The high-end DSLR market has been fierce the past 5 years with Canon making a large impact with their 1D and 5D line and Nikon gaining marketshare with their D4 and D800 models. Nikon's D800 has been the more affordable choice for many professional filmmakers and photographers although it is slowly becoming outdated as it was originally released over two years ago.
Since then, Nikon has been busy developing the predecessor to this model and just a few days ago the D810 was officially unveiled to the market. This updated version of the D800 isn't all that different from its original in terms of design although it had been refined to play the strengths of its predecessor while taking its weaknesses head on.
In terms of technical specifications, here is what the D810 brings to the table:
- A 36.3MP, 35.9mm x 24mm FX format sensor
- Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX AF sensor with 51 focus points (15 cross-type)
- Internal vibration eliminated with redesigned sequencer mechanism
- Electric Front Curtain Shutter system
- EXPEED 4 engine (previously found on the D5300) offers quicker processing and sharper images
- Continuous shooting speeds of 5 fps with FX format and 7 fps with a DX crop mode
- 12,800 ISO limit (51,200 in Hi-2 mode)
- HD video capabilities up to 1080P with 60 fps (uncompressed)
- Dual SD & CF slots
- 3.2-inch, 1.229k-dot rear display
- Weather and dust sealed, magnesium alloy body
- Advanced in-camera editing and processing functionality
The main concern for me is whether or not Nikon jumped the gun to release a new model in this price range as the lack of 4K functionality is surely a question for someone who may potentially buy this DSLR for video use. Considering Panasonic released the GH4 that covers the 4K spectrum so nicely at a cheaper price-point (though not a DSLR), it is surely a gamble that may come back to haunt them over time.
The market appears to gradually shift to 4K as the new standard and I'd bet Canon's next 5D model will feature in-camera 4K support right from the factory. If this is the case and it is released within the next 12 months, it could significantly hinder D810 sales.
As you'd probably expect, the D810 will run you a pretty penny with an $3,299.95 MSRP (body only) and it is now available for pre-order from retailers like Amazon and Best Buy until its official release on June 17th.
As a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and our Managing Editor, Colt loves testing out the newest tech products/services. His goal is to help better educate other consumers to ensure the most satisfying purchases decisions on consumer electronics and services. When he is not working on creating new content, Colt enjoys spending time with his two Australian Shepherds, Mia and Zoey.