Nikon D850

Nikon D850 front
  • 46MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Display
  • ISO 64 - 25600 (Increase to 102400)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 1015g - 146 x 124 x 79mm
  • Launched August 2017
  • Earlier Model is Nikon D810
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon D850 summary

Nikon D850 is Nikon's Advanced DSLR camera first announced on August of 2017. It has a 46 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a max resolution of 8256 x 5504.

Nikon launched this camera as a way to update the earlier Nikon D810 (Read Full Comparison)

The D850 is ranked #4 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras and overall #42 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. You should check out our Smart camera filter to find camera listings based on your personal factors.

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Below is a chart of different factors used in the rating system.

Nikon D850 family

The Nikon D850 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the detailed range below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D780 front thumbnailNikon D780
D850 vs D780
25MPFull frame7.0 fps2020
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D85046MPFull frame7.0 fps2017
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Nikon-D810A front thumbnailNikon D810A
D850 vs D810A
36MPFull frame5.0 fps2015
Nikon-D750 front thumbnailNikon D750
D850 vs D750
24MPFull frame6.5 fps2014
Nikon-D810 front thumbnailNikon D810
D850 vs D810
36MPFull frame5.0 fps2014
Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
D850 vs Df
16MPFull frame6.0 fps2013
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Nikon-D610 front thumbnailNikon D610
D850 vs D610
24MPFull frame6.0 fps2013
Nikon-D600 front thumbnailNikon D600
D850 vs D600
24MPFull frame5.5 fps2012
Nikon-D800 front thumbnailNikon D800
D850 vs D800
36MPFull frame4.0 fps2012
Nikon-D800E front thumbnailNikon D800E
D850 vs D800E
36MPFull frame4.0 fps2012
Nikon-D700 front thumbnailNikon D700
D850 vs D700
12MPFull frame5.0 fps2008
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Nikon D850 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of pluses and minuses of the Nikon D850 based on features that are typically considered essential in a camera.

above average ISO range (25,600)
above average minimum ISO (64)
builtin Top LCD display
comes with HDMI socket
comes with headphone socket
comes with microphone socket
connects via bluetooth
doesnt have low pass filter
fantastic megapixels (46 megapixels)
features focus via touch
focusing manually
great battery pack (1,840 CIPA)
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
has face detect focusing
has tracking focus
high resolution screen (2,359 k dots)
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
NFC support
screen size is good (3.2 inches)
screen tilts
sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports phase detect AF
supports RAW formats
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
two card slots
weather proof
does not have a selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
more heavy than average (1,015 grams)
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Nikon D850 Sensor details

The Nikon D850 is run by the Expeed 5 chip. The sensor specification on the Nikon D850 is 35.9mm x 23.9mm (Full frame). The 858 mm² sensor is able to capture 8256 x 5504 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 5:4, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 46 megapixels and has a native ISO range of 64 to 25600. This ISO can also be extended electronically to 32 to 102400. RAW format is saved which means that you have wider margin for error.

Nikon opted to skip the low pass filter inside the Nikon D850. This can result in more clear pictures but could introduce moire under certain conditions.

The picture below illustrates the D850's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The D850 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is presented in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D850 dimensions

Nikon D850 weighs about 2.24 lb (1,015 gr or 35.80 oz) and the volume of the camera is 146mm x 124mm x 79mm (5.7" x 4.9" x 3.1"). The weight of typical Advanced DSLR camera is 776 gr and the Nikon D850 is more heavy in comparison with its rivals.

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Below is a visual of the Nikon D850 besides a softdrink so you can have a feel for its scale.

Nikon D850 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will illustrate the button design on the D850.

Nikon D850 topview buttons dials

Nikon D850 Lens specs

The D850 uses the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses currently available. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the D850.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-28mm-F1.4E-ED lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm F1.4E ED28mmf/1.4645g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-28-300mm-f3.5-5.6G-ED-VR lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR28-300mmf/3.5-5.6 800g
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Tamron-SP-45mm-F1.8-Di-VC-USD-Nikon-F-FX lensTamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD45mmf/1.8 520g
Sigma-12-24mm-F4.5-5.6-EX-DG-Aspherical-HSM-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG Aspherical HSM12-24mmf/4.5-5.6 600g
Nikon-AF-Nikkor-20mm-f2.8D lensNikon AF Nikkor 20mm f2.8D20mmf/2.8 270g
Nikon-AF-S-DX-Nikkor-55-200mm-f4-5.6G-VR lensNikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f4-5.6G VR55-200mmf/4.0-5.6 335g
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Tamron-70-210mm-F4-Di-VC-USD-Nikon-F-FX lensTamron 70-210mm F4 Di VC USD70-210mmf/4 859g
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Nikon D850 Connectivity

The D850 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that have NFC or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can send photos and in some cases adjust settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

Some applications even allow a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external display. Most cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Nikon D850 Video specs

The max video resolution on the Nikon D850 is 3840 x 2160 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 format. 2160p gives an excellent resolution for video. You can easily crop to 1080p to get cleaner video. Be mindful of the massive file sizes and make sure you have got good SD cards that have fast write speed. The camera does have both headphone and microphone socket making it very useful whilst capturing sound.

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Nikon D850 Weather Sealing

Nikon D850 features weather proofing making it a great selection to use for tough places. This can be particularly useful when you are not sure about the elements you may face for outdoor photography.

Nikon D850 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon D850 has a 3.2" tilting display supporting a resolution of 2,359k dots.

Moreover the display is touch friendly which means that you can easily switch focus point and adjust settings using your fingertips. The D850 also has a Top LCD display in order to instantly checkout camera settings.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Nikon D850 are below:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.75x

Viewfinders are pretty useful for bright outdoor situations which can easily make the camera display washed out and difficult to view.

Nikon D850 Shutter specs

Nikon D850 is able to shoot continuously at 7.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000s.

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Nikon D850 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Nikon D850 boasts external flash support but is lacking built-in flash. The max flash sync speed is 1/250s.

Nikon D850 Autofocus specs

Nikon D850 boasts both Phase Detect AF along with Contrast Based AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker and precise in comparison with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has Face detect which can be handy for portraits.

The Sensor has 153 focus points to pick from. Nikon D850 has touch to focus. You can use your fingers to shift focus. It also boasts Tracking AF for objects that move. Nikon D850 can use manual focusing in case it is required for low light situations or you need to have more accurate focusing control.

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Nikon D850 Battery life

The battery pack (EN-EL15a) for the Nikon D850 is fashioned to last for 1840 clicks based on the CIPA standards which is above average ın comparison with its category. The usual Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 comes with the maximum (2260) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Below is a listing of Advanced DSLR cameras with the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D8501840 yesyesyes
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Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
D850 vs Df
1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
D850 vs 90D
1300 yesnoyes
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
D850 vs D500
1240 yesyesyes

Nikon D850 for different types of photography

The following bar chart indicates a rundown of the Nikon D850 for different types of photography. To look at more, check out the specific section below.

Nikon D850 as a Portrait photography camera

The Nikon D850 receives a points total of 86 which is brilliant, and means the camera is a outstanding option to use for portrait photos. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support together with the capability to work with off-camera lighting.

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you can focus manually
resolution is excellent (46 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
comes with face detection focusing
supports RAW files

Nikon D850 as a Street photography camera

With a very good points tally of 66, the Nikon D850 is a fine option for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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tilting screen
great sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
comes with focus by touch
environment sealing
very good high ISO (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
more heavy than average (1,015 grams)

Nikon D850 as a Sports photography camera

A terrific sports photography rating of 82 means the Nikon D850 is a wonderful pick for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have excellent tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
amazing MP (46 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
supports tracking focus
weather proof
good battery (1,840 CIPA)
supports phase detect AF
does not have image stabilization

Nikon D850 Travel photography advice

Portability is really crucial when getting a camera for travel. All round, the Nikon D850 gets a above average 65 as a travelling camera which is a very decent pick to take on your travels.

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good battery pack (1,840 CIPA)
weather sealing
has bluetooth
offers touch focus
amazing sensor resolution (46 megapixels)
more heavy than average in class (1,015g)
screen is not selfie friendly

Nikon D850 Landscape photography factors

For anybody looking to pick a camera for landscape photography, the most critical aspect is going to be image quality. The Nikon D850 at it's superb score of 82 for a landscape camera is a outstanding fit within the current market.

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you can focus manually
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inch)
fantastic megapixels (46MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
doesnt have anti aliasing filter
good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
environment proofing
better than average battery life (1,840 shots)
has dual storage slots
no image stabilization

Nikon D850 Vlogging highlights

A camera for vlogging should really offer a articulating display, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Nikon D850 is not really acceptable for vlogging as it gets a lousy score of 30.

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touchscreen enabled
supports face detection focusing
high res video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
does have external microphone socket
display is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
more heavy than competitors (1,015 grams)

Nikon D850 Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the D850, below is a selection of the highest ranked cameras that fall in to the class of Advanced DSLR.

The line graph below offers you an overview of the D850 versus it's top rated rivals suggested above.

These are various other cameras you may take into account as alternatives. To look at a comprehensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Nikon D850
Advanced DSLR
Physical type
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Expeed 5
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor measurements
35.9 x 23.9mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 5:4, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
8256 x 5504
RAW format
Highest native ISO
Highest enhanced ISO
Minimum native ISO
Minimum enhanced ISO
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points
Cross type focus points
Lens mount type
Nikon F
Available lenses
Crop factor
Type of display
Display size
3.2 inches
Display resolution
2,359k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Min shutter speed
30 secs
Max shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash settings
Front-curtain sync (normal), Rear-curtain sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize
1/250 secs
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution
Video file format
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
1015 grams (2.24 pounds)
Physical dimensions
146 x 124 x 79mm (5.7" x 4.9" x 3.1")
Battery life
1840 pictures
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported) + XQD
Card slots
Price at release