Weekly news flash #443 Nikon D850 edition (with D850 vs. a7r III comparisons)



→ New: screen protector and sunshade hood for Nikon D850 cameras.



→ New: Markins camera plates for the Nikon D850 (Markins products are sold at Amazon).



→ Check out the latest Nikon D850 books at Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE | Amazon FR.



→ Nikon D850 vs. Sony A7r III comparison at Photonstophotos (click for larger view).

Pixel Dynamic Range 8MP Print Dynamic Range
Nikon D850 (ISO 64) 13.78 15.03
Sony a7R III 13.63 14.84
Nikon D850 (ISO 100) 13.27 14.53
Sony a7R II 13.21 14.41

→ Dpreview: "Sony a7R III dynamic range improved, nearly matches chart-topping Nikon D850":

While the Nikon D850 is the top performer here, its important to note that this is only the case if you can give the D850 the extra ~2/3 EV light it needs at ISO 64 (which you often can if you're shooting bright light or a landscape photographer on a tripod). At ISO 100, the a7R III dynamic range actually exceeds that of the D850, thanks to incredibly low read noise.

Keep in mind, though, that if you can give the D850 the extra exposure to take advantage of its ISO 64 dynamic range, all tones in your image benefit from the higher signal:noise ratio—even midtones and brighter tones will be more amenable to post-processing and sharpening thanks to being more 'clean' and less noisy to begin with. The D850 is able to tolerate as much total light as the medium format Fujifilm GFX 50S. That's what allows one to get unbelievably crisp, 'medium format-like' like files from a Nikon D810.


Imaging Resource: eye crops from the Fujifilm GFX 50s, Nikon D850, Sony a7RIII, and Canon 5D Mark IV.

→ Sony a7R III vs. Nikon D850 video by Tony & Chelsea Northrup.

Related posts:

Sony A7R III vs. Canon 5D Mark IV vs. Nikon D850 specifications comparison

Sony a7r III pre-orders not even close to the number of pre-orders the Nikon D850 got in the first 24 hours

Photons to Photos Preliminary Dynamic Range Results Are In Sony a7RIII vs Nikon D850 vs Fujifilm GFX vs Canon 5D Mark IV

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