Nikon D810 First Look

Earlier today Nikon announced a new version of its full frame professional camera – D810. This new version is a refined version of the previous D800/D800E with a new processor slightly tweaked sensor and a long list of smaller improvements.

Callum Mcinerney from What Digital Camera in the U.K. had a chance to play a bit with the D810 and the video above is the first hands on of the new camera.

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As we mentioned there is a long list of (mostly small) improvements that as a whole make quite a change compared to the two previous models – especially to professional photographers who relay on the camera for their living.

Here is a partial feature list and change list (you can read a full official comparison with the D800/E here):

 

  • Sensor: A new 36.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor with no AA filter (the D800E had a ‘canceled’ AA filter).
  • Processor: Expeed 4 engine (vs. Expeed 3 engine on the D800/E).
  • Sensitivity: Improved sensitivity – ISO 64-12,800 (expands to ISO 32-51,200 – one stop better on paper than the D800/E).
  • Shooting speed: 5fps maximum shooting in FX mode and up to 7 with a booster in DX mode (compared to 4fps in D800/E and 6 with a booster).
  • AF: The same AF unit but with a new Group Area AF mode (where 5 AF points can act together as a unit – same as D4S).
  • LCD: 3.2″ 1,229k-dot RGBW LCD screen – similar to that of the D7100 (compared to 3.2″ 921k-dot RGB on the D800/E).
  • sRAW – small RAW option – 9MP images at 11bit (the D4S only has a 4MP sRAW and the D800/E did not have this option).
  • New electronic first-curtain shutter.
  • Redesigned sequencer/mirror balancer to reduce micro vibrations.
  • New ‘highlight-weighted’ metering option (to preserve highlight detail in contrasty scenes)
  • 1080/60p movie recording with built-in stereo mic (compared to 1080/30p with monaural audio)
  • Power aperture while shooting video to memory card (vs. only when using HDMI on the D800/E)
  • New option for simultaneous video recording to memory card and external unit over HDMI.
  • New ‘flat’ Picture Control mode (good for video for broader dynamic range).
  • Unlimited continuous shooting (vs. max 100-frame limit – good for long timelapse shots).
  • New Zebra strips for video.
  • Built-in stereo microphone (vs. mono only on the D800/E).
  • New OLED viewfinder information display.
  • New ‘highlight-weighted’ metering option.
  • New Split screen zoom display in live view.
  • Price: The D810 will be available starting mid July for just under $3300 (on Amazon).

An official Nikon D810 video

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