Nikon D810 Review

The launch of Nikon’s D800 caused great excitement among photographers, largely because of its outstanding 36 million pixel count. The replacement of this groundbreaking camera has now arrived with the 36.3MP Nikon D810, which has no anti-aliasing effect, having been deemed to produce the highest image quality ever known in Nikon’s history. With an increased ISO sensitivity that ranges from 64 to 51200, the Nikon D810 will most definitely make the most of your photography experience, especially since this dSLR can ensure you of steadier footage with less operation noise. Read on to find out more about Nikon’s excelling D810 digital SLR camera.

Build and Handling

From the first moment when you start handling the Nikon D810, you will find yourself at home, as there are just a couple of subtle changes that differentiate the two models in terms of design. For example, the rear grip is a bit more pronounced, whilst the frontal one is a bit more ergonomically designed, both making the camera look and feel more comfortable in your hands. The most noticeable design change is the newly-arrived ‘i’ button, which provides easy access to a number of key settings like Bracketing and Active D-Lightning, which will make your Live View shooting experience particularly enjoyable.

As with other professional-level dSLRs, the Nikon D810 features a focus mode controller that has been conveniently positioned close to the lens, within the reach of your hand. Although there are not many remarkable changes, the design and build of this camera remains outstanding, making handling much simpler for those situations when stability is required to achieve the best picture quality.


Although it has been deemed to replace Nikon’s older D800, the performance of the D810 is not very much different. Due to having 26 million pixels, this camera has lots of details visible, though getting maximum clarity will demand that you use it on a tripod, the optimal aperture is set, and exposure delay is employed along with the front shutter. There is one particular aspect that makes the performance of the D810 really outstanding, and that is its ability to successfully operate in low-light conditions. You can expect this camera to scrutinize the weave of a shirt in a head-and-shoulders portrait as long as you adjust the settings correctly – in this particular case, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/250sec, and a wide aperture of f/8.

Unfortunately, the Nikon D810 would not suit a sports photographer given its pixel count and large file size. Nevertheless, its autofocus (AF) system is very capable of shooting moving subjects sharply, and successfully tracking them across the frame. The automatic white balance seems to be very capable as well, delivering excellent results in natural lightning conditions such as sunlight. Setting the camera to Daylight will provide similar results, especially if you happen to shoot sunsets and the likes.

Nikon D810 integrates a powerful Matrix metering system that performs unexpectedly well, delivering good exposure in a large range of situations. It will not get everything right, but it will help you cope with most conditions that would limit other cameras, and it will also prevent getting distracted by areas that are excessively bright or dark.


To wrap up the above, Nikon D810 is a well-round camera that can easily delivery quality images in a very wide range of conditions. Due to its high pixel count and great image resolution, the D810 will be just ideal for landscape, still life and macro photography, offering a good overall performance for sports, wildlife, and action photography as well. With a price range that goes between $3,296 and $4,000, this digital SLR might not be the most accessible to all photographers, but it certainly is worth the expense considering its capabilities.