Nikon D1 vs Nikon D810A

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D1 and Nikon D810A. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


These cameras are both manufactured by Nikon.

Nikon D1 were released 1999 and Nikon D810A was released 2015. That is a 16 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D1 1999
Nikon D810A 2015

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D1 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor while Nikon D810A has a "Nikon FX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Nikon D1 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Nikon D810A 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)


Nikon D1 has a 2,7 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D810A has 36 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon D1 2,7 MP
2624000 pixels
2000 x 1312
Nikon D810A 36 MP
36152320 pixels
7360 x 4912

Nikon D810A has a 1278 % larger resolution than Nikon D1. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D810A has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D1. Nikon D810A has an ISO range that stretches from 200 to 12800 while Nikon D1 has 200 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D1 200-1600
Nikon D810A 200-12800

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D1
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D810A

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon D1 can shoot up to 4,5 pictures per seconds and Nikon D810A can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D1 4,5
Nikon D810A 5

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

It is only one of these two cameras that support recording movies and movie clips and that is Nikon D810A. Sadly, the Nikon D1 does not support this.


The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Nikon D1 weighs 1200 gr (equal to 2.65 lb) which is 36% heavier than Nikon D810A and its 880 gr (or 1.94 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D1 1200 gr
2.65 lb
Nikon D810A 880 gr
1.94 lb

Nikon D1 vs Nikon D810A Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D1 and Nikon D810A, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Nikon D1
Nikon D810A
Name Nikon D1 Nikon D810A
Manufacturer Nikon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Nikon D1
Nikon D810A
Release Year 1999 2015
Release Date 1999-06-15 2015-02-10
MSRP 4999 USD 3799 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D1
Nikon D810A
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Nikon D1
Nikon D810A
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
Sensor Type CCD CMOS
Resolution 2000 x 1312 pixels 7360 x 4912 pixels
Megapixels 2,7 MP 36 MP
Image Processor Nikon LSI (Large Scale Integration) EXPEED 4
Nikon D1
Nikon D810A
ISO Range 200 - 1600 200 - 12800
White Balance Presets 6 12
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW + TIFF
Optics & Focus
Nikon D1
Nikon D810A
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
Focus Points 5 51
Lens Mount Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon D1
Nikon D810A
Articulated LCD Fixed Fixed
Screen size 2 3.2
Screen dots 130000 1229000
Touch screen No No
Screen type N/A TFT-LCD (RGBW)
Live view No Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (tunnel)
Viewfinder Coverage 96% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8 (0.53 35mm equiv.) 0.7
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Nikon D1
Nikon D810A
Frames per second 4,5 fps 5 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/16000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash No Yes
Built-in Flash Range N/A 12 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon D1
Nikon D810A
Video recording No Yes
Video format N/A MPEG4
Video resolution N/A 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone No Yes
Built-in Speakers No Yes
Nikon D1
Nikon D810A
Memory Card Compact Flash
Compact Flash
Nikon D1
Nikon D810A
HDMI Output No Yes
Microphone Port No Yes
Headphone Port No Yes
Wireless No Yes
Optional via WT-5A or Eye-Fi
Remote Control Supported Yes
GPS No Yes
Optional via GP-1 or GP-1A
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D1
Nikon D810A
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Rechargeable EN-4 Ni-MH battery
EN-EL15 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) N/A 1200 shots
Width 157 mm 146 mm
Height 153 mm 123 mm
Depth 85 mm 82 mm
Weight 1200 gram 880 gram