Nikon is known for its impeccable range of Digital SLRs which gives stunningly clear photographs and the best imaging capabilities in a single lens reflex camera. The Nikon D series of DSLRs form up the equipment of choice for the multitude of professional photographers and enthusiast.
The Nikon D810 Digital SLR is a new 36.3 megapixel full-frame camera that replaces both the Nikon D800 and D800E and is introduced with a number of updates to make it, according to Nikon, the best Digital SLR Nikon has ever released. It has a new 36.3 megapixel image sensor (ISO64-ISO12800 standard, extends to ISO32 to ISO51200), Expeed 4 processing engine with improved noise reduction, higher definition, support for 1080/60p video, and evolved picture control - with a new clarity setting, plus a new flat rendering video mode for the widest dynamic range possible. With 51 point auto focus (AF), new group area AF (as found in the Nikon D4s), an electronic front curtain shutter to capture images with minimal blur, quieter shutter and 200,000 shutter cycle rating, highlight weighted metering, 7fps continuous shooting in DX crop (15.4mp) mode, 6fps continuous shooting in 1.2x crop (25.1mp) mode, and 5fps continuous shooting in FX full-frame mode (36.3mp), along with superior dust protection and weather resistance. The camera features an Improved exterior design, rubberized memory card cover, new I button for quicker access to settings, RGBW 3.2inch 1,229k dot screen, monitor colour balance adjustable, split screen zoom display, FX, 1.2x, DX, 5:4 crop modes, RAW-S format (12-bit, uncompressed, as this is quicker, and will be useful for animation / animation houses, and could be useful for timelapse as well), along with unlimited continuous JPEG shooting (useful for timelapse). The camera comes in a sealed body and a good size hand grip, with the rubber texture surrounding the side of the camera, as well as featuring on the back for your thumb (now larger than on the previous camera). The memory card cover has been updated with a rubber texture, which is an improvement over the previous model. The camera feels very well built, and the weather sealed body will be re-assuring for those that like to shoot outdoors. The left side ports now feature separate covers for the mic, USB, and HDMI sockets, rather than just one cover, meaning you are now less likely to expose all of the ports when accessing them. Coming to its video recording capabilities, it supports ISO64 to ISO51200, 1080p at 50fps and 60fps, can record in camera and externally at the same time, enhanced audio control for mic and wind control, new zebra view mode, and new picture control - including flat to enable grading and processing in the video industry, with the widest dynamic range possible. Battery life is rated at 900 shots according to Nikon / CIPA test results, which is very good, and can be extended using the optional Nikon battery grip. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras. Images show very good levels of detail when shooting with the NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. Dynamic range is very good, and can be expanded using the d-lighting setting, shooting raw, or using the built in HDR mode. Some purple fringing is visible when shooting subjects with high levels of contrast such as the photo above of a tree against a bright sky. The camera has a number of colour modes, these let you alter sharpening, contrast, brightness, saturation, hue, as well as clarity. In playback there is a number of effects available as well as raw image processing. The camera delivers impressive image quality with improvements in noise performance, as well as an extended ISO range. Video quality has been improved, and not only does the camera offer additional colour settings for photography (including a new clarity setting), the D810 also offers advanced video colour settings for those that want to get the highest quality and dynamic range from video. Get yourself one and get going with a trusted companion in the world of professional photography.