Nikon D810

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Nikon D810
Nikon D810 - Crop - White background.jpg
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 speed64–12800, 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 has now been succeeded by the Nikon D850 but remains in production.


  • 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)[2]
  • 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)[4]


  • Nikon WT-4/WT-4A or WT-5/WT-5A (also UT-1 network) Wireless Transmitter for WLAN. Third-party solutions available.[5]
  • Nikon Wireless remote control or third-party solutions.[6]
  • Nikon GP-1 or GP-1A GPS Unit for direct GPS geotagging. Third-party solutions partly with three-axis compass, data-logger, bluetooth and support for indoor use are available from Solmeta,[7] Dawn,[8] Easytag,[9] Foolography,[10] Gisteq[11] and Phottix.[12] See comparisons/reviews.[13][14][15]
  • Nikon Battery grip or third-party solutions
  • Various Nikon Speedlight or third-party flash units.[16] Also working as commander for Nikon Creative Lighting System wireless (slave) flash.
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[17] 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[18] including three fast prime lenses, a portable HDMI recorder using "Pro" codecs,[19] but not capable for storing uncompressed video,[20] 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[21] ahead of the Nikon D800E and received many reviews.[22][23]

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)."[24][25] 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.[24][25] If bright spots still appear in images after servicing, Nikon recommends enabling Long exposure NR.[26] Products already serviced have a black dot inside the tripod socket.[26]

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.[27][28] 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.[29] In comparison, Canon's astrophotography DSLR's 20Da and 60Da Hα sensitivity was 2.5 times and 3 times (respectively) more than the standard 20D / 60D.[30] 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[31] and a gallery showing the mostly small effects to the color reproduction in "normal" photos.[32]

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.[33]


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

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