Rumours can rest for now, since Nikon has officially announced the new flagship DSLR, D850 in international markets, a month after nikonrumors.com first fixed a name to the imminent D810 replacement.
The camera sports a 45.7-megapixel FX format CMOS backlit sensor employing gapless on-chip microlens technology. This is expected to deliver a wide dynamic range and mop up fine details to deliver excellent sharpness. The body is without an optical low-pass filter for better resolving power. The D850 offers 7 fps continuous shooting, which can go up to 9 fps when combined with an optional MB-D18 multi power battery pack. The device lets you record full-size movies in 4K and also made time-lapse of 4K accelerated movies directly on camera.
RAW images can be captured in large, medium or small size. The camera includes a Silent Photography mode, AF Pinpoint mode for accurate focus, on-camera focus-stacking which lets you shoot a series of shots with the focus plane changed automatically.
The D850 uses an EXPEED 5 image processor and provides a sensitivity range of ISO 64-25.600, expandable from 32 to 102,400 (equivalent). The full ISO range is also available for 4K video shooting. It features the same 153-point autofocus system of the Nikon D5 with sensitivity up to -4EV at the centre point (ISO 100, 20 ° C). The camera features Radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting with an SB-5000 speedlightand WR-A10 and WR-R10 wireless transmitter/receiver combination. It also has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity options. The D850’s buttons can be lit up via a dial. The LCD is a 3.2-inch tilting type Touchscreen with 2359-dot high resolution.
The Nikon D850 is weather-sealed and incorporates dual slots for an SD UHS-II and an XQD memory card. The camera body will be available for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $3,299.95 (approximately Rs.211,000), and will be available in September 2017. For details, visit Nikon website.
B&H starts pre-booking for D850 in U.S.
If you are keen on getting your hands on the D850 before it launches in India, here is your chance. B&H photovideo has started pre-booking for the D850 in the U.S. Looks like a jackpot if you are currently in the U.S.
Sensor: FX format (35.9 mm x 23.9 mm) CMOS
Effective pixels: 45.7 million
Dust-reduction system: Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (Capture NX-D software required)
Max. Image size (pixels): (L) 8256 x 5504, (M) 6192 x 4128, (S) 4128 x 2752
File format NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit (lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed); large, medium, and small available (medium and small images are recorded at a bit depth of 12 bits using lossless compression) TIFF (RGB) JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression; optimal quality compression available NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control system: Auto, Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat ; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
Media: XQD, SD, SDHC (UHS-II compliant), SDXC (UHS-II compliant)
Card slot: 1 XQD card and 1 Secure Digital (SD) card Either card can be used for primary or backup storage or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; pictures can be copied between cards.
Viewfinder: Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
Focusing screen: Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)
Compatible lenses: Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G, E, and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC lenses), and DX lenses (using DX 24 x 16 image area), AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only). IX NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses cannot be used. The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supports 15 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster, of which 9 points are available for selection).
Shutter Type: Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic front-curtain shutter available in quiet shutter-release, quiet continuous shutter-release, and mirror up release modes
Shutter Speed: 1/8000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV, bulb, time, X250
Flash sync speed: X= 1/250 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/250 s or slower; Auto FP High-Speed sync supported
Drive Modes: S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), QC (quiet continuous shutter-release), Self-timer, MUP (mirror up)
Frame advance rate: Up to 9 fps with an EN-EL18b battery inserted in an MB-D18 battery pack CL: 1 to 8 fps CH: 9 fps
Self-timer: 2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s
Metering system: TTL exposure metering using RGB sensor with approximately 180K (180,000) pixels
Metering modes: Matrix: 3D color matrix metering III (type G, E, and D lenses); color matrix metering III (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame. Diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15, or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circle) Spot: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used) Highlight-weighted: Available with type G, E, and D lenses
Metering Range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F): Matrix or center-weighted metering: –3 to +20 EV Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV Highlight-weighted metering: 0 to 20 EV
Shooting Modes: Programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)
Exposure compensation: –5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV
ISO sensitivity: ISO 64 to 25600 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 32 equivalent) below ISO 64 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 102400 equivalent) above ISO 25600; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-Lighting: Can be selected from Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off
Autofocus system: Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, and 153 focus points (including 99 cross-type sensors and 15 sensors that support f/8), of which 55 (35 cross-type sensors and 9 f/8 sensors) are available for selection
Lens servo: Single-servo AF (AF-S), Continuous-servo AF (AF-C) ; predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus point: 153 focus points, of which 55 or 15 are available for selection
AF-area mode: Single-point AF, 9-, 25-, 72-, or 153- point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, group-area AF, auto-area AF
Flash Control: TTL: i-TTL flash control using RGB sensor with approximately 180K (180,000) pixels; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL fill-flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash Modes: Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off
Flash compensation: –3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV
Accessory shoe: ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS): i-TTL flash control, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, Color Information Communication, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, AF-assist for multi-area AF, unified flash control
White Balance: Auto (3 types), natural light auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view), choose color temperature (2500 K to 10,000 K), all with fine-tuning.
Bracketing types: Exposure, Flash, White balance, ADL
AF-area mode: Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF, pinpoint AF, Subject-tracking AF
Autofocus: Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Metering mode: Matrix, center-weighted, or highlight-weighted
Frame size (pixels): and frame rate 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD); 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p 1920 x 1080; 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p 1280 x 720; 60p, 50p 1920 x 1080 (slow-mo); 30p x4, 25p x4, 24p x5 Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; quality selection available at all sizes except 3840 x 2160 (when quality is fixed at “high”) and 1920 x 1080 slow-mo (when quality is fixed at “normal”)
File format: MOV, MP4
Video compression: H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format: Linear PCM, AAC
Audio recording device: Built-in stereo or external microphone; sensitivity adjustable
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index): Exposure modes P, S, and A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 64 to Hi 2) with selectable upper limit Exposure mode M: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 64 to Hi 2) available with selectable upper limit; manual selection (ISO 64 to 25600 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV) with additional options available equivalent to approximately 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 102400 equivalent) above ISO 25600
Monitor size: 3.2-inch, tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, and manual monitor brightness control
Monitor resolution: Approx. 2359 k-dot (XGA)
HDMI output connector: Type C HDMI connector
Audio input: Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
Audio output: Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)
Ten-pin remote terminal: Can be used to connect optional MC-30A/MC-36A remote cords, ML-3 modulite remote control sets, WR-R10 (requires WR-A10 adapter) or WR-1 wireless remote controllers, or GP-1/GP-1A GPS units
Wi-Fi Standards: IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g Operating frequency: 2412 to 2462 MHz (channels 1 to 11) Maximum output power: 8.5 dBm (EIRP) Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK
Bluetooth Protocols: Bluetooth Specification Version 4.1 Operating frequency: Bluetooth: 2402 to 2480 MHz Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402 to 2480 MHz
Battery: One EN-EL15a rechargeable Li-ion battery
Battery pack: Optional MB-D18 multi-power battery pack with one rechargeable Nikon EN-EL18b Li-ion battery (available separately), one rechargeable Nikon EN-EL15a Li-ion battery, or eight AA alkaline, Ni-MH, or lithium batteries. A BL-5 battery-chamber cover is required when using EN-EL18b batteries.
Dimensions (W x H x D): Approx. 146 x 124 x 78.5 mm
Weight: Approx. 1005 g with battery and XQD memory card