Nikon D810A

Nikon D810A front
  • 36MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 12800 (Expand to 51200)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 880g - 146 x 123 x 82mm
  • Launched February 2015
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  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon D810A overview

Nikon D810A is Nikon's Advanced DSLR camera first launched on February of 2015. It includes a 36 MegaPixel, CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 7360 x 4912.

The D810A is positioned #11 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras and all around #77 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to try our Smart camera finder to see camera rankings based on your personal requirements.

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Here is a chart of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon D810A family

The Nikon D810A comes with a history of related cameras. Here, you can take a look at all older and latest models alongside important specs.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D780 front thumbnailNikon D780
D810A vs D780
25MPFull frame7.0 fps2020
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
D810A vs D850
46MPFull frame7.0 fps2017
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Nikon-D810A front thumbnailNikon D810A36MPFull frame5.0 fps2015
Nikon-D750 front thumbnailNikon D750
D810A vs D750
24MPFull frame6.5 fps2014
Nikon-D810 front thumbnailNikon D810
D810A vs D810
36MPFull frame5.0 fps2014
Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
D810A vs Df
16MPFull frame6.0 fps2013
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Nikon-D610 front thumbnailNikon D610
D810A vs D610
24MPFull frame6.0 fps2013
Nikon-D600 front thumbnailNikon D600
D810A vs D600
24MPFull frame5.5 fps2012
Nikon-D800E front thumbnailNikon D800E
D810A vs D800E
36MPFull frame4.0 fps2012
Nikon-D800 front thumbnailNikon D800
D810A vs D800
36MPFull frame4.0 fps2012
Nikon-D700 front thumbnailNikon D700
D810A vs D700
12MPFull frame5.0 fps2008
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Nikon D810A Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of upsides and downsides of the Nikon D810A based on factors that are oftentimes viewed as essential in a camera.

better than average battery (1,200 CIPA)
flash built-in
has manual focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes HDMI socket
includes headphone socket
includes microphone socket
includes Top LCD display
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
nice clear screen (1,229 k dots)
pretty good screen size (3.2 inch)
resolution is fantastic (36 megapixels)
saves RAW formats
sensor has phase detect autofocus
sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports face detect autofocus
supports tracking focus
two card slots
weather proofing
display is not selfie friendly
max frames per second very slow (5.0 fps)
no image stabilization
screen is fixed
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Nikon D810A Sensor details

The Nikon D810A is run by the EXPEED 4 chip. The sensor dimension in the Nikon D810A is 35.9mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 862 mm² sensor is able to resolve 7360 x 4912 pixels and aspect ratios of 5:4 and 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 36 megapixels and features a native ISO range of 200 - 12800. This ISO can also be widened digitally to 100 - 51200. RAW format is saved which means that you have wider room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below displays the D810A's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The D810A sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is shown in green.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D810A dimensions

Nikon D810A weighs around 1.94 lbs (880g or 31.04 oz) and features exterior measurements of 146mm x 123mm x 82mm (5.7" x 4.8" x 3.2"). The weight of normal Advanced DSLR camera is 776g so the Nikon D810A is weightier in comparison with other rivals.

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Listed below is a pic of the Nikon D810A with a soda so you can have a feel for its scale.

Nikon D810A dimensions scale

The top view directly below will highlight the button design on the D810A.

Nikon D810A topview buttons dials

Nikon D810A Lens specs

The D810A fits the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses available on the market. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the D810A.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-85mm-f1.8G lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f1.8G85mmf/1.8 350g
Tamron-18-270mm-F3.5-6.3-Di-II-VC-PZD-Nikon-F-DX lensTamron 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD18-270mmf/3.5-6.3 450g
Photography Glossary
Sigma-4.5mm-F2.8-EX-DC-HSM-Circular-Fisheye-Nikon-F-DX lensSigma 4.5mm F2.8 EX DC HSM Circular Fisheye5mmf/2.8 470g
Nikon-AF-S-DX-Nikkor-18-55mm-f3.5-5.6G-II lensNikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G II18-55mmf/3.5-5.6 205g
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
Sigma-150-500mm-F5-6.3-DG-OS-HSM-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM150-500mmf/5.0-6.3 1780g
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Nikon-AF-Nikkor-28mm-f2.8D lensNikon AF Nikkor 28mm f2.8D28mmf/2.8 205g
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Nikon D810A Connectivity

The D810A has the following connectivity:

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

Cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to send pictures and usually alter settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

Several applications even stream a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external display. Most cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB socket.

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Nikon D810A Video specs

The maximum video resolution in the Nikon D810A is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p resolution can provide a good balance for quality vs file sizes but FULL HD will not give you much room to downsample. The camera does feature both headphone and microphone socket making it very useful whilst capturing sound.

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Nikon D810A Weather Sealing

Nikon D810A provides weather sealing making it a excellent option to use for challenging climates. This is particularly helpful when you are unsure about the elements you may face for outdoor photography.

Nikon D810A Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon D810A includes a 3.2" fixed display supporting a resolution of 1,229k dots.

Sadly the display is not a touch screen. The D810A also includes a Top LCD display so its possible to quickly checkout your settings.

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The View Finder specs regarding Nikon D810A are below:

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

Viewfinders are pretty handy for bright outdoor situations which can easily make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Nikon D810A Shutter specs

Nikon D810A is able to shoot continuously at 5.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/8000 seconds.

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Nikon D810A Flash and Hot shoe specs

Nikon D810A includes both built in flash and also external flash ability.

Nikon D810A Autofocus specs

Nikon D810A includes both Phase Detect Autofocus and Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier and exact in comparison with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera includes Face detect which makes it valuable for people photography.

The AF system includes 51 focus points to pick from. It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for moving objects. Nikon D810A features manual focusing in case it is required for low light scenarios or you want to have more exact control on focusing.

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Nikon D810A Battery life

The battery (EN-EL15) in the Nikon D810A is designed to last for 1200 pictures based on the CIPA requirements which is above the usual for its category. The general Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 has got the highest possible (2260) battery life for this class of cameras.

Underneath is a listing of Advanced DSLR cameras which have the highest battery life:

Nikon D810A for specific styles of photography

The following bar chart provides a analysis of the Nikon D810A for specific styles of photography. To look at more, have a look at the specific section below.

Nikon D810A Portrait photography factors

The Nikon D810A has a points total of 85 which is very high, meaning that it is a excellent option to use for portrait photos. Photographing portraits leans heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos plus the flexibility to work with external lighting.

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manual focus
high resolution (36MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
provides face detect focus
saves RAW files

Nikon D810A Street photography highlights

Having a decent score of 60, the Nikon D810A is reasonably suitable for street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of image quality and portability.

Photography Glossary
sensor size is great (Full frame)
supports RAW files
environment proofing
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization

Nikon D810A Sports photography highlights

A exceptional sports photography points total of 76 indicates the Nikon D810A is a excellent option for shooting sports. A camera really should have very good focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
high resolution (36MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
offers tracking autofocus
environment proofing
good battery power (1,200 shots)
comes with phase detect autofocus
low fps (5.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization

Nikon D810A Travel photography features

Size is really critical in choosing a travel camera. In general, the Nikon D810A gets a above average 69 for a travelling camera which makes it a good option to take on your travels.

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good battery life (1,200 per charge)
weather proofing
MP count great (36 megapixels)
flash built-in
display isn't selfie friendly

Nikon D810A Landscape photography information

For anybody who is looking to pick a camera for landscape photography, the most essential aspect will be image quality. The Nikon D810A at it's impressive score of 80 for a landscape camera is a brilliant fit amongst its competition.

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you can focus manually
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
nice screen size (3.2 inches)
resolution is excellent (36MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
environment proofing
great battery life (1,200 per charge)
has double storage slots
does not have image stabilization

Nikon D810A Vlogging factors

A vlogging camera preferably should offer a articulating screen, mic input and preferably IBIS. Considering everything, the Nikon D810A is not acceptable as a vlog camera as it gets a really bad score of 30.

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comes with face detection focusing
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes external mic socket
display is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization

Nikon D810A Alternatives

If you are looking for replacements to the D810A, below is a list of the top ranked cameras that fall in to the family of Advanced DSLR.

The diagram listed below offers you an overview of the D810A compared to it's highest scored rivals suggested earlier.

These are some more cameras you may take a look at as alternatives. To review a comprehensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Nikon D810A
Advanced DSLR
Physical type
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor measurements
35.9 x 24mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
5:4 and 3:2
Full resolution
7360 x 4912
RAW support
Max native ISO
Max boosted ISO
Minimum native ISO
Minimum boosted ISO
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points
Cross type focus points
Lens support
Nikon F
Total lenses
Crop factor
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display sizing
3.2 inch
Resolution of display
1,229k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
Maximum shutter speed
Continuous shooting rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings
Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, redeye reduction, redeye reduction w/slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync
External flash
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Max video resolution
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
880g (1.94 lbs)
146 x 123 x 82mm (5.7" x 4.8" x 3.2")
Battery life
1200 shots
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs for up to 9 shots)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC, CompactFlash (UDMA compliant)
Card slots
Retail price