If there’s any new camera that should be titled as the most anticipated imaging device in 2017, it must be Nikon D850. After teasing us by saying that D850 is really exist and is still under development, finally at the end of 2017 the Japanese photography mogul revealed its new DSLR product that’s supposed to replace the previous Nikon D810, the D850. So, let’s see how glorious this new Nikon DSLR flagship is through the Nikon D850 Review below.
Nikon D850 Review; Design, Specs, and Price
First look at Nikon D850, we can spot that strong versatility from every sides of the camera. For the D810 users, they might be familiar with the body and design of D850 as the overall look of both cameras is much alike. But, beyond the similarity of camera body and design, what’s offered in the inside is something more outstanding since based on Nikon D850 Review, the camera has one of the most advanced features of today’s DSLR.
Before jumping to the main review, we all know that commonly, choosing DSLR product is always about choosing one of two, which is resolution or speed. If you go for resolution, the camera speed should be something to sacrifice, and vice versa. But this case does not happen in Nikon D850. Fortunately, Nikon has managed the camera to offer both of resolution and speed in one ergonomic package.
This claim is proven by Nikon D850 Review all over the internet, which is mostly impressed by the camera’s 45.7 MP sensor, 64-25.600 ISO range, 9 fps of continuous shooting when it’s coupled with a battery grip, 153-point AF system, and advanced RGB metering system in 181,000-pixel offered. These are something we can highlight from this new camera. With all these, no matter you are a wildlife, wedding, or landscape photographer, the D850 will serve your need very well. So, how good this camera actually is? Here’s the Nikon D850 Review to prove it.
Nikon D850 Design
As mentioned before, the new Nikon D850 design is much alike to its predecessor, D810. However, it also resembles to the Nikon D500 with the addition of dedicated joystick and the absence of built in flash. With this cut-out of built in flash, it results on the top side of the camera that’s getting shorter.
Besides, Nikon D850 Review shows that it results on the better weather-sealing function of the camera. Yes, the camera is weather sealed as well. And with the flash removal, it decreases the possibility of moistures, dust, or water to enter into the flash area. By not building pop up flash in-house, D850 also has a bigger room for the viewfinder, so that the viewfinder goes from D810’S 0.70x into 0.75xon D850.
The body of the camera itself is constructed from magnesium alloy, giving it a great built-quality and strong sturdy look to the camera. However, the use of this material affects on the unfriendly weight, which is more than 2 pounds even when the lens is added. Not stopping on that, user still needs to add larger EN-EL18a/b or MB-D18 battery pack when they want to achieve 9 fps of shooting.
Surely, for you who have small and not too strong arms, holding this camera in one hand is not a really good idea. But fortunately, as stated in Nikon D850 Review, the manufacturer has designed the camera with deeper grip. So, it’s really good since deeper grip means easier holding for those who has bigger hands.
LCD and Buttons
Moving to the rear side, we can find the 3.2 inches LCD screen. This is the same LCD size with D810’s. However, the LCD got several retouches from Nikon, makes it a level higher than the previous one. The resolution is getting higher to be around 2.359 million dots, which is two times higher than the D810’s.
And also, it’s tilting touch-enabled LCD monitor, so it will provide you more ease in shooting in a unique angles. Through this screen, you can also set the focus simply by touching the object that you want the camera to be focused on. In addition, a lot of Nikon D850 Review says that navigating through menu and swiping through images are also easier to be done on screen.
For the buttons and switches, it has similar patterns with the D810. There is no significant change here. And the important point is that Nikon adds button illumination. So, the button will still be viewable even under the low light. Moving to the side of the camera, we can find several ports here. There are microphone port, head phone, USB 3, and HDMI. All these ports really represent that D850 is an advance multimedia camera.
Nikon D850 Camera Features
Nikon D850 review suggests that the D850 is a significant update from the predecessor, D810. And if we could say, this is a completely different camera with the predecessor. Okay, in term of design, we may say that D810 is the big brother of D810. But in term of features, D850 is absolutely in another level. First deal is about sensor. From the previous 36.3 MP sensor on D810, Nikon has made a big jump on D850 with 45.7 MP of sensor.
This sensor is also paired with Back-Illuminated BSI CMOS Technology by Nikon, makes it the first device to ever use this Nikon-self developed technology. With this sensor, the image resulted is superb. It has sharp and detailed colors. And for the resolution, it results on 25% bigger resolution than the D810 or 12% linearly. Featured with the new EXPEED 5 processor, the performance of this sensor is undeniably great.
Camera Speed and ISO Performance
Further, Nikon D850 review also explains that with this processor, the camera can shoot 170 RAW images all in 12-bit lossless compressed format. And when it shoots in 14-bit lossless compressed format, the total would be decreased down to 51 RAW Images. Moreover, the Nikon’s EXPEED 5 also brings D850 to the different level in term of camera speed. This processor allows user to reach 7 fps of shooting speed. But it still can be busted all the way till 9 fps of continuous shooting without buffer when shooting 45.7 MP RAW images with the additional D5 battery and MB-D18 battery pack.
ISO performance is also not disappointing. It’s not a surprise since Nikon D850 is a high end camera aimed for professionals. And for the professional purposes, Nikon has featured this camera by using advance IS sensitivity ranges from 64 all the way up to 25,600. If user needs something more, then the ISO can be expanded t 102.400. By this, shooting in super Low Light area would not be a problem anymore.
New Autofocus System
Move to the focusing aspect, Nikon has successfully brought the new autofocus system with Multi-CAM 20K technology with 153 focus points. From those focus points, 99 are cross-type focus point, as stated in most Nikon D850 review. This is the autofocus system that is similar to the one in Nikon D500 and D5, which is believed to result superior performance. In addition, Nikon D850 is also sensitive in -4 EV. Therefore, the Autofocus system can work even in very low light area.
In shooting video, this camera is Nikon’s fist liner. The D850 is impressively able to shoot4K video in 30 fps, and 60 fps in HD format. This 4K video format is also available in time lapse video. Other available formats are MP4 and MOV, giving you more expandable choice in shooting movie. Slow motion video shooting is also available. For this, the video format would be HD in 30p x 4. In addition, some other features such as electronic VR, Active D-Lighting, and focus peaking are also available to help you capturing moment in moving picture.
Nikon D850 Connectivity, Battery Capacity, and Price
In term of connectivity, Nikon D850 has been completed with Bluetooth Low Energy and WLAN. To complete this connectivity, use need to download the Nikon Snapbrigge app to their personal device such as smartphone or tablet. With this App, user can transfer the file from the camera to mobile device, or even turn the mobile device as remote control to the camera.
While to close this Nikon D850 review, we’ll talk about Storage, battery capacity, and price. In the storage, D850 will not use the same Compact Flash slot as it is in D810. But, this slot will be replaced by XQXD memory card slot along with one UHS-II slot which is compatible for SD card. Lastly, but not least, the camera comes with EN-EL15a battery which lasts for about 1.840 shoots. As for the price, in the time this article is written, Nikon website publishes that the camera is offered in 3.300 USD for body only. This price might be different in your country.