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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.
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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.
The overall feel is very similar with a few small changes. The grip feels thinner but deeper and most people find it more pleasant. FOr some reason I actually preferred the D810 grip. The D850 grip sort of has a square feeling in my hand.
The button layout is a little different and overall I would say better. I prefer the ISO button on the right so you can make all major adjustments with the same hand. The joystick is much better for changing focus points. This could get annoying with the trackpad when you had to make larger focus point adjustments. The joystick makes this a quick process.
I love the tiltscreen and what it allows me to do. I shoot a lot of landscape and I will no longer have to bend or lay down to get a shot. It also allows overhead shots that can really change perspective.
The illuminated buttons are a welcomed addition. I shoot at night and its a nice option to have.
Image quality is amazing. You can see the difference in detail compared to the D810. Its not a huge jump but noticeable. I also think ISO 64 is cleaner on the D850. When raising shadows the colors are truer and the detail is not lost.
Some people have reported over a 1 stop gain in HIGH ISO. I don't believe this is true but I do think the D850 has cleaner High ISO shots. I do a lot of nightscapes and the D850 is definitely cleaner at ISO 3200- 6400. There is still noise to deal with but it is better. One area the D810 had issues with was hot pixels with long exposures. The D850 has greatly improved in this area. There is a few but it is much improved.
Overall if you were happy with the image quality of the D810 or D750 you will not be disappointed with the D850. Don't expect a huge improvement because the D810 and D750 were already amazing with IQ.
I haven't had a lot of chances to test the Auto focus system but I fully expect it to be tons better than the D810. I can say that the camera does a ton better focusing in lowlight. THe D810 struggled with this and I have yet to try and focus on something with the D850 and had it hunt for focus.
Some other features I really enjoy:
The focus stack feature has tons of potential. I have played with it a little and it really makes focus stacking a lot easier. I used it for a landscape scene but I am sure it will be great for macro.
I love the focus peaking feature for stills. I use manual focus lenses and it really does change the success rate with fast manual lenses. I am so happy this feature has been added.
The viewfinder is larger and looks nice but don't expect a huge difference. Its a small improvement.
The silent mode will come in handy but it takes getting used to. I would stand there wondering if I just took a shot because its completely silent. This is mostly awkward when doing long exposures because you end up touching the camera to check while its still taking the photo.
Overall the D850 is a definite winner and I think almost all buyers will be thrilled with it. If you plan to take advantage of the 7-9FPS I suggest investing in the XQD card.
I do wish Nikon would make the custom buttons even more customizable. There is still a lot of restrictions that seem so easy to correct.
As the D850 was announced and getting ready to come on the market I had been looking to upgrade my camera body. It was a difficult decision and I did a lot of research. I finally settled on the Nikon D850 and I am extremely satisfied with the decision to buy this camera. Honestly it has exceeded my expectations. Sample photo included 0.6 seconds 14mm f11