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Nikon D810A First Look – Hands On


Among the series of Coolpix models released by Nikon this week, there exists a Nikon model D810A which is the very first FX DSLR designed by the manufacturer. This model is especially dedicated for the professional enthusiasts who have their expertise residing in astrophotography. The following article will showcase the necessary specification details that you need to know about this model.

Nikon D810A Features:

  • 36.3MP FX-format CMOS sensor without an Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF)
  • ISO 200 to 12,800; Lo1 (ISO 32) to Hi2 (ISO 51,200)
  • Virtual preview for more accurate focusing and composition for exposure longer than 30 seconds
  • Employs an optical IR cut filter with specific transmission characteristics (characteristics in the 656nm range), enabling the capture of nebulae and distant galaxies that emit H-alpha wavelength in red

Nikon-D810A-FX-format-Digital-SLR-0While designing the D810A, Nikon decided to build up further on their successful and very popular D810. Although Nikon D810A is merely a modification over its predecessor but it offers a host of specialized functions that help in capturing some of the finest scenes of the cosmos at a resolution as high as 36.6MP. Staggering!

An interesting juxtaposition would be with how Canon released a variant of their successful EOS 60D in the name of EOS 60a resulting in affluent capture of the astrophotography market by both of the aforementioned models. The technical eye candy for any professional photographer will be the inclusion of redesigned IR, infrared cut filter that makes it 4 times sensitive to the red light released from the H-alpha spectral line.

Results are that redesigned IR helps in easy capture of the true color nebulae that are thrown on the hydro-alpha wavelength regardless of making any modifications in the camera settings. This quality alone makes it a must buy for those professionals who want to capture the Cosmos as clearly as it is possible to do so.

As mentioned above, Nikon D810A has been built on the concept of its predecessor D810 and so it inherits some of its features such as the standard ISO range runs from 200-13000. Not to forget that it allows expanding of the ISO range to 51,200 just by tinkering the settings to a certain extent. Moreover the camera is designed keeping in mind the challenges faced by the astro-photographers while capturing the Cosmos, star fields and landscapes.

Alongside Bulb, Time Options (separate), Long Exposure Options have also been incorporated in the gadget that allow photographers to practice in exposure readings as high as 910 seconds. Professionals will be able to utilize the ‘electronic front curtain shutter’ to minimize the risk of internal vibrations. This also reduces any chances of micro-blur in low details.

Just like its predecessor D810, the live image viewer allows the picture to be zoomed up to 23 X which is considered perfect by the professionals for critical focus checks before the shutter moves.
Adding more fuel to the fire and more specialized functions, a fresh red-lit horizontal display has been incorporated that allows leveling before you click using the viewfinder.

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As the article pretty much describes that the release of D810A is mainly to target the specific audience of astrophotography, the Marketing Manager of Nikon, Jeremy Gilbert clearly stated that the launch shows clear support for the niche photography audience.

The launch didn’t have a sample Nikon D810A with them but if the rumors are to believed it is expected to have the same physical design as its predecessor and is more likely to be available in the market by the end of May at an extortionate price of £2999 (body only).

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  • 36.3 MP FX-format CMOS sensor without an Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF)
  • 30% faster EXPEED 4 image processing engine
  • 51-point AF system and 3D Color Matrix metering III with a 91,000-pixel RGB sensor
  • ISO 64-12,800 expandable to 51,200
  • Featuring a new RAW Small Size option, which produces 16MP images with much smaller file sizes

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Last updated on November 18, 2017 7:14 am


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