Meet Nikon D850: 45.7 MP, Focus Stacking Built-in, & Focus Peaking

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for: the official announcement of the new D850, perhaps the most impressive full-frame DSLR to date from Nikon. With a jaw-dropping litany of specifications and features certain to set a fire in the world of photography, this is one release for more than just the fans.

“The Nikon D850 is much more than a camera, rather it’s a statement that Nikon is continuing to listen to customer needs, to innovate for the next 100 years, and bring to market a full-frame DSLR that exceeds the expectations of the professionals that rely on this caliber of camera to make a living,” states Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.


With the information released recently, these words do not go amiss as Nikon step-up to set the DSLR-shaped bar for all its competitors. So Nikon fan or not, check out the key highlights below.


  • 45.7 megapixel FX format (full-frame), back-side Illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor, a first ever for Nikon DSLRs.
    • This should improve low-light performance.
  • Full frame 4K UHD video capabilities.
  • Up to 7-fps capture rate, or up to 9-fps with optional battery grip.
  • Wide ISO range from 64-25,600 (Expandable down to ISO 32, up to 102,400)
  • 153-point, Multi-Cam 20K AF system.
  • EXPEED 5 image processing engine, Nikon’s most powerful yet.
  • Buffer approximately 51 frames of 14-bit lossless RAW Capture / 170 frames of 12-bit lossless.
  • Tilting LCD Touchscreen
  • Silent Shooter Mode in Live View
  • 3 Sizes of RAW files including Large (45.4-MP), Medium (25.6-MP) and Small (11.4-MP).

Beyond that, Nikon is offering other exciting features including built-in focus stacking, the option of five shooting formats and their widest and brightest optical viewfinder ever. Boasting a battery promising up to 1,840 shots at full res or around 70 mins of video in a single charge, this camera looks perfect for professionals and enthusiasts alike.

Here’s a quick look at the focus stacking feature of the Nikon D850:

For those looking to flex their video skills, Nikon is offering a slew of features establishing it as perhaps the most versatile DSLR to date. These include 4K UHD at 24/30-fps, slow-motion (1080p at 120fps), focus peaking to ensure sharpness, 8K/4K time-lapses, zebra stripes, HDMI output and Audio Control.

So with all this and more, the D850, at least on the face of it, does not disappoint. Take a look at the official sample images below:

Photo Credit: Yukka Hoshino/Nikon Imaging Japan
Photo Credit: Koshi Nakano/Nikon Imaging Japan
Photo Credit: Koshi Nakano/Nikon Imaging Japan
Photo Credit: Hideki Kono/Nikon Imaging Japan
Photo Credit: Hideki Kono/Nikon Imaging Japan
Photo Credit: Jerry Ghionis/Nikon Imaging Japan
Photo Credit: Little Shao/Nikon Imaging Japan

The Nikon D850 is set for release September 2017 for £3,499 ($3,299), and can be pre-ordered from a number of retailers:

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Ed Carr is a Yorkshire-born landscape photographer and nature writer. Having spent his youth in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, he takes any opportunity to don his hiking boots and head out, camera in hand. When not out taking pictures or hastily scribbling down his thoughts, Ed’s halfway up a hill out chasing after his dog, Hendrix.

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