Nikon has been quiet for some time regarding the production of any new launches. Today, the company has surprised fans with the launch of its most powerful full-frame camera, that packs enough power to cause quite a dent in any photography enthusiast’s wallet.
The Nikon D850 will be part of the company’s premium line-up and hopes to boost the high-end range by leaps, considering that it comes with the first-ever, back-side illuminated (BSI) full-frame CMOS sensor featured a Nikon DSLR. The sensor is supported by Nikon’s own EXPEED 5 image processing engine for crisp image production and accurate colour rendering. The sensor offers 45.7 megapixels of resolution for shooting stills and can also record up to 4K UHD video as well, along with an ISO range that goes from 64-25600 and expandable up to 32-102400.
Not as great of an offering from Nikon as the D5 may be, but it will be the most accessible to pro-level and semi-pro photographers, since it offers a more well-rounded package compared to the D5. The D850 may well dethrone the D5 from here on out, since the camera will not be including a low pass filter, it will be able to add more detail to the finished images. This also makes the camera good for virtually any shooting scenario, and not just for studios or photoshoots, making it one of the most versatile cameras on the market right now. With video that can shoot 4K at 30 or 24 fps and 1080p video at 120 fps, for the producers, the device can also record uncompressed 4:2:2 8-bit 4K UHD video to an external recorder through HDMI, while at the same time recording to a local hard drive. Even more impressive is the 8K time lapse mode that is barely found in most high-end DSLR’s these days.
The camera has the same 153-point AF system as the D5 along with 99 cross-type AF points for more precise focus. This means that it can also focus in areas that are darker than moonlight. Even despite the large quality of images that it can generate, the camera is capable of shooting 7 fps in burst mode. That number can go up, should users invest in the optional MB-D18 battery pack, all the way up to 9 fps.
The camera’s body is quite rugged as well, that features weather and dust sealing, with the inside of the body being made of magnesium alloy. Nikon have not cut any corners with shutter performance as well, offering a new shutter counter-balance that will travel upwards during shutter release to reduce the vibration caused because of the shutter’s downward motion. All of these features and much more will be available starting September 7 in all stores with at a cost of $3,299 for the camera body only.