Nikon’s D810A: Optimized for Astrophotography

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Press release by Nikon Canada


Nikon Canada has announced the new D810A, a DSLR optimized for astrophotography and other scientific applications.

By modifying the infrared cut filter for the hydrogen alpha wavelength, the D810A gives photographers the ability to capture the diffuse nebulae in the night sky and to create colourful, breathtaking celestial images. It shares its architecture with the powerful and professional high-resolution Nikon D810 HD-SLR and includes other new features designed uniquely to help capture the cosmos, letting users achieve sharp and vibrant images of the universe.

“The Nikon D810A is engineered exclusively to meet the unique demands of professional and hobbyist astrophotographers,” said Amanda Mohammed, Communications and Nikon Professional Services Manager at Nikon Canada. “The camera’s distinctive feature set and powerful imaging capabilities make it an appealing option for those who are ready to discover the fantastic cosmic features that are hidden among the stars.”

I AM Star Struck: DSLR Optimized for Astrophotography
The Nikon D810A provides hobbyists as well as professional stargazers with a powerful combination of impressive resolution and features specifically created for astrophotography and scientific applications. The infrared (IR) cut filter has been optimized to allow transmission of the hydrogen alpha spectral line, resulting in four times greater sensitivity of the 656 nm wavelength. The resulting images capture the brilliant red hues of diffuse nebulae and constellations with striking detail and fidelity. While not recommended for general photography, the D810A is an excellent option for photographing the universe with either Nikkor lenses or third-party adaptors for telescopes.

In addition to the optimized IR cut filter, the D810A adds other features that are useful for astrophotography applications. A new Long Exposure Manual Mode is implemented, giving users the ability to set shutter speeds from 4, 5, 8, 10, 15, 20, 30, 60, 120, 180, 240, 300, 600 or 900 seconds (15 minutes), as well as Bulb and Time settings. Building upon the D810’s excellent low-light capabilities, the ISO range has been optimized from 200 to 12,800 (Hi-2 51,200), for maximum sensitivity with the optimal signal to noise ratio.

The D810A also adds a new Virtual Exposure Preview Mode, which displays an estimated preview image, and is available when shooting at shutter speeds longer than 30 seconds when in Live View. The brightened preview image represents a 30-second exposure, simplifying focus and composition.

The Best of Both Worlds
The Nikon D810A is based on the Nikon D810 architecture, and retains all of the features that make it a powerful tool for creating images. Users will be able to produce photos in super high resolution thanks to the 36.3-megapixel CMOS sensor. The image sensor works in tandem with Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED 4 image processing engine to deliver images with low noise and a dynamic range that is nothing short of stellar. The D810A also features an Electronic Front Curtain Shutter Mode, letting the electronic front curtain act as a shutter when in live view or first composing through the optical viewfinder in mirror-up mode. This feature minimizes vibrations to attain maximum sharpness when shooting subjects at very slow shutter speeds. The camera also features a durable magnesium alloy body that is sealed against dirt and moisture, giving users peace of mind when adventuring off of the beaten path.

The Nikon D810A is compatible with a wide range of high quality Nikkor lenses and accessories, including wireless infrared remotes, cable releases and the new WR-1 wireless remote system. Additionally, Nikon’s Capture NX-D software is available as a free download, featuring a new option for Astro Noise Reduction for use with D810A image files.

Price and Availability
The Nikon D810A will be available at Nikon Canada Authorized Dealers in late May 2015 for a Manufacturer’s Suggested Price (MSRP) of $4,449.95. For more information about the Nikon D810A and other Nikon cameras and products, please visit

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