The ultra-high-resolution king of the Nikon line-up, this camera builds on the success of the well-respected D800 and D800e
onsidering that the fully professional-grade D4s has a megapixel count of just 16.2, and that all the other cameras on test have 24.2-megapixel or 24.3-megapixel sensors, the 36.3-megapixel D810 really rules the high-res roost. It’s therefore a tempting choice for landscape, still life and macro photographers who want to retain the utmost fine detail and texture in images.
The D810 is the only camera in this group that’s officially classified by Nikon as a ‘professional’ model. As such, it has a tough magnesium alloy build and, while it lacks the built-in vertical grip of cameras like the D4s, it’s bigger and heavier than any of the other bodies on test, tipping the scales
Cat nearly a kilogram. The control layout is also more in line with Nikon’s other pro-level bodies.
Despite its high megapixel count, the D810 is no slouch, turning in a maximum burst rate of five frames per second, rising to seven frames per second in DX crop mode. Its main strength, however, is that it can retain incredible levels of fine detail. There’s a special smooth-action shutter/ mirror unit that minimises blurring from mirror bounce, plus the option of using an electronic front-curtain shutter. However, the price you pay for the extra resolution is that high-ISO images under low-light conditions are noisier than those from the D610 and D750.
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We say… Delivers incredible detail, but not the best low-light performer.
There’s no beating the D810 for retention of fine detail and texture at low ISOs