What others are saying about the Nikon D850

Here is some additional coverage on the new D850 - what others are saying about the latest (and greatest) Nikon DSLR camera so far:

Nikon D850 pre-orders: B&H | Adorama | Amazon | WEX | Jessops

The use of a backside illuminated (BSI) sensor means that the light collecting elements of the sensor are closer to the surface of the chip. This should not only increase the efficiency of the sensor (improving low light performance) but should also be expected to make the pixels near the edges of the sensor better able to accept light approaching with high angles of incidence, improving peripheral image quality. (Dpreview)

This is the first time ever that a Nikon DSLR has a back-illuminated sensor, which allows more light to hit the photodiodes and results in better image quality compared to traditional sensor architecture. Another key sensor feature is that it does not have a low-pass filter, which is typically used to soften light to avoid moire, but that at such a high resolution is not a necessary addition. In its absence, detail can be better resolved. (PocketLint)

The D850 can shoot an impressive 1840 shots off a single battery charge, while the shutter is rated for 200,000 actuations. Other features include a choice of three raw file sizes; an in-camera focus stacking mode; auto AF fine-tune for matching your lenses to your camera; pinpoint autofocus in live view; and a new auto white balance mode that aims to give more pleasing results when shooting under natural light. (AmateurPhotographer)

As you would expect for a professional weather-sealed Digital SLR from Nikon, the D850 feels extremely well-built. The camera has a solid construction made of magnesium alloy, and weather-sealing means it should survive use outdoors in less than ideal conditions. The grip is large and has a rubber grip covering a large area of the camera from the front, to the back. On the back, there is ample grip for your thumb, making it possible to get a firm grip of the camera, even if you want to hold it with just one hand. There is rubber grip on the left of the camera, to help you keep a firm grip if using two hands to hold the camera. (Ephotozine)

The closest rival to the D850 might actually be Sony's A99 II SLT, which can actually shoot a bit faster at 12fps and costs nearly the same. Speaking of, you're going to pay a lot for Nikon's new model, but the price seems fair for what you get. The D850 costs $3,300 for the body only, and the MB-D18 Multi Power Battery Pack adds another $400. It'll arrive sometime in September, 2017. (Engadget)

Next up is the focus stacking ability. If that’s leaving you confused it’s okay. Think of it sort of like HDR photography, only instead of taking multiple photos to get the ideal exposure for every point of the image, focus stacking takes photos at a range of focal points to give you an image that is entirely in focus. This is a useful feature if you have to shoot a still life and don’t want to lose light by altering the aperture. (Gizmodo)

When shooting in time-lapse mode, the D850 will switch to an electronic shutter, sparring your mechanical shutter from the wear and tear of potentially thousands of actuations. (PDNonline)

The D850 is a monster of a camera in terms of specs, and it’s one that will cost accordingly — the retail price is $3,299 for just the body when it goes on sale in September. The pro-level D5 may still be the king of Nikon’s current DSLR offerings, but at first glance it’s the D850 that will likely be the Nikon full-frame camera that gets the most use by pros, semi-pros, and amateurs with deep pockets. For all intents and purposes, this is Nikon’s flagship camera going forward. The D850 looks like a mashup of the best things that Nikon is doing at both extremes of its DSLR lineup. It’s got most of the brains and brawn of pro-only cameras like the D5, but with much of the approachability and versatility you typically have to look for in the company’s entry-level and prosumer DSLRs. (The Verge)

Nikon D850 = Canon killer (Fstoppers)

The Nikon D850 targets that audience–the working professional that doesn’t spend every countless hour on Facebook, in forums, and on Reddit simply complaining. There surely isn’t innovation at the Sony level with the Nikon D850 and I’ll be the first to admit that. But what you don’t get with that is timelapse capabilities that you’d otherwise need to buy an app for with Sony, arguably more solid build quality, more native lens choices, significantly better battery life, a functional touchscreen that interacts with a menu that doesn’t drive you nigh insane, and high reliability. That isn’t to say that Sony doesn’t have the latter–it surely does. But the Nikon D850 has the reliability that a working professional needs and demands and that the Sony a9 can deliver and the Sony a7r II can deliver to a point–or at least that’s what I’m expecting when I will be picking the camera up for review later on. (Thephoblographer)

Plus the D850, like its predecessor, still offers a base ISO of 64, which should give a high level of dynamic range (bordering on medium format) when working in bright or high contrast situations. On the other end of the spectrum, its new top native ISO is 25,600, expandable to 102,400. (Dpreview)

As far as the design goes, the Nikon D850 features a more comfortable, deeper handgrip and a lower profile across the top of the camera since the pop-up flash on the D810 has been eliminated with this model. The tilting, 3.2-inch touchscreen also changes the design of the D850 but, otherwise, it looks similar to its predecessor. (Shutterbug)

Pre-orders: B&H | Adorama | Amazon | BuyDig | WEX | Jessops

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  • I hope it ships with a clean sensor…

    • Mayur Kumar Gogoi

      & Shutter Err!

    • Ric of The LBC


    • Andrew

      It will as always as Nikon is the leader in camera image sensor performance.

  • Yanny Nao

    No AFP kit lens, disappointing. Rest looks great.

  • Tadao_Isogai

    Thank you, Peter, for this set of review highlights; very useful. Pre-ordered at B&H yesterday morning during the limited-time window; excited to get to work w this.

    • thanks, enjoy – my order is in as well 🙂

  • silmasan

    Any info on video bitrates? Uncompressed HDMI output?

  • Adam Brown

    It’s impressive…… And it’s priced at a point where it should sell very very well. I wish it finally had phase detect AF in live view… but that’s really my only technical complaint.
    It’s simply the size that is keeping me away at this point. My D750+lens already wears my back and shoulder at times, I have no interest in going bigger and heavier.
    Give me similar innovation in a 24mp BSI sensor and smaller body (D760), hopefully at $2300 or less…. I’m in.

  • John C

    BSI sensor? They were talking to Samsung after all! I hope they use NX1 technology and improve on it for the upcoming mirrorless!

  • Stephen Johnson

    I did not see anyone mention the fact that they eliminated the CF card or don’t offer an option for the CF. SD cards are too flimsy in my opinion and the XQD card is just as bad.

    Does anyone else hate the XQD build quality, my next camera I purchase I’m going to go back to one that uses the CF cards. I love my D4s but the the manufacturing prices for both the Sony and Lexar are awful. And with Lexar stepping out that only leaves Sony making them and the warranty they give on the cards from what I understand is unacceptable since the edges chip exposing the flash memory. This has happened on 4 XQD cards so far every single one that we’ve purchased and had replaced.

    • Visual Envy

      you may find yourself alone in that camp….

    • humenbean

      Stop putting them in your mouth and chewing them and you should be OK. Seriously, SD cards are either in your camera, a card holder, or your transfer box. I’ve been using them for weddings and have never even gotten close to breaking one.

  • Constantine Aivazidis

    Nobody has mentioned where D850 will be made in. That probably means it won’t be Japan.

    • Luker_1


    • humenbean

      If you think it’s going to be made in Japan with a $3,300 price tag, good luck! It would probably be $4,300.

  • Ivanku

    Does anyone know if it’s still using the carbon fiber sereebo body? I’m curious if Nikon will continue to apply this stuff to all their new cameras

    • HD10

      It seems that thE D850 is build in the same way as the D800/D800E rather than the D810. This means magnesium and not Sereebo for the main body and is possibly it is heavier than the D810. I understand that the new shutter used in the D850 and the difficulty in mating this with a Sereebo body is the reason for this.

  • John C

    BSI? Flip screen? Sounds like a Samsung connection there.

  • BlackRipleyDog

    Will Nikon release a 100th Anniversary Edition? This thing has covered a lot of ground including a totally new in-house designed sensor not made by Sony. If it lives up to the hype, it will have earned a spot alongside the D700 as a game-changer.

    • HD10

      A given that there will be a D850 sold as a 100th Anniversary Edition.

  • neonspark

    “We hate it”

    • silmasan

      “We want it with EF-mount”
      -Canon users

    • TheInfinityPoint

      My Canon friends are now jealous of me muhahahaha!!

  • Robert Garfinkle

    Time To Kick Sony’s Arse… Again!

    Here is what I like. Nikon seems to have stepped away from the ridiculous ISO latitudes, at least in this model, they stick to a normal latitude range that people would use, right? They are not flaunting a 1.6 million ISO number to be cute, or noteworthy bragging right… great.

    So, now, we have a unit, expanded upon the D810 with greater leaps. If you like your FX (at High FPS) you can keep your FX, vs. having to go into DX mode to get faster frame rates. Bravo Nikon, Bravo… To me, I don’t care if I have to by the battery pack to achieve 9fps, what I do care about is suffering from DX-crop to achieve it… Again, Bravo Nikon…

    Next feature set they finally paid attention to is, WORKFLOW – Wireless and Ethernet – Adapter…

    Typical that they will charge an arm and a leg for the device, but what the hey, we knew they would, right?

    But, we got FTP, HTTP without cloud connectivity. We can connect direct to our OWN SERVERS to transmit files, excellent, just excellent!!

    • You don’t need to go Dx for 9 fps. Only requirement is grip+18a(D5) battery.

    • Yes, Nikon is slow but they always deliver 🙂

  • One point about which there is no clarity is if the 3 raw option retain full raw flexibility or not. Nikon says it is better implementation than before but that doesn’t tell much.

    • Proto

      Someone said here its 12 bits processing for smaller raw sizes… not sure much that sucks

      • That doesn’t make sense. We already have 12 bit raw files which are decently small.

    • they do – only difference is the option for compressions with the lower resolutions.

      • You mean the level of compression varies to reduce sizes?

        • no, the “lossless” and “lossy” compression-options aren’t available in all sizes at least in the test-d850s. primarily, the three raw-sizes are selected by resolution (around 10, 25, 46 megapix as far as i remember – and only the last one has the options for lossy/lossless).

  • Looks like an A99II with a better/more popular mount and better autofocus. Seems like it will certainly be the best all around DSLR for those that don’t need to go above 10fps. I can’t imagine any 5D owner looking at this an not being jealous.

    As a A7RII shooter the size, lack of IBIS, and need to micro adjust lenses are still a turn off, but that film holder/in camera negative conversion software, touch screen, and automatic focus stacking seem like great features that I’d love to see Sony copy.

    • Hendriko van der Mey


      • Sorry, was talking about the Canon 5D, specifically the Mk IV. This camera kills it in pretty much every way while also making it look about $1,000 too expensive.

    • HD10

      I have long since learned that optical stabilisation (or sensor stabilisation in the case of Sony) should be shut off unless there is a good reason to use this. In addition to Nikon, I also use Sony Olympus and Panasonic. The sensor stabilisation design potentially creates more tolerance issues than a lens stabilized design from shot to shot so I normally shut this off and turn it only only as needed.

      The electronic first curtain of the mirrorless was a real advantage in favor of the mirrorless cameras but as Nikon has also adopted this, there is no specific advantage now in favor of the mirrorless.

      As to size, I actually prefer a bigger size for better grip, controls and ergonomics, plus a higher capacity battery and no over heating issues using video when working in hot climes.

      As I cannot grow my hands smaller, I prefer using a right-sized body than having just a smaller body. Unlike smaller lenses which confer real advantages, a smaller body may be a minus for me.

      Having used MILC for 7 years now, I see it having an advantage over the dSLR if the user does not undertake AF fine tuning. But a properly AF fine-tuned dSLR is as good as a MILC but with much more reliable performance at AF-C.

      All the above us not to say that a Sony MILC does not have an advantage over a Nikon dSLR bit for the points that you mentioned, I do not see any disadvantages in Nikon.

  • ambient_exposure

    WOW, i lost my 750 & 810 to a thief this summer – this is preordered already & will be locked down with a chain if it is as amazing as we have seen so far. perfect companion to my d4s now! those that do not like the sd option, i use a cf to sd adaptor flawlessly with my d4s with speeds that keep up, now not at 45+ mp : we shall see

    • TheInfinityPoint

      Sorry to hear about your camera theft. Can’t trust anyone these days.

      • scheiße passiert, looking towards the positive & finding my zen! This announcement is a plus & meets my wedding/night sports needs to fit my d4s & now back up d610 combo 🙂

  • TheInfinityPoint

    Only thing the D850 won’t help with is all the hard drives I need to store the time lapse raw files lol.

  • Todd Bilbrey

    I tell you what others are saying- canon is saying “Shit” 🙁

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