Nikon D810

It’s all in the de­tail… de­tail which you’ll eas­ily cap­ture with the high­est-res­o­lu­tion D-SLR in Nikon’s line-up

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£2350, $2800 (body only)

tep up to a D810 and you’re cross­ing the line from con­sumer cam­eras to one of Nikon’s ‘pro­fes­sional’ D-SLRs. There’s only one other ‘pro’ level cam­era in this group, and that’s the D4s. The lay­out and han­dling are en­tirely in line with Nikon’s other pro cam­eras, in that there’s no con­ven­tional mode dial. In its place there are four easy-ac­cess but­tons for vi­tal shoot­ing pa­ram­e­ters. Shoot­ing modes lack gim­micky Scene and Ef­fects modes, and boil down to se­ri­ous PASM modes, se­lected via a but­ton and a flick of the rear com­mand dial.

The main sell­ing point of the D810 is its 36.3-megapixel im­age sen­sor. This brings the po­ten­tial to cap­ture in­cred­i­ble lev­els of fine de­tail and tex­ture, boosted by the re­moval of the

Sop­ti­cal low-pass fil­ter and an­tialias screen. It’s in­ter­est­ing to note that, while OLPF re­moval has be­come the norm in re­cent DX cam­eras (in­clud­ing the D3300, D5500 and D7200), the D810 is cur­rently the only Nikon FX cam­era to ditch the fil­ter. Zoom in on im­ages on a com­puter screen or go large with print­ing, and the re­ten­tion of ul­tra-fine de­tail is a rev­e­la­tion. In pur­suit of this, the D810 boasts a 51-point aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem, al­though it’s a gen­er­a­tion older than that of the D750. There’s also a mod­i­fied shut­ter and mir­ror mech­a­nism that’s de­signed to be a smooth op­er­a­tor, along with the op­tion of us­ing an elec­tronic front-cur­tain shut­ter.

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