Nikon Announces the D810

Nikon D810 with AF-S 24-70mm Lens
So, are we moving towards incrementing smaller numbers instead of adding the letter “S” for minor updates? Nikon’s update and merging of the D800 and D800E is the D810, which properly removes the anti-aliasing filter. Other upgrades of note include a new first electronic shutter curtain and a re-designed mirror mechanism to combat the effects of vibrations, a faster continuous shooting rate of 5 FPS thanks to said re-design, a small raw format of 9 megapixels, and the Group Area AF mode that is carried over from the D4S. The new “highlight metering” mode that sets exposures to preserve highlights is another clever feature on paper that really should have been present in digital cameras since its inception.

There are also a few upgrades for videographers, or at least, still photographers who might need to use it as a video camera, in the form of 1080p at 60 FPS, a flat Picture Control mode for increased dynamic range, and zebra patterns in live view mode.

Overall, the upgrades are all minor, but anyone thinking of buying a D800 should be pleased with them. The camera will arrive in July for US$3,300, which is probably the only complaint most will have – merging the D800 and D800E and charging the latter’s price seems like a price hike to me.

CK: It’s call streamlining of the product line. Or maybe Nikon decided that they’ve priced the D800 too low and is now taking the opportunity to correct it. But yeah, the changes look rather incremental. 4K video would have been a nice addition, though, but looks like we will have to wait for another Nikon camera for that to happen.

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