Nikon D850 DSLR Camera: Full Review

A top class addition to the Nikon line-up

Nikon D850 DSLR
  • Nikon D850 DSLR
  • Nikon D850 DSLR
  • Nikon D850 DSLR
  • Expert Rating

    5.00 / 5

Pros

  • Fast - 7 to 9 frames per second
  • Tilting, touch LCD
  • 153-point AF system
  • Superb image performance

Cons

  • No built-in flash
  • No GPS
  • Uses the so-so SnapBridge system rather than offering built in connectivity

Bottom Line

Highly competitive upgrade of the Nikon D810 with plenty of new additions and stunning imaging ability makes it a serious player in the $5000 DSLR marketplace.

Would you buy this?

The Nikon D850 DSLR has just hit the market to an initial round of applause that - on initial tests - is more than deserved. The long-awaited replacement for 2014’s D810 - a good camera in its own right - has a stream of improvements and pluses with very few negatives.

But make no mistake this a top of the range camera - its RRP is $5200 - that should perform at the highest level and it’s taking on some very heavy hitters such as Canon’s  5D Mark IV (which is $300 cheaper), 5DS ($700 less) and 5DSR ($300 less).

PC World had the chance to test drive the D850 for two days, paired with the impressive AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens. The latter is an FX-format 2.9x normal zoom lens that offers a maximum aperture of f/2.8 across the full focal length range of 24-70mm.

Credit: Nikon

It has a vibration reduction (VR) system and a silent wave motor for autofocus tracking, an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism that delivers stable auto-exposure control and Nano Crystal Coat to reduce ghost and flare. It paired beautifully with the D850 and the photos were splendid.  

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