Nikon D810 announced

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Nikon D810 is finally announced.  The spec is pretty much what we have expected here. From the press: The D810 is a digital SLR camera that boasts incredibly superior definition and image quality made possible with a new Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, adoption of the latest EXPEED 4 image-processing engine, an effective pixel count of 36.3-million pixels, and a standard range of sensitivities from ISO 64 to ISO 12800. Not only does it offer extremely accurate AF, but vibrations generated inside the camera have been reduced to maximize the resolution of its 36.3-million pixels for sharp and clear images. The camera also supports recording of smooth, extremely sharp 60p full-HD (1920 x 1080) movies. What’s more, high-speed continuous shooting at up to 5 fps with the FX-format image area and up to 7 fps* with the DX-format image area is possible for excellent response to a wide variety of scenes.

The Nikon D810 now available to pre-order at B&H.

 

D810 primary features

36.3-megapixel image sensor for rich tonality

The D810 includes a 36.3 megapixel image sensor designed without an optical low-pass filter to ensure images maintain rich tonality in any lighting conditions. The ISO sensitivity ranges from ISO 64 to 12800 and can be decreased to Lo 1 (ISO 32 equivalent), or increased up to Hi 2 (ISO 51200 equivalent) to suit any environment

The first digital SLR camera in Nikon’s history to offer a minimum standard sensitivity of ISO 64 at which superior clarity and image quality with rich tones is achieved

A minimum standard sensitivity of ISO 64, at which the same broad dynamic range available with ISO 100 is possible, was achieved through the adoption of a new FX-format CMOS sensor and by increasing the volume of light information that can be accumulated. This enables suppression of loss of detail in highlights (blown highlights) and beautiful rendering of subjects with rich tones, even when a fast lens is used in bright surroundings. In addition, collaboration with the same EXPEED 4 image-processing engine adopted for the D4S achieves a broad range of standard sensitivities up to ISO 12800 (Lo 1, Hi 1, and Hi 2 settings are also available).

Quick and accurate autofocus

An improved 51-point autofocus (AF) system provides the highest accuracy in the history of Nikon DSLRs with extremely quick and accurate focus acquisition. A new “group-area AF” mode helps avoid unintentional background focusing when shooting moving subjects.

EXPEED 4 image-processing engine delivers unrivaled quality and performance

The EXPEED 4 image-processing engine provides a number of enhancements that boost image quality over its predecessor. Enhancements include improved noise reduction performance at high sensitivities, as well as upgraded depth and clarity in gradation rendering – thanks to a new “Clarity”*1 option in Picture Control. Higher accuracy of automatic white balance and an increased number of continuous shots combine to enable the D810 to shine in terms of picture quality and performance. In addition, the adoption of a new CMOS sensor with the EXPEED 4 delivers high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 5 fps in full-frame format and approximately 7 fps*2 in cropped-format, making captures of a broader range for both still and moving subjects possible.

Reduced vibration for clearer images

The D810 includes an electronic front-curtain shutter, which effectively reduces internal mechanical vibration. When the electronic front-curtain shutter is enabled instead of the mechanical shutter during mirror-up, the camera’s image sensor acts as a front curtain of the focal-plane shutter and this provides stability and minimal blur – particularly when shooting long exposures at night.

Full-HD movie recording with which picture quality and operation has been significantly improved

The full-HD movie recording function, capable of recording extremely sharp and clear movies exhibiting significantly fewer moiré patterns and jaggies, and less color aliasing, supports 60p recording for smoother expression of subject movement. In addition, operation has been improved with Auto ISO Sensitivity Control in M exposure mode, enabling exposure control with aperture value and shutter speed locked and automatic adjustment of only ISO sensitivity, as well as a highlight display that shows the brightest areas of the frame in which detail may be lost with display of slanted lines. Beautiful time-lapse movies with which variations in exposure between frames are controlled can also be generated in-camera.

Dual-format recording

The D810 features support for two recording formats: full-frame- and cropped-format. The full-frame format provides outstanding results for movies filmed with a shallow depth of field, while the cropped-format recording offers an angle with a closer reach to the subject. These two angles of view can be achieved with a single lens, which enhances production efficiency. 

Improved audio that eliminates noise

A built-in stereo microphone is included that effectively minimises wind noise. Frequency response can be set between a wide range for atmospheric sounds or voice to highlight dialogue.

Full Specs

Type Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Effective angle of view Nikon FX format
Effective pixels
Effective pixels 36.3 million
Image sensor
Image sensor 35.9 x 24.0 mm CMOS sensor
Total pixels 37.09 million
Dust-reduction system Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (requires Capture NX-D software)
Storage
Image size (pixels)
  • FX format (36×24): 7360 x 4912 (L), 5520 x 3680 (M), 3680 x 2456 (S)
  • 1.2x (30×20): 6144 x 4080 (L), 4608 x 3056 (M), 3072 x 2040 (S)
  • DX format (24×16): 4800 x 3200 (L), 3600 x 2400 (M), 2400 x 1600 (S)
  • 5:4 (30×24): 6144 x 4912 (L), 4608 x 3680 (M), 3072 x 2456 (S)
  • FX-format photographs taken in movie live view: 6720 x 3776 (L), 5040 x 2832 (M), 3360 x 1888 (S)
  • DX-format photographs taken in movie live view: 4800 x 2704 (L), 3600 x 2024 (M), 2400 x 1352 (S)
    Note: Photographs taken in movie live view have an aspect ratio of 16:9; A DX-based format is used for photographs taken using the DX (24×16) 1.5x image area; an FX-based format is used for all other photographs
File format
  • NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed; small size available (12-bit uncompressed only)
  • TIFF (RGB)
  • JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available
  • NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control system Can be selected from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
Storage media SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards; Type I CompactFlash memory cards (UDMA compliant)
Dual card slots Either card can be used for primary or backup storage or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; pictures can be copied between cards
File system DCF 2.0, DPOF, Exif 2.3, PictBridge
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverage
  • FX (36×24): Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical
  • 1.2x (30×20): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical
  • DX (24×16): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical
  • 5:4 (30×24): Approx. 97% horizontal and 100% vertical
Magnification Approx. 0.7x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint 17 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment -3 to +1 m-1
Focusing screen Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets and framing grid
Reflex mirror Quick return
Depth-of-field preview Pressing Pv button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (P and S modes)
Lens aperture Instant return, electronically controlled
Lens
Compatible lenses Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G, E, and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC lenses), DX lenses (using DX (24×16) 1.5x image area) AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only); IX-NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses cannot be used: The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supports the 11 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster)
Shutter
Type Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter, electronic front-curtain shutter (in mirror up release mode)
Speed 1/8000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, bulb, time, X250
Flash sync speed X=1/250 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/320 s or slower (flash range drops at speeds between 1/250 and 1/320 s)
Release
Release mode S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), QC (quite continuous shutter-release), Self-timer, MUP (mirror up)
Frame advance rate
  • With EN-EL15 batteries 
    (FX/5:4) CL: Approx. 1 to 5 fps, CH: Approx. 5 fps, QC: Approx. 3 fps
    (DX/1.2x) CL: Approx. 1 to 6 fps, CH: Approx. 6 fps, QC: Approx. 3 fps
  • Other power sources 
    (FX/5:4) CL: Approx. 1 to 5 fps, CH: Approx. 5 fps, QC: Approx. 3 fps
    (1.2x) CL: Approx. 1 to 6 fps, CH: Approx. 6 fps, QC: Approx. 3 fps
    (DX) CL: Approx. 1 to 6 fps, CH: Approx. 7 fps, QC: Approx. 3 fps
Self-timer 2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2 or 3 s
Exposure
Metering TTL exposure metering using 91K-pixel RGB sensor
Metering method
  • Matrix: 3D color matrix metering III (type G, E and D lenses); color matrix metering III (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data
  • Center-weighted: Weight of approx. 75% given to 12-mm circle in center of frame; diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15 or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circle)
  • Spot: Meters 4-mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
  • Highlight-weighted: Available with type G, E and D lenses (equivalent to center-weighted when other lenses are used)
Range
(ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)
  • Matrix, center-weighted, or highlight-weighted metering: 0 to 20 EV
  • Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV
Exposure meter coupling Combined CPU and AI
Mode Programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)
Exposure compensation -5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Exposure bracketing 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV; 2 to 5 frames in steps of 2 or 3 EV
Exposure lock Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index)
ISO 64 to 12800 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV; can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 32 equivalent) below ISO 64 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 or 2 EV (ISO 51200 equivalent) above ISO 12800; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-Lighting Can be selected from auto, extra high, high, normal, low or off
ADL bracketing 2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3 to 5 frames using preset values for all frames
Focus
Autofocus Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors; f/8 supported by 11 sensors), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 to 3 m/1 ft 8 in. to 9 ft 10 in.)
Detection range -2 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Lens servo
  • Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status
  • Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus point Can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points
AF-area mode Single-point AF, 9-, 21- or 51-point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, group-area AF, auto-area AF
Focus lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Flash
Built-in flash Manual pop-up with button release and a guide number of approx. 12/39, 12/39 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Flash control TTL: i-TTL flash control using 91K-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix, center-weighted and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash mode Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off; auto FP high-speed sync supported
Flash compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Flash bracketing 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV; 2 to 5 frames in steps of 2 or 3 EV
Flash-ready indicator Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; blinks after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoe ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting
System (CLS)
Nikon CLS supported; commander mode option available
Sync terminal ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread
White balance
White balance Auto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view), choose color temperature (2500 K to 10000 K); all with fine-tuning
White balance bracketing 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3
Live View
Live view mode Live view photography (still images), movie live view (movies)
Lens servo
  • Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time servo AF (AF-F)
  • Manual focus (M)
AF-area mode Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
Autofocus Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Movie
Metering TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Metering method Matrix, center-weighted, or highlight-weighted
Frame size (pixels)
and frame rate
  • 1920 x 1080; 60 p (progressive), 50 p, 30 p, 25 p, 24 p
  • 1280 x 720; 60p, 50p

Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; all options support both high and normal image quality

File format MOV
Video compression H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format Linear PCM
Audio recording device Built-in or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
ISO sensitivity
  • Exposure modes P, S and A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 64 to Hi 2) with selectable upper limit
  • Exposure mode M: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 64 to Hi 2) available with selectable upper limit; manual selection (ISO 64 to 12800 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV); can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 or 2 EV (ISO 51200 equivalent) above ISO 12800
Other movie options Index marking, time-lapse photography
Monitor
Monitor 8-cm/3.2-in., approx. 1229 k-dot (VGA; 640 x RGBW x 480 = 1,228,800 dots) TFT monitor with 170 ° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment
Playback
Playback Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, auto image rotation
Interface
USB SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0 Micro-B connector); connection to built-in USB port is recommended
HDMI output Type C HDMI connector
Audio input Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
Audio output Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)
Ten-pin remote terminal Can be used to connect optional remote control, optional WR-R10 (requires WR-A10 Adapter) or WR-1 Wireless Remote Controller, GP-1/GP-1A GPS Unit, or GPS device compliant with NMEA0183 version 2.01 or 3.01 (requires optional MC-35 GPS Adapter Cord and cable with D-sub 9-pin connector)
Supported languages (may differ by country or area)
Supported languages Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Power source
Battery One EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Battery pack Optional MB-D12 Multi-Power Battery Pack with one EN-EL15/EN-EL18a*/EN-EL18* Rechargeable Li-ion Battery or eight AA-size alkaline, Ni-MH or lithium batteries
* Available separately; Requires optional BL-5 Battery Chamber Cover
AC adapter EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5B Power Connector (available separately)
Tripod socket
Tripod socket 1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions / weight
Dimensions
(W x H x D)
Approx. 146 x 123 x 81.5 mm/5.8 x 4.9 x 3.3 in.
Weight Approx. 980 g/2 lb 2.6 oz with battery and SD memory card but without body cap; approx. 880 g/1 lb 15.1 oz (camera body only)
Operating environment
Temperature 0 to 40°C/32 to 104°F
Humidity 85% or less (no condensation)

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