Nikon makes the best better with its latest high-megapixel masterpiece
FX -format SLR > £2700, $3300 > www.nikon.com 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.