Nikon has disclosed full details of its new D850 DSLR camera, which is scheduled for release in Australia from September 2017.


Angled front view of the new Nikon D850 with the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens. (Source: Nikon.)
Replacing the FX-format D810, the D850 comes with a 45.7-megapixel backside illuminated CMOS sensor  and EXPEED 5 image-processing engine, which together enable the camera to support continuous shooting at up to 9-fps. The new camera also claims an extended dynamic range with native sensitivity settings from  ISO 64 to 25600 (expandable from Lo 1 [ISO 32] to Hi 2 [ISO 102400]) plus an extended low metering limit.  Full-frame 4K UHD video  capabilities are available, along with 4x and 5x slow-motion videos  in Full HD resolution plus 8K time-lapse movie production  using interval timer photography. Movies can be recorded in either FX or DX format, the latter providing a 1.5x crop magnification to the effective focal length of the lens. A dedicated movie menu allows easy switching between movie and still functions.


Top view of the Nikon D850 with the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens. (Source: Nikon.)

The D850 features a 153-point AF system with 99 cross sensors to achieve high subject acquisition plus an AF detection range that extends down to -4 EV. The camera also allows RAW batch processing, exposure metering range expansion, and a peaking function  that enables accurate manual focusing. New functions include Pinpoint AF for live view photography  that reduces the focusing area to one quarter for the normal AF area plus a Natural Light Auto option that provides more accurate colour reproduction in available lighting.


Angled rear view of the Nikon D850 showing the tilting monitor. (Source: Nikon.)

A high-resolution tilting 3.2-inch touch-screen monitor with 2,359,000 dots enables shots to be taken from varying angles, while button illumination is helpful when shooting in dark situations. A new focus shift capability makes it easy to acquire images for focus stacking by allowing the camera to automatically take up to 300 shots while moving focus position from a designated starting point to infinity. A selection of up to 10 levels of focus distance changes can be made, while interval between shots can be set between 0 and 30 seconds. Continuous shooting of up to 5ps is supported, along with exposure smoothing and silent photography.

The D850 will be available from September 2017 with the AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens, or with the body-only configuration. Nikon doesn’t release pricing information but the USA MSRP for the camera body is US$3299.95. For more information visit  

Image sensor: 35.9 x 23.9 mm backside illuminated CMOS sensor  with 46.89 million photosites (45.7 megapixels effective)
Image processor:  EXPEED 5
A/D processing: 12 or 14 bit (for lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed NEF.RAW   files)
Lens mount: Nikon F mount, (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Focal length crop factor: 1x
Image formats: Stills: JPEG (DCF 2.0, Exif 2.31), NEF.RAW, RAW+JPEG, TIFF; Movies: MOV, MP4 with H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Image Sizes: Stills ““ FX (36ø—24) image area (L) 8256 x 5504 ( 45.4 million) (M) 6192 x 4128 ( 25.5 million) (S) 4128 x 2752 ( 11.3 million) 1.2x (30ø—20) image area (L) 6880 x 4584 ( 31.5 million) (M) 5152 x 3432 ( 17.6 million) (S) 3440 x 2288 ( 7.8 million) DX (24ø—16) image area (L) 5408 x 3600 ( 19.4 million) (M) 4048 x 2696 ( 10.9 million) (S) 2704 x 1800 ( 4.8 million) 5 : 4 (30ø—24) image area (L) 6880 x 5504 ( 37.8 million) (M) 5152 x 4120 ( 21.2 million) (S) 3440 x 2752 ( 9.4 million) 1 : 1 (24ø—24) image area (L) 5504 x 5504 ( 30.2 million) (M) 4128 x 4128 ( 17.0 million) (S) 2752 x 2752 ( 7.5 million) FX-format photographs taken during movie recording (L) 8256 x 4640 ( 38.3 million) (M) 6192 x 3480 ( 21.5 million) (S) 4128 x 2320 ( 9.5 million) DX-format photographs taken during movie recording (L) 5408 x 3040 ( 16.4 million) (M) 4048 x 2272 ( 9.1 million) (S) 2704 x 1520 ( 4.1 million)
Movie Sizes:  3840 x 2160 (4K UHD); 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p 1920 x 1080; 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p 1280 x 720; 60p, 50p 1920 x 1080 (slow-mo); 30p x4, 25p x4, 24p x5 Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; quality selection available at all sizes except 3840 x 2160 (when quality is fixed at “high”) and 1920 x 1080 slow-mo (when quality is fixed at “normal”)
Image Stabilisation: Lens-based
Dust removal: Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (Capture NX-D software required)
Shutter (speed range): Electronically-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, 1/8000 to 30 seconds in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV, bulb, time, X-synch at 1/250 sec.
Exposure Compensation: +/-5 EV in 1/3EV,  1/2EV or 1EV steps
Bracketing options: Exposure, Flash, White balance, ADL
Self-timer: 2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s
Intervalometer: Yes
Focus system: Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 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
Focus modes: 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
Exposure metering:  180,000-pixel RGB sensor with TTL metering;  3D colour matrix metering III (type G, E, and D lenses); colour matrix metering III (other CPU lenses, Centre-weighted and Spot metering patterns
Shooting modes: Programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)
Picture Control modes: Auto, Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat ; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
Colour space options: Adobe RGB, sRGB
ISO range: ,ISO 64 to 25600 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV 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 102400 equivalent) above ISO 25600; auto ISO sensitivity control available
White balance: Auto (3 types), natural light auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view), choose color temperature (2500 K to 10,000 K), all with fine-tuning.
Flash: Manual pop-up with button release and a Guide Number of 12/39, 12/39 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Flash modes: Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off
Flash exposure adjustment: ““3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV
Sequence shooting: Max. 9 frames/sec.  
Storage Media: Dual slots for XQD and SD, SDHC, SDXC cards (UHS-I and UHS-II)
Viewfinder: Eye-level pentaprism with 100% FOV coverage, 0.75x magnification, 17mm eyepoint, -3 to +1 dpt adjustment,  Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)
LCD monitor: 3.2-inch tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD with approx. 2,359,000 dots, 170 ° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, and manual monitor brightness control
Playback functions: Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, playback zoom cropping, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, picture rating, and auto image rotation
Interface terminals: SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0 Micro-B connector); Type C HDMI connector; 3.5 mm stereo mini-pin jacks for audio in/out; ten-pin remote terminal
Wi-Fi function: IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g Operating frequency: 2412 to 2462 MHz (channels 1 to 11) Maximum output power: 8.5 dBm (EIRP) Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK; Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402 to 2480 MHz
Power supply: EN-EL15a  rechargeable Li-ion Battery Pack
Dimensions (wxhxd): Approx. 146 x 124 x 78.5 mm
Weight: Approx. 1005 grams with battery and XQD memory card but without body cap; approx. 915 grams body only