26 Jun 2014

New range-topping Nikon D810 has improved video capture

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Nikon's new flagship D180 has improved video capture, and, interestingly, omits an Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF)

Nikon may not be the first choice for cinematographers in a field that you could say that Canon have made their own, but they do have some cameras with remarkably high specifications - and the quality of their lenses is legendary.

So, if you're a Nikon system user then this news is going to matter to you: there's a new top-end DSLR that not only sports a hugely detailed sensor, but has improved video too.

Almost medium format

The Nikon D810 has a sensor that brings it almost into Medium Format resolution. It's a full-frame imager with 36.3 megapixels. That's twice the number in the Canon 1Dx and 1Dc's sensors, although it is not as big a difference as it seems, because we're talking about area here as opposed to linear measurements - so the actual linear resolution of the Canon cameras is still around 0.7 times that of the Nikon.

Nevertheless, you can expect some very good levels of detail with the D810 if you use it with good glass. Unusually, Nikon has also opted to leave out an Optical Low Pass Filter, which means that more detail will be left in the images, possibly at the expense of increased moire and aliasing in video mode - depending on how the images are downscaled or cropped from the full sensor.

Video is captured at up to 1080p 50fps and 1080p 60fps, but there's no 4K yet. If you need that in a similar form factor you'll still have to go for the Canon 1DC, with the Sony A7S scheduled to appear shortly too.

Native ISO

With a maximum ISO of 12800, this isn't the fastest camera, but - as Nikon point out in their press release - the sensor has a native ISO of only 64, which should allow for some very detailed shots (many digital cameras have a much higher native ISO than this). Nikon says that this is "the first digital SLR camera in Nikon's history to offer a minimum standard sensitivity of ISO 64 at which superior clarity and image quality with rich tones is achieved"

Like its predecessor, the D800, the D810 has a clean HDMI output, which means that it will work with external HDMI recorders.

This is not, perhaps, and obvious choice for videomakers, but for anyone that's primarily a still photographer but who might occasionally need video capture, the D810 is an attractive option.  

You can read Nikon's full press release after the break.



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