Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Images

This is a collection of images I’ve taken at high ISOs with the Nikon D810, to give a sense of how it performs in real-world low-light conditions.

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The Nikon D810 has a native ISO range from ISO 64 to ISO 12800.

You can go a little lower and higher than that into what’s known as extended ISO, where goes beyond the native capabilities of the sensor hardware to ranges boosted by software. In the extended range, you can go down to the equivalent of ISO 32 (LO-1) and up to ISO 51,200 (HI+2).

All of the photos here are focusing on the high end of the ISO range. “High ISO” is, of course, subjective. For the purposes here, I’m treating it as ISO 6400 and above.

Nikon D810 DSLR
  • 36.3 MP FX format CMOS sensor without an Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF)
  • 30 percent faster Expeed 4 image processing engine. Shutter speed: 1/8000 to 30 sec

I shot all of these in RAW. I’ve processed them in Lightroom, but I haven’t applied any of Lightroom’s noise reduction tools (or applied other noise reduction apps, for that matter). And because these are processed from the RAW files, they don’t use any of the camera’s built-in noise reduction algorithms that are applied to JPG images straight out of the camera.

Sample Images Taken at High ISOs with the Nikon D810

I’ve included the ISO for each image in its caption.

Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon AF-S 105mm ƒ/2.8G IF-ED VR prime macro lens @ ISO 14368.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon 150.0-600.0mm f/5.0-6.3 lens @ ISO 10000.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon lens @ ISO 6400.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon AF-S 24mm ƒ/1.4G ED wide-angle prime lens @ ISO 10000.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon 28.0-300.0mm f/3.5-5.6 lens @ ISO 10000.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR telephoto zoom lens @ ISO 9000.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon lens @ ISO 7200.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon lens @ ISO 10000.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR telephoto zoom lens @ ISO 22807.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G prime lens @ ISO 11400.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon AF-S 24mm ƒ/1.4G ED wide-angle prime lens @ ISO 8000.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon 150.0-600.0mm f/5.0-6.3 lens @ ISO 12800.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon TAMRON 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD A010N lens @ ISO 20000.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon 24.0-70.0mm f/2.8 lens @ ISO 6400.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR telephoto zoom lens @ ISO 12800.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon AF-S 105mm ƒ/2.8G IF-ED VR prime macro lens @ ISO 14368.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR telephoto zoom lens @ ISO 51200.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR telephoto zoom lens @ ISO 51200.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon AF-S 105mm ƒ/2.8G IF-ED VR prime macro lens @ ISO 6400.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon AF-S 105mm ƒ/2.8G IF-ED VR prime macro lens @ ISO 51200.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon AF-S 24mm ƒ/1.4G ED wide-angle prime lens @ ISO 8000.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon AF-S 105mm ƒ/2.8G IF-ED VR prime macro lens @ ISO 51200.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED lens @ ISO 6400.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon AF 16mm f/2.8D Fisheye lens @ ISO 6400.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR telephoto zoom lens @ ISO 12800.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Nikon D810 with a Nikon lens @ ISO 12800.

Price & Availability of the Nikon D810 DSLR

The D810 has been discontinued and has become harder to find new. But they do turn up, and sometimes at very good prices.

Check the current price and availability at:

Nikon D810 DSLR
  • 36.3 MP FX format CMOS sensor without an Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF)
  • 30 percent faster Expeed 4 image processing engine. Shutter speed: 1/8000 to 30 sec

But it’s relatively easy to find used copies in good condition. My first stop for used gear is KEH; you can find their D810s in stock here.

The D810 was replaced by the D850.

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