The Nikon D850 is a full-frame DSLR camera featuring a 45.7-megapixel back-side Illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor. The camera delivers what Nikon proudly says is “majestic” image quality, in both stills and full-frame 4K UHD video. Despite this resolution, the D850 is capable of a capture rate of up to 7 frames-per-second (fps) (9 fps with optional battery grip and EN-EL18a/b battery).
The company says the sensor approaches medium format-level resolution and forgoes an optical low pass filter (OLPF), delivering “fantastic” fidelity, tonality and clarity. The BSI CMOS sensor captures light more efficiently, resulting in wider dynamic range and low-noise image capture.
The D850 will buffer approximately 51 frames of 14-bit lossless RAW capture / 170 frames of 12-bit lossless).
ISO range is 64 – 25,600 (expandable down to ISO 32, up to 102,400).
The EXPEED 5 image processing engine is Nikon’s most powerful yet, allowing for fast data readout and swift image processing pipeline, enabling high speed shooting, full-frame 4K UHD video capture and maximum power efficiency for longer battery life.
A tilting LCD touchscreen is 3.2-in.
The D850 offers the ability to operate with an electronic shutter in Live View. When in this mode, users can shoot in complete silence, for sensitive events. The electronic shutter operates at up to 6 fps (AF/AE locked), while an additional mode enables 8.6-megapixel JPEG capture at up to 30 fps (images are recorded with a 1.5x DX crop).
Like the D5 and D500, the D850 also has the ability to take advantage of long range wireless lighting using radio frequency and the optional SB-5000 Speedlight and WR-A10 and WR-R10.
Users can choose from three sizes of RAW files to enhance workflow, including Large (45.7-MP), Medium (25.6-MP) and Small (11.4-MP). Additionally, the D850 lets users batch process multiple RAW files in camera.
Nikon says you can get up to 1,840 shots at full resolution or approximately 70 minutes of video on a single charge, or, with the optional battery grip, up to 5,140 shots (CIPA standard).
Focus Stacking is also part of the package. The Focus Shift Photography feature is high resolution meets high magnification. For landscape photographers to maximize depth of field, this feature lets the user shoot up to 300 shots at adjustable focus step intervals to infinity to be easily assembled using third-party software.
Negative/Positive Scanning: With the optional ES-2 Film Digitizing Adapter and compatible Micro-Nikkor lens, the camera enables super high-resolution digitizing of 35 mm slides or negatives and converts them in-camera to positives.
Photographers can choose from five formats, including FX-format, 1.2x, DX, 5:4, or 1:1 square with viewfinder shading.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity are built in. Users can send images to their phones through an always-on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connection, or through Wi-Fi. Nikon SnapBridge also gives the ability for remote capture and preview.
The camera sports Nikon’s widest and brightest optical viewfinder. The 0.75X viewfinder magnification is the highest ever for a Nikon DSLR, and offers a wide and bright view of the frame.
The D850 features dual memory card slots – XQD for high-speed capture and transfer, as well as easily available SD media.
Buttons that light up at the turn of a dial increase visibility when shooting at night or in low-light scenarios.
The camera offers Full-frame 4K UHD at 24/30 fps. The sensor enables 4K UHD output at a full-frame width at 16:9. Creators can also capture Full HD 1080P at up to 120 fps (4x or 5x) for slow motion video.
When shooting Full HD or in live view for stills, focus peaking can be enabled which highlights in-focus subjects in the frame to ensure sharpness.
Users can create 4K time-lapse videos easily in camera, or can use the built in intervalometer to capture images for an ultra-high resolution 8K time lapse for those who want the ultimate in video quality.
The D850 now lets you adjust the level of brightness, to be indicated between 180-255 depending on your needs. What’s more, the zebra patterns come in two varieties, selectable according to the patterns and textures of your subjects.
Using HDMI, users can record uncompressed footage directly to a digital recorder, while simultaneously recording to a card.
The D850 features an onboard stereo microphone, as well as inputs for headphones and microphones. The camera also features a new audio attenuator to regulate sound levels.
The Nikon D850 will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $4,399.95 and will be available in September. The MB-D18 Multi Power Battery Pack will have an MSRP of $529.95, while the ES-2 film digitalizing adapter will have an MSRP of $199.95.