Nikon D810A Brief Review



  • 36 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor
  • Optical IR cut filter for astrophotography
  • EXPEED 4 processor
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/8000
  • Longest shutter speed 15 minutes
  • 5 fps burst speed
  • ISO range 100-12800 (Hi 2 up to 51,200)
  • RAW, TIFF and JPEG
  • Manual modes plus long exposure manual mode
  • 51-point autofocus
  • Metering modes: Multi, Center-weighted, Highlight-Weighted and Spot
  • 1080p HD video at 60 fps
  • Wireless and GPS optional with purchase of additional accessories
  • Weather-sealed magnesium alloy body
  • 3.2” 1,229,000 dots LCD
  • 100% optical viewfinder
  • Battery life rated at 1200 shots
  • Weighs 2.16 pounds
  • Release Date: 2015-02-10
  • Final Grade: 97 4.85 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon shoots for the stars with the D810A, a DSLR designed for astrophotography
Like to shoot stars? The Nikon D810 is your dream camera.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 4/30/2015

The Nikon D810A is designed for snapping shots of galaxies, stars and other space elements. The manufacturer warns it's not for general use--so look at the D810 if shooting stars isn't your specialty. The D810A keeps everything we like about the D810, but makes some adjustments for astrophotography.

The D810A includes an infrared cut filter that gives the camera the ability to better capture wavelengths common in astrophotography. Along with the usual set of manual modes, the D810A also has a long exposure manual mode, which allows for shutter speeds as slow as 15 minutes. A new Virtual Exposure Preview mode allows users to get a glimpse of what those long shutter speeds will look like, so they don't have to wait fifteen minutes before realizing their settings were off. The camera is compatible with Nikkor lenses as well as third-party adapters for telescopes.

The rest of the camera keeps the specs of the D810--so check out our D810 preview to get a complete picture.

There's not really much to compare the D810 to, but it looks to be an excellent option for shooting stars. The downside is that even the manufacturer warns it's not ideal for general use--making it a pricey camera for just one type of photography.

The Nikon D810 is expected out in May, 2015.

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