Nikon D810 Debuts at “I Am Moving Pictures” Event (With High ISO Samples)

Nikon D810
Nikon D810

Nikon Singapore launched their latest digital SLR, the D810 today. The event was held at the upper-class bar Altimate on the 61st floor of One Raffles Place which offers a breathtaking view of the city. After a high-tempo dance routine by the “K-Pop Dances”, Nikon Asia President and Chief Regional Officer (S.E. Asia, Oceania, Middle East, Africa Region), Mr Noriyaki Yamaguchi, gave a short keynote before officially launching the camera with a clap of the clapperboard. 

Nikon Asia President and Chief Regional Officer (S.E. Asia, Oceania, Middle East, Africa Region), Mr Noriyaki Yamaguchi launches the Nikon D810 with the Nikon clapperboard.
Nikon Asia President and Chief Regional Officer (S.E. Asia, Oceania, Middle East, Africa Region), Mr Noriyaki Yamaguchi launches the Nikon D810 with the Nikon clapperboard.
Dance performance by “K-Pop Dancers“
Dance performance by “K-Pop Dancers“

YS: Well, it certainly was a song-and-dance. The events company even had a group of dancers perform some very energetic dances while having a Nikon D810 feed a video link to the two flat screen TVs there. I am still not sure if I was impressed enough by that.

CK: Well, I got bored after a while, though I was also trying to shoot them. It might have been more fun to be behind that main camera that feeds the TV.

Nikon Senior Executive Luke Tan gives a run down of the new features of the Nikon D810.
Nikon Senior Executive Luke Tan gives a run down of the new features of the Nikon D810.

YS: Nikon Singapore certainly were on the warpath in the presentation. Quite a few references to Sony were made, including a bit about how “anyone can put together a sensor in camera.” For what it is worth, I do tend to agree with that: Nikon in general have been able to deliver images that are slightly to significantly better than the Sony camera using the equivalent sensor. I guess that bitter war in the mid-2000s when Canon had the upper hand with their CMOS tech paid off.

CK: Right. After all, it’s not just the megapixel count that matters. What’s more important is the system as a whole, and Nikon does deliver.

Nikon D810 fully tricked out with an external EVF, follow focus, external mic, matt box and more.
Nikon D810 fully tricked out with an external EVF, follow focus, external mic, matt box and more.

YS: The D810 indeed is an improvement. Right off I can say the grip is much improved. It is beefier and much nicer to hold, and it feels closer to my D300 than the D800 was. There are minor tweaks all around, and it makes it much nicer to use.

To D800 users: Yes, you can set the shutter release to start and stop video recording when in video live view. This lets you free the video record button to do something truly useful, like ISO adjustments. Finally!

CK: Also, the shutter is significantly quieter than other Nikon bodies, even in the Continuous High (CH) mode. There’s also a Quiet Continuous mode, which in the not-so-quiet event ground, I can’t really tell how much quieter it was. It’s also very well damped, hardly producing any vibration when triggered. Nikon has even introduced the Electronic First Curtain in the Mirror Lockup mode to further reduce any shutter-induced vibration when using Mirror Lockup.

NIkon had two local photographers – Bryan Foong and Aaron Wong try out the Nikon D810 in their shoot, and they shared their experience in using it. Bryan Foong talked about how he used the D810 and a Speedlight to produce a series of conceptual photos while Aaron spoked about shooting video on the D810 while on an expedition to Polynesia with National Geographic.

Local theatre director Loretta Chen speaks to photographer Bryan Foong on his experiences in using the Nikon D810.
Local theatre director Loretta Chen speaks to photographer Bryan Foong on his experiences in using the Nikon D810.
Photographer Aaron Wong speaks about shooting video (as a non-video shooter) on the D810.
Photographer Aaron Wong speaks about shooting video (as a non-video shooter) on the D810.

YS: I am sure you all are itching at some high ISO samples, so here they are. Since there’s no RAW, these are the normal JPEG images. Picture Control was set to Standard.

Sorry about these particularly boring crops; 36 megapixels means 100% crops are likely to contain areas of little interest!

Nikon D810 @ ISO 800
Nikon D810 @ ISO 800
Nikon D810 @ ISO 1600
Nikon D810 @ ISO 1600
Nikon D810 @ ISO 3200
Nikon D810 @ ISO 3200
Nikon D810 @ ISO 6400
Nikon D810 @ ISO 6400
Nikon D810 @ ISO 12800
Nikon D810 @ ISO 12800
Nikon D810 @ ISO 25600
Nikon D810 @ ISO 25600
Nikon D810 @ ISO 51200
Nikon D810 @ ISO 51200

Even without a review set, I can safely say I’m going to strike ISO 50k out of my list of usable ISOs, maybe 25k as well. The rest seem pretty ok, and who knows? A little downsizing and post processing work and it might just be a good high ISO monster. We’ll see if we can get a review unit… somehow.

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