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Nikon D850 (no lens included)

45.7-megapixel full-frame sensor DSLR camera with Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth®

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Our take on the Nikon D850 (no lens included)

One of the most anticipated camera releases of 2017, the Nikon D850 made a huge splash when it became available. Plenty of reviews tout it as the best Nikon DSLR ever made, and it's easy to see why. This powerful full-frame camera blends speed and performance with advanced movie features, and is ready to take on whatever you want to throw at it.

Best Nikon DSLR ever made?

One of the most anticipated camera releases of 2017, the Nikon D850 made a huge splash when it became available. Plenty of reviews tout it as the best Nikon DSLR ever made, and it's easy to see why. This powerful full-frame camera blends speed and performance with advanced movie features, and is ready to take on whatever you want to throw at it.

Exceptional performance and speed

The combined power of the D850's 45.7-megapixel backside-illuminated full-frame sensor — Nikon's first ever — and EXPEED 5 image processor results in high-quality images with reduced noise and faithful color rendering. With its substantial autofocus and processing power, the D850 can capture up to 200 images (RAW or JPEG) in a single burst, at a rate of seven frames per second.

A dedicated processor for fast, accurate autofocus

The D850 uses the same advanced autofocus system as the flagship D5. A second processor makes this Nikon's fastest and most accurate autofocus system yet. This next-generation AF system operates in near-darkness (-4 EV).

Selectable autofocus modes for pinpoint accuracy

An impressive 153 autofocus points (with 55 selectable points) let you stay locked on target, even when your subject is on the move. Group-Area autofocus mode recognizes small groups of AF points as a single point, for enhanced tracking of smaller details like facial expressions. 3D Focus Tracking ensures accurate focusing no matter the subject's location on the image plane.

4K movies bring your vision to life in stunning Ultra High Definition

The D850 records 4K movies at rates of up to 30 frames per second, using the full width and resolution of the camera's sensor. The large sensor allows for shooting with no crop factor using any full-frame Nikkor lens, and output is clean even at higher ISOs.

You can also create in-camera 4K time-lapse movies from consecutive still shots. Use Silent Live View Mode to bypass the mechanical shutter and mirror movement and you'll conserve battery life and save thousands of shutter cycles, extending the life of your camera. Exposure Smoothing helps to keep your exposures consistent for smoother transitions between frames.

Pro-level movie features

The D850 is a serious multimedia machine with features to make videographers take notice. Nikon's Flat Picture Control lets you shoot with post-processing in mind, while Zebra Stripes help you monitor the brightness of a given scene. You can also record simultaneously to the camera's memory cards and to an external recorder via the camera's HDMI output.

Built-in Electronic Vibration Reduction makes it easier to avoid camera shake, even when recording on foot. The D850's power aperture function gives you smooth exposure transitions when moving from bright to dark areas, and Auto ISO in manual exposure mode works to maintain consistent brightness in changing light. Whether you use the D850's built-in stereo mic or connect an optional external microphone, audio levels can be adjusted in 20 increments. You can also adjust volume when monitoring audio recording through the camera's headphone jack.

Product Highlights:

  • 45.7-megapixel effective recording
  • full-frame Nikon FX-format CMOS image sensor (23.9 x 35.9 mm)
    • backside-illuminated sensor designed without an optical low-pass filter, for maximum detail in your photos
  • Nikon EXPEED 5 image processor optimized for high data-rate images, longer battery life, and 4K Ultra HD video
  • built-in Wi-Fi allows easy file sharing and remote control from smart devices
  • Nikon SnapBridge technology with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) for wireless image transfer to compatible mobile devices
    • requires free SnapBridge app
  • 3.2" high-resolution (2,359,000 dot) tilting LCD touchscreen with brightness adjustment and 170-degree viewing angle
  • bright, eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder with built-in diopter adjustment
  • Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module with dedicated processor has 153 focus points and 99 cross-type sensors
    • all 153 focus points are compatible with AF Nikkor lenses f/5.6 or faster
    • 15 central focus points (9 selectable) work with effective aperture of f/8
  • 5 autofocus area modes for different subjects and conditions
    • 3D Focus Tracking for accurate, high-speed focusing
    • Group-area autofocus mode links 5 autofocus sensors together as a single focus point for better tracking of small, fast-moving subjects
  • two live view shooting modes: Photography Live View and Movie Live View add use-specific flexibility
  • Virtual Horizon indicator for composing level photos, no matter the camera's orientation
  • Active D-Lighting (with auto setting mode) and D-Lighting bracketing for better shadow and highlight detail in high-contrast shooting conditions
  • Interval Timer mode lets you create smooth time lapse movies in over 8K resolution (up to 9,999 frames)
  • compatible with Nikon's radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting System
    • requires SB-5000 Speedlight, WR-A10 Wireless Remote Adapter, and WR-R10 Wireless Remote Controller (sold separately)
Compatible Lenses:
  • compatible with most Nikon lenses
  • DX Series lenses compatible at reduced image sizes (DX format - see below)
Exposure Modes and Controls
  • shutter speed range: 1/8000 to 30 seconds, bulb, time
  • flash sync: up to 1/250 seconds
  • continuous high-speed shooting up to 7 frames per second
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent): 64-25,600
File Formats and Storage:
  • records images as NEF (RAW) (12-bit or 14-bit uncompressed, lossless compressed, or compressed, large, medium, or small), TIFF (RGB), or JPEG (fine, normal, or basic compression)
  • maximum image size in FX format (pixels): 8,256 x 5,504
  • maximum image size in DX format (pixels): 5,408 x 3,040
  • dual media slots accept XQD memory cards — and SDHC and SDXC UHS-I compliant memory cards no memory included
Video Formats:
  • 4K UHD (30, 25, 24 frames per second)
  • Full HD 1080p (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 frames per second)
  • HD 720p (60, 50, frames per second)
Connections and Dimensions:
  • HDMI output (Type C mini connector)
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface
  • 3.5mm headphone and stereo microphone jack
  • 10-pin remote terminal
  • 5-7/8"W x 4-15/16"H x 3-1/8"D
  • weight (without battery and media): 32.3 oz.
Supplied Accessories:

Bar none, this is the best dslr available today, unless you want to spring for a D5. Nikon is really on a roll the last several years.

Craig, Moab, UT


Nikon D850 (no lens included) Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(12 Reviews)


Douglas from Briarwood, NY on 12/26/2018

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The fiver matches DPReview's Gold Award for the best DSLR money can buy...and this is not even Nikon's flagship model. On my lowly Nikon 50mm f1.8 AF it proves to be the sharpest lens in my inventory, easily beats out the 105mm Micro -Nikkor VR which I rented to test because I already have a 55 Micro-Nikkor and the legendary 105mm f2.8 Manual lens, not sure I need another macro or a duplicate portrait lens. I do a lot of copy-work and corner-corner sharpness is a requirement. I find the 50mm and the 85mm to be perfect for this camera. The 105mm rental was disappointing at the corners. Glad I di'nt buy it.


Cons: A bit heavy

Amazing results!

John from New York Mills, NY on 12/10/2018

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This is quite the upgrade from my D90! Paired with a 50mm f/1.4 produces amazing full frame results that you can't duplicate with Nikon's DX format cameras. I really appreciate the attention to detail. Nikon has provided simple, dedicated access the commonly changed functions such as AF , WB, mode, and ISO. Highly recommended.

Pros: Amazing flexibility and low light handling

Cons: Takes a while to really understand all of the options available to you

Great camera

Craig from Moab, UT on 12/1/2018

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Bar none, this is the best dslr available today, unless you want to spring for a D5. Nikon is really on a roll the last several years.



45 megs is nice, but isn' everything

Rob from Barrington, Rhode Island on 10/28/2018

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Holy 45 megapixel camera Batman! Nice camera. The images are richer and blow up sharper than my other Nikons. I have had issues with the auto focus locking onto moving targets. It is slow to focus. I have also had issues with the white balance and the exposure metering. I have had similar issues with other Nikon cameras. I have also noticed the dials are looser on this camera and spin more easily. Hope it holds up to wear and tear.

Pros: 45 megs

Cons: Issues with slow a.f ., white balance, and metering.

Nikon D850 (no lens included)

Crutchfield customer from Jacksonville, FL on 3/13/2018

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Awesome camera! Took it out and started shooting photos the day I received it.



What an incredible beast of a camera!

Rich from Crawfordville, FL on 2/1/2018

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What an awesome beast of a camera! I've barely scratched the surface of all the options and bells and whistles this thing offers. And with every new thing I discover, it's yet another "WOW!" moment. Been a long, long time since I've bought a new camera body, but although expensive, it is definitely worth the money. Only downside is that now I will no longer be able to blame poor shots on the camera I am using. :( Oh yeah, all my old Nikkor AF lenses still work on this camera body, but dang those spiffy new VR lenses sure do look nice. I can't see much sense in them for anything but the longer lenses, however, where the shake from my aging hands and arms is going to be needing some technological help keeping the image stable. Anyway, all in all, this Nikon D850 is definitely a keeper.

Pros: Does everything but wash dishes after dinner.

Cons: Cost is always a concern. But I don't expect to see this guy on sale any time soon. Maybe not ever. It's probably going to be in demand outstripping supply for a long time.

awsome! Even with DX format on Medium resolution

Pangtjuhok from Pacific Plsds, CA on 1/23/2018

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Pictures are sharp and color is very good, LCD display color is so good, exposures are better than D810. It is a lot of improvements from D810. I have D800E and D810. I really like to compare with Sony alpha 9, the report said Sony is the best camera so far. But I am a Nikon guy. I hope one day Nikon will intoduce video viewfinder like Sony so we can have correct exposures from what we see on the viewfinder is what we get.

Pros: The best Nikon I have ever had

Cons: Heavy but price is right

The one

Spike from Fort Lauderdale, FL on 12/29/2017

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Upgrading from the D750 this camera continues to amaze me. The AF system and sensor are made of magic and part unicorn dust (the exact ratio is Nikon's trade secret). I picked up the camera on my way down to Patagonia for a trekking holiday and it has taken all the abuse of being rained on and hussled in and out of a backpack multiple times a day like a champ. If you are worried about no flash, don't, the camera is better without it and you will be a better photographer for it. Truth is if you need a flash for your work flow, you should be using an external flash and not a pop up flash.



Outstanding! No other words needed

Thomas from Annapolis, MD on 12/12/2017

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As the next step up in the 800 series body, Nikon has hit a home run! The first body to get perfect ratings from several photography sites, this really exceeds most Pro/am photographers expectations. There is no reason to make the jump to the D5 for twice the price of this perfect (camera) body. Make sure you check out which lenses do and more importantly, do not work here. In many cases, a good reason to update or add to your lens collection.

Pros: Nikon branded quallity I pursuit of pure perfection. Perfect match to the Nikon lens line!

Cons: None,..maybe a little heavy...


Karl from Palm Coast, FL on 12/10/2017

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Love it! I have been buying Nikon cameras for 40 years and this is the best Nikon camera I have ever owned. It has spectacular performance, outstanding shadow detail, great color accuracy, fast auto focus, fast shutter speed and easier to hold with the deeper grip. Once you hold and shoot with this camera you won't want to part with it. This is my second camera purchase from Crutchfield and I highly recommend them. There customer service is outstanding.



Not for Everyone!

Anthony from Riverside, CA on 12/10/2017

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Wonderful ergonomics, Vast array of detailed settings, Images are stunning. Only caveat, even with the most skilled hands your pictures will display blur from hand held shots to various degrees. You must have Good Glass with Image Stabilization to really acquire clear images. It's not the camera's fault, it's just human error. Your flaws as a photographer will be magnified in your photos due to the Hugh sensor size and its ability to capture detail. Professional photographers with highly skilled hands will probably benefit the most from this beast. If you're truly patient and willing to invest the time, this camera will only make you a better photographer. If you're just looking for a FF point and shoot buy a body with a smaller sensor. It will save you hours of frustration. I love this camera buts it's not for everyone!

Pros: Wonderful ergonomics, Vast array of detailed settings, Images are stunning. DoF is phenomenal.

Cons: Will require Good Glass with Image Stabilization which will cost $$$$ if just starting out, Features are endless and will take hours of research for novice photographers to master settings.

Nikon D850 (no lens included)

Timothy from Mechanicsvlle, VA on 11/21/2017

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I'm strictly an amateur photographer, and I've been with Nikon since my very first digital CoolPix in 1998. This D850 is my 5th DSLR from Nikon, and I've invested in some good lenses.




Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 3.2"
Adjustable-angle LCD No
Wi-Fi Built-in
GPS-enabled ---
Lens 35mm Equivalent N/A
Optical Zoom N/A
Digital Zoom N/A
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash No
HDMI Output Mini
Internal Memory None
Memory Media CompactFlash Type I
Sensor Size Full-frame
Megapixels 45.7
Image Stabilization With optional lens
Highest Resolution 8256 x 5504
4K Video Yes
Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Width (inches) 5-13/16
Height (inches) 4-15/16
Depth (inches) 3-1/8
Weight With Battery (ounces) 32.3
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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Superior camera technology with wifi capability, full frame sensor and 47MB image sensor. Rated #1 camera for entry level pro series photography. Really looking forward shooting with it. [ David  Dec 17, 2018 ]
For outstanding landscapes. [ Roger  Nov 09, 2018 ]