Nikon D810 vs NIKO N D4 We

help reader Ja­son Glenis­ter choose be­tween a D810 and a D4…

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Key dif­fer­ences

01 A weight of dif­fer­ence

Sur­pris­ingly for a full-frame body, the Nikon D810 weighs un­der a kilo­gram. At 880g it’s far lighter than the 1.34kg D4, as well as far smaller, by 10 to 20mm all round. This makes the D810 far more por­ta­ble and a pre­ferred op­tion when you’re shoot­ing sub­jects that re­quire you to do a lot of walk­ing.

02 Higher na­tive res­o­lu­tion

The D810’s 36.3-megapixel res­o­lu­tion is in­cred­i­bly im­pres­sive, giv­ing it over dou­ble the pixel count of the D4. This may not be hugely ben­e­fi­cial for ac­tion, as there are more pix­els for the sub­ject to move across, re­quir­ing a faster shut­ter speed, but land­scape, seas­cape and wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phers will see se­ri­ous gains from this.

03 A solid base

Both mod­els ben­e­fit from a sealed body, pre­vent­ing both wa­ter and dust from in­fil­trat­ing. This makes both the D4 and D810 ex­cel­lent choices for shoot­ing any­thing out­doors. This, com­bined with the re­duced bulk of the D810, means that even though the D4 may look more rugged, both are equally ready for ac­tion.

04 The price is right

The two-year age dif­fer­ence be­tween the two mod­els favours the much newer D810. As a re­sult, many of the lat­ter’s specs are very sim­i­lar, if not su­pe­rior, to those of the D4, mak­ing the £1000/$1400-plus dif­fer­ence hard to jus­tify, es­pe­cially as the D4 is quite hard to source new.

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