We have reviewed a couple of Nikon cameras here and you will be forgiven if you are spoilt for choice on which one to pick. Perhaps your own budget will determine which camera will suit you better among the array of DSLR, Bridge and Compact System cameras that we have sampled here.
Then there comes the few times when there is a really special camera that warrants special attention. Case in point, the Nikon D810 DSLR camera. This is one of Nikon’s most iconic imaging device in the market, if not the best! It is a bold camera that if full of useful controls, exceptional hardware components and quite simply a reputation for photography that it naturally lives up to. It is a camera for pros and its pricing is meant to appeal to buyers for whom money is no object.
Nikon D810 is the immediate successor of the D800 and D800e. It comes with real improvements in picture quality, speed of execution and more dynamism. It functions at a higher level than most cameras both in brightly lit scenes and in places that are engulfed in near total darkness. With a resounding 36.3 megapixel FX format sensor and an ISO range of between 32 and 51, 200 this camera produces world class images for multiple settings.
The body itself is made of full magnesium alloy and is tightly sealed for weather proofing. The anti- aliaising (AA) filter has been dropped entirely from this camera which enables the camera to take sharper pictures. In fact, Nikon claimed during the launch that the D810 produces “the highest image quality in the company’s history.”
A new image processor in the name of EXPEED 4 and a new sensor have also contributed towards a richer picture quality overall. It shoots smaller raw images with the sRAW option as well as the usual RAW format. The choice of either will depend on the storage capacity that you have onboard. The new processing engine will especially interest enthusiast photographers due to its ability to allow the user to record full resolution images at a maximum continuous shooting of 5 fps. Autofocus speed has also been increased because of the superior processor which also translates to more accuracy and detail captured even when moving fast from one scene to another.
Another useful feature contained as part of the hardware upgrade is the Electronic Front- Curtain shutter which virtually eliminates camera shakes especially when shooting with super telephoto lenses. This eliminates blurs that are otherwise caused by the vibration of the shutter.
There is a built in flash onboard which can be manually activated by pushing a button located on the side with a flash sign. A mode button near the shutter has controls for Program AE, Aperture/Shutter Priority, and Manual that work in tandem with the rear jog dial. At the back, there is a large electronic viewfinder with diopter control and a fixed- position 3.2- inch LCD display panel with 1229k dots. You cannot connect onto a Wi-Fi network unless you buy a dongle separately.
There is a hot shoe at the top for attaching flash accessories or even a microphone when shooting video whose quality is pinned at 1080p resolution. The USB port is compatible with high speed USB 3.0. Inside the hand grip to the right is the battery that enables you to take a maximum 1200 photos before it runs out. Nikon D810 weighs a total of 965 grams with the battery attached so it is a really bulky camera but it earns every last bit of its heft with excellent functionality.
|Device type||Digital SLR|
|Dimensions (LxWxD)||146 x 123 x 81.5 mm|
|Weight||965 grams (with battery)|
|Sensor||36.3 MP, 7360 x 4912 pixels, CMOS|
35.9 x 24 mm (Full Frame)
|Burst speed||Up to 5fps|
|ISO sensitivity||64 – 12800
Lo-1 ISO 32
Hi-1 ISO 25600
Hi-2 ISO 51200
|Zoom||Via optional accessory|
|Screen size||3.2 inches, TFT LCD, ambient light sensor|
|Connectivity||Mini HDMI, USB 3.0 Super-Speed, GPS, Wi-Fi (via accessory)
CF, SD, SDHC, SDXC
|Battery||EN-EL15 Li-Ion rechargeable,
Up to 1200 shots per charge
|Others||EXPEED 4 image processor, Phase AF,
Magnesium-alloy construction, Raw image,
Geo tagging, Remote control