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