We are witnessing a historical breakthrough in the world of cameras: Nikon announced a Nikon D810A, the world's first full-frame astrophotography camera! The sensor on this camera is the largest sensor that has ever appeared in a consumer camera designed for astrophotography, which brings remarkable abilities when it comes to capturing light. The full-frame sensor on this camera means that it offers higher ISO values than all earlier consumer astrophotography cameras, which, at the same time, featured smaller sensors.
This is a Nikon D810 with a modified Infrared (IR) filter, which enables the camera to capture light coming from nebulae, and which enables long exposure photography. With most cameras, Infrared filters filter out regular red light in addition to infrared light. On the other hand, the said filter on the D810A is far more precise, which makes this model around four times more sensitive to long-wavelength red light than an ordinary DSLR. On this account, this revolutionary DSLR captures with ease red light emitted by hot hydrogen clouds, which prevail in nebulae.
Other characteristics include a Long Exposure M mode, which offers a choice when it comes to shutter speeds (from 4 to 900 seconds (15 minutes)), before having to use the Bulb or the Time mode. The exposure preview in the Bulb and the Time mode practically enables users to see in the dark, so that they would be able to frame and focus. There is also a Dark Frame Subtraction mode (labeled Astro Noise Reduction in the RAW), which makes sure that the level of noise remains low when shooting stars. Other changes encompass Red Virtual Horizon - so that it would not interfere with Night Vision - and the ability to dim the OLED viewfinder.
As for the sensor resolution, processor type, number of focal points, video mode, continuous shooting, and other performances, they have remained the same as with the D810 - 36.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor, EXPEED 4 processor, 51-point AF, Full HD video at 60 fps, 5 fps continuous shooting...
The Nikon D810A will come onto the market in May, while its price is still to be determined.
The news was taken from NIKON.