Nikon announced D810 Full-Frame DSLR Camera for Late-July Release in India


Nikon on Thursday announced that it had launched its latest DSLR camera, successor to their medium-format D800 and D800E SLRs, the Nikon D810 in India. The change in the model number does point to some small steps taken forward in the right direction. Nikon has focused on bringing better image quality and improved video capabilities to its latest pro-level DSLR.

 

The camera offers features like the ability to shoot full-HD, a full-frame 36.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, and a wide ISO range to give photographers the ability to shoot under varied lighting conditions. It works alongside Nikon’s very own EXPEED 4 processing engine. The display has an organic EL display element, which Nikon claims will provide a clear display.

The Nikon D810 has been billed for its video shooting capabilities. The camera features support for recording 1080p movies at 60 fps (frames per second). It does not come with 4K video recording capability, so users will just have to make do with Full HD video recording at the moment. The readout method of the image sensor has been optimised to produce better visuals. Additional video updates include a built-in stereo microphone and the ability to output uncompressed video via HDMI while also recording H.264 files to the memory card. Also featured on the D810 is a dual format recording option which includes the full-frame (FX) format and the cropped-format. To allow users to achieve stable metring under changing light conditions Center-weighted and highlight-weighted metring options are available.

The D810 also features the new Expeed 4 image-processing engine which promises a 30 percent increase in performance. Nikon has done away with the optical low pass filter (OLPF) which slightly softens images to avoid a few problems with a too-crisp photo, such as the appearance of wavy patterns known as moiré. ISO sensitivity ranges from 64 to 12,800. Users can also extend the ISO range down to 32 for taming very bright light and up to 51,200 for both still and video shooting. There is a 51-point autofocus system, as well as a new group area AF that helps avoid unintentional background focussing. The optical viewfinder also has a new prism coating that enables enhanced light transmission ratio, colouration and full frame coverage during shots. Other features of note include the ability to adjust the Clarity of the various Picture Control options for improved midtone details. A new Flat Picture Control Profile will allow photographers to pull out more details and dynamic range when processing images in software such as Photoshop.

In addition, Nikon says that the split-screen display zoom function enlarges two points on the same horizontal line simultaneously to provide accurate image levelling. Hiroshi Takashina, Managing Director, Nikon India said, Nikon has a legacy of designing products that achieve highest standards of quality, detailing, experience and performance. With todays announcement we are certain to set new benchmarks in the world of photography and video shooting as the magnificent 36.3 megapixel count of new Nikon D810 combines exceptional imaging technology and innovative features to deliver an unparalleled shooting experience.

The highlights of Nikon D810 are as follows:

  • 36.3 megapixel full-frame sensor (same as D800) but paired with Expeed 4 processing for sharper images, 30% faster
  • up to 5fps still image shooting (7 if you’re in DX with a battery grip)
  • 1080p HD video at 60, 30, and 24 fps.
  • noise-free images from ISO range of 64-12,800 (expands to ISO 32-51,200).
  • Live View with spot white balance
  • Built in stereo microphone for audio recording
  • weight = 31.7 oz (roughly the same as the D800)
  • Expeed 4 engine
  • 51-point AF (straight outta the D4s)
  • Zebra strips for focus checking in video mode
  • Uncompressed HDMI output with simultaneous recording to memory card (bonus)

Physically, the camera remains pretty much the same but with a higher resolution, 2560 x 1920 RGBW LCD and a slightly slimmer grip. A few buttons have been changed but Nikon shooters will still feel at home when picking up the D810.The Nikon D810 will be available across India starting last week of July. The company has not detailed the price yet.

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