Nikon D810

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Nikon D810
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TypeDigital single-lens reflex
Released26 June 2014
Intro price$2900 (2014 price) $1200 (2019 price)
LensInterchangeable, Nikon F-mount
Sensor35.9×24 mm Full Frame FX format CMOS, 4.88 μm pixel size
Maximum resolution7360 × 4912 pixels
(36.3 megapixels)
Film speed64–12,800, extended mode 32 to 51,200
Storage mediaCompactFlash (Type I, UDMA compliant) and Secure Digital (UHS-I compliant; SDHC, SDXC compatible and with Eye-Fi WLAN support)
Focus modesInstant single-servo (AF-S); continuous-servo (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); manual (M)
Focus areasMulti-CAM 3500FX 51-point AF
Exposure bracketing2 to 9 frames in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV steps, up to 8 EV range. Or 2 to 5 frames in steps of 2 or 3 EV, up to 12 EV range
Exposure modesProgrammed Auto [P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A], Manual [M]
Exposure meteringTTL 3D Color Matrix Metering III with a 91,000-pixel RGB sensor
Metering modesMatrix, center-weighted, spot, highlight-weighted metering
FlashIntegrated manual pop-up with button release Guide number 12/39 (ISO 100, m/ft)
Flash bracketing−3 to +3 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV; 2 to 5 frames in steps of 2 or 3 EV
ShutterElectronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed range1/8000 to 30 s, bulb, X-sync at 1/250 s.
Continuous shooting5 frames per second; 6 per second in DX and 1.2× crop modes; 7 per second with battery grip in DX and 1.2× crop modes
ViewfinderOptical pentaprism, 100% coverage, approx. 0.70× magnification
Image processing
White balanceFlat, Landscape, Monochrome, Neutral, Portrait, Standard, Vivid, Custom: Picture Control 2.0
WB bracketing2 to 9 frames in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV steps
Dynamic range bracketing2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3 to 5 frames using preset values for all frames
Dynamic range compressorActive D-Lighting: auto, extra high, high, normal, low or off
LCD screen3.2 inch, 1229k-dot RGBW VGA resolution
BatteryNikon EN-EL15a/EN-EL15 rechargeable lithium-ion battery
AV Port(s)HDMI C (mini)
Data Port(s)USB 3.0, Nikon 10-Pin
Dimensions146×123×81.5 mm (5.75×4.84×3.21 in)
Weight880 g (31 oz), 980 g (35 oz) with battery
Made in Thailand
SuccessorNikon D850
Nikon D810

The Nikon D810 is a 36.3-megapixel professional-grade full-frame digital single-lens reflex camera produced by Nikon. The camera was officially announced in June 2014, and became available in July 2014.

Compared to the former D800/D800E[1] it offers an image sensor with a base sensitivity of ISO 64 and extended range of ISO 32 to 51,200, an Expeed processor with noise reduction with claimed 1 stop noise improvement, doubled buffer size, increased frame rate and extended battery life, improved autofocus – now similar to the D4S, improved video with 1080p 60 fps and many software improvements.

The D810 was succeeded by the Nikon D850 in August 2017 and was listed as discontinued in December 2019.[2]


  • New 37.09 megapixel (36.3 effective) full-frame (35.9×24 mm) sensor with sensitivity of ISO 64–12,800 (ISO 32–51,200 boost) and no optical low-pass filter (OLPF, anti-aliasing filter)[3]
  • Nikon Expeed 4 image processor with improved noise reduction, moiré (aliasing) reduction and increased battery life to 1200 shots / 40 minutes video notwithstanding 30% higher speed
  • Autofocus equivalent to D4S, also Group Area mode: uses five AF sensors together. Face-detection switchable with custom settings
  • Highlight-weighted metering preventing blown highlights or underexposed shadows. Also Highlight Display with Zebra Stripes and full aperture metering during live view and video
  • Kevlar/carbon fiber composite shutter with reduced lag, vibrations and shutter noise. Redesigned Sequencer / Balancer Mechanism for Quiet and Quiet Continuous modes
    • Electronic front curtain shutter for further reduced vibrations enabling higher resolutions
  • OLED viewfinder display
  • Timelapse up to 9,999 frames, additionally timelapse videos. Timelapse / Interval Timer Exposure Smoothing
  • Customizable 'Picture Control 2.0' options: Flat affecting dynamic range (preserve highlights and shadows), Clarity affecting details. Other settings affecting exposure, white balance, sharpness, brightness, saturation, hue; allowing custom curves to be created, edited, saved, exported and imported
  • 3.2" 1229k-dot (RGBW, four dots per pixel: extra white dot) VGA LCD display with "Split-screen display zoom" function
  • USB 3.0, HDMI C (mini), Nikon 10-Pin interfaces and 3.5 mm / 1/8″ stereo headphone + 3.5 mm / 1/8″ stereo microphone connectors
  • "Superior" resistance to dust and water (Nikon claim)[5]


Third-party radio (wireless) flash control triggers
  • Tethered shooting with Nikon Camera Control Pro 2, third-party solutions or open-source software and apps
  • Other accessories from Nikon and third parties, including protective cases and bags, eyepiece adapters and correction lenses, and underwater housings.
  • Nikon D810 animator's kit[18] including the AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G, Dragonframe 3.5 software, power supply and cables
  • Nikon D810 DSLR Filmmaker's Kit[19] including three fast prime lenses, a portable HDMI recorder using "Pro" codecs,[20] but not capable for storing uncompressed video,[21] ME-1 Stereo Microphone, filters, batteries and cables


External media
image icon Nikon D810 sample, review and user images, >20MPix. Google Image search
image icon Nikon D810 images >22MPix at Flickr
video icon Nikon D810 sample, review and user videos

At the time of its release, the Nikon D810 became the Dxomark image sensor leader[22] ahead of the Nikon D800E and received many reviews.[23][24]

Service advisory[edit]

On August 19, 2014, Nikon acknowledged a problem reported by some users, of bright spots appearing in long-exposure photographs, as well as "in some images captured at an Image area setting of 1.2× (30×20)."[25][26] Existing owners of D810 cameras were asked to visit a website to determine whether their camera could be affected, on the basis of serial numbers. Repairs would be made by Nikon free of charge.[25][26] If bright spots still appear in images after servicing, Nikon recommends enabling Long exposure NR.[27] Products already serviced have a black dot inside the tripod socket.[27]

Nikon D810A[edit]

An astrophotography variant with a special infrared filter capable of deep red / near infrared and with special software tweaks like long-exposure modes up to 15 minutes, virtual horizon indicator and a special Astro Noise Reduction software was announced February 10, 2015.[28][29] The D810A's IR filter is optimized for H-alpha (Hα) red tones, resulting in four times greater sensitivity to the 656 nm wavelength than the D810.[30] In comparison, Canon's astrophotography DSLRs 20Da and 60Da Hα sensitivity was 2.5 times and 3 times (respectively) more than the standard 20D / 60D.[31] The D810A additionally has 1.39 stops advantage due to the larger image sensor format – resulting in better than 2 stops sensitivity advantage giving over four times faster exposure times compared to the Canon 20Da/60Da.

External media
image icon Nikon D810A sample, review and user images, >20MPix. Google Image search
image icon Nikon D810A images >22MPix at Flickr
video icon Nikon D810A sample, review and user videos

Although the D810A can be used for normal photography, due to the deep red / near infrared sensitivity the in-camera white balance may fail in case of fluorescent light or difficult cases with very strong infrared light – requiring an external infrared filter. Nikon published an D810A astrophotography guide that recommends live view focusing with 23× enlarged selected areas[32] and a gallery showing the mostly small effects to the color reproduction in "normal" photos.[33]

A review concludes that especially the D810A long exposure noise is superior compared to the D800E and other Nikon fullframes, and shows effects of the increased H-alpha sensitivity. Color balance of "normal" photos seems mostly correct, except comparatively hotter objects with strong infrared radiation and a bit more purple in sunsets.[34]


  1. ^ Nikon D810 - D800/D800E Comparison Sheet Nikon
  2. ^ "The Nikon D610 and D810 DSLR cameras are now officially discontinued". Nikon Rumors. Nikon Rumors. 4 December 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2021.
  3. ^ Nikon D810 launched new 36.3-megapixel sensor
  4. ^ Nikon D810 Buffer Size Photographylife
  5. ^ Digital SLR camera D810: An effective pixel count of 36.3-million pixels for the sharpest, best image quality in Nikon history Nikon
  6. ^ Eye-Fi Wi-Fi network: how it works Archived 2012-07-22 at the Wayback Machine Eye-fi
  7. ^ PHOTTIX CLEON II Wired and Wireless shutter Archived 2014-08-19 at the Wayback Machine Phottix
  8. ^ Solmeta Geotaggers Solmeta
  9. ^ Dawn di-GPS Products Dawn
  10. ^ EasyTag GPS and Wireless Bluetooth Modules Archived 2011-08-28 at the Wayback Machine Easytag
  11. ^ Foolography Unleashed Bluetooth Geotagging Foolography
  12. ^ Gisteq PhotoTrackr Plus for Nikon DSLR (Bluetooth) Archived 2011-08-25 at the Wayback Machine Gisteq
  13. ^ Phottix Geo One GPS Archived 2012-06-26 at the Wayback Machine Phottix
  14. ^ Nikon DSLR GPS Smack Down Results Archived 2011-08-09 at the Wayback Machine Terrywhite
  15. ^ Review: Geotagging with Easytag GPS module (Nikon GP-1 compatible) Archived 2013-07-31 at the Wayback Machine Trick77
  16. ^ Review: blueSLR Wireless Camera Control & GPS Geotagging Archived 2011-08-09 at the Wayback Machine Terrywhite
  17. ^ Flash Units Compatible with Nikon's CLS including Wireless Master Dpanswers
  18. ^ Nikon D810 animator's kit Nikon Cinema
  19. ^ Nikon D810 FILMMAKER'S KIT Nikon Cinema
  20. ^ Portable HD Field Recorder, Monitor, Playback And Playout Devices Atomos
  21. ^ The world's smallest uncompressed video recorder Blackmagic
  22. ^ Nikon D810 sensor review: New DxOMark leader DXOmark
  23. ^ Nikon D810 tests, reviews, articles, ratings, and ranks NikonIndex
  24. ^ Nikon D810 Review Imaging Resource
  25. ^ a b "Diglloyd blog: Nikon D810 Service Advisory for White Spots During Long Exposures, and 1.2X Crop".
  26. ^ a b "Technical Service Advisory for Users of the Nikon D810 Service Advisory".
  27. ^ a b[dead link]
  28. ^ Nikon D810A Review -- First Impressions
  29. ^ "Digital SLR Camera D810A". Retrieved February 11, 2015.
  30. ^ "DSLR for Astrophotography". Retrieved February 11, 2015.
  31. ^ Dyer, Alan (September 2012). "The 60Da: Canon's Astrophoto DSLR". Sky & Telescope. 124 (3): 38–41. ISSN 0037-6604.
  32. ^ Nikon D810A Shooting Guide: Astrophotography tips Nikon
  33. ^ Nikon D810A Shooting Guide: Color reproduction of the D810A with non-astronomical subjects Nikon
  34. ^ Fotograf Göran Strand: Nikon D810A Review Astrofotografen

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