So I had the opportunity of attend the official presentation for Nikon D810 in Madrid and here you have my impressions.
First of all, I am a Nikon user since 2008, and my only camera it’s a Nikon D300, as you can tell, this is now an old model. I have been thinking in make the switch to FX format, but decided to wait, learn, get lenses and some time in the future.. make the switch.
So I went with my D300 to Finicon offices (Finicon is the official Nikon distributor in Spain).
Days before I almost read everything about it on the internet, but the nice thing to being there, was to be able to play with the camera, and well long story short, WOW! this camera works and feels great in the hand.
This camera is what they call FX format or “full frame”, which means sensor size equals size of 35mm film. (D300 is the DX format of “crop sensor”, smaller sensor)
Feels pretty solid, just what you can expect from PRO level camera. Comparing against my D300, it felt more light and kind of “plastic”, but maybe it is just me. Overall very good!
As I am very familiar with the buttons and settings of my D300, so I had no problem switching settings and playing with the camera, of course there are some changes in the position of some buttons and AF settings, not big deal, you just need to learn your tools and use them. right?, so, no complains here.
- New EXPEED 4 processor
- Base ISO is 64 and a maximum of 12800 (plus the extended modes)
- Ant-ialias / low pass filter is gone
- New group autofocus just like the D4S
- New LCD display, with more pixels, with an interesting option to select 2 points to verify the photo.
- New generation of Picture Control, including a new setting “Clarity” and also allows a fine degree of control when customising the parameters by increasing changes by small increments.
I am not really into video, but as we were told, camera supports 1080p @ 60fps, there is a new picture control setting “FLAT” which gives the greatest dynamic range so that you can work better with the post processing.
So we were allowed to use our CF cards to get some file samples, my card was very old, I bought it somewhere 2008 for my camera, so I was hoping it works, and to my good luck it works, a little slow but works…
I shoot the camera with NEF + JPEG fine, writing times with my old CF card were around 4-5 seconds.
Here you a pair of sample images I took with the camera, base ISO is great as expected… and the max ISO, it’s amazing, very good! I will say perfect!
Nikon D810 @ ISO 64
Nikon D810 @ ISO 12800
So there you have it, not sure when I will make the switch to FX, but D810 is making eyes to me! :D
Want to try NEFs? get them via DropBox https://db.tt/lR4cUyKV You need to install the new Capture NX-D