Nikon D810

Nikon D810 front
  • 36MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 12800 (Bump to 51200)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 980g - 146 x 123 x 82mm
  • Released June 2014
  • Superseded the Nikon D800
  • Successor is Nikon D850
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon D810 summary

Nikon D810 is Nikon's Advanced DSLR camera originally introduced on June of 2014. The camera uses a 36MP, CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a max resolution of 7360 x 4912.

Nikon released this camera in order to update the earlier Nikon D800 (Read Full Comparison) and subsequently introduced the updated Nikon D850 (Read Full Comparison) in order to replace this model.

The D810 comes in at #15 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras and overall #91 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. You should use our Smart camera filter to find camera rankings based on your customized requirements.

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The following is a chart of multiple factors used in the rating system.

Nikon D810 family

The Nikon D810 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can view all earlier and most recent models as well as key features.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D780 front thumbnailNikon D780
D810 vs D780
25MPFull frame7.0 fps2020
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
D810 vs D850
46MPFull frame7.0 fps2017
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Nikon-D810A front thumbnailNikon D810A
D810 vs D810A
36MPFull frame5.0 fps2015
Nikon-D750 front thumbnailNikon D750
D810 vs D750
24MPFull frame6.5 fps2014
Nikon-D810 front thumbnailNikon D81036MPFull frame5.0 fps2014
Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
D810 vs Df
16MPFull frame6.0 fps2013
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Nikon-D610 front thumbnailNikon D610
D810 vs D610
24MPFull frame6.0 fps2013
Nikon-D600 front thumbnailNikon D600
D810 vs D600
24MPFull frame5.5 fps2012
Nikon-D800 front thumbnailNikon D800
D810 vs D800
36MPFull frame4.0 fps2012
Nikon-D800E front thumbnailNikon D800E
D810 vs D800E
36MPFull frame4.0 fps2012
Nikon-D700 front thumbnailNikon D700
D810 vs D700
12MPFull frame5.0 fps2008
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Nikon D810 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of good and bad points of the Nikon D810 based on factors which are typically considered crucial in a camera.

2 card slots
big sensor size (Full frame)
built-in flash
builtin Top display
comes with HDMI out
comes with headphone support
comes with mic support
features face detect autofocus
features tracking focus
good battery pack (1,200 per charge)
great minimum ISO (64)
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
nice clear screen (1,229 k dots)
no anti-alias filter
resolution is fantastic (36 megapixels)
screen size is good (3.2 inch)
supports phase detect autofocus
supports RAW files
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
weather proof
you can focus manually
continuous shooting slow (5.0 frames/s)
does not posses selfie friendly display
heavier than others (980 grams)
lack of image stabilization
no articulating screen
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Nikon D810 Sensor info

The Nikon D810 features the EXPEED 4 chip. The size of the sensor in the Nikon D810 is 35.9mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 862 mm² sensor can capture 7360 x 4912 pixels at aspect ratios of 5:4 and 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 36 megapixels and supports a native ISO range of 64 - 12800. This ISO can also be widened digitally to 32 - 51200. RAW files are saved which means that you have wider margin for error.

Nikon opted to skip the anti-alias filter inside the Nikon D810. This could result in more clearer photos but may create moire in certain conditions.

The image underneath displays the D810's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The D810 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is shown in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D810 dimensions

Nikon D810 weighs about 2.16 lbs (980 grams or 34.57 oz) and features exterior proportions of 146mm x 123mm x 82mm (5.7" x 4.8" x 3.2"). The weight of typical Advanced DSLR camera is 776 grams so the Nikon D810 is weightier compared with its rivals.

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Down below is a image of the Nikon D810 next to a softdrink to help you to have a feel for its scale.

Nikon D810 dimensions scale

The top view just below will highlight the button layout on the D810.

Nikon D810 topview buttons dials

Nikon D810 Lens info

The D810 fits the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses that you can purchase. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the D810.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Nikon-AF-S-DX-Micro-Nikkor-40mm-F2.8 lensNikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm F2.840mmf/2.8 235g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-58mm-f1.4G lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f1.4G58mmf/1.4 385g
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Nikon-AF-S-DX-Nikkor-55-200mm-f4-5.6G-VR-II lensNikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f4-5.6G VR II55-200mmf/4.0-5.6 335g
Nikon-AF-S-DX-Nikkor-16-80mm-F2.8-4E-ED-VR lensNikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR16-80mmf/2.8-4.0 480g
Tamron-SP-70-200mm-F2.8-Di-VC-USD-Nikon-F-FX lensTamron SP 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD70-200mmf/2.8 1470g
Carl-Zeiss-Distagon-T2-25 lensCarl Zeiss Distagon T 22525mmf/2 570g
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Tokina-AT-X-Pro-35mm-f2.8-Macro-DX-Nikon-F-DX lensTokina AT-X Pro 35mm f2.8 Macro DX35mmf/2.8 340g
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Nikon D810 Connectivity

The D810 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras which include NFC or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to transfer pictures and sometimes adjust settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

Some applications even enable a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external display. Nearly all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Nikon D810 Video info

The max video quality in the Nikon D810 is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality provides a good balance in quality and file sizes but 1080p will not give you much room to crop. The camera does feature both headphone and mic support making it extremely useful while capturing audio.

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Nikon D810 Weather Sealing

Nikon D810 features weather proofing making it a good option to use in rough environments. This is especially handy any time you are uncertain about the conditions you might face in outdoor photography.

Nikon D810 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon D810 houses a 3.2" fixed display boasting a resolution of 1,229k dots.

Please note that the display screen offers no touch support. The D810 also has a builtin Top display so its possible to instantly see camera settings.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Nikon D810 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.7x

In those sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders can be pretty useful.

Nikon D810 Shutter info

Nikon D810 can shoot continuously at 5.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/8000 seconds.

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Nikon D810 Flash and Hot shoe info

Nikon D810 includes both built-in flash and external flash support. The max flash sync is 1/250 seconds.

Nikon D810 Autofocus info

Nikon D810 includes both Phase Detect AF along with Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier and precise compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera boasts Face detect which makes it helpful for people photography.

It boasts 51 focus points to pick from. It also boasts Tracking AF for objects on the move. Nikon D810 supports manual focus in case it is required in low light situations or you need more precise focus control.

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Nikon D810 Battery life

The battery pack (EN-EL15) on the Nikon D810 is designed to last for 1200 images with respect to the CIPA standards which is higher than the usual for its class. The usual Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 comes with the maximum (2260) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Here is a number of Advanced DSLR cameras which have the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
D810 vs D850
1840 yesyesyes
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Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
D810 vs Df
1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
D810 vs 90D
1300 yesnoyes
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
D810 vs D500
1240 yesyesyes

Nikon D810 for specific types of photography

The following diagram displays a rundown of the Nikon D810 for specific types of photography. To read more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Nikon D810 Portrait photography factors

The Nikon D810 receives a rating of 85 which is wonderful, meaning that it is a tremendous pick for portrait photography. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW files & potential to work with off-camera flash.

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manual focus
sensor resolution is high (36MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports face detection focus
exports RAW formats

Nikon D810 Street photography highlights

Having a moderate score of 56, the Nikon D810 is relatively acceptable to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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great sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
weather proof
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
more heavy than competitors in class (980g)

Nikon D810 Sports photography factors

A impressive sports photography rating of 76 indicates the Nikon D810 is a fantastic fit for shooting sports. A camera needs good focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
megapixel count great (36 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports tracking focus
weather sealing
good battery (1,200 shots)
sensor has phase detect AF
slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization

Nikon D810 Travel photography advice

Size is very crucial when buying a travel camera. On the whole, the Nikon D810 gets a very good 63 as a travel camera which is a good option to buy for your holidays.

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great battery power (1,200 per charge)
weather sealing
excellent MP (36 megapixels)
has built in flash
heavier than competition in class (980g)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display

Nikon D810 as a Landscape photography camera

When you are looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photography, the most critical factor will be image quality. The Nikon D810 and it's great score of 80 for a landscape camera is a brilliant pick in the current marketplace.

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has manual focus
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
decent sized screen (3.2")
excellent megapixels (36MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
doesnt have anti aliasing filter
delivers RAW files
environment sealing
better than average battery life (1,200 shots)
has double storage slots
does not have image stabilization

Nikon D810 Vlogging information

A vlogging camera really should offer a moving display screen, mic input and if possible IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Nikon D810 is not really suitable for vlogging as it gets a low rating of 28.

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offers face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes microphone socket
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
more heavy than competition (980g)

Nikon D810 Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the D810, below is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall in to the family of Advanced DSLR.

The graph below will give you an overview of the D810 compared to it's highest ranking rivals mentioned previously.

These are various other cameras you might view as alternative options. To look at a complete comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Nikon D810
Advanced DSLR
Physical type
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
35.9 x 24mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
5:4 and 3:2
Max resolution
7360 x 4912
RAW format
Max native ISO
Max enhanced ISO
Lowest native ISO
Lowest enhanced ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points
Cross focus points
Lens mounting type
Nikon F
Total lenses
Crop factor
Display type
Fixed Type
Display sizing
3.2 inch
Resolution of display
1,229k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Display technology
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Min shutter speed
30 secs
Max shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options
Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, redeye reduction, redeye reduction w/slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize
1/250 secs
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Max video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
980 gr (2.16 lb)
146 x 123 x 82mm (5.7" x 4.8" x 3.2")
Battery life
1200 pictures
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs for up to 9 shots)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC, CompactFlash (UDMA compliant)
Card slots
Retail pricing