Even the most ardent of Canon users can admit that Nikon’s current range of full frame DSLRs is pretty special, and the new D810 is quite possibly the best of the lot.
It builds on the success of the D800, which sent photographers and reviewers into something of a frenzy during 2012, and is set to cause something of a stir amongst pro togs. It has the same 36.3 megapixel resolution of its older brother, but Nikon have made a few tweaks that really make images sparkle even more.
The AA filter that was featured in the D800 and the AA filter cancellation of the D800E have both gone, making it pack a great resolution for your buck. Another key improvement is its ability to shoot at 5 fps in FX mode compared to 4 fps with its predecessors.
According to Nikon, the days of having to wait for images to process to the memory card before being able to take new ones are over. Providing the card is not full, the Japanese firm claims that the D810 can take unlimited JPEGs at full resolution without any need to stop.
It’s a very bold claim when you consider that different memory cards write at differing MB/s speeds, but then again, nobody buying a high professional camera such as this is likely to be using anything other than fast class ten cards.
The amount of photos that can be taken in RAW without a slowdown has also been improved. A number of reviewers have found that they could take as many as 17 photos at 5 fps before buffering started.
ISO has also been boosted. Where the D800 had a range of 100-6400 (expandable to 25,000), the D810 boasts 64-12,800 and can be expanded up to 51,800.
Made from magnesium allow, it’s certainly a weighty body, but most photographers prefer the reassurance that offers.
Looks wise, very little has changed from past models. The D800 and D800E were great looking cameras and Nikon, where design is concerned, has adhered to the “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” mantra.
Subtle changes include an improved grip and new “I” button that allows users to access the camera’s menu options much more easily than before.
It’s hard not to be impressed with this camera. The D800 was spectacular so Nikon couldn’t really go wrong when working on this latest offering. Some may be unhappy that it does not boast 4K video capabilities, but they will be a very small minority. All in all, this is a serious camera for serious photographers.