Nikon D850: Hands-on Panel Discussion

Get a first look at the new Nikon D850 with a previously recorded, hands-on product tour and field reports from Nikon Ambassadors Dixie Dixon, Joe McNally, Corey Rich and Lucas Gilman.

Higher resolution. Faster operation. Greater versatility.

The D850 puts staggering image quality and impressive
performance within reach of working photographers everywhere.

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Camera
CMOS

45.7 Megapixel Back-side
Illuminated CMOS Sensor

At the heart of the D850 is 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 with virtually no risk of moiré

Expeed

EXPEED 5 Image
Processing

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.

Dynamic

Dynamic Range
Down to ISO 64

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).

NIKKOR Lenses: The Gold Standard

Nikon has been setting the standard for full-frame lenses for over 80 years. Gold Ring Series NIKKOR optics are among the finest lenses available, drawing peak performance from high-resolution image sensors like the one found in the D850.

Precision at Every Turn

Fast continuous shooting, flagship autofocus and precise metering.

Speed
7 fps

Continuous
Shooting Speed

9 fps

With Optional
MB-D18 Battery Grip
& EN-EL18b/a Battery

Speed to Match Your Vision

With a continuous shooting speed of 7 fps or 9 fps using the optional MB-D18 battery pack with EN-EL 18b/a Lithium-ion Battery, the D850 can capture those perfect moments in action from a bride walking down the aisle to gravity-defying sports shots at it’s full 45.7 MP resolution.

153 Point AF System

With 153 focus points, 99 cross-type sensors and a dedicated AF processor, the D850 combines the best of flagship AF technology so that you can be assured that your high resolution images are as sharp as can be.

Autofocus Down to -4 EV

Focus in near darkness down to -4 EV to capture moody low-light scenes. Suddenly, fast NIKKOR primes and zooms can handle even lower light than before.

A Multimedia Powerhouse

Record cinematic 4K UHD movies in stunning full frame glory.

Full Frame 4K UHD

Record 16:9 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) in full frame glory using the total width of the D850’s back-side illuminated CMOS sensor. Take advantage of the large sensor size for clean output at high ISO and for shooting with zero crop factor with full-frame NIKKOR lenses3, including wide and ultra-wide angle lenses.

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8K

4K and 8K Time-Lapse

Create jaw-dropping 4K time-lapse movies right in-camera or exquisitely-detailed 8K time-lapse sequences of up to 9,999 full-size stills using D850’s Interval Timer Mode.

120 fps Slow-Motion

Transform dramatic moments into dazzling fluid slow-motion sequences. Record 4x (shoot at 120p, playback at 30/25p) or 5x (shoot at 120p, playback at 24p) slow-motion at 1080p.

120fps


Sound

Versatile Sound Controls

When audio levels rise unexpectedly, D850’s sound attenuator automatically reduces the microphone sensitivity to prevent distortion and maintain smooth recording with clear sound.

Focus

Focus Peaking

Confirm your manual focus with Focus Peaking4. Select high, medium or low sensitivity and red, yellow, blue or white highlights.

Highlight

Selectable Highlight Detection

Avoid overly bright or blown-out highlights in your videos with D850’s three selectable Zebra Stripes highlight detection patterns



Veil

Inspired by Photographer Feedback

Next-generation features and performance enhancements designed with the user in mind.

Touch

Tilt and Touch

The tilting touchscreen LCD 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 touch-enabled smart device. Zoom in during Live View shooting and use the new Pinpoint AF to put focus right where you want it.

Touch

Focus Stacking Made Easy

Create images with extraordinary depth of field using Focus Shift Mode. Set focal steps from 1 to 10 for up to 300 automated shots and D850 will automatically shift focus between shots and collect the images in a dedicated folder for easy identification when using 3rd party focus stacking software5.

Touch

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.



Capability-Expanding Accessories

Grip

Battery Grip

Add the new MB-D18 Multi Battery Power Pack for improved handling with telephoto prime or telephoto zoom lenses, and increase your shooting speed to 9 fps6 at full resolution.

Transmitter

Wireless Transmitter

When you’ve got a deadline, transfer speed can make all the difference. Transfer images and movie files to a PC or FTP server via wired LAN/wireless LAN using the optional WT-7 Wireless Transmitter.

Negative

Negative Digitizer

Digitize the gems from your film days at D850’s full 45.7 MP using the new optional ES-2 Film Digitizer Adapter on a compatible Micro-NIKKOR lens.



Basketball

Light It Up

Create greater depth and dimension with advanced flash control and Nikon’s Creative Lighting System.

Flash

WR-A10/R10 Transceiver

When combined with the optional WR-A10/R10 transceiver7,
the D850 can control and wirelessly fire radio controlled SB-5000 Speedlights
from another room, around corners or outdoors in bright sunlight.


Control

Define Your Style

Control the look of your photos and videos with Nikon’s Picture Control System. Spend more time in the field focusing on being creative and less time post-processing. Select Auto Picture Control and let the D850 optimize the look for your specific shot.

Auto
Standard
Neutral
Vivid
Monochrome
Portrait
Landscape
Flat

Workflow Enhancements

Spend more time taking great photos and less time waiting for things to process.

XQD

XQD Storage

Using optional XQD storage allows for optimum handling of D850’s incredible high resolution files and shooting speeds. SD can be used for back up, overflow or just as extra storage space.

Streamlined Workflow

Seamlessly switch between RAW sizes of Large (45.4 MP), Medium (25.6 MP) and Small (11.4 MP), whichever fits your need or workflow. Save time with RAW batch processing right in the camera.

Streamlined
SnapBridge

Built-in Wireless Connectivity

Transfer images to a compatible smartphone or tablet instantly using Nikon’s SnapBridge app and the D850’s constant Bluetooth Low Energy connection.

Wireless

Designed to Outperform

Whether in the studio or on-location, from the catwalk or the scenic overlook to a wedding ceremony or night sky,
the Nikon D850 is the versatile tool to capture all, with astounding resolution and speed.

Phenomenal Battery Performance

All day shooting shouldn’t require frequent battery changes. The D850 is extremely energy efficient and can shoot approx. 1,840 shots8 at full resolution or approx. 70 minutes of video on a single charge. Even when powering external monitors and working in extreme conditions, the D850 performs brilliantly.

Battery

Built Rugged

The D850 is built for extreme durability using rugged magnesium alloy and carbon fiber materials. The sturdy camera body protects the sophisticated technologies inside against accidental shock.

Body

Withstand the Elements

The D850 has extensive weather and dust sealing applied to its joint parts and seams, allowing you to shoot with confidence, even in harsh weather conditions and the most extreme environments.

Weather
Ocean


Tech Specs
At a Glance
Effective Pixels (Megapixels) 45.7 million Sensor Size 35.9 mm x 23.9 mm Image Sensor Format FX Storage Media 1 XQD card and 1 Secure Digital (SD) card SD SDHC (UHS-II compliant) SDXC (UHS-II compliant) XQD Type Memory Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution 7 frames per second
ISO Sensitivity ISO 64 - 25,600 Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 32 equivalent) below ISO 64 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 102,400 equivalent) above ISO 25,600; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Movie 4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 30 fps 4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 25 fps 4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 24 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 60 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 50 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps Slow-motion: Full HD 1,920x1,080 30p (x4) Slow-motion: Full HD 1,920x1,080 25p (x4) Slow-motion: Full HD 1,920x1,080 24p (x5) Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively Quality selection available at all sizes except 3,840 x 2,160 (when quality is fixed at high) and 1,920 x 1,080 slow-motion (when quality is fixed at normal)
Monitor Size 3.2 in. diagonal Monitor Type Tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD Battery / Batteries EN-EL15a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth) 5.8 in. (146 mm) x 4.9 in. (124 mm) x 3.1 in. (78.5 mm) Approx. Weight 32.3 oz. (915 g) camera body only
Type
Type
Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens Mount
Nikon F bayonet mount
Footnotes
  1. Up to 7 fps; use the MB-D18 Multi Battery Power Pack with the EN-EL 18b/a Lithium-ion Battery and shoot full resolution up to 9 fps.
  2. Among DSLR and Mirrorless cameras as of August 24, 2017.
  3. DX Nikkor also compatible.
  4. Available with Full HD or HD or in Stills Live View Mode.
  5. Requires 3rd party software.
  6. Requires EN-EL 18b Rechargeable Li-ion Battery.
  7. Requires firmware version 3.0 or later.
  8. Based on CIPA Standards.

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