Nikon D850

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    Highlights

    • 45.7 MP Full Frame BSI-CMOS Sensor
    • No Optical Low-pass Filter
    • 64 - 25,600 Native ISO
    • 153 Focus Points (153 Cross-type)
    • 3.2" 2,359k dot Tilting Screen
    • Optical (pentaprism) Viewfinder
    • 7.0 fps Continuous Shooting
    • 3840 x 2160 Video Shooting
    • 30 min Video Recording Limit
    • Built-In Wi-Fi
    • Wheather Sealed Body
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    Overview

    Nikon D850 was announced in 2017 and is a Full Frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm) DSLR camera with 45.7 Megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor. Its native ISO ranges from 64 to 25,600 and expands to 32 - 102,400 in boosted mode. The camera has a Tilting 3.2" screen with 2,359k dot resolution and built-in Optical (pentaprism) viewfinder.

    Nikon D850 can capture video up to 3840 x 2160 resolution.


    Here is the Nikon D8xx series lineup, where you can view and compare the main specifications of the cameras within the same series.

    Nikon D8xx series lineup
    Model Date Sensor Native ISO Screen Price
    Image cannot be found Nikon D850 August
    2017
    45.7 MP
    Full Frame
    64 - 25,600 Tilting 3.2"
    2,359k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Nikon D810A February
    2015
    36.3 MP
    Full Frame
    200 - 12,800 Fixed 3.2"
    1,229k dot
    Image cannot be found Nikon D810 June
    2014
    36.3 MP
    Full Frame
    64 - 12,800 Fixed 3.2"
    1,229k dot
    Image cannot be found Nikon D800E June
    2012
    36.3 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 6,400 Fixed 3.2"
    921k dot
    Image cannot be found Nikon D800 June
    2012
    36.3 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 6,400 Fixed 3.2"
    921k dot

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Nikon D850 vs D810A vs D810 vs D800E vs D800.

    Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Nikon D850.

    PROS

    •   Video Capture
    •   Large Sensor
    •   High Resolution Sensor - 45.7 Megapixel
    •   64 Lowest Native ISO
    •   153 Focus Points
    •   99 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Large Screen - 3.2"
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,359k dot
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
    •   High DxO Overall Score - 100
    •   High Video Resolution - 3840 x 2160
    •   No crop on 4K Videos
    •   High USB Speed
    •   HDMI Output
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Built-In Bluetooth
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Long Battery Life - 1840 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots
    •   Orientation Sensor
    •   Illuminated Buttons

    CONS

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Low Video Recording Limit
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Heavy - 1005 g (2.22 lb / 35.45 oz)
    •   No USB Charging

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   Price
    •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
    •   -4 EV Min AF Detection
    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 7.0 fps
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec

    Predecessor

    Here we are comparing Nikon D850 to its predecessor D810 and displaying the major changes.

    UPGRADES Nikon D850 vs Nikon D810
    Cheaper $3299 vs $3299.95
    Sensor Type BSI-CMOS vs CMOS
    Higher Sensor Resolution 45.7 Megapixel vs 36.3 Megapixel
    Higher Native ISO 25,600 vs 12,800
    Higher Boosted ISO 102,400 vs 51,200
    More Powerful Processor EXPEED 5 vs EXPEED 4
    Max Image Resolution 8256 x 5504 vs 7360 x 4912
    Lower Min AF Detection -4 EV vs -2 EV
    Higher Max AF Detection +20 EV vs +19 EV
    More Focus Points 153 vs 51
    More Cross-type Focus Points 99 vs 15
    Touch-to-Focus vs
    Center Autofocus vs
    Contrast Detection for Autofocus vs
    Screen Type Tilting vs Fixed
    Touch Screen vs
    Higher Resolution Screen 2,359k dot vs 1,229k dot
    Higher Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent) 0.75x vs 0.70x
    Higher Max Continuous Shooting 7.0 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Partial Metering vs
    Lower Min Metering -3 EV vs 0 EV
    Higher DxO Color Depth 26.4 vs 25.7
    Higher DxO Overall Score 100 vs 97
    Higher Video Resolution 3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080
    Built-In Wi-Fi vs via optional WT-5A transmitter or Eye-Fi
    Built-In Bluetooth vs
    Longer Battery Life 1840 shots vs 1200 shots
    DOWNGRADES Nikon D850 vs Nikon D810
    Built-in Flash vs
    Lower DxO Low Light ISO 2660 vs 2853
    Heavier 1005 g (2.22 lb / 35.45 oz) vs 980 g (2.16 lb / 34.57 oz)

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Nikon D850 vs D810.

    Screen and Viewfinder

    Tilting Touchscreen

    Nikon D850 has a 3.2" Tilting touchscreen with 2,359k dot resolution which is quite high by today's standards. Tilting screen makes this camera very useful for photography purposes but not so useful for video shooting.

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    Nikon D850 with Tilting screen


    Optical (pentaprism) Viewfinder

    Camera has a built-in Optical (pentaprism) viewfinder. It has a 100% coverage and 0.75x magnification.

    Sensor

    BSI-CMOS Sensor

    Nikon D850 features a 45.7 megapixel Full Frame BSI-CMOS sensor with dimensions of 35.9 x 23.9 mm and a total area of 858 mm2. Its native ISO range is 64 - 25,600 and expands to 32 - 102,400 in boosted mode.

    The camera has BSI-CMOS sensor, short for Backside Illuminated Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor sensor. In traditional CMOS sensors, the wiring and circuitry are located on the front side of the sensor, which can block some of the incoming light. BSI technology flips this design by placing the photosensitive elements (pixels) on the backside of the sensor, allowing more light to reach the pixels. This significantly enhances light sensitivity and improves low-light performance. BSI-CMOS sensors are particularly effective in low-light conditions, as they can capture more light, resulting in brighter and less noisy images. This makes them well-suited for indoor and night photography. BSI-CMOS sensors deliver a higher SNR and reduced cross-talk.


    Here is a sensor size comparison chart where you can see how Nikon D850's Full Frame sensor compares with other types of sensors:

    Sensor size chart
    Sensor Dimensions Area Aspect Ratio Crop Factor
    Image cannot be displayedMedium Format44 x 33 mm1452 mm24:30.79x
    Image cannot be displayedFull Frame35.9 x 23.9 mm858 mm23:21x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-H27 x 18 mm486 mm23:21.3x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C23.6 x 15.6 mm368.2 mm23:21.5x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C (Canon)22.3 x 14.9 mm332.3 mm23:21.6x
    Image cannot be displayedMicro Four Thirds17.4 x 13 mm226.2 mm24:32x
    Image cannot be displayed1-inch13.2 x 8.8 mm116.2 mm23:22.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/1.7-inch7.44 x 5.58 mm41.5 mm24:34.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/2.3-inch6.17 x 4.55 mm28.1 mm24:35.6x

    Photography Features

    Camera is equipped with EXPEED 5 processor and can take pictures up to 8256 x 5504 resolution.


    Lens Mount

    Nikon D850 has Nikon F lens mount. Due to Full Frame sensor its crop factor (also called lens multiplier) is 1x. This means that a 35mm equivalent focal length of the mounted lens will be equal to its actual focal length.


    No Low-Pass Filter

    There is no optical low-pass filter (OLPF), also known as an anti-aliasing filter, in front of the sensor. This results in a slightly sharper image but may also introduce moiré patterns and aliasing artifacts when photographing subjects with fine, repetitive patterns or details.


    No In-Body Image Stabilization

    The camera does not have in-body image stabilization (IBIS) so it needs lenses with optical image stabilization for vibration reduction.

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    Connectivity, Battery and Storage

    Built-in Wi-Fi

    Camera has a built-in Wi-Fi (802.11b/g, 2.4 GHz) which allows to easily transfer photos and videos from the camera to other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as smartphones, tablets, printers, or computers. This eliminates the need for cables and allows for quick and convenient media sharing and social media integration. It gives you the ability to control your camera remotely using a smartphone or tablet. This is particularly useful for taking self-portraits, group shots, or capturing images in challenging conditions without having to touch the camera. Firmware updates can also be downloaded and installed wirelessly.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in WiFi.


    Bluetooth

    Camera has a built-in Bluetooth (version 4.1 LE) which lets you to connect the camera to a smartphone or a dedicated remote control device. This allows you to remotely trigger the camera, adjust settings and controls remotely through a paired mobile app. While Wi-Fi is generally faster for transferring larger files, Bluetooth can be used for small, selective transfers, it can provide real-time information about your camera's battery status, memory card capacity, and other key settings directly on your paired smartphone or smartwatch.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in Bluetooth.


    NFC

    Nikon D850 has Near Field Communication (NFC) technology which simplifies the process of pairing it with other NFC-enabled devices like smartphones or tablets. It allows to quickly transfer photos and videos or remotely control the camera from compatible device. NFC can also be used for authentication and security purposes. It can verify your identity before accessing certain features or transferring sensitive data. It can be used with NFC-enabled accessories as well, such as lenses, flashes and GPS devices.


    USB Input and HDMI Output

    Nikon D850 has a USB 3.2 Gen 1x1 (5 GBit/sec) input for data transfer. There is a Mini HDMI connector for video signal output.


    Battery

    Nikon D850 comes with EN-EL15a battery pack with battery life of 1840 shots.


    External Storage Slots

    The camera has two card slots - one for SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II) and one for CFexpress Type B / XQD.

    Other Features

    Shutter

    Nikon D850 has Electronic shutter and Mechanical Focal Plane shutter. Shutter speed can go up to 1/8000 sec. Camera can shoot continuously up to 7.0 fps.


    Focusing

    Nikon D850 has 153 (99 cross-type) focusing points and from -4 to +20 EV detection range. Touch-to-Focus allows users to select a specific point on the screen where they want the camera to focus. This feature can be helpful for achieving precise focus in both photo and video recording. There is also face detection feature which automatically finds and focuses on faces.


    Exposure

    Camera's exposure metering ranges from -3 to +20 EV and you can set the exposure compensation within the ±5 EV range. You can also do exposure lock, exposure bracketing and manual exposure adjustment.


    Flash

    Nikon D850 has no built-in flash but an external flash may be connected via Hot Shoe or PC Terminal. The fastest flash synchronization speed is 1/250 sec. Flash compensation can be set from -3 to +1 EV with 1/3 or 1/2 or 1 EV step increments.

    Physical Parameters

    Nikon D850 has dimensions of 146 x 124 x 79 mm (5.75 x 4.88 x 3.11"). It weighs 1005 g (2.22 lb / 35.45 oz), so it is a heavy camera.

    146 mm (5.75")

    124 mm (4.88")

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    79 mm (3.11")

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    Nikon D850 dimensions

    Nikon D850 for Different Types of Photography

    We give scores to the camera for different type of photography based on its features and specifications. Let us see how Nikon D850 is suitable for six different types of photography.


    Landscape Photography

    EXCELLENT
    90

    Nikon D850 gets a score of 90 and is EXCELLENT choice for Landscape photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,359k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing

    Sports Photography

    GOOD
    80

    Nikon D850 gets a score of 80 and is GOOD choice for Sports photography.

    •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
    •   153 Focus Points
    •   99 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,359k dot
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 7.0 fps
    •   Long Battery Life - 1840 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Wildlife Photography

    GOOD
    76

    Nikon D850 gets a score of 76 and is GOOD choice for Wildlife photography.

    •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
    •   153 Focus Points
    •   99 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,359k dot
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 7.0 fps
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Long Battery Life - 1840 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Portrait Photography

    EXCELLENT
    87

    Nikon D850 gets a score of 87 and is EXCELLENT choice for Portrait photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   153 Focus Points
    •   99 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Large Screen - 3.2"
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,359k dot
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Street Photography

    GOOD
    83

    Nikon D850 gets a score of 83 and is GOOD choice for Street photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   153 Focus Points
    •   99 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,359k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Heavy - 1005 g (2.22 lb / 35.45 oz)

    Travel Photography

    GOOD
    79

    Nikon D850 gets a score of 79 and is GOOD choice for Travel photography.

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,359k dot
    •   High Video Resolution - 3840 x 2160
    •   No crop on 4K Videos
    •   Low Video Recording Limit
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Heavy - 1005 g (2.22 lb / 35.45 oz)
    •   Long Battery Life - 1840 shots

    Nikon D850 Evaluation

    We evaluate Nikon D850 and give score of 83 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new camera is added to the database.


    OVERALL
    83

    Sensor

    GOOD
    83

    We give Nikon D850 a score of 83 for Sensor parameters.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   High Resolution Sensor - 45.7 Megapixel
    •   64 Lowest Native ISO
    •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
    •   High DxO Overall Score - 100

    Photo

    GOOD
    75

    We give Nikon D850 a score of 75 for Photo parameters.

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 7.0 fps
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec

    Video

    POOR
    54

    We give Nikon D850 a score of 54 for Video parameters.

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   High Video Resolution - 3840 x 2160
    •   No crop on 4K Videos
    •   Low Video Recording Limit

    Focusing

    EXCELLENT
    88

    We give Nikon D850 a score of 88 for Focusing parameters.

    •   -4 EV Min AF Detection
    •   153 Focus Points
    •   99 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus

    Screen and Viewfinder

    EXCELLENT
    90

    We give Nikon D850 a score of 90 for Screen and Viewfinder parameters.

    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Large Screen - 3.2"
    •   High Resolution Screen - 2,359k dot

    Connectivity

    EXCELLENT
    95

    We give Nikon D850 a score of 95 for Connectivity parameters.

    •   High USB Speed
    •   HDMI Output
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Built-In Bluetooth

    Battery, Storage and Physical

    GOOD
    79

    We give Nikon D850 a score of 79 for Battery, Storage and Physical parameters.

    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Heavy - 1005 g (2.22 lb / 35.45 oz)
    •   Long Battery Life - 1840 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots


    For a full specification list please go to the specifications page:

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