Top positive review
A total game changer -- almost perfect
Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2017
I have owned a lot of digital cameras over the years - Nikon D50, D90, D3, D800, Df, Canon 5DMKIII, etc. Some of those cameras have disappointed -- the D90 with it's CMOS sensor seemed less sharp than the old school CCD in the D50, and even the D800 with its antialias filter seemed less sharp than I expected.
With the D850, I was impressed the second I took the first shot inside my dimly lit home after dark. Incredible detail, excellent noise, perfectly metered, impressively fast autofocus. 10/10.
The image quality is a total game changer. Even though the linear resolution increase over my D800 is modest, there is an inherent sharpness and pixel level contrast that I almost never saw with the D800.
Beyond the flawless image quality, here is a list of pros and cons for the D850 overall:
Incredible image quality, particularly sharpness.
Rear touchscreen is iphone-like -- very responsive and intuitive to use. No lag.
Screen is much brighter than previous Nikons and the refresh rate seems to be totally "real-time" which is a real improvement.
Autofocus is extremely fast -- noticeably better than my D800 or Df.
Overall camera CPU performance seems very fast.
ISO button has been moved and is much easier to find/use.
No focus peaking with 4K video (there is focus peaking with 1080P video).
Nikon does not offer inbody image stabilization nor prime lenses with VR. Unfortunate for serious videographers.
Nikon wireless iOS app is astonishingly, embarrassingly bad and has been for years.