Shoot spectacular high-resolution images of the cosmos. Engineered exclusively for astrophotography, the D810A captures magnificent 36.3-megapixel images of nebulae that emit on the hydrogen-alpha wavelength.
Thanks to a redesigned infrared (IR) cut filter, the D810A is four times more sensitive to the H-alpha spectral line (a wavelength of approx. 656 nm) than the D810. A powerful tool for photographers, this specialised D-SLR frees you to capture the true colour of deep sky marvels without modifying the camera.
Specialized functions answer the challenges of astrophotography. And the camera’s ultra-high ISO and exceptional resolving power ensure brilliant detail.
Capture nebulae that emit on the hydrogen-alpha spectral line (approx. 656 nm) with incredible clarity.
Capture nebulae and starfields without external filters. The D810A transmits light from the hydrogen-alpha spectral line at a rate that is four times higher than the D810.
Unleash the power of 36.3 effective megapixels. The FX-format sensor delivers spectacular high-contrast images with minimised false colour.
Alongside Bulb and Time settings, a dedicated Long Exposure manual mode allows exposures of up to 900 seconds.
Activate the electronic front-curtain shutter to minimise internal vibrations during exposure and reduce the risk of micro-blur in even subtle details.
The D810A’s standard ISO range of 200—12800 can be extended up to 51200 ISO (equivalent). Nikon’s 3D noise reduction enables clean, well-defined images at high ISOs.
Produce seamless star-trail photography. Shoot in continuous release mode with a shutter speed of 4 seconds or slower, and you can record as many high-quality JPEGs as your media cards and battery life allow.
Reliably capture thousands of images with long exposures. The D810A’s energy efficient design and high-capacity battery will keep you shooting for long periods. Optional Nikon battery packs and power adapters can extend shooting time immensely.
Live view: increase the Live view image up to 23x and make critical focus checks with absolute precision. A virtual exposure preview for bulb and time settings also aids focus and framing.
Red-lit virtual horizon: a red-lit virtual horizon display lets you confirm leveling when shooting through the viewfinder.
EXPEED 4: boosts the camera’s overall performance. Vastly improves image rendering and ISO performance, and minimises colour fringing.
Picture Control 2.0: take complete control over sharpening, contrast, brightness, hue, and saturation when shooting stills and video. Shoot with the Flat setting for the ultimate freedom in postproduction: retain all the details and preserve rich tonal information in both highlights and shadows. Use the Clarity setting to precisely adjust contrast and differentiate fine structures.
Colour-tune monitor: push the colour balance and brightness in any direction to suit your personal workflow preference. The anti-reflective 8.0-cm (3.2-in.), 1229k-dot RGBW LCD monitor also offers auto brightness control.
Multi-CAM 3500FX 51-point AF system: fine-tuned for ultra-high resolution images. Configurable in 9-point, 21-point, and 51-point coverage settings and sensitive down to -2 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F). System benefits include Group-area AF, expanded “store by orientation”, and options for AF mode restrictions. Fifteen cross-type sensors in the centre are compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses with open aperture of f/5.6 or faster, and 11 central focus points work with an open aperture of f/8.
Multi-area D-Movie: for high definition video footage of the cosmos. The D810A records Full HD (1080p) movies in FX and DX formats at 50p/60p frame rates with markedly reduced moiré and false colour. Nikon’s 3D noise reduction reduces random noise, distortion, and flicker when filming at high sensitivities. The camera offers clean HDMI out, plus simultaneous capture of full-resolution footage in-camera and on an external recorder.
Fast, durable, responsive: the D810A starts up in approximately 0.12 seconds and boasts a shutter release lag of just 52 ms. The Kevlar/carbon fiber–composite shutter unit is tested to 200,000 releases and offers shutter speed of 1/8000 to 900 s.
NIKKOR lenses: draw out the full potential of the D810A’s 36.3-MP sensor with the wide range of NIKKOR lenses. With their exceptionally high resolving power, NIKKOR lenses are acclaimed by astrophotography enthusiasts worldwide.
High-capacity EN-EL15 battery: ultra-compact and lightweight lithium-ion rechargeable battery with a capacity of 1900 mAh (7.0 V). Capture up to 3,860 still images¹ on a single charge.
Additional power sources: optional Nikon accessories keep you shooting for longer. The MB-D12 Multi-Power Battery Pack works seamlessly with the camera and can capture up to 10,660 still images on a single charge.² The sequence of battery use can be selected and set via the camera. To extend shooting time further, use the optional EH-5b AC Adapter with the EP-5B Power Connector.
Storage media: two card slots for a smooth shooting experience. 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.
Durable magnesium alloy body: extensive weather and dust sealing ensure the D810A is moisture and dust resistant.
Wired and wireless connection: the D810A supports Ethernet and wireless LAN. To connect, use the optional UT-1 Data Transmitter together with the WT-5 Wireless Transmitter.
Single-lens reflex digital camera
Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Effective angle of view
Nikon FX format
FX, 35.9 mm x 24.0 mm, CMOS
Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (requires Capture NX-D software)
Image size (pixels)1
FX format (36 x 24), (L) 7360 x 4912, (M) 5520 x 3680, (S) 3680 x 2456, 1.2 x (30 x 20), (L) 6144 x 4080, (M) 4608 x 3056, (S) 3072 x 2040, DX format (24 x 16), (L) 4800 x 3200, (M) 3600 x 2400, (S) 2400 x 1600, 5:4 (30 x 24), (L) 6144 x 4912, (M) 4608 x 3680, (S) 3072 x 2456, FX-format photographs taken in movie live view, (L) 6720 x 3776, (M) 5040 x 2832, (S) 3360 x 1888, DX-format photographs taken in movie live view, (L) 4800 x 2704, (M) 3600 x 2024, (S) 2400 x 1352
Storage file formats
NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed; small size available (12-bit uncompressed only), TIFF (RGB), JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression (Size priority); optimal quality compression available, NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control System
Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat, Selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
CompactFlash (CF) (Type I, UDMA compliant), SD, SDHC (UHS-I compliant), SDXC (UHS-I compliant)
Dual card slot
1 CompactFlash (CF) card and 1 Secure Digital (SD) card, either card can be used for primary or backup storage or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; pictures can be copied between cards
DCF 2.0, DPOF, Exif 2.3, PictBridge
Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
FX (36 x 24): Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical, 1.2x (30 x 20): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical, DX (24 x 16): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical, 5:4 (30 x 24): Approx. 97% horizontal and 100% vertical
Approx. 0.7x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-¹)
17 mm (-1.0 m-¹; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
-3 to +1 m-¹
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets and framing grid
Yes, pressing Pv button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (A, M and M* modes) or by camera (P and S modes)
Instant return, electronically controlled
Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G, E, and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC lenses), DX lenses (using DX (24 x 16) 1.5x image area), AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (exposure modes A, M and M* only); IX-NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses cannot be used: The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supports the 11 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster)
Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter, electronic front-curtain shutter (in mirror-up release mode)
1/8000 to 30 s, in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, bulb, time, X250. M* mode: 4, 5, 8, 10, 15, 20, 30, 60, 120, 180, 240, 300, 600 or 900 seconds shutter speed, and bulb and time settings are available
Flash sync speed
X = 1/250 s, ; synchronizes with shutter at 1/320 s or slower (flash range drops at speeds between 1/250 and 1/320 s)
S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), Self-timer, MUP (mirror up), Qc (quiet continuous shutter-release)
Frame advance rate
With EN-EL15 batteries (FX/5:4) CL: Approx. 1 to 5 fps, CH: Approx. 5 fps, Qc: Approx. 3 fps; (DX/1.2x) CL: Approx. 1 to 6 fps, CH: Approx. 6 fps, Qc: Approx. 3 fps Other power sources (FX/5:4) CL: Approx. 1 to 5 fps, CH: Approx. 5 fps, Qc: Approx. 3 fps; (1.2x) CL: Approx. 1 to 6 fps, CH: Approx. 6 fps, Qc: Approx. 3 fps; (DX) CL: Approx. 1 to 6 fps, CH: Approx. 7 fps, Qc: Approx. 3 fps
2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2 or 3 s
Matrix: 3D color matrix metering III (type G, E and D lenses); color matrix metering III (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data Center-weighted: Weight of approx. 75% given to 12-mm circle in center of frame; diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15 or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circle) Spot: Meters 4-mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used) Highlight-weighted: Available with type G, E and D lenses (equivalent to center-weighted when other lenses are used)
Metering range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)
Matrix, center-weighted, or highlight-weighted metering : 0 to 20 EV Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV
Exposure meter coupling
Programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M); Long-exposure manual (M*) mode
-5 to +5 EV, in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV
2 to 9 frames, in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV, 2 to 5 frames in steps of 2 or 3 EV
Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO 200 to 12800, in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV, Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 100 equivalent) below ISO 200 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 or 2 EV (ISO 51200 equivalent) above ISO 12800; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Can be selected from auto, extra high, high, normal, low or off
2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3 to 5 frames using preset values for all frames
Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors; f/8 supported by 11 sensors), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 to 3 m/1 ft 8 in. to 9 ft 10 in.)
-2 to +19 EV (ISO 100 equivalent, 20 °C/68 °F)
Single-servo AF (AF-S), Continuous-servo AF (AF-C), predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status, Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points
Single-point AF, 9-, 21- or 51-point Dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, Group-area AF, Auto-area AF
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Manual pop-up with button release
Approx. 12/39, 12/39 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
TTL: i-TTL flash control using 91K-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off; auto FP high-speed sync supported
-3 to +1 EV in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV, 2 to 5 frames in steps of 2 or 3 EV
Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; blinks after flash is fired at full output
ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System
Nikon CLS supported; commander mode option available
ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread
Auto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view), choose color temperature (2500 K to 10000 K); all with fine-tuning
White balance bracketing
2 to 9 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3
Live View - Modes
Live view photography (still images), Movie live view (movies)
Live view - lens servo
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time servo AF (AF-F) Manual focus (M)
Live view - AF-area mode
Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF, Subject-tracking AF
Live view - autofocus
Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Movie - metering
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Movie - metering method
Matrix, center-weighted, or highlight-weighted
Movie - frame size (pixels) and frame rate
1920 x 1080, 60p (progressive), 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p, 1280 x 720, 60p, 50p, Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; all options support both high and normal image quality
Movie - file format
Movie - video compression
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Movie - audio recording format
Movie - audio recording device
Built-in or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Movie - ISO sensitivity
Exposure modes P, S and A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 200 to Hi 2) with selectable upper limit, Exposure mode M and M*: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 200 to Hi 2) available with selectable upper limit; manual selection (ISO 200 to 12800 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV); can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 51200 equivalent) above ISO 12800
8 cm (3.2–in.) diagonal, Approx. 1229k-dot, (VGA; 640 x RGBW x 480 = 1,228,800 dots) TFT monitor with 170° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, auto image rotation
SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0 Micro-B connector), connection to built-in USB port is recommended
Type C HDMI connector
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)
Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
One EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5B Power Connector (available separately)
1/4–in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 146 x 123 x 81.5 mm (5.8 x 4.9 x 3.3 in.)
Approx. 980 g (2 lb 2.6 oz, with battery and SD memory card but without body cap), Approx. 880 g/1 lb 15.1 oz (camera body only)
Operating environment - temperature
0 to 40 °C/32 to 104 °F
Operating environment - humidity
85% or less (no condensation)
EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-25a Battery Charger, UC-E22 USB Cable, AN-DC16 Camera Strap, BF-1B Body Cap, DK-17 Eyepiece, USB Cable Clip, HDMI Cable Clip, BM-12 LCD Monitor Cover
1. Photographs taken in movie live view have an aspect ratio of 16:9; a DX-based format is used for photographs taken using the DX (24 x 16) 1.5x image area; an FX-based format is used for all other photographs.
2. Available separately; requires optional BL-5 Battery Chamber Cover.
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Specifications are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.
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