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Nikon D850 Review (2020)


The Nikon D850 is the latest high-resolution full-frame camera which was upgraded with more resolution. The D850 is one of the advanced machines including autofocus, video performance, interval shooting is significantly improved and with more mirrorless capabilities to the DSLR. The 45 megapixel provides this camera ultimate image quality with more sharpness in combination with the EXPEED 5 processor. The high-speed performance of this camera is significant for all photographers.

Nikon D850 Specifications

Body Design

The body was made with strong magnesium alloy and it is similar to that of the Nikon D810. Now the important change in the appearance of the D780 is the absence of in-built flash. The D850 now gains a flip-type screen like in D750. The absence of in-built flash makes users use external strobe or wireless flashes.

Nikon D850 360 Degree View

  • Body type – Mid-Size SLR
  • Camera Format – FX
  • Body material – Magnesium alloy
  • Weight of the body only – Approx. 915 g
  • Weight of the body (including batteries, memory card without body cap) – Approx. 1005 g
  • Dimensions – Width 146 mm x Height 124 mm x Diagonal 78.5 mm
  • Operating Environment – Temperature: 0 °C to 40 °C (+32 °F to 104 °F) Humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)
  • Lens Mount – Nikon F Mount
  • Shutter Type – Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic front-curtain shutter available in quiet shutter-release, quiet continuous shutter-release, and mirror up release modes
  • Slower shutter speed – 30 sec (extendable to 900 s by 1/3 or 1/2 steps in mode M)
  • Fastest shutter speed – 1/8000 sec
  • Shutter life – 2,00,000 Shots
  • Mirror Lock-Up – Yes
  • Memory Card Slots – 1 XQD card and 1 Secure Digital (SD) card Either card can be used for primary or backup storage or separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; pictures can be copied between cards.
  • Battery description – Rechargeable Li-One EN-EL15a/EN-EL15 battery
  • Battery Life – CIPA rated 1840 shots
  • Charging AC adapter – EH-5c/EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5B power connector
  • Tripod Socket – 1/4 in

Sensor and Processor

The Nikon D850 sets remarkable standards of quality in both, has perfected extraordinary image clarity, with its stunning 45.7 effective megapixels, giving the superior enhanced resolution that is impeccably suited to professional large-format poster or canvas print. The EXPEED 5 renders delicate tonality in highly vivid colors, and its superb noise reduction suppresses noise effectively while maintaining detail. Its powerful calculation ability also permits high-speed continuous shooting at 9 fps with 45 megapixels, as well as full-frame, 4K UHD movie recording. It is the first Nikon D-SLR to use a backside illumination sensor, which allows incoming light to reach photodiodes more efficiently. Together with the camera’s low-noise performance, this advanced technology enables it to achieve ISO 25600 despite its high pixel count.

  • Sensor type – CMOS
  • Total Pixels – 46.89 million
  • Effective Pixels – 45.7 million
  • Sensor size – 35.9 mm x 23.9 mm
  • Max resolution – 8256 x 5504
  • Other resolutions – FX (36×24) image area (L) 8256 x 5504 ( 45.4 million) (M) 6192 x 4128 ( 25.6 million) (S) 4128 x 2752 ( 11.4 million) 1.2x (30×20) image area (L) 6880 x 4584 ( 31.5 million) (M) 5152 x 3432 ( 17.6 million) (S) 3440 x 2288 ( 7.8 million) DX (24×16) image area (L) 5408 x 3600 ( 19.4 million) (M) 4048 x 2696 ( 10.9 million) (S) 2704 x 1800 ( 4.8 million) 5 : 4 (30×24) image area (L) 6880 x 5504 ( 37.8 million) (M) 5152 x 4120 ( 21.2 million) (S) 3440 x 2752 ( 9.4 million)
  • 1 : 1 (24×24) image area (L) 5504 x 5504 ( 30.2 million) (M) 4128 x 4128 ( 17.0 million) (S) 2752 x 2752 ( 7.5 million) FX-format photographs taken during movie recording (L) 8256 x 4640 ( 38.3 million) (M) 6192 x 3480 ( 21.5 million) (S) 4128 x 2320 ( 9.5 million) DX-format photographs taken during movie recording (L) 5408 x 3040 ( 16.4 million) (M) 4048 x 2272 ( 9.1 million) (S) 2704 x 1520 ( 4.1 million)
  • Processor – EXPEED 5
  • Bit Depth – NEF (RAW): 12 or 14bit
  • Aspect Ratio – 1:1, 3:2, 16:9
  • Colour space – sRGB, Adobe RGB
  • Colour filter array – Primary colour filter
  • Continuous shooting speed – Up to 9 fps with an EN-EL18b battery inserted in an MB-D18 battery pack CL: 1 to 8 fps CH: 9 fps QC: 3 fps Other power sources CL: 1 to 6 fps CH: 7 fps QC: 3 fps


The D850 incorporates the new Auto Picture Control, in addition to the seven existing presets. Each preset allows us to tune settings such as sharpening and clarity, opening up a wider range of options for achieving wonderful images. The D850allows to capture every last detail in 45 megapixels — and complete silence by using the silent photography function. In addition to this, a new Advanced Scene Recognition System is improved to employ D850 to deliver optimal white balance under natural light.

  • Image ratio – 3:2
  • ISO Auto – 64 – 25600
  • Minimum ISO – 32
  • Maximum ISO – 102400
  • White Balance presets – 14
  • White Balance Bracketing – Provided
  • Custom white balance – Provided with 6 slots
  • File format – NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit / TIFF(RGB)/ RAW+JPEG/ JPEG
  • Picture Styles – Auto, Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls

Optics and Focus

The D850’s powerful 153-point AF system with 99 cross-type sensors offering powerful detection of the subjects eligible to capture great and accurate scenes at 7fps or even at 9fps. An exclusive AF engine that utilizes parallel processing with a sequence control microcomputer for getting high performance autofocusing even for demanding high-speed shoots. The D850’s new pinpoint AF mode is a valuable asset for macro shooting in live view photography. It uses a focus area that’s a quarter the size of conventional normal-area AF, enables to achieve precise focus on small details

  • Focus Mode – Single-servo AF (AF-S), Continuous-servo AF (AF-C); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
  • Lens mount – Nikon F Mount
  • Focal length multiplier – 1x

Auto Focus

  • Number of focus points – 153 focus points, of which 55 or 15 are available for selection
  • Cross-type – 99
  • Autofocus Sensitivity – -3 to +20 EV
  • AF Mode – Single- Single-point AF, 9-, 25-, 72-, or 153- point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, group-area AF, auto-area AF
  • AF-area mode – Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF, pinpoint AF, Subject-tracking AF

Screen and Viewfinder

The removal of the camera’s built-in flash frees up space for a new viewfinder, so magnification can leap from 0.7x to 0.75x which is the largest optical viewfinder on any Nikon DSLR. the D850’s tilting LCD monitor makes it easier to shoot from difficult angles. Now it facilitates to check images and confirm focus in precise detail. The monitor opens smoothly even when the camera is mounted on a tripod and has the most extensive touch functionality found in any Nikon D-SLR camera to date.

  • Screen Type – Tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle
  • The Screen size – 3.2in
  • Screen dots – 2,359,000
  • Touch screen – Provided
  • Live view – Provided
  • Viewfinder Type – Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
  • The Viewfinder coverage – FX: 100%,1.2x: 97%, DX: 97%, 5:4: 97% H and 100% V, 1:1: 97% H and 100% V
  • Viewfinder Eye Point – 17 mm
  • Viewfinder Magnification – Approx. 0.75x
  • Diopter Adjustment – -3 to +1 m

Photography Features

The D850 with an ISO range of 64 to 25600 also allows increased sensitivity and versatility with a wide range of environments with accurate AF it is possible to capture images even in challenging low-light or low-contrast situations. In addition to offering superb autofocus performance, the D850 also makes manual focusing more precise. Its electronic rangefinder identifies whether a subject is in focus more accurately than ever before, allowing to capture sharp images when focusing by manual.

  • Exposure modes – Programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)
  • Drive modes – S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), QC (quiet continuous shutter-release), Self-timer, MUP (mirror up)
  • Metering modes – Matrix, Center-weighted, Spot, Highlight-weighted metering
  • Exposure compensation – ±5 in Photo (at 1/3, 1/2 or 1EV steps)
  • Metering Range – –4 to +20 EV
  • Live View AF system – 100% frame coverage
  • Built-in flash – Not provided
  • External flash – Can be attached or used
  • Flash Maximum sync speed – X=1/250 s; synchronizes with the shutter at 1/250 s or slower
  • Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) – i-TTL flash control, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, Color Information Communication, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, unified flash control
  • Accessory Shoe – ISO 518 hot-shoe
  • Flash Modes – Front-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, slow sync, red-eye reduction with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off
  • Flash-ready Indicator – Lights when the optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output

Video or Movie Features

The D850 provides 4K UHD videos with full pixel readout. This is also compatible with transforming dramatic movement into super high-speed continuous shooting at 120fps. The D850 is now capable of making an 8K UHD time-lapse video. Video RAW recording – 4K UHD 30p, 120p/100p Full HD slow-motion recording. It is also possible to simultaneously record uncompressed, broadcast quality 4:2:2 8-bit 4K UHD files on an external HDMI device. The 4K UHD videos are also available in the DX-based movie format — equivalent to super 35mm size — while recording in MP4 format is possible in addition to the conventional MOV option.

  • Video Compression – H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
  • Videography Format – MOV, MP4
  • Frame Rate – 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD); 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p 1920 x 1080; 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p 1280 x 720; 60p, 50p 1920 x 1080 (slow-mo); 30p x4, 25p x4, 24p x5 Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; quality selection available at all sizes except 3840 x 2160 (when quality is fixed at “high”) and 1920 x 1080 slow-mo (when quality is fixed at “normal”)
  • Audio Recording – Built-In Microphone (Stereo) or External Microphone – external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity adjustable
  • Audio File Format – Linear PCM, AAC
  • Audio Input and Output – Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)

Other Special Features of Nikon D850

The D850 is powered with instantly lighten or darken an image with the in-camera overlay or further enhance the depth of field in an image with the focus shift feature for focus stacking photography which enables it to shoot sequences of up to 300 frames, while gradually and automatically shifting focus position from the start point to infinity. To ensure focusing accuracy, the D850’s auto AF fine-tune makes subtle adjustments according to each type of lens. D850’s multiple exposure functions are more versatile than ever before, allowing photographers to explore their creativity further. The D850 offers a convenient, in-camera RAW batch-processing feature, which enables us to quickly edit and apply the adjustments to selected images. Also, it is possible to save the original RAW files and processed JPEG files directly to the storage device.

  • Focus Stacking – Focus Shift
  • Index Marking – Available
  • Active D-Lighting – Selected from, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off
  • Time-lapse recording – Provided
  • Wireless – Built-in
  • Wi-Fi – 2.4 GHz band
  • Bluetooth – Version 4.1
  • Storage types – 1 SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported) + 1 XQD
  • USB Connectivity – USB 3.0
  • HDMI Connectivity – Mini HDMI
  • Port Provided – Microphone, Headphone
  • Remote control – Yes (Wired, wireless, smartphone)
  • Self-timer – 2s, 5s, 10s, the 20s

Best Lenses for Nikon D850

The Nikon D850 can be influenced by the wide variety of NIKKOR F-mount Lenses to provide great detail, sharpness, and accurate color and also high AF performance. NIKKOR lenses are powerful tools for professionals looking to ensure brilliantly sharp images regardless of the subject, environment, or lighting conditions.

List of Best Common Lenses for Nikon D850.

Best All-in-one Lens

  • AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR

Most Common Standard Zoom Lenses

  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR

Best Standard Prime Lenses

  • AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
  • AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G
  • Lens AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G

Best Macro Lenses

  • AF-S MICRO NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED
  • AF-S VR MICRO-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED

Top Standard Zoom Lenses

  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR

Best Wide-angle Zoom Lenses

  • AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15MM F/3.5-4.5E ED
  • AF-S DX NIKKOR  10-24mm f/3.4-4.5G ED
  • Lens AF-S NIKKOR 14–24mm f/2.8G ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR

Best Wide-angle Prime Lenses

  • PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8 G ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24MM F/1.4G ED
  • Lens AF-S NIKKOR 28MM F/1.4E ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 35MM F/1.4G ED

List of Best Specialized Lenses for Nikon D850

Best Indoor Sports Lenses

  • AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
  • Lens AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II
  • AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
  • Lens AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm F/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR

Top Outdoor Sports and Wildlife Lenses

  • AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
  • Lens AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR

Best Portrait Lenses

  • AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G
  • AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G
  • Lens AF-S VR MICRO-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED

Best Travel and Street Lenses

  • AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
  • Lens AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G
  • AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR

Nikon D850 Rating

As per the reviews and features of D850, the ratings for this camera stand 4.7/5. Professional Photographers consider this camera is best for wildlife, Sports, and Adventure because of its high megapixel and resolution. It is also very versatile to use it for wedding photography, fashion photography, product photography, commercial or advertising Photography also wildlife, etc., as well. Since it delivers high dynamic range and great performance it can be used by both amateurs and professionals. Also, it will be more useful for videography because of its 4K UHD output at high speed with true colors and delivers accurate sharpness by using the advanced AF-system.


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