Nikon D810 DSLR Boasts Drool-Worthy 36.3MP Full Frame Sensor And Snooze-Worthy 1080p Video

Have you been patiently waiting for Nikon to update its medium-format D800 DSLR? After roughly two years, your patience is being rewarded with Nikon's new D810 DSLR. If it's a high level of detail you're after, the D810's 36.3-megapixel, full-frame FX-format (7360x4912 resolution) CMOS sensor aided by Nikon's EXPEED 4 imaging processing engine should have no trouble delivering it.

"Once a user experiences the intense level of fine detail they are able to render using the immersive resolution of the D810, it will be hard to imagine a project without it," said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. "When coupled with the amazing imaging capabilities of NIKKOR optics, the D810 becomes a powerful storytelling tool to create images and broadcast-quality video with unprecedented detail, dynamic range and sharpness."

Nikon D810 Angled

Nikon said it removed the optical low pass filter (OLPF) to maximize the potential of every pixel. The result should be improved sharpness capable of highlighting subtle details with superior fidelity than before.

In addition, the EXPEED 4 imaging processing engine is supposed to enhance performance while suppressing instances of false color and moiré. It also enhances noise reduction performance and helps increase a wider ISO range, which as been lifted to 12,800 (or 51,200 in Hi-2 mode) and goes on down to 64 (or 32 in Lo-1 mode).

Nikon D810 Back

Nikon upgraded the resolution of the 3.2-inch LCD to 1,229,000 dots with a 170-degree wide-viewing angle. You can customize the LCD's color space to match your monitor or print calibration settings, and there's also a new Split Screen Display Zoom function to magnify two separate points on the same horizontal line (helps to level your shot).

Interestingly, Nikon opted to not to jump on the increasingly popular 4K bandwagon, though the D810 does record video in Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) at a variety of frame rates, including 60/30/24p.

The Nikon D108 will be available in late July for $3,299.95 MSRP.