Nikon D850 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body
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- Nikon-designed back-side illuminated (BSI) full-frame image sensor with no optical low-pass filter
- 45.7 megapixels of extraordinary resolution, outstanding dynamic range and virtually no risk of moiré
- Up to 9 fps1 continuous shooting at full resolution with full AF performance
- 8K2 and 4K time-lapse movies with new levels of sharpness and detail
- Tilting touchscreen, Focus Shift shooting mode, outstanding battery performance and much more
- 4K Ultra HD video recording, slow motion up to 120 FPS at 1080p
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D850: Extreme Resolution Meets Extreme Speed
When Nikon introduced the D800 and D800E, it set a new benchmark for DSLR image quality and super high resolution photography that approached medium format. Now, five years later, Nikon proudly introduces the next evolution in high resolution DSLRs, a camera that allows photographers to capture fast action in 45.7 megapixels of brilliant resolution. With remarkable advancements across the board—sensor design, autofocus, dynamic range, sensitivity, Speedlight control, battery life, shutter and mirror drive mechanisms, Silent Photography in Live-View mode, focus shift capability and more—this is quite possibly the most impressive, well-rounded DSLR yet.
Nikon's First Back-side Illuminated (BSI) Full-Frame Sensor
At the heart of the D850 is a Nikon designed sensor like none before it—a back-side illuminated (BSI) FX-format full-frame CMOS image sensor with 45.7 megapixels and no optical low-pass filter. A marvel of ingenuity, it achieves extraordinary image quality, enhanced light gathering efficiency, faster data readout and truer color. And with such a dense array of pixels, there's virtually no risk of moiré.
Faster, Richer, Sharper Processing
Faster than EXPEED 4, EXPEED 5 quickly processes all 45.7 megapixels of data for lower noise, wider dynamic range, subtle tonal and textural details, high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 9 fps1 and full-frame 4K UHD movie recording.
Sensitive to Every Little Detail
The lower the ISO, the greater the dynamic range. Like the D810 before it, the D850 has the lowest base ISO of any DSLR or mirrorless camera2—ISO 64 (expandable down to ISO 32).
Do Not Disturb
When silence is golden—shooting golf, press conferences, weddings and more—turn on Silent Photography in Live View and capture without sound or mechanical vibration. In Mode 1, shoot for up to 6 FPS continuous at 45.7 MP. In Mode 2, shoot approx. 8.6-megapixel pictures in DX image area at approx. 30 FPS for up to 3 seconds.
Tilt and Touch
The tilting touchscreen LCD screen makes it easy to get the shot, even from high or low angles. Use Touch AF, Touch Shutter control and navigate menus, playback and more as if you were using a smartphone. Zoom in during Live View shooting and use the new Pinpoint AF to put focus right where you want it.
Autofocus that Keeps Up
The D850 uses the same field-proven ultra-accurate AF system as the flagship D5. With 153 focus points, 99 cross-type sensors and a dedicated AF processor, the D850 delivers all of its 45.7 MP performance with NIKKOR lenses. Shoot in low light to -4 EV. Capturing the most elusive subjects will feel like second nature with the D850.
Focus in Near Darkness
Autofocus down to -4 EV lets you capture in low-light situations. Suddenly, fast NIKKOR primes and zooms can handle even lower light than before.
Locked-on Subject Tracking
Nikon's exclusive AF engine uses parallel processing with a sequence control microcomputer to realize high AF performance for fast-moving subjects even during high-speed shooting.
Keeps up with the Action
With up to 7 FPS at 45.7 MP, the D850 can capture the decisive frame of a bride walking down the aisle or a fashion model's fluid pose. For nailing the shot at a high-speed race or of A-listers on the red carpet, try using the optional MB-D18 battery pack and shoot full resolution up to 9 FPS.
A Multimedia Powerhouse
Multimedia content creators rejoice. You are now free to record 16:9 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) in full frame glory using the total width and resolution of the D850's back-side illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor. Take advantage of the large sensor size for clean output at high ISO and for shooting with zero crop factor with any full-frame NIKKOR lenses4, including wide and ultra-wide angle lenses.
Quickly Confirm Focus
Confirm your manual focus with Focus Peaking. Select high, medium or low sensitivity and red, yellow, blue or white highlights. Operates in manual focus mode with AF or compatible manual NIKKOR lenses.
Light it Up
When combined with the optional WR-A10/R10 transceiver (requires firmware version 3.0 or later), the D850 can control and wirelessly fire radio controlled SB-5000 Speedlights from another room, around corners or outdoors in bright sunlight.
4K Time-Lapse in Camera
Create entire 4K UHD time-lapse sequences right in the camera—an exclusive to Nikon DSLRs. Use Silent Live View Mode to bypass the mechanical shutter and mirror movement, saving thousands of shutter cycles and improving the D850's already outstanding battery performance.
8K Time-Lapse Using Interval Timer
Render jaw-dropping 8K time-lapse movies by shooting sequences of up to 9,999 full-size stills, again using Silent Live View Mode. Using the D850's Interval Timer Mode allows you to capture over 8K-size images with exquisite detail for time-lapse movie6 creation. And with no shutter vibration, your sequences will be tack-sharp.
Your Images. The World. Connected.
Transfer your images to a compatible smartphone or tablet instantly using Nikon's SnapBridge app. The app maintains a constant connection with the D850 via Bluetooth Low Energy for seamless transfers, sharing your favorite shots and even controlling the D850 for remote shooting.
|Display Fixture Type||tilting|
|Display Size||3.2 inches|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Item Dimensions||4.9 x 3.1 x 5.8 inches|
|Item Weight||2.02 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||1 Watt Hour|
|Shipping Weight||4.15 pounds|
|Style Name||Body Only|
|Supported Battery Types||Nikon EN-EL15|
|Video Capture Resolution||4k|
|Viewfinder Type||optical viewfinder|
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|Screen Size||3.2 in||3.2 in||3.2 in||3.2 in|
|Focus Type||—||Includes Manual Focus||Includes Manual Focus||Automatic with Manual|
|ISO Range||—||Auto, 100-12800, expandable to 50-51200||Auto, 64-12800||100 - 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (50 - 25600 with boost)|
|Item Dimensions||3.1 x 5.8 x 4.9 in||3.07 x 5.55 x 4.45 in||3.23 x 5.75 x 4.84 in||3.23 x 5.75 x 4.84 in|
|Item Weight||2.02 lbs||1.65 lbs||2.16 lbs||2.2 lbs|
|Megapixels||45.7 megapixels||24.3 megapixels||36.3 megapixels||36.3|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||—||24.3 megapixels||36.3 megapixels||36.3 megapixels|
|Photo Sensor Size||full_frame||CMOS (35.9 x 24mm)||CMOS (35.9 x 24.0mm)||Full frame|
|Style Name||Body Only||Body Only||Body Only||D800E|
|Video Capture Resolution||4k||1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)||1080p_hd||1080p_hd|
|Viewfinder||optical viewfinder||Optical (pentaprism)||Eye-level Pentaprism Single-Lens Reflex||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Wireless Technology||—||BuiltIn||Optional, via WT-5A or Eye-Fi||None|
Extreme resolution meets extreme speed. When Nikon introduced the D800 and D800E, it set a new benchmark for DSLR image quality and super high resolution photography that approached medium format. Now, five years later, Nikon proudly introduces the next evolution in high resolution DSLRs, a camera that allows photographers to capture fast action in 45.7 megapixels of brilliant resolution. With remarkable advancements across the board—sensor design, autofocus, dynamic range, sensitivity, Speedlight control, battery life, shutter and mirror drive mechanisms, Silent Photography in Live-View mode, focus shift capability and more. This is quite possibly the most impressive, well-rounded DSLR yet.
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Executive Summary: simply fantastic!
And now to the details:
I am not a big fan of digital photography; I’m an old fashioned film guy that still shoots with a Hasselblad and 4X5. I somewhat reluctantly bought a Nikon Df as my first “good” digital camera only because of its retro styling. It resembled my F3HP’s.
But having said that, the D850 has won me over. This camera offers the resolution that rivals film and an amazing ISO range. Combine that with high speed operation and the convenience of digital capture and I’ve probably shot my last roll of 35mm film. I’m still going to keep my medium and large format cameras, but holly cow, the images from this camera are simply superb!
I’m a landscape, nature and environmental portrait photographer, so this review should be viewed in that context. I don’t shoot sports, weddings nor do product photography so the specific needs of those photographers are foreign to me. The features that I discuss are important to me, but there may be some missing that are important to you.
Some of my favorite things, in no particular order:
1. The aforementioned resolution is simply fantastic! The capture of details is truly amazing. It’s not 4X5 quality, but it certainly approaches that. And think of all the images one can capture with this camera as opposed to the shots missed with medium and large format gear due to the hassles of lugging it around.
2. The viewfinder is extraordinarily bright. Brilliant!
3. Terrific ability to recover underexposed and shadow areas with very little noise. Far better than I’ve ever seen with other digital capture cameras.
4. Autofocus works extremely well even in low contrast scenes.
5. ISO range is entirely usable. Noise certainly increases at the higher ISO settings, but it is not objectionable.
My only criticism of the camera is that it is big and heavy. It has to be, I suppose, to squeeze in all that technology; nonetheless, it would be nice if it were a bit smaller.
With respect to size, I did get a chance to shoot it side by side with my friends D810. The D850 did sit better in the hand than the D810. The D850 felt a bit heavier, but more comfortable to hold. I believe that was because the D850 is a bit thinner with a deeper hand grip area. At least that’s the way it felt. I won’t do a comparison between the D810 and the D850 because I don’t have any depth of experience with the D810. All I’ll say is that when we compared images side by side in Lightroom, the D850 images were superior in all cases. Not hugely so, mind you, but even my friend agreed the D850 was the undisputed winner.
With only a few days logged with the camera, those are my initial observations. You’ll notice I said nothing about the D850’s video capabilities and that’s because what I don’t know about shooting video would fill an encyclopedia (remember those?). I’ll leave that to those that know what they’re talking about.
But, as a still photographer for some 45+ years now, I couldn’t be happier with the D850. The image quality is stunning. And if that’s all it offered, it would be worth the price of admission. But it also has a host of other features — of which I’m sure you’ve already read — that make this a true standout. I’m so glad I acquired one. I’ll keep my Df because I like the size and the retro styling and I’ll keep my medium and large format cameras just because, but the D850 is going to be my go to camera. And from a film die hard, that’s quite a statement.
Comparing D810 Pros
- Better grip, deeper similar to D500/750
- Better viewfinder with specs it might seem small but very noticeable and bright
- Focus peaking, yes it works for Live View Photography, you have several colors and thickness of line settings. Only con does not work for 4K Video. No idea why
- Most of my lens are manual focus but tried few times with AF Nikon/Sigma Art lens on the new focus stacking feature. Makes things easier by adding steps. Does not work on MF lenses. Not a con thats the way it is.
- Like the button layout matches D500, slightly different from D810 not a deal breaker for me
- Sensor definitely improved, ISO performance for the same shot from D810 same lighting conditions show much more micro contrast in images with great noise control. Note not a big change in base ISO 64 to 800 from D810. D810 still great
- Shadow recovery, seems to be better so better Dynamic Range when compared to D810. Almost close to GFX 50S Medium Format camera but in 3D pop GFX wins
- Speed is good, I shoot mostly landscape so its not a big deal to me. I use SD UHS-ii 300MB/S card.
- Tilt screen is awesome addition for low shootings, only complain here is I wish it flips in portrait mode like GFX 50S
- Battery life is awesome
- Would have been nice to have focus peaking for 4K, maybe firmware upgrade Nikon?
- Missing built in flash not that I complain much but that one odd dark place without your other flashes D810 it came in handy. So keep a flash in bag
- Wish the battery stayed the same as D810 and comes with bigger charger like 2 at a time as base
- shutter speed beyond 30s is still not possible without remote
If you have lot of cash lying around and you're a pro would make it back definitely buy. If you are with D800 yes this is a worthy upgrade. If you have D810 its 50/50 upgrade not a big difference but there are features like 4K video, focus stacking, focus peaking (for me this is useful with my MF lenses).
Happy shooting and may the light be with you all!