Nikon D850 Body


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Quick Overview:

D850: Extreme resolution meets extreme speed.

When Nikon introduced the D800 and D800E, it set a new benchmark for DSLR image quality and super high resolution photography that approached medium format. Now, five years later, Nikon proudly introduces the next evolution in high resolution DSLRs, a camera that allows photographers to capture fast action in 45.7 megapixels of brilliant resolution. With remarkable advancements across the board—sensor design, autofocus, dynamic range, sensitivity, Speedlight control, battery life, shutter and mirror drive mechanisms, Silent Photography in Live-View mode, focus shift capability and more—this is quite possibly the most impressive, well-rounded DSLR yet.

Nikon's first back-side illuminated (BSI) full-frame sensor with no optical low-pass filter

At the heart of the D850 is a Nikon designed sensor like none before it—a back-side illuminated (BSI) FX-format full-frame CMOS image sensor with 45.7 megapixels and no optical low-pass filter. A marvel of ingenuity, it achieves extraordinary image quality, enhanced light gathering efficiency, faster data readout and truer color. And with such a dense array of pixels, there's virtually no risk of moiré.

Faster, richer, sharper processing

Faster than EXPEED 4, EXPEED 5 quickly processes all 45.7 megapixels of data for lower noise, wider dynamic range, subtle tonal and textural details, high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 9 fps1 and full-frame 4K UHD movie recording.

Sensitive to every little detail

The lower the ISO, the greater the dynamic range. Like the D810 before it, the D850 has the lowest base ISO of any DSLR or mirrorless camera2—ISO 64 (expandable down to ISO 32).

Full frame as it was meant to be

Nikon has been advancing the full frame format since the days of 35mm film photography with industry defining optics, legendary sharpness and the most impressive lens lineup available.

Autofocus that keeps up

The D850 uses the same field-proven ultra-accurate AF system as the flagship D5. With 153 focus points, 99 cross-type sensors and a dedicated AF processor, the D850 delivers all of its 45.7 MP performance with NIKKOR lenses. Shoot in low light to -4 EV. Capturing the most elusive subjects will feel like second nature with the D850.

Focus in near darkness

Autofocus down to -4 EV lets you capture in low-light situations. Suddenly, fast NIKKOR primes and zooms can handle even lower light than before.

Greater frame coverage

153 focus points with 99 cross-type sensors—15 of which support f/8, a must for many sports and wildlife shooters—providing 130% more frame coverage than D800/D800E or D810. Acquire and track with unwavering accuracy.

Locked-on subject tracking

Nikon's exclusive AF engine uses parallel processing with a sequence control microcomputer to realize high AF performance for fast-moving subjects even during high-speed shooting.

Nuance in high resolution

With up to 7 FPS at 45.7 MP, the D850 can capture the decisive frame of a bride walking down the aisle or a fashion model's fluid pose. For nailing the shot at a high-speed race or of A-listers on the red carpet, try using the optional MB-D18 battery pack and shoot full resolution up to 9 FPS.

Shoot to your heart's content

Even at 45.7 MP of resolution, the D850 captures up to 513 consecutive shots in 14-bit RAW (NEF) or up to 170 frames in 12-bit lossless compressed RAW (NEF). Hold down the shutter button and capture shot after stunning shot.

Streamline your workflow

Seamlessly switch between RAW sizes of Large (45.7 MP), Medium (25.6 MP) and Small (11.4 MP), whichever fits your need or workflow. Save time with RAW batch processing right in the camera.

Connect with your vision

Only an SLR camera offers a true view through the lens, making the camera an extension of your vision. The D850 has Nikon's highest magnification optical viewfinder ever, 0.75x. See the effects of NIKKOR lenses in real time—bokeh, fisheye, perspective control and more.

Do not disturb

When silence is golden—shooting golf, press conferences, weddings and more—turn on Silent Photography in Live View and capture without sound or mechanical vibration. In Mode 1, shoot for up to 6 FPS continuous at 45.7 MP.  In Mode 2, shoot approx. 8.6-megapixel pictures in DX image area at approx. 30 FPS for up to 3 seconds.

Tilt and touch

The tilting touchscreen LCD screen makes it easy to get the shot, even from high or low angles. Use Touch AF, Touch Shutter control and navigate menus, playback and more as if you were using a smartphone. Zoom in during Live View shooting and use the new Pinpoint AF to put focus right where you want it.

A multimedia powerhouse

Multimedia content creators rejoice. You are now free to record 16:9 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) in full frame glory using the total width and resolution of the D850's back-side illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor. Take advantage of the large sensor size for clean output at high ISO and for shooting with zero crop factor with any full-frame NIKKOR lenses4, including wide and ultra-wide angle lenses.

Slow it down

Transform dramatic moments into dazzling fluid slow-motion sequences. Record 4x (shoot at 120p, playback at 30/25p) or 5x (shoot at 120p, playback at 24p) slow-motion at 1080p.

Quickly confirm focus

Confirm your manual focus with Focus Peaking5. Select high, medium or low sensitivity and red, yellow, blue or white highlights. Operates in manual focus mode with AF or compatible manual NIKKOR lenses.

Touch to focus

While recording video with Live View just touch where you want to focus.

Advanced video features for better movies

Auto ISO handles smooth lighting transitions from ISO 64 to the sensitivity of your choice (all the way up to Hi-2). Enjoy simultaneous external and internal recording, Flat Picture Control, highlight weighted metering, two selectable Zebra Stripes patterns, electronic VR (Full HD), a built-in stereo microphone with 20-step increment and attenuator adjustments and so much more.

4K time-lapse in camera

Create entire 4K UHD time-lapse sequences right in the camera—an exclusive to Nikon DSLRs. Use Silent Live View Mode to bypass the mechanical shutter and mirror movement, saving thousands of shutter cycles and improving the D850's already outstanding battery performance.

8K time-lapse using Interval Timer

Render jaw-dropping 8K time-lapse movies by shooting sequences of up to 9,999 full-size stills, again using Silent Live View Mode. Using the D850's Interval Timer Mode allows you to capture over 8K-size images with exquisite detail for time-lapse movie6creation. And with no shutter vibration, your sequences will be tack-sharp.

Light it up

When combined with the optional WR-A10/R10 transceiver (requires firmware version 3.0 or later), the D850 can control and wirelessly fire radio controlled SB-5000 Speedlights from another room, around corners or outdoors in bright sunlight.

Focus stacking made easy

Create images with extraordinary depth of field using Focus Shift Mode. Set focal steps from 1 to 10 for up to 300 automated shots, which get stored in a dedicated folder for easy identification when using 3rd party focus stacking software6. High resolution meets high magnification.

Fine tune your NIKKOR lenses

Live View AF Fine Tune lets you quickly and reliably fine-tune the D850's AF system to your specific NIKKOR lenses, optimizing sharpness and avoiding the lengthy process of trial-and-error tuning.

Negative digitizer

Use the D850's 45.7 MP back illuminated sensor and Live View for Stills Mode as a negative film scanner with the new optional ES-2 Film Digitizing Adapter on a compatible Micro-NIKKOR lens. You can copy slides or negatives one at a time. Digitize the gems from your film days.

  • Control in the dark
    Illuminated buttons make control easy during star-trail shoots, wedding receptions, concerts or anywhere the light is fading.
  • No shortage of memory
    XQD card slot easily handles the camera's incredible high resolution files as well as burst shooting capacity and keeps the buffer cleared. SD can be used for back up, overflow or just as extra storage space.
  • Built for the elements
    Built with rugged magnesium alloy and carbon fiber materials, and featuring dust and water-drop resistance you'll have peace of mind even when shooting in extreme environments.
  • Optimal exposure in an instant
    The camera's 180K RGB Advanced Scene Recognition System pulls it all together and ensures each shot—whether using available light or a Speedlight—has optimal exposure, referencing a database of thousands of photos.
  • Square (1:1) image size
    Compose with shading in the viewfinder around the image area and shoot beautiful 30.3-megapixel 1:1 square images right in the camera—great for weddings and portraits. Also select from FX (full-frame), DX, 1:2 and 5:4 aspect ratios.
  • Define your style
    Control the look of your photos and videos with Nikon's Picture Control System. Spend more time in the field focusing on being creative and less time post-processing. Select Auto Picture Control and let the D850 optimize the look for your specific shot.

Single-lens reflex digital camera

Lens Mount
Nikon F bayonet mount

Effective Pixels (Megapixels)
45.7 million

Sensor Size
35.9 mm x 23.9 mm

Image Sensor Format
Format FX

Image Sensor Type

Total Pixels
46.89 million

Dust-Reduction System
Image sensor cleaning Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX-D software required)

Dust-Off Reference Photo

Image Area (pixels)
FX-format (L) 8,256 x 5,504 (45.4 million) (M) 6,192 x 4,128 (25.5 million) (S) 4,128 x 2,752 (11.3 million) 1:2 format (30 x 20) (L) 6,880 x 4,584 (31.5 million) (M) 5,152 x 3,432 (17.6 million) (S) 3,440 x 2,288 (7.8 million) 5:4 format (30 x 24) (L) 6,880 x 5,504 (37.8 million) (M) 5,152 x 4,120 (21.2 million) (S) 3,440 x 2,752 (9.4 million) 1:1 format (24 x 24) (L) 5,504 x 5,504 (30.2 million) (M) 4,128 x 4,128 (17.0 million) (S) 2,752 x 2,752 (7.5 million) DX-format (L) 5,408 x 3,600 (19.4 million) (M) 4,048 x 2,696 (10.9 million) (S) 2,704 x 1,800 (4.8 million) FX-format photographs taken during movie recording (L) 8,256 x 4,640 (38.3 million) (M) 6,192 x 3,480 (21.5 million) (S) 4,128 x 2,320 (9.5 million) DX-format photographs taken during movie recording (L) 5,408 x 3,040 (16.4 million) (M) 4,048 x 2,272 (9.1 million) (S) 2,704 x 1,520 (4.1 million)

File Format Still Images
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx 1:4), normal (approx 1:8), or basic (approx 1:16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats 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)

Storage Media
1 XQD card and 1 Secure Digital (SD) card SD SDHC (UHS-II compliant) SDXC (UHS-II compliant) XQD Type Memory

Card Slot
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.

File System
Compliant with DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0 EXIF 2.31 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) PictBridge

Eye-level Pentaprism Single-Lens Reflex Viewfinder

Viewfinder Frame Coverage
FX (36x24): 100% horizontal and 100% vertical (Approx.) 1.2x (30x20): 97% horizontal and 97% vertical (Approx.) DX (24x16): 97% horizontal and 97% vertical (Approx.) 5:4 (30x24): 97% horizontal and 100% vertical (Approx.) 1:1 (24x24): 97% horizontal and 100% vertical (Approx.)

Viewfinder Magnification
0.75x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0 m–1) (Approx.)

Viewfinder Eyepoint
17 mm (-1.0 m¯¹)

Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment
-3 to + 1m¯¹

Focusing Screen
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII with AF Area Brackets (grid lines can be displayed)

Reflex Mirror
Quick-return type

Mirror Lock Up

Lens Aperture
Instant-return type Electronically Controlled

Depth-of-field Control
Yes Pressing Pv button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (other modes)

Lens Compatibility at a Glance***
AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible Metering with AI lenses

Compatible Lenses
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). 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). IX NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses cannot be used.

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 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV, Bulb, Time, X250

Fastest Shutter Speed
1/8000 sec.

Slowest Shutter Speed
30 sec.

Flash Sync Speed
Up to 1/250 sec. Synchronizes with shutter at 1/250s or slower Auto FP High-Speed sync supported

Bulb Shutter Setting

Shutter Release Modes
Continuous low-speed [CL] mode Continuous high-speed [CH] mode Mirror-up [Mup] mode Quiet Shutter Release Quiet Continuous Release Self-timer Mode Single-frame [S] mode

Continuous Shooting Options
FX-format CH: Up to 9 frames per second With an EN-EL18b Battery inserted in a MB-D18 Power Pack: CL: 1-8 frames per second CH: 9 frames per second Quiet Continuous Mode: 3 frames per second Other power sources: CL: 1-6 frames per second CH: 7 frames per second Quiet Continuous Mode: 3 frames per second

Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution
7 frames per second

2, 5, 10, 20 sec.; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 sec. Timer duration electronically controlled

Exposure Metering System
TTL exposure metering using approximately 180K (180,000) pixels RGB sensor

Metering Method
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) 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 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 -3 ± 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering) 2 to 20 EV (spot metering) 0 to 20 EV (Highlight-weighted metering)

Exposure Meter Coupling
Combined CPU and AI

Exposure Modes
Aperture-Priority (A) Manual (M) Programmed auto with flexible program (P) Shutter-Priority Auto (S)

Exposure Compensation
±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV

Exposure Bracketing
2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV

Exposure Lock

Picture Control
Auto Flat Landscape Monochrome Neutral Portrait Standard Vivid

ISO Sensitivity
ISO 64 - 25,600 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 102,400 equivalent) above ISO 25,600; auto ISO sensitivity control available

Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity

Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity

Lowest Expanded ISO Sensitivity
Lo-1 (ISO 32 equivalent)

Highest Expanded ISO Sensitivity
Hi-2 (ISO 102,400 equivalent)

Expanded ISO Sensitivity Options
Lo-1 (ISO 32 equivalent) Hi-1 (ISO-51,200 equivalent) Hi-2 (ISO-102,400 equivalent)

Long Exposure Noise Reduction

High ISO Noise Reduction
Low Normal High Off

Active D-Lighting
Auto Extra High High Normal Low Off

D-Lighting Bracketing
2 frames using selected value for one frame 3–5 frames using preset values for all frames

Single-Point AF Mode

Dynamic AF Mode
Number of AF points: 9, 25, 72, or 153 point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, group-area AF

Auto-Area AF Mode

Autofocus System
Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection and 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

Detection Range
-4 to +20 EV (ISO 100, 68°F/20°C)

Lens Servo
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used

AF-area Mode
9, 25, 72, or 153 point Dynamic-area AF Auto-area AF Single-point AF 3D-tracking Group-area AF

Focus Lock
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing the center of the sub-selector

Focus Modes
Continuous-servo (AF-C) Face-Priority AF Full-time Servo (AF-F) Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder Normal area AF Predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status Single-servo AF (AF-S) Wide area available in Live View and D-Movie only

Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points

Autofocus Sensitivity
-4 to +20 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)

Autofocus Fine Tune

Flash Bracketing
2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV

X-Sync Speed

Top FP High Speed Sync
Up to 1/8000

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 Sync Modes
Front-curtain sync (normal) Rear-curtain sync Red-Eye reduction Red-Eye reduction with slow sync Slow sync

Flash Compensation
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV

Flash-ready Indicator
Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output

Accessory Shoe

Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
CLS Supported

Flash Sync Terminal

White Balance
Auto (3 types) Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K) Cloudy Direct Sunlight Fine-tuning Flash Fluorescent (7 types) Incandescent Natural Light Auto Preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view) Shade

White Balance Bracketing
2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV

Live View Shooting
Photography Live View Mode Movie Live View Mode

Live View Lens Servo
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F) Manual focus (MF)

Live View AF-Area Mode
Face-priority AF Wide-area AF Normal-area AF Pinpoint AF Subject-tracking AF

Live View Autofocus
Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)

Movie Metering
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor

Movie Maximum Recording Time
29 minutes 59 seconds Each movie will be recorded across up to 8 files of up to 4 GB each. The number of files and the length of each file vary with the options selected for Frame size/frame rate and Movie quality.

Movie File Format

Movie Video Compression
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding

Movie Audio Recording Format
Linear PCM AAC

4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 30 fps 4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 25 fps 4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 24 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 60 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 50 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps Slow-motion: Full HD 1,920x1,080 30p (x4) Slow-motion: Full HD 1,920x1,080 25p (x4) Slow-motion: Full HD 1,920x1,080 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 3,840 x 2,160 (when quality is fixed at high) and 1,920 x 1,080 slow-motion (when quality is fixed at normal)

Movie Audio
Built-in microphone, stereo External stereo microphone (optional) Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted

Monitor Size
3.2 in. diagonal

Monitor Resolution
2,359,000 Dots

Monitor Type
Tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD

Monitor Angle of View
170 -degree wide-viewing angle

Monitor Adjustments
Brightness, 5 levels

Virtual Horizon Camera Indicator
Also visible in LiveView Modes Also visible in Viewfinder

Playback Functions
Auto Image Rotation Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images) Highlights Histogram Display Location Display Movie Playback Movie Slideshow Photo Information Photo Slideshow Picture Rating Playback with Zoom Playback Zoom Cropping

In-Camera Image Editing
D-Lighting Distortion Control Filter Effects Image Overlay Monochrome NEF (RAW) Processing Perspective Control Red-Eye Correction Resize Side-by-Side Comparison Straighten Trim Trim Movie

Image Comment

Audio input: Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported) HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector Headphone Connector SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0 Micro-B connector); connection to built-in USB port is recommended 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 Functionality
Yes Communication protocols: Bluetooth Specification Version 4.1 Operating frequency: Bluetooth: 2402–2480 MHz Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402–2480 MHz

Save/Load Camera settings

Total Custom Settings

My Menu
Yes with customization

Recent Settings

Supported Languages
Arabic Bengali Brazilian Portuguese Bulgarian Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) Czech Danish Dutch English Finnish French German Greek Hindi Hungarian Indonesian Italian Japanese Korean Marathi Norwegian Persian Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Serbian Spanish Swedish Tamil Telugu Thai Turkish Ukrainian Vietnamese

Date, Time and Daylight Savings Time Settings

World Time Setting

Battery / Batteries
EN-EL15a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery

Battery Life (shots per charge)
1,840 shots (CIPA) Movies: Approx. 70 minutes of HD footage

AC Adapter
EH-5c/EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5B Power Connector (available separately)

Battery Charger
MH-25a Quick Charger

Tripod Socket
1/4 in.

Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth)
5.8 in. (146 mm) x 4.9 in. (124 mm) x 3.1 in. (78.5 mm)

Approx. Weight
32.3 oz. (915 g) camera body only

Operating Environment
Temperature: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C) Humidity: Less than 85% (no condensation)

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