Nikon D850 Review

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Updated July 15, 2022

The Nikon D850 is a fine Nikon digital camera and a great example of what good camera engineering can bring forth, and as the successor to the D780, the feature-packed DSLR camera didn’t come to play. It features a high resolution 45.7 Megapixel CMOS image sensor, and is very well capable of 4K UHD video capture.

The camera has a fairly high shooting speed of 7 frames per second, and comes with a silent live view mode that you can use to work around the mechanical shutter noise. Shots and videos in low light look brilliant thanks to its 153-point AF (autofocus system), coupled with a high ISO range of 64 through to 25,600. The D850 also has a full-time battery life that sees it through 1840 shots, which earns it a mention on most people’s best DSLR camera list.

Stay put to see how else the full-frame DSLR camera stacks against the competition in this Nikon D850 review.

Why We Like It – Nikon D850

Being Nikon’s First Back-side Illuminated (BSI) Full-Frame Sensor, the Nikon D850 is a professional camera that comes with almost everything you might need. Its 45.7 Megapixel sensor is guaranteed to produce the finest detail picture with Auto ISO, and with 4K UHD video recording, films appear as smooth and clear as the real world.

Pros
  • Great High ISO performance
  • Low shutter lag
  • 4K UHD Video recording
Cons
  • Quite expensive

Performance

Nikon DSLR D850 borrows a leaf from a lot of mirrorless cameras in that it also comes with a tilting display, and automated focus stacking through its Focus Shift Mode. This allows it to capture a greater scope of the depth of field, adding a lot more detail to shots and resulting in high image quality (if you would like to make a comparison with another camera that specializes in high-quality images, then check out our Canon 90D). For more great devices, read our Canon EOS 2000D review, Panasonic G85 review, and APEMAN A79 review.

The full-frame camera captures videos in full resolution, better than the Nikon Coolpix L340. So, if you’re doing things like shooting in slow motion mode or doing a time-lapse movie, downgrading the quality later remains an option that you can explore using software like Adobe Camera Raw for processing RAW files. White balance is also far much better on this camera than it is on the Nikon D810, since the D850 Nikon is more capable of ensuring that colors remain unaffected by the color of the light source. In regards to shutter speed, the D850 offers values between 1/25 seconds and 1/8000 seconds, making it great even for fast action photography.

Also, with up to 153 focus points, the camera captures even the most minute details from your shot, and comes with an auto white balance feature to automatically calibrate the best setting for your shot’s light source.

Design

The D850 comes in a camera body that is made out of magnesium alloy, which is similar to the Sony A7R. Like the Canon EOS Rebel T6i, its rear screen is touch-sensitive, and allows for operation even during live view mode. This stands out on the D850 camera even since it’s not quite possible on a camera like the Nikon D5000. Included is an FX-format image sensor that measures 35.9 mm x 23.9 mm, as well as the ability to shoot in crop mode.

Value

Based solely on its price, most people would consider the Nikon D850 to be a high-end camera. It’s not as weather-proofed as the Pentax K-S2 DSLR Camera, but, it’s also the best camera to go for if a professional DSLR is what you want. Its superb low light performance, coupled with an advanced AF system that features up to 153 AF points, means that you’ll always get a sharply focussed picture. If you switch to AF-C mode, the main focus point gets displayed after the other focus points get turned off. AF mode is the setting that determines how the focus mode is selected.

The camera is equipped with two memory card slots, one for an XQD card, and another for an SD card. The slots are both housed in the battery grip, making them both easy to access. With a high-speed continuous shooting ability of up to 9 frames per second, the D850, as well as the Canon EOS 5DS, are better poised than most full-frame cameras when capturing fast-moving scenes, with the D850 also spotting a video mode that captures content at a Full HD 1080p resolution.

The camera also offers a decent dynamic range of 14.8 EV and a color depth of 26.4 bit, so that you’re able to take stunning landscapes, studio, and portrait shots. Lastly, The D850 full frame camera doesn’t feature an optical low pass filter, but it does have a 153-point AF point focus for precise center framing.

Nikon D850 Wrap Up

In conclusion, the Nikon D850 is a stellar choice for anyone that’s looking to work with a camera of professional standard. Its features are top-notch, and its capabilities are not easily rivaled.

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