The Nikon D850 updates the Nikon D810 from 2014 and is a significant upgrade, with an all-new 45.7mp full-frame BSI CMOS sensor, fast continuous shooting at 7fps (up to 9fps with battery grip), 4K UHD video recording, a tilting 3.2inch touch-screen, and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The camera is also capable of creating 4K timelapse videos in camera.
Higher resolution. Higher speed. Greater versatility. Pure potential for stills and video.
Next stage in evolution for high-resolution photography. The D850 simply surpass the incredible image quality of the D810, with 45.7 effective megapixels and ISO sensitivity from 64-25600. It pairs these with a new level of versatile and uncompromising performance, including continuous shooting speeds and the 153-point AF system used in the flagship D5. It’s the first Nikon FX-format D-SLR camera to offer full-frame 4K UHD video, while time-lapse shooters can create high-resolution sequences even under extremely low light. From landscape to commercial sports, wedding and fashion photography, as well as multimedia shooting, the D850 lets you create astounding images that meet the strictest professional requirements.
Coupled with optical low-pass filter for better detail recording, and gapless microlenses for better light collecting performance. The sensor has a native ISO range of ISO64 to ISO25600 which extends to ISO32 all the way up to ISO102400 (Hi2) – this extended ISO range is also available for 4K video recording.
The camera will shoot at 7fps at full resolution, or 9fps when the optional battery grip, MB-D18, is attached. The camera has a buffer capable of taking 51 raw shots before slowing down. The camera has a continuous quiet shutter mode, plus a silent shutter mode using an electronic shutter. Using this it’s possible to shoot at 6fps, or alternatively, you can shoot at 30fps, when shooting 8.8mp (DX crop) images.
On the back is a 3.2inch tilting touch-screen, with 2360K dots. This allows precise focus peaking when using manual focus in live-view, and pinpoint focus is also available. The touch-screen can be used to scroll through menus and change settings.
There is no built-in flash, and this means Nikon was able to put a large 0.75x Optical ViewFinder (OVF) in the camera – making it the largest in any Nikon DSLR.
Video – 4K UHD, 30, 25, 24fps video recording is possible, using the full-frame of the sensor. It’s also possible to output uncompressed video to an external recorder or monitor. You can record slow motion video giving 4 or 5x slower playback, at FullHD resolution up to 120fps. Stereo mics are built-in, and on the side, you’ll find microphone and headphone sockets. Electronic image stabilization is available when recording FullHD video.
4K time-lapse video creation is possible in camera, with 8K time-lapse creation possible using images from the camera. Focus stacking mode lets you take up to 300 images, which can then be merged together using 3rd party software on a computer.
In camera, RAW batch processing can process 1000 raw images in 25 minutes. You can choose what size raw files you want, with a choice of full size 45.7 megapixel, 25.6 megapixels (Medium), or 11.4 megapixels (Small) images.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are built-in to the camera to allow low-power image transfer, using Nikon’s SnapBridge app, which is available for iOS and Android devices.
The camera body is made out of magnesium alloy and is weather-sealed, with illuminated buttons for use in low-light (like the Nikon D5). On the side, you’ll find two memory card slots, one SD (UHS-II) and one XQD slot.
Battery life is rated at an impressive 1840 shots, with the standard battery. This can be extended to 5140 shots using the optional battery grip.