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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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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:

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.

Timothy, Mechanicsvlle, VA


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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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For outstanding landscapes. [ Roger  Nov 09, 2018 ]