It’s a special filter on the sensor, which makes the transition between pixels smoother, and this way improves the quality of color rendering in certain shooting situations.
The engineers also removed the opticallow pass filter(OLPF), which further sharpens the images (with a risk of moiré on some periodic textures.)
However, amoiré pattern is more hypothetical because you’re unlikely to encounter this effect in a real-life shooting.
Initially, an experiment without a filter was first carried out on D800E.
Nikon realized that no one was experiencing any significant issues and the sensor without the filter went to the masses in the form of Nikon D810 (and D7100 too, by the way).
Having no low-pass filter does such a good job that the photos are sharp even with the lenses that aren’t very sharp.
What I like about this camera as well is that the shutter noise is quiet, you practically don’t hear it when shooting.
(If you’re familiar with D7100, then you’ll have an idea of how quiet it is.)
About Burst Rate, Autofocus, Video, and ISO
Thanks to the EXPEED 4 processor that the camera received, its burst rate is 5 frames per second at a high resolution (compare it with the 4 fps of the last model), and up to 7 fps at a lower resolution.
The fact is, the frame rate corresponds to the one on D700, so it makes D810 pretty much universal.
The standard frame rate is 8-9 fps in high RAW + JPEG resolution and up to 20 frames in JPEG. It’s pretty good for a camera with such resolution, the image buffer is pretty large.
Is the Nikon d810 good for sports?
Even though 5 fps is pretty low for a full-frame camera, it’s still enough for shooting wildlife and sports-related events. (See my pro tip below on how to increase your number of frames per second.)
You can shoot pretty much anything at a rate of 5 fps.
But if it’s something sports-related, then just switch your camera to DX mode so that it gives you extra frames per second (one or two, depending on whether you are using an additional battery pack or not).
What about autofocus?
In terms of the autofocus system, it hasn’t changed.
It’s the same Nikon Multi-CAM 3500FX with 51 focus points and 15 cross-over sensors, which makes autofocus very fast and accurate.
And still there have been improvements in their algorithms. There is now an automatic focusing on a group of points.
There’s a wide range of autofocus possibilities:
fine-tuning of all points and the possibility of selecting a zone;
adequate tracking autofocus;
perfectly working 3D tracking;
I mean the face-tracking autofocus is so great that you won’t even want to get off the auto mode. 3D tracking and dynamic area autofocus almost always “hit the target” from the first shot.
In Live View mode, contrast autofocus works – it’s not as fast but it’s just as accurate.
The tracking autofocus definitely improved, and it’s something that will especially appeal to videographers or hybrid shooters.
Speaking of videography.
The video capabilities in D810 had also been modernized.
What I am trying to say here is that this Nikon DSLR is fully adapted for professional video shooting with its Full HD recording at a rate of up to 50p/60p.
A thing called Picture Control “Flat” was realized especially for videographers, which gives them the maximum color correction capabilities for post-processing.
To record audio, you can use external stereo microphones, and during the recording itself, you can actually monitor the sound using headphones.
Last but not least, video recording can be done on a memory card, an external recorder using an HDMI connector, or both.
What about ISO?
The maximum ISO threshold is up to ISO 12800, and in the “Hi 2” mode you can now take photos with an ISO of up to 51200.
With such characteristics, there is no need for high-aperture lenses. The minimum ISO now is not ISO 100, as was seen in D800, but ISO 64 (in the “Lo 1” it’s ISO 32).
Overall, the images at high ISO, let’s say 10 000, look absolutely amazing.
Yes, you’ll see a bit of noise but it’s definitely tolerable.
What are the best lenses for Nikon D810? Here’s a quick overview of the top-recommended options.
5 Best Lenses for Nikon D810
28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR – An “all-in-one” lens to shoot pretty much anything.
16-35mm f/4G – A great starter wide lens for landscape photography.
50mm f/1.4G – If you’re heavily into portraits. (Smooth AF and amazing bokeh)
24-70mm f/2.8 – Brilliant for wedding photography, portraits, and landscapes.
105mm f/2.8 VR – For macro photographers. (Or 200 mm f/4 if you’re a pro)
Also, let us know in the comments what your favorite lens is!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is Nikon D810 a professional camera?
This camera is classified as a pro-grade FX DSLR. It’s more on the high-end side of the spectrum, which means it’s quite pricey and has advanced features fit for expert photographers.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, it’s the dream camera of most professional photographers, and for all the right reasons. It allows you to explore the craft endlessly and from a more artistic (yet still technical) perspective.
Q: Nikon D750 vs D810
Since these two products perform so well in their own respects, a lot of people have been comparing them time and time again.
Now, is there really that much of a difference between the D750 and the D810?
When it comes to photo quality, you can barely see any difference, unless you are very meticulous. This also goes out to the print quality of the images taken from both cameras. Both can pretty much hold up being printed on a 2m-wide canvas without issues.
The difference mainly comes with sizing and weight. Nikon D810 is a lot bulkier and heavier than D750. This is one of the reasons why a lot of professional photographers choose the latter over the dream cam D810.
Another noticeable difference is that D810 is more of a quiet camera. Whereas D750 tends to make noise even if it’s put into quiet mode.
And one of the most popular tie-breaker features between these two gears is the WiFi connectivity. While D750 has built-in WiFi, D810 has none.
The bottom line is:
It’s still your call. No matter which you choose between the two, know that they both perform so well.
Q: Nikon D810 vs D810A
With the release of the D810A model just a few months short of a year (the newer device was released on Feb. 2015), many of you might be wondering what differences are there between this and the D810. While there’s not that much to see appearance-wise, there are other features/parts upgraded on the newer model.
First of all, the newer unit is 100g lighter than its predecessor. But with this small amount of change, it often goes unnoticed. Both still have the same button layouts and dials though.
Another notable difference is that the D81oA now has an Anti-Aliasing (AA) filter. This helps avoid moire that appears in devices without the said feature.
Aside from these, both models basically have similar/same features. They also sport the same exact sensor, so if you are worried about the photo quality, then you can expect the same results.
Q: Is Nikon D810 good for wildlife photography?
Nikon D810 is considered a golden gear by most photographers. The reason for this is that it works well regardless of the genre you are into. It delivers great results for portrait, landscape, and even wildlife photography.
One of the reasons why this has become a popular choice for wildlife shoots is that it has an impressively quiet shutter sound. Plus, it even comes with a “Quiet Mode” (which I think isn’t really that necessary anymore, TBH). This is very helpful if you are photographing animals in the wild that are sound-sensitive.
Another good reason why this camera works so well for wildlife is that it has great cropping capabilities. There are times when your subject is just too far away for it to show clearly in the shot. When this happens, you might want to crop the photo to zoom in on the subject. And D810 lets you do this without ruining image quality.
Q: Does D810 have a good price-quality ratio?
Nikon D810 is a high-end gear, so it comes as no surprise that it has a premium price tag. But is it really worth spending that much?
Honestly, it depends on you.
When it comes to the price-quality ratio, I still think D750 is better. It’s a cheaper model with almost the same features and quality.
But if money is not an issue, D810 is definitely worth its value.
Nikon D810 Still Worth Buying in 2023
Without a doubt:
The interface of D810 is more directed at experienced photographers.
The beginners will simply find it challenging.
However, if you’re pretty experienced in photography, you’ll definitely enjoy camera’s:
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