The range of capabilities offered by Digital SLR cameras are enough for anyone who wants to enhance the photography experience and want to take it to the highest level. The functionalities offered by the DSLRs like the various kinds of manual controls, brilliant quality of the picture and the interchangeable accessories including the flash and lenses make sure that the user is getting the most out of their photography skills.
Today, we are going to review one of the most anticipated professional camera for this year. Yes, you heard it right. We have got our hands on the successor of the Nikon D810, the all-new Nikon D850 which is simply a powerhouse boasting all the latest features and specifications which a photographer could ask for. Let’s have a look at the detailed review below.
The Nikon D850 is based on the same design pattern like that of its predecessor, the Nikon D810. However, slight changes were observed while reviewing the D850. The area between the lens mount and the camera grip has been reduced and feels a little bit slimmer as compared to the D810. It therefore gives a more comfortable feel and an intent experience while handling the camera.
No built-in flash
A major change in the ergonomics of this camera is the elimination of the pop-up flash. This is because of the fact that the Nikon D850 is targeted towards the market of professional photographers. The professional photographers don’t usually make use of the built-in pop-up flash. Instead, they use umbrella flash, bare flash and different other kinds of flash to shoot portraits or events. Although, adding these flash upgrades to your professional camera kit will cost you a good chunk of money. Moreover, the built-in pop-up flash acts as an emergency source of lighting when there is not much space available to set-up the external strobes.
Durability and easiness
The protection against weather is also increased and the camera is more durable than ever allowing the wildlife photographers to make full use of their photography skills without worrying for the camera. The size of the viewfinder is increased a bit and a new aspheric element has been added in it for more detailed shooting. The 3.2 inches LCD of the Nikon D850 is tiltable and is touch-enabled with 2.359 million dots in it due to which the LCD is able to show detailed and crisp images on it.
Overall, the design of the Nikon D850 is vastly similar to the Nikon D810 with some minor changes. The red recording button is moved a little bit to the left side. The ISO button is also relocated a little to the right. The central part of the body still features the eight way directional control alongside a lock switch, the i, Live View buttons and the Info. It weighs at 1,015 grams.
- 45.7MP back-illuminated full-frame sensor, no low-pass filter
- EXPEED 5 processing engine
- 4K UHD video, up to 30p
- 8K timelapse
- 153-point AF system with 99 cross type points
- 100% pentaprism viewfinder, 0.75x mag.
- 3.2in, tilting LCD, 2.36m dots
- 7fps burst shooting
- Wi-Fi and Low-energy Bluetooth
- 1015g (including battery and card)
Whether it’s a professional photographer or just an enthusiast, the first thing everyone asks before purchasing a camera is the resolution. In the Nikon D850, there is a massive resolution of 45.7 MP which delivers promising images in both JPEG and RAW format. The native ISO sensitivity in the Nikon D850 ranges between 64-25,000 and if boosted, you could get an ISO sensitivity all the way up to 102,400.
Great AF, advanced RGB and better burst rate
Talking about the autofocus system, it is now upgraded to 153 points which is able to provide a superb autofocus performance thanks to Nikon’s latest EXPEED 5 processor. However, it lacks the image stabilization feature. The advanced RGB metering system of 181,000 pixels allows the photographer to efficiently shoot in the Auto-Area and 3D tracking models. You can also shoot a continuous shooting speed of 7 fps which could be extended to 9 fps after adding a MB-D18 multi battery power pack grip to your Nikon D850.
Image & Video Quality:
When compared with its predecessor, the Nikon D850 produces sharper and crispier images. Although, a general perception of the output produced by the Nikon D850 shows that the images have less or no noise at all. But, when the technical benchmark tests are taken into consideration, they show that there isn’t much difference between the D800 and the D850. However, color accuracy in the shadows looked more vivid on the D850. The Nikon D850 is able to produce images at 8,256 by 4,644 which easily qualifies at the 8K resolution stage.
Talking about the video, the built-in microphone makes sure that the audio quality is clear and vivid providing a professional touch to your videos. The D850 is also capable of providing 4K videos. Each and every frame provides a resolution of 8 MP, providing an overall output of four times that of 1080p. While recording, a decent compression rate of 125 Mbps is provided by the D850. Video recording I the D850 also supports 1080p and 720p for projects with lesser needs of HD quality. A slow-motion video recording at the rate of 120 fps is also available which produces stunning slow motion videos.