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Nikon D810 official announcement

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The Nikon D810 is now officially announced. The price of the camera is $3,296.95. Pre-order options can be found here. See also the latest D810 posts here.


Product Description

Harness the power of extreme resolution, jaw-dropping image quality and huge dynamic range in both stills and Full HD 1080p video applications. A newly designed 36.3 megapixel FX-format full-frame image sensor with no optical low-pass filter is paired with the thrilling performance of EXPEED 4 for staggering detail retention, noise-free images from ISO 64 to ISO 12,800, fast frame rates, cinematic video capabilities, in-camera editing features and outstanding energy efficiency. For still and multimedia photographers, The D810 will ignite your creativity and help you capture images that astound. For cinematographers and camera operators, the D810 will become one of the most versatile tools in your arsenal. The D810 will expand your vision and make you rethink what’s possible.

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The evolution of high resolution

One look at the jaw-dropping image quality possible with the D810 and you'll never look at image quality the same way. The level of detail and sharpness, the wide dynamic range and rich tonality in nearly any light is simply staggering—almost unimaginable until now. For still and multimedia photographers including landscape, studio, wedding and portrait pros, the D810 will ignite your creativity and help you capture images that astound. For cinematographers and camera operators, the D810 will become one of the most versatile and important tools in your arsenal. With meticulous autofocus, fast frame rates and image processing, smaller file formats, excellent energy efficiency and exciting new capabilities for all manners of shooting, the D810 expands your vision and lets you rethink what’s possible.

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The bar has been raised

The D810 truly raises the bar for image quality and dynamic range. An all-new FX-format full-frame image sensor design—36.3-megapixels with no optical low-pass filter—is paired with Nikon's innovative EXPEED 4 image processing for flawless detail retention from snow white to pitch black, beautiful noise-free images from ISO 64 to ISO 12,800, an extremely wide dynamic range, flattering well-saturated skin tones and much more. The combination reveals the true optical precision of NIKKOR lenses, which provide flawless rendering even at these pixel counts. For those seeking the ultimate in D-SLR image quality, the D810 delivers.

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Take productions to the next level - outstanding on TV, video and film sets

The D810 is the full-frame D-SLR that cinematographers, camera operators and multimedia photographers have been waiting for. Bring the camera's remarkable image quality and dynamic range to 1080p videos recorded at 60/50/30/25/24p uncompressed to an external device, compressed to an internal CF/SD card or both simultaneously. Move between dark and light scenes without any iris or frame-rate adjustments thanks to ISO Auto Adjust. Smoothly change a shot's depth of field with power iris control. Shoot in a flat picture style that enhances dynamic range and streamlines post-production work. Even enjoy broadcast-caliber audio control right in the camera. Let the D810 and the vast collection of NIKKOR lenses take your production to the next level.

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Where speed and accuracy converge

The D810 performs with astounding speed and precision. Capture 5 fps at full resolution and in 5:4 crop mode, 6 fps in 1:2 crop mode and 7 fps in DX-crop mode*. Enjoy tack-sharp focus—crucial in high-resolution images—thanks to an Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX AF sensor that uses 51 focus points, including 15 cross-type sensors, 11 of which work all the way to f/8, plus a new Group Area AF. Internal vibration has been nearly eliminated with a newly designed sequencer mechanism and Electronic Front Curtain Shutter system. You can even quickly spot-check your focus by zooming in 46x on the large 3.2-inch 1,229k-dot display with RGBW alignment and monitor highlights during video capture with zebra striping right in the display. The D810 is as nimble as it is precise.

*When using optional MB-D12 battery pack and EN-EL18a battery (for up to 100 jpeg shots)

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Liberating versatility

The D810 is a versatile camera for versatile shooters. Produce stunning star-trail images with unlimited continuous shooting—capture images for as long as your battery or memory card will allow. Create smooth, even time-lapse sequences thanks to new Exposure Smoothing. Preserve details in both the shadowy and bright areas of stage performances and other spot-lit situations with Highlight-weighted Metering. Use the D810's pop-up flash as a Commander for Nikon's Creative Light System—a major convenience for location photographers. Save your files in a new 12-bit uncompressed RAW size S* format that's half the size of RAW size L. Wherever your passion and inspiration takes you, the D810 will follow.

*In-camera RAW processing or some retouch options, such as image overlay, cannot be applied.

Supplied Accessories:

  • D810 Body Only
  • EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • MH-25a Battery Charger
  • USB Cable Clip
  • HDMI Cable Clip
  • UC-E22 USB Cable
  • AN-DC12 Strap
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cap
  • DK-17 Eyepiece
  • BM-12 LCD Monitor Cover
  • NikonView NX2 CD ROM

Additional information:

Press release:

The Power to Create the Compelling: The Nikon D810 is the HD-SLR that Delivers Unmatched Image Quality and a Truly Cinematic Experience

With Extreme Resolution, Powerful Video Features and Enhanced Performance, the New Nikon D810 is the Essential Asset for Pro Photo and Video Applications

MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the D810, the next benchmark in D-SLR image quality for professional photographers and cinematographers. The D810 features a brand-new 36.3-megapixel, full-frame FX-format sensor without an optical low pass filter (OLPF) for extreme resolution and staggering dynamic range. Bolstered by Nikon’s EXPEED 4 image processing engine, the D810 delivers enhanced response and performance for a wide variety of photographic, cinematic and broadcast disciplines. Whether photographing weddings, fashion or landscapes, shooting documentary-style cinema or video for broadcast, this is the one D-SLR that provides the ultimate in versatility and capability.

“Once a user experiences the intense level of fine detail they are able to render using the immersive resolution of the D810, it will be hard to imagine a project without it,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “When coupled with the amazing imaging capabilities of NIKKOR optics, the D810 becomes a powerful storytelling tool to create images and broadcast-quality video with unprecedented detail, dynamic range and sharpness.”

Nikon’s Greatest Image Quality Yet

The Nikon D810 is the pinnacle of D-SLR image quality, continuing to rival medium format cameras thanks to a variety of Nikon technologies engineered for professional image capture. At the core of the D810 is a brand-new, 36.3-megapixel FX-format (7360 x 4912 resolution) CMOS sensor that lets photographers wield the benefits of extremely high resolution, with rich tonality and a broad dynamic range. This super-high resolution gives professionals the power to capture with stellar sharpness, make massive prints or crop liberally with confidence. The OLPF has been removed to maximize the potential of every pixel, resulting in outstanding resolution and sharpness, yielding images that render subtle details with striking fidelity.

Image quality further benefits from the application of Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED 4 image processing engine, which also provides enhancements to overall performance while suppressing instances of false color and moiré. Photographing in the field or in the studio, users will see the difference with the ability to create stunning images with unprecedented clarity in gradation rendering, expanded dynamic range and high accuracy white balance. Additionally, EXPEED 4 enhances noise reduction performance, and helps to achieve a wider ISO range, from 64 to 12,800, to improve low-noise image capture in a variety of lighting conditions. The ISO range is also expandable from 32 (Lo-1) to 51,200 (Hi-2) letting the photographer shoot with maximum fidelity under studio lighting or confidently capture a faintly-lit wedding reception or other subjects in even the most challenging light.

Nikon has also implemented a myriad of new features aimed at improving overall image quality for all types of photographers. Nikon’s Advanced Scene Recognition System with the 91,000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Meter III provides unbelievably balanced exposures in difficult scenes. The system analyzes each scene to recognize factors such as color, brightness and human faces with startling precision to determine what type of subject a user is shooting. The system then compares all the data using an image database to adjust exposure, AF, auto white balance, i-TTL flash control and enhances subject tracking.

Further enhancing the D810’s image quality, a “Clarity” setting has been added to the available Picture Control adjustment parameters, which adjusts mid tones to enhance details within an image. To help preserve the most amount of detail in shadows and highlights, the new “Flat” Picture Control Profile is now available. This Picture Control Profile allows both photographers and filmmakers to get the widest tonal range out of their cameras for maximum flexibility in post processing. For further customization of Picture Controls, users are now able to make adjustments in .25 step increments for the maximum level of custom color, saturation and brightness levels. Additionally, the D810 employs a new highlight-weighted metering option, which detects the brightness in a scene and determines optimum exposure, preventing blown-out highlights, which is ideal for stage and performance capture.

Video Features Fit for Production

The D810 has powerful video features that make it a valuable tool for any production environment. Whether a user is looking for manual control for pro video application or portability and lens selection for episodic broadcast, the D810 delivers a truly cinematic experience with a wide range of professional-oriented features.

Broadcast quality video: Full HD 1920 x 1080 video capture at a variety of frame rates, including 60/30/24p.

Versatile crop modes: FX and DX crop modes give users a telephoto boost when needed, a feature that has been very popular with camera operators because of its added flexibility on set.

Flat Picture Control profile: This neutral color profile is ideal for video and gives the user maximum flexibility in post-production.

HDMI output: The D810 can relay uncompressed digital video to an external recorder via HDMI, while simultaneously displaying the video on the rear LCD display and external LCD monitor. Operators can now also record both to the internal card (compressed) and to the external recorder (uncompressed) simultaneously.

Smooth in-camera time-lapse and interval timer: Like the Nikon D4S, the D810 uses an auto-exposure setting to help create super-smooth exposure and tonal transitions for professional results with time-lapse and interval-time shooting.

Audio control: The D810 features a built-in stereo microphone, and an external microphone can also be attached, such as the Nikon ME-1. Additionally, wide and voice frequency ranges are also now available for audio capture.

Expanded ISO for video: The ISO range is expanded for video, now encompassing a clean ISO 64 to a versatile 12,800. The Auto-ISO function is also available while recording to adapt the exposure as the light changes, which can eliminate the need to adjust the aperture (in manual mode, ISO 200- 51,200).

Zebra stripes: A zebra pattern can be displayed during live view, making it easy to spot overexposed areas.

Highlight weighted metering: This new setting helps to prevent blown-out highlights in video. This is especially useful when capturing spot-lit stage performances or shoots with harsh directional lighting.

Full manual control: With the innovative Power Aperture setting, it is simple to adjust the exposure and depth of field on the fly while recording to an external recorder or SD/CF cards. In manual mode, users can also control shutter speed and ISO while recording. Additionally, white balance and   exposure compensation can be adjusted prior to recording. 

Full time AF: The Live View AF has been improved, and now provides faster full-time AF (AF-F mode). 

NIKKOR lenses: Cinematographers and filmmakers are supported with more than 80 NIKKOR lenses, many of which are a popular choice for cinema applications because of their brilliant optical quality and characteristics.

Accuracy and Speed

With the ability to brandish the results of such staggering resolution, accuracy and precision become paramount as the need for razor-sharp focus is critical. The D810 renders every subtle detail and nuance in epic clarity, with the enhanced Multi-Cam 3500-FX AF sensor module that utilizes new AF algorithms for fascinating precision, even in challenging light. The focus system also has 15 cross-type AF sensors for enhanced accuracy, and works with the Advanced Scene Recognition System to provide accurate face detection even through the optical viewfinder. The camera also utilizes 11 cross-type sensors that are fully functional when using compatible NIKKOR lenses and teleconverters (aperture value up to f/8), which is especially useful for wildlife photography. In addition to normal, wide area, face tracking and subject tracking modes, the D810 also features the new Group AF mode for enhanced accuracy, even while tracking subjects.

Despite the D810’s immense imaging power, it will astound with its rapid response and speedy performance, thanks to the implementation of the EXPEED 4 image processing engine. The addition of EXPEED 4 allows for an overall 30% boost in performance, as well as a faster burst speed and enhancement to overall energy efficiency. Now the D810 is capable of shooting at 5 frames-per-second (fps) at full resolution and 5:4, 6 fps in DX or 1.2x modes,  (15.4-megapixel, 25.1-megapixel, respectively), and 7 fps in DX mode (15.4-megapixel), with battery pack. For full workflow versatility, the D810 also gives users the option to shoot in full resolution 14-bit RAW/NEF file format or the new RAW Size Small format. This 12-bit file format is half the resolution and approximately 1/4 the file size of full RAW files, for increased flexibility when speedy downloads are desired or memory space is at a premium.

Refined Controls and Construction

From all day in the studio to an extended assignment in the field, the D810 has been engineered for superior comfort and operability. When looking through the wide and bright viewfinder with 100% coverage, users will see shooting data displayed on an organic EL display element for maximum visibility. The viewfinder now also features a prism coating for enhanced clarity. In addition, the grip has been refined for comfort and ergonomics, and the “i” button has been added for quick access to common mode-dependent settings.

Both photographers and videographers will clearly see the benefits of the new high-resolution (1229K-dot)  3.2-inch LCD screen, which makes it simple to check focus, review images or compose a scene. The color space of the LCD screen can now also be fully customized, a feature that is useful for matching monitor or print calibration settings. Using the high-resolution LCD screen, users can also activate the new Split Screen Display Zoom function. This new mode magnifies two separated points on the same horizontal line, making it easier to confirm the two points are both level and in focus; a true advantage for architecture, industrial and landscape photographers.

Inside the durable magnesium alloy structure of the D810 improvements have also been made, including the use of a redesigned mirror sequencer / balancer unit, which minimizes vibration during shooting to increase sharpness during multiple frame bursts. Additionally, the electronic front curtain can now act as an electronic front shutter when using live view or first composing through the optical viewfinder in mirror-up mode. This new feature is useful to attain exacting sharpness when shooting slow-shutter landscapes or astrophotography. The shutter unit has also been tested to 200,000 cycles for years of maximum reliability. For further durability, the body of the D810 has been thoroughly sealed and gasketed to resist the elements, reinforcing this camera’s role in extreme production environments.

Superior System Support

Such extreme resolution requires that no compromise be made on glass, and NIKKOR lenses are the perfect choice to complement the D810. With more than 80 FX and DX-format lenses available, NIKKOR lenses offer the ultimate in image quality with sharpness and faithful color representation that is second to none. To light a scene imaginatively, the D810 has a built-in flash and is compatible with Nikon's acclaimed Creative Lighting System, including a built-in Commander mode for controlling wireless Speedlights. The MB-D12 battery grip is also available to give users both extra grip and extra power when it is needed most.

For wireless control, the D810 is compatible with a full range of Nikon’s remote systems, including the new wireless remote system with the WR-1 to trigger the camera remotely. This system uses radio frequency rather than infrared, eliminating the need for line of sight communication.

Nikon will also be making a Software Developers Kit (SDK) available in the near future for the D810. This SDK will give third party developers the resources needed to create applications and enhance the flexibility of the D810.

Robust New Software Suite: Nikon Capture NX-D

Capture NX-D is Nikon’s new software for processing and adjusting RAW images captured with Nikon digital cameras. Capture NX-D is a free software application that will replace the current Capture NX 2 program, and adds interface and performance enhancements. In addition to RAW images, the program can also be used to adjust JPEG and TIFF files. This new software will support many functions needed by professional photographers, including batch image processing, filtering and an enhanced user interface with a variety of displays and floating palettes that are ideal for multiple monitors. Additionally, photographers will also have the ability to adjust parameters including exposure and white balance in RAW files, and can adjust tone curves, brightness and contrast, as well as functions for correcting lateral color aberration and vignetting in JPEG and TIFF files. The software also features a new “sidecar” format, which retains and saves the adjusted image as a separate file.

Nikon will also make available at no charge the new Picture Control Utility 2 software. This new software allows users to create custom Picture Control profiles, which can be easily loaded into the camera.

Price and Availability
The Nikon D810 will be available in late July for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $3299.95.* The MB-D12 battery pack is currently available for $616.00 SRP. The new Capture NX-D software package will be available mid-July for download at no additional cost. For more information about these products, NIKKOR lenses or to download the new Capture NX-D software, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

Additionally, Nikon will be offering two kits designed for videographers and filmmakers; the D810 Filmmaker’s Kit consists of the D810 body, AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G, AF-S NIKKOR 50mmm f/1.8G, AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lenses, 2 additional EN-EL15 batteries, ME-1 Stereo Microphone, Atomos Ninja-2 External Recorder, and Tiffen® 67mm and 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filters (8-Stops). For stop motion applications, the D810 Animator’s Kit features the D810 body, AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G ED VR lens, EH-5b Power Adapter, EP5B Power Supply Connector and Dragonframe™ Stop Motion Software plus Dragonframe USB Keypad Controller. For more information and pricing for these kit configurations, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

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  • itcrashed

    take my money NOW!

    • silmasan

      OK, I do accept Paypal.

    • Michael Choong

      Later send u my PayPal acc^^

  • Ryan McBride

    WOW!

  • Anonymous

    What’s the big deal here?

    • DougFisher

      1080p at 60fps of course!

      • Bret M

        They should’ve added that in a fw update for the regular 800, I’m sure it could handle it. Oh well, gotta sell new cameras I guess

        • http://gregdotel.com Greg Dotel

          FYI

          EXPEED 4
          30% faster than EXPEED 3
          Low noise throughout the range
          Supports 1080 60p
          Up to approx. 1200 shots per charge and 40
          minutes of video recording

          • neonspark

            the firmware hacks can more than double the bitrate of the video. so nikon has speed to spare. this is greed.

            • Tonio

              It may screw up thermal behavior of camera.

            • neonspark

              maybe so, but the point remains, there is plenty of power left in that chip.

        • UnknownTransit

          The EXPEED3 might able to handle it, but if it’s running at 99% cpu usage, then I don’t think the battery will last that long.

          • GR

            I want to add something on that too. Those heat could have burnt the CPU itself, but in contrast other camera companies could do 1080p @ 60 fps. long before D800. :P

            • neonspark

              5DMkIII owners have been hacking away and so far there is little indication of cameras setting themselves on fire. these are old wife tales.

        • n11

          Should’ve added it to the D90 while they were at it.

        • Bret M

          I’m aware the Expeed 4 is faster than the 3 and I understand heat and battery life when it comes to processing power. However, I find it difficult to believe that a camera like the D5300 (1080p60) has a more powerful processor than the D800.

          And let’s not be naive, Expeed refers to the algorithms used in processing, not a specific device. For example, the Expeed 3 in a D800 is actually a different part number (and different arrangement of cache/clockspeed/pipelines/etc) than the Expeed 3 in other cameras. This is a classic marketing trick to make lower-end consumers feel like they are getting something equivalent to professional level products.

          Not having 1080p60 on the D800 is SOLELY for the purpose of selling new bodies, not because it isn’t capable. It is intentionally handicapped to create an upgrade path.

          Still, I’m quite happy with my D800 and if I were buying a camera right now a blowout D800 would be a really great deal.

      • Zibai

        really???……….when other camera has 4K?…….

        • neonspark

          realistically a perfect 1080p has more value than 4K for most videographers who buy a D800. If you need to shoot 4K, a drls is a non starter.

        • Bret M

          What other camera? That panasonic GH4? Look up some samples… it’s not that great at 4k. Anyone shooting stuff that actually *needs* 4k isn’t doing it on a DSLR or mirrorless anyway.

          • Zibai

            the side effect of 4K is that you high bitrate for 1080p….

    • No One Really

      Zebras and a price better than the $3,700 I thought it would be.

      That said, I need to see if they used more plastic in the build and if the Live View when zoomed in as been fixed.

      • No One Really

        Also a true ISO base of 64…

    • Studor13

      If you don’t know something then it’s better to be quiet.

      Otherwise opening your big mouth makes you look really stupid.

      • Anonymous

        Sorry, maybe I should have been more clear – the specs on the 810 just don’t seem like that big a deal to me; I can’t get excited about 1080/60p because I don’t shoot video. I think I’ll hold on to my D800 for now.

        Also, your mama looks really stupid when she’s opening her big mouth, to suck my dick.

    • neonspark

      it’s the best still full frame camera in the world. that’s the deal.

  • Photoretouchpro

    ISO 64? Hmmm.

    • Turkey

      oooo I do like that….I like that a lot for some reason.

      • Mike

        That’s good for video with wide apertures. Good for studio use when you can’t dial down strobes anymore. Good for super ultra low noise or extended shutter opening. Good for a lot of things.

    • Photoretouchpro

      Umm, make that ISO32 expanded!

  • 99EE

    Where will the pre-order links show up? B&H?

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      Come back in 2-3 hours.

  • Isaac Alonzo

    Really they took what was good with the 800 and upgraded just enough to lure people waiting to upgrade their current gear, finally 1080p at 60fps! But got me confused it mentions external recorder but would it be able to record a compressed video internally at 60fps too?

    • James

      Records compressed to the cards, but not raw. The external recorder captures raw video over HDMI, captured using the neutral profile and then post processed later. You end up with much better quality.

      • HolaHola

        Not RAW, Apple ProRes HQ 422

  • Marcin Urbaniak
  • decisivemoment

    A cautious price but also a more cautious feature set than expected. No GPS is the biggie here. The UK price surely has to drop a little. The US price is definitely competitive, but I doubt existing D800 users are going to jump unless something compelling emerges from the reviews. A good time to upgrade for D700 people though.

    • WDF

      No GPS is the biggie FOR YOU here. Now lets talk about ME. Dont need it for my fashion, portrait or wedding stuff and the GPS-1 thingy from Nikon seems YOUR answer. Bye!

      • decisivemoment

        My goodness, who put Epsom salts in your coffee this morning, dear?

        *biggie in terms of the big thing that was missing out of the rumor list. But I’d have thought that most people here were not so dense or self-absorbed as not to get that.

  • datawiz2012

    It will probably be $3500 here in Canada :( Prefect upgrade from a D600 though. I am glad I waited.

    • Mark

      Camera bodies and lenses are always cheaper in Canada. Right now the D610 and D800 are significantly cheaper in Canada than the USA, same with many lenses. Not to worry!

      • LubosB

        I don’t know which Canada you live in, but it’s just not true Mark.

        • Mark

          Really?

          D800: $2575 CAD, $2996 USD
          D610: $1768 Canada, $1896 USD
          70-200/2.8: $1999 CAD, $2396 USD
          70-200/4: $1239 CAD, $1396 USD

          I bought a 105VR Macro a week ago for $748 CAD, they are $919 USD

          And the list goes on my friend. AND we get an extra year warranty on Camera bodies. I don’t know where you’re shopping, but Canadian prices are always better.

    • Bokeh Monk

      Ha, I’ve already had $3499.95 + HST written in my photo gear budget = Perfect companion to my D700

      • datawiz2012

        That would be nice price. In a couple of months there will be sales and those who can wait will save $200. :)

  • JMD

    Hmm, I have been waiting on this puppy!

  • Mark
  • Mike

    Focus peaking in LV!

    • silmasan

      Thanks, I didn’t catch that.

      • Mike

        From DPReview spec list…

        • Mike

          I’m not seeing the image I uploaded so I’ll try again

        • silmasan

          I only see “Split-screen Zoom in live view mode”, but that’s only for leveling horizontal lines, I suppose.

          • Michael Brinkerhoff

            Here is a better screen capture from Dpreview. It is highlighted in red.

            • silmasan

              Duh. Yes, I already checked DPR and I read the “zebra stripes” too already, thank you. It’s just it still isn’t clear if it highlights focus or exposure — and whether it works in stills at all.

            • Michael Brinkerhoff

              My screen shot points out “focus peaking” AND “Zebra pattern”. They are listed as two different things. I agree, the information is spotty at this point. Looks like we will have to wait till NDA test users post some reviews. :)

            • silmasan

              I saw that page too, but only as video feature, and only mentioned by DPR — though now it’s copied everywhere else in the rumorsphere it seems.

            • Radar80

              It is two different things ;-)

        • scott800

          Is it just zebra for exposure stripes for highlights? On the website it doesn’t say anything about focus peaking?

          • photoroto

            Zebra stripes are used to indicate areas clipping above a certain exposure level. Not useful for focusing. Maybe DP has their terminology scrambled.

          • WDF

            DPR, LOL. ‘little better’ with ‘significant changes’. Wha? Zebra stripes (not strips) are for exposure…

        • datawiz2012

          I actually went on dpreview to confirm this. They are the only ones mentioning that. If it is true I will sell my Canon dslr which are used as B and C cameras on weddings. Couple that with a built in flat tone, I will replace the Canons with 2 D810s.

          Can you hear me giggle like a school girl ;)

          • scott800

            I wish that were try, I have always wanted focus peaking from Nikon, but this is just live highlight zebras

      • Michael Brinkerhoff

        Dpreview mentions it in their preview.

    • photoroto

      Ooh! I so love focus peaking! The GH4 was a revelation for me in that department. Manual focus made fast! Almost as good as microprism screens, ahem.

      • silmasan

        *That* was what I’m expecting. Well, we still have to see if D810 actually has this feature in the firmware.

    • scott800

      zebras are to show overexposure, not peaking right?

  • Guest

    Excelent!! But where is the inbuilt GPS??

    • AlphaTed

      lost it’s way to the 810.

  • AlexInMtl

    the pdf link has forbidden acces.

  • Guest

    Good price!!

  • A64

    So what’s the big deal here? As a D800 owner I’m just asking: does it have at least 2 AF fine tune offset settings for zoom glasses? E.g. if my 70-200 wants +5 at 70mm and -4 at 200mm. Oh, nooo? Alright.. bye Nikon.. Just can’t wait the new sensor tech from Canon…

    • Bamboojled

      That was the dumbest post i have read in a while…
      I think i lost brain cells reading your tripe…

      • A64

        Don’t reply then bshit without braincells at all.. and try to argue on Nikon’s product strategy instead. Fixing existing bodies and just releasing a x10 numbered successor doesn’s solve the issue of AF misalignment in different zoom settings for the biggest resolution DSLR. Not to mention our sooo-much loved yellowish tint.. btw does Nikon still looking for a proper glue material for the rubber parts on their bodies ?

        • mikeswitz

          Maybe you should trry to learn how to shoot with long zooms

        • WDF

          you forgot dust, so you wont get paid fool. hashtag canonhurting, trollsariseandgetpaid

    • Michael Brinkerhoff

      I’m with Bamboojled on this one. If you need extreme AF adjustments like that you should send your lens in for calibration.

      As for waiting for Canon to catch up in sensor tech.. Good luck. Its been 7 years since the D3 was released and Canon still hasn’t caught up. :)

      • lefantome

        The sensor of 1DX is pretty good, at least comparable with D3 lol

        • dave

          actually the D3300 gets same iq score plus it has more dr and color depth than a 1dx…. a friggin d3300!!!! lol

        • http://www.michaelbrinkerhoff.com Michael Brinkerhoff

          Apologies, I didn’t specify what I meant by “caught up”. The 1dx is a fine camera, i will not dispute that… however the raw files do not display the dynamic range and clean high ISO files that the D3/D3s/D4/D4s have.

    • Ted

      That lenses need to be fixed, I guess.
      or your left eye….
      or the right eye…
      or your hand…
      or another hand..
      LOL

      I didn’t say that Nikon always right. For example, they should release new fw to add most of the new features to the existing D800/E and gain new customer and new royalty, but instead they should not to.

  • Bihai Zheng

    So officially no GPS. Nikon seems to think there’s no need to decorate its high end DSLR with geeky functions like wifi,gps,NFC and touch screen

    • n11

      The only real thing I might be interested in is wifi…
      GPS really is useless.
      NFC would do what exactly?
      Touchscreen for slower use?

      • KnightPhoto

        Touchscreen is handy on the V3 for setting the focus point. You can also have it set the focus point and trigger the shutter as well.

        • GS

          But with the weight of D800 that would be difficult.

    • Mike

      Just write down the address of the studio you’re at on your hand.

  • photoroto

    BH and Adorama became “unavailable” right after the announcement, at least from my location on the net.

  • Neilwade

    They imply it will have better dynamic range than the D800, which is already the best in the business… That might be enough of a reason to upgrade right there.

  • Young

    I think the price is fine, at least for me.

  • http://inthemistphoto.com/ InTheMist
    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      Thank you!

    • silmasan

      And 7fps with EN-EL18/AA in DX… That’s almost D300s-spec. This is a pretty good package.

      • http://behance.net/coloretric coloretric

        well it is D300 spec as the D300 body itself was limited to 7fps and only 8 (technically 7.9fps) with the MB-D10 attached) oh and btw that was at 12MP and not 15 :)

        • silmasan

          Well the D810 goes 6fps without the EN-EL18/AA, but yeah it’s at 15MP alright.

          • http://behance.net/coloretric coloretric

            5fps FX & 5:4 (EN-EL15)
            6 fps 1:2 and DX (EN-EL15)
            7fps DX (EN-EL18 or AA Batteries in MB-D12 battery pack)

    • KnightPhoto

      Glad to hear about the 6fps 1.2 crop mode! I use 1.2 crop a lot (for birding without grip). It’s basically the fastest fps that you can get without grip, without much compromise in that it still delivers 24mp of resolution (the amount of greyed out area seen in the viewfinder is surprisingly small)!

  • meeeee

    The person who wrote that description needs a thesaurus.

  • D700s

    Well, guess will be in my bag as soon as it’s available.

  • Beso

    A nice upgrade, a decent price, and I will definitely be adding this body to my gear. My D800 will become a backup. Kudos to the Admin for another stellar post.

  • Guest

    And what about sRaw?

    • Beso

      It has the small RAW file option but the theoretical image degradation makes one wonder why anyone would want to use it. A different camera may be more appropriate if one wants small files.

    • AlphaTed

      It has Raw size S

    • photoroto

      sRaw seems to be exactly 1/4 the normal pixel size. If Nikon is averaging (aka “binning”) pixels to get that reduced 9mp sRaw file, it would theoretically have reduced noise. While a 9mp file is not very exciting, perhaps there would be situations where lower noise would make it worthwhile. Or maybe not.

  • Nodelic

    So based on past releases, what speculation can be made with regards to a price drop for the D800 now that a successor has been announced?

    • xtt

      D810 has higher price and D800/E will be discontinued :)

  • koenshaku

    Wow well ok getting one ASAP =)

  • xtt
  • KnightPhoto

    At that price, this is a super deal. Should sell very well!

  • Photoretouchpro

    They’re really pushing the video capabilities, including a “Nikon Cinema Filmaker’s Kit for $4999

  • Photoretouchpro

    Zebras but no peaking?! Come on!

    • Michael Brinkerhoff

      According to Dpreview the zebra stripes indicate the focus point.. a la focus peaking :)

      • Photoretouchpro

        Nikon USA site does not indicate Zebras for focus, only exposure like all other cameras that use zebras. Too bad!

        • http://www.michaelbrinkerhoff.com Michael Brinkerhoff

          I admit being a little confused about how Dpreview listed Zebras. In a different part of the preview they listed focus peaking & zebras separately. Its all speculation right now. Looking forward to more info.

    • photoroto

      I hoping DP just needs a new phrase book.

  • Michael Brinkerhoff

    Selling Points for me over the D800 related to the Low light performance work I do:
    Better high ISO – Looking forward to Raw Samples
    No Low Pass Filter – Standard
    Redesigned Sensor – Gimmie those samples!
    Faster FPS – When you need it, you need it
    Focus Peaking in Live View – Finally taking a hint from Sony / Magic Lantern
    Same AF as the D4s – Yes please!
    Higher res LCD – It was already good, the upgrade is welcomed.

  • KnightPhoto

    Some picture control interesting additons:

    Flat Picture Control added: ideal for
    video capture

    Clarity option added to all Picture
    Control settings

    Settings can be changed in 0.25 steps
    for finer control

  • photoroto

    From another site: “Nikon also said the engineers really paid attention to vibration inside the D810, with a new sequencer and mirror balancer; the electronic front curtain can now act as an electronic front shutter when using live view, too, giving photographers the flexibility to attain exact sharpness when shooting slow-shutter landscapes or time lapses at night.”

    That’s music to the ears of a long lens user! Didn’t buy an A7R because of the ridiculous vibration from the shutter mechanism!

    So what’s that sequencer all about, anyhoo?

  • Zibai

    Now is the time for rumors on D900…..

  • Photoretouchpro

    Do we get a live histogram with the D810?

    • KnightPhoto

      Don’t we already have live histogram on the D800? I’m pretty sure I already use this for video…. cycle through by pressing on the info button.

      • Photoretouchpro

        Yes, you are correct. I was thinking of my D600.

  • Garth Muller

    battery pack for $616??? that’s the same as a used D7000. i’ll buy mine from “made in china” Xièxiè

  • Photoretouchpro

    I wonder if the mic preamp is improved?

  • http://behance.net/coloretric coloretric

    Ok so picking up from the Nikon Japan website some additional points (http://www.nikon-image.com/products/camera/slr/digital/d810/index.htm):

    - Sensor size is 36.35MP

    - It’s pretty damn clean at 6400 ISO, obviously subjective

    - picture control settings can be set in 0.25EV adjustments

    - new ‘clarity’ picture control (adjusts local contrast) along with ‘flat’ for CINE style color reproduction/flat tonal curve

    - new phase detect AF algorithm

    - live view manual focusing aid (50/100/200% image enlargement)

    - Newly designed mirror drive and mirror balancer

    - manual white balance has been improved (0.5 down to 0.25 step control for finer adjustments in both the temperature and tint

    - approx. 100% FoV with Optical Viewfinder

    - Organic EL display in viewfinder (an FX first), permitting easier readability in bright conditions and quicker response times in colder environments

    - In camera HDR (range of 3 EV)

    - IP-B H.264

    - FX and DX crop mode during video – easily switched by pressing the new ‘i’ button

    - Zebra highlight control during video rec. (‘i’ button control)

    - MOV format, H.264/MPEG-4AVC, as backup data can be simultaneously recorded in Full HD 1080/60p to the camera’s memory card

    - Flicker (exposure) control during time-lapse recoding: http://bit.ly/1nJpjiu

    - 5 frames / second maximum, up to 100 frames up to FX format

    - 6fps 1:2/DX ratio

    -7fps DX with MB-D12 (requires: AC Adapter EH-5b (sold separately)/Li-ion rechargeable battery EN-EL18a (sold separately)/AA batteries

    - 0.12 seconds startup time

    - 0.052 release time lag

    - when cropped from FX image area, sides of frame are masked

    - 170 degree viewing ability on the back screen; glass panel RGBW array with custom color adjustment

    - Quick access to frequently used functions ‘i’ button

    - Precise horizontal alignment; can be called up by the ‘i’ button

    - i-TTL inbuilt flash (24mm wide view); 12m ISO 100 @ 20C; i-TTl dimming available

    - shutter is self checking (much like the F5, D3, D4 series) (for errors)

    - Advanced dust-proof and drip-proof performance robust body of magnesium alloy (While maintaining the robustness of the equivalent to the D800 series, and has achieved a further weight reduction)

    - grip reviewed better support

    - CF Type 1 UDMA support; SDHC, SDXC with UHS-I standard)

    -approx 1200 frames on EN-EL15 battery CIPA; without using flash 3860 frames were acheived (with I suspect the MB-D12)

    - SAMPLES:

    © Hisao Asano: 1/2.5 seconds (electronic first curtain shutter), f/7.1, 155mm, Aperture-Priority Auto, Metering Mode, Multi-pattern metering, ISO 160, WB Clear sky, Picture Control Landscape, RAW (14-bit), AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II (38.9MB)

    http://chsv.nikon-image.com/products/camera/slr/digital/d810/img/sample01/img_01_l.jpg

    © Junji Takasago: 1/160 sec, f / 8, 16mm, Manual, Multi-pattern metering, ISO 64, WB Clear sky, Picture Control Standard, RAW (14-bit), Ai AF Fisheye-Nikkor 16mm f/2.8D (17.1MB)

    http://chsv.nikon-image.com/products/camera/slr/digital/d810/img/sample01/img_02_l.jpg

    © Miss Aniela: 1/125 sec, f/2.8, 200mm, Manual, Multi-pattern metering, ISO 80, WB White fluorescent lamp, Picture Control Portrait, RAW (14-bit), AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II (13.1MB)

    http://chsv.nikon-image.com/products/camera/slr/digital/d810/img/sample01/img_03_l.jpg

    © Lucas Gilman: 1/1600 sec, f / 5, 300mm, Aperture-Priority Auto, Multi-pattern metering, ISO 500, WB Clear sky, Picture Control Vivid, Jpeg Fine (8-bit), AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II (12.7MB)

    http://chsv.nikon-image.com/products/camera/slr/digital/d810/img/sample01/img_04_l.jpg

    © Hisao Asano: 25 seconds (electronic first curtain shutter), f/11, 200mm, Aperture-Priority Auto, Metering Mode Multi-pattern metering, ISO 64, WB Clear sky, Picture Control Vivid, RAW (14-bit), AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR (46.6MB)

    http://chsv.nikon-image.com/products/camera/slr/digital/d810/img/sample01/img_05_l.jpg

    © Hisao Asano: 1/80 seconds (electronic first curtain shutter), f/11, 116mm, Aperture-Priority Auto, Multi-pattern metering, ISO 64, WB Clear sky, Picture Control Landscape, RAW (14-bit), AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR (35.6MB)

    http://chsv.nikon-image.com/products/camera/slr/digital/d810/img/sample01/img_06_l.jpg

    • umeshrw

      “when cropped from FX image area, sides of frame are masked”
      Is it for OVF viewing for final image? Can you elaborate?

      • http://behance.net/coloretric coloretric

        at the moment there are two likely scenarios both involving on-demand LCD layovers:

        1) on demand grid lines to mark that active areas (FX/5:4/1:2/DX)

        or

        2) on demand masking, much like what presents itself when using a D3 series body.

        E.g. 1:2
        [http://www.nikon-image.com/products/camera/slr/digital/d810/img/features03/img_04.jpg]

        5:4
        [http://www.nikon-image.com/products/camera/slr/digital/d810/img/features03/img_06.jpg]

        DX:
        [http://www.nikon-image.com/products/camera/slr/digital/d810/img/features03/img_05.jpg]

        • umeshrw

          If it is on demand masking, then I am searching a buyer for my D800e.

          • Alex

            You can already do that since D700 on the ovf. Only need to disable the af illumination function. a5

            • umeshrw

              I just did not know that. Thanks a lot Alex.

  • Aldo

    dang I was keeping my fingers crossed for a medium RAW… my d610 gives me 10mp in DX I have no excuses to upgrade and I’m sad :(

    • http://molnarcs.500px.com Csaba

      Well, for those who have the d800, there should be very little excuse to upgrade. Consider yourself lucky Aldo – you can spend your money on things with bigger payoff ;)

      • Aldo

        I know… but I like opening new cameras

    • Spy Black

      If you do any video work it’s worth it. It’s sad that my D5100 has better video capability than my D600.

      • Aldo

        I could use the video feature…but I don’t use it enough to justify the purchase. I wonder if nikon will do d620… I’d be all over that.

        • Spy Black

          Actually, the D5100, D5200, and D5300 have surprisingly good video. I remember you mentioned having either a D5200 or D5300. There’s a fellow named Prouisorsapientiae on YouTube who has interesting videos on shooting with the D5100, it may work for the sibsequent bodies as well. Here is one of his videos for controlling ISO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9lx7Hj6dzY

  • http://inthemistphoto.com/ InTheMist

    What’s this “Power Aperture Mode” shown in the comparison?

    • http://behance.net/coloretric coloretric

      opening and closing of the aperture while video recording via the Fn and preview buttons

      • KnightPhoto

        Right, on the D4 and D800 Power Aperture only works when recording to an external recorder. This is a decent advance for the D810.

  • roadie

    There’s a Qc mode in the dial, what’s that?

    • http://behance.net/coloretric coloretric

      Quiet continuous.

      • silmasan

        Are you sure it’s not “Quality control”? We need that so much more these days. ;)

        • Bihai Zheng

          Yes, only in this mode you get quality control. in other modes, good luck, says Nikon

  • Homer

    Why there is no a photo of the camera bottom? … because it is made in Thailand?… well taking into account the cost, this model was launched only to increase the D800/E sales… That is how marketing works… some candid photographers will compare both prices… and of course they will find the previous models cheaper than the last one… But technically speaking there in no important difference between them.

  • Photoretouchpro

    Broadcast quality video? Didn’t the D800 fail the broadcast test? I wonder if the D810 is better.

  • Johnboy

    One thing I would have liked is FOCUS PEAKING in live view. I have over ten AIS and Zeiss manual focus lenses and my eyes are not as good as they used to be. The green dot is ok most of the time but for greater accuracy, focus peaking is much much better. Focus peaking would be warmly-welcomed to let me continue to enjoy these lovely old jems. Can this be added in firmware?

    • silmasan

      Actually yes, though not necessarily by Nikon. Talking about hacked firmware of course (check the extra features added to 5D III with Magic Lantern for example).

    • FredBear

      And/Or interchangeable focus screens. Sigh

  • stuck_788

    €3300 of a camera and still no wifi…

  • I AM HYPED

    “noise-free images from ISO 64 to ISO 12,800,”

    Really?

    It must be true Nikon says so.

    Now, that, would be worth the entrance money.

    Nothing else is.

  • http://www.michaelbrinkerhoff.com Michael Brinkerhoff

    I just noticed that it has a base ISO of 64. Given that the D800E was king of dynamic range on DXOmark for so long this might be a indication of a new leader. This will make landscape photographers very happy.

    I really hope they put a little bit more of that dynamic range in the highlights this time. The d800 clipped a little too easily. Much easier than previous generation cameras like the D700 or D3.

  • Andrei C

    well yes but is this “pure photography” :D?

  • neonspark

    I don’t get why they couldn’t do power aperture while recording. it was such a cool feature but so stupid because you couldn’t record while doing it. but this now does it!!! retrofit this to the d800 firmware

    • Groosome

      You can have that retrofitted to your D800 if I can have aperture in live view at all retrofitted to my D600 :)

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