updated 06:50 am EDT, Thu June 26, 2014
Nikon D4S features appear in new D810
Nikon has launched a follow-up DSLR to its D800 digital camera. Having the same resolution as its predecessor, the 36.3-megapixel sensor in the new D810 is an FX-format version which leaves off the optical low pass filter and works with the Expeed 4 image processing engine found in the D4S, allowing it to improve image detail for both still shots and for video recording.
Unusually, the D810 has an ISO range from 64 to 12,800, or from ISO 32 to 51,200 when extended. Using a 51-point AF system and improvements to its continuous shooting speeds, photographers can snap images at up to 5fps at full resolution, or 15.3-megapixel images at up to 7fps in DX crop mode, with shutter speeds between 1/8000 and 30 seconds. A Group Area AF mode aims to provide faster acquisition and improved background isolation when taking shots of subjects on noisy backgrounds, with a new shutter box mechanism and electronic front-curtain shutter helping reduce vibrations.
On the video side, the D810 can record Full HD movies at 50fps and 60fps, with claimed reductions in noise, moire, and false color. Offering FX and DX sensor crop formats and a clean HDMI output, footage can be captured both in-camera and externally, while a new Zebra mode will show filmmakers if a shot is overexposed. Stereo microphone inputs and an audio output are also included, with extra audio controls governing the sound range.
On the back of the weather-sealed magnesium alloy camera is a 3.2-inch, 1229k-dot color-tune monitor, along with an optical viewfinder, with the device including separate memory card slots for CF and SD cards, and support for Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Shipping from July 17th globally, Nikon will be pricing the D810 at $3,300 for the body alone.