Nikon D850 Review Summary
Nikon D850 Assessment
The Nikon D850 is an excellent DSLR which is hard to find fault with. It delivers the best overall performance with an impressive combination of high-resolution and speed thanks to its 46 megapixels BSI-CMOS sensor and fast EXPEED 5 processor that deliver full-resolution images at 7 FPS and even up to 9 FPS with the optional battery-grip plus 4K Ultra-HD video from the fill sensor-width.
One could easily say that the Nikon D850 is a nearly perfect embodiment of a DSLR. It delivers an exceptional performance with extremely detailed images having good color, neutral white-balance and class-leading dynamic-range. Metering needs a little more adjustment than ideal yet rarely needs much compensation.
This DSLR simply keeps up with everything. Its 153-Point Phase-Detect AF system featuring 99 Cross-Type points is extremely fast, highly accurate and very sensitive. Shutter-lag is simply instantaneous and is followed by virtually no blackout. Every dial, switch and button gets an immediate response, making this the most responsive digital camera ever reviewed here. The 9 FPS maximum frame-rate, although it requires a dedicated grip and different battery, is truly impressive given the 46 MP high-resolution sensor.
Nikon really created the D850 with photography in mind, having a high number of controls, many of them illuminated, dual control-dials, a backlit status LCD and a built-in viewfinder shutter. This camera can be configured to put virtually all important photographic controls at your fingertips. This says plenty since this is one of the most feature-rich DSLR to date.
The Nikon D850 exceeds expectations. Although per-pixel noise and sharpness are not class-leading, this DSLR compensates very nicely with resolution and throughput. Other than that, the rendition of images is very fine-tunable to produce huge prints that can impress the most discerning viewers.
|Superb dynamic-range||Metering still imperfect|
|Excellent detail capture||Higher per-pixel noise|
|Good colors accuracy||OVF Level hard to see|
|Reliable White-Balance||Bizarre Auto ISO|
|Ultra-fast and sensitive autofocus system||Live-View still mostly not Exposure-Priority|
|Highly responsive||Demanding on lenses|
|Ultra-short black-out||Flex in LCD hinge|
|Flexible self-timer and exposure delay||Asymmetric memory-cards slots|
|Built-in OVF shutter||Pricey|
|Manual focus assist direction indicator|
|Excellent + Excellent +|
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Nikon D850 Facts
Sensor-Size: 36 x 24mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|46 Megapixels DSLR||ISO 32-102400|
|Nikon F Mount|
Extra Large Viewfinder
|Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|2 Axis Digital Level||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Hot-Shoe & Sync-Port|
|7 FPS Drive, Unlimited Images||Stereo audio input|
|3840x2160 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|3.2" LCD 2.4 Megapixels||XQD|
|Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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