Nikon D810

Nikon makes the best bet­ter with its lat­est high-megapixel master­piece

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FX -for­mat SLR > £2700, $3300 > The D810 picks up the ba­ton where the D800 left off. It still sports 36.3 megapix­els, but now they are packed onto an all-new sen­sor ca­pa­ble of ISO32-51200 in ex­panded mode. There’s also no op­ti­cal low-pass fil­ter, help­ing to en­sure the sharpest shots pos­si­ble.

It’s not only a stun­ning pixel count that makes the D810 wor­thy of our top hon­ours, though. Nikon’s new EXPEED 4 im­age pro­ces­sor and Multi-CAM 3500 aut­o­fo­cus mod­ule come straight from the D4s, en­abling faster aut­o­fo­cus per­for­mance and a five-frames-per-sec­ond con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing rate. Ex­ter­nally the D810 in­her­its the same butch build as its pre­de­ces­sor, with a pro­fes­sional-grade mag­ne­sium al­loy chas­sis and ex­ten­sive weather seal­ing. There’s also a new 1,229,000-pixel, 3.2-inch LCD screen, as well as a brighter viewfinder.

Over­all the D810 is a spec­tac­u­lar cam­era with plenty of worth­while im­prove­ments over the D800 and D800e. If you’re pre­pared for the hefty size of the files it can churn out, the D810 can de­liver stun­ning re­sults with few draw­backs.

Up­grade if you own... a D7100 or D600/610 and want more pix­els, but not if you al­ready own a D800/ e, as the D810 is just too sim­i­lar.

run­ner up... Ni kon D4s

The D4s may be a big beast, but those dual grips make it a plea­sure to use. It also boasts a rapid 11-frames-per-sec­ond con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing speed and un­ri­valled low-light ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

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