Nikon D810

The ul­tra-high-res­o­lu­tion king of the Nikon line-up, this cam­era builds on the suc­cess of the well-re­spected D800 and D800e

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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.

Per­for­mance

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.

Fea­ture s build qual­ity im­age qual­ity value for money

over­all

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

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