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Nikon D850 DSLR Camera

BH #NID850 • MFR #1585
Nikon D850 DSLR Camera
Key Features
  • 45.7MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 5 Image Processor
  • 3.2" 2.36m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • 4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps
Proving that speed and resolution can indeed coexist, the Nikon D850 is a multimedia DSLR that brings together robust stills capabilities along with apt movie and time-lapse recording. Revolving around a newly designed 45.7MP BSI CMOS sensor and proven EXPEED 5 image processor, the D850 is clearly distinguished by its high resolution for recording detailed imagery. The back-illuminated design of the sensor is able to acquire greater detail and clarity when working in low-light conditions, and the sensor also forgoes an optical low-pass filter for improved sharpness. Working in conjunction with the sensor is the EXPEED 5 image processor, which together afford a 7 fps continuous shooting rate for up to 51 consecutive frames, an expandable sensitivity range from ISO 32 to 102400, and 4K UHD video recording using either a DX crop or the entire area of the full-frame sensor. An 8K time-lapse recording mode is also available, as well as additional specialized recording modes for digitizing film negatives and for focus stacking applications. Benefitting the imaging capabilities is an advanced Multi-CAM 20K 153-point AF system, which debuted with the flagship D5 and offers 99 cross-type sensors for refined focusing accuracy in a variety of lighting conditions. Checking off a number of boxes for multimedia image-makers, the D850 positions itself as not only a high-resolution DSLR but also as a camera for speed, movies, and low-light shooting needs.
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Nikon D850 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 245.7MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor and EXPEED 5 Processor
  • 3153-Point Multi-CAM 20K Autofocus System
  • 44K UHD Video Recording and 8K Time-Lapse
  • 5Body Design
  • 6Scene Recognition System and Exposure Metering
  • 7Other Camera Features
By B&H Photo's

Proving that speed and resolution can indeed coexist, the Nikon D850 is a multimedia DSLR that brings together robust stills capabilities along with apt movie and time-lapse recording. Revolving around a newly designed 45.7MP BSI CMOS sensor and proven EXPEED 5 image processor, the D850 is clearly distinguished by its high resolution for recording detailed imagery. The back-illuminated design of the sensor is able to acquire greater detail and clarity when working in low-light conditions, and the sensor also forgoes an optical low-pass filter for improved sharpness. Working in conjunction with the sensor is the EXPEED 5 image processor, which together afford a 7 fps continuous shooting rate for up to 51 consecutive frames, an expandable sensitivity range from ISO 32 to 102400, and 4K UHD video recording using either a DX crop or the entire area of the full-frame sensor. An 8K time-lapse recording mode is also available, as well as additional specialized recording modes for digitizing film negatives and for focus stacking applications. Benefitting the imaging capabilities is an advanced Multi-CAM 20K 153-point AF system, which debuted with the flagship D5 and offers 99 cross-type sensors for refined focusing accuracy in a variety of lighting conditions. Checking off a number of boxes for multimedia image-makers, the D850 positions itself as not only a high-resolution DSLR but also as a camera for speed, movies, and low-light shooting needs.

Balancing the versatile imaging features, the D850 is also equally refined in its physical design. A large optical pentaprism offering a wide field of view and 0.75x magnification affords photographers a bright, clear, and realistic view for critical shooting needs. Conversely, a 3.2" 2.36m-dot LCD touchscreen is also available for live view shooting, playback, and menu navigation, and features a tilting design to suit working from high and low angles. A weather-sealed design is also employed, to suit working in a variety of environmental conditions, and the optional MB-D18 grip can be added to boost overall shooting times and continuous shooting rates. Additionally, built-in SnapBridge allows for wireless sharing of low-resolution imagery and remote live view use on a linked mobile device, and an optional WT-7a Wireless Transmitter can also be used for faster wireless transferring of files.

45.7MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor and EXPEED 5 Processor

A first for Nikon DSLRs, a 45.7MP BSI CMOS sensor is used for high-resolution shooting, impressive low-light quality, and fast readout speeds to benefit continuous shooting, movies, and time-lapse recording. The back-illuminated design of the sensor affords noticeably cleaner high-sensitivity output for reduced noise when working at high ISO values, up to a native ISO 25600, as well as vivid and smooth quality at sensitivities as low as ISO 64. The sensor's design also omits the conventional optical low-pass filter in order to achieve the greatest sharpness and resolution from the sensor.

Benefitting the sensor is the apt EXPEED 5 image processor, which affords a wealth of speed throughout the camera system, including the ability to shoot continuously at 7 fps for up to 51 consecutive 14-bit lossless compressed raw files in a single burst. When working with the optional MB-D18 grip and EN-EL18a/b battery, this shooting rate can be increased to 9 fps, and up to 30 fps shooting is possible when working in a DX crop mode during Silent Live View.

153-Point Multi-CAM 20K Autofocus System

Complementing the rendering capabilities and speed of the image sensor is the robust Multi-CAM 20K AF system, which features 153 total phase-detection points, including 99 cross-type sensors for improved subject recognition, and 55 of the points are selectable for greater compositional freedom. Benefitting the use of super telephoto lenses and teleconverters, 15 of the points, including nine selectable points, are compatible with an effective aperture of f/8, and all 153 points support working with effective aperture of f/5.6 or brighter.

Managing the abundance of focusing points is a dedicated AF engine, which offers quick response times to benefit tracking fast and randomly moving subjects, even at the top 7 fps shooting rate. The AF engine also contributes to enhanced focusing sensitivity, with all points capable of focusing -4 EV for working in very dark, low-contrast situations.

Furthering the versatility of the focusing system, different AF-area modes can be selected to support varying types of subject matter:
  • Single-Point AF: The camera uses a single point to find focus.
  • Dynamic-Area AF: Available with 25, 72, or 153-point selections, this mode uses a primary single focus point to lock onto focus, and then makes use of the surrounding points for maintaining focus while tracking erratically-moving subjects.
  • Group-Area AF: This mode treats smaller groups of AF points as a single point for a wider field of recognition, and is well-suited to tracking faces or other detailed subjects.
  • 3D-Tracking: Using a subject's color information, this mode utilizes all 153 points to maintain focus on a moving subject while half-pressing the shutter button.
  • Auto-Area AF: This mode makes use of all 153 points to quickly identify the main subject, and then prioritizes recognized faces as portrait subjects in any AF servo mode.

Lastly, a unique auto AF fine-tune function can be employed to ensure the best possible focus for each mounted lens. Rather than relying on photographing distance charts, this function lets you achieve precise focus manually in live view, and then have the AF system calibrate itself to the fine-tuned focus position in order to alleviate front- and back-focusing issues.

4K UHD Video Recording and 8K Time-Lapse

Utilizing the sensor and processor attributes for more than just still imagery, the D850 is also a more-than-capable multimedia camera. Video recording is possible at 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) using either the full-frame area or a DX crop area in 30p, 25, or 24p frame rates. Full HD 1080p video recording is also supported at up to 120p for slow motion playback, and video files can be saved to the in-camera memory cards or as an uncompressed file to an optional external recorder via HDMI out.

Benefitting video recording, a dedicated power aperture button (Pv) makes it possible to achieve smooth, continuous exposure transitions when switching from light to dark areas, and Auto ISO can also be used to maintain a consistent brightness when working in changing lighting situations. Focus Peaking can be used to benefit manual focus control and a Zebra Stripes option is also available to help detect over-exposed areas within the frame. Audio recording can be handled using the built-in stereo microphone or an optional external mic can be added via the 3.5mm stereo jack for greater control over quality, and live monitoring is possible via the headphone jack.

The D850 also blends both still and video capabilities with the ability to produce 8K time-lapses using the Interval Timer Mode or in-camera 4K time-lapse movies, with the ability to record up to 9999 exposures for either method. This system also makes use of a silent interval timer, which produces no shutter noise, does not contribute to wear on the shutter mechanism, and is energy efficient to maximize battery life.

Body Design

  • A large 3.2" 2.359m-dot LCD screen is available for bright, clear, and vivid image playback and live view shooting. The screen has a tilting design to benefit working from both high and low angles, and it is also a touchscreen for more intuitive operation, navigation, and settings control.
  • The bright optical pentaprism viewfinder offers a large 0.75x magnification and a wide field of view for comfortable and accurate use.
  • Configured with one CFexpress Type B/XQD memory card slot and one UHS-II-compliant SD memory card slot, which allows you to extend file saving capabilities by permitting overflow recording, in-camera file-duplicating, or the ability to segregate raw and JPEG files between the two cards.
  • A robust magnesium alloy chassis is both dust- and weather-resistant to benefit working in harsh climates and inclement conditions.
  • The ergonomic grip and overall form factor is shaped to benefit handling for extended periods of time and is further accentuated by an anti-slip material and a joystick for seamless settings and focus point selection. Additionally, most of the rear buttons are illuminated for greater visibility when working in dim lighting conditions.
  • The included EN-EL15a rechargeable lithium-ion battery is CIPA-rated to last for approximately 1840 shots per charge. If paired with the optional MB-D18 grip and EN-EL18a/b battery, you can record approximately 5140 shots per charge.

Scene Recognition System and Exposure Metering

The intelligent Scene Recognition System with 3D Color Matrix Metering III utilizes a 180,000-pixel RGB sensor to evaluate and analyze all aspects within a scene, including brightness, contrast, subject distance, and the scene colors, to quickly determine an accurate exposure and white balance setting to best render the scene at hand. The information gathered is also checked against onboard reference images to ensure consistency from image to image in regard to exposure, white balance, i-TTL flash settings, and subject-tracking AF performance.

Other Camera Features

  • Built-in SnapBridge connectivity to enable seamless transfer of low-resolution imagery as well as remote shooting capabilities. BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) and Wi-Fi enables communication between the camera and a smart device and, additionally, the mobile device can remotely trigger the shutter and display a live view image from the camera to enable working from a distance.
  • Faster wireless transfer is possible using the optional WT-7a Wireless Transmitter.
  • A Negative Digitizer mode is specifically designed for photographing film negatives and slides to convert them to high-resolution digital files. This mode is intended to be used with the optional AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED lens and the ES-2 Slide Copying Adapter.
  • Focus Shift Mode benefits working with focus stacking techniques by automatically recording a series of images at up to 10 different focus steps. Up to 300 individual frames can be recorded within these 10 steps, with the D850 automatically shifting focus between each shot to achieve an extended depth of field. The sequential images will be saved within a unique folder on the memory card in order to keep each series of exposures segregated for a faster and easier post-production workflow.
  • In-camera shooting in the 1:1 square format and classic 4:5 format is possible, and the viewfinder will be automatically shaded during shooting in order to aid in more accurate composition.
  • Raw files can be recorded in three separate sizes for expedited post-production, and in-camera raw file batch processing is also possible.
  • The D850 is compatible with the radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting system, which permits working with the optional WR-R10 Controller and WR-A10 Receiver, along with the SB-5000, for intuitive, controllable wireless flash shooting.
  • Picture Control modes allow you to set predefined looks to imagery in-camera and include Flat, Landscape, Monochrome, Neutral, Portrait, Standard, Vivid, and auto settings.
  • Language support: Arabic, Bengali, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.
UPC: 018208015856

Nikon D850 Specs

Imaging
Lens MountNikon F
Sensor ResolutionActual: 46.89 Megapixel
Effective: 45.7 Megapixel (8256 x 5504)
Sensor Type35.9 x 23.9 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Image StabilizationNone
Mirror Lock-UpYes
Capture TypeStills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeElectronic Shutter, Mechanical Focal Plane Shutter
Shutter Speed1/8000 to 30 Seconds
Bulb/Time ModeBulb Mode, Time Mode
ISO SensitivityPhoto/Video
64 to 25,600 in Auto Mode (Extended: 32 to 102,400)
Metering Method3D Color Matrix, Center-Weighted Average, Highlight Weighted, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2, 1 EV Steps)
Metering Range-3 to 20 EV
White BalancePresets: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Direct Sunlight, Fine, Flash, Fluorescent, Fluorescent (White), Incandescent, Neutral White, Preset Manual, Shade
Continuous ShootingUp to 7 fps at 45.7 MP for up to 51 Frames (Raw)
Interval RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/5/10/20-Second Delay
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes1:1
5504 x 5504
4128 x 4128
2752 x 2752
Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2, 4:5
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw, TIFF
Bit Depth14-Bit
Internal Video Capture
Recording ModesH.264/MOV/MP4
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/119.88p
HD (1280 x 720) at 50p/59.94p
Recording LimitUp to 29 Minutes, 59 Seconds for UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 29.97p
Video SystemNTSC/PAL
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio Recording AAC Audio
2-Channel LPCM Audio
External Video Capture
External Recording Modes4:2:2 8-Bit via HDMI
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 24.00p/25p/29.97p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
HD (1280 x 720) at 50p/59.94p
IP StreamingNone
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotSlot 1: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Slot 2: CFexpress Type B / XQD
Video I/O1 x Mini-HDMI Output
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
Other I/O1 x USB Micro-B (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Output
1 x Nikon 10-Pin Input
1 x PC Sync Socket Output
Power I/ONone
WirelessWi-Fi, Bluetooth
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Monitor
Size3.2"
Resolution2,359,000 Dot
Display TypeTilting Touchscreen LCD
Secondary DisplayTop: Status Display
Viewfinder
TypeOptical (Pentaprism)
Eye Point17 mm
Coverage100%
MagnificationApprox. 0.75x
Diopter Adjustment-3 to +1
Focus
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeAutomatic, Continuous-Servo AF, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
Autofocus PointsPhase Detection: 153 (99 Cross-Type)
Autofocus Sensitivity-4 to +20 EV
Flash
Built-In FlashNo
Flash ModesFirst-Curtain Sync, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
Maximum Sync Speed1/250 Second
Flash Compensation-3 to +1 EV (1/3, 1/2, 1 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash SystemiTTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe, PC Terminal
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Operating Humidity0 to 85%
General
Battery Type1 x EN-EL15a Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Tripod Mounting Thread1 x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Accessory Mount1 x Hot Shoe Mount
Material of ConstructionMagnesium Alloy
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.7 x 4.9 x 3.1" / 146 x 124 x 78.5 mm
Weight2.01 lb / 915 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.24 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.7 x 6.5 x 5.85"

Nikon D850 Reviews

In Love with this beauty

By Krista
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-26

Such an incredible camera. I went from the D800 to the D850 and couldn't be happier. It feels so great and has so many more amazing features. It's a pleasure to shoot with!

Everything I need... a great DSLR

By Kevin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-25

I waited a long time to purchase the D850. If I were starting out in photography I might have gone mirrorless, but I have a fairly large collection of F-mount lenses and I simply did not want to have to deal with an adapter. I have used the D610 for some time, and I am familiar with the Nikon User Interface. Obvious improvements from the D610 - 1) larger sensor is greatly appreciated, both for cropping in wildlife and IQ in macro 2) Auto focus much faster and more reliable in low light/low contrast 3) I have not run into buffering issues in burst capture like I routinely did in the D610 4) a few dedicated buttons have been added - I shoot in manual and the ISO button is very handy (on both of my old D610s the ISO button on the lower left back was finicky, and I would often have to cycle the camera on and off to get it to function.) If you wish to remain in DSLR world, this is a great camera.

A Nikon classic

By Mario
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-24

I have been a Nikon user since 1985 and have been using a Nikon D300 since 2008. It has served me well and has never let me down. I never found the 12mp sensor it has as a hindrance to the photos I've taken. As time went by I did miss the superior high ISO performance the newer models offered. I've been reluctant to upgrade as the mirrorless revolution is quickly replacing DSLR's. I've been on the fence as to where to go with my next camera for a couple of years now. The problem I had is I have 7 nikon lenses that are still perfectly capable but would be handicapped if I went mirrorless and used an adapter. I never felt using an adapter is what I wanted to deal with and replacing my lenses with the current mirrorless versions would cost me a small fortune. After plenty of personal debate and the current instant rebate offering I decided to stick with dslr's and purchased the Nikon D850. The 45mp resolution is more than I really need but the price of the D850 isn't much higher than the 24mp D780 at this point. All in all it's a better all around camera; better build quality and much more. So far, so good. It is very similar in operation to my old D300 that transitioning to it was seamless. It really is the best all around dslr that Nikon has made. Finally a competitor to Canon's highly regarded 5D series. The resolution is incredible and the color is gorgeous. All other functions are highly refined and the mirror/shutter mechanism is well damped and super smooth. What more do you want from a camera? B&H's service was top notch and I had the camera in my hands the next day. Mirrorless may be the future but dslr's have proven reliability and still much to offer in the years to come.

probably the last great DSLR

By George
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-19

best camera I ever used

Great body

By Dwight
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-11

Fantastic body. Just exposed around 1000 shots in the Tetons and it performed flawlessly. Pictures are tack sharp colors are great

Incredible resolution, even today

By Nicholas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-08

I love this camera and I own many different cameras. I shoot film and digital, I even print in a darkroom when I want to. This camera rivals 4x5 sheet film, when using low iso ranges 64-100. When I compared those shots to my 4x5 negatives, they were on par with resolution, but with the ability to pull up shadows from a very high dynamic range. I was amazed by the resolution when I zoomed in during post. You must be careful not to blow your highlights with this camera. When I first used it, I had a lot of blown speculation highlights. I found it easier to do so than my fuji cameras. Many this was user error, and now that I know how to Meter better on the dslr, I've had no issues. I use this camera for all types of photography, from nature and landscape, to street photography with a smaller lens, to assignments at a Buddhist temple. You name it. Overall this camera is worth every penny, especially now in 2022, and I think it can rival anything new today.

Awesome Camera body!!!

By Anthony
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-26

I've been wanting an FX body for sometime now, and finally gave myself permission to pull the trigger on this purchase. So glad I did. The D850 has vastly surpassed my expectations. And buying it from B&H has just made the purchase that much better. Have purchased from them many times and have never been disappointed. Prices, and customer service is top notch. The best in the industry by far. Looking fwd to my next purchase from them.

Another Win for Nikon

By Roy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-25

An awesome upgrade from my D810!!

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