This review is devoted to D850 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Aug 24, 2017. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 46.0 MP and a Full frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.
This is an upgraded model that Nikon released to replace their older product
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Nikon D850 vs. D810
In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #2 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 63/100 and it takes a rank of #10 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon D850 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
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In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon D850. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro DSLR cameras.
Nikon D850 has the following external dimensions 146 x 146 x 79 mm (57.48 x 48.82 x 31.1″) with the weight of 1015 g.
The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Nikon D850, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon D850 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 79mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon D850 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon D850 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon D850 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Nikon D850 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Nikon D850 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Nikon D850 boasts of a resolution of 46.0 MP and is equipped with a Full frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.
The base of Nikon D850 has the following ISO range 64 - 25600 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 32 - 102400.
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
In a huge database of models that we have collected, Nikon D850 features a 46.0 MP sensor. In the Semi-Pro DSLR class, there is a high-resolution camera.
DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Nikon D850, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 100 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Nikon D850’s sensor.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Full frame sensor featured in Nikon D850 with other standard sensor sizes.
Nikon D850 is equipped with a Tilting 3.2" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 2,359k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.
The ViewFinder in D850 has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.75x and it also provides a coverage of 100%.
Compared to other cameras from this class, this model comes packed with excellent magnification and coverage. Its coverage indicator of 100% guarantees excellent quality of shots and ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the ViewFinder while shooting. This also contributes to a better framing of your shots, so, in most cases, there won’t be a need for further cropping.
Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.
This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.
Some of the other highlights of Nikon D850 are its 7.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, D850 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.
One more highlight that makes Nikon D850 stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 153 points.
In addition, D850 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Nikon D850, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Nikon D850 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 formats.
Nikon D850 supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.
Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of D850.
D850 comes with an embedded built-in microphone and Mono speaker.
In addition, Nikon D850 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone and, since it comes with a port for external headphones, we can call Nikon D850 a perfect camera for high-quality videography purposes.
One more advantage of Nikon D850 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.
In addition, D850 is equipped with its USB 3.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect D850 with suitable external devices.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Nikon D850 provides a shooting life of 1840, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 871 shots.
Compared to all models in the Semi-Pro DSLR category, Nikon D850 offers the highest battery life that reaches 1840 shots.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon D850’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon D850’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the D850 to the average DSLR camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D850 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 94. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D850 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D850 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 88. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D850 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D850 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 99. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D850 can be called a 99 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D850 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 68. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D850 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D850 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 100. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D850 can be called a 100 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
No Significant Disadvantages
|Announced||Aug 24, 2017|
|Body Type||Mid-size SLR|
|Lens Mount||Nikon F|
|Number of Lenses||287|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Resolution||2,359k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||7.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Front-curtain sync (normal), Rear-curtain sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||100|
|DxO Color Depth||26.4|
|DxO Dynamic Range||14.8|
|DxO Low Light ISO||2660|
|Sensor Size||Full frame|
|Sensor Dimensions||35.9 x 23.9 mm|
|Sensor Area||858.01 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||46.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||8256 x 5504|
|Max Native ISO||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||102,400|
|Min Native ISO||64|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||153|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||99|
|Video Resolutions||3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160|
|Physical Dimensions||146 x 124 x 79 mm|
|Battery Life||1840 shots|
|Battery Type||1840 shots|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported) + XQD|