Getting an in hand test of the new Nikon D850 gives a real feel of what the camera can do. Kai Wong was invited to to big Nikon 100th anniversary presentation party to shoot some birds.
This camera will be replacing the outstanding 36.3MP D810, the Nikon D850 certainly have is work cut out to beat that, but with a specification as impressive as this we’re sure there’s plenty here to get camera gear geeks excited. Kai was lucky enough to get some hands-on time with the camera, which included shooting with it, so here’s what you need to know below.
The updated D810 held on to the same 36.3MP resolution as the then impressive D800/D800e, that camera has been eclipsed by both the 50.6MP Canon EOS 5DS and 42.2MP Sony Alpha A7R II. The D850, though, gets an all-new 45.7MP full-frame back-illuminated sensor, which is a hefty increase in pixels over the D810, and only marginally behind the Canon 5DS.
What the Canon 5DS can’t do, though, is bring to you a 1.5x crop mode, which the D850 can. In the camera’s DX Crop mode, the perimeter of the frame can be masked to provide a view equivalent to that of an APS-C-format DSLR. The resolution drops because you’re only using a portion of the sensor, but thanks to the D850’s huge resolution you’ll still be able to shoot 19.4MP files. That’s not far off the 20.9MP resolution on both the D500 or D7500. Great. There’s also a new 1:1 aspect ratio as well at 30.2MP setting.
You can reserve your copy of the Nikon D850 soon here at a great price.