Nikon D810 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body

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Key Features

  • 36.3 MP FX-format CMOS sensor without an Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF)
  • 30% faster EXPEED 4 image processing engine
  • 51-point AF system and 3D Color Matrix metering III with a 91,000-pixel RGB sensor
  • ISO 64-12,800 expandable to 51,200
  • Featuring a new RAW Small Size option, which produces 16MP images with much smaller file sizes
  • Professional video and audio capabilities

Product Description

The Nikon D810 is a full-frame digital SLR that features 36.3 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor (without an optical low-pass filter) along with Nikon's latest EXPEED 4 image processing engine. The EXPEED 4 improves performance and image quality and also offers an ISO range of 64 to 12800, which expands to 32 to 51200. There's also a new RAW Small Size option, which produces 16MP images with much smaller file sizes. The shutter mechanism has been redesigned and a first curtain electronic shutter added in order to reduce the risk of 'shutter shake'.

On the video front, the D810 offers full HD recording at 1080/60p/24p with manual exposure control, focus peaking and zebra pattern, manual exposure control, and audio level adjustment. New features include uncompressed HDMI output with simultaneous recording to a memory card, a new 'flat' Picture Control (designed with post-production in mind), highlight weighted metering, and Auto ISO in manual mode.


Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 7360 x 4912
Other resolutions FX: 5520 x 3680, 3680 x 2456; 1.2: 6144 x 4080, 4608 x 3056, 3072 x 2040; 5:4: 6144 x 4912, 4608 x 3680, 3072 x 2456; DX: 4800 x 3200, 3600 x 2400, 2400 x 1600
Image ratio w:h 5:4, 3:2
Effective pixels 36 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 37 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor EXPEED 4
ISO Auto, 64-12800
White balance presets 12
Custom white balance Yes (6 slots)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW + TIFF
JPEG quality levels Fine, normal, basic
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 51
Lens mount Nikon F
Focal length multiplier 1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2
Screen dots 1,229,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT-LCD (WRGB)
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes No
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes (via hot shoe, flash sync terminal, wireless)
Flash modes Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, redeye reduction, redeye reduction w/slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync
Continuous drive 5 fps
Self-timer Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs for up to 9 shots)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Highlight-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (2-9 exposures in 1-3 increments)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Videography notes Uncompressed output over HDMI with simultaneous writing to memory card
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, CompactFlash (UDMA compliant)
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini-HDMI)
Wireless Optional
Wireless notes via WT-5A or Eye-Fi
Remote control Yes
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description EN-EL15 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 1200
Weight (inc. batteries) 980 g (2.16 lb / 34.57 oz)
Dimensions 146 x 123 x 82 mm (5.75 x 4.84 x 3.23)
Other features
GPS Optional
GPS notes via GP-1 or GP-1A


User Reviews

4.91667 out of 5 stars
  • DarkShift, Jul 30, 2014 GMT:
    Great upgrade!

    This camera pretty much addresses most (or even all) of the issues I had with the previous model D800. Autofocus works GREAT with not much to complain. It is faster and more accurate. Group Area AF works very well in dim light making spontaneous shooting much easier. Focus is spot on almost all the time. My AF-S lenses don't seem to require AF-finetuning anymore so far. The shutter is much more quieter and should cause less vibrations too. There's EFCS mode available too (Electronic First ...

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  • Tony Bonanno, Jul 31, 2014 GMT:
    Substantial Improvements Result in Nikon's Best DSLR

    The bottom line: The Nikon D810 camera is probably the best pro quality DSLR that I've ever used. It's not quite the solid build of the Nikon D4s or the Canon 1D series, but the overall performance is very refined and sets a new standard for resolution, dynamic range, and functionality. Previously, I was using a Nikon D800 and D800E. When the D810 was announced I intended to replace my D800 and keep the D800E as the second body for backup and client shoots. I was so impressed with the new ...

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  • Arsen, Aug 1, 2014 GMT:
    All the right Improvements make it the perfect Camera

    I have owned the D800E since release date and Love the camera.. Just upgraded to the D810 and the amazing camera of the D800E just got the perfect improvements to make it amazing. The group autofocus, base ISO of 64,  Larger Buffer & FPS, Quiet shutter & better LCD and live View make this the best SLR on the market. The only negative that I have is the lack of Capture Nx2 Support that I found brought out the best IQ of the raw files. I wish Nikon also added the D810 to CNX2 and it would have ...

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  • prnFrance, Aug 13, 2014 GMT:
    After a d800e

    New tests, really perfect for my use

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Questions & Answers


D810 Why not having a tilt screen ..somewhat like @Sony A99

I tend to have my camera waist high  for photographing full length to avoid distortion I been using lately  Sony A7 and loving the use of the tilt screen ..because  of my back problems and knees .. I been a photographer going on 50 years .. I ask myself ..WHY  didn't  Nikon  provide a tilt screen for the D800 and D810 Does any know why ??.. I LIKED TILT SCREEN ON THE SONY A99 I wished it was on my D800 TOM

tomboy asked
1 month ago


Probably not, but it's funny how that can change. When Fuji came out with the X100 and then X-Pro and then XE1, they were fairly traditional cameras except that they all had EVFs, either exclusively or in combination with a rangefinder-ish OVF. When it became clear that Fuji was going to release a model (the XM1) with a tilting screen, it was decried as something like the end of the world by many of the tradition-loving shooters on that forum. Don't need it, don't want it, just something else to break, etc, etc, etc. In fairness, part of this reaction was because that camera also didn't have any sort of viewfinder, but a lot of it was toward the tilt-screen specifically. But Fuji did it anyway and a fair number of folks picked those bodies up as second bodies and budget buyers as their only body. And a surprising number of people found themselves liking it. Now the XT1 is Fuji's flagship model, one they tout as "pro" and some use it professionally, although few here would respect ... Continue Reading

Ray Sachs answered
1 month ago

Two things I hope never make it to professional grade DSLRs: Swivel/articulated screens and touch screens.  I absolutely hate both, personally.  I recognize their uses, but I find both to be "cheap" and the swivel screen especially compromises build quality.  As for the touch screen, I'd much rather be using hard buttons, rather than putting fingerprints all over a touch screen, which would reduce battery life as well I'm sure if it had to be on often.  I just wan them to keep doing what they're doing :-). Continue Reading

1 month ago

You will never see this on professional camera bodies as it will not stand up to the rigors of everyday shooting.  Just something else to break. I rather just bend over or adjust my body's perspective in relation to the camera and shutter plane.  I can shoot over my head for overhead perspective shots pretty comfortably and successfully after many years of trial and error. Continue Reading

Al Giordano answered
1 month ago


RX1 has higher DR than RX1R?

Hello everyone, Hope you are well. I was just checking the sensor ratings in Dxomark and when I compared RX1, RX1R and D810, RX1R came up having a lower DR ratings that RX1. I took a screenshot here: Anybody who owns both or have used either, can you please share your experience? RX1R is a newer model without the OLPF, and other than that, I was not aware of any other differences. Thank you very much.

mfahim27753 asked
1 month ago


Hi, I only have the R so I can't say. Not sure how much of a difference you will see with .7 being the margin. Hope someone who has owned or at least shot with both can weigh in. Continue Reading

mcshan answered
1 month ago

The difference between the figures is so small that I would think it is about what you would get if you measured two rx1s against each other, or two RX1rs. Continue Reading

Mike Fewster answered
1 month ago

Good point Mike. I agree. Continue Reading

mcshan answered
29 days ago


D810 with Nikkor fast (f/1.4) primes (24, 35 & 85mm)

Hello all. I and a number of other experienced photographers have been plagued with AF issues when pairing the three f/1.4 high end primes with our D800(E) cameras. The issue being a gross unrepeatability of the AF system where even with good AF targets, the camera will focus unreliably with these three lenses, scattering results in front of and (perhaps more commonly) behind the intended point with complete abandon. Not everyone seems to suffer from this, but those that do will know what I am talking about. It is interesting that I do not see any such issues with the f/1.8 primes and have the 28, 35 and 85 f/1.8 lenses, all of which focus much more reliably on both of our D800Es. Also interesting is the fact that all three f/1.4 primes focus very well indeed on our D700s. Our D800Es are both equally affected by this. They are both "early" units from the first shipments into the UK but I have been able to repeat the behaviour on two recent D800s. I am a member of NPS and Nikon have ...

MisterHairy asked
1 month ago


This is interesting. Now that the D810 is released, and potentially improves the AF, more people are starting to confess that their D800 AF wasn't a bag of chips. Prior to the D810 release any user with the courage to mention D800 AF issues would be attacked and promptly referred to pg. 100 of the user guide. �Now that's it's D810 pride week I guess it's safe to come out of the closet. Continue Reading

vincent__l answered
1 month ago

I had the same inconsistent focusing issues with my D800E.  I ended-up selling all my fast  glass since it was unusable wide-open - the very reason I purchased the glass in the first place (Nikon 85mm f1.4, Nikon 85mm f1.8, Nikon 50mm f1.4, Nikon 50mm f1.8 and Sigma ART 35mm f1.4)!  A trip to Nikon repair for the D800E did nothing to correct the problem.  I felt a little pain selling the Sigma 35mm ART and the Nikon 85mm f1.4 lenses, since, when they did focus properly, they had amazing IQ.  As a note, I tested a friend's D800E and it had the same problem, albeit a bit improved from my camera. My solution was to purchase the Sony A7R to use with fast glass and retain the 36MP.  The results with the Zeiss lenses shot wide-open have been stellar, but it meant I needed to carry two cameras, since the mirror-less is not good for action photography. I just sold my D800E and acquired the D810, which I am very pleased with.  I no longer have any fast glass to test, but I still had ... Continue Reading

Jeff2013 answered
1 month ago

You say that, but can you offer any proof that the 810 offers more reliable AF with these lenses? Your message reads more like someone with an axe to grind than someone with some useful information to share. Continue Reading

MisterHairy answered
1 month ago
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