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Nikon reveals D850 full-frame 47.5 megapixel monster

Nikon reveals D850 full-frame ...
The Nikon D850 full-frame DSLR is due for release in September 2017
The Nikon D850 full-frame DSLR is due for release in September 2017
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The D850 has a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body designed to survive field work challenges
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The D850 has a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body designed to survive field work challenges
For videographers, the D850 allows a user to create UHD time-lapse videos
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For videographers, the D850 allows a user to create UHD time-lapse videos
An optional battery grip increases the D850's continuous shooting speed from 7 fps to 9 fps
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An optional battery grip increases the D850's continuous shooting speed from 7 fps to 9 fps
The D850's battery is good for up to 1,840 shots per charge, or up to 5,140 shots with the addition of the optional battery grip
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The D850's battery is good for up to 1,840 shots per charge, or up to 5,140 shots with the addition of the optional battery grip
The D850 uses the 153-point, Multi-Cam 20K autofocus system
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The D850 uses the 153-point, Multi-Cam 20K autofocus system
The D850s Expeed 5 image engine powers fast image processing, high shooting speeds, low light photography, full-frame 4K video prowess and long battery life
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The D850s Expeed 5 image engine powers fast image processing, high shooting speeds, low light photography, full-frame 4K video prowess and long battery life
The D850's standard ISO range runs from 64 to 25,600, which expands down to 32 and up to 102,400
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The D850's standard ISO range runs from 64 to 25,600, which expands down to 32 and up to 102,400
The D850 is Nikon's first DSLR to pack an FX-format, back-side illuminated CMOS sensor
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The D850 is Nikon's first DSLR to pack an FX-format, back-side illuminated CMOS sensor
The D850 has a 3.2-inch tilting touchscreen panel at the rear, with an impressive 2,359k dot resolution
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The D850 has a 3.2-inch tilting touchscreen panel at the rear, with an impressive 2,359k dot resolution
The D850 rocks two memory card slots – one for XQD and the other for SD media
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The D850 rocks two memory card slots – one for XQD and the other for SD media
The D850s Expeed 5 image engine powers fast image processing, high shooting speeds, low light photography, full-frame 4K video prowess and long battery life
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The D850s Expeed 5 image engine powers fast image processing, high shooting speeds, low light photography, full-frame 4K video prowess and long battery life
The Nikon D850 full-frame DSLR is due for release in September 2017
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The Nikon D850 full-frame DSLR is due for release in September 2017

Nikon is about to unleash its latest high resolution full-frame DSLR, the D850. As well as boasting a monstrous 47.5 megapixel count, the prosumer camera is also a quick snapper, features 153-point AF, can handle 4K video, and promises long battery life.

The D850 is Nikon's first DSLR to pack an FX-format, back-side illuminated CMOS sensor (35.9 x 23.9 mm) for improved dynamic range and better low light performance. Its Expeed 5 image engine powers fast image processing, high shooting speeds, low light photography, full-frame 4K video prowess at 24/30 frames per second (fps) and long battery life (up to 1,840 shots per charge in fact, or 70 minutes of video). And it does without an optical low pass filter to help capture the finer detail in image compositions.

The standard ISO range runs from 64 to 25,600, which expands down to 32 and up to 102,400, it uses the 153-point, Multi-Cam 20K autofocus system from last year's D5, including 99 cross type sensors, and manages a rather swift 7 fps continuous shooting at full resolution, though that can be increased to 9 fps by attaching an optional battery grip.

Photographers benefit from Nikon's highest magnification optical viewfinder – at 0.75x – or for hands-on settings tweaking, live view mode and so on there's a 3.2-inch tilting touchscreen panel at the rear, with an impressive 2,359k dot resolution. Wedding photographers will doubtless appreciate the camera's silent shooting capabilities, with up to 6 fps continuous silent snapping at full resolution on offer, and Nikon has made three sizes of RAW format image capture available, which users can batch process in-camera to save post-production time.

The D850's battery is good for up to 1,840 shots per charge, or up to 5,140 shots with the addition of the optional battery grip
The D850's battery is good for up to 1,840 shots per charge, or up to 5,140 shots with the addition of the optional battery grip

For videographers, the camera allows for the creation of UHD time-lapse videos, or the assembly of 8K time lapse videos using post-production software, and uncompressed broadcast quality 4:2:2 8-bit 4K footage can be recorded to an external device over HDMI, while also simultaneously recording to media card. The D850 has its own stereo microphone, with audio attenuator for level regulation, but features an external mic port, too.

The camera has a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body designed to survive testing field work challenges, sporting buttons that can be illuminated for after dark sessions, and features built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for wireless images transfer, remote operation and capture/preview on mobile devices. It rocks two memory card slots – one for XQD and the other for SD media, and is compatible with Nikon's radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting SB-5000 flash.

The Nikon D850 will be released next month for a suggested body-only price of US$3,299.95. The video below offers a tour of the new camera.

Source: Nikon

Nikon D850: Product Tour

2 comments
Jay S
This looks great, but why are Nikon insisting on penalising UK customers by forcing resellers to charge the same £3499 to end users, when the product is sold for $3300 in the USA? The price should be approx £2800 in the UK!! Shame on you Nikon! We have been supporters and users of Nikon in our studio for some years, and now seriously considering shifting to Canon! Cheating customers is not the way forward.
ljaques
Too bad Loz didn't get to review this one, too and give us his choice. I'm partial to Nikons and I think the equivalent camera/lens combo would be a couple thou less than the Sony. Jay, the UK/US price thing is a bummer. Have you written to Nikon about it? If everyone did...