8256 x 5504 vs 7360 x 4912
    Lower Min AF Detection -4 EV vs -2 EV
    Higher Max AF Detection +20 EV vs +19 EV
    More Focus Points 153 vs 51
    More Cross-type Focus Points 99 vs 15
    Touch-to-Focus vs
    Center Autofocus vs
    Contrast Detection for Autofocus vs
    Screen Type Tilting vs Fixed
    Touch Screen vs
    Higher Resolution Screen 2,359k dot vs 1,229k dot
    Higher Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent) 0.75x vs 0.70x
    Higher Max Continuous Shooting 7.0 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Partial Metering vs
    Lower Min Metering -3 EV vs 0 EV
    Higher DxO Color Depth 26.4 vs 25.7
    Higher DxO Overall Score 100 vs 97
    Higher Video Resolution 3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080
    Built-In Wi-Fi vs via optional WT-5A transmitter or Eye-Fi
    Built-In Bluetooth vs
    Longer Battery Life 1840 shots vs 1200 shots
    DOWNGRADES Nikon D850 vs Nikon D810
    Built-in Flash vs
    Lower DxO Low Light ISO 2660 vs 2853
    Heavier 1005 g (2.22 lb / 35.45 oz) vs 980 g (2.16 lb / 34.57 oz)

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Nikon D810 vs D850.

    Screen and Viewfinder

    Fixed screen

    Nikon D810 has a 3.2" Fixed screen with 1,229k dot resolution.


    Optical (pentaprism) Viewfinder

    Camera has a built-in Optical (pentaprism) viewfinder. It has a 100% coverage and 0.70x magnification.

    Sensor

    Nikon D810 features a 36.3 megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor with dimensions of 35.9 x 24 mm and a total area of 861.6 mm2. Its native ISO range is 64 - 12,800 and expands to 32 - 51,200 in boosted mode.


    Here is a sensor size comparison chart where you can see how Nikon D810's Full Frame sensor compares with other types of sensors:

    Sensor size chart
    Sensor Dimensions Area Aspect Ratio Crop Factor
    Image cannot be displayedMedium Format44 x 33 mm1452 mm24:30.79x
    Image cannot be displayedFull Frame35.9 x 24 mm861.6 mm23:21x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-H27 x 18 mm486 mm23:21.3x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C23.6 x 15.6 mm368.2 mm23:21.5x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C (Canon)22.3 x 14.9 mm332.3 mm23:21.6x
    Image cannot be displayedMicro Four Thirds17.4 x 13 mm226.2 mm24:32x
    Image cannot be displayed1-inch13.2 x 8.8 mm116.2 mm23:22.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/1.7-inch7.44 x 5.58 mm41.5 mm24:34.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/2.3-inch6.17 x 4.55 mm28.1 mm24:35.6x

    Photography Features

    Camera is equipped with EXPEED 4 processor and can take pictures up to 7360 x 4912 resolution. It can also take pictures with lower resolutions like FX: 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 with 5:4, 3:2 aspect ratios.


    Lens Mount

    Nikon D810 has Nikon F lens mount. Due to Full Frame sensor its crop factor (also called lens multiplier) is 1x. This means that a 35mm equivalent focal length of the mounted lens will be equal to its actual focal length.


    No Low-Pass Filter

    There is no optical low-pass filter (OLPF), also known as an anti-aliasing filter, in front of the sensor. This results in a slightly sharper image but may also introduce moiré patterns and aliasing artifacts when photographing subjects with fine, repetitive patterns or details.


    No In-Body Image Stabilization

    The camera does not have in-body image stabilization (IBIS) so it needs lenses with optical image stabilization for vibration reduction.

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    Connectivity, Battery and Storage

    USB Input and HDMI Output

    Nikon D810 has a USB 3.2 Gen 1x1 (5 GBit/sec) input for data transfer. There is a Mini HDMI connector for video signal output.


    Battery

    Nikon D810 comes with EN-EL15 battery pack with battery life of 1200 shots.


    External Storage Slots

    The camera has two card slots - one for SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I) and one for CompactFlash (Type I, compliant with UDMA).

    Other Features

    Shutter

    Nikon D810 has Mechanical Focal Plane shutter and Electronic shutter. Shutter speed can go up to 1/8000 sec. Camera can shoot continuously up to 5.0 fps.


    Focusing

    Nikon D810 has 51 (15 cross-type) focusing points and from -2 to +19 EV detection range There is also face detection feature which automatically finds and focuses on faces.


    Exposure

    Camera's exposure metering ranges from 0 to +20 EV and you can set the exposure compensation within the ±5 EV range. You can also do exposure bracketing and manual exposure adjustment.


    Flash

    Nikon D810 has a built-in flash with maximum range of 12.00 m at ISO 100 and also accepts external flash which can be connected via Hot Shoe or PC Terminal or Wireless connection. The fastest flash synchronization speed is 1/250 sec. Flash compensation can be set from -3 to +1 EV with 1/3 or 1/2 or 1 EV step increments.

    Physical Parameters

    Nikon D810 has dimensions of 146 x 123 x 82 mm (5.75 x 4.84 x 3.23"). It weighs 980 g (2.16 lb / 34.57 oz) which is neither heavy nor lightweight.

    146 mm (5.75")

    123 mm (4.84")

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    82 mm (3.23")

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    Nikon D810 dimensions

    Nikon D810 for Different Types of Photography

    We give scores to the camera for different type of photography based on its features and specifications. Let us see how Nikon D810 is suitable for six different types of photography.


    Landscape Photography

    EXCELLENT
    86

    Nikon D810 gets a score of 86 and is EXCELLENT choice for Landscape photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,229k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing

    Sports Photography

    GOOD
    74

    Nikon D810 gets a score of 74 and is GOOD choice for Sports photography.

    •   12,800 Highest Native ISO
    •   51 Focus Points
    •   15 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Face Detection
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,229k dot
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 5.0 fps
    •   Long Battery Life - 1200 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots

    Wildlife Photography

    GOOD
    70

    Nikon D810 gets a score of 70 and is GOOD choice for Wildlife photography.

    •   12,800 Highest Native ISO
    •   51 Focus Points
    •   15 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,229k dot
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 5.0 fps
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Long Battery Life - 1200 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots

    Portrait Photography

    GOOD
    81

    Nikon D810 gets a score of 81 and is GOOD choice for Portrait photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   51 Focus Points
    •   15 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Face Detection
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Large Screen - 3.2"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,229k dot
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec

    Street Photography

    GOOD
    79

    Nikon D810 gets a score of 79 and is GOOD choice for Street photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   51 Focus Points
    •   15 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Fixed Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,229k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 980 g (2.16 lb / 34.57 oz)

    Travel Photography

    GOOD
    75

    Nikon D810 gets a score of 75 and is GOOD choice for Travel photography.

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Fixed Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,229k dot
    •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
    •   Low Video Recording Limit
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 980 g (2.16 lb / 34.57 oz)
    •   Long Battery Life - 1200 shots

    Nikon D810 Evaluation

    We evaluate Nikon D810 and give score of 72 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new camera is added to the database.


    OVERALL
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    Sensor

    GOOD
    77

    We give Nikon D810 a score of 77 for Sensor parameters.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   Sensor Resolution - 36.3 Megapixel
    •   64 Lowest Native ISO
    •   12,800 Highest Native ISO
    •   High DxO Overall Score - 97

    Photo

    GOOD
    73

    We give Nikon D810 a score of 73 for Photo parameters.

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 5.0 fps
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec

    Video

    BAD
    16

    We give Nikon D810 a score of 16 for Video parameters.

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
    •   Low Video Recording Limit

    Focusing

    GOOD
    79

    We give Nikon D810 a score of 79 for Focusing parameters.

    •   -2 EV Min AF Detection
    •   51 Focus Points
    •   15 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus

    Screen and Viewfinder

    GOOD
    75

    We give Nikon D810 a score of 75 for Screen and Viewfinder parameters.

    •   Fixed Screen
    •   Large Screen - 3.2"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,229k dot

    Connectivity

    GOOD
    83

    We give Nikon D810 a score of 83 for Connectivity parameters.

    •   High USB Speed
    •   HDMI Output
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   No Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   No Built-In Bluetooth

    Battery, Storage and Physical

    GOOD
    75

    We give Nikon D810 a score of 75 for Battery, Storage and Physical parameters.

    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 980 g (2.16 lb / 34.57 oz)
    •   Long Battery Life - 1200 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots


    For a full specification list please go to the specifications page:

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