Nikon Announces D810, Replaces Both D800 & D800E

The D810 is supposed to replace both the D800 and the D800E.

The D810 is supposed to replace both the D800 and the D800E.

After a round of the now-customary rumours and leaks, Nikon has officially unveiled the D810. With a 36.3MP sensor that does not have a low-pass filter, the camera is supposed to be a replacement of both the D800 and the D800E. The camera borrows the new Expeed 4 processing engine from the D4S, and consequently has the same autofocus improvements (including Group AF) that were seen in the D4S. The body is 20g lighter and the mirror mechanism has been redesigned. To reduce any potential camera shake during Live View, there is an electronic first-curtain shutter option.

Other improvements include a faster burst rate (7fps in DX mode, 5fps overall), 1080/60p support, a Flat Picture Control mode (to aid postproduction, especially in terms of video) and improved battery life. The price of the camera is USD 3300. One can expect its Indian pricing to be the same as that of the D800E (around Rs. 2 lakh). The camera will be available in India towards the end of July.

It is good to see that the company has given a bunch of small, but significant improvements to their most successful camera. Some of the improvements are in actual operation, and not just in terms of on-paper specifications. We will analyse these in a series of upcoming posts.  That said, the D300S and D700 users still haven’t received a serious upgrade. One wonders whether the Sony A77 II and A7S (both of which target the same audiences, respectively) may spur Nikon to hasten their release.

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