Nikon just announced the new D810 today and will be shipping the 36.3 MP camera as early as July 17th. Order at B&H here using this link: D810 at B&H Photo Video. Price is slated to be $3,299.95 for the body only. This new camera has quite a few significant improvements over the Nikon D800/D800E models and I consider it to be a solid update to an already impressive camera. Nikon has done a good job on the D810 and I highly recommend this camera system.
Most photographers will really appreciate the new ISO range from ISO 32 to ISO 51,200. Iso 6432will allow shooting long exposures of ocean scenes and waterfalls while ISO 51,200 allows low light photography and videography. Another significant update is the new image processor called EXPEED 4. the EXPEED 4 is over 30% faster than the EXPEED 3 so practically speaking that means you’ll be able to photograph more frames in a row before the buffer fills up. Speaking of frame rate, the D810 increases its maximum frame rate to 5 frames per second compared to the D800’s 4 fps.
Nikon eliminated the anti-aliasing / optical low pass filter over the sensor, so overall clarity and sharpness should be stunning. And other big improvement is the addition of electronic front curtain shutter, which will eliminate shutter-induced vibration when using the live view mode. This is a big boon for macro photographers and long lens shooters.
The D810 introduces a new RAW file format called S RAW which is a compressed 12-bit file designed to take up less space on your memory cards and hard drives. Another of the big updates from Nikon is the autofocus system has been upgraded to be the same as the new D4S. Included in this new upgrade is the brand-new group area autofocus that uses a cluster of four focusing sensors.
For video shooters, the Nikon D800 has truly become a multimedia machine. It now boasts automatic ISO adjustments Wyland manual mode, 60 frames per second shooting at 1080P, ability to video at ISO 12,800, and a longer battery life that will allow up to 40 minutes of recording time. Also, the D810 Will have the ability to display zebra stripes which will show video shooters where potential highlights are located in the frame.
Nikon has put together a great PDF comparing the differences between the D800 and D810 here: Nikon D800/D800E vs. D810 Comparison Sheet.
Check out the sample photos from the new camera on Nikon’s Flickr feed. They have included all EXIF data so you’ll be able to see what settings were used, including those with low and high ISOs. Nikon D810 Sample Images on Flickr. Here are examples of some of the images from Nikon:
Nikon is also putting together a D810 DSLR Filmmaker’s Kit that includes a variety of lenses, video recorder, filters and microphone. You can order the kit at B&H here: Nikon D810 Filmmaker’s Kit.
Here’s what’s included in the kit:
– AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED Lens
– AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens
– AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens
– Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder
– ME-1 Stereo Microphone
– Tiffen 58mm Variable ND Filter
– Tiffen 67mm Variable ND Filter
– HC-E1 18″ HDMI Cable
– Two EN-EL15 Li-Ion Batteries