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Choosing a new Camera

Choosing a new Camera

I've been thinking of upgrading my camera for a number of months now but was unsure in which direction to go for a number of reasons. Ultimately i need a camera i can eventually take under water. Buliding an underwater rig is an emense task for the first timer. I've spent many many hours online reserching which is going to be the best option i can get for the budget available. Having always been a Nikon guy so it made sense to look into what options were going to be best route to success. My plan to shoot great white sharks although somewhat crazy will require me to use a full frame sensor, so the following article list some of the Nikon D810 attractive features.

In recent years, Nikon has widely become known for its exceptional sensors and processors. It’s always been known as a solid choice for photographers. But this time, Nikon entered in the videographer world. The D810 has a new CMOS sensor, but boasts the same 36.3MP as the D800 AND also shoots in H.264 at the same bitrate as the D800. Nikon pulled out its A game to drastically increase its video capabilities, and set a new standard for DSLR filmmakers.

Prices for the Nikon D810 have droped since the end of 2016. Although ive been slightly tempted by the cheaper D500, i still feel the D810 is the correct choice for me, here's why.

The sharpness of this camera is quite simply amazing
by Alex Barratt

First of all, the D810 has Zebras. It shoots 1080p at 60fps allowing you to capture more detail at slow motion which is because of it’s new EXPEED 4 processor. In addition, its got an all new internal stereo mic, along with mic and headphone jacks, an increased battery life of 33%, and a dropped native ISO of 64. It has a compact flash, two SD card slots, and the new ability to send clean, uncompressed HDMI out to an external recorder while simultaneously recording to the SD or CF. There is an all new flat picture control profile, and the new sensor is said to drastically decrease the amount of pesky noise and aliasing that has plagued Nikon in the past. For all time-lapse shooters, it has a smooth exposure transition feature to make sure your shots are consistent and comparable to previous takes.

  • Higher ISOs
  • Nails the autofocus
  • Flat picture control
  • EXPEED 4 processor

Overall, the D810 is rock solid and already performs like a champ. The ergonomics are excellent, the shutter is very quiet, and the performance is exemplary. I have a feeling I’ll be keeping this camera body for a very long time, and while I might not always need 36 MP, it’s definitely good to know that I have it when necessary. I can’t wait to shoot some underwater with this new body, and I also plan to test out the 1.2x crop mode that will get me up to 6 fps with a smaller 24 MP file. Until then, I’ll be enjoying everything that this camera body can do, and I definitely don’t regret waiting on this and taking my time on this crucial & important decision.

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Comments (4)

Amy Hartmann
on January 03,2017, at 22:41

I love this camera as well, the Nikon D810 is even better than ever. Its hand grip is noticeably more comfortable, and its tweaked control layout is very well considered, too. The new i-button, in particular, means you'll spend less time fiddling in menus, and more shooting great photos.

Darren Bradley
on January 05,2017, at 14:17

If you need a thru-the lens optical viewfinder, then the Sony is ruled out, while Canon's offerings have, as of this writing, not yet hit the market and are hence something of an unknown quantity. Nor can these new rivals offer the same broad ISO sensitivity range provided by the D810, leaving it the sole option if both sensitivity and resolution are your primary goals.

Mick Granton
on January 07,2017, at 08:11

If you're looking for the maximum possible resolution without stepping up to a medium-format camera, and you're not willing to compromise on ISO sensitivity to achieve it, make no bones about it: The Nikon D810 is the camera for you. 😛

Andy Barker
on January 23,2017, at 12:34

The Nikon D810 has some pretty big shoes to fill, as it replaces not one but both of those earlier cameras with a single model.

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