Nikon's recent announcement of a fresh new high-end full-frame DSLR on the brink of release sent tongues wagging, and now the company has confirmed New Zealand details for the new release. The new Nikon D810 is due to hit New Zealand shelves on July 27 for a recommended retail price of $4750, boasting a 36.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor, 5fps continuous shooting, an ISO range of 64-12,800 (expandable to 51,200), and Full HD video capabilities.
The new model replaces both the popular D800 and D800E, ditching the 800-series' twin model strategy. The D800 also contained a 36.3MP sensor but included a low pass (or anti-aliasing) filter to combat moiré and false colour, while the D800E dropped the filter in favour of sharper and more detailed images.
The D810 sees Nikon fully committing to the filter-less sensor in favour of pure image quality, with an improved design that claims to take image detail even beyond the D800E.
Other improvements include the increased processing speed of an Expeed 4 engine, a bump in burst mode frame rate, and a significantly wider native ISO range than its predecessors.
The D810 also makes gains in its video recording capabilities, with the option of shooting Full HD 1080p footage at both 65 and 50fps, as well as 30, 24 and 24fps. This combined with the camera's image quality, high dynamic range, and ability to record uncompressed to an external device, compressed to an internal CF/SD card, or both simultaneously, has Nikon positioning the DSLR as an ideal choice for cinematographers, camera operators, and multimedia photographers.
If you're keen to check out the D810's video chops, take a look at the following short film, Dream Park, directed by Sandro Miller and shot with the new DSLR and Nikkor lenses.