Nikon D810 vs D800 – Which is Better?

Welcome to an epic duel between Nikon D810 vs D800. In this article, these two semi-pro DSLR cameras slug it out to find out which is the better camera.

Despite being replaced by the D810 in the Nikon D8XX series, the *Nikon D800 is not going down without a fight.

With similar magnesium alloy build and a lot of similar features, which of these cameras can deliver the knockout blow and win this? You can’t find out without the fight bell ringing. Let’s get on with it…

(Bell Rings)…

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Comparison Overview – Nikon D810 vs D800

The Nikon D810 and the D800 are both semi-pro DSLR cameras that were announced on the 26th of August 2014 and 7th of February 2012 respectively.

This means the D810 is bound to enjoy the technological advancements that were not available during the D800’s time of manufacturing. A typical example is the elimination of internal vibration that has been rendered nearly non-existent. This is due to the electronic front-curtain shutter system and sequencer mechanism which is installed into the Nikon D810.

Nevertheless, these cameras share so much similarity which is firstly observed from their body build. The bodies of the Nikon D810 and the D800 are constructed from magnesium alloy. This makes them kind of sealed from dust and weather but not waterproof.

They have the same size, so neither is bigger than the other.

Apart from body build and size, these cameras sport the same sensor, viewfinder, screen, and a host of other such features.

These cameras as similar as they still have certain advantages over each other. The Nikon D810 has a better performance and image quality production than the D800. The EXPEED 4 image processor used by the D810 has a lot to account for this superiority over the D800 which is fitted with the EXPEED 3.

Price/Value Ratio – Nikon D810 vs D800

Which camera offers more value for money?

Neither the D810 nor the D800 offer more value for money than the other. In terms of pricing and value ratio, both cameras delivered as expected. Hence, these cameras are truly worth their cost.

While the Nikon D810 is more expensive than the Nikon D800, it performs better which justifies its higher price.

Comparison Table – Nikon D810 vs D800

Nikon D810 Nikon D800
Announcement Date 26/06/2014 07/02/2012
Weight 980g 900g
ISO 64-12800 (expands to 32-51200) 100-6400 (expands to 50-12800 and  25600 in HI2 mode)
Screen Resolution 1,229,000 dots 921,000 dots
Anti-Aliasing Filter No Yes
Image Processor EXPEED 4 EXPEED 3
Dynamic Range 14.8 14.4
Color Depth 25.7 25.3
Continuous Shooting Speed 5.0fps 4.0fps

The video below is a brief comparison of the Nikon D810 vs D800

What Situation is Each Best for You – Nikon D810 vs D800

There are three major types of photography wherein these cameras would be more preferred over the other.

Both cameras are closely matched when we talk about others such as landscape, portrait, and street photography.

Therefore, we deal with these three photography types and reveal which camera fares better.

Nikon D810 Nikon D800
Sports photography requires a camera that can capture the action no matter how fast they might be.

This means the camera must be able to shoot in burst mode. Both cameras can do this however, the Nikon D810 shoots faster.

An additional key factor is that your battery life must be capable of lasting long. As burst mode will consume power faster since more shots are captured at fast speeds.

Once again the D810 does better.
The Nikon D800 is a better camera for daily photography.

Other features that can influence the decision here are similar or nearly similar for both cameras.

The single feature that decides this, therefore, is the weight of both cameras.

This is important because daily photography requires constant movement and carrying your camera all day. If the weight of your camera is too heavy then you exert more strength while shooting.

The Nikon D800 weighs less than the D810.
Let us add here that the same features that make the Nikon D810 a better sports camera is what makes it a better camera for capturing wildlife. Therefore, if you’re into wildlife photography, we recommend the D810.The Nikon D800 doesn’t perform as well as the D810.
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Common Features – Nikon D810 vs D800

The Nikon D810 and the D800 share so many similar features. This isn’t much of a surprise considering both cameras belong to the same series, same camera level, and are manufactured by the same company. At this stage, both cameras are pretty much even in this duel.

The D810 and the D800 have the following similarities:

i. Size
ii. Sensor
iii. Sensor Resolution
iv. Dual Storage Card Slots
v. Lens Mount and Lenses
vi. Screen Size
vii. Viewfinder

viii. Built-In Flash
ix. External Flash Shoe
x. Video Resolution
xi. Flash Sync Port
xii. Headphone Jack
xiii. Microphone Jack
xiv. UHS Card Supported


One of the factors considered when ranking cameras is portability. A portable camera will always be awarded more points than one that isn’t.

This is because a camera should be easy for one to carry along even if it is all day. Plus, a portable yet efficient camera is a nod to technological advancement where everything is getting smaller yet better.

When we measure the Nikon D810 and the D800, we discover that these cameras are practically identical. These cameras have a body dimension of 146mm length, 123mm height, and 82mm width.

These dimensions are considered large, which puts these cameras among those bulky semi-pro cameras you’ll find out there.

The downside of this is that it could be a bit difficult for some people to handle properly. Also, these cameras will always be conspicuous.

This wouldn’t be the first choice camera for certain professions that require not being noticed such as an investigative journalist. Other than that, the size is pretty much okay for other kinds of photography.


The Nikon D810 and the D800 both make use of the full-frame CMOS sensor.  The full-frame is also called the FX-Format by the Nikon Company.
It is bigger than the APS-C, MFT and 1-inch sensor types.  Although, the medium format sensor type is bigger than it.

The sensors of the D810 and D800 have a 35.90 x 24.0mm size dimensions and is regarded as a large.

The size of a camera’s sensor determines in part the quality of the image captured. In terms of image quality production, only the medium format sensor does better than the full-frame sensor.

This is because the bigger the sensor size the easier it is for more light to pass through into the camera. Light is necessary for a bright and detailed image.

The similarity in sensor size means that both cameras will offer the same depth of field control. This is achieved only when both cameras are using the same aperture and focal length.

The similarity in sensor size also means that both sensors have the same pixel size of 23.8µm2

Sensor Resolution

Apart from the fact that both cameras share the same sensor type, the sensor resolution is also the same.

The Nikon D810 and the D800 both have 36.3 megapixels resolution.

The sensor resolution is a measure of the number of details a sensor can capture and render efficiently.

If you desire a better-detailed image, then you’ll need a higher sensor resolution. To this effect, the Nikon D810 and the D800 are efficient cameras that are capable of producing excellently detailed images.

However, it should be noted that images that are produced by a sensor with a high resolution will take up more storage space. Therefore, both cameras will require enough storage space to store the images captured; which brings us to the next common feature of these cameras.

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Dual Storage Card Slots

High-quality images require enough storage space, especially for images produced by a 36.3-megapixel sensor sported by the Nikon D810 and the D800. The Nikon Company also knew the necessity of this and graciously fitted both cameras with a dual card slot.

These cameras are capable of housing 2 storage cards with an individual capacity of 32GB each. That gives you a total of 64GB of storage space. And if you get these filled up, you can get new ones to replace them. This offers you flexible storage options as well.

The supported card formats include SD, SDHC and SDXC and the Compact flash (Type II for the D810 and type I for the D800).

Lens Mount and Lenses

The Nikon D810 and the D800 are both system cameras that make use of interchangeable lenses. This means that the cameras can make use of different sets of lenses and not just a particular type.

The lenses, however, cannot be used without the presence of a lens mount and once again we find another common feature shared by these cameras.

Both of these semi-pro cameras make use of a Nikon F mount. With the Nikon F mount, you can make use of several lenses.

The lenses available are divided into two categories. There are 302 native lenses and 88 optical stabilization lenses that are available for use with the Nikon F mount.

The native lenses offered are those used for a different kind of image scene capturing. However, just 218 of these native lenses can be used with the Nikon D810 and the D800. This is because not all of these lenses can fully cover up the full-frame sensor used by these cameras. 

Here’s a list of the available native lenses below. The number of those that can be used with the full-frame sensor is in the brackets: 33 (17) standard zoom, 20 (17) standard prime, 32 (16) wide-angle zoom, 46 (44) wide-angle prime, 51 (41) telephoto zoom, 42 (41) telephoto prime, 30 (6) super-zoom, 8 (3) wide-angle fisheye prime, 25 (22) macro prime, 11 (11) perspective control prime, 1 (0) telephoto mirror prime.

The lenses allow you to capture different scenes and they perform differently. For example, if your photography requires you to capture objects that are far away, the Nikon 70-300 mm f/4-5.6G Zoom Lens with Auto Focus will suit you as it can capture images from 300mm away.

The 88 optical stabilization lenses play a vital function in these cameras. Since none of them has an internal image stabilization function, they need to compensate and correct it with any of these 88 optical stabilization lenses.

The lenses for a similar focal length and aperture will be similar in size and weight.  We must mention this because the kind of lens used with your camera will affect its overall weight.

Learn how to mount a lens while using the Nikon F mount in the video below.

Screen Size

The screen size determines the size at which you view your captured photos and videos. A larger screen is bound to give you better viewing of your about to be captured frame. It allows you to view the angles of your shot more clearly to allow for editing later on.

Also, your camera’s settings and controls are viewed on your screen. A larger display means you can make your selection easily.

These reasons above and more account for the preference for larger screen size over smaller ones.

The Nikon 810 and the D800 with their 3.2 inches LCD screen display will certainly not disappoint a lot of users. This screen size is as big as they come.

The only disappointment you may have which might not matter much for some folks is that these cameras have a fixed screen. The screen is not articulated which means it does not tilt, turn or swivel. This does not make it handy for shooting and viewing movies.

Apart from this, the D810 and the D800 have excellent display screens.

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For proper framing and focusing to take place, the photographer has to make use of a viewfinder.

The Nikon D810 and the D800 are fitted with an eye-level optical pentaprism viewfinder. This kind of viewfinder has certain advantages which we briefly discuss.

When we say a viewfinder is at eye-level, it means the photographer has to place the viewfinder close to his/her eye to frame the shot. The advantage this offers is that it allows the framing of shots even if the sun is extremely bright.

A viewfinder is either optical or digital (also called electronic). An optical viewfinder is a telescope that has been reversed and mounted to show the same kind of image the camera will see.

The digital viewfinder, on the other hand, is usually made of an LCD. The major advantage of a digital viewfinder is that it can easily replay images that have been captured before. This is a function that is not of major consequence when absent.

The advantages of the optical viewfinder over the digital viewfinder are:

i. It doesn’t consume power as the digital viewfinder does. The digital viewfinder can only be operational if there is power in the camera. 

ii. The sunlight will not wash it out. The digital viewfinder can be easily affected by the rays of the sun thereby distorting proper framing and focus.

iii. Lastly, it offers a full resolution. What we mean is that with an optical viewfinder, the resolution offered is dependent on the photographer’s eye vision. There is no tweaking or enhancement of any kind.

The pentaprism or pentamirror is the part of the camera just before the main viewfinder that reflects light rays into the viewfinder. A viewfinder is therefore named a pentaprism or pentamirror viewfinder based on the reflecting material.

The major difference and advantage of the pentaprism over the pentamirror is that it is brighter. This assists in lens focusing as well as better capture during low light conditions.

Finally, these viewfinders offer the same magnification of 0.7x. You get to benefit all these just from the viewfinders of the Nikon D810 and the D800.

More Common Features – Nikon D810 vs D800

Built-In Flash

It is no surprise that your photography adventures might lead you to a situation where you’ll need to capture a shot in a poorly lit condition. Such situations require that a source of light be made available.

With the Nikon D810 and the D800, this source comes easily from the camera’s built-in flash. With the ability to cover a 12.0m range when used at 100 ISO, you are assured that your shot will be properly illuminated.

Apart from the obvious function of supplying the much-needed light, it also limits the constant need for an external flash. An external flash is bound to add extra weight to the camera’s weight

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External Flash Shoe

The Nikon D810 and the D800 both possess a hot shoe that allows you to easily attach an external flash to your camera.

“An external flash, I thought the built-in flash was enough?” Yeah, we hear your thought and question. Although both cameras are manufactured with a built-in flash that can supply light needed to make a shot, it is not always sufficient. This is due to some reasons which are discussed briefly.

Firstly, an external flash like the Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlite offers more power than a built-in flash will. The light produced is brighter and is capable of fully lighting more areas.

Also, an external flash comes with its rechargeable battery which means the flash won’t drain your camera’s battery: A built-in flash does this. The more your built-in flash is used, the less time your battery lasts. 

Another reason is that the flash can be tilted and swiveled making it flexible and gives the directionality advantage. Instead of sending out light directly, it can be directed to first bounce off surfaces around which makes the lighting soft. This, therefore, eliminates the issue of flat light which causes shadows around the subjects captured.

Furthermore, the occurrence of red-eye is greatly prevented. Red-eye occurs more with a built-in flash because of its similar position with the camera’s lens. Although built-in flashes possess red-eye reduction which makes the effect smaller but not eliminated.  For an external flash since the distance and position is further from the lens, red-eye hardly occurs.

Video Resolution

The Nikon D810 and the D800 are cameras with the ability to shoot full HD videos. These videos are captured with a 1920 x 1080 video resolutions. This resolution is pretty high which means your videos will be well detailed and of excellent quality.

However, with a high video resolution, your videos will take up more storage space than a lesser resolution. This is similar to what happens with pictures with a high resolution.

Learn all about the D810 and D800’s video shooting capabilities in the video below.

Flash Sync Port

Another feature that deals with the use of a flash is the flash sync port that both cameras possess.

With the flash sync port, you can connect to an off-camera flash. Your external flash is connected to the flash sync port or via the electrical connection.

This feature simply gives you versatility as well as the capacity to use more flashes. This is basically where flash photography is at its best.

Headphone Jack

The Nikon D810 and the D800 both possess a headphone jack. With the aid of a headphone jack, a headphone can be easily connected to these cameras.

The function of a headphone comes into play during video shooting and recording. This is because you can better monitor and listen to the audio of your video shoot.

Microphone Jack

A microphone jack is a common feature shared by the Nikon D810 and the D800. It allows you to connect an external microphone to these cameras.

Although, both cameras possess a built-in microphone that allows it to capture sound around it; it is still inadequate in most cases.

However, an external microphone like the Movo VXR10 Universal Video Microphone when connected will allow you to record better quality audio.

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UHS Card Supported

Both cameras support the use of a UHS card; UHS-1 to be precise. This allows you to read and writes files in Ultra High Speeds. Transfer of files is done at a faster speed as well of up to 104MB/s.

Unique Features – Nikon D810 vs D800

We already know by now that these cameras are very much similar. However, this section treats those features that are found in the Nikon D810 and not in the D800 and vice versa.

Some points will be picked by these cameras as we continue in this round (section) to determine which is better.

Nikon D810 Unique Features – Nikon D810 vs D800

The following are the features that the D810 has that the D800 does not have:

i. Split-Screen


The Nikon D810 has a feature that allows the screen to be split into two. This allows the user to view and also monitor two unlike points but from a particular scene. This side by side placement allows better focus or leveling control. 

Nikon D800 Unique Features – Nikon D810 vs D800

The following are the features that the D800 has that the D810 does not have:

i. Anti-Aliasing Filter

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Unlike the D810, its predecessor, the Nikon D800 has an anti-aliasing filter. This filter also known as a low pass filter is found just over the sensor.

It has a primary and sole function of preventing the occurrence of moiré in captured images.

The downside of this function is that in trying to prevent moiré, the filter reduces the detail of the captured image.

The use of an anti-aliasing filter used to be much cherished in the past but times have changed. With technological advancement, digital cameras now have more pixel counts.

This means cameras can now effectively capture the details even of repetitive patterns without or with little occurrence of moiré. Furthermore, in the event where such occurs, it can easily be removed during editing.

Therefore, more photographers prefer cameras that lack the anti-aliasing filter like the Nikon D810.

Unique Pros – Nikon D810 vs D800

This section discusses the pros of the Nikon D810 and the D800. We focus on what edge these cameras have over the other. The duel is getting intense at this point.

Nikon D810 Unique Pros – Nikon D810 vs D800

Which has a Faster Continuous Shooting Speed D810 or D800?

The D810 has a faster continuous shooting speed than the D800.

There are three modes in which both cameras can shoot in burst mode and the D810 comes out on top in all three.

For normal burst shooting mode, the D810 has a shooting speed of 5fps (flaps per second) while the D800 records a 4fps shooting speed.

When shooting in 1:2 crop mode, the D810 records a shooting speed of 6fps while a 5fps shooting speed is what the D800 can offer.

Finally, a shooting speed of 7fps and 6fps for the D810 and D800 respectively is recorded when burst shooting is done in DX crop mode.

Burst mode allows you to shoot photos continuously for as long as your buffer’s capacity will permit. When the buffer is filled up, burst mode shooting stops.

The amount of pictures that can be captured at a particular time is dependent on the shooting speed of your camera. With a faster shooting speed, you can capture more images in a short time.

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Which has a Higher Screen Resolution D810 or D800?

The D810 has a higher screen resolution than the D800. It offers a screen resolution of 1,229,000 dots. The D800, on the other hand, has 921,000 dots screen resolution. Therefore, the D810 has a higher screen resolution of 33%.

A higher screen resolution decides the number of details that can be shown on your screen. When two cameras with similar sensor resolution (like the D810 and D800) capture the same image, the details on their screens are different. Since the Nikon D810 sports the higher screen resolution, the details are better and well defined than on the D800’s screen. 

Nevertheless, the screen resolution does not affect the pictures true quality and details. When the pictures from both cameras are printed out using the same printer or viewed on another screen, the details of both pictures are the same.  

Which has a Longer Battery Life D810 or D800?

The D810 has a longer battery life than the D800. It uses either the Nikon EN-EL 15a rechargeable lithium-ion battery or the Nikon EN-EL 15 rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

The Nikon D800, on the other hand, uses only the Nikon EN-EL 15 rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

The Nikon D810 can shoot up to 1200 shots after any of these batteries being used at the moment has been fully charged. Meanwhile, the D800 can shoot 900 shots (300 fewer shots) after being fully charged.

Note that the improved battery life of the D810 is not a function of the fact that the camera can use any of the two listed batteries. Even if the EN-EL 15a battery is used (which is the same battery used by the D800), the battery life is still better. One factor we can attribute this improved battery life to is discussed next.

Find out the difference between an original En-EL battery and a fake in the next video.

Which has a Newer Image Processor D810 or D800?

The D810 has a newer image processor than the D800. The Nikon D800 uses the EXPEED 3 image processor which decreases the color phase shift. The color phase shift is a common occurrence with cameras using lesser processors. This means that the D800 produces better color tones than lesser systems.

The Nikon D810, on the other hand, is fitted with the EXPEED 4 image processor. As good as the EXPEED 3 is; the EXPEED 4 is better.

This image processor delivers on impeccable detail retention a well as precision. It properly converts and renders individual pixels precision no matter how many they are.

Also, the EXPEED 4 is faster and makes the camera operate at a faster speed and performance rate. It is 30% faster than the EXPEED 3 and is responsible for the D810’s faster shooting continuous speed.

Lastly, due to the efficiency of the EXPEED 4, unnecessary power consumption is reduced. This is one factor that accounts for the improved battery life of the Nikon D810.

Which has a Wider Dynamic Range D810 or D800?

The Nikon D810 has a wider dynamic range than the D800 with values of 14.8 and 14.4 respectively.

A camera’s dynamic range is a DxO sensor measurement. It is the difference between the lightest and darkest tones of an image.

Which hasa Better Color Depth D810 or D800?

The D810 has a better color depth than the D800. It has a color depth of 25.7 bits, while the Nikon d800 has a color depth of 25.3 bits.

The color depth is the number of separate colors that the sensor can fully represent.

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Nikon D800 Unique Pros – Nikon D810 vs D800

Which is Lighter D800 or D810?

The D800 is lighter than the D810. It weighs 900g while the Nikon D810 weighs 980g. That gives us a difference of 80g between these cameras.

The weight of the camera you decide on is of serious importance. A heavy camera tends to be burdensome overtime on your hands. 

Although some might argue that the 80g difference between both cameras is negligible in practical real-life situations, we beg to differ. This is because no matter how small the difference might be when used for a long time, the additional weight becomes noticeable.

Which is Cheaper D800 or D810?

Comparing both cameras, we discover that the D800 is cheaper than the D810. This shouldn’t come as a surprise as the Nikon D800 was announced 2 years and 4 months before the D810.

Newer cameras sometimes tend to be more expensive which is the case with these cameras.

Arguably, the price of a camera is the most important factor that decides if a camera is bought or not. After all, it is money you’ll get the camera with, and if you don’t have enough, you’ll simply have to forego it.

Unique Cons – Nikon D810 vs D800

Nikon D800 Unique Cons – Nikon D810 vs D800

i. Has an anti-aliasing filter

ii. No split-screen

Common Pros – Nikon D810 vs D800

Nikon D810 Nikon D800
Environmental Sealing With the aid of the environmental sealing function, your camera is protected against environmental factors.

These factors in most cases distort and affect the overall picture production quality.

A camera like the Nikon D810 has this function and readily enjoys this protection.
Same as Nikon D810
RAW Supported RAW files always produce the best kind of image quality. It’s raw and unedited format makes it quite a delight for editing purposes.

Unlike some cameras that don’t support RAW format, the Nikon D810 does. Therefore, you rest assured that you’ll be getting the best image quality delivered.
Same as Nikon D810
Time-Lapse Recording The time-lapse recording allows for creative shooting.

With this function, you can make a short video of sped uptime of a particular subject. This can be used for growing seeds, sunrise, and sunset, etc.

The Nikon D810 has this amazing creative function.
Same as Nikon  D810
Face Detection Focus Face detection focus is part of the camera’s auto-focus system that comes in handy during portrait photography.

The role of this feature is to simply detect faces within a frame and place the much-needed focus on them.

Ergo, the D810 is regarded as a capable portrait camera because of this as well as other amazing portrait features and functions.
Same as Nikon D810
Top LCD Display The accessibility to your camera’s settings has never been easier.

With the top LCD feature, you can view as well as change your camera’s settings without much hassle and struggle.

The Nikon D810 allows this ease since it has this feature.  
Same as Nikon D810
AF Micro Adjustment The fine-tuning option (AF Micro Adjustment) of the Nikon D810 allows you to alter your lens for better and precise focusing. Same as Nikon D810
AE Bracketing The AE bracketing function is a handy tool for shooting in tough lighting conditions.

Sometimes while shooting, one has to make a move from place to place and these different locations are not equally illuminated.

What the AE bracketing does is that it automatically adjusts your camera’s settings to suit the lighting condition of that location.

This is a function you get to enjoy with the Nikon D810.
Same as Nikon D810
High Shutter Life The Nikon D810 has a shutter life expectancy of 200000 cycles; this is a high shutter rate. Same as Nikon D810
High Shutter Speed The shutter speed deals with how long your camera’s shutter can stay open before it closes. Breaking this in simpler terms, it is the duration of time your camera uses in capturing an image.

The Nikon D810 has a high shutter speed of 1/8000s. This means it won’t take such a long time for your camera to capture that shot.
Same as Nikon D810
Minimum Focus Sensitivity The sensitivity of the D810 auto-focus is capable of capturing details even in low light conditions.

With a minimum focus sensitivity of EV -2, this camera can still offer excellent autofocus in very low light.
Same as Nikon D810
Dual Axis Electronic This feature allows the photographer to make sure that the horizons that are being captured are level.

An alignment tool is displayed on the screen and then in the viewfinder which allows the user to adjust the tilt until it is level.

It is useful for landscaped photography and also low light conditions where a reference point is absent.

The Nikon D810 has this feature installed.
Same as Nikon D810
Many Focus Points A camera’s focus points are used to properly focus on the subject within the frame. The more focus points possessed by a camera, the better the focus and the details produced.

The Nikon D810 has 51 focus points which means the camera is capable of producing an excellent detailed image.

Apart from that, having many focus points helps in subject tracking (particularly useful for wildlife and sports photography).
Same as Nikon D810
Many Cross Type Focus Points Cross-type focus points are part of the many focus points a camera possesses. The only difference is that these focus points can detect in both vertical and horizontal orientations.

The merging of these lines form a cross; hence the name ‘cross-type’ focus points.

Out of the 51 focus points the Nikon D810 boasts of, 15 of them are cross-type focus points.
Same as Nikon D810
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Common Cons – Nikon D810 vs D800

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No Articulating Screen It is shocking to see that the Nikon D810 lacks an articulating screen.

For goodness sake, even entry-level cameras have this awesome feature.

Suffice to say, the flexibility an articulating screen offers for shooting and viewing images won’t be possible with this camera.

And you guessed right; no selfies with this camera.
Same as Nikon D810
No Image Stabilization The image stabilization prevents the blurring of an image which is caused by a shake during capture.

However, since the Nikon D810 lacks this feature, you’ll need to get any of the 88 optical stabilization lenses that can be used with this camera.
Same as Nikon D810
No Built-In GPS The built-in GPS feature allows you to geotag.

Geotagging is adding a geographical location and identification to your images and videos. This is becoming a bit of a necessity for photographers these days especially landscape and wildlife photographers.

Sadly, these photographers won’t get this feature with the Nikon D810.
Same as Nikon D810
No Touch Screen Another major disappointment we get from the Nikon D810 in terms of its screen again is that it is not a touch screen. Same as Nikon D810
No Panorama With the panorama function, you can stitch different pictures together to form a panoramic photo.

The Nikon D810 can’t do this as it lacks this function.
Same as Nikon D810
No Built-In Wi-Fi Wow, no built-in Wi-Fi! This could as well be a crime against photography in the 21st century.

We capture images and the next thing that comes to mind is to share them wirelessly; that’s the process these days.

Unfortunately, we can’t follow that process with the D810 without the need for cables or removing our storage cards to transfer files.
Same as Nikon D810

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General Feeling among Users – Nikon D810 vs D800

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The absence of the touch screen feature was a big deal for some users. They felt it should have been a touch screen especially since it wasn’t an articulating screen.

“The touch screen would have compensated for the absence of an articulating screen” a user lamented.
The same reaction towards the D810 was the same reaction the D800 got.
It was no small fuss concerning the lack of a built-in Wi-Fi feature.

Being an upgrade of the D800 which lacked the same feature, it was expected that the D810 would rectify that.
Although being manufactured years before the D810, the D800 also received a backlash for its lack of built-in Wi-Fi from its users.
One major feature that earned the Nikon D810 praise was its number of focus points.

Users were pleased with this as it made for better image focusing and detailing as well as subject tracking.
The same for the Nikon D800.

Nikon D810 vs D800 – FAQs

Is Nikon D810 a professional camera?

The Nikon D810 is not a professional camera but a semi-professional full-frame DSLR camera. It belongs to the Nikon D8XX professional-grade camera series.

The D810 is designed to serve enthusiats and professional photographers.It also cater to those seeking to upgrade from upper-entry amteur DSLRs like the Nikon D5600.

As a result the Nikon D810 is equipped with a sensor resolution of 36.3 megapixels, an ISO range of 64 to 12800 that can be expanded to a range of 32 to 51200.

Although succeeded by the Nikon D850, the D810 is still being produced.

Is it worth upgrading from D810 to D850?

Upgrading from the D810 to the D850 is worth it.

The following are the advantages you stand to benefit if you upgrade from the Nikon D810 to the Nikon D850:

Higher sensor resolution

The D810 offers 36.3 megapixels while the D850 has a sensor resolution of 45 megapixels.

Enhanced speed

While the Nikon D810 has a continuous shooting speed of 5 fps, you enjoy 7 fps with the Nikon D850.

Better video recording

The D850 shoots 4k video. This isn’t function isn’t possible with the D810.

Improved Autofocus System

The Nikon D850 has three times the number of AF points found in the Nikon D810.

Check out this article for a full comparison: Nikon D810 vs D850 – Detailed Comparison

Is Nikon D810 good for wildlife photography?

The Nikon D810 is very good for wildlife photography.

When you use the D810, you’ll discover it has a very silent shutter. This is good as you can capture wildlife without scaring them away with the shutter noise. It even has a silent mode which is an overkill considering how silent this camera works.

In addition to this, the Nikon D810 is equipped with a continuous quiet mode. This mode allows you to capture multiple shots without making tapping the shutter continuously.

The D810 is equipped with a high sensor resolution of 36.3 megapixels that records an excellent detail of the captured wildlife.

Can Nikon D810 use DX lenses?

The Nikon D810 can use DX lenses, but it has many disadvantages. You have to understand that the D810 is an FX camera and DX lenses aren’t really optimized to work on such cameras.

DX lenses will not allow enough light to pass through it to fill the FX (full-frame) sensor of your Nikon D810. When this happens, your camera will switch to DX Crop Mode automatically.

The D810 then has the 4800×3200 image size as its largest image size available in that mode. This is a pale comparison to the 7360 x 4912 largest image size available when you use an FX lens.

What lenses are compatible with Nikon D810?

The following is a list of some of the best lenses that are compatible with the Nikon D810:

Prime lenses

Carl Zeiss Apo Planar T* Otus 85mm F14 ZF.2 Nikon

Carl Zeiss Distagon T* Otus 1.4/55 ZF.2 Nikon

Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 ZF.2 Nikon

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2G ED VR II

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G

Zoom lenses

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Nikon

Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S Nikon

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 Di VC USD Nikon

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR

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Our Take – Nikon D810 vs D800

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The Nikon D810 is an amazing semi-pro DSLR camera capable of producing excellently detailed images. Apart from a few weaknesses, this camera does a great job as the Nikon Company said it would when it was announced. We believe the Company made some upgrades which makes it a better camera than its predecessor. Despite being announced in 2012, the Nikon D800 still gives some newer cameras out there a run for their money in terms of picture quality. It is as reliable as semi-pro DSLR cameras come; even though its successor proved to truly be an upgrade. Yet, the D800 can be proud of its achievements and relevance in the market thus far.
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*The Nikon D800 has been discontinued and replaced by the Nikon D810. Hence, it is currently unavailable on Amazon. You may still find it in some local stores or get it from previous owners who want to sell it on sites like eBay.


Victor is a student of mass communication with special focus on digital media. He has an insatiable craving for knowledge. When he is not learning new things, he is busy writing about them.


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