We had a pretty good time reviewing the Nikon D4S some time back. It was big on size, features and price. So what could you do if you needed a smaller, lighter and, may we add, cheaper DSLR? The answer comes in the form of the new Nikon D810. This one mates the best of the earlier D800 and the D800E, while keeping things tightly focussed for the buyer looking for a pro-level camera. While it excels in its still photo department, it also loads up the goods for all the budding Christopher Nolans out there. There are tiny improvements sprinkled at the right places that overall make the D810 an extremely tempting buy. So should you or should you not take the plunge?
• Lighter Overall, the D810 is 30g lighter than the D800E, which might not seem much, but is highly appreciated when you need to lug the cam around for an entire day. We certainly did not end up with a sore shoulder, which is a good thing.
• Blazing-quick AF When it comes to AF, the D810 is as quick and accurate as the flagship D4S. What’s astonishing is that low light does not make the cam sweat as it focusses on moving objects in a blink. The higher CPU prowess on the inside helps the cam process all AF info very quickly as soon as you point it at your subject.
• Smooth operator We found the D810 a touch quieter to use when compared to the D4S or the earlier D800. This is a matter of personal preferences– we honestly love the sound of the shutter click a bit cranked up. However, if you want to capture a burst mode sequence of your baby’s first smiling moments, minimal noise could be helpful.
• Battery The D810 lasts for a minimum of 1200 shots– that’s 300 more than the D800 and the D800e. Charging takes about 2.5 hrs for a full tank up. We are, however, not impressed with the charging unit. It does not show any battery percentage indicator and the slide-in design makes it clumsy to use.
• Multi-mode needs While owning a 36.3MP DSLR has its plus points, there may be moments when you have to lend the camera to someone who isn’t too keen on building-sized images. The multi-mode lets you shaveoff on the MP count and set the cam to 9MP. This way the pictures won’t end up being 15MB each. FindCools.com
• Effective pixels, Image Sensor: 36.3MP, 35.9 x 24 mm CMOS sensor
• ISO Range: 64 to 12800 (Lo-1 – ISO 32, Hi-2 – ISO 51,200)
• Focus Points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)
• Continuous shooting: 5fps
• Video Recording: Yes, 1080p@ 60p (prog), 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p, 720@60p, 50p
• Monitor: 3.2in, 1229k-dot, 170-deg viewing angle
• Card slots: Dual slots (Compact Flash, SD), pictures can be copied between cards
• Dimensions: 146 x 123 x 81.5 mm (HWD)
• Weight: 880g (body only)