This appears to be the first “partial” picture of the new Nikon D850 DSLR camera


In one of the European marketing banners, Nikon actually had a D850 teaser with a picture of a camera pentaprism not seen on any other Nikon full frame DSLR models:

     
I think it is safe to assume that this is the first picture of the Nikon D850 - here is a better view where we can clearly see the lack of built-in flash:


Next are a few more comparisons with the D5, D810, D750 and D610 cameras:

Nikon D850

Nikon D850

Nikon D5

Nikon D5

Nikon D810

Nikon D810

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Nikon D610

Nikon D610

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  • TinusVerdino

    Looks like some electronics built in above the Pentaprism. Wi Fi Microphone, maybe even GPS?

    • Eric Calabros

      forget GPS, Nikon hates to lose CIPA battery rate for that almost useless part.

  • “IF” the December 20th rumor were true, maybe Nikon is assuming/proposing that “emergency flash” situations are minimized by the new extreme low light capabilities of this new camera. Perhaps the space gains (if any) are being used for other things or, perhaps there are weight loss benefits (not likely). That is a lot of speculation with me certainly reading a lot into a single, nondescript picture, but maybe… Hopefully, we’ll know soon.

    • Jay_B_Siegel

      Lowlight capabilities don’t have anything to do with fill flash though.

  • Anyone remember the D200 teasers before the announcement? I guess it worked back then so they’re trying again to stoke the fires of GAS. 😉

  • Pablo And-Jennifer Gabetta

    I never used the flash on my D800, specially when the hood of a 24-70 covers it, but it was to know it was there for a rainy day…

    • T.I.M

      You should get a gun flash (maybe 2) and learn flash bounce technique, that will improve your flash pictures a lot.
      When you master it, people (except pro photographers) can’t tell if the flash have been use.

    • Hans J

      Be happy its gone. 😉

    • nwcs

      When I had my D800 I used it for commander mode only. It was useful for that.

  • It is entirely possible (but not very likely) that this is just one of many prototypes (one with built-in flash, one without built-in flash) and they are putting it image out there for feedback on which direction to go. I mean, they haven’t released any other significant, product-defining information about it yet. That still gives them time to change their minds about it. It’s not like they haven’t changed or pulled the plug on products with far more information out there (DL series).

    • JXVo

      Quite a change….adding a release button and mouldings for flash into the top cover, wiring for same, firmware changes, the flash unit itself, internal circuitry for it and a place to mount this…prototyping and testing, then getting it all approved for manufacture and getting the bits made and delivered for mass production etc.

      I’m thinking that flash decision was made a year back already, probably more. In the case you propose the camera will be at least 6 to 9 months from delivery….we’ll see!

      • I am sure you are correct. Mostly a conspiracy theory on my part, especially since they have managed to keep this one so secret compared to many of their other products.

    • Fabbui

      Honestly I find it hard to believe they don’t have the final model yet. The production process is too complex to expect they are still undecided on what features to include or not to include. They should already have all specs and even pricing already set.

      If they were waiting for feedback to change it I would say the quality control process would be really in bad shape.

      • Yeah, but it is so much more fun to disregard things like constraints of time, physics, and production schedules and speculate on what I want! 😉

        But on a more serious note, you guys are correct. I didn’t think about the production schedule. That’s a big, “minor” detail that I overlooked. Still, if they have plans to hold out until December or longer, it could be possible, again, but not likely.

  • Senor Magnifico

    Looks like no GPS… Big fail.

    • JXVo

      Snapbridge allows location data to be obtained from your smartphone on the run and written into metadata ? Or only when you transfer wirelessly?

      • Hans J

        Something else to carry and that can go wrong. :-/

        • sandy

          You don’t normally carry your phone?

          • Hans J

            No… I like being alone sometimes. Especially when I’m hiking to new and unknown parts of the world. Where phones don’t work and a pro camera with GPS would have been great. :-/

      • nwcs

        It drains the power from your phone and also requires the phone to be nearby. I’m not sure what the lag time is but if they can put it in the D5300 why not D850?

      • Aphidman

        Snapbridge transfers the location data as you shoot. It works very well, but for some reason known only to Nikon, it updates that location only once every 5 minutes. I use Snapbridge only for location data, not the continuous image transfer, and have found no noticeable difference in phone power consumption. Definitely more reliable than the GPS in my D5300, but potentially less accurate, due to the 5 minute issue.

    • T.I.M

      No wonder Nikon always get lost.

    • Ric of The LBC

      Indeed. Ansel Adams photos are crap because he had no clue to where he was

  • Trond Larsen

    For all those who don’t understand the need for pop up flash, try backpacking to remote places to photograph moving animals like snakes and insects where you are holding the camera and remote flashes (often 6 at a time plus diffusers) in both hands and moving around. The extra on camera weight for a trigger for something so basic is absolutely unnecessary and renders some shots impossible. An on camera flash also hurts the image. No built in trigger is a deal breaker

    • Hans J

      i don’t understand do you want the flash or not? I’m SOOOO happy its no longer there .

      • Trond Larsen

        Yes! I don’t care about light from the flash, it just needs to trigger the remote flashes. Best that the flash doesn’t fire

    • Trond Larsen

      What’s the obstacle to producing a camera that functions as a commander?

  • T.I.M

    It’s set, I’m getting the D850!
    Even my wife like it!
    I’m also keeping my D800, I can’t do that to my old friend.

  • CaMeRa QuEsT

    DPReview has a D850 “wish list” that was out minutes after the anouncement. Since they are part of Amazon, and Peter says that the D850 has already been shown to selected retailers, DPReview might actually fully know what is comming but have written a hint list disguised as a wish list to try to circumvent any NDA:

    https://www.dpreview.com/articles/2987209957/ten-things-we-are-hoping-for-from-the-nikon-d850

    • TheInfinityPoint

      IF true, I *might* be able to forgive Nikon for dropping the popup flash in lieu of the illuminated buttons + articulating screen. That’d be super useful for all of my astro-landscape work lol!

    • Eric Calabros

      they deny that they had access to pre production body

  • T.I.M

    I wonder how much extra Nikon would charge me to change the name to D900 (I have that name stuck in my mind, I don’t know why)

    • nwcs

      Just cover it with black paint and ink in your own D900 once you get the camera. If you do it to a D800 it will be even more convincing.

    • CaMeRa QuEsT

      You can buy it from those “fake” D800E retailers, just tell them to do their magic and change the 85 for a 90. Beware, though, they might actually end up changing only an 8, if you catch my drift ;p

  • Michiel953

    A lot of bickering on the absence of a pop-up flash. I’d be more interested to learn if Nikon managed to cram all that superlative high res ff tech into a D500 sized body.
    I was quite taken by the D500, handling it briefly in my local shop, as opposed to the D750 which I didn’t like.

  • Maurício Costa

    Beautiful design… If the camera is really on the verge of being released, pulling out the image is only a strategy to create more hype… Hope that’s so – otherwise I fear we won’t see this camera in 2017

  • Looking at the comparison GIFs provided, the prism area certainly looks taller than the flash on the D810 and D500. GPS perhaps?

  • Paul Flaherty Jr.

    How about a max shutter longer than 30 seconds?

    • Hans J

      YES The fuji X-t2 can do 30 minutes now!!

    • paige4o4

      It’s moronic for any munufacterer to make a camera artificially limited to 30s. I mean, Nikon even advertised this for night photography! Surely they’ve added this basic functionality (and will also make it available as firmware update to other models).

  • eric

    No desire for this camera but it is fun seeing people excited about something for a change. It’s been a pretty good year for new models, with the leica m10, sony a9, and now nikon d850…thankful we have lots of choices still even as smartphones continue to dominate.

    • Eric Calabros

      smartphone dominates what?

      • Emms

        Snapchat

  • Fenasi Kerim

    I really hope they wouldn’t change the battery type. I’d hate to see they move away from EN-EL15 rendering all my existing battery accessories obsolete in D850…

    • Edward Chen

      I have 5 batteries for d800e and d500. Yes it would be nice

  • Manzur Huq

    The must have built-in flash. Without the built-in flash I will have difficulty in buy a D850.

    • Hans J

      Wrong you don’t need it. And it will not have it. If you want a build in flash go buy a D3300000 😛

      • Jay_B_Siegel

        What a silly response telling someone what they need. Maybe you don’t need it for the type of work you do, that doesn’t mean others don’t need it for the type of work they do. Don’t be so judgmental. Not everyone works the same way. I’m one of many that will have to think twice about buying the D850 because they deleted the flash.

        • Hans J

          Don’t worry you don’t need it. If you’re in a situation where you need it you’re doing it all wrong. 😛
          Good day sir. 🙂
          (This advice has been provide by a working professional at no cost to you)

          • Jay_B_Siegel

            Don’t be a Jackass. I’ve been a working pro probably since before you were born. And, I’ve probably made a while lot more money at it too. Be respectful of the fact that not everyone shoots what you do and uses the same techniques you do. Your condescending free advice is worth exactly what you charged me: nothing.

            • Hans J

              A working pro that needs a build in flash because he couldn’t get the right lighting gear in a given situation. Ok thats a new one for me. Noted, thanks for enlightening me. Seams like I learn new things everyday. 🙂

  • 24×36

    D750?! But that’s not PRO…oh but wait – the PRO D5 doesn’t have a pop-up flash…

    “I’m so confused!” – Vinnie Barbarino

  • Dh

    What is interesting is not what they removed (pop up flash) but what they put in its place. I see two round sensor looking things on both sides. The reshaping of the top surface is designed to allow wide viewing angle for these two sensors, it looks like

  • Søren Stærke

    Notice the slight change/rounding in the NIKON font to a more modern style.

  • yrsued

    Glad they took out the Pop Up Flash!!

  • Maurício Costa

    Sure! Noted the perfect timing of the new leaked images? They are building the hype…

  • Jay_B_Siegel

    No built in flash pretty much kills this camera for my uses. I need that little built in flash for fill. Carrying around a clunky speed light which adds weight and bulk is overkill for the kind of travel and street photography I do. I wanted to make the move from DX to FX with the 850, now I’ll have to make other plans. I guess Nikon feels no built in flash makes it a more “pro” camera, needless to say there are many of us who would disagree with that.

    • Hans J

      Better weather sealed, bigger view finder, better place to put the wifi and bluetooth antennas vs. useless flash… hmm very hard decision.
      Glad Nikon had the right people advising them.

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