26 June 2014

Just announced, the Nikon D810: The new high resolution photo and video king?

Nikon today announced the successor to its D800 high resolution DLSR: the D810. While the name may suggest only a minor update, the new D810 camera actually has an all new sensor and a host of new features both for photographers and videographers!

The Nikon D810 will be available in late July for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $3299.95

Some of the product highlights:

  • 36.3-megapixel FX-format (7360 x 4912 resolution) sensor, no Optical Low Pass filter (similar to the D800E, though the D800E still had some sort of low pass filter).
  • Faste EXPEED4 image processor
  • Wide ISO range of 64-12,800, extendible to 32-51,200.
  • Nikon’s Advanced Scene Recognition System with the 91,000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Meter II.
  • 15 cross-type AF sensors, 11 cross-type sensors of which can be used up to f/8.
  • Like the D4S is also boasts Group AF mode for enhanced accuracy, even while tracking subjects.
  • 5 frames-per-second (fps) at full resolution and 5:4, 6 fps in DX or 1.2x modes,  (15.4-megapixel, 25.1-megapixel, respectively), and 7 fps in DX mode (15.4-megapixel), with battery pack.
  • Full resolution 14-bit RAW files or the new RAW Size Small format (12-bit file at half the resolution, approximately 1/4 the file size of full RAW files).
  • Picture Control enhancements: a new “Clarity” setting has which adjusts mid tones to enhance details within an image and a new “Flat” Picture Control Profile to help preserve the most amount of detail in shadows and highlights.
  • Video specific enhancements
    • Full HD 1920x1080 video up to 60fps (!)
    • Uncompressed digital video out to an external recorder via HDMI, while simultaneously displaying the video on the rear LCD display and external LCD monitor. You can now also record both to the internal card (compressed) and to the external recorder (uncompressed) simultaneously.
    • Like the Nikon D4S, the D810 uses an auto-exposure setting to help create super-smooth exposure and tonal transitions for professional results with time-lapse and interval-time shooting.
    • Audio via built-in stereo microphone or an external microphone.
    • Zebra stripes: A zebra pattern can be displayed during live view, making it easy to spot overexposed areas.
    • Highlight weighted metering: This new setting helps to prevent blown-out highlights in video.
    • The Live View AF has been improved, and now provides faster full-time AF (AF-F mode).

Specifications and comparison to D800/D800E

For a list of specifications and a comparison to the Nikon D800 and D800E, please see the pdf at the Nikon website.

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