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  1. Nikon D810 Announced

    The features listed below are new or improved compared in the Nikon D810 compared to the D800/D800E.

    Image Capture

    • 36.3-megapixel sensor with no Optical Low-Pass Filter
    • EXPEED 4 processor (30% faster than EXPEED 3)
    • Improved noise performance
    • Larger base ISO range: 64-12,800, up from 100-6400
    • Larger expanded ISO range: 32-51,200, up from 50-25,600
    • 12-bit uncompressed Small RAW format
    • Larger continuous buffer
    • Higher continuous framerate: 5FPS in FX mode, 6 FPS in crop mode, 7 FPS in crop mode with battery grip (1 FPS faster, up from 4/5/6)
    • New "Flat" Picture Control preset
    • Clarity option added to Picture Control
    • Picture Control settings can now be adjusted in finer 0.25-step increments
    • Unlimited continuous shooting (4-30 second exposures) for astrophotography
    • Enhanced shutter with Q and Qc (quiet continuous) support
    • Electronic front-curtain shutter can reduce internal vibrations (available in both live view and viewfinder shooting)
    • Up to 9999 frames during interval shooting (up from 999)
    Metering/White Balance/Autofocus
    • New highlight-weighted metering for harsh indoor lighting
    • Faster autofocus processing
    • New Group Area AF (5 sensors can be used as a group)
    • 6 white balance presets (up from 3)
    • Spot white balance in live view
    • Possible to disable face detection via a custom setting
    Video and Live View
    • 60FPS maximum framerate in 1080p mode (up from 30FPS)
    • Larger ISO range: 64-Hi2 (up from 100-Hi2)
    • Simultaneous recording to memory card and HDMI recorded
    • Interval and time-lapse exposure smoothing
    • Auto ISO in manual exposure mode to smooth exposure transitions
    • Selectable auto frequency range: wide or voice
    • Built-in stereo microphone (compared to mono in the D800/D800E)
    • One-button zoom image preview
    • Highlight display (zebra stripes)
    • Split screen zoom (stills)
    • Full-aperture metering during live view
    • Live view: selectable image area
    Handling and Ergonomics
    • Improved battery life: up to 30% more photos (1200, up from 900 CIPA standard)
    • Deeper grip
    • i (secondary info) button added
    • Larger 3.2" LCD with 1229k dots (up from 921k dots)
    • Improved viewfinder coatings plus OLED information display
    While many of these changes are primarily geared toward videographers and live view users, the performance enhancements make the D810 considerably more versatile in the field than the D800 or D800E. Many reviewers complained about the slow 4FPS framerate in the old cameras, and Nikon addressed this by bumping the burst mode up to 5FPS in FX mode and a respectable 6FPS in 1.2x crop mode or DX mode. The EXPEED4 processor and addition of a small RAW format will also make life easier for users that make frequent use of burst mode, and the smaller RAW format will save you some disk space while still delivering better image quality than JPEGs. The better battery life won't hurt, either, as the D800/800E were power hogs in live view mode.

    The D810 also delivers some handy features for the most demanding photographers: faster autofocus, ground area AF, and new white balance and metering options.

    From an image quality point of view, it will be interesting to see how the D810 deals with noise, especially at the new low ISO settings (32 and 64). While the improvement in image quality may be minimal, when combined with the other enhancements that the D810 has received, it may be a more compelling upgrade for users who skipped the D800 or D800E for their somewhat slow performance and big files. JPEG shooters will also enjoy the new Clarity Picture Control setting.

    For more product photos and the full D810 specifications, visit its entry in our camera database.

    It's evident that Nikon is becoming increasingly competitive in the HDSLR market. The D810 is Nikon's best HDSLR to date, and it is therefore also being sold in a "filmmaker's kit" that includes 3 prime lenses (the Nikkor 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm F1.8), Nikon's external mic (ME-1), an external video recorder, 2 ND filters, an HDMI cable, and 2 extra EN-EL15 batteries.

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    Convinced? Head over to B&H and pre-order your D810 now, or wait for our comparative review of Nikon's latest FX body.

    • Jun 26 2014 02:42 AM
    • by Adam