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Nikon D850 Review

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Nikon D850 Review

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Nikon D850 Review

For five years, the D800 and its successor, the D810, held Nikon’s resolution flag with 36 megapixels at the top. With the D850, there is now a current replacement with the latest technology, such as a 46 megapixel resolution full-format sensor in rear-exposed CMOS design for improved light sensitivity despite higher resolution. With seven continuous shots per second, 153 point autofocus and 4K video function, the D850 also wants to score sporty points. Whether she succeeds and how it looks with the picture quality, our detailed test clarifies.

Short evaluation

Pros

  • Very high image quality up to ISO 3,200
  • Ergonomic, robust housing
  • Fast autofocus and high continuous shooting rate
  • Bright, high-resolution, tiltable touch screen

Cons

  • Key illumination not consistently implemented
  • Highest serial frame rate only with expensive accessories
  • Built-in WLAN functions for a professional device arg limited
  • Viewfinder with glasses not completely manageable

With the Nikon D850, the traditional Japanese manufacturer is presenting a full-format DSLR with BSI CMOS sensor for the first time in its 100th anniversary year. With 45.7 megapixels, this is the second-highest resolution among 35mm sensors, and Nikon wants to score particularly highly in terms of sensitivity and speed thanks to BSI technology. The remaining DSLR technology was also brought up to the latest technical standard.

The Nikon D850 has a newly designed magnesium housing with dust and splash protection, but now without integrated flash. But the seeker’s bigger. [Photo: Nikon]

The D810 of summer 2014 with 36 megapixels was Nikon’s highest resolution camera so far, while Canon with 50 megapixels and Sony with 42 megapixels hurried away. But with the successor model D850, Nikon is catching up with the competition with a 45.7 megapixel sensor and is also not lumpen in terms of ISO sensitivity and speed. Thanks to the rear-exposed technology (BSI), the light-sensitive area per pixel is larger than with conventional sensors. The D850 does without a resolution-reducing low-pass filter, the basic sensitivity is ISO 64, as with the predecessor model D810. The maximum sensitivity is now ISO 25,600, as an extension ISO 32 to 102,400 are possible. The speed of seven continuous shots per second is also impressive. With the optional multifunction lever, the continuous shooting rate can be increased to nine frames per second using an EN-EL18 battery – including autofocus tracking of the subject (AF-C). Alternatively, the handle also accommodates a standard EN-EL15a rechargeable battery, which is also found in the camera. Weltenbummler will be pleased to be able to use eight standard round cells (AA/Mignon) in the handle. Only with an EN-EL15a in the camera are already 1,840 shots possible according to the CIPA standard – a lonely peak value among the full-format bolides. With an EN-EL15a in the camera and an EN-EL18 under control, even 5,140 CIPA-standard images are possible.

The Nikon D850’s 35mm sensor achieves a resolution of 45.7 megapixels. Thanks to BSI technology, the photosensitive area has been maximized, up to ISO 102,400 is possible. [Photo: Nikon]

Like the Expeed 5 image processor, the autofocus system of the Nikon D850 comes from the Nikon D5. It has 153 measuring fields, 99 of which are designed as cross sensors. The sensors are light-sensitive up to -3 EV, the middle cross sensor even up to -4 EV. The exposure measurement system was also brought up to the latest state of the art with the 180,000 pixel RGB sensor. At up to -3 EV, which corresponds to moonlight illumination, the light meter still works reliably. Thanks to its high resolution, it supports autofocus when tracking subjects. The useful light-accentuated measurement is also part of the game, preventing, for example, bright spotlights on a dark stage from leading to overexposure. A new feature is the focus bracketing function, which allows the images to be used afterwards, for example on the PC for focus stacking.

The keys on the left of the Nikon D850 display and the keys on the left of the top are now illuminated. [Photo: Nikon]

The video function of the Nikon D850 achieves 4K resolution (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) at up to 30 frames per second. The full-format sensor is used in full image width, so there is no more crop. Microphone and headphone connections are also available, as is an integrated stereo microphone. The interval recording function also allows 4K videos. 8K videos, on the other hand, can only be composed from the interval recording photos using external software; the necessary resolution is available for this purpose. Also new and long awaited is the Focus Peaking function, which supports manual focusing across the screen; a Zebra function is also no longer missing. In Full HD resolution, smooth 60 frames per second are possible, 120 frames per second in HD allow slow motion recording.

With the tiltable touch screen and an ultra-fine resolution of 2.36 million pixels, Nikon is up to date with the D850. [Photo: Nikon]

The housing of the Nikon D850 is made of a robust magnesium alloy and is protected against dust and water splashes. The camera weighs just over a kilogram and is ready for operation – without a lens, of course. The integrated flash, on the other hand, has been omitted. But the pentaprism viewfinder now offers 0.75x magnification – more than any full-format DSLR from Nikon before. The image field coverage remains at 100 percent. The mechanical shutter enables short exposure times of up to 1/8,000 second and is designed for 200,000 releases. The rear screen continues to measure eight centimeters diagonally, but now has an incredibly fine resolution of 2.36 million pixels. The screen can not only be folded up and down, it is also a touch screen. When using the Live View, a completely silent release with electronic shutter is possible. The buttons to the left of the screen and on the top are now illuminated.

With the optional MB-D18 battery handle and an EN-EL18 rechargeable battery, the Nikon D850 allows nine continuous shots per second with a mechanical shutter. [Photo: Nikon]

Nikon did without Snapbridge on the D5, on the D850 it is now installed. Thanks to Bluetooth, a permanent connection to the smartphone can be maintained to receive GPS data in the background and transfer photos with a resolution of two megapixels to the smartphone in an energy-saving manner. Higher-resolution photos can be transmitted via WLAN if required. If you want to use the WLAN independently, however, you will have to use the optional WLAN adapter WT-7a. The Nikon D850’s memory card slot accepts both XQD and SDHC or SDXC memory cards, supporting the fast UHS II standard. This allows the fastest memory cards of two standards to be used.

The screen of the Nikon D850 is a tilting touchscreen that offers a very high resolution and brightness.

The nearly 3,800 expensive D850 is Nikon’s new resolution flagship.

Ergonomics and workmanship

The Nikon D850 is designed to master the balancing act between studio and outdoor action photography. For this it comes in a splash-proof and dust-proof housing whose upper, rear and underside are made of a magnesium alloy, while the front and the handle are made of a plastic shell. In contrast to the D5, the D850 comes in a compact housing without a fixed vertical handle, yet it weighs almost one kilogram ready for operation without a lens. The handle is lavishly shaped and offers even large hands sufficient space including sufficient deep penetration between the grip bead and the lens bayonet. A generous rubber leather lining and the contoured thumb recess, also with grained rubber inlay, contribute to the secure grip of the camera.

The operating concept corresponds to that of Nikon’s professional camera series. For example, there is a mode button instead of a program selector wheel, and the many buttons and controls allow the setting of almost all shooting relevant functions without going into the menu. However, one has to know one or the other key combination, for example, in order to carry out a manual white balance measurement. In any case, the operating concept is not self-explanatory in all respects, so that one has to familiarize oneself with it if one is not yet familiar with it. In addition to the many direct selection keys, there are also two programmable Fn keys, one in the handle recess and one on the back of the housing.

A display on the top shows the most important recording parameters, so you don’t have to look into the viewfinder or activate the rear screen. The display can be illuminated on request, which also applies to the buttons on the left of the viewfinder and display. This helps a little in the dark, but the key illumination was not consistently implemented, since the other keys remain in the dark. One highlight of the D850 is certainly its large pentaprism viewfinder, which is 0.75 times larger than any Nikon DSLR before, with a magnification of 0.75 times; the D5, for example, magnifies “only” 0.72 times. Of course, 100 percent of the image field is covered, the focusing screens can be changed and, in addition to status displays, the autofocus points and grid lines are displayed. Glass wearers, on the other hand, can’t quite see the viewfinder, the corners are shadowed. After all, there is a dioptric correction, which can be used to remedy a vision defect that is not too severe.

An illuminated LC display on the top of the Nikon D850 provides information about the set recording parameters. The buttons on the left of the viewfinder are also illuminated.

The case of the Nikon D850 is mostly made of metal, but partly also of robust plastic.

The rear screen is another highlight and a premiere in two respects. It is an eight-centimetre diagonal LCD with an ultra-fine resolution of 2.36 million pixels. The brightness can be increased up to 930 cd/m², which is sufficient for use in bright sunlight. In addition, the monitor can be folded 130 degrees upwards and 80 degrees downwards, whereby the mechanism is very robust thanks to the generous use of metal. Ground level or overhead shots are no longer a problem, especially since the Live View autofocus has become much faster. Although it still tends to pump lightly in isolated cases, it often finds its target within half a second. In viewfinder mode, the D850 is of course significantly faster and focuses in well under 0.2 seconds. However, not only the folding mechanism is modern, but also the touch-sensitive surface. If you want, you can wipe through the pictures during playback, play videos with a fingertip or even operate the entire menu via touchscreen. But all this is not a must, because a pure key operation is also possible. What the screen can’t handle is an autofocus point shift in viewfinder mode, which is the sole responsibility of the focus joystick. Nikon adheres to the classic operating concept and complements it with modern elements.

The left side of the housing is covered with interfaces, which continues around the camera all the way to the front. In addition to the studio flash connection and the multifunction socket for accessories such as Bluetooth and WLAN adapters, there is also a 3.5 mm jack connection for headphones and a microphone, a USB 3.0 socket and an HDMI mini connection. Even a cable break protection can be screwed on here, it is included in the scope of delivery. The built-in WLAN and Bluetooth are also easily recognizable by the symbols, but their functionality is limited to the less professional Snapbridge, which is more consumer-oriented. A TTL flash shoe sits on the viewfinder hump, but unlike its predecessor it no longer accommodates a pop-up flash.

The double memory card compartment is located on the handle side. Not only does it accommodate an exotic XQD memory card, but also an SD card. The slot is compatible with SDHC, SDXC, UHS I and UHS II. With a writing speed of over 160 megabytes per second, you can even do without the less common XQD cards. The battery used is the EN-EL15a, which helps the D850 to achieve a lavish 1,800 CIPA-standard shots. Such a DSLR is quite energy-saving, as long as you don’t use the Live-View. In addition, the lack of flash saves electricity, which would otherwise have had to be ignited every second shot in the test procedure. With the help of the optional MB-D18 battery handle, which costs approx. 440 euros, not only can the ergonomics of the camera in portrait format be significantly improved, but the battery life can also be increased. The battery remains in the camera, while a second place is found in the handle. Alternatively, eight AA round cells can be used for power supply via the supplied cage. Those who dig deep into their pockets (or own a Nikon D5) can purchase the larger EN-EL18b battery for 200 Euros including the BL-5 battery compartment cover for 40 Euros, matching the MB-D18, as well as the associated MH-26aAK charger for approx. 450 Euros, thus not only significantly increasing the battery life of the camera, but also its series picture performance to nine frames per second.

Equipment

As a professional DSLR, it’s not surprising that the Nikon D850 isn’t fully automatic. The camera is not designed for beginners, but for very demanding amateur photographers and of course professionals who earn their money with the photos. But the D850 also works automatically if you know how. In addition to the program automatic, there is also an ISO automatic, which can also be activated in all other recording programs. This even applies to manual exposure, while exposure compensation remains active. The ISO automatic can also be configured to set the maximum sensitivity with and without flash and the longest exposure time. Here, too, there is an automatic function that can be influenced in the direction of shorter and longer exposure times. Of course, there are also automatic functions for white balance and even for an HDR function. Also the Active-D-Lighting for shadow brightening is not missing.

The tripod thread of the Nikon D850 sits properly in the optical axis.

The Nikon D850’s full-frame sensor resolves 46 megapixels and is backlit for better light output.

The D850 shoots up to nine shots at one EV maximum, up to five shots at two EV and three shots at three EV maximum. The minimum exposure distance is 0.3 EV. This allows you to create great recordings for later HDR editing on your computer. An extensively configurable interval recording function is also not missing. The resolution is even enough for an 8K video, which you have to create on your computer. At lower resolutions, a second interval function can be found in the video recording menu, which combines the images directly into a video with a maximum resolution of 4K. Another interesting feature is the focus bracketing function, which facilitates focus stacking. However, the processing must also be carried out here on the computer.

The Nikon D850’s continuous shooting function not only achieves seven frames per second in the data sheet, but also in practice without expensive accessories such as the battery handle including professional battery, adapter and charger. However, when using a fast SD card, we only get 34 JPEG or 25 raw images at this speed, before the speed dropped to four serial images per second with JPEG and 2.8 serial images per second with raw. After 200 shots at the latest, the series ends anyway (this limit can be further reduced in the menu if desired). So the buffer memory is a bit tight in view of the sheer amount of data, on the other hand the write rate even to an SDHC card is very high. However, this must support the UHS II standard and should be over 160 megabytes per second fast, otherwise the camera is slowed down. An exotic XQD card was unfortunately not available for testing. But since the SD card, which should be able to write 299 MB/s fast, has only been used a little more than half of its capacity, the bottleneck doesn’t seem to lie with the memory card speed.

The autofocus of the D850 is now also suitable for sports and action. It is the same autofocus module as the sports camera D5, so there are 153 measuring points available if you use the SLR viewfinder and not the live image. 99 of the sensors are high-quality cross sensors. The autofocus fields cover the middle area of the image very finely staggered, but outside can not be focused. For most motives this should be sufficient. The group control was adopted from the D5, which ensures better tracking of moving motifs. The exposure meter with its 180,000 color-sensitive measuring points contributes to the tracking of the subject. In addition, various modes are available for exposure metering, of which the light-accentuated metering is particularly interesting, as it prevents the lights from burning out in darker environments, such as stage photography.

If the Live View is used, a silent electronic release is even available. When using the viewfinder, however, the camera is louder, and the familiar silent mode can be activated here, which makes the mirror vibrate a little softer and thus quieter. New is the optional electronic first shutter curtain to minimize vibrations, which can cause a slight blur. The live image view is particularly suitable for manual focusing thanks to the magnifying glass function. Finally, it has to be said, Nikon has also arrived at the usefulness of a focus peaking function that the D850 now masters. High-contrast (and thus sharp) image edges are highlighted in colour. The live image also includes a depth-of-field preview. You don’t even have to press a button, because the camera fades out live and amplifies the image accordingly so that it doesn’t appear darker. This works very well in view of the light-sensitive full-format sensor. But there is also a classic dipping button for depth-of-field preview in the SLR viewfinder.

The video function of the Nikon D850 also wants to meet professional demands. Thus, the videographer has the choice whether he wants to record internally in MOV or MP4 format with H.264 compression or rather via HDMI recorder. The video resolution now reaches 3,840×2,160 pixels, i.e. 4K, with up to 30 frames per second, in Full-HD smoother 60 frames per second are possible. Regardless of photo settings, the video mode lets you set picture modes, noise reduction, white balance, and more. A stereo microphone is integrated directly into the housing, but an external microphone can also be connected via the jack socket; as can headphones for sound control. Also a digital image stabilizer is not missing. Automatic focusing during movie recording is not recommended. As a DSLR, the D850 doesn’t really succeed in smooth focusing, even though a fingertip on the screen can be used to refocus during shooting, but this is very ungentle and pumping.

The Nikon D850 is not stingy with interfaces. A USB 3 cable, a mini HDMI cable and a stereo microphone and headphones can each be connected via a 3.5 mm jack socket on the side.

The housing of the Nikon D850 is splash-proof, rubber flaps protect the interfaces against the penetration of moisture.

Although the D850 is a professional camera, image processing functions within the camera are not missing. For professionals, the built-in raw data converter is of course important, with which JPEG images can be created directly in the camera. But JPEG images can also be edited, be it for cropping, resizing or even applying filter effects. Even videos can be edited during playback, but this is limited to selecting the start and end points.

The built-in WLAN including Bluetooth is limited to the Snapbridge function developed for consumers. The constant, energy-saving connection to the smartphone via Bluetooth is also useful for professionals, especially for geotagging, as this saves the need for a GPS as an accessory. The remote control possibilities by app are however strongly limited (only Live-View, focusing and release with and without self-timer can be used), furthermore no raw images can be transferred to the smart device, so they have to be converted into a JPEG with the built-in raw data converter of the camera, which does not happen automatically. If, on the other hand, you buy the WT-7 WLAN adapter, which is quite expensive at just under 1,200 euros and fits the D850 as an original accessory, you have more extensive control options available, including image upload to the network and remote control over 200 meters via a web browser, i.e. also from the smart device. The camera can also be controlled remotely (so-called tethering) without WLAN via USB cable from the computer.

Picture quality

In the test lab the Nikon D850 with the Nikon AF-S 24-70 mm 1:2,8E ED VR had to prove its picture quality. But also with the fixed focal length Nikon AF-S 28 mm 1:1.4E ED we tested it in the lab (the test report of the lens can be found over the links). With this, the maximum resolution was minimal, i.e. about five percent higher, than with the zoom. The entire laboratory test on which the following considerations are based can be viewed via the links below for a small fee. In addition, we offer a laboratory test flat rate that is paid in advance and is not automatically renewed. All of the almost 1,700 laboratory tests that our archive now offers can now be viewed. Even those who would like to reward this free camera test and thus support our editorial work can best do so by purchasing a laboratory test, even if it is not needed in detail.

The 24-70 mm shows a visible edge darkening at all focal lengths with open aperture, but this decreases significantly with the aperture and is practically irrelevant from F5.6. Also eye-catching is the strong distortion of 3.5 percent tonne shape in wide-angle and 1.5 percent cushion shape at medium and long focal lengths, which naturally cannot be reduced by dipping down. In addition, the lens-camera combination fights with color fringes in the form of chromatic aberrations, which are strongest in the wide-angle and smallest in the telescopic position. These are mainly visible towards the edge of the picture or in the corners of the picture. The resolution for all three focal lengths in the center of the image is already very high with an open aperture and scratches at the mark of 80 line pairs per millimeter (lp/mm) with 50 percent edge contrast. The maximum is reached with 82 lp/mm at F5.6 in wide angle, but also up to 80 lp/mm in telescopic position. The edge loss of resolution, however, is very clear with all three focal lengths, interestingly enough even slightly more in the telescopic position with almost 50 percent than in the wide-angle position with up to just over 30 percent. However, since the resolutions come from a very high level, an absolute minimum of 40 lp/mm is already achieved from the open aperture. When stopped down, the edge resolution increases to over 60 lp/mm in wide angle and to over 50 lp/mm in other focal lengths, which in itself are high resolutions.

Despite the high resolution, the image sensor maintains its very good image quality level over a wide sensitivity range. The signal-to-noise ratio is more than 40 dB in the lower sensitivities up to ISO 200, the critical mark of 35 dB is only slightly undershot from ISO 3.200 onwards. The D850 shows practically no color noise at all, while brightness noise from ISO 6.400 is easily visible and increases very strongly above that. At ISO 25.600, it becomes highly visible and, at the highest sensitivity of ISO 102.400, even exceeds our standard scaling. The noise, however, always remains fine-grained.

The display of the finest details is practically unrestrictedly very good up to ISO 3.200, but in addition the detail rate slowly decreases due to the noise reduction. At ISO 50 and 100, Nikon’s input dynamics scratch the mark of eleven f-stops; at up to ISO 6,400, it’s over ten f-stops, which means very high input dynamics over a wide sensitivity range. Above ISO 25.600, however, the input dynamic breaks down very significantly until it finally reaches only a meager seven f-stops at maximum sensitivity.

The tonal value curve is moderately divided for a crisp picture reproduction. Up to ISO 64 almost all of the 256 available brightness values are used, up to ISO 800 the output tonal range remains good with over 192 steps. Above ISO 1.600, however, it becomes a bit lean with less than 160 gradations. By the way, the D850 is reserved when it comes to sharpening. The sharpness artifact rate is less than ten percent. On average, the colour fidelity is good, but some colours show a stronger deviation. Cyan tends towards blue, violet, magenta and red tones show an increased saturation. All in all, however, this provides for subjectively beautiful images with sky blue and bright warm colours. The manual white balance, on the other hand, worked very precisely as desired. The actual color depth is very high. Up to ISO 800, more than four million colour nuances are differentiated, even at ISO 6,400 there are still more than two million.

In comparison with the only direct resolution competition from Sony and Canon, the Nikon D850 does very well. It not only resolves theoretically, but also effectively somewhat higher than the Sony Alpha 7R II, offers a better signal-to-noise ratio at higher ISO sensitivities and shows an equally good detail rate at high sensitivities despite higher resolution. The Nikon D850 can’t quite keep up with the resolution of a Canon EOS 5DS R, but the Canon shows much stronger sharpness artifacts and can’t keep up with the Nikon (or Sony) from ISO 3.200.

Bottom line

If one doesn’t shy away from the high purchase price of the Nikon D850 of almost 3,800 Euros, one gets a fantastic full-frame DSLR with it, which, with the appropriate lens, offers one of the best image quality that one can currently get in 35mm format. In addition, the Nikon, despite the use of a little more plastic, is excellently processed. Admittedly, you have to familiarize yourself with the operation, but if you know your camera, you really can’t complain about the ergonomics. With a foldable monitor, touchscreen and snapbridge, modern technologies are also entering the “camera dinosaur” class, with the D850 behaving anything but clumsy and slow. In view of the resolution she is really fast on her way and her autofocus is even suitable for action motifs. However, it’s not so nice to have to dig deep into your pocket again to use the very high continuous shooting rate or professional WLAN functions. But that hardly diminishes the value of the really outstanding D850.

Fact sheet

Fact sheet
Manufacturer Nikon
Model D850
Sensor CMOS 35mm 36.0 x 24.0 mm (crop factor 1.0
)46.6 Megapixel (physical)
45.7 Megapixel (effective)
Pixel pitch 4.3 µm
Resolution (max.) 8.256 x 5.504 (3:2)
Video (max.) 3.840 x 2.160 30p
Lens Nikon AF-S 24-70 mm 2.8E ED VR (zoom lens)
Reflex viewfinder Prism viewfinder, 100 percent image field coverage, 0.75x magnification (sensor-related), 0.75x magnification (KB equivalent), 17 mm eye distance, diopter correction from -3.0 to 1.0 dpt, replaceable focusing screens
Monitor 3.2″ (8.0 cm)
Disbandment 2.359,000 pixels
tiltable yes
rotatable
swivelling
Touchscreen yes
AV connector HDMI Mini Output (Type C)
Fully automatic yes
Automatic motif control
Program automation yes
Program shift yes
Aperture priority yes
Aperture priority yes
Manual yes
Bulb long time exposure yes
HDR function yes
Panorama function no
Exposure metering Matrix/multi-field measurement (180,000 fields), center-weighted integral measurement, spot measurement
fastest shutter speed 1/8.000 s
Lightning bolt
Synchronous time 1/250 s
Flash connection Hot shoe: Nikon, standard center contact
WLAN yes
NFC
GPS external, permanent smartphone connection|wired or plug-on receiver
Remote release yes, cable release, remote control via Smartphone/Tablet
Interval shooting yes
Storage medium
XQD
Slot 2
SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I, UHS II)
Sensitivity
automatic ISO 64-25.600
manually ISO 32-102.400
White balance
automatic yes
manual measurement yes
Kelvin input yes
Fine correction yes
Autofocus yes
Number of measuring fields 15399
Cross sensors54
Line sensors
Speed Phase Auto Focus: 0.14 s to 0.17 sLive View Auto Focus
: 0.52 s to 0.94 s
AF auxiliary light k. A.
Dimensions (mm) 146 x 127 x 79 mm
Weight (ready for operation) 985 g (housing only
)2.045 g (with lens)
Tripod socket in optical axis
Zoom
Zoom adjustment manual on lens
Battery life 1.840 images (according to CIPA standard)
– = “not applicable” or “not available”

Short evaluation

Pros

  • Very high image quality up to ISO 3,200
  • Ergonomic, robust housing
  • Fast autofocus and high continuous shooting rate
  • Bright, high-resolution, tiltable touch screen

Cons

  • Key illumination not consistently implemented
  • Highest serial frame rate only with expensive accessories
  • Built-in WLAN functions for a professional device arg limited
  • Viewfinder with glasses not completely manageable

Nikon D850 Datasheet

Electronics

Sensor CMOS sensor 35mm 36.0 x 24.0 mm (crop factor 1.0
)46.6 megapixels (physical) and 45.7 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 4.3 µm
Photo resolution
8.256 x 5.504 pixels (3:2)
6.192 x 4.128 pixels (3:2)
4.128 x 2.752 pixels (3:2)
Picture formats JPG, RAW, TIF
Colour depth 24 bits (8 bits per color channel), 36 bits (12 bits per color channel), 42 bits (14 bits per color channel)
Metadata Exif (version 2.31), DCF standard (version 2.0), IPTC
Video resolution
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 30 p
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 25 p
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 24 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 120 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 100 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 60 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 50 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 30 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 25 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 24 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 60 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 50 p
Video format
MP4 (Codec H.264)
MOV (Codec H.264)

Lens

Lens mount
Nikon F

Focusing

Autofocus mode Phase comparison autofocus with 153 sensors, 99 cross sensors and 54 line sensors, autofocus working range from -4 EV to 20 EV, contrast autofocus
Autofocus Functions Single Auto Focus, Continuous Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus, Manual, AFL Function, Focus Peaking, Focus Magnifier
Focus control Depth of field control, dimming button, Live View

Viewfinder and Monitor

Reflex viewfinder SLR (prism viewfinder) (100 % image coverage), 17 mm eye relief with 0.75x magnification (0.8x KB equivalent), dioptre compensation (-3.0 to +1.0 dpt), replaceable focusing screens, grating can be faded in
Monitor 3.2″ (8.0 cm) TFT LCD monitor with 2,359,000 pixels, anti-glare, brightness adjustable, color adjustable, tiltable 130° up and 80° down, with touch screen
Info display additional info display (top) with illumination

Exposure

Exposure metering Center-weighted integral measurement, matrix/multi-field measurement over 180,000 fields, spot measurement (measurement over 2% of the image field), AF-AE coupling
Exposure times 1/8,000 to 30 s (Auto
)1/8,000 to 30 s (Manual)
1/8,000 to 30 s (Electronic Shutter)
Bulb Function
Exposure control Fully Automatic, Program Automatic (with Program Shift), Aperture Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual
Bracketing function Bracket function with maximum 9 shots, step size from 1/3 to 3 EV, HDR function
Exposure compensation -5.0 to +5.0 EV with step size from 1/3 to 1/1 EV
Sensitivity to light ISO 64 to ISO 25.600 (automatic
)ISO 32 to ISO 102.400 (manual)
Remote access Remote release, cable release, remote control via smartphone/tablet
, remote control from computer: certain functions
Motives 0 further motif programmes
Picture effects brilliant, landscape, monochrome, neutral, portrait, 3 more image effects
White balance Auto, Cloudy, Sun, White balance bracket, Fine-tune, Shadow, Flash, Fluorescent lamp with 7 presets, Incandescent light, from 2,500 to 10,000 K, Manual 6 memory locations
Color space Adobe RGB, sRGB
Continuous shooting Continuous shooting function max. 7.0 frames/s at highest resolution and max. 34 stored photos, 9 frames/s with battery EN-EL18b in multifunction lever MB-D18
Self-timer Self-timer at intervals of 2 s, special features: or 5, 10 or 20 s (optional)
Timer Timer/interval recording with max. 9,999 recordings, start time adjustable
Shooting functions Mirror lock-up, AEL function, AFL function, live histogram

Flashgun

Lightning bolt no built-in flash availableFlash shoe
: Nikon, standard centre contactFlash connection socket
: F-plugFlash readiness indicator
Flash range Flash sync time 1/250 s
Flash functions Fill-in flash, Flash on, Flash off, High speed sync, Slow sync, Flash on second shutter curtain, Red-eye reduction, Flash exposure compensation from -3.0 EV to +1.0 EV

Equipment

Image stabilizer no optical image stabilizer
Memory
XQD
second memory card slot
SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I, UHS II)
GPS function GPS external (permanent smartphone connection|wired or plug-on receiver)
Microphone Stereo
Power supply Power supply connection
Power supply 1 x Nikon EN-EL15a1
.840 images according to CIPA standard
Playback Functions Red eye retouching, video editing, image cropping, image rotation, image protection, highlight / shadow warning, playback histogram, playback magnifier, image index, image reduction
Face recognition Face recognition
Picture parameters Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Noise Reduction
Special functions Electronic spirit level, Grid can be displayed, Zebra function, Orientation sensor, Live View, User profiles with 4 user profiles
Ports Data interfaces: Bluetooth, USBUSB type
:USB 3.0 SuperSpeedWLAN
: available (type: B, G)
AV connectors AV output: HDMI output Mini (Type C
)Audio input: yes (3.5 mm jack (stereo with power supply))
Audio output: yes (3.5 mm jack (stereo, 3-pole))
Supported direct printing methods DPOF, PictBridge
Tripod socket 1/4″ in optical axis
Case Splash guard
Features and Miscellaneous M-RAW (25.6 megapixels) and S-RAW (11.4 megapixels
)Integrated sensor cleaning systemD-Lighting
for artificial brightening of dark image areasEXPEED-5 image processorAF camera recognitionQuiettrigger mode for single and continuous shooting (3 fps)

Size and weight

Dimensions W x H x D 146 x 127 x 79 mm
Weight 985 g (ready for operation)

Other

included accessories Nikon BF-1B (Case Cover
)Nikon BS-1 (Hot Shoe Cover)
Nikon DK-17 (Eyepiece Protective Glass)
Nikon EN-EL15a Special BatteryNikon
MH-25a Charger for Special BatteriesNikon
UC-E22 USB CableRelay StrapImage Editing Software
optional accessory Nikon EH-5B Power SupplyNikon
EH-5c Power SupplyNikon
EP-5B Battery Compartment Adapter CableNikon
MB-D18 Battery HandleNikon
ME-1 (Microphone)
Nikon WT-7a (WiFi Adapter)

Firmware updates 1.10 for the Nikon D850, D7500 and D5600: Snapbridge now without Bluetooth

Nikon provides a new firmware version 1.10 for each of its three DSLRs D850, D7500 and D5600. In addition to camera-specific troubleshooting, the new firmware ensures that the cameras can also connect directly to smartphones running the Snapbridge app via WLAN. Bluetooth is no longer required.

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Peter Dench
I am Peter Dench. Digital Photographer, born in London 1972, currently living in Deerfield, near Chicago. I have numerous photography expositions and also working in model photography. In this website, PhotoPoint, I usually review cameras provided by local dealers in Illinois and by the manufacturers. Sometimes I, Peter Dench, review lenses too, but only when I have a suitable camera for them. Please let me know in the comments if I can improve any of these articles.

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