Welcome to The Beta Tech. The Nikon D850 Camera Technology Features are finally here and I will discuss in detail with all features. After months of speculation, and Nikon itself teasing us back in July that the camera actually existed and was in development, the D850 has been officially announced – and boy, does it look like it’s been worth the wait.
Overview To Nikon D850 Camera Technology Features
Superseding the brilliant 36.3MP D810 that’s loved by both pros and enthusiasts alike, the D850 certainly has big shoes to fill. That said, while the D810 ticked a lot of boxes for photographers, its modest burst shooting speed of 5fps meant it wasn’t the perfect all-round DSLR.
Nikon doesn’t appear to be holding back with the D850, though, boosting numerous areas of the camera’s performance to make it appear (on paper at least), the most well-rounded DSLRs we’ve seen. Is the D850, then, the ultimate DSLR?
Features Of Nikon D850 Camera Technology Features
- Full-frame CMOS sensor, 45.7MP
- Large and bright optical viewfinder
- 4K video capture
While the D810 retained the same 36.3MP resolution as the groundbreaking Nikon D800/D800e, it’s been eclipsed by both the 50.6MP Canon EOS 5DS and 42.2MP Sony Alpha A7R II. The D850, though, gets an all-new 45.7MP full-frame back-illuminated sensor (BSI), which is a hefty increase in pixels over the D810, and only marginally behind the 5DS.
Thanks to the light-collecting elements being closer to the surface of the sensor, the BSI design should deliver better low-light performance than previous sensors. Just as we’ve seen with the D810 (and D800e), the D850 forgoes an anti-aliasing filter, which means even more detail can be eked out of the sensor, although there is the added risk of moiré patterning.
NIKON D850 SPECS
- Sensor: 45.7MP full-frame CMOS
- Lens mount: Nikon F
- Screen: 3.2-inch tilt-angle touchscreen, 2,359,000 dots
- Burst shooting: 7fps
- Autofocus: 153-point AF
- Video: 4K
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- Battery life: 1,840 shots
- Weight: 1,005g
On the occasions where you don’t want (or need) to shoot at the D850’s full resolution, there are two reduced size options, 25.6MP and 11.4MP, recording either raw or JPEG files. We can certainly see this feature appealing to news and sports shooters who’ll want to transmit images as quickly a possible to picture desks, and might have otherwise passed up the D850 in favor of the 20.8MP Nikon D5.
Build and Handling Of Nikon D850 Camera Technology Features
- Magnesium alloy body
- Comprehensive weather-sealing
- Weighs 1005g
The Nikon D850 may share similar proportions to the D810, but quite a bit has changed. Pick up the camera, and if you’re coming from a D810 or D800, the first thing that strikes you is the re-worked grip. It’s now that bit deeper, and much more comfortable to hold than its predecessor, especially for longer periods.
As on the D500, Nikon has omitted the pop-up flash in an effort to make the camera even sturdier. Some may be sorry to see this feature disappear – we’ve found it useful in the past for triggering remote Speedlights – but it’s always felt like a bit of a weak link on a pro-spec DSLR.
And with no pop-up flash, a tough magnesium alloy body, and weather seals to protect it from the elements, the D850 feels every bit the pro DSLR you’d expect it to be. It’s incredibly well made, and there’s no question this camera’s up for the rigors of professional use.
Autofocus Of Nikon D850 Camera Technology Features
- 153-point AF, 99 cross-type AF points
- User-selected array limited to 55 points
- Impressive coverage across the frame
The 51-point autofocus system in the D810 is still one of the best performers out there, but Nikon has equipped the D850 with the same Multi-CAM 20K AF module as its flagship D5.
In our book, this is one of the best, if not the best, autofocus systems we’ve seen on any camera to date. It features an impressive 153 AF points, of which 55 are user-selectable, while 99 are the more sensitive cross-type points for even greater precision. That’s not all – AF sensitivity goes all the way down to -4EV for the central AF point (with the remainder focusing down to -3EV), which should enable the D850 to focus pretty much in almost complete darkness. Image 1 of 4
As we’ve experienced with the D5, the system is excellent, with sports and action photographers unlikely to be disappointed by the D850’s autofocus performance. If you’re coming from the 51-point AF system in the D810 you’ll notice the difference, particularly in poor light – even in these tricky conditions the D850’s ultra-sensitive AF snapped into focus incredibly quickly.
We tested the D850 in a range of conditions, with its toughest challenge coming when we shot the Tour of Britain’s Time Trial stage. With cyclists going flat-out, the D850 didn’t let us down; focusing speed was incredibly quick, even letting us grab shots when cyclists appeared in the frame without warning, while it would happily track fast-moving subjects as they moved towards and across the frame.
- ISO64-25,600 (expandable to ISO32-108,400)
- Additional 25.6MP Medium and 11.4MP Small raw file sizes
- Built-in focus stacking
As you’d expect from a sensor packing 45.4 million pixels, the level of detail the Nikon D850 is capable of resolving is impressive. You’ll be able to produce large prints rich in detail, although it goes without saying that to make the most of the sensor you’ll need the best glass.
When it comes to high-ISO noise performance, again the D850 doesn’t disappoint. Images up to ISO3200 display excellent levels of detail, with minimal noise, while at ISO3200 there’s barely any luminance (grain-like) noise in images, and no hint of chroma (color) noise.
Push above that to ISO6400, and while luminance noise is slightly more pronounced, it’s still very good – we’d be more than happy to shoot at this sensitivity. Even at ISO12,800 and ISO25,600, while noise is more noticeable it’s still well controlled, and results are more than acceptable. Above that we’d try to avoid the two extended settings, which see saturation dropping off a tad; however, with some tweaking in Lightroom or similar, it might be possible to get a satisfactory result at ISO51,200.