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Nikon D810: Things Yet to be Covered

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Several readers have asked about particular areas still to be covered with the Nikon D810. Some of these I have deferred because they involve the D800E, and I want Adobe Camera Raw to be final before engaging in the laborious task of publishing, only to find that ACR final is different from ACR beta (unlikely but possible).

Here are some areas I have planned:

  • Hot pixel evaluation. Credible evidence has emerged that the D810 might suffer unduly from hot (stuck-on bright) pixels. My D800E had some; I had Nikon map them out (all cameras have them and all can map them out).
  • High ISO behavior vs Nikon D800E. The Nikon D810 might be optimized for low ISO and be a little less good at high ISO (e.g., ISO 3200 and 6400). TBD. Again, ACR is an issue here.
  • Sharpness: is the D810 any sharper than the D800E? This is a tricky one requiring exacting and repetitive cross checking. Not looking forward to this for that reason.
  • Shutter shake: is the D810 shutter better damped than the D800E? (for those conditions when the electronic first curtain option of the D810 is not viable).
  • General field shooting and behavior.
  • Dynamic range under extreme field conditions.
  • Night shots.
  • Discussion of the D810 settings and menu options.
  • ... and whatever else is observed in the field.
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