NIKON has finally announced the long awaited D850, a Nikon FX-format digital SLR camera that optimizes the combination of high resolution and high-speed performance to set the standard for next-generation full-frame cameras for professional photographers and serious hobbyists across landscape, commercial sports, fashion and wedding genres, and multimedia content. Development of the D850 was announced on July 25, 2017.

The Nikon D850 is built around a hefty 45.7-megapixel CMOS sensor that’s back-side illuminated — a first for any of Nikon’s full-frame cameras. That should make the D850 handle low light situations pretty well despite the high megapixel count, which usually limits low light quality. And to wrangle those mega files, Nikon’s included its top-line Expeed 5 image processor. It can shoot 4K UHD video as well. The ISO range is 64-25600 (expandable to 32-102400)


“The Nikon D850 is the new benchmark in DSLR image quality, with an unprecedented combination of resolution, dynamic range, ISO and processing power,” Nikon says. Photographers will be able to choose between 3 different RAW sizes: 45.4 megapixel Large photos, 25.6MP Medium photos, and 11.4MP Small shots. After capturing RAW photos, you can use an in-camera batch RAW processor to quickly convert a large number of shots.

Nikon D850 can shoot up to 7 frames per second normally or up to 9 frames per second if you use a battery grip and a EN-EL18a/b battery. The buffer can hold 51 photos if you’re shooting 14-bit lossless RAW or 170 shots if you’re shooting 12-bit lossless.

Nikon has also left out an optical low pass filter, giving up moiré pattern reduction for maximizing sharpness in photos.

For autofocusing, the D850 uses the same system found in the flagship D5. It’s a 153-point, Multi-Cam 20K AF system that uses 99 cross-type sensors (15 of them are sensitive to f/8).

On the back of the D850 is a 3.2-inch, 2.359-million-pixel tilting LCD touchscreen that boasts the most extensive touch functionality ever found in a Nikon DSLR.

You’ll also find the widest and brightest optical viewfinder ever found in a Nikon DSLR — one that offers 0.75x magnification.

The physical interface of the D850 uses illuminated buttons that light up at the turn of a dial, allowing you to more easily handle your camera’s functions in low-light environments.

Primary Features

  • 1.An effective pixel count of 45.7 megapixels and a new backside illumination Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor
  • 2.High-speed continuous shooting at approximately 7 fps/9 fps captures motion

    3.Silent photography eliminates the sound of shutter release and mechanical vibrations with capture of 45-MP images

  • 4.Nikon’s first digital SLR camera to support full-frame 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) movie recording
  • 5.8K time-lapse video creation that makes the most of interval timer photography
  • 6.Other Features
    1. Equipped with a 180K-pixel RGB sensor that greatly increases the precision and accuracy of automatically controlled functions, such as autofocus (AF), auto exposure (AE), and auto white balance (AWB)
    2. Auto Picture Control, with which the camera automatically fine-tunes images in accordance with the scene
    3. The new natural light auto white balance option that achieves more accurate color reproduction for a variety of scenes captured under natural lighting
    4. RAW image size can be selected from large, medium, and small depending upon how images will be used
    5. A magnification of approximately 0.75x that enables a broad view has been achieved for the optical viewfinder
    6. The convenient 8-cm/3.2-in., approximately 2359k-dot, tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD monitor
    7. A power-saving design that enables capture of approximately 1,840 shots or approximately 70 minutes of movie recording on a single charge
    8. A focus shift function that makes it easy to acquire the materials (shots) needed for the technique known as focus stacking, used to increase depth of field
    9. A negative digitizer that makes it easy to convert color or black-and-white film negatives to digital data (JPEG)
    10. Support for radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, which increases the flexibility of multi-flash photography.

Here are official sample photos captured using the D850:

Photo by Yuuka Hoshino/Nikon Imaging Japan
Photo by Hideki Kono/Nikon Imaging Japan
Photo by Hideki Kono/Nikon Imaging Japan
Photo by Koshi Nakano/Nikon Imaging Japan
Photo by Koshi Nakano/Nikon Imaging Japan
Photo by Jerry Ghionis/Nikon Imaging Japan
Photo by Little Shao/Nikon Imaging Japan

It is priced at $3296.95 in USA and is expected to be available in market from September 2017.