Nikon D810A What You Need to Know for Best Performance

The D810A’s original MSRP was $3799

Used D810A cameras fall into a price range of None to None. The difference will be due to condition and accessories included.

The Nikon D810A uses a EN-EL15 lithium-ion battery & charger.

The battery can not be charged via USB. This means a battery charger will be necessary.

Third party battery chargers will be less expensive than OEM Nikon chargers. There will usually be an option to get one bundled with a third party battery purchase.

SanDisk SD Card
SanDisk Extrme Pro UHS-I 512GB Card

The Nikon D810A is compatible with SD/SDHC/SDXC, CompactFlash (UDMA compliant) memory cards.

The D810A is compatible with Nikon F mount lenses. This opens up a wide range of lens possibilities. A full range of lenses exists including circular fisheye, ultra wide angle, perspective control, macro, telephoto, mirror, bellows, and all kinds of zooms.

There is a list of the best Nikon D810A lenses that covers lenses for all different types of photography.

  • Active D-Lighting
  • 5.0 fps continuous shooting
  • Auto Active D-Lighting System
  • Custom Setting Options
  • Red eye correction

The D810A has an Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sized sensor. This is paired with the EXPEED 4 image processor.

The Nikon D810A can record video at 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p) in MPEG-4, H.264. Uncompressed output over HDMI with simultaneous writing to memory card.

The fixed screen on the D810A can make shooting video difficult. A fully articulated LCD screen would make recording video easier.

There is no port for a external microphone.

The D810A does not have built in wireless. The via WT-5A or Eye-Fi is needed to for a wifi connection. Unfortunately, there is not alternative to the via WT-5A or Eye-Fi. The best alternative would be to upgrade to a different camera.

The D810A does not have built-in GPS.

The via GP-1 or GP-1A is needed to enable GPS capability. This will store location data in the exif data of photos.

Manufacturer Nikon
Model D810A
MSRP $3799
Body type Mid-size DSLR
Max resolution 7360 x 4912
Other resolutions FX: 5520 x 3680, 3680 x 2456; 1.2: 6144 x 4080, 4608 x 3056, 3072 x 2040; 5:4: 6144 x 4912, 4608 x 3680, 3072 x 2456; DX: 4800 x 3200, 3600 x 2400, 2400 x 1600
Image ratio w:h 5:4, 3:2
Effective pixels 36 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 37 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor EXPEED 4
ISO Auto, 200-12800 (expandable to 100-51200)
Boosted ISO (minimum) 100.0
Boosted ISO (maximum) 51200.0
White balance presets 12.0
Custom white balance Yes (6 slots)
Image stabilization No
Image stabilization notes None
Uncompressed format RAW + TIFF
JPEG quality levels Fine, normal, basic
Autofocus ['Contrast Detect (sensor)', 'Phase Detect', 'Multi-area', 'Center', 'Selective single-point', 'Tracking', 'Single', 'Continuous', 'Face Detection', 'Live View']
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 51.0
Lens mount Nikon F
Focal length multiplier
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2"
Screen dots 1229000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT-LCD (RGBW)
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7×
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes No
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes (via hot shoe, flash sync terminal, wireless)
Flash modes Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, redeye reduction, redeye reduction w/slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync
Continuous drive 5.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs for up to 9 shots)
Metering modes ['Multi', 'Center-weighted', 'Highlight-weighted', 'Spot']
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (2-9 exposures in 1-3 increments)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Videography notes Uncompressed output over HDMI with simultaneous writing to memory card
Modes None
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, CompactFlash (UDMA compliant)
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port Yes
Wireless Optional
Wireless notes via WT-5A or Eye-Fi
Remote control Yes
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description EN-EL15 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 1200.0
Weight (inc. batteries) 880 g (1.94 lb / 31.04 oz)
Dimensions 146 x 123 x 82 mm (5.75 x 4.84 x 3.23")
Orientation sensor None
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS Optional
GPS notes via GP-1 or GP-1A