Nikon D850 Review

Overall 63
Imaging 46
Features 85
Size 69
Price 0

Main Features

  • 46.0 MP Full frame BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 64 - 25600 (Expands to 32 - 102400)
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3.2″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 7.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 146 x 124 x 79 mm
  • Weight: 1015 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Nikon D810. Compare

Nikon D850 Summary

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 D810. To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by following this link:
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.

Nikon D850 Compared to other DSLR 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.

PROs

  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • Screen Size: 3.2″
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/8000
  • Continuous Shooting: 7.0 fps
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 14.8
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 2660
  • Sensor Resolution: 46.0 MP
  • Min Native Iso: 64
  • Min Boosted Iso: 32
  • Af Touch: Yes
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 153
  • Number Of Cross Focus Points: 99
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Headphone Port: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Battery Life: 1840 shots
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Storage Slots: 2

CONs

Complete Comparison of Nikon D850 With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro DSLR Category

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.

Physical Characteristics Of Nikon D850

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:

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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.

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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:

Battery

Nikon D850 — 1840 shots
Min: 390 shots
Average: 871 shots
Max: 1840 shots

Thickness

Nikon D850 — 79 mm
Min: 64 mm
Average: 75 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Nikon D850 — 1015 g
Min: 479 g
Average: 783 g
Max: 1074 g

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 Photo and Sensor Features

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 Sensor Scores

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.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon D850

LCD and ViewFinder

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.

Max Shutter speed

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.

Flash

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.

Focusing

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.

Video Features

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.

Connectivity and Storage

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.

Battery Life

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.

How Good is Nikon D850 for Different Types of Photography?

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.

Nikon D850 for Portrait Photography

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.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (46 MP)
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • You might not like Nikon skintone
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon D850 for Street 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.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large Full frame(35.9 x 23.9 mm) sensor
  • Big battery life (1840 shots)

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (146 x 124 x 79 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon D850 for Sports 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.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Big Number of autofocus Points (153)
  • Big Number of CrossFocus Points (99)
  • Nice Low Light ISO (2660)
  • Big battery life (1840 shots)
  • Big size (146 x 124 x 79 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (7.0 fps)

Nikon D850 for Daily 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.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm) sensor
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (1015 g)
  • Big size (146 x 124 x 79 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash

Nikon D850 for Landscape 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.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (46 MP)
  • Good Dynamic Range (14.8)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support
  • Nice Low Light ISO (2660)

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages

Nikon D850 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model D850
Announced Aug 24, 2017
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Nikon F
Number of Lenses 287
Focal Length Multiplier 1x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3.2″
Screen Resolution 2,359k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.75
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 7.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes Front-curtain sync (normal), Rear-curtain sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average Yes
Spot Yes
Partial Yes
AF-Area Yes
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 100
DxO Color Depth 26.4
DxO Dynamic Range 14.8
DxO Low Light ISO 2660
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
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
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 153
Number of Cross Focus Points 99
Video Features
Video Resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port Yes
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 3.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 1015 g
Physical Dimensions 146 x 124 x 79 mm
Battery Life 1840 shots
Battery Type 1840 shots
Battery Model EN-EL15a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported) + XQD
Storage Slots 2

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