The D850 is a high-performance D-SLR, equipped with numerous features that bring out its shooting capabilities, such as a resolution exceeding 45 megapixels, as well as a continuous shooting performance of up to 9 fps. Learn more about the key features that contribute to the shooting prowess of the D850 in the following article. (Text by Toshiya Hagihara)
The Backside Illumination CMOS sensor, which can efficiently capture incident light, is a first for Nikon FX-format D-SLRs. Copper wiring is used to keep speed high and power consumption low.
A. BL-5 Battery Chamber Cover
B. EN-EL18b Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
High-speed continuous shooting performance has been improved significantly as compared to the D810. The D810 performs at about 5 fps, whereas the D850 bumps it up to 7 fps. When used with the MB-D18 Multi-Power Battery pack (separately, requires ENEL18b and BL-5), high-speed continuous shooting can go up to 9 fps.
Equipped with the EN-EL15a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Can take up to about 1840 photos or about 70 minutes of video on a single charge.
It is equipped with the same 180K-pixel RGB sensor as the high-end D5 model. The sensor helps to improve the accuracy of automatically controlled functions such as white balance and picture control.
Magnesium alloy is used for a lightweight but sturdy body. The camera is rugged and robust enough to withstand the severe shooting environments that professional photographers work in.
The joints connecting parts of the camera are sealed to ensure dustproof and drip-proof performance, enabling you to shoot confidently even under poor weather conditions.
The buttons and dials placed on the left side of the body are backlit, improving visibility in dimly lighted places and enabling accurate changes to camera settings.
Utilizes a tilting mechanism
Supports touch operations
The angle of the 3.2-inch, 2.36 million-dot tilting LCD monitor can be adjusted freely as it can tilt up and down as well as come out to an extensive degree. A touch panel is employed for the screen, so you can scroll through images quickly using frame advance, or utilize Touch AF, Touch Shutter control, and so on.
Equipped with Pinpoint AF, which enables focus to be attained on an even smaller area. When shooting in Live View, this feature can be used to achieve precise focus on a subject within a small area.
It is equipped with a 153-point AF system, which is the same as on the D5. 99 of these focus points are cross-type sensors that offer better accuracy and performance for capturing subjects. In addition, the centre autofocus point supports -4 EV, with the remaining sensors supporting -3 EV, making auto focus photography possible even with low-contrast and dimmed subjects.
The D850 viewfinder has a magnification of 0.75x.This exceeds the magnification on the D5 (0.72x) and D810 (0.7x). The large viewfinder image makes it easy for you to check your subject.
A sub-selector (circled in yellow) has been newly added for moving the focus points around. It enables you to quickly select focus points even when viewing through the viewfinder.
The camera employs a dual slot layout, featuring a slot for XQD cards, which are useful for shooting movies, and a slot compatible with UHS-II standard SD cards, which are very versatile. You can utilize the dual card slots according to the purpose of your shoot, by recording sequentially or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images and such.