The D850 camera can shoot up to 9 FPS with its back-illuminated image sensor. Discover the advanced autofocus, sensitivity, and battery life features at Nikon.
When Nikon introduced the D800 and D800E, it set a new benchmark for DSLR image quality and super high resolution photography that approached medium format. Now, five years later, Nikon proudly introduces the next evolution in high resolution DSLRs, a camera that allows photographers to capture fast action in 45.7 megapixels of brilliant resolution. With remarkable advancements across the board—sensor design, autofocus, dynamic range, sensitivity, Speedlight control, battery life, shutter and mirror drive mechanisms, Silent Photography in Live-View mode, focus shift capability and more—this is quite possibly the most impressive, well-rounded DSLR yet.
Display SKUVBA520BG
TypeSingle-lens reflex digital camera
Lens MountNikon F Mount
Picture AngleFull-frame/FX-format
Image Sensor
Sensor Size35.9mm x 23.9mm
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Pixels46.89 million
Dust-Reduction SystemImage sensor cleaning Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX-D software required)
Image Area (pixels)FX-format (L) 8,256 x 5,504 (45.4 million) (M) 6,192 x 4,128 (25.5 million) (S) 4,128 x 2,752 (11.3 million) 1:2 format (30 x 20) (L) 6,880 x 4,584 (31.5 million) (M) 5,152 x 3,432 (17.6 million) (S) 3,440 x 2,288 (7.8 million) 5:4 format (30 x 24) (L) 6,880 x 5,504 (37.8 million) (M) 5,152 x 4,120 (21.2 million) (S) 3,440 x 2,752 (9.4 million) 1:1 format (24 x 24) (L) 5,504 x 5,504 (30.2 million) (M) 4,128 x 4,128 (17.0 million) (S) 2,752 x 2,752 (7.5 million) DX-format (L) 5,408 x 3,600 (19.4 million) (M) 4,048 x 2,696 (10.9 million) (S) 2,704 x 1,800 (4.8 million) FX-format photographs taken during movie recording (L) 8,256 x 4,640 (38.3 million) (M) 6,192 x 3,480 (21.5 million) (S) 4,128 x 2,320 (9.5 million) DX-format photographs taken during movie recording (L) 5,408 x 3,040 (16.4 million) (M) 4,048 x 2,272 (9.1 million) (S) 2,704 x 1,520 (4.1 million)
Effective Pixels (Megapixels)45.7 million
File System
File Format Still ImagesNEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed; large, medium, and small available (medium and small images are recorded at a bit depth of 12 bits using lossless compression) TIFF (RGB) JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx 1:4), normal (approx 1:8), or basic (approx 1:16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
Picture ControlAuto Flat Landscape Monochrome Neutral Portrait Standard Vivid
File SystemDCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0 EXIF 2.31 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) PictBridge
Storage Media1 XQD card and 1 Secure Digital (SD) card SD SDHC (UHS-II compliant) SDXC ( (UHS-II compliant) XQD Type Memory
Card SlotDual Slots
ViewfinderEye-level Pentaprism Single-Lens Reflex Viewfinder
Lens Compatibility at a Glance***AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible Metering with AI lenses
Depth-of-Field ControlYes Pressing Pv button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (P and S modes)
Lens ApertureInstant-return type Electronically Controlled
Reflex MirrorQuick-return type
Focusing ScreenType B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII with AF Area Brackets (grid lines can be displayed)
Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment-3 to +1 m¯¹
Viewfinder Eyepoint17 mm (-1.0 m¯¹)
Viewfinder MagnificationApprox. 0.75x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0 m–1)
Viewfinder Frame CoverageFX (36x24): Approx. 100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical 1.2x (30x20): Approx. 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical DX (24x16): Approx. 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical 5:4 (30x24): Approx. 97% Horizontal and 100% Vertical 1:1 (24x24): Approx. 97% horizontal and 100% vertical
Compatible LensesAF NIKKOR lenses, including type G, E, and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC lenses), and DX lenses (using DX 24 x 16 image area), AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only). IX NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses cannot be used. Electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supports 15 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster, of which 9 points are available for selection).
Shutter TypeElectronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter Electronic front-curtain shutter available in quiet shutter-release, quiet continuous shutter-release, and mirror up release modes
Frame Advance Raten/a
Shutter Release ModesContinuous high-speed [CH] mode Continuous low-speed [CL] mode Mirror-up [Mup] mode Quiet Continuous Release Quiet Shutter Release Self-timer Mode Single-frame [S] mode
Flash Sync Speed1/250 sec. Synchronizes with shutter at 1/250s or slower Auto FP High-Speed sync supported
Continuous Shooting OptionsFX-format CH: Up to 9 frames per second With an EN-EL18b Battery inserted in a MB-D18 Power Pack: CL: 1-8 frames per second CH: 9 frames per second Quiet Continuous Mode: 3 frames per second Other power sources: CL: 1-6 frames per second CH: 7 frames per second Quiet Continuous Mode: 3 frames per second
Self-timer2, 5, 10, 20 sec.; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 sec. Timer duration electronically controlled
Slowest Shutter Speed30 sec
Fastest Shutter Speed1/8000 sec
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at Full Resolution7 fps
Exposure MeteringTTL exposure metering using approximately 180K (180,000) pixels RGB sensor
Exposure ModesAperture-Priority (A) Manual (M) Programmed auto with flexible program (P) Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
Automatic Exposure Scene Modesn/a
Scene Modesn/a
Shooting Modesn/a
Digital Vari-Program Modesn/a
Exposure Meter CouplingCombined CPU and AI
Metering RangeISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F '-3 ± 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering) 2 to 20 EV (spot metering) 0 to 20 EV (Highlight-weighted metering)
Metering MethodMatrix: 3D Color Matrix Metering III (type G, E, and D lenses); Color Matrix Metering III (other CPU lenses); Color Matrix Metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame. Diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15, or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circle) Spot: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used) Highlight-weighted: Available with type G, E, and D lenses
Exposure Compensation±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Exposure Bracketing2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Exposure LockYes
Active D-LightingAuto Extra High High Normal Low Off
Expanded ISO Sensitivity OptionsLo-1 (ISO 32 equivalent) Hi-1 (ISO 51,200 equivalent) Hi-2 (ISO 102,400 equivalent)
Highest Expanded ISO SensitivityHi-2 (ISO 102,400 equivalent)
Lowest Expanded ISO SensitivityLo-1 (ISO 32 equivalent)
ISO SensitivityISO 64 - 25,600 Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 32 equivalent) below ISO 64 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 102,400 equivalent) above ISO 25,600; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Single-Point AF ModeYes
Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity25600
Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity64
Focus / Autofocus
Built-in Flash Distancen/a
Autofocus Fine TuneYes
Focus ModesSingle-servo AF (AF-S) Continuous-servo (AF-C) Predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder Face-Priority AF Full-time Servo (AF-F) Normal area AF Wide area AF available in Live View and D-Movie only
AF-Area Mode9, 25, 72, or 153 point Dynamic-area AF Auto-area AF Single-point AF 3D-tracking Group-area AF
Lens ServoAutofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Image Sensor FormatFull-frame/FX-format
Detection Range -4 to +20 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Autofocus SystemNikon Advanced Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection and fine-tuning, and 153 focus points (including 99 cross-type sensors and 15 sensors that support f/8), of which 55 (35 cross-type sensors and 9 f/8 sensors) are available for selection
Flash Sync Speedn/a
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points153
Flash Compensation-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Flash-ready IndicatorLights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
Accessory ShoeYes
X-Sync Speed1/250 sec
Top FP High Speed SyncUp to 1/8000
Flash ControlTTL: i-TTL flash control using RGB sensor with approximately 180K (180,000) pixels; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlight- weighted metering, standard i-TTL fill-flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash Sync ModesFront-curtain sync (normal) Rear-curtain sync Red-eye reduction Red-eye reduction with slow sync Slow sync
White Balance
White Balance"Auto (3 types) Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K) Cloudy Direct Sunlight Fine-tuning Flash Fluorescent (7 types) Incandescent Natural Light Auto Preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view) Shade"
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)CLS Supported
Flash Sync TerminalYes
White Balance Bracketing2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV
Monitor TypeTilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD
Monitor Resolution2,359,000 dot
Monitor Size8.1cm (3.2 in.)
Live View Scene Auto Selectorn/a
Live View ShootingPhotography Live View Mode Movie Live View Mode
Movie AudioBuilt-in microphone, stereo External stereo microphone (optional) Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
Movie Audio Recording FormatLinear PCM, AAC
Movie Video CompressionH.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Movie File FormatMOV MP4
Movie Maximum Recording Time29 minutes 59 seconds Each movie will be recorded across up to 8 files of up to 4 GB each. The number of files and the length of each file vary with the options selected for Frame size/frame rate and Movie quality.
Movie Frame size (pixels) and frame raten/a
Movie MeteringTTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Live View AutofocusContrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Live View AF-Area ModeFace-priority AF Wide-area AF Normal-area AF Pinpoint AF Subject-tracking AF
Live View Lens ServoAutofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F) Manual focus (M)
Monitor Angle of View170 degrees
Monitor AdjustmentsMonitor Adjustments Manual 5 level
Voice Memo Functionn/a
In-Camera Image EditingDistortion Control D-Lighting Filter Effects Image Overlay Monochrome NEF (RAW) Processing Perspective Control Red-Eye Correction Resize Side-by-Side Comparison Straighten Trim Trim Movie
InterfaceAudio 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
Playback FunctionsAuto Image Rotation Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images) Highlights Histogram Display Location Display Movie Playback Movie Slideshow Photo Information Photo Slideshow Picture Rating Playback with Zoom Playback Zoom Cropping
Wi-Fi FunctionalityStandards: IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g Operating frequency: 2412–2462 MHz (channels 1–11) Maximum output power: 8.5 dBm (EIRP) Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK
GPSGP-1 GPS unit, GP-1A GPS unit
Maximum Log Recording Time 0
Total Custom Settings55
Supported LanguagesArabic Bengali Brazilian Portuguese Bulgarian Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) Czech Danish Dutch English Finnish French German Greek Hindi Hungarian Indonesian Italian Japanese Korean Marathi Norwegian Persian Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Serbian Spanish Swedish Tamil Telugu Thai Turkish Ukrainian Vietnamese
Battery / BatteriesEN-EL15c Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Battery Life (shots per charge)Stills: 1,840 shots per charge Approx. 70 minutes of HD footage
Date, Time and Daylight Savings Time SettingsYes
World Time SettingYes
Weight (g) (body only)*1Approx. 915 g (32.3 oz.) camera body only
EnvironmentTemperature: 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F) Humidity: Less than 85% (no condensation)
Length x height x width (mm) (body only)*Approx. 146 x 124 x 78.5 mm (5.8 x 4.9 x 3.1 in.)
Tripod Socket0.64cm (1/4.) (ISO 1222)
Battery ChargerMH-25a Quick Charger
AC AdapterEH-5c/EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5B Power Connector (available separately)
Animal Eye AF0
NIKKOR F Lens Specs
Built-in FlashNo