Nikon D810 Key facts

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Im­age sen­sor and pro­cess­ing

Although the D810 has the same megapixel count as the pre­ced­ing D800 and D800e, it boasts a new im­age sen­sor, and the OLPF has been com­pletely re­moved. The D810 also has a newer EX­PEED 4 im­age pro­ces­sor.


Nikon’s Multi-CAM 3500 aut­o­fo­cus mod­ule is fea­tured, with 51 AF points, of which 15 are cross-type and 11 work at f/8. How­ever, it’s the orig­i­nal edi­tion of the mod­ule, and in our tests, the D810’s aut­o­fo­cus ac­cu­racy and con­sis­tency weren’t quite as good as in the D750.

Con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing

The burst rate of five frames per sec­ond is pretty amaz­ing for such a high-res­o­lu­tion cam­era, and the buf­fer en­ables you to shoot 23 to 58 RAW files, depend­ing on bit-depth and com­pres­sion set­tings. You can boost the drive rate to seven frames per sec­ond by switch­ing to DX crop mode.

Me­ter­ing sen­sor

Like the D750, the D810 fea­tures the very latest 3D Colour Ma­trix III me­ter­ing mod­ule with 91,000 pix­els. It’s ex­tremely re­li­able and con­sis­tent and works equally flaw­lessly in both cam­eras. Again, ma­trix me­ter­ing mode is un­can­nily clever.


Tough and durable, the D810 is the only cam­era in this group to fea­ture a body shell that’s made en­tirely from mag­ne­sium al­loy. It also fea­tures ex­ten­sive weather seals, as do the D7200, D610 and D750, but the D810’s over­all build qual­ity feels a cut above the rest, in keep­ing with its fully pro sta­tus.

Need to know

The D810 can munch through mem­ory cards at an alarm­ing rate, with in­di­vid­ual RAW and TIFF files be­ing as large as 75MB or 110MB re­spec­tively. How­ever, when set to 14-bit com­pressed RAW shoot­ing in our tests, we found file sizes av­er­aged out to around 44MB.

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