Nikon D850 Brief Review



  • Other Features : 4K and 8K timelapses, focus peaking, focus bracketing, film negative digitizer (sold separately), SD or XQD storage
  • Weight : 32.3 oz.
  • Battery : Li-ion rated at 1,840 shots or 70 minutes HD video
  • Weather Sealing : Yes
  • Screen : 3.2 inch tilting touchscreen
  • GPS : With GP-1 accessory sold separately
  • Wi-Fi : Wi-fi and Bluetooth
  • Flash : Built-in and hot shoe slot
  • Video : 4K at 30 fps, 1080p at 60 fps, 120 fps slow motion, up to 29 minutes, 59 seconds record time
  • RAW : Yes, 12 or 14 bit, compressed and uncompressed
  • Image Stabilization : No (available in lenses)
  • Autofocus System : TTL phase detection rated down to -4EV
  • Autofocus Points : 153
  • Burst Speed : 7 fps (9 fps with MB-D18 Power Pack and EN-EL18b/a battery)
  • Shutter Speed : 30 sec. to 1/8000
  • ISO : 64-25,600 (expandable to 32 - 102,400)
  • Processor : Expeed 5
  • Sensor : 45.7 megapixel full frame back-lit sensor, no optical low pass filter
  • Release Date: 2017-09-07
  • Final Grade: 97 4.85 Star Rating: Recommended

The Nikon D850 impresses with speedy performance, high resolution
The Nikon D850 looks to be a full frame powerhouse with 45.7 megapixels, 4K video and a 7 fps burst.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 9/9/2017

The Nikon D850 is a camera that pays attention to details -- both in the photos itself and the feature list. An update to the 2014 D810, the Nikon D850 sports a 45.7 megapixel full frame sensor and 4K, 30 fps video for capturing those details.

At the heart of the D850 is the 45.7 megapixel full frame sensor. The sensor sees ten more megapixels than the predecessor, creating images up to 8,256 pixels wide. Like the D810, the optical low pass filter is replaced by sensor technology to increase detail and the sensor design is backlit for enhanced low light performance.

That sensor is also behind the 4K, 30 fps video capability. While the maximum record time tends to be shorter, DSLRs are often picked up for video because of those large sensors. The D850 can continue recording for almost 30 minutes. 1080p HD video is available at the faster 60 fps frame rate and 120 fps slow motion recording is available too. The D850 can also record 8K and 4K timelapses.

While the D5 remains Nikon's speediest full frame shooter, the lower-priced D850 offers a nice 7 fps, a nice speed for the camera's big resolution. With the battery grip (sold separately) that speed bumps up to 9 fps. Speaking of accessories, the D850 is also compatible with a new film scanner from Nikon that uses the camera to digitize film.

Autofocus hits a nice 153 point system. Nikon says the autofocus system has improved and that the camera can still focus in low light scenes down to -4EV. And while focus peaking is traditionally a feature found on cameras with electronic viewfinders, Nikon has included the manual focus assist in the D850.

The body keeps much of the sleek look of Nikon DSLRs, but the company has also brought their tilting touchscreen to the D850. Originally introduced in the budget D5000 series, the tilting touchscreen is now migrating to higher-end models, including the D7500. The camera body weighs in at 32.2 ounces and includes slots for both SD cards and QXD cards.

The Nikon D850 looks to be an excellent performer with a long list of features -- but it's unfortunately one that not many will be able to afford. The D850 is about $3,300 for the body, the same price the D810 launched at in 2014. The D850 is priced similar to the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, but the D850 offers more autofocus points, more megapixels and a better battery life, though misses Canon's Dual Pixel features. Overall, the D850 looks like a sleek addition to Nikon's line-up and, while expensive, is priced close to the competition. 

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