Nikon has announced the impending release of a new FX-format DSLR camera, the D810, which will replace the D800 models in the company’s professional camera line-up.


Angled front view of the new Nikon DE810 fitted with a 50mm f/1.4 prime lens. (Source: Nikon.)

Scheduled to go on sale on 17 July, the D810 is a modest update to the D800E. It comes equipped with a new version of the 36.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter. It is paired with an EXPEED 4 image processor that can cover a sensitivity range of ISO 64 to ISO 12800 and includes improvements to moirø© suppression.

The D810’s Kevlar/carbon fibre-composite shutter mechanism is rated for 200,000 cycles and boasts a 52ms shutter lag. Shutter speed range from 1/8000 to 30s, with flash synchronisation at up to 1/250s.    Continuous shooting is supported at up to 5 fps with the FX-format image area and up to 7 fps with the DX-format image area. Sensitivity expansion settings of Lo 1, Hi 1 and Hi 2 are also available. A new RAW Size Sdelivers 12-bit uncompressed Nikon NEF files that enable faster image transfer and smoother post-production.


Front view of the D810 with no lens fitted. (Source: Nikon.)


Rear view of the D810. (Source: Nikon.)
The 51-point AF system has been made more accurate  with adoption of the Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module and improvements to the focusing algorithm.  A new Group Area AF modeprovides fast acquisition and improved background isolation in challenging lighting conditions.  Improvements to the operation of mechanical components like the mirror and shutter have reduced internal vibrations. New camera settings include a “Flat” Picture Control option with minimal in-camera processing and a “Clarity” adjustment for Picture Control settings, which adjusts image sharpness without over-emphasising outlines and edges.

The D810 supports Full HD (1080p) movies at 50p/60p frame rates with reduced noise, moirø©, and false colour. Auto ISO Sensitivity Control in M exposure mode enables exposure control with aperture value and shutter speed locked. Time-lapse movies with which variations in exposure between frames are controlled can also be generated in-camera.

The 8.0-cm (3.2-in.), 1229k-dot RGBW LCD monitor has an anti-reflective surface and supports live view shooting for both stills and movies. A newLive View split-screen zoom function lets users check levelling and sharpness with high precision. It’s accessed via the camera’s ‘i’ button.  


Dual card slots in the D810 accept SD and CF cards. (Source: Nikon.)

Two card slots allow users to choose between SD and CF cards. The new camera also supports Ethernet and wireless LAN via the optional UT-1 Data Transmitter together with the WT-5 Wireless Transmitter. For more information see:

Nikon has also released a new Soft Shutter Release AR-11, which has been developed for use with the Nikon Dfcamera. It screws into the release socket on the camera’s shutter-release button and produces a soft and light feel when the release button is pressed. Nikon has also announced it will release the official version of Capture NX-D development and adjustment software application for RAW images captured with a Nikon digital camera, for free download beginning 15th July, 2014. It will be available at