This review is devoted to D810 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Jun 26, 2014. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 36.0 MP and a Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
Initially, Nikon developed this model to replace their older
and, after some time, Nikon has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent
To learn more about the specs and difference between these models, check our
complete comparison by following these links:
Nikon D810 vs. D850
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In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #10 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 55/100 and it takes a rank of #21 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon D810 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
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In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon D810. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro DSLR cameras.
Nikon D810 has the following external dimensions 146 x 146 x 82 mm (57.48 x 48.43 x 32.28″) with the weight of 980 g.
The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Nikon D810, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon D810 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 82mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon D810 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon D810 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon D810 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Nikon D810 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Nikon D810 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Nikon D810 boasts of a resolution of 36.0 MP and is equipped with a Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Nikon D810 has the following ISO range 64 - 12800 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 32 - 51200.
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
In a huge database of models that we have collected, Nikon D810 features a 36.0 MP sensor. In the Semi-Pro DSLR class, there is a high-resolution camera.
DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Nikon D810, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 97 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Nikon D810’s sensor.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Full frame sensor featured in Nikon D810 with other standard sensor sizes.
Nikon D810 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3.2" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,229k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.
The ViewFinder in D810 has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.7x and it also provides a coverage of 100%.
Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.
Some of the other highlights of Nikon D810 are its 5.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
D810 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.
In addition, D810 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Nikon D810, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Nikon D810 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.
Nikon D810 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
In addition, Nikon D810 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone and, since it comes with a port for external headphones, we can call Nikon D810 a perfect camera for high-quality videography purposes.
You can connect D810 to compatible devices via its USB 3.0 or HDMI ports.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Nikon D810 provides a shooting life of 1200, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 871 shots.
Compared to all models in the Semi-Pro DSLR category, Nikon D810 offers the highest battery life that reaches 1200 shots.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon D810’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon D810’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the D810 to the average DSLR camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D810 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 94. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D810 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D810 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 89. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D810 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D810 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 93. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D810 can be called a 93 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D810 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 39. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D810 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D810 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 99. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D810 can be called a 99 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Jun 26, 2014|
|Body Type||Mid-size SLR|
|Lens Mount||Nikon F|
|Number of Lenses||287|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||1,229k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||5.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, redeye reduction, redeye reduction w/slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||97|
|DxO Color Depth||25.7|
|DxO Dynamic Range||14.8|
|DxO Low Light ISO||2853|
|Sensor Size||Full frame|
|Sensor Dimensions||35.9 x 24 mm|
|Sensor Area||861.60 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||36.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||7360 x 4912|
|Max Native ISO||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||51,200|
|Min Native ISO||64|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||51|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||15|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Physical Dimensions||146 x 123 x 82 mm|
|Battery Life||1200 shots|
|Battery Type||1200 shots|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC, CompactFlash (UDMA compliant)|