Nikon Announced D850 Higher Resolution Higher Speed for Photo and Video

Posted by Tom on 8/28/2017 to NEWS / PRODUCT UPDATES

Nikon D850 finally a 35mm camera that can compete head to head with Medium Format cameras.  This sure will be a huge release for fellow Nikonians and ProMediaGear will be there to support them. 

We’re already preordered this beast at B&H and are awaiting impatiently till the day it reaches our door step.   It’s been a while since we were so excited about a new camera.  It looks like Nikon really wanted to release something special for their anniversary.

The new Nikon's BSI CMOS Back Side Illumination CMOS sensor is capable of recording as many as 45.7 million pixels. This is a significant leap over the previous generation digital SLRs. The previous generation Nikon D810 was able to record "only" 36.2 million pixels.

The impressive resolution of the new SLR camera is accompanied by even more impressive image processing performance in this model. The Nikon D850 is able to register up to 7 images per second in full resolution in RAW format. With an optional grip of up to 9 photos per second. The fast Expeed 5 and the internal memory buffer of the camera allow one-time continuous recording of up to 51 14-bit RAW images in full 45.7-megapixel resolution.

The ISO sensitivity range on this camera is from iso 32-102400. The Nikon D850 uses the fast 153-dot autofocus borrowed from the bigger brother Nikon D5. In video mode, the camera records full sensor width 16: 9 image and Ultra HD 4k (3840 x 2160) images at up to 30 frames per second. Full HD video (1080p) can be recorded at up to 120 frames per second.  Sadly it doesn’t oversample from 45 megapixels.  I guess a limitation on processing power.

Recorded photos and videos can be saved on XQD or SDHC II cards. However, in the case of video, there is some restriction. Uncompressed video in 8 bit mode 4: 2: 2 (highest available) can only be recorded on an external recorder connected via the HDMI jack. This is another similarity between the Nikon product and the Sony cameras (A74 II and A99 II).

The standard battery is designed to provide enough power to produce 1840 images or 70-minute video. At night illuminated keys will be a welcome addition, wireless communication WiFi and Bluetooth should connect easily with your smart phone.  Suggested retail price in USA is about $3300.

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