Nikon D810 Review

Overall 55
Imaging 36
Features 59
Size 69
Price 0

Main Features

  • 36.0 MP Full frame CMOS sensor
  • ISO 64 - 12800 (Expands to 32 - 51200)
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3.2″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 5.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 146 x 123 x 82 mm
  • Weight: 980 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: Yes
  • Replaced Nikon D800. Compare
  • Replaced by Nikon D850. Compare

Nikon D810 Summary

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 product D800 and, after some time, Nikon has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one D800. To learn more about the specs and difference between these models, check our complete comparison by following these links:
Nikon D810 vs. D850
Nikon D810 vs. D800

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.

Nikon D810 Compared to other DSLR 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.

PROs

  • Screen Size: 3.2″
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/8000
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 14.8
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 2853
  • Sensor Resolution: 36.0 MP
  • Min Native Iso: 64
  • Min Boosted Iso: 32
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 51
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Headphone Port: Yes
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Storage Slots: 2

CONs

  • Wireless Connectivity: Optional

Complete Comparison of Nikon D810 With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro DSLR Category

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.

Physical Characteristics Of Nikon D810

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:

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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.

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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:

Battery

Nikon D810 — 1200 shots
Min: 390 shots
Average: 871 shots
Max: 1840 shots

Thickness

Nikon D810 — 82 mm
Min: 64 mm
Average: 75 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Nikon D810 — 980 g
Min: 479 g
Average: 783 g
Max: 1074 g

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 Photo and Sensor Features

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 Sensor Scores

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.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon D810

LCD and ViewFinder

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.

Max Shutter speed

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.

Flash

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.

Focusing

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.

Video Features

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.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect D810 to compatible devices via its USB 3.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

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.

How Good is Nikon D810 for Different Types of Photography?

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.

Nikon D810 for Portrait Photography

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.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (36 MP)
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • You might not like Nikon skintone
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon D810 for Street 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.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large Full frame(35.9 x 24 mm) sensor
  • Big battery life (1200 shots)

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (146 x 123 x 82 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon D810 for Sports 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.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Big Number of autofocus Points (51)
  • Nice Low Light ISO (2853)
  • Big size (146 x 123 x 82 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (5.0 fps)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (15)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)

Nikon D810 for Daily 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.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (980 g)
  • Big size (146 x 123 x 82 mm)

Nikon D810 for Landscape 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.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (36 MP)
  • Good Dynamic Range (14.8)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support
  • Nice Low Light ISO (2853)

Disadvantages:

  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)

Nikon D810 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model D810
Announced Jun 26, 2014
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Nikon F
Number of Lenses 287
Focal Length Multiplier 1x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3.2″
Screen Resolution 1,229k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.7
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 5.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 12
Flash Modes Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, redeye reduction, redeye reduction w/slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average Yes
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 97
DxO Color Depth 25.7
DxO Dynamic Range 14.8
DxO Low Light ISO 2853
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
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
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection No
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 51
Number of Cross Focus Points 15
Video Features
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
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port Yes
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 3.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 980 g
Physical Dimensions 146 x 123 x 82 mm
Battery Life 1200 shots
Battery Type 1200 shots
Battery Model EN-EL15
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS Optional
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC, CompactFlash (UDMA compliant)
Storage Slots 2

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