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Nikon Debuts D850 Flagship dSLR Share This on LinkedIn   Share This on Google   Tweet This   Forward This

23 August 2017

Nikon has unveiled its D850 flagship dSLR featuring "an unprecedented combination of extreme resolution and high speed performance," according to the company. The 45.7-megapixel sensor is Nikon's first backside illuminated dSLR sensor.

"The Nikon D850 is much more than a camera," said Kosuke Kawaura, director of marketing and planning, Nikon Inc., "rather it's a statement that Nikon is continuing to listen to customer needs, to innovate for the next 100 years and bring to market a full-frame dSLR that exceeds the expectations of the professionals that rely on this caliber of camera to make a living."


Highlights of the D850 include:

  • 45.7-megapixel FX-format (full-frame) CMOS sensor
  • 7 fps capture or up to 9 fps with optional battery grip
  • 4K video at the full width of the sensor
  • 153-point AF system
  • Expeed 5 image processing engine
  • Tilting touchscreen LCD
  • Aspect ratios of 3:2, 1.2x, DX, 5:4 or 1:1 with viewfinder shading
  • Available in September for $3,299.95

With the optional ES-2 Film Digitizing Adapter and compatible Micro-Nikkor lens, the camera enables super high-resolution digitizing of 35mm slides or negatives and converts them in-camera to positives.


Specifications for the D850 include:

Sensor 45.7-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor
Backside illumination
Dust reduction
Bit Depth 12 or 14 bit
Lens Mount Nikon F bayonet mount
AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
Metering with AI lenses
Storage 1 XQD card and 1 Secure Digital (SD) card
SD/SDHC (UHS-II compliant)/SDXC(UHS-II compliant)
XQD Type Memory
Viewfinder Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
100 pct. coverage for FX, otherwise 97 percent
Focusing Screen Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII with AF area brackets (grid lines can be displayed)
Monitor 3.2-inch LCD with 2,359,000 dots
Tilting (170°) TFT touch-sensitive screen
Shutter 1/8000 to 30 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV
Bulb, Time, X250
Flash sync at 1/250 sec.
Frame Rate 7 frames per second
Up to 9 fps With an EN-EL18b Battery inserted in a MB-D18 Power Pac
ISO ISO 64 to 25,600
Autofocus Yes
Live View Yes, Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame
Movie MOV, MP4
4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 30 fps
4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 25 fps
4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 24 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 60 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 50 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps
Slow-motion: Full HD 1,920x1,080 30p (x4)
Slow-motion: Full HD 1,920x1,080 25p (x4)
Slow-motion: Full HD 1,920x1,080 24p (x5)
Built-in microphone, stereo
External stereo microphone (optional)
29 minutes 59 seconds max. clip
Connectivity WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 4.1
Audio input: Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
HDMI Output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Headphone Connector
SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0 Micro-B connector); connection to built-in USB port is recommended
Ten-pin remote terminal: Can be used to connect optional MC-30A/ MC-36A remote cords, ML-3 modulite remote control sets, WR-R10 (requires WR-A10 adapter) or WR-1 wireless remote controllers, or GP-1/ GP-1A GPS units
Power EN-EL15a rechargeable lithion-ion battery
1,840 shots per charge
Approx. 70 minutes of HD footage
Optional AC adapter
Dimensions 5.8 x 4.9 x 3.1 in.
Weight 2 lb. 0.3 oz.


Nikon said the D850 will ship in September for $$3,299.95. The MB-D18 Multi Power Battery Pack be $399.95, while the ES-2 film digitalizing adapter will bef $149.95.

Adorama is now accepting pre-orders for the D850 body, battery pack and film digitizer. B&H is also accepting pre-orders for the D850 body and accessories.

Nikon will conduct a livestream discussion for the new cameraon Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. EDT. Visit to tune in.

For more information see the news release below.

Full-Frame, Extreme Speed, Epic Resolution: The New Nikon d850 Dslr Defines Professional Versatility

New Nikon dSLR Offers Incredible Combination of Performance, Image Quality and Thoughtful Features

MELVILLE, N.Y. -- Nikon has announced the new Nikon D850, a powerful full-frame dSLR camera that provides professional photographers and multimedia creators with an impressive combination of resolution and high-speed performance. The 45.7-megapixel D850 is Nikon's first dSLR with an FX-format, back-side Illuminated CMOS sensor for image quality that is nothing short of majestic, allowing professionals to create stunning, high resolution still images and full-frame 4K UHD video. Despite its monumental resolution, the D850 is capable of an astoundingly fast capture rate of up to 7 frames-per-second (fps) or 9-fps with the optional battery grip and EN-EL18a/b battery, while offering a range of new user-friendly features requested by Nikon shooters around the world.

The Nikon D850 is a serious tool that expertly enables every kind of photographer. Whether capturing for client work or personal projects, the camera delivers intense clarity and accurate skin tones for portraits, with the added benefit of low-light ability for weddings and events. It is versatile enough to be used for landscapes and fine art where broad dynamic range is critical, for sports that require a high frame rate and decisive AF or for video creators who want 4K UHD flexibility. Whether in the studio or on-location, from the catwalk or the scenic overlook, to a wedding ceremony or night sky, the Nikon D850 is the tool that can capture it all, with astounding resolution and speed.

"The Nikon D850 is much more than a camera, rather it's a statement that Nikon is continuing to listen to customer needs, to innovate for the next 100 years and bring to market a full-frame dSLR that exceeds the expectations of the professionals that rely on this caliber of camera to make a living," said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.

"I have had the pleasure of putting this camera through its paces and there is nothing like it. The Nikon D850 introduces a whole new generation of photographers to medium format quality; the resolution is out of this world and the tonality and range are at a level I never thought possible from a dSLR," said Nikon Ambassador and award-winning wedding photographer Jerry Ghionis.

The Ultimate Combination of Resolution and Speed

The Nikon D850 is the new benchmark in dSLR image quality, with an unprecedented combination of resolution, dynamic range, ISO and processing power. The 45.7-Mp CMOS sensor approaches medium format-level resolution and forgoes an optical low pass filter to harness the maximum sharpness of Nikkor lenses, with fantastic fidelity, tonality and clarity. This is also Nikon's first dSLR to incorporate a BSI CMOS sensor, which captures light more efficiently, resulting in a wider dynamic range and low-noise image capture. Beyond the immense resolution, the Nikon D850 offers photographers superior performance:

  • High-Speed Capture: The D850 is capable of shooting up to 7 fps at full resolution, with full AF/AE or 9 fps at full resolution with the addition of an optional battery grip (MB-D18) and EN-EL18a/b battery (Buffer approximately 51 frames of 14-bit lossless Raw capture / 170 frames of 12-bit lossless).
  • Wide ISO Range: The D850 offers a wide ISO range from 64-25,600 (Expandable down to ISO 32, up to 102,400).
  • Flagship Focus System: The D850 uses the Nikon D5's 153-point, Multi-Cam 20K AF system, which features 99 cross type sensors, 15 of which are sensitive to f8.
  • EXPEED 5: Behind every great sensor is a great image-processing engine. EXPEED 5 is Nikon's most powerful engine yet, allowing for fast data readout and swift image processing, improved low light performance, high speed shooting, full-frame 4K UHD video capture and greater power efficiency for longer battery life.

Innovation Built for the Needs of Professional Creators

In addition to its phenomenal performance, the Nikon D850 hosts a range of innovative and thoughtful new features that enhance workflow and will leave every photographer or content creator wondering how they ever lived without them:

  • Tilting LCD Touchscreen: The 3.2-in., high resolution (2359k-dot) LCD monitor offers Nikon's most extensive touch functionality ever.
  • Silent Shooter: The D850 offers the ability to operate with an electronic shutter in Live View. When in this mode, users can shoot in complete silence, which is ideal for weddings, ceremonies and events where the shutter sound is discouraged. The electronic shutter operates at up to 6 fps (AF/AE locked) at full resolution, while an additional mode enables 8.6-Mp capture in DX image area mode at up to 30 fps.
  • Radio Flash Control: Like the D5 and D500, the D850 also supports Radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting with the optional SB-5000 Speedlight and WR-A10 and WR-R10 accessories.
  • Raw Processing Power: Users can choose from 3 sizes of Raw files to enhance workflow, including Large (45.4-MP), Medium (25.6-MP) and Small (11.4-MP). Additionally, the D850 lets users batch process Raw files in camera, saving time in post-production.
  • Nikon's Widest and Brightest Optical viewfinder: The 0.75x viewfinder magnification is the highest ever for a Nikon dSLR and offers a wide and bright view of the frame to easily track and compose subjects.
  • Phenomenal Battery Performance: Shoot all day and well into the night with up to 1,840 shots at full resolution or approximately 70 minutes of video on a single charge. Users who opt for the additional control and handling benefits of the optional battery grip can expect up to 5140 shots (CIPA standard).
  • Dual Card Slots: The D850 features dual memory card slots -- XQD for high-speed capture and transfer, as well as readily available SD media.
  • Illuminated Buttons: Buttons that light up at the turn of a dial increase visibility and allow easy shooting at night or in low-light scenarios.
  • Focus Stacking: Ideal for macro, product and landscape photographers, the Focus Shift Photography feature of the D850 is high resolution meets high magnification. This feature lets the user automatically shoot up to 300 shots at adjustable focus step intervals to infinity which can be easily assembled into a focus-stacked image using third party software.
  • Negative/Positive Scanning: With the optional ES-2 Film Digitizing Adapter and compatible Micro-Nikkor lens, the camera enables super high-resolution digitizing of 35mm slides or negatives and converts them in-camera to positives.
  • Durable Construction: Ready for any field assignment or production environment, the rugged and weather-sealed magnesium alloy body lets users work with confidence in a wide range of tough environments.
  • Square shooter: Photographers can choose from five formats, including FX-format, 1.2x, DX, 5:4 or 1:1 square with viewfinder shading for easy composition.
  • Built-in WiFi & Bluetooth Connectivity: Users can seamlessly send images to their compatible smart devices through an always-on Bluetooth Low Energy connection or through WiFi. Nikon SnapBridge also gives the ability for remote capture and preview.

Multimedia Production Ready

Multimedia content creators and filmmakers alike will appreciate a wide range of considerate, industry-leading new features that can help to elevate any production:

  • Full-frame 4K UHD at 24/30 fps: The D850's FX BSI CMOS sensor allows 4K UHD output at a full-frame width at 16:9, to increase lensing options and provide a true field of view.
  • Slow Motion: Creators can also capture Full HD 1080p at up to 120 fps (4x or 5x) for dramatic slow-motion video capture.
  • Focus Peaking: When shooting Full HD or in Live View for stills, focus peaking can be enabled which highlights in-focus subjects in the frame to ensure sharpness.
  • 8K/4K Time-lapse: Users can create 4K UHD time-lapse videos easily in-camera or can use the built in intervalometer to capture images for an ultra-high resolution 8K time lapse that can be assembled in post for those who want the ultimate in video quality.
  • Zebra stripes: The D850's highlight display mode uses zebra patterns to quickly spot overblown highlights. What's more, the zebra patterns come in two varieties, selectable according to the patterns and textures of the subjects.
  • HDMI output: Using HDMI, users can record uncompressed, broadcast quality 4:2:2 8-bit 4K UHD footage, directly to an external digital recorder while simultaneously recording to a card.
  • Audio Control: The D850 features an onboard stereo microphone, as well as inputs for headphones and microphone. The camera also features a new audio attenuator to regulate sound levels.

THE FX-Format Advantage

The amazing performance and image quality of the Nikon D850 is best coupled with the wide variety of Nikkor lenses, heralded for their unmatched image quality, color reproduction and optical characteristics. For maximum fidelity, Nikon's Gold Ring Series of lenses provide the highest caliber of optical performance needed for such immense resolution applications.

Price and Availability

The Nikon D850 will have a suggested retail price of $3,299.95 and will be available in September. The MB-D18 Multi Power Battery Pack will have an SRP of $399.95, while the ES-2 film digitalizing adapter will have an SRP of $149.95. For more information on the latest Nikon products, visit

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