Nikon launch the D810

Today Nikon launch what they claim to be in their own words a camera featuring “The Highest Image Quality in Nikon’s History” the D810.

Yesterday we were able to get hands on with the new D810 in London with acclaimed Nikon Ambassador John Wright.

John talked us through the new features of the D810 including its newly designed 36.3-megapixel sensor designed from the ground up with no optical low pass filter for supreme detail and sharpness. The ISO range is now a staggering native 64 – 12800 with this new low base giving exceptionally detailed and defined images in bright light and is even extendable to 32 to 51200 ISO equivalent.

Equipped with the Expeed 4 processor, the same processor as used in the flagship D4S, overall performance gets a boost with image rendering improved for both stills and video and allowing movies to be shot in 1080p at 50/60p.

Designed to be ready to tackle any situation the D810 features the flagship Multi-CAM 3500FX 51-point AF system allowing it to capture anything that moves, firing at up to 5 fps in FX mode and 7 fps in DX crop mode. Nikon’s new Group Area AF mode also features along with an all-new shutter mechanism that is quieter, reduces shake and even has the option for an electronic front curtain shutter for shake free images.

Other new features include a small RAW setting which is half the size of a normal RAW file, Highlight Weighted Metering, Exposure Zebras in movie mode, a new easier to hold grip, a split screen live view display, simultaneous internal and external movie recording and a new flat picture profile for post production friendly video grading.

Overall we felt the D810 offers a solid list of improvements over the D800/E taking an already very accomplished camera and turning it into surely on of the best Nikon has ever made.

Available to pre-order shortly here and due to ship from the 17th July for £2699.

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