Nikon D810A: Lets Photographers Capture Wonders of the Galaxy
– The “A” Stands for Astrophotography? Nikon’s latest class-leading, high-definition DSLR built with a suite of outstanding features designed for astrophotography.
11th February 2015, Singapore – Capturing the mysterious beauty of celestial bodies is now within grasp with the launch of the new D810A, a Nikon DSLR*1 designed with an array of features built specifically for the most dedicated astrophotography hobbyists.
Often requiring custom equipment and hours of persistence, stunning images of the night sky are within reach with the D810A, a pinnacle of bespoke imaging technology.
Chief among the D810A’s strength is its ability to capture astronomical subjects that emit the H-alpha wavelengths of light such as nebulae and other distant galaxies in red, allowing astrophotographers to see them just as imagined. Helping even the most skilled
photographers, are features such as longer exposures in low-light conditions with minimal
noise, and a live view preview function which assists with planning the best shots. In
addition, 36.3 megapixels ensure superior image quality in ultra-high definition.
“Bringing astrophotographers one step closer to capturing the majestic vastness and beauty of space is a challenge that Nikon has undertaken with the D810A, empowering enthusiasts with the best dedicated model of unprecedented image quality,” said Hiroaki Ono, General Manager of International Marketing Division Imaging Group, Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd.
“The DSLR marries advanced imaging technology and a deep understanding of the obstacles that astrophotographers face. This camera, precisely enhanced for the craft, offers them a new perspective in stunning detail. Its 36.3 megapixels and unique ability to capture subjects with H-alpha wavelengths ensure rich vibrant capture, for images of the cosmos that are true to the eye.”
D810A Primary Features
1. Stellar core for exceptional image quality
· Class-leading performance: The D810A is equipped with an array of top-notch features, designed to deliver superior image quality. At the core of full FX performance, images
with rich tonality and high resolution are guaranteed with the 36.3-megapixel Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor built without an optical lowpass filter. With the power of superhigh
resolution, the possibilities are endless as photographers can capture rich detail, crop with
confidence or even turn photos into wallscapes. Taking things up a notch, the image sensor which has been specially-developed for the art of astrophotography, is particularly
sensitive to emissions of the H-alpha wavelength, allowing astrophotography enthusiasts to shoot stunning images of nebulae and constellations.
|· Surpassing details and precise
tonality: Also ensuring unrivalled image quality is the EXPEED 4 imageprocessing
engine, which improves noise reduction performance at high sensitivities, as well as upgraded depth and clarity in gradation rendering. Made for capturing the night sky, the ISO sensitivity ranges from ISO 200 to 12800 and can be decreased to Lo 1 (ISO 100 equivalent), or increased up to Hi 2 (ISO 51200 equivalent) to suit a variety of environments.
2. Seeing red in high definition
· Spectacular captures of H-alpha wavelength nebulae: Behind the most powerful, readily available camera for astrophotography, is its unique ability to capture nebulae that
emit the H-alpha wavelength in red, which cannot be achieved with ordinary DSLRs. The D810A*1 employs an optical filter (IR cut filter) with reassessed transmission characteristics in which the transmission of H-alpha spectral line has been increased by approximately four times from a typical DSLR. This allows remarkably-detailed shots of nebulae, constellations and other celestial objects in rich tones and vibrant colours that are true to the eye with a high signal-to-noise ratio.
With more accurate and detailed colour reproduction, users can better understand the images that they take, and reduce the need for long hours of post-processing.
3. A galaxy of features optimised for astrophotography
· Optimal settings with minimal configuration: With the special long exposure
Manual (M*) mode, shutter speed can be set up to 900 seconds, making the
D810A a light capturing powerhouse, able to shoot in the darkest of conditions.
Be it the Milky Way or a meteor shower, users will find it a breeze to shoot in
· Vivid clarity for a masterpiece: One of the challenges astrophotographers face
when they point their cameras to the sky, is the difficulty in observing the live
view image which is often too dark, especially when photographing in the
wilderness away from light pollution. The D810A offers an intelligent solution to
this with the live view preview function which displays a brighter, clearer preview
image when the shutter speed is set at 30 seconds or more*2, enabling easier
focusing and framing adjustment, while minimizing misaligned focus on the
· Framed for perfection: Take a closer look at the stars and frame the perfect
shot with the ability to enlarge live view images up to approximately 23 times.
This helps astrophotographers achieve perfect framing and precise focusing,
while retaining high definition in the LCD display.
4. Front-row seats to the greatest show on earth
· Striking details with minimised distortion: The D810A is especially adept at
capturing crisp, clear images of the moon’s surface or landscape photos with
minimal blur, when using telephoto lenses. An electronic front-curtain shutter can
be enabled to reduce internal mechanical vibration, by eliminating the movement
of the conventional front curtain of a mechanical shutter. Vibration from mirror
movement is also reduced with mirror-up shooting, increasing image clarity.
· Uninterrupted inspiration: Smooth continuous shooting has never been easier,
with the ability to take an unlimited number of high-quality JPEG images, a
feature that is particularly handy when capturing beautiful light trails across the
night sky. When using the CH or CL release mode with a shutter speed 4
seconds or longer, the duration of continuous shooting can be extended
indefinitely, as long as memory card capacity and battery status permit.
Astrophotographers can also capture astronomical phenomena in action with
cinematic quality, time-lapse video.
5. A Capable Companion
· Built for journeys: Venturing out to photograph the unknown, the premium
design and build of the D810A ensures that astrophotographers have reliable
equipment that helps them capture their best shot, even in less than favourable
weather conditions. Inheriting the robust, weather-resistant design from the Nikon
D810, this FX-format DSLR offers a comprehensive seal against dust and water
droplets, with a grip that sits comfortably in the hand for steady shooting.
For improved product endurance, various components have been repeatedly
tested, such as a newly-designed, highly accurate and durable shutter, tested for
200,000 cycles with the unit actually loaded on the camera. This in turn provides
photographers with reliability and years of trouble-free image capture.
· Creative support: A variety of accessories to support the enthusiasm for the
craft is also available, making astrophotography easier and more enjoyable. From
a remote cord for remote shutter release, battery pack for longer battery life and
uninterrupted captures, to a GPS unit which enables the recording of latitude,
longitude, altitude, and Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) where photos were
taken, these equipment are ready to assist an astrophotographer’s exploration of
the galaxy. The new Picture Control system is also supported by the D810A and
users can utilize the free Capture NX-D software application to process and
adjust RAW images for full-scale photofinishing.
1 The D810A is a digital SLR camera designed exclusively for astrophotography. When
shooting under light sources with a significant amount of near-infrared wavelengths, or
capturing common subjects exhibiting high reflectance at near-infrared wavelengths,
resulting images may exhibit an unusually red cast.
2 When Bulb or Time is set at M mode or M* mode, or when the shutter speed is set at 60,
120, 180, 240, 300, 600 or 900 seconds at M* mode
The Nikon D810A will be available in early June 2015.
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