The Nikon D850 could be announced on August 16th


There is a good chance that the new Nikon D850 DSLR camera will be officially announced on August 16th (±1 day depending on your time zone). This is based on the date listed on the cover of the Chinese presentation slides that leaked earlier today. This could also be the time of the scheduled internal presentation and the actual announcement could be at a later date.

I will try to confirm the exact D850 announcement date in the next few days.

Just a reminder that all of the already existing Nikon events are scheduled after August 16th:

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  • Whoa … take my money next week …

    • Exynos

      Are u ready for 3499£

      • TwoStrayCats

        I am reddy fot.

        • Exynos

          U reddy?

          • TwoStrayCats

            Maximus extremis.

      • Yes

        • Exynos

          Im not

          • I’ve been waiting more than a year for this. I’m ready. It has become obvious that this isn’t going to be cheap.

      • TwoStrayCats

        That is one and three-quarter tons.

      • Andrew

        This D850 camera should cost no more than $3,399 (US). Nikon has been quite with its pricing.

        The price of the D810 is £2,399.00 (UK). So there is no way the D850 will cost what you suggested.

        • Andrew, my hope is that you really work for Nikon and you know the exact price 🙂 $3,400 will be a very good price. I hope you are right.

          • Andrew

            I am not sure Nikon is hiring an electrical engineer from the US. Just tell them that my strengths are in mathematics and physics 😉 And computers, and business as I own my own company. But I digress 😉

            If you really think about it, it makes sense for Nikon to leak a rumored price of $3,600 so that when the camera comes out cheaper, everyone will be happy they saved a couple of hundred bucks. But in reality, a $200 difference is marginal at best.

            Yes, the D850 has fantastic rumored specs, but let us not forget that the leap from 12 MP (D700) to 36 MP (D800E) was significant and yet was priced at $3299. I know, I know… the real leap was from 24 MP (D3x), but then again, the D700 came out at $3,000 and subsequent full frame cameras like the D610 and D750 were priced considerably less. So why would Nikon reverse course and price the D850 higher?

            So given the global economy and the fake jobless rate in the US, after much deliberation, and not withstanding your noble predictions, I really do not see Nikon pricing the D850 any higher than $3,399 😉

        • ITN

          The D810 cost 3200€ when new in 2014. The current price is low because demand for it is less in 2017 than in 2014. However the D850 combines high speed with high res (and practically replaces D810, D500, and D5 and more in one camera) so it will no doubt be somewhat more expensive than the D810 was. I would guess 3800€ without and 4200€ with grip. US prices are 20-25% lower since they are published without tax.

      • sounds like your ready to hate when it comes out. lmfao

    • Now I can go to bed and have wet dreams.

    • Adrian Seah

      No way I will wait for D860 after they have decided that the manufacturing defects on D850 can’t be resolved.

      • Andrew

        So you are concerned that the D850 is going to be a best seller and take away sales from the competition? Is that why you are offering your advise? When you start buying cameras for others then you can advise them when to make their purchase.

        When the D860 is released I bet you will be here again telling people to wait for the D870. There is always someone out there that goes doing that same street. The manufacturing quality of all of recent Nikon cameras including the D7200, D500, D5, and D7500 have been exceptional. The D850 will have a form factor that is similar to the D750, D500, and D7500 cameras with their wonderful ergonomic design, tilting LCD touchscreen and awesome hand-grip.

        • ITN

          Yeah, when a camera is too competitive and good, some people (companies?) will go out of their way to bring it down. I think this is what happened with the D750: it was a too good camera for the money (from the competitors’s point of view) and so people started shining lights to it and all kinds of silly stuff to find something to complain about. Anything that could make the star dimmer and lose its (considerable) appeal. Of course the 1DX did not receive complaints even though it was found to have a worse case of blocked AF sensor flare. Talk about double standards …

          Most Nikon cameras have not had any notable manufacturing issues. But that doesn’t stop some people from carrying out their smear efforts. The irony is that if Nikon is not successful, Sony and Canon are free to offer less (features and quality) for more (money). So it is in the best interest of all camera users that good cameras are successful and lead to enhanced competition and quality for price across the industry.

          • Andrew

            “The irony is that if Nikon is not successful, Sony and Canon are free to offer less (features and quality) for more (money). So it is in the best interest of all camera users that good cameras are successful and lead to enhanced competition and quality for price across the industry.”

            Actually, you bring out a very good point, one that I have not thought about before with regards to the camera manufacturers 😉 But it is a point I have observed in the computing world where companies that gain monopoly positions stop innovating. The same thing happens when bigger companies acquire smaller and nimbler companies.

            In the 1990s, I used a developer tool called PowerBuilder (same as the name of the company) for creating Client/Server database applications in a Microsoft Windows / Oracle Server environment. PowerBuilder was bought out by Sybase who smothered the software until they also languished and were purchased by SAP in 2010. PowerBuilder could have been scaled into a formidable Internet software development platform but the owner sold the company for a tidy profit.

            A company like Canon fits the profile of a company that is quite monolithic, too big and heavy to move forward quite swiftly. Sony, on the other hand, is different as its culture is more adventurous, but changes too often for the liking of many professionals who do not want much disruption to their workflow. Nikon for me strikes the right balance 😉

      • ITN

        Few cameras have significant manufacturing defects.

  • Davidvictormeldrew Idontbeliev

    i like it…

  • Exynos

    Interesting, there is no information about OSPDAF.
    So likely D850 will remain using slow CDAF in their liveview and video.
    And AF coverage remain in around 20%

    • Shutterbug

      If you understand how modern PDAF works, AF coverage will never get much bigger than it is without major revisions to both the body and lenses. PDAF in live view would be nice but the overwhelming majority of users don’t rank video AF as a deal breaker – just look how well previous versions have sold.

    • nwcs

      The AF-P lenses address it some.

    • Chris

      It’s a stills machine that can do video, not the other way round.

  • br0xibear

    Wait, Sony just posted this on their Instagram…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e932ad6aa7dba8cfc4f0cf48c0e210b37cc3882d58516c557abfcaa32923c7a2.jpg

    It’s just a joke, that last thread was getting way too serious…remember these are just cameras, lol.

    • Spy Black

      Word.

    • TwoStrayCats

      And then there are “just Sonys.”

    • Aldo

      I knew it… too good to be true. Must be due to the earthquake from 1855…

    • lol, good one 🙂

      • br0xibear

        I should be asleep, it’s 3am here…I was watching a film about photojournalist Jason Howe called ” A Good Day To Die: Hoka Hey”, well worth a watch.
        https://www.hokaheymovie.com/

    • sickheadache

      Dear Sony…What do you have to offer that is NOT 24mp and or two years old, with one card slot… Your Honor….I rest my case. AND yes I know it is a joke. lol

    • ninpou_kobanashi

      You’re gonna start a war like that 😉

  • Aldo

    Selling healthy-non-smoker lung for 3999.99 plus tax…

    • TwoStrayCats

      Put it on EBay as a Leica Lung, condition 10.

      • Aldo

        with ‘best offer’

      • TheInfinityPoint

        Or even better post on craigslist: “Like new set of lungs, hardly used, inhale/exhale count at only 5000, transferrable warranty. Call Joe at 6five4-398O.”

        • Aldo

          I can only sell one though… otherwise I won’t get to shoot with the d850..

    • Mehdi R

      LOL

    • Davo

      I prefer to buy a D850 instead. What am I gonna do with a lung?

  • Exynos

    The results of taking picture of the sun every day at the same time. ..amazing
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/15cd0dc629f3e370348932a5e3857f7a4d665373de2251c2e0f855fa9c2e7c07.jpg

    • TheInfinityPoint

      Analemma with solar eclipse. Up/down motion of figure-8 motion is due to axial tilt of Earth. Left/right motion is due to the axial tilt plus nonuniform velocity of Earth orbiting the Sun (because Earth’s orbit is an ellipse).

  • TheInfinityPoint

    I am guessing it will be announced next week on Aug 15/16 depending on your time zone. Peter mentioned Nikon likes to announce things on Tuesday which is Aug 15.

    • Yes, definitely not on Thursday or Friday.

    • Mike

      I believe Tuesday is the last day of the Obon holiday this year; so if they go with a more typical workday, then Wednesday the 16th JST seems more likely (thus could be Tuesday night in the U.S.).

  • sickheadache

    Hello Friends of NR…My Special 400 Friends…Could you please spare 10 dollars each. This is my Address…Please Send to 1313 Mockingbird Lane. Los Angeles, 90401. My Grannie Agusta Wynd.. is need of a good burial…she is at the morgue just hanging out…we need a proper funeral. Thanks..and by the way…This is not for the D850…no matter what they say. Thanks Again…Sickheadache.

    • Ed Hassell

      My condolences on your loss. I’ll donate a mite to B&H in your grandmother’s name.

      • XXTwnz

        Don’t fall for it. She already died and was buried when the D810 was announced a few years ago. I know because I contributed to her burial back then.

        • sickheadache

          So much you know..this is my other grandmother. This is Agusta Wynd, NOT…Sharon Needles.

        • Ed Hassell

          LOL! You’ll notice I said I donate a mite in her name to B&H — not that I’d contribute to her burial. Regardless of the name, that credit is going towards my own D850. 😀

  • DrNo666

    Considering what we now know about the d850… what has Nikon in mind for the D5s? Its update cycle has been 23-25 months ever since the D3 so we should expect it around new year.

    • Bob Thane

      If the D850 hits 9 fps at 45.75 MP, the D5s could hit 19-20 fps at 20.8 MP.

      Though I think the shutter mechanism would be the bottleneck, and we’d actually see more like 15 fps at most.

      • Ed Hassell

        If the D5s includes a true electronic shutter, we could have full-frame exposures without AE/AF at insane rates.

        • Shutterbug

          The 1 series could already shoot at 60 FPS full resolution – if you take AF out of the equation it’s no big deal at all.

    • Ed Hassell

      And, maybe a D500s, as well. While we’re at it, why not a 60+MP D5x?

      No, really, don’t even tempt me with such thoughts.

      • Matthijs Bettman

        I would love a D5x as a replacement for my D3x. lol .

  • silmasan

    @NikonRumors:disqus you said you have filters on the kens.. how about some on tr*mp and h*ll*ry as well, those are very tiring and add no substance whatsoever… Just a suggestion. luv NR xoxo

    p.s. oh right, just remembered, someone mentioned “fans” … maybe it’s time to sell some [NR] merchandise, I’d buy a [NR] T-shirt for sure! @br0xibear:disqus can you make mockups please lol 😀

  • eric

    Can’t wait til people complain of the price being $4k…based on demand Nikon should charge nothing less.

    • Ed Hassell

      Will you people quit suggesting how much more Nikon ought to charge? You might give them ideas. We want to keep our out-of-pocket expenses as low as possible.

      • eric

        You people? Whats that supposed to mean. Im not a people or belong to any group. I would just like to see Nikons profits go up so they can use it to make other interesting products like a new mirrorless system. Penny pinching is not an attractive quality. I think $4k is more than fair considering what other products go for. I highly doubt they take into consideration people’s price comments on a rumor blog but if they do, I will take the blame for the suggesting the price.

        • Ed Hassell

          Sorry, my response was meant to be tongue-in-cheek. And I didn’t mean to target you specifically. Certainly, I want Nikon to remain profitable — I want more of their toys!

          Guesstimates as to the D850’s price have been all over the place from a low of US$3200 to $5000. I’m hoping it’s going to be closer to the low end of that range than the higher.

          • sickheadache

            IT will not cross 4 grand. no way. but i am usually wrong on this. lol

      • sickheadache

        I know the price. $3,599.99

      • ToastyFlake

        It’s like they’re being paid to pump up price expectations.

      • ninpou_kobanashi

        “According to traffic on Nikon Rumors, market analysis has the determined that the price point should be”…

    • ToastyFlake

      Just pre-ordered for $3297.

      • eric

        No tax right.

        • ToastyFlake

          Yep. No tax.

  • Davo

    Just adding Nikon Malaysia has events on 20/8, 27/8 and 9/9 whilst Nikon Singapore has one on 27/8 too. So it looks possible the D850 might be touring SE Asia and lends credibility to the Aug 16th date.

    • Yes, it does make sense.

  • C-M

    Good work Peter!

  • AnotherView

    Dosen’t really matter when the D850 is officially announced…let me know when it’s actually available…then I’ll be on the lookout for hands-on reviews from people I trust.

  • I have the feeling Moose will have the D850. Please report back how it went. Thnaks!

  • Captain Megaton

    I’m standing by my original bet of a week later, Aug 22-23.

    Aug 15th is smack in the middle of o-bon holiday in Japan. 14-16 are national holidays, practically no one would be working at Nikon during that time outside of the security guards.

    • The date could be for Nikon China internal presentation. I did not know that those dates were holidays in Japan.

      • Captain Megaton

        It would make sense to brief all regional offices about one week in advance of the official release, so that meshes nicely.

        • silmasan

          So next week it is. I’m just glad that they already have the thing looking very ready, judging from these leaks.

  • Dan Amadio

    Can someone explain how the D850 could possibly have better DR than the D810 with all of the extra MP’s? If the sensor size is the same, wouldn’t that mean smaller pixels and less uninterrupted light? Also, are you going to need a tripod to get anything in focus at 46MP?

    • Alexander Gray

      probably the same way the d810 has better DR than the d700.

    • Davo

      Uninterrupted light? Maybe you mean the fill factor which would affect the quantum efficiency but I think it’s a fairly minor issue these days for large sensors. With BSI and microlens technology, as the pixel pitch get much smaller, the fill factor is still not a particular big issue. DR is a different but related issue to do with FWC and noise floor of the sensor.
      You’d need a tripod any time your shutter speed becomes inadequate. A higher pixel count just shows more of the small movements that are still present if shot on a smaller pixel count camera if your shutter speed is inadequate.
      Viewed at the image level, they will look pretty much the same. Viewed at pixel level, you’d just be able to discern more of operator’s errors. So if you want to get the most of the camera’s greater pixel count, your shot discipline will need to improve.

  • ปฐมพร อินทรสูต

    16 แล้วยังไม่เห็นโผล่มาเลย – -*

  • nek4life

    So is today the day!?

    • I don’t think so.

      • nek4life

        I figured at this point. Can’t wait to see the final announcement, even though I think I’m going to stick with my D810. Also curious what the successor to the D750 looks like, whenever that is.

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