Nikon D810 Release Tonight

Looks like the Internet is already buzzing with some information from the upcoming release of the Nikon D810 tonight. According to our friends at Nikon Rumors, a UK website “Expertreviews” published information on the Nikon D810 pre-maturely, along with some photos of the camera. Although we’ve made the decision to stay away from the rumor talks (we’ll leave it all to rumor sites), I decided to post this information, because it is verified and we know that the D810 is coming tonight.

Nikon D810

It has been over two years since the Nikon D800 and D800E cameras were announced, so a refresh of the D800 line was expected sometime this year. Although Nikon is not doing anything revolutionary this time, some of the updates and changes to the D810 when compared to the D800/D800E are pretty attractive. First of all, the sensor has been replaced with a different, more advanced unit with no optical low pass filter (OLPF). This means that both the Nikon D800 and D800E are being merged into a single camera, the D810. Despite the fact that the resolution remains the same at 36.3 MP, the base ISO of the sensor has been lowered to ISO 64, with boost level going down to ISO 32! This is a significant change, because the lower ISO value most likely translates to much higher dynamic range. As you know, the Nikon D800/D800E have been dominating in dynamic range when compared to other cameras for a while now and it looks like the Nikon D810 will take that spot from now on. High ISO range has been expanded by one stop to ISO 51,200, which probably means that we should see some improvements in noise performance. I don’t expect to see much difference at low ISO values, but there should be visible differences at ISO 1600 and above. And with the integrated sRAW format support, you will be able to make images at 3680×2456 resolution, which is equivalent to 9 MP of very clean, noise-free images, even at very high ISO levels!

The processor is also being upgraded to EXPEED 4, which translates to faster throughput and better autofocus performance. Speaking of which, the D810 will feature the same autofocus system as the Nikon D4s, with Group Area AF mode. In terms of speed, the D810 will shoot at 5 fps in full resolution (compared to 4 fps on the D800/D810), 6 fps in DX mode and 7 fps in DX mode with the MB-D12 battery pack. Yes, the old MB-D12 battery pack will work with the D810! Another really interesting feature is the new redesigned shutter with new kevlar/carbon fibre-composite unit which supposedly reduces shutter lag and results in quieter operation. A quieter shutter is certainly welcome, but I wonder if Nikon actually dampened the mirror mechanism, since the mirror slap is typically the loudest. Another hugely important for me personally is the addition of electronic front-curtain shutter capability, which completely eliminates shutter vibration before the exposure starts – something that will be a must-have for testing lenses in my lab! I struggle with this one quite a bit and although I do rely on the Exposure Delay mode all the time, sometimes even 3 second delays are not enough for testing super telephoto lenses. The way this would work, is that you would basically launch Live View, then press the shutter release (or use a remote) and the exposure will start silently. At the end of exposure, the shutter curtain closes and ends the exposure, eliminating shutter vibration completely.

The LCD screen is the same size, but its resolution has been bumped up to 1,299K dots from 921K. Supposedly there is a new “split-screen mode”, but I don’t know what that actually means yet. Unfortunately, there is no 4K support for recording video, but Nikon did push Full HD recording up to 60p.

Lastly, the ergonomics of the camera went through some changes – the metering switch that used to be below the AE-L/AF-L button has been moved to the top left dial, while the bracketing function has been moved to the front of the camera, similar to what we see on other Nikon DSRLs like D610/D7100. The grip is also said to be slightly improved for more comfort.

As for price, the Nikon D810 will be released at $3,299 in the US (same price as the Nikon D800E) and £2,700 in the UK.

What do you guys think? Is this the upgrade you have been waiting for? Stay tuned for a detailed announcement tonight!


  1. 1) Vitaliy
    June 25, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    I wonder if the introduction of sRAW means that D810 will have extra-high (8+) frame rate in this mode? If so, than D810 will be closer to an all-around camera like D700 was.

    • June 25, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      Vitaliy, that would be nice, but I don’t think so – the camera still has to process 36.3 MP of information in order to make an sRAW image, so the speed will most likely stay at 5 FPS. Still the D800/D800E cannot do faster FPS without a battery grip, while the D810 does!

      • 1.1.1) Vitaliy
        June 25, 2014 at 7:12 pm

        The processing should be rather simple as it just aggregates four pixels in one. At a sufficient level of optimization this should be possible. But you are right, since this is just a start for Nikon, they probably didn’t do it yet.

        • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
          June 25, 2014 at 7:21 pm

          Vitaliy, a quick update on specifications – the camera shoots at 5 FPS full, 6 FPS DX and 7 FPS DX with the MB-D12 battery pack. The MB-D12 battery pack will be fully compatible with the D810.

          • Harsha
            June 25, 2014 at 7:57 pm


            What about the fps in FX mode with battery pack? 6 fps?

            Can you please elaborate –

            “And with the integrated sRAW format support, you will be able to make images at 3680×2456 resolution, which is equivalent to 9 MP of very clean, noise-free images, even at very high ISO levels!”


            • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
              June 26, 2014 at 4:12 am

              Harsha, higher frame rates are only possible in DX mode. FX mode stays at 5 FPS.

              As for sRAW format, it is like down-sampling images, but preserving them in RAW format for additional flexibility. A bit of color and dynamic range is lost, but noise levels are greatly reduced…

  2. 2) David B
    June 25, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Not sure upgrade was needed but I guess quieter shutter and higher fps are nice. Will anyone pay $3200 for these when you can buy a slightly used d800 for $2k today? Someone might I guess. The benefit to me is I hope to pick up a used d800 for even cheaper after this release.

    • June 25, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      David, the price of the D800/D800E will obviously go down after this release, which is expected. If you are in the market for a used camera body, start shopping right after the announcement :)

  3. 3) David B
    June 25, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Forgot to mention this camera also has to compete sort of against Sony a7r which probably has the same sensor. The used prices for a7r hit the low $1600 these days. It remains to be seen how successful it would be.

    • June 25, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      David, the Sony A7R does not have the same sensor, since its base ISO is 100, not 64. This sensor should be an improved version of the sensor from the D800/D800E/A7R. I cannot wait to see what the dynamic range will be like…it will probably top all the charts and sit high among MF cameras in terms of overall image quality :)

      • 3.1.1) Aaron Priest
        June 25, 2014 at 7:26 pm

        Yup, the dynamic range really intrigues me, particularly if it holds up well at ISO 6400 for my night photography. I wonder if the electronic front-curtain shutter feature means we will have a TRUE mirror lock up again? That would help with my panoramas.

        • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
          June 26, 2014 at 4:14 am

          Aaron, electronic front-curtain is better than mirror lock-up, because there is no shutter action at all at the beginning of the exposure. The bad news is, you have to be in Live View to be able to do that – can you shoot panoramas with live view mode turned on?

  4. 4) Dana
    June 25, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Anyone wanna buy a Nikon D800E?

    • June 25, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      I am also selling mine :)

      • 4.1.1) Irina
        June 25, 2014 at 9:29 pm

        I will give you 1,500 for it :)

        • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
          June 26, 2014 at 4:15 am

          Irina, thanks, but I will keep it for $1500 :)

          • Allan (Doc )
            June 26, 2014 at 4:34 am

            Nasim Mansurov
            D810 + lens (lenses deal ) oooo hope your right!
            It will take me that long to get spare $s together !

    • 4.2) Benjamin
      June 25, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      How much for your d800e?

  5. 5) Robert
    June 25, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    I’ve been on the fence. I love my D800E and know I’ll be just fine with it (no focus issues with mine).
    Initially, after reading specs a few weeks ago I felt fine holding still.
    Then these came out today…what grabs me
    * Base ISO 64, improved ISO
    * Relevant FPS increase
    * Electronic first curtain
    * Improved live view
    * AF improvement
    * Video improvements

    While it’s certainly not a whole new camera I do feel that it’s more than just a little tweaking. Having tried out a D4s for a couple weeks the AF improvements over the D4 are noticeable ). And, I love the 1080p crop format added for video (not listed for D810?).

    I find ISO 1600 to be the limit for me with my E and find myself in a lot of situations where 3200 would be perfect. If this produces clean files at 3200 and the pricing is there, it’s a no brainer. If it’s not far off the $3300 I paid for the E then it’s a likely purchase. But, beyond $37-3800 it becomes hard to justify. And, a pre-order this time is unlikely for me as I don’t believe the demand like there was for the D800 will be there. I’d like to let you and others get their hands on it and see how well Nikon did with these listed improvements.

    • June 25, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Robert, I initially also did not pay attention, but with sRAW, faster FPS, the new sensor and improved autofocus, this D810 will be replacing my D800E :)

    • June 25, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      And we will obviously review the camera as soon as it becomes available!

  6. 6) Bridget
    June 25, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Yes! But I was really hoping they’d lower the pixel size!

    • June 25, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      Bridget, but why? Lowering pixel size would increase the number of pixels, but not their quality. Plus, Nikon would not be able to deliver faster FPS with more pixels! I think 36 MP is plenty for most needs today…

      • 6.1.1) Bridget
        June 25, 2014 at 7:39 pm

        I wasn’t clear. I feel like 36 MP is too much and a gimmick. I’ve been holding out, hoping for something at least less than 30 MP.

        • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
          June 25, 2014 at 7:46 pm

          Bridget, the Nikon D610 has a 24 MP sensor :) 36 MP is not a gimmick for those that need it though…

  7. June 25, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    As a wedding photographer shooting with a D800, I’m very interested in three things mentioned here: better AF, faster image throughput and a boost in high ISO performance.

    I struggle in low-light situations with AF speed and accuracy, so this will be my biggest area of interest. If that’s significantly better and as a bonus the buffer clears faster after a big burst and I can squeeze out a bit more detail at high ISOs, I’ll grab one of these and use my D800 as a backup body!

    • June 25, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      John, exactly my thoughts, except I am also really curious about the dynamic range for landscape photos. And I really hope Nikon fixes the damn Live View interpolation issue. If they do, I will be a very happy camper!

      • 7.1.1) Aaron Priest
        June 25, 2014 at 7:29 pm

        Oh my word, live view interpolation makes it USELESS!

        • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
          June 25, 2014 at 7:47 pm

          Yes and if they fix it, it will be amazing!

          • Aaron Priest
            June 25, 2014 at 8:15 pm


      • 7.1.2) Susan Bell
        June 26, 2014 at 7:35 am

        What is Live View interpolation?

  8. Profile photo of Mike Banks 8) Mike Banks
    June 25, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Personally I can’t see myself jumping for this. I agree some of the new features sound good, for my work the D-800e does fine. I’ll stay with what I’ve got.

  9. 9) Jay
    June 25, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    The sRaw is what intrigues me. The reason why I stayed with Pentax and the best crop sensor camera out there right now the K-3. By the way, the K-3 can shoot .dng files! The sRaw should relieve our computers with these insane file sizes people are getting on their D8800/Es!!

  10. 10) Jean Fotomode
    June 25, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I currently have a D800 and I am looking for a second body. So if the D810 is from 1 or even 2 stop better over the D800, I will order one for sure . But I, still wait a couple months to make sure that this model has no bugs as I had with the D600.

  11. 11) David Yang
    June 25, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    The AF issue is what I am most interested in. I continue to have AF issues — the most frustrating of which is the inconsistency of it. It makes it impossible for me to reliably shoot at anything larger than f/2.0 on my favorite primes.

    • 11.1) Geoff
      June 25, 2014 at 7:59 pm

      Absolutely the problem with the D800. Even tho I have had mine calibrated at Nikon service, I still find the AF unreliable on the 24mm f1.4. I’m waiting to see how the new cam copes with f1.4 primes for focus accuracy and precision.

  12. 12) Damian aka DSLRnerd
    June 25, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Not much mention of video. It had better shoot 4k or it will get ignored by the video world. Nikon and Canon are having their asses handed to them by Sony and Panasonic right now.

    • 12.1) Geoff
      June 25, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      No 4K here. I don’t see Panasonic with a 36MP still camera tho.

      • 12.1.1) Damian aka DSLRnerd
        June 25, 2014 at 9:49 pm

        It’s not always about megapixels. The 5D3 and 800E were great stills and great video shooters, and remain tops for stills, but what I bought the 5D3 to do was shoot both. Mirrorless is now kicking ass with 4k, which downgraded to 1080 blows away the 5D3 and 800E, yes even raw. Oops Nikon didn’t get Magic Lantern. The mirrorless cams used to fall behind in stills but they are catching up. The Sony a7s full frame mirrorless may just give Canon and Nikon nightmares.

  13. 13) Randy Stephens
    June 25, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    I am selling mine.

    • 13.1) Geoff
      June 25, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      …and before it’s even been announced! That’s the way to do it.

      • 13.1.1) JacquiJR
        June 25, 2014 at 9:18 pm


  14. 14) Benjamin
    June 25, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Anyone selling their d800e? I’m interested in buying.

    • Profile photo of Mike Banks 14.1) Mike Banks
      June 30, 2014 at 7:08 am


      If I thought the new features were important to me as a professional I would accommodate. However, nothing in this new mix really floats my boat so I’ll wait a couple of more years to see what develops.

      The D810 is now being hailed as the new wonder kid on the block but then so was the D800e which I found to be a great camera and does the trick for me. I don’t shoot sports per/se, I don’t do BIF on any regular basis and for my work it does the job. If I needed these changes I would have jumped on the D4s as I can afford it but don’t need it.

  15. 15) Connor Katz
    June 25, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Can they please just give us bracketing by more than 1 stop at a time!! I would upgrade, from my d800e just for that.

  16. 16) William Jones
    June 25, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Does anybody know if they will keep all of the crop modes (FX; 1:2; 5:4 & DX)? I frequently use the 1:2 mode in sports.


    • June 26, 2014 at 4:15 am

      William, yes, all crop modes will remain intact.

  17. 17) Don B
    June 25, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Random thoughts …..

    I have a D800, and I get excellent pictures with it, but I never take it with me. Too heavy and huge. I think the masses will not be buying these big DSLR’s any more. I am sure the 810 is a wonderful camera, but I think the market for such cameras is shrinking quickly. Too bad, because high end DSLR cameras are going get really expensive soon. They are expensive enough already.

    (I really do hate the mirror slap DSLR cameras. You can’t even hear a press conference because of the mirrors slapping. I hope mirrorless cameras take over for press conferences. )

    I hope this is a great camera for Nikon, with no quality control issues. Go Nikon!

    • 17.1) Patrick O'Connor
      June 25, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      I didn’t think “the masses” bought “these big DSLRs” in the first place. The majority of dSLR sales are APS-C sensored cameras, which aren’t all that big. But if you don’t like dSLRs anymore (mirror slap, etc.), there are quite a few mirrorless cameras with increasingly good sensors and other features. You might consider selling your D800 and getting one of those or just keeping it for special occasions.

      Just some random thoughts, albeit unrelated to the post.

  18. 18) Steve Mundy
    June 25, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Not much of a change. Certainly not worth upgrading if you own a D800 already (as I do).
    One thing this announcement does do – It makes my next purchase of a D4s even more of a certainty.

  19. 19) Motti
    June 25, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Great news! Every time a new camera comes out the “older” ones become cheaper to purchase. I already found a D800 (with 25,000 clicks) at $2,200. A great buy!

  20. 20) Robert Horton
    June 25, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    I’ve only had my D800 6 months and hardly learned how to use it fully yet. Cost me about $2300 for a refurb model, so about $1000 less than a new D810 it sounds like.

    They told me it should last me about 10 years when I bought it, so I’m certainly not planning to switch just yet. There’s waaaaay to much life left in it warrant dropping another grand or so for a new model. I think the 800 will eventually go down as a classic collectors item like an old Fender Strat.

  21. 21) Arka Mukherjee
    June 25, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Hi Nasim,
    Do you think Nikon is going to discontinue the D800/D800E models after the D810 comes?

    • June 25, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      Arka, it depends on the stock levels worldwide. If there is plenty of unsold stock, Nikon might prolong the life of the D800/D800E for a bit, then discontinue it. Expect to see some aggressive discounts on those cameras later this year!

      • 21.1.1) Henry Sherman
        June 26, 2014 at 2:22 am

        To let you know B&H right when the D810 was announced tonight oddly the D800 now says item is back ordered by the manufacturer, even tho 7hrs earlier it was available. On B&H Nikon D600 no longer available. So feels like the manner of implementation for D610 but for D810. Hopefully this definitely means overcoming moire and AA wo AA filter & better AF compatibility with 3rd party lenses. Live view now sounds like Canon live view(easier to use), I thought all live views were the same till I heard of Nikon live view lag and possibly no exposure control. Good article, I enjoyed reading it.

        • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
          June 26, 2014 at 4:17 am

          Henry, I am sure B&H has plenty of stock. Just wait a few more days and the D800/D800E should be available again. If not, I am sure you can find it elsewhere – perhaps Adorama or a local Best Buy store :)

          • Henry Sherman
            June 26, 2014 at 3:36 pm

            Hey there, that was cool that you responded. Ah..nice good idea about Best Buy. I was thinking about the D800 to avoid moire for photographing clothing and lifestyle shots. Well I’ve been looking at sample photos and footage of the D810 and it looks like the one to get. In a couple videos especially, the video looked sharp enough to upscale to 4k, if I may be so bold to say. But if you could take a look at these Youtube videos Nikon made, they were good videos but there was still some moire and aliasing, titled Nikon D810 | Go behind the scenes of a fantasy fashion shoot with Miss Aniela(moments 3:46 and 6:50) & Nikon D810 | Miss Aniela’s fantasy fashion shoot photography kit(moment 2:01) and there is still moire and aliasing in the photos and videos in the diamonds, hair of the model and in the model’s veil. I admit moire and aliasing were seen only a couple of times. I’m thinking now it is minor bc the photos looked so good they didn’t worry about putting it up on Youtube. The content of the videos showed off the D810 well.
            What are your thoughts regarding would the D800 have done a better job at the moire and aliasing or is the D810 so improved that it would look the same and don’t get hung up on moire and aliasing(in terms of longer editing work flow)?
            The video features, imporved AF and liveview and longer shutter life probably are cool. Oh and also possibly better battery life. I was happily surprised how much some reviews liked the D810, if you watch Jared Polin he was emphatic about getting the Nikon D810.

  22. 22) Wochomi
    June 25, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Nikon, d700 had it all for it’s time with well built body, yet they charge same price for the DX sized body d610 and a hefty top up to d800/800e/810 for a body like d700.
    Looks like nikon branches of marketing evolution (ploy) do more to divide.
    Churning out new models to bury a mistake instead of fixing it is like telling the loyal users whatever was written on the product boastful brochure is a bluff. And users pay for Nikon’s fault.

  23. 23) James
    June 25, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    I wonder if there will be an increase in the size of the buffer or an improvement in the time to clear the buffer. Since this seems to be a weakness with the 800, not sure if the new processor will help?

    • June 26, 2014 at 4:29 am

      James, I don’t think Nikon will offer that option for the D810 in the future – only the D3 had that option in the past and they never did it again. The new processor certainly does help though, which is why Nikon increased the FPS speed.

  24. 24) Hank Dinardo
    June 26, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Nasim I hope that they improved the Auto WB. My Fuji XT1 AWB is far better than that of my D800.

    • June 26, 2014 at 4:27 am

      Hank, I believe they did, as there are now more metering and WB modes available…

  25. 25) Mustafa
    June 26, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Hi Nasim.
    I have been following you for years and I have a D800. I remember from your reviews that with downsizing you will gain the disadvantage of noise compared to other dslrs with low meagpixels. But you wont have advantage of dynamic range espically at shadows.

    I wanna ask if it is the same with sRAW files? Or if I ask shortly shooting sRAW file at 12800 ISO will be the same as taking a big RAW photo and downsizing?
    Thank you.

    • June 26, 2014 at 4:27 am

      Mustafa, I will do an in-depth analysis of the sRAW mode when I have the D810. Unfortunately, since the D4s only had 4 MP sRAW files, I never got to test it. There is a definite loss of colors in the shadows and dynamic range, but that’s because Nikon saves the image that way. Please take a look at the detailed article by Iliah Borg on this.

  26. 26) Saturn Nyne
    June 26, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Can someone please answer a quick question I’m curious about? Why is it that the new camera will be able to start an exposure electronically, but not also stop the exposure electronically? Why is there a need for any shutter sound and vibration at all?

    • June 26, 2014 at 4:25 am

      Saturn, honestly, I am not an expert in digital sensor technology, but I believe that CMOS sensors cannot shut down the current quick enough to end the exposure (especially at very fast shutter speeds) which is why the shutter is needed at the end of the exposure. The beginning of the exposure can be started electronically though, which completely eliminates vibration. It does not matter that the shutter is triggered at the end, because that won’t affect the image.

      • 26.1.1) Saturn Nyne
        June 26, 2014 at 4:36 am

        Ah, that makes sense I guess. Thank you very much for the explanation, that was bugging me. I’m not in the market for this camera and won’t be buying it either way, but a completely silent shutter capability would have been the most exciting new feature to me. The ability to eliminate vibration is great too, but just not nearly so relevant to my own uses.

  27. 27) Allan (doc)
    June 26, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Have a D300 and jumping to the D810 will be awesome in terms of resolution, ISO and tonal range not to mention other improvements made over that time scale.
    But that’s going to put pressure to get a couple of prime lenses
    to achieve that extra resolution ….
    So will have medium format quality in an SLR wahoo!
    Plus Know someone with a very large Epsome printer…hmmm
    It will come down to price as will try to buy lenses at the same time to achieve better
    “Bargaining power”. Al

    • June 26, 2014 at 4:22 am

      Allan, I believe they will have some good combo deals for the camera + lenses later this year :)

  28. 28) Steve Weir
    June 26, 2014 at 1:07 am

    I wonder if Nikon will implement the U1 U2 modes everyone has been begging for? If they do, and still neglect the implement them in firmware for the D800 and D800e I would regard that as an example of cynical and mercenary opportunism. As these modes exist on lower end cameras i’m sure that from a technical perspective it would not be difficult to program them into the mode function.
    Furthermore Nasim, I’ve been waiting for you to review the Sigma 24-105, especially in comparison to the Nikon 24-70 F2.8G and the Nikon 24-120 VR F4. I’ve just been looking at this lens and it matches my 35mm F1.4 Sigma in beauty and precision. The Sigma has quickly become my favourite lens on the D800e.

    • June 26, 2014 at 4:19 am

      Steve, the D810 does not have U1 and U2 modes and probably won’t have them in the near future. Somehow Nikon does not think that their banks are practically useless, which they are as far as I am concerned.

      As for the Sigma 24-105mm review, that one is definitely in plans after I am done with all the current gear :) Just give me a few months please, as I have a huge backlog :(

  29. 29) Sean
    June 26, 2014 at 1:31 am

    SRAW is useless unless it’s done on chip. Otherwise it’s adding the same amount of noise to the same signal. At the chip, one read can integrate four sites at once from one sample capacitor which is a big boost in snr. Software sRAW could increase fps if they skipped pixels.

    • June 26, 2014 at 4:21 am

      Sean, as far as I know, sRAW does reduce noise, at least from what I have seen on the D4s. Do you have any info on what you’ve said? Please share, thanks!

      • 29.1.1) Sean
        June 26, 2014 at 1:42 pm

        I’m sure it does reduce perceived noise much like reducing a 10MP crappy image to a 1×1″ postage stamp print looks clean… Hardware binning is several magnitudes better. At the photosite you basically have the photodiode, amplifier and ADC circuitry for each site. When you bin, you are connecting 4 photodiodes to one accumulation capacitor in a single ADC which means you have 4x the signal but only charge to voltage read. So your SNR goes way up which means DR goes up, your FPS goes way up… there’s so many benefits. Nikon, if it cared about its consumers more than protecting it’s expansive line of dslrs, could essentially give us a body with the resolution mode of the D800 but press a button to give us an ultra-clean, ultra-quality, sharper 9MP D700 in trade for resolution. So, basically, yes, you get a cleaner perceived image at 9MP when you throw away the rest of the 36MP data or average it, but you could have a superior 9MP version if they would connect the photosites in a better way for true hardware binning.

  30. 30) Tom
    June 26, 2014 at 1:39 am

    Shut up and take my money!!!

  31. 31) Anirban Basu
    June 26, 2014 at 5:04 am

    Dear Nasim,

    I am an avid follower of your site for last 4 years. I really appreciate the way you provide information precisely & user friendly way. I am keenly interested on D810. Having D800 already I am really interested on High ISO capability, AF advancement & obviously this electronic shutter curtain system. Could you elaborate how this may help in view finder shot of wild life. it will enhance your technique of capturing Milky way as discussed here. Also if this Sraw helps reducing noise by down sampling then it will be immense help for wild life shooter under low light.

  32. 32) Arka Mukherjee
    June 26, 2014 at 5:10 am

    HI Nasim,
    Sorry for disturbing you again. I am thinking of buying a Full Frame this year, so should i wait for the discount offers on the D800 or go for the D810?

  33. 33) Egami
    June 26, 2014 at 6:54 am

    I own d800, I’m impatiently waiting for your findings and impression after a real testing of your copy, if there is a significant improvement over D800 on
    1- auto-focus speed and accuracy at low light condition, i hope it will be comparable to 5D Mark iii
    2- ISO performance
    3- live view interpolation
    4- buffering and ftp speed
    5- LCD resolution ,again i hope it will be comparable to Mark iii, this issue may seem minor to some of u but it made me feeling embraced in may times when the person/s who i shot wanna see their photos on the screen and comparing it with my friends who uses Mark iii on the same sessions.
    If the practical test confirmed these improvements i will definitely sell my D800 and go for D810

  34. 34) Kyndel
    July 1, 2014 at 8:42 am

    “”I struggle in low-light situations with AF speed and accuracy””

    This is the most important thing for me also – therefore I did not go for the DF, even I was on the fence for a long time.

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