The camera world is abuzz with Nikon's announcement today of the new and highly anticipated D850. And now we're getting a peak as to what all the fuss is about, and well, it looks like it's going to be a very special camera. Let's jump into the specs!
Nikon D850 Specs
- full-frame 45.7MP BSI CMOS sensor – this means the image files are huge and capture a lot of information with a higher dynamic range and lower noise.
- no low pass filter – this means sharper images, but with potential aliasing and moiré.
- capable of full resolution 7 fps bursts with AF/AE – a reasonable option for action shots. 7fps is pretty decent considering the resolution and can go to 9 fps with a battery pack.
- 153-point AF system – adapted from the D5 and useful for keeping focus where you want it.
- native ISO range of 64-25,600 (expandable to 32 or up to 102,400) – the top of the range Nikons are great high-ISO performers and this should be too.
- tilting 3.2″ 2.36M-dot touchscreen – adapted from the D500 and useful for getting down low
- dual card slots: one XQD one SD
- illuminated controls – useful for when you're in the dark
Exciting news for unit photographers. D850 shoots silently, blimp free. https://t.co/rpTbtpvdgo
— Angus Young (@PSbyAY) August 24, 2017
A few D850 Specs for Video
- full-frame 4K 24/25/30p capture – now 4k on a DSLR is pretty standard, but 4k with full frame is impressive!
- Focus peaking (1080p-only) and zebra stripes for videographers
- uncompressed 4:2:2 8-bit 4K HDMI output
Here is some video from the D850 put out by Nikon:
A Few More Points About the D850
Petapixel has an article claiming that the D850 produces the same quality of image at double the ISO of the D810 which, if true, is extremely impressive as it will mean less grainy image in high-ISO (usually dark) conditions.
There is also an electronic shutter that allows you to shoot in complete silence which will be of great interest to some wedding photographers as well as production stills shooters, among others.
It offers focus stacking mode which allows the photographer to shoot 300 images where the focus is shifted slightly step by step allowing you to stack the image in post processing. Very handy for macro photographers who can struggle with narrow depth of field limiting the focus on their images.
Sample Photos from the Nikon D850
Here are some shots released by Nikon to give you an idea what photos will be possible with the D850.