• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Advantages

Nikon D800 over Nikon D610

  • More cross-type AF points
    15 vs 9
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • More pixels
    36.3 vs 24.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon D610 over Nikon D800

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.97 vs 4.88 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Newer
    12 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    36 vs 23 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)

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Review Excerpt

  • Rugged build; Excellent controls; Extremely high resolution; Dual cards; Surprising high ISO performance.

  • Very large files; Slower frame rate; Custom white balance gives a greenish tint; Battery life lower than D700.

  • Eliminated sensor dust-and-oil spot issue from D600; Great controls for amateur or pro; Comfortable ergonomics and weight; Excellent image quality and low-light performance; Very good dynamic range; Excellent battery life; Built-in lens correction.

  • Not drastically different from D600; Moire with certain subjects; Auto WB still too warm in incandescent light; Slow AF in live view mode; Aliasing in videos.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 6D

Nikon D800
Canon 6D
  • $2230
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $1899
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Wi-Fi
Nikon D610
Canon 6D
  • $1597
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $1899
  • 35mm
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS

Compared to Pentax 645D

Nikon D800
Pentax 645D
  • $2230
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $4961
  • 2.17 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon D610
Pentax 645D
  • $1597
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $4961
  • 2.17 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • More pixels

Compared to Canon 5D Mark III

Nikon D800
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $2230
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More pixels
  • $3399
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • More cross-type AF points
Nikon D610
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $1597
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Newer
  • $3399
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More AF points

Compared to Sony A99

Nikon D800
Sony A99
  • $2230
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
Nikon D610
Sony A99
  • $1597
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Nikon Df

Nikon D800
Nikon Df
  • $2230
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • 60p
  • $2614
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Newer
Nikon D610
Nikon Df
  • $1597
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • 60p
  • $2614
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Bigger RAW buffer
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