Hot on the heels of their teaser announcement, Nikon has released the full specs & pricing for their newest FX full-frame camera, the D850.

Nikon D850Offering near medium-format quality, the 45.7MP D850 is also Nikon’s first DSLR to incorporate a back-side illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor with no low-pass filter.

The new sensor, coupled with Nikon’s EXPEED 5 image processing engine allows the D850 to capture light more efficiently with a wider dynamic range. It also increases the D850’s low-noise image capturing capabilities offering a wide ISO range of 64 – 25,600 (expandable down to 32 – or up to 102,400).

The other benefits to using the EXPEED 5 processor are:

  • Fast Data Readout
  • Swift Image Processing Pipeline
  • 7 fps continuous shooting at full resolution, with full AF/AE or 9 fps at full resolution with the addition of an optional battery grip (MB-D18) and EN-EL18a/b battery (Buffer approximately 51 frames of 14-bit lossless RAW capture / 170 frames of 12-bit lossless)
  • Full-Frame 4K UHD video capture

“The Nikon D850 is much more than a camera, rather it’s a statement that Nikon is continuing to listen to customer needs, to innovate for the next 100 years, and bring to market a full-frame DSLR that exceeds the expectations of the professionals that rely on this calibre of camera to make a living.” – Nikon Canada, Manager of Communications and Professional Services Amanda Mohammed

Autofocus is the same as found on the flagship D5 model, a 153-point, Multi-Cam 20K AF system, featuring 99 cross type sensors, 15 of which are sensitive to f/8. Integrated focus stacking using the Focus Shift Mode allows users to set focal steps from 1 to 10 for up to 300 automated shots, which then get stored in a dedicated folder for easy identification when using 3rd party focus stacking software.

Another feature to note is the introduction of a Silent Shooter mode when shooting in Live View. When shooting in this mode, the electronic shutter operates at up to 6fps (AF/AE locked), with an additional mode that will enable 8.6-megapixel JPG capture at up to 30fps. The caveat to this mode is that it will capture images with a 1.5x DX crop.

Nikon D850
Tilting Touchscreen

The D850 offers 3 different RAW sizes, large (45.7MP), medium (25.6MP) and small (11.4MP) and five different image formats:

  • FX-format (full-frame)
  • 1.2x
  • DX
  • 5:4
  • 1:1 square

The D850 also offers a tilting touchscreen LCD screen with Touch AF, Touch Shutter control and navigation menus, playback and more. You can also zoom in during Live View shooting to use the new Pinpoint AF allowing you to put focus right where you want it.

Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity mean shooters can send images on the fly to their phones, or to Nikon’s Snapbridge program via Wi-Fi.



Nikon D850 with ME-1 Microphone
D850 with ME-1 External Microphone (Sold Separately)

Not to be left out, multimedia producers will be happy with the D850’s ability to capture Full-Frame 16:9 width 4K UHD video at 24/30fps or Full HD 1080p slow motion video at up to 120fps (4x or 5x) to the XQD or SDHC II card slots. Uncompressed 4:2:2 8-bit video capture is possible via HDMI cable to an external recorder.

Other video features include:

  • Auto ISO – 64 up to Hi-2
  • Focus Peaking
  • 8K /4K time-lapse (4K in-camera / 8K using built-in intervalometer)
  • Zebra stripes – 2 varieties, indicated between 180-255
  • Onboard stereo microphone in addition to inputs for headphones and microphones
  • New Audio attenuator to regulate sound levels

For more information including price & estimated release date, or to pre-order the D850 visit Vistek.ca

Nikon D850 (Body Only) 

Nikon D850 The next evolution in DSLRs, featuring 45.7 Megapixels of brilliant resolution, 7 FPS Continuous Shooting, Tilting Touchscreen, 64-25,600 ISO, 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 at 30/25/24p, and a whole lot more!



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Woodrow Walden is a Toronto-based photographer and the Social Media Community Specialist for Vistek.