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Nikon D850 Digital SLR Camera Body

The Nikon D850 body is the perfect combination of DSLR speed and high resolution, with 45.4 megapixel files, continuous shooting at 7fps and high definition 4K video at 30p & 1080p HD video at 120fps.

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Nikon D850 Summary

The perfect combination of speed, resolution, and sensitivity to perform at the highest levels for professional photographers and videographers to produce masterful work, the Nikon D850 is the finest tool for any job.

With a truly ground-breaking collection of features on the spec sheet, the Nikon D850 outclasses its competitors and gives photographers what they need to get the shot whatever shot that may be.

Here are the highlight features of the Nikon D850:

  • 45.7 effective megapixel back-illuminated FX-format full-frame CMOS Sensor
  • 45.4 megapixel files
  • Ultra-high definition 4K video at 30p (uses the full frame)
  • Slow-motion Full 1080p HD video at 120fps
  • EXPEED 5 image processing engine (from the Nikon D5)
  • Exceptional low-noise performance, even at high ISO
  • 153-point AF system (from the Nikon D5)
  • 99 Cross-Type AF points
  • New Pinpoint AF mode for ultra-precise macro focusing
  • All focus points sensitive down to -3EV
  • Centre AF Point sensitive down to -4EV
  • Continuous shooting at 7fps in standard setup with EN-EL15a battery
  • Shoots at 9fps with optional MB-D18 battery grip with EN-EL18B battery (from the D5)
  • Silent shooting with electronic shutter using Live View mode
  • Up to 6fps continuous shooting in Silent Shooting mode with electronic shutter
  • 3.2" 2,360k-dot tilting LCD touchscreen monitor
  • Touch AF and Touch Shutter
  • Dual Card Slots with UHS-II compatible SD slot and an XQD card slot
  • ISO range from ISO 64-25,600 and extendable to ISO 32-102,400
  • Battery life of up to 1,840 still shots with standard EN-EL15a battery
  • MB-D18 grip and EN-EL18B battery gives up to 5,140 shots on single charge
  • USB 3.0, HDMI, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity
  • In-camera 4K timelapse
  • True 8K timelapse using interval shooting (3rd party software needed to compile images)
  • Image stacking using Focus Shift mode for up to 300 shots
  • Choose between Large (45.4MP), Medium (25.5MP), and Small (11.3MP) RAW images
  • Included HDMI/USB cable dock to prevent cables snapping during tethering
  • Extensive weather sealing to body and optional MB-D18 battery grip
  • Illuminated buttons for night-time shooting
  • Pro-level tough body constructed from a magnesium alloy
  • Projected 200,000 shutter reliability
  • Weighs approx. 1005g with battery & XQD memory card or 915g body only
  • Dimensions: 146 x 124 x 78.5mm (W x H x D)

Nikon D850 Features in Detail

Full Frame Resolution

At 45.7 effective megapixels, the back-illuminated sensor in the Nikon D850 produces ultra-high resolution images at 45.4 actual megapixels that can be printed in ultra-large formats and will be packed full of details.

The back-illuminated CMOS sensor has no low pass filter and incorporates gapless on-chip micro-lenses as well as an anti-reflective coating, all combining to give exceptional levels of detail and outstanding dynamic range by ensuring the incoming light reaches the photodiodes more effectively.

When using the camera's optical viewfinder (0.75x magnification), the camera's mechanical vibration control counteracts the vibration caused by shutter release and mirror up, for pin-sharp images. When in silent mode, using the Live View function, there's no shutter-release sound so you can shoot silently when it's called for.

Inherited AF System

The Nikon D850 inherits the industry-leading 153-point autofocus system from the Nikon D5, ensuring the camera achieves pin-sharp focusing with a wide coverage, while 99 of the AF points are Cross-Type points for increased accuracy.

A dedicated AF processor means that when you're shooting a high frame rates, the camera still achieves incredibly fast subject recognition and AF lock-on, even when shooting small subjects or in low-light.

What's more, the D850 introduces a Pinpoint AF mode, the perfect solution for macro photographers, that uses a 3mm wide pinpoint AF point (a quarter the size of conventional AF points) to achieve incredibly precise details on small subject matter, when using Live View mode.

When shooting in Live View mode, the D850 gives you the flexibility to fine tune the Auto AF point to eliminate focus variations between camera and lens.

The Speed You Need

In its standard setup, the Nikon D850 shoots at a very capable 7 frames per second of continuous shooting. However, when you add the optional MB-D18 multi-power battery grip with the EN-EL18B battery from the Nikon D5, this frame rate goes up to a blistering 9 frames per second.

This isn't JPEG shooting either, it's 7fps or 9fps in full resolution 45.4 megapixel RAW images.

How does the D850 handle all these images? It writes them onto a dual card slot with UHS-II compatible SD and XQD cards the fastest possible combination.

Out-of-this-World Low-Noise Performance

The Nikon D850 uses the EXPEED 5 image processing engine from its big brother, the Nikon D5, to ensure images a dealt with quickly in-camera and it can perform across a phenomenal ISO range.

The D850's standard low light capability ranges from ISO 64 to 25,600 but is extendable from ISO 32 to 102,400. The EXPEED 5 processing engine, 180K-pixel RGB sensor and Advanced Scene Recognition system ensure that these high ISO images are practically noise-free, even when shooting in near darkness.        

Picking out your subject in low light is no problem either; all 153 AF points in the D850 operated down to -3 EV and the central point performs down to -4 EV.

Nikon D5 users will welcome the return of button illumination to the D850, which ensures you can still handle the camera, even in complete darkness.

Silent Shooting

With the Nikon D850's in-built electronic shutter, you can switch it to silent mode by using the Live View screen and shoot full-resolution 45.4 megapixel RAW images without making a sound.

For wedding photographers, golf or tennis photographers, or anyone where the noise of a DSLR mirror box is less than ideal, this makes the D850 a competitor to mirrorless cameras.

You not only achieve full-resolution images without any sound, but you can shoot at up to 6 frames per second of continuous shooting with the electronic shutter.

Silent shooting is made possible via the robust tilting, touch-operational 8cm (3.2") 2,360K-dot LCD monitor that features not only Touch AF but also Touch Shutter.

Massive Battery Life

In its standard, out-of-the-box setup, the Nikon D850 achieves an incredible 1,840 still image on a single charge of the EN-EL15a battery.

However, when using the MB-D18 battery grip with an EN-EL18B battery (from the Nikon D5), the Nikon D850 will shoot for up to 5,140 still images on a single charge that's more than entire day of shooting without needing to change battery.

This kind of battery life is unheard of in a pro-DSLR like the Nikon D850. What's more, the MB-D18 battery pack allows you to use standard AA batteries, or the EN-EL15 if you need to.

This battery life equates to approximately 70 minutes of filming in UHD 4K resolution using the standard EN-EL15a battery, or approximately 200 minutes with the battery grip and EN-EL18B battery.

Full Frame High Resolution & High Speed Video

The Nikon D850 uses the entire FX-format, 45.4 megapixel full-frame back-illuminated CMOS sensor to record ultra-high definition 4K video at up to 30p, which means you don't need to worry about a crop factor.

By using the full-frame sensor rather than a cropped part of it to record 4K video, D850 users benefit from access to the entire range of Nikon Nikkor lenses. So you can shoot everything in cinematic 4K, even using a wide-angle lens.

With the outstanding low-noise capabilities of the D850's sensor, supported by the EXPEED 5 processing engine, 4K video output is clean, noise-free and full-frame.

In Full 1080p HD movie mode, the D850 will shoot at up to a massive 120fps, giving the ability to shoot at high speed and capture amazing slow-motion shots.

As the Nikon D850 is a stills camera and not a camcorder (a tax-based distinction), it is limited to a maximum recording time of 29 minutes and 59 seconds. However, when it's hooked up to an external video recorder such as an Atomos Ninja, the recording time is unlimited.

Fully Connected

Getting your images to a client on the other side of the world as soon as you've finished a shoot, or checking your images mid-shoot on a big screen is an essential part of the pro's workflow.

To aid this, the Nikon D850 comes with a USB 3.0 port to enable high-speed data transfer and tethering mid-shoot, as well as built-in Bluetooth Low Energy and Wi-Fi capabilities (which can only be used with SnapBridge) and allow you to transfer images and video to a smart device instantly, to share on social media streams or send around the world in seconds.

With the additional optional WT-7A wireless transmitter, you can send files to an FTP server or computer at speeds of up to 866.7 Mbps, allowing for ultra-fast wireless and Ethernet transfer of your images.

For remote-controlled flash-lit photography, the D850 supports the Nikon wireless lighting system for extended flash range and distance shooting.

4K In-Camera Timelapse + True 8K Possible

With frame sizes from the full-frame 45.7 megapixel sensor of 8256 x 5504 pixels, the Nikon D850 gives you the ability to produce true 8K timelapse movies. These are created using the cameras' internal interval shooting mode, and can be compiled using 3rd party software.

However, the D850 will shoot and compile 4K timelapse movies in-camera, including advanced exposure smoothing.

300 Image Focus Stacking

The Nikon D850 features an in-camera Focus Shift mode that enables the creation of a stack of up to 300 images at fixed focus intervals.

This feature allows you bring incredible clarity and infinite depth of field to images, whether they're of small wonders or vast scapes.

The Focus Shift mode lets you stack up to 300 images at fixed intervals, or shoot continuously at up to 5 frames per second for full-resolution images. You simply set the parameters, including the distance of each focus step from 10 selectable levels, and the D850 gradually shifts the focus from a starting point to infinity, which you can then compile in post-production to create images with everything from the foreground to background in superb detail.

Flexible Workflow

The ability to select between Large, Medium, or Small RAW images in the D850 gives professionals the flexible workflow options to record high quality RAW images that are full of detail, but cut the size down when you don't need to use the full 45.4 megapixels. RAW images can be captured at the full 45.4 megapixels, or medium sized at 25.5 megapixels, or small sized at 11.3 megapixels.

To drive the point home that the D850 is built for the working pro and is as happy in the studio as it is out in a slightly moist field, Nikon have included an HDMI/USB cable dock in the box which, when attached to the side of the camera, prevents your cables from being snapped off when they're in the port by keeping them nice and straight, and organised. A nice little addition.

Furthermore, the D850 is extensively weather sealed on both the body, lens mount, and optional battery grip, meaning it can be used for longer periods, anywhere. The D850 body is pro-level tough and is constructed from a magnesium alloy. It also comes with illuminated buttons and a 200k shutter reliability.

What else is included in the box?

  • Camera Strap AN-DC18
  • Body Cap BF-1B
  • Flourine coated viewfinder eyepiece DK-17F
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL15a
  • HDMI/USB Cable hub
  • USB Cable UC-E22
  • Battery Charger MH-25a

Optional Accessories for the Nikon D850

  • Film Digitising Adapter ES-2
  • Multi-power Battery Pack MB-D18
  • AC Adapter EH-5c
  • WT-7 Wireless Transmitter
  • Speedlight SB-5000
  • Wireless remote controller set - Transceiver WR-R10, Transmitter WR-T10, WR Adapter WR-A10
  • Wireless remote controller WR-1
  • Speedlight SB-700
  • AC adapter connector EP-5B
  • ME-1 Microphone
  • Remote cord MC-36a
  • ME-W1 Wireless Microphone

Nikon D850 Body Only Specifications

Type

Single-lens reflex digital camera

Lens mount

Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)

Effective angle of view

Nikon FX format

Total pixels

46.89 million

Card slot

1 XQD card and 1 Secure Digital (SD) card. Either card can be used for primary or backup storage or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; pictures can be copied between cards.

Viewfinder

Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder

Focusing screen

Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)

Shutter type

Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic front-curtain shutter available in quiet shutter-release, quiet continuous shutter-release, and mirror up release modes

Shutter speed

1/8000 to 30 s, in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV, bulb, time x 250

Flash sync speed

X=1/250 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/250 s or slower; Auto FP High-Speed sync supported

Active D-Lighting

Can be selected from Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off

Autofocus

Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, and 153 focus points (including 99 cross-type sensors and 15 sensors that support f/8), of which 55 (35 cross-type sensors and 9 f/8 sensors) are available for selection

Detection range

–4 to +20 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)

Lens servo

Single-servo AF (AF-S), Continuous-servo AF (AF-C): predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status, Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used

Focus points

153 focus points, of which 55 or 15 are available for selection

AF-area mode

Single-point AF, 9-, 25-, 72-, or 153- point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, group-area AF, auto-area AF

Nikon Creative Lighting System

i-TTL flash control, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, Color Information Communication, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, AF-assist for multi-area AF, unified flash control

Sync terminal

ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread

Live view - AF-area mode

Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF, pinpoint AF, Subject-tracking AF

Live view - autofocus

Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)

Movie - file format

MOV, MP4

Movie - video compression

H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding

USB

Hi-Speed USB, with Micro-USB connector; connection to built-in USB port is recommended

HDMI output

Type C HDMI connector

Audio input

Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported)

Audio output

Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)

Accessory terminal(s)

Ten-pin remote terminal: can be used to connect optional MC-30A/MC-36A remote cords, ML-3 modulite remote control sets, WR-R10 (requires WR-A10 adapter) or WR-1 wireless remote controllers, or GP-1/GP-1A GPS units

Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) standards

IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g

Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) operating frequency

2412 to 2462 MHz (channels 1 to 11)

Bluetooth standards

Communication protocols: Bluetooth Specification Version 4.1; Operating frequency: Bluetooth: 2402 to 2480 MHz; Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402 to 2480 MHz

Battery pack

Optional MB-D18 multi-power battery pack with one rechargeable Nikon EN-EL18b Li-ion battery (available separately), one rechargeable Nikon EN-EL15b Li-ion battery, or eight AA alkaline, Ni-MH, or lithium batteries. A BL-5 battery-chamber cover is required when using EN-EL18b batteries.

AC adapter

EH-5c/EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5B power connector (available separately)

Supplied accessories

BF-1B body cap, EN-EL15b rechargeable Li-ion battery with terminal cover, MH-25a battery charger (comes with either an AC wall adapter or power cable of a type and shape that varies with the country or region of sale), HDMI/USB cable clip, UC-E22 USB cable, AN-DC18 strap

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Our Verdict

The Nikon D850 sits somewhere between the D810 and the D5 in the line-up of professional level DSLRs from Nikon, but it's possibly the most feature-packed camera we've ever seen.

It uses the same proven 153-point autofocus system as the D5, which is amongst the best in the world, so we know it's good at focusing. On top of that, 99 of those focus points are cross-type and all of them operate down to -3EV, with the centre point going down to -4EV.

When it comes to video, the Nikon D850 is king. Using the entire 45.7 megapixel full-frame sensor to shoot 4K video at up to 30p, or full HD video at up to 120fps for breathtaking slow-motion video a first for a DSLR of this level. By using the full frame rather than a crop of the sensor, the D850 can be used with the full range of Nikon FX Nikkor lenses to shoot truly cinematic movies.

The D850 stands as a competitor to mirrorless cameras now, with the ability to shoot silently using the electronic shutter at up to 6fps, photographers who value silence, such as wedding photographers, golf and tennis photographers, or nature photographer will love the D850.

Nikon have really pulled one out of the bag with the D850.

We Love

  • Silent shooting with electronic shutter & up to 6fps continuous shooting in Live View
  • Ultra-high definition 4K video at 30p & Full 1080p HD video at 120fps for slow-motion video
  • Massive battery life of up to 5,140 shots on a single charge with EN-EL18B battery
  • Focus stacking using Focus Shift Mode of up to 300 images for infinite depth of field images
  • 153 point AF system (same as the Nikon D5) with 99 cross-type AF points & pinpoint AF point

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