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Nikon D850 DSLR Camera


The Nikon D850 camera body is a formidable camera when compared to other camera manufacturers. Its features rival the previous Nikon D810. When you first pick up the D850, you’ll notice the ease of control, battery life, shutter speed, and aperture positioning are all well-balanced. Looking under the hood, there’s a 153-point AF system and EXPEED image processor borrowed from Nikon’s high-end D5 model. Plus full-frame 4K UHD, a stunningly fast AF system, crisp picture control and Wi-Fi built-in. These features make it a desirable choice for professional photographers, including wedding, sport, fashion, studio, astrophotography, photojournalism and commercial photography.

45.7MP of Outstanding Image Quality From the Full Frame Sensor

What makes the Nikon D850 ooze image quality is at the heart of the camera - the sensor. The 45.7-megapixels CMOS FX-format image sensor with back-side illuminated BSI design ensures light is captured at the highest optical quality without requiring an optical low pass filter. With the optical low pass filter void, astrophotographers can utilize this camera to obtain the clearest, sharpest night sky photographs using an array of Z series lenses. Professional photographers alike will be impressed with the output results of the Nikon D850. Photos will have an incredibly wide dynamic range while maintaining the highest possible image resolution.

EXPEED 5 Processing Engine Is The Same as Nikon’s Flagship Model

Powering the Nikon D850 is a very fast processor, or as Nikon calls it, ‘resolution meets extreme speed’. The high-performance EXPEED 5 image-processing engine in the Nikon D5 can also be found in D850, making it a welcome feature for those wishing to capture fast action. You’ll find the read and write times of files are met with extreme speed when Nikon turns up! Adding to this is the exceptional Wi-Fi, which now makes it possible to send photos to publishers or your phone quickly when out in the field. The EXPEED 5 processing engine combined with the full-frame sensor make the Nikon D850 a camera to contend with.

The Nikon D850 Houses a 3.2-Inch 2359k-dot Tilt & Touch LCD

Turning your attention to the rear of the Nikon D850 and you’ll see an intuitive touch-sensitive 2359k-dot LCD. The screen is rotatable in various directions to assist with the odd angles or space you may find yourself in. The clear resolution makes reviewing photos and videos a breeze. In addition, wedding photographers and photojournalists can utilize silent photography in live view using the rear torch screen LCD screen or viewfinder. This feature is made possible due to the new electronic shutter found in the flagship camera body.

Gain Up to 9 FPS Continuous and Silent Live-View Shooting

How fast is the Nikon D850? Put simply, this DSLR camera’s continuous shooting speed is insane. Nine fps Continuous at 45.7 MP is unlocked with the optional Nikon MB-D18 battery grip. Or straight out of the camera, you’ll still achieve 7 frames per second. We think sports and wildlife photographers will enjoy continuous shooting, especially when paired with a longer telephoto lens such as the Nikon Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S Lens.

The Best Autofocus on the D850: 153 Point AF with 99 Cross-Type Points

Impressed with the new Nikon D850 yet?

Well, you get the best autofocus system in a Nikon DSLR. Like the Nikon D5, the D850 promotes the same 153-point AF system. Backing this, 99 cross-type points deliver accurate subject tracking across the entire frame. If you find there isn’t too much light around, use the centre point of the frame as the Nikon focusing engineers have managed to make it sensitive enough to cater to -4EV. Meaning, any low light situations you may face, the D850 will have no trouble focusing.

Get True 4K with 8K Time-Lapse

Forget a camcorder or digital cine camera; the Nikon D850 has the works. Now you can film in true full-frame 4K UHD and capture incredible 8K time-lapse scenes. Or if you want to slow things down, there’s that option too in a lower Full HD mode, more on that later, though. Focusing on the Full frame 4K, you’ll be amazed at the ultra-sharp video footage. When recording, you have the option to record internally or to an external recorder such as an Atomos Ninja V+

Slow Down Your Footage to 5x Slow Motion at Full HD

As we mentioned, the Nikon D850 can slow down footage in Full HD, recording up to four to five times slower than in real-time. With this functionality, you can certainly create some unique effects in-camera, but be aware you’ll only get 70 minutes of video recording before the battery dies. That’s why we recommend the optional MB-D18 battery for video recording, as you’ll no doubt want to keep recording and exploring the camera when out in the field.

Forget The Optical Low Pass Filter. The D850 Doesn’t Need One.

The brilliant thing about removing the optical low pass filter is that there is no alternation in the image data when light hits the 45.7-megapixel sensor. The advantage is photographers can obtain a much clearer, sharper image than all other DSLR that contain this filter when using compatible Nikkor lenses. Therefore, Nikon has been able to capitalize on this by having the lowest native to 64 when shooting RAW images. On the other end of the scale, the default ISO range can max out at 25,600 or expand from an impressive ISO 32 to ISO 102,400.

New Focus Stacking Mode and Focus Peaking Manual Focus 

Nikon has broken new imaging ground with the release of the in-body focus stacking feature. Focus stacking works by combining a sequence of images shot at different focal lengths. The resulting final image has a deeper depth of field, making it ideal for macro or close up photography. This feature is ideal if you use either the Nikon AF-S Micro 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens or the Nikon AF-S Micro 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR Lens, as you can now turn on focus peaking which aids in focus when using focus stacking.

Metering To a New Level with a 180K-pixel RGB Sensor

The way Nikon metering works in camera is something of a marvel. Colour science is well-known to the brand, and the Nikon D850 is well adapted to producing accurate results. This is due to a 180K-pixel RGB sensor that measures all available light and then calculates the correct colour mode and white balance. The output for such a task is true colour correct images and videos.

Transfer Photos Directly from the Camera to Nikon’s SnapBridge App

While you may not have heard of SnapBridge, you certainly would have heard of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Both of these functions are available in the popular Nikon D850, enabling your photos and videos to connect to Nikon’s branded “SnapBridge” mobile app. Using photos, you can, of course, transfer photos, but did you know there’s also the option to control the camera straight from your smartphone or tablet remotely?

Get Double The Recording Capability: Dual High-Speed Card Slots

By the time your jaw has dropped looking at the Nikon D850, you may have found the dual memory card slots on the side of the camera. The D850 accommodates both a larger XQD memory card and an SD card at a higher UHS-II read and write speed. This combination of onboard memory storage lets you record videos and photos separately or use the storage as a backup mechanism. The camera doesn’t include memory cards upon purchase, so ensure you pick a few up as well as a good quality fast card reader.

Save RAW Files at Different Sizes for Easy Batch Processing

It’s important to note that photographers have a choice when shooting RAW. On the Nikon D850, there are three options. After the Back-side illuminated BSI sensor captures the images, files can save in either large, medium or small RAW file sizes. Adding this feature is that it becomes a more manageable workflow when dealing with 8K time-lapse sequences.

Weather-Sealed Magnesium Alloy Construction

Nikon has built a reliable system. Professionals can be reassured that the magnesium alloy body is strong enough to handle almost anything. The body is designed with weather sealing in mind to protect against dust, freezing and splash damage.

Why Buy The Nikon D850?

The Nikon D850 is a finely tuned imaging tool that is the result of extensive user feedback. It delivers the high-speed shooting capabilities and lighting fast autofocus performance that today’s creatives require. Created to meet and exceed the most demanding expectations, it has been carefully designed to be an absolute workhorse for professional shooters.

With silent photography in live view now an option with the electronic shutter (which minimizes sound or mechanical vibration with every shutter button press), the Nikon D850 is now a stealthy tool for weddings and photojournalists. Plus, with an optional MB-D18 battery, users can photograph or film for longer periods without the need for additional power.

In our opinion, the D850 is one of the best DSLRs on the market. You get everything you need in a professional tool, including Wi-Fi (WR-A10 R10 Transceiver optional) as well as Full-frame 4K video and up to 5x slow motion in Full HD.
Type Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Effective angle of view Nikon FX format
Image sensor format FX
Image sensor type CMOS
Sensor size 35.9 mm x 23.9 mm
Total pixels 46.57 million
Dust-reduction system Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (Capture NX-D software required)
Effective pixels 45.7 million
Image size (pixels) FX (36x24) image area (L) 8256 x 5504 ( 45.4 million) (M) 6192 x 4128 ( 25.5 million) (S) 4128 x 2752 ( 11.3 million) 1.2x (30x20) image area (L) 6880 x 4584 ( 31.5 million) (M) 5152 x 3432 ( 17.6 million) (S) 3440 x 2288 ( 7.8 million) DX (24x16) image area (L) 5408 x 3600 ( 19.4 million) (M) 4048 x 2696 ( 10.9 million) (S) 2704 x 1800 ( 4.8 million) 5 : 4 (30x24) image area (L) 6880 x 5504 ( 37.8 million) (M) 5152 x 4120 ( 21.2 million) (S) 3440 x 2752 ( 9.4 million) 1 : 1 (24x24) image area (L) 5504 x 5504 ( 30.2 million) (M) 4128 x 4128 ( 17.0 million) (S) 2752 x 2752 ( 7.5 million) FX-format photographs taken during movie recording (L) 8256 x 4640 ( 38.3 million) (M) 6192 x 3480 ( 21.5 million) (S) 4128 x 2320 ( 9.5 million) DX-format photographs taken during movie recording (L) 5408 x 3040 ( 16.4 million) (M) 4048 x 2272 ( 9.1 million) (S) 2704 x 1520 ( 4.1 million)
File format NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit (lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed); large, medium, and small available (medium and small images are recorded at a bit depth of 12 bits using lossless compression) TIFF (RGB) JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression; optimal quality compression available NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control system Auto, Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat ; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
Media XQD, SD, SDHC (UHS-II compliant), SDXC (UHS-II compliant)
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.
File system DCF 2.0, Exif 2.31, PictBridge
Viewfinder Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverage FX (36x24): Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical 1.2x (30x20): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical DX (24x16): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical 5:4 (30x24): Approx. 97% horizontal and 100% vertical 1:1 (24x24): Approx. 97% horizontal and 100% vertical
Magnification Approx. 0.75 x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0 m(*1))
Eyepoint 17 mm (–1.0 m(*1); from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment -3 to +1 m(*1)
Focusing screen Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)
Reflex mirror Quick return
Depth-of-field preview Yes Pressing Pv button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (P and S modes)
Lens aperture Instant return, electronically controlled
Compatible lenses Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G, E, and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC lenses), and DX lenses (using DX 24 x 16 image area), AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only). IX NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses cannot be used. The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supports 15 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster, of which 9 points are available for selection).
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
Speed 1/8000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV, bulb, time, X250
Flash sync speed X= 1/250 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/250 s or slower; Auto FP High-Speed sync supported
Modes S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), QC (quiet continuous shutter-release), Self-timer, MUP (mirror up)
Approximate frame advance rate Up to 9 fps With an EN-EL18b battery inserted in an MB-D18 battery pack CL: 1 to 8 fps CH: 9 fps QC: 3 fps Other power sources CL: 1 to 6 fps CH: 7 fps QC: 3 fps
Self-timer 2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s
Metering system TTL exposure metering using RGB sensor with approximately 180K (180,000) pixels
Metering mode Matrix: 3D color matrix metering III (type G, E, and D lenses); color matrix metering III (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame. Diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15, or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circle) Spot: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used) Highlight-weighted: Available with type G, E, and D lenses
Range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F) Matrix or center-weighted metering: –3 to +20 EV Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV Highlight-weighted metering: 0 to 20 EV
Exposure meter coupling CPU, AI
Mode Programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)
Exposure compensation –5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV
Exposure lock Luminosity locked at detected value
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) ISO 64 to 25600 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV 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 102400 equivalent) above ISO 25600; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-Lighting Can be selected from Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off
Autofocus system 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 point 153 153 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
Focus lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing the center of the sub-selector
Control TTL: i-TTL flash control using RGB sensor with approximately 180K (180,000) pixels; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL fill-flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Mode Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off
Flash compensation –3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV
Flash-ready indicator Lights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoe ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) 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
White balance Auto (3 types), natural light auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view), choose color temperature (2500 K to 10,000 K), all with fine-tuning.
Bracketing types Exposure, Flash, White balance, ADL
Modes Photo live view, Movie live view
Lens servo Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F) Manual focus (M)
AF-area mode Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF, pinpoint AF, Subject-tracking AF
Autofocus Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Metering system TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Metering mode Matrix, center-weighted, or highlight-weighted
Frame size (pixels) and frame rate 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD); 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p 1920 x 1080; 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p 1280 x 720; 60p, 50p 1920 x 1080 (slow-mo); 30p x4, 25p x4, 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 3840 x 2160 (when quality is fixed at "high") and 1920 x 1080 slow-mo (when quality is fixed at "normal")
File format MOV, MP4
Video compression H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format Linear PCM, AAC
Audio recording device Built-in stereo or external microphone; sensitivity adjustable
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) Exposure modes P, S, and A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 64 to Hi 2) with selectable upper limit Exposure mode M: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 64 to Hi 2) available with selectable upper limit; manual selection (ISO 64 to 25600 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV) with additional options available equivalent to approximately 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 102400 equivalent) above ISO 25600
Active D-Lighting Can be selected from Same as photo settings, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off
Other options Index marking, time-lapse movies, electronic vibration reduction
Monitor size 8 -cm ( 3.2 –in.) diagonal
Monitor type tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, and manual monitor brightness control
Monitor resolution Approx. 2359 k-dot (XGA)
Playback Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, playback zoom cropping, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, picture rating, and auto image rotation
USB connector SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0 Micro-B connector); connection to built-in USB port is recommended 
HDMI output connector 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)
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 Standards: IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g Operating frequency: 2412 to 2462 MHz (channels 1 to 11) Maximum output power: 8.5 dBm (EIRP) Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK
Bluetooth Communication protocols: Bluetooth Specification Version 4.1 Operating frequency: Bluetooth: 2402 to 2480 MHz Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402 to 2480 MHz
Range (line of sight) Approximately 10 m (32 ft) without interference; range may vary with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles
Supported languages Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Battery One EN-EL15a rechargeable Li-ion battery
Battery pack Optional MB-D18 multi-power battery pack with one rechargeable Nikon EN-EL18b Li-ion battery (available separately), one rechargeable Nikon EN-EL15a 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.
Tripod socket 1/4–in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 146 x 124 x 78.5 mm ( 5.8 x 4.9 x 3.1 in.)
Weight Approx. 1005 g ( 2 lb. 3.5 oz. ) with battery and XQD memory card but without body cap; approx. 915 g/2 lb. 0.3 oz. (camera body only)
Operating environment Temperature: 0 °C to 40 °C (+32 °F to 104 °F) Humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)
   1. Unless otherwise stated, all measurements are performed in conformity with Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards or guidelines. All figures are for a camera with a fully-charged battery. Nikon reserves the right to change the appearance and specifications of the hardware and software described in these specifications at any time and without prior notice. Nikon will not be held liable for damages that may result from any mistakes that these specifications may contain.
  • Nikon D850 Camera Body
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (EN-EL15)
  • Body Cap (BF-1B)
  • Battery Charger (MH-25a)
  • HDMI Cable Clip
  • USB Cable (UC-E22)
  • Strap (AN-DC18)

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