Nikon D810 £2400/$2500
It’s all about photography’s finer points
When you want to capture every last detail and texture, for example in landscape, still life and fashion photography, the Nikon D810 is the ultimate upgrade choice. Following on from the D800 and D800E, the D810 does away with an optical low-pass filter (OLPF) entirely, to maximise the resolving potential of its 36.3Mp sensor. In terms of handling it is similar to the D500; the shooting mode dial is replaced by an array of buttons, in this case giving easy access to quality, metering, ISO and white balance settings.
Beneath its magnesiumalloy skin, the D810 is mostly a generation older than the D5 and D500. Its image processor and metering module are the same as those fitted to the D750. And, whereas the D750 has a new-generation 51-point autofocus system, the D810 has an older version. It’s a shame, as the D5’s new 153-point AF module would serve well for critical focusing in ultra-highresolution photography.
As you’d expect, the D810’s maximum drive rate isn’t blisteringly fast, with so many megapixels to process, but the D810 can still muster 5fps, which is faster than the D800’s 4fps. Another challenge is high-ISO performance, with so many pixels being crammed onto the image sensor. Even so, the D810 delivers an extra stop in its standard and expanded sensitivity ranges (compared to the D800), which top out at ISO12800 and 51200.
In terms of image resolution, there’s no other Nikon camera to touch the D810. Its specially designed smooth-action mirror and shutter assembly help minimise vibrations and maximise sharpness but, even so, a hidden cost of upgrading to this camera is that you’ll need the very sharpest lenses to make the most of its potential. And a trade-off of the high pixel count is that high-ISO images are nowhere near as clean as those from the D750.
When you want to capture every last detail and texture, the Nikon D810 is the ultimate upgrade choice