Nikon D810 Key facts

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Im­age sen­sor

It has the same 36.3-megapixel res­o­lu­tion as the D800’s sen­sor, but it’s an all-new de­vice. Cou­pled with the EXPEED 4 im­age pro­ces­sor, it en­ables a stan­dard sen­si­tiv­ity range of ISO64-12800, and ISO32-51200 in ex­panded mode. The op­ti­cal low-pass fil­ter has been re­moved.


The D810’s up­mar­ket Multi-CAM 3500 aut­o­fo­cus mod­ule is an im­prove­ment on the D610 and Df. It boosts the to­tal num­ber of AF points to 51, with 15 crosstype points. Bet­ter still, it’s the revamped edi­tion of the mod­ule, as fit­ted to the D4s, so boasts faster aut­o­fo­cus per­for­mance.

Con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing

It’s a high-res­o­lu­tion cam­era, so the max­i­mum burst rate isn’t ex­actly quick. Even so, it hits five frames per sec­ond thanks to the in­creased read­out speed from the new sen­sor, and the faster through­put of its EXPEED 4 pro­ces­sor.

Me­ter­ing mod­ule

Un­changed from the D800 is the 3D Colour Ma­trix III 91000-pixel me­ter­ing mod­ule. It’s also the same as that used in the D4s, and em­ploys a higher res­o­lu­tion than the 2016-pixel mod­ule used in the D610 and Df. A bonus over the D800 is the new ‘high­light-weighted’ me­ter­ing mode.


Tough and rugged, the D810’s en­tire body shell is made from mag­ne­sium al­loy, and built to take the knocks of a pro­fes­sional work­ing life. Weather seals guard against the ingress of dam­ag­ing dust and mois­ture, to the same level as those fea­tured in the D610 and Df bod­ies.

Need to know

The high megapixel count re­sults in size­able im­age files. A sin­gle 14-bit RAW file can be as large as 75MB, while a TIFF file can be nearly 110MB. The lat­ter will see you filling an 8GB mem­ory card with as few as 71 shots. You can shoot in ‘small RAW’ mode, with a re­duced pixel count.

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