Photographers everywhere loved the Nikon D800 and D800E, and now comes the Nikon D810 as the firm's latest high-resolution workhorse camera. Is it a worthy successor? Callum McInerney-Riley finds out in our Nikon D810 review

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Nikon D810

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  • 36.3-million-pixel, full-frame sensor
  • No optical low-pass filter
  • Fast, accurate 51-point AF system


  • Large file size at full resolution
  • Heavy and sizeable build


Nikon D810 review


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Build and Handling


Nikon D810 review – Build and Handling

Constructed from magnesium alloy, the D810 weighs in at a fairly hefty 980g. Its build quality is superb, and with improved weather-sealing it should withstand brutal conditions.

One of the key changes compared to the D800 and D800E is the refinement of button placement, which Nikon says comes as a result of feedback from professional and amateur photographers. The image review and delete buttons are less indented, and a new I button to the right of the LCD allows users to change a range of shooting settings, and access the retouch menu in playback.

The fiddly metering mode switch that surrounded the AE-L/AF-L button has been replaced by a button on the top left. This in turn displaces the bracketing button, which is repositioned on the camera’s side.

The grip has been remodelled, with a larger indentation for the middle finger. Around the back, the thumb grip is more pronounced, and the textured rubber now covers the card slot as well as a larger portion of the back. The differences are subtle, but if anything I found the D810 feels even better in the hand than its predecessors.

On the side of the camera are ports for HDMI, USB, mic and headphones. These are now housed under three  weather-sealed flaps, rather than one single cover as before.

For current Nikon users, the D810’s menu system will take little time to work out as it’s very similar to other Nikon DSLRs. For photographers coming from other brands, Nikon menus can initially be confusing as the names of certain settings aren’t obvious, and can take a while to get accustomed to.

  1. 1. Nikon D810 review - Introduction
  2. 2. Build and Handling
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Resolution, Dynamic Range and Noise
  6. 6. Verdict
  7. 7. Hands-On First Look
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