Nikon D810A DSLR Camera (Body Only)

Nikon D810A DSLR Camera (Body Only)

Nikon D810A DSLR Camera (Body Only)

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Product Highlights

  • Optimized for Astrophotography
  • IR-Cut Filter Passes H-Alpha Wavelength
  • 36.3MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • No Optical Low Pass Filter
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processor
  • 3.2" 1,229k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video at 60/30/24 fps
  • Sensitivity to ISO 51200, 5 fps Shooting
  • Long Exposure Manual Mode to 15 Min.
  • Virtual Live View Exposure Preview
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Nikon D810A Overview

  • 1Description

Specifically designed for those looking to photograph the night sky, the Nikon D810A DSLR is a modified version of the D810 and features an optical IR cut filter for photographing distant nebulae and other astronomical phenomena with utmost clarity and color accuracy. By updating the D810's design with a dedicated filter to pass H-alpha (656.28nm) wavelengths, the D810A is able to depict nebulae and other subjects without unwanted infrared contamination for greater color neutrality. Benefitting this adjustment to the sensor filtration, this specialized DSLR also features an expanded shutter speed range and new M* exposure mode for more accurate exposure times up to 15 minutes, as well as a Virtual Live View Exposure Preview feature to aid in clear focus and composition confirmation when making such long exposures. Beyond these few but notable distinctions, the D810A and D810 feature the same set of core features to produce high resolution, well-detailed imagery.

The D810A features a 36.3MP FX-format CMOS sensor without an optical low pass filter for particularly sharp and detailed still imaging. With the addition of the EXPEED 4 Image Processor, performance speed is increased compared to the EXPEED 3 and noise is effectively reduced throughout the ISO range. Continuous shooting speed in FX format is 5 fps and in DX format hits a maximum of 7 fps. In addition, the full HD video capabilities include 1080p capture at 24, 30 and 60 fps. Also, the improved efficiency of the processor enables up to 1200 shots on one battery charge and 40 minutes of video recording. Low light performance has been upgraded thanks to a wide native sensitivity range that runs from ISO 200 to 12800 and can be expanded from ISO 32 to 51200. Additionally, as a camera also optimized for video capture, the D810A features recording in both FX and DX formats including simultaneous recording to memory cards and an external recorder as well as recording 60p output to an external recorder.

The 3.2" LCD with 1,229k-dot resolution provides clear playback viewing and live view, and improved coatings on the optical viewfinder components provide brighter images and more accurate colors. Live View function now includes split screen display zoom for stills, and zebra highlighting display in video mode. Full aperture metering during live view for still shooting is supported. Interval and time-lapse shooting feature exposure smoothing, and the maximum number of images per sequence is now 9,999. Additionally, the D810A utilizes dual media slots-both Compact Flash and SD cards-for greater image storage capacity or automatic in-camera file back-ups.

Dedicated to Astrophotography
Based on the venerable D810, the D810A is an astrophotography-dedicated DSLR that differs from its general-use brother in a number of ways to better enable photographing the night sky:
  • An optical IR cut filter features specific transmission characteristics to better enable capturing nebulae and distant galaxies that emit light at the H-alpha wavelength, or 656.28nm. By filtering at this spectrum, you can more accurately photograph reddish, diffuse nebulae and other astronomical phenomena in a clearer, more brilliant manner- void of the IR attenuation associated with traditional hot mirrors and other IR-blocking technologies on most cameras.
  • In addition to the standard P, S, A, and M exposure modes, an M* (Long Exposure Manual Mode) has also been added for greater control when making exposures in excess of 30 seconds. When working in the M* mode, presets are available for 4, 5, 8, 10, 15, 20, 30, 60, 120, 180, 240, 300, 600, and 900 second (15 minute) times, in addition to both bulb and time settings.
  • The Virtual Live View Exposure Preview feature displays a virtual preview on the rear LCD for greater focusing and composing accuracy when photographing with exposures longer than 30 seconds and up to 900 seconds.
  • The base sensitivity has been raised to ISO 200 and the top native sensitivity remains at ISO 12800. Expanded Lo and Hi values can be set to the equivalent of ISO 32 and ISO 51200.
  • The same white balance presets remain as the standard D810, however color reproduction and accuracy may vary depending on lighting conditions and the resulting images may take on a reddish cast. This is especially prevalent when photographing under fluorescent lighting and other situations with an abundance of IR transmission. As such, the D810A is not recommended for general photography.
36.3MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor without an Optical Low Pass Filter
A truly high-resolution sensor, Nikon's 36.3MP FX-format sensor is benefitted by the omission of an optical low pass filter for superior sharpness and detail. The sensor boasts fast channel readout, wide dynamic range, rich tones and improved imaging at high sensitivities.
EXPEED 4 Image Processor
The EXPEED 4 processor provides 30% faster performance over the EXPEED 3 as well improved low noise imaging throughout the ISO range. Support for 1080p video capture at 60 fps is featured and the processor's increased efficiency enables up to 1200 still shots and 40 minutes of video recording per charge.
Reduced Vibration for Sharper Imaging
The D810A's shutter/mirror box architecture and electronic front-curtain feature improve overall image clarity. The shutter/mirror mechanism reduces image shake for a steady viewfinder image with minimal blackout during high-speed shooting. When activated, the electronic front-curtain shutter reduces the risk of blur in even subtle details by minimizing internal vibrations during exposure.
Interval Timer/Time-Lapse Shooting
Exposure smoothing is supported in time-lapse and interval shooting modes and the number of recordable images has been increased to 9,999.
Continuous Shooting
In FX mode, the D810A can shoot up to 5 fps, and in DX mode it can capture up to 7 fps when utilizing the MB-D12 battery grip with AA batteries. Additionally, a redesigned Sequencer/Balancer Mechanism enables Quiet Continuous Mode for near silent sequential shooting.
3.2" LCD Monitor with 1,229k-dot Resolution
A high resolution LCD provides detailed playback viewing and live view capture with color balance and brightness control. A split screen display zoom for still shooting lets you compare two enlarged points in the image for sharpness and exposure.
Optical Viewfinder
Improved coatings on the optical components render brighter and more accurate color, and the Organic EL information display makes it easier to make adjustments under bright/dim conditions.
Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX Auto Focus Sensor
Versatile AF Modes of 9, 21, and 51 points and 3D tracking enable fast, precise auto focus control. AF sensitivity down to -2 EV is effective in low light and 15 cross-type sensors are compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses with open aperture of f/5.6 or faster. Eleven central focus points work with an open aperture of f/8. Improvements include upgraded 'lock-on', expanded 'store by orientation,' and more options for AF mode restrictions.
Full HD 1080p Video Capture in 60/30/24 fps
Video recording is supported in both FX and DX formats with an ISO range from 200 to 12,800. Simultaneous recording to memory cards and to an external recorder is now supported. Auto ISO adjustment is possible in manual mode for smooth exposure transitions. Nikon's 3D noise reduction reduces random noise, distortion, and flicker when filming at high sensitivities. Zebra mode on the camera monitor shows you exactly where highlights are. A built-in stereo microphone as well as jacks for external microphone and headphones are provided. You can fine-tune audio levels in isolation both before and during recording and select the sound range (wide/voice).
CF and SD Card Slots
Two card slots are supported for versatile image storage and smoother workflow. One CF card slot for high-speed UDMA 7 cards, and one SD card slot for high-speed, high-capacity SDXC and UHS-I cards allow you to use one card as back-up or place still images on one card and video on the other or RAW on one and JPEG on the other.
Wi-Fi with Optional Transmitter
The D810 offers wireless connectivity for image transfer to a computer or FTP server and for remote camera control using Nikon's Camera Control Pro 2 software via the optional WT-5A Wireless Transmitter in combination with the optional UT-1 Communications Unit. The WT-5 attaches to the UT-1 unit which mounts to the camera's accessory hot shoe.
Form Factor
A deeper hand grip improves handling, and a secondary "i" button has been added for easier access to important settings. A durable magnesium alloy body with extensive weather and dust sealing ensure the D810A is moisture- and dust-resistant.
Other Camera Features
  • Group Area AF enhances subject detection and tracking in challenging lighting conditions or when shooting comparatively small subjects against a high-contrast background by grouping and monitoring 5 individual AF points. The 5-point AF area can be shifted across the 51-point array as your composition changes.
  • Accelerate your workflow with Nikon's RAW Size S file format which delivers 12-bit uncompressed Nikon NEF files that enable faster image transfer and smoother post-production.
  • In addition to standard, neutral, vivid, monochrome, portrait and landscape, image control options have been expanded to include Flat Picture Control which is geared for shooting in RAW modes and for video capture when adjustments will be made in post-production. Also, a clarity option has been added to all Picture Control settings and better control over Picture Control is enabled by fine 0.25 steps.
  • Both a built-in flash and hot shoe mount are supported with i-TTL metering, as is a flash sync terminal. The built-in flash offers commander mode for wireless control of up to two groups of off-camera flash units.
UPC: 018208015535

Nikon D810A Specs

Pixels Actual: 36.3 Megapixel
Effective: 37.09 Megapixel
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Bit Depth 14-Bit
Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points 51 (15 Cross-Type)
Viewfinder Eye Point 17 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.7x
Diopter Adjustment -3 to +1 m
Exposure Control
Mirror Lock-Up Yes
Metering Method 3D Color Matrix, Center-Weighted Average, Spot, Highlight Weighted
White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (Warm White), Fluorescent (White), Incandescent, Preset Manual, Shade
Flash Modes Auto, First-Curtain Sync, Off, Rear Curtain/Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, PC Terminal, Wireless
Battery 1 x EN-EL15 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.0 VDC, 1900 mAh
Packaging Info
Package Weight 4.55 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.8 x 6.6 x 6.0"

Nikon D810A Reviews

D810A DSLR Camera (Body Only) is rated 2.5 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great camera for astrophotography and nightscapes Plan to use the camera for wide field nightscape time lapse videos, as well as taking deep sky photos through my telescopes. I am impressed by the dynamic range of the images that I have taken with it so far. Attached is an image I took with a Rokinon 14mm lens showing five planets visible in the morning sky just before dawn. Also takes great daytime photos. Did not notice any strong color shift. Things that could be improved - a tilt/swivel LCD screen would be beneficial for when it is connected to a telescope. It also is pretty big and heavy compared to the Canon DSLRs I have used in the past, so you need to make sure your telescope mount is up to the task of the extra weight.
Date published: 2016-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A nice start for Nikon in the AstroImaging area! Due to the lack of clear skies I have only had limited opportunities to use this camera for astronomical use. In between clouds I was able to snap off a few wide angle views of Orion (just a few seconds) and I was impressed by the amount of detail captured. The fast ISO speeds and low noise has made it easy to capture more detail in faint light situations. Indoor photography has also proven to be above par. There has not been a need to use the flash and the images comes out actually better using a higher ISO setting rather than a flash. It seems the flash has caused almost a faded look to some of the objects a few feet away. The battery life has been excellent! I just ordered extra batteries and an AC adapter for my astronomical projects. The only disappointment was not with the camera itself but rather how this camera has NOT been bundled with a standard FX lens of some sort. There are a lot of features on this camera and I am sure its going to take some time to learn all of the nuances! So far, so good! I am so glad to see Nikon enter the Astronomical arena!
Date published: 2016-01-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from NO Rear Screen Tilting As an amateur astronomer I've been waiting for a long time for Nikon to do something like this. You guys should have spoken to a few star gazers when you were designing it. One of the most important things is to have a rear screen that tilts. When the camera is mounted on a refractor type scope and you are looking towards the zenith in order to look at the rear screen you have to lay on the ground without the tilting screen. I have done that with my D200, D700 and D800.I had my hopes that after the 750 was released with a rear tilting screen that if you ever made a camera dedicated for astrophotography it would have this feature. That part is a major disappointment
Date published: 2015-03-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from It will get five stars when Nikon supplies the drivers neede Nikon D810a review Camera will be great but to use it for astro photography (specifically designed to photograph the night sky) Nikon must supply the drivers for the mounts (mine being a Bisque Paramount MyT) or else the D810a will be useless and I will have made a very big expensive mistake. I was surprised/shocked Nikon had not done this before they released the camera. Cannon, with their astro camera seems to be on top of this, but Nikon now has the superior chip and has got to get those drives out ASAP. When that happens and the drivers are correct, the D810a will get five stars.
Date published: 2015-06-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from the drivers needed for the mounts. Nikon D810a review Camera will be great but to use it for astro photography (specifically designed to photograph the night sky) Nikon must supply the drivers for the mounts (mine being a Bisque Paramount MyT) or else the D810a will be useless and I will have made a very big expensive mistake. I was surprised/shocked Nikon had not done this before they released the camera. Cannon, with their astro camera seems to be on top of this, but Nikon now has the superior chip and has got to get those drives out ASAP. When that happens and the drivers are correct, the D810a will get five stars
Date published: 2015-06-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible sports focusing Purchaser be aware if you're planning to use this camera to shoot action shots. Worst Nikon of the many I have owned to shoot sports. Awesome for still shots, great negs, etc., bot almost impossible to get the body to keep up with the action.
Date published: 2016-11-25
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Is this made in Japan
Asked by: Anonymous
Currently the Nikon D810A DSLR Cameras originate in Thailand.
Answered by: James B.
Date published: 2018-08-26


pixel size?
Asked by: Anonymous
The pixel pitch of the Nikon D810A DSLR Camera is 4.88 m.
Answered by: Manzell L.
Date published: 2018-08-26


Can I still use camera in temperatures below 32 degrees?
Asked by: Konstantin R.
Yes. I have used the camera down to 4 degrees F, or -15 degrees C. The battery life may seem shortened. One additional effect I have found is that the LCD screen may go blank in the cold when the battery said it was 50% charged. I tough the LCD was broken. It worked fine when I put a new battery in.
Answered by: John P.
Date published: 2018-08-26


I can see in the overview that this camera is not recommended for general photography because of a reddish cast that may appear under certain lighting situations. Could this be prevented using for example a IR filter in the lens?
Asked by: CARLOS
I have used the 810A for landscapes in the daytime and see no noticeable red effects. I use Canon and Nikon cameras, and there is more difference between the Canon and Nikon cameras than there is between the 810A and other Nikons.
Answered by: John P.
Date published: 2018-08-26


can the d810 also be used for daytime photography?
Asked by: Jeffrey M.
I am using the 810a for astrophotography, and as backup for my 800e. Have not used it for regular photo much, but for what I have done, it has worked. Daytime landscape
Answered by: Richard S.
Date published: 2018-08-26


Is this a good backup camera to the D810?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes. It seems to me that the S/N at high ISO is actually better than on the 810, as per many reviews. The red cast does not seem to be an issue to me. Perhaps it would be better to say that the 810 could be used as a backup to 810A.
Answered by: John P.
Date published: 2018-08-26


Does the 810A photos exhibit less noise than those produced by the 810 at the same settings?
Asked by: Brook
I use Nikon's 200mm F2.0, 300mm F2.8, and 500mm F4.0 primarily, as well as prime focus on a Celestron 11. This summer I will try some wider angle photos of the Milky Way. The telephotos can be used wide open, but the wide angle and normal lenses I have need to be stopped down a little bit to avoid coma in the star images near the edge of the field.
Answered by: Mark R.
Date published: 2018-08-26
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