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We test Nikon's hot new astrocamera

The D810A full-frame sensor produces colorful, ultra-low-noise images.
RELATED TOPICS: NIKON | CAMERAS
Nikon's D810A is a full-frame DSLR with an extended red response specifically engineered with astroimagers in mind.
I first learned of the D810A from an emailed news alert, which included the manufacturer’s suggested retail price: $3,799.95! That’s as much as a small CCD camera costs. What is so special about this Nikon camera? As it turns out, a lot.

To begin with, it has a full-frame (35mm) 36.2-megapixel sensor (in a 7360-by-4912-pixel array) with no anti-aliasing filter in front. This allows the camera greater sharpness, something I was able to verify as soon as I saw the way it recorded stars. Although Nikon discourages the use of this camera for daytime photography, I, and many other reviewers, have found that it works fine for daytime shots. If reds come out slightly stronger it is an easy matter to go into Photoshop to adjust the reds to your liking. In my daytime images with color balance set to “Auto,” everything looked great.

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