Nikon D800 vs. D810

In the following article, we are going to take a look at the comparisons between Nikon D800 and Nikon D810 and see what things that have been added and changed. For several years, Nikon D800 has become one of the world’s most popular professional cameras, featuring the world’s first 36.3 MP full-frame sensor, ultra-high dynamic range, impressive AF, and weather-sealed magnesium alloy construction. How does Nikon D810 compare?

Nikon D800 vs. D810

At first, Nikon D810 may look very similar to Nikon D800, but there are a few changes. The very first difference is that, while the resolution stays the same at 36.3 MP, the sensor is not the same. The new sensor sports a wider sensitivity range, sporting an ISO range of 64 – 12,800 as opposed to Nikon D800’s 100 – 6,400. This improvement means even better dynamic range and cleaner images at high ISO levels. Also, note that Nikon D810 has eliminated the optical low-pass filter / AA filter, pretty much like Nikon D800E. (Read also: Nikon D800E vs. D810)

On the display sector, Nikon D810 comes with an improved LCD screen with a higher resolution, as well as an improved optical viewfinder featuring better and brighter coatings. There are some ergonomic changes; the grip is noticeably better, and there are some new buttons on the back of the camera. We are also really happy that the battery life is improved dramatically – Nikon D810 is able to shoot up to 1200 pics on a single charge, as opposed to Nikon D800’s 900 shots.

Nikon D810 comes with an improved processor that is significantly faster than that of Nikon D800. You can expect an increased continuous shooting speed as well as an increased AF performance. Of course, one of the biggest highlights is the new shutter mechanism that allows Electronic Front-Curtain Mode in Live View, which allows the camera to start recording exposure without moving the shutter, closing only at the end of the exposure sequence, entirely eliminating shutter vibration.

Timelapse photographers would definitely love Nikon D810 – the maximum number of frames has jumped to 9,999 from the previous 999 of Nikon D800, and it comes along with great options such as exposure smoothing. There is a new “Auto ISO” option in the Manual Mode for shooting videos to automatically adjust brightness according to the scene. Finally, Nikon D810 features the sRAW file support, which promises clean RAW images even at ultra-high ISO levels.

- 51-point AF system (15 cross-type)
- ISO 100-6400 expandable to 25,600
- 3.2 inch LCD with 921,000 dots
- 1080p HD video recording
- 4 frames per second continuous shooting
- 30% faster EXPEED 4 image processing engine
- 51-point AF system and 3D Color Matrix metering III with a 91,000-pixel RGB sensor
- ISO 64-12,800 expandable to 51,200
- Featuring a new RAW Small Size option, which produces 16MP images with much smaller file sizes
- Professional video and audio capabilities

Nikon D810 is a huge improvement from Nikon D800 with many added and improved features. It offers enhanced image quality and performance. It is definitely worth the money.

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