Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D810 vs D800

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from nikonrumors.com, imaging-resource.com, dpreview.com, techradar.com and 1 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D810 vs D800

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Nikon D810
2,979 ISO
Nikon D800
2,979 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon D810
3,100 LPH
Nikon D800
3,100 LPH

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D810
54 ms
Nikon D800
43 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D810
5 fps
Nikon D800
4 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon D810
1,200 photos
Nikon D800
900 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

Nikon D810
25.7 bits
Nikon D800
25.6 bits

Features Key features of the Nikon D810  vs D800 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D810
36.2 MP
Nikon D800
36.2 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D810
51,200 ISO
Nikon D800
25,600 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Nikon D810
23.8 microns
Nikon D800
23.8 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D810  vs
D800 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 36.2 MP 36.2 MP
Resolution 7360 x 4912 7360 x 4912
Size Full frame Full frame
Area 35.9 x 24 mm 35.9 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.0x
Pixel size 23.8 microns 23.8 microns
Light sensitivity 64 ISO to 12,800 ISO 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 32 ISO to 51,200 ISO 6,400 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
TIFF
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 3,100 LPH 3,100 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 3,100 LPH 3,100 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 51 51
Cross type focus points 15 15
Supports continuous Yes Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/8000 s 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 146 x 123 x 81.5 mm 146 x 123 x 82 mm
Thickness 81.5 mm 82 mm
Weight 880 g 1,000 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes Yes
WiFi None None
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization

video

Nikon D810  vs
D800 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes Yes

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3.2" 3.2"
Resolution 1,229 k dots 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Coverage 100% 100%
Magnification 0.7x 0.7x
Viewfinder size 0.7x 0.7x

performance

Max continuous shooting 5 fps 4 fps
Battery life 1,200 900
Continuous shooting
4 fps @ 7360 x 4912, NEF 14bit, 20 shots
5 fps @ 6144 x 4080, NEF 14bit, 25 shots
6 fps @ 4800 x 3200, NEF 14bit, 29 shots
5 fps
Shutter lag 54 ms 43 ms
Nikon D810
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