Nikon D800/D800E vs. D810 specifications comparison

The attached PDF file contains a specifications comparison between the Nikon D800/D800E ($2,996.95/$3,296.95) and the new Nikon D810 ($3,296.95):

Nikon D800 vs D810 comparison sheet

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  • AccessDenied

    access denied dammit

  • Carlos

    broken link

  • Sly

    Link is broken

  • AlphaTed


    You don’t have permission to access /wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Nikon-D800-vs-D810-comparison-sheet.pdf on this server.

  • yrsued

    Still broken!!

  • JJ168

    Base ISO 64, 7fps in dx mode, Group AF, option to turn on/off face detection, Zebra for video…
    Please quick take my money before my wife find out!

    • apollo

      I’m saying the same! Three months ago I bought D800 and when I heard about D810, I laughed and thought that the updates would not be that ground breaking….but when I look at the changes…god Dammit! *Throws the hat to the ground and stamps over it*

      • Jeff Hunter

        Relax. I’ve had my D800 for 2 years. I’ll wait for the D900 in 2 more years. Now that camera will really be a great leap forward!

        • Studor13

          Yes and no. The D800 is a great camera for stills but is a nightmare for video.

          Even for stills, the Liveview is quite bad.

          I have a Sony NEX 5 and find that the 14x view zoom is a lot better than its focus peaking function. Now imagine 46x zoom to get critical focus on the D810?

          Not to mention the other seriously good improvements.

          sRAW to mention just one. A lot of folks thought that it would only reduce the file size by a few MB but I understand it’s 1/2 the original file size. And a totally new sensor without an AA filter.

          Where is my wife?

          • Prevedovich

            Just look at the amount of detail in video GH4 vs. D800 and you will underastand that Nikon is useless for video. You can easily print images using GH4 footage, every frame like a seperate JPEG image. I do not think that things has changed. D800 is the best portrait camera, not more than that.

        • apollo

          I know, just saying 😀 I’m perfectly satisfied with my D800 currently. I love how it works in portraits. And since I don’t do much video anymore, I don’t see any reasons to upgrade. But thank god they redesigned the side port door system…the one door system in D800 was hideous!

        • Gareth

          That would be the D820.

        • d900 please

          Yes, D810 has many videography improvements. And makes me look forward to D900 innovations… that should kicks asssss!

    • Eric Calabros

      Zebra is for highlights, not focus peaking

  • Zibai

    Any news/rumor on D900…?

    • Aldo


    • Jeff Hunter

      Come back one year!

      • forward

        yup. thats why D810 is made in Thailand. Because japan factory is getting retrofitted for the new, complex D900…

        With this many improvements in D810, i am eager for D900

        • Justtakethepicture

          You know this how?

        • saywhatuwill

          Yup, it’s going to have a switchable AA/non-AA filter, 4k video, sRAW, full AF detectors throughout the screen, ability to swap focusing screens, WiFi, GPS, touchscreen rear screen, mirrorless, completely silent, ability to swap between OVF and EVF, ISO 8 to 550,230 native and the list goes on.

  • Aldo

    screw all logic… I want one!

    • saying

      thats how one can get herpes

  • Ben

    When zebra is integrated – where is focus peaking?

    • conclusion

      and you dont need the D810. I can tell.

  • Imperious Images

    Seeing the comparison chart I’m a bit more impressed. Def not an upgrade for current D800 users, but likely for those holding out.

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  • rich

    zebra strip in live view is nice for video. got the D4s AF system with grouping too. Most of the other specs are minor but those 2, stick out for me.


    Favorite change: deeper grip.

  • lefantome

    pity there’s no GPS. But other improvements are good!

  • slidingmike

    Lots to love about the changes!

    One question regarding feature comparison: is the LCD live view 100% zoom display still jagged and difficult to focus with, or has it been improved?

    Weight-wise, it looks like we’re 20g lighter — not much but something!

  • MaGo99

    Anyone knows what “Highlight weighted metering” means?

    • slidingmike

      It kinda sounds like ETTR… Metering to not blow out highlights, which is pretty much what I go for all the time. The stated use is for situations with extreme highlights, like stage spotlights, that tend to get blown out. But it could be an all-around winner. We’ll see!

      • MaGo99

        Thanks! Yes, we will see 🙂

      • peterw

        Olympus has had that for some time now.

        Would be great, however, not always applicable. Since not all highlights are important subjects.

  • anon

    One thing stands out: this is not like D800E which still had an OLPF (but the scheme where it cancelled itself), this is marked to not have an OLPF at all. Sounds intersting….

  • Tell Me More

    How small is the buffer?

    • anon

      If you’re shooting JPEG only, it seems to be infinite (limited by battery and card size, that is).

  • John Bean

    “Full aperture metering during Live View for stills” does that mean you can finally change aperture in live view? That is one of the most annoying Nikon-quirks

    • Yoshi

      I don’t think that was ever an issue with the D800/D4, only lower models.

  • Michiel953

    Body weight incl battery, according to DPReview: 980 grs. D800 body weight incl battery, according to Nikon Imaging (DPReview erroneously states 900 grs incl battery): 1000 grs.

    A 20 grs weight loss will certainly not win me over. The other improvements (better grip? More like the D700?) might, but not necessarily. The D800 is a great camera as it is now.

  • Mike

    Why on earth do you get more fps in Dx but not in sraw?? Come on!! Thats the point no?

  • The update is more signifiant than the D600->D610 in terms of features and sometimes small steps (Canon style) are better than great leaps forward (Sony style). The next generation will bring a lot more but that will be launched after the 5D mk IV that’s rumored to be announced in the last quarter of the year.

  • Photo-Jack

    Unfortunately the Data-sheet omitted some points, very interesting to me: How about the SD-card UHS II standard?
    Oh well, Nikon keep stcking with their unfortunate 2 card-systems in their top end cameras, meaning 2 cardreaders. (I’d really prefer 2 SD cards UHS II as SD cards have become the de facto standard for most electronic equippment including cameras and come as of now with high speed and huge storage capacity.)
    Nothing said about USB 3.0 either. The D800 was one of the few cameras offering the 3.0 standard. Hopefully Nikon stayed with it!
    Improved OVF but still no interchangeable screens? Bypassed chance for MF! I don’t think that splitfield in live view can make up for a split-field screen plus microprism as it slows down shooting to much.
    Improved LCD screen? But still plastic cover instead of gorilla glass. Too bad for a high end camera.
    I’m really curious how the omitted AA-filter and “improved moire-fighting will turn out in practic and how quite the new quide mode will really be…

    • slidingmike

      Good questions: I was also wondering whether they’d upgraded the card interfaces since they have the faster processor.

  • Photo-Jack

    Experiences with reliability of adaptor using a SD card in a CF housing anyone?

  • doge

    “Up to approx. 1200 shots per charge and 40 minutes of video recording”

    This has to be a typo right? Shouldn’t that say 1200 shots OR 40 minutes of video?

    That’s one hell of a battery if it’s correct.

    • peterw

      it’s the same battery: this is what shows it truly is a very much better camera… Much less energy needed means a lot more stability in the shutter and mirror.

      Well, my D800 costed 1000 euro less. That’s a hell of a camera too. I say this hiding a slight amount of pity…

  • TheOwl

    I notice in the comparison they don’t mention D800 = Made in Japan. D810 = Made in Thailand… Must have forgot that one… I’ll stick with the D800.

    • saywhatuwill

      What difference does it make? One used higher paid technicians than the other so that makes it better? A company has a standard and the products need to meet that standard. It doesn’t matter where it’s made. If it made a difference would you be buying any of your products that are made in Malaysia, China, or Mexico?

  • R117

    Huh, they say in the PDF that the D800/E has a 3.0″ LCD. They should fix that error…

  • confused

    I am very interested in this camera but I am finding it hard to find some info on the sRaw function. I like the d800 but think 36mp is to much for my needs so the thought of having the option in 1 camera of 36mp and a smaller raw files is exciting. I get that Nikon is saying that it halves the resolution but cant find anything to say that the resolution is 18mp (might be looking in the wrong place). I am going to be honest when I say I am not the brightest person when it comes to the tech side of things but when I see a camera that offers 36mp raw files AND 18mp raw files it gets me intrigued. So my question is can someone explain to me in really simple terms how sRaw works, how many megapixels it is and will an 18mp (if that’s what it is) sRaw file be as good as a down sampled 36mp Raw file? is this option a viable professional option instead of the d610 or the d4 ( which I know is the more superior sensor and don’t expect the sraw to be in its league). Hope someone can help me out.

    • peterw

      stop worrying about sRAW. You will hate the 36 MP files and you will love them. Just as you expected. You just don’t know yet how much you will love them.
      What you will hate is when you’d like to have 36MP resolution and you forgot to reset the camera from sRAW to RAW. That will happen to often.

      If you need smaller files, buy a different camera for that, perhaps a D200.

      • The number of things worse for a photographer than finding after a wedding shoot your camera still on M/Basic JPG left over from your stop motion fiddling the week before are limited indeed.
        Use your second body. There’s no question its safer.

      • Carleton Foxx

        I still LOVE my D200. It is a great camera, especially for portraits because it has great skin tones but not so much detail that you have to spend your life retouching.

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