Having teased its release a few weeks ago, Nikon officially introduced Thursday its D850, mid-range prosumer-level full-frame DSLR delivering “extreme resolution, high speed performance” and 4K Ultra HD video recording.

The Nikon D850 is due to hit retail shelves in September at a $3,296.95 suggested retail for the body only.

The Nikon D850 packs a slew of advanced features, including a 45.7 megapixel FX-format (full-frame) CMOS sensor; Nikon’s first backside illuminated (BSI) sensor in a DSLR; 7 fps still capture or up to 9 fps with optional battery grip; 4K video at the full width of the sensor; 153-point auto-focus (AF) system; Expeed 5 image processing engine; tilting touchscreen LCD monitor and more.

Read more on the Nikon D850 prosumer DSLR after the jump:

Enthusiasts of 4K Ultra HD video will find a bag of new features in the D850 including full-frame 4K UHD capture at 24/30 fps. The new FX BSI CMOS sensor will output 4K UHD in a full 16:9 aspect ratio, which will increase the options of using a wide variety of lenses while producing a true field of view.

The video portion of the camera also permits slow motion recording in Full HD 1080p at up to 120 fps (4x or 5x).

Nikon also has enabled focus peaking so that when shooting Full HD or in Live View mode for still work, the photographer can highlight in-focus subjects in the frame to ensure sharpness.

The camera also supports 8K/4K time-lapse recording that enables the capture in-camera of 4K UHD time-lapse videos. Alternatively, the camera will enable the use of a built-in intervalometer to capture images for 8K time lapse recordings that can be assembled in post.

Nikon designed the D850’s highlight display mode to use zebra patterns to quickly spot overblown highlights. These zebra patterns are selectable according to patterns and textures of the subjects.

Videographers can record uncompressed 4:2:2, 8-bit, 4K UHD footage using an HDMI output directly to an external digital recorder while simultaneously recording to a card in the camera.

For audio control, the D850 has an onboard stereo microphone, and inputs for headphones and microphone. An audio attenuator is also available to regulate sound levels.

The camera also provides a tilting 3.2-inch 2,359K-dot LCD touchscreen to add versatility to Live View shooting.

For still work with wildlife or in quiet settings, the camera allows silent shooting with the ability to operate an electronic shutter in Live View.

The electronic shutter operates at up to 6 fps (AF/AE locked) at full resolution, while an additional mode enables 8.6-megapixel capture in DX image area mode at up to 30 fps.

For advanced lighting options, the D850 offers radio flash control for advanced wireless lighting using an optional SB-5000 Speedlight and WR-A10 and WR-R10 accessories.

Photographers will also find the option of using three sizes of RAW file formats to enhance workflow, including Large (45.4-MP), Medium (25.6-MP) and Small (11.4-MP).

RAW-format images can be batch processed in camera to save valuable time in post-production.

The camera’s new optical viewfinder offers a Nikon-first 0.75x magnification and offers a wide and bright view of the frame for optimal shot composition.

Nikon said the D850 was also designed to conserve battery life to enable capturing up to 1,840 shots at full resolution or approximately 70 minutes of video on a single charge.

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Nikon provides an optional battery grip for additional control and handling and the ability to shoot up to 5,140 shots (CIPA standard).

Other features include: dual-card slots supporting XQD for high-speed capture and transfer as well as standard SD media cards.

Illuminated buttons light up when the power dial is turned to increase visibility in dark shooting conditions.

The D850 is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi and always-on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) wireless connectivity to enable quickly and easily sending images to compatible smart devices, and Nikon SnapBridge enables users to remotely capture and preview shots.

The D850 also supports focus stacking with is ideal for macro work and landscape photography. A Focus Shift Photography feature of the D850 supports high resolution and high magnification demands and shooting up to 300 shots at adjustable focus step intervals to infinity. Images can be easily assembled into a focus-stacked image using third party software, Nikon assures.

The Nikon D850 camera body is durably designed, using a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body.

Photographers can choose from five formats, including FX-format, 1.2x, DX, 5:4, or 1:1 square with viewfinder shading for easy composition.


By Greg Tarr


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