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Nikon D850 Real World Review
TrueToad / Thursday, August 24, 2017 / Categories: Reviews

Nikon D850 Real World Review

Now a Reality

The Nikon D850 SOLD out during pre-orders mostly due to all the CANON people jumping ship and placing their orders! I say come to the Nikon side... 

As we usher in the last Nikon 8 series what a wonderful way to end this line with a fine example of engineering and workmanship. Nikon did a great job with the many enhancements, and I like many of you are glad to see them finally come to fruition.

What is my 3 favorite enhancemenT found in the Nikon D850?   The added focus sensors and spread, of course, the wonderful larger viewfinder, and of course the touch flip screen.

Now that I have the Nikon D850: I like all the improvements over the D800 and D810. However, both the D800 and D810 are very nice DSLRs.

  • The Tilt Touch screen is a winner.  Like the D500, I use the touch-tilt screen all the time and it makes my photography so much more fluid out in the field,  only now this touch screen has menu inputs at your fingertips.  Big, Bright, and as sensitive as any smartphone, the responsiveness of my touch inputs are quick and fast. I do still notice lag in some menus like going from menu to picture view - but not that troublesome or annoying.'
  • The large roomy viewfinder.  WOW! Looking through the viewfinder is amazing, the eye-relief and field of view through the pentaprism reminds me of my F5 only better. Very bright with a large view of what you are looking at - almost perfect 1:1 framing with a 1%  error on side of capturing more than what you see - which is good.   The D500 has a similar concept, your framing adds about 1% more to the image than what you see - this is great when you have critical compositions, errs on the side of safety.
  • 4K Video. Now full frame 4K at 8 bit. Be prepared to get your shots close to perfect using this codec @ 4gb files. Although I am not a video-centric person I do appreciate the addition of this feature,  I like bringing home a few clips of wildlife in high resolution - amazing.  More to come on the video features.
  • The Silent Mode. This might be the one reason you wanted a mirror-less camera, but Nikon figured how to do it with an optical DSLR and makes your shooting silent.  But don't be fooled, you trade something in return - like the real-time optical feedback and rely on electronics, but I am still glad this feature is available.
  • Compatibility. Nikon retains the history and culture of it are customers.
  • Speed.  Well, to maximize speed you need a $400.00 battery grip + $350.00 charger = $850.00 which is still on back-order. 7 fps is nice and reasonable considering the file sizes
  • Timelapse. Built-in and allows you to edit the files outside the camera.
  • Low ISO.  Nikon understands photography and the legacy of film, ISO base setting of 64 is a blessing - Thank you! Clean images.
  • Focus. 100 cross with over 153 total focusing points across the sensor, same as the D5.
  • Back-lighted buttons.  Finally, finally yes, you can see the buttons in dim light. The D500 added this to the stack and I love it.
  • WiFi and BlueTooth. Great to see this added for those who need it, I am not one who depends on either but glad it is there.
  • Focus Stacking. Do you do Macro? good news - bad news. Yes, it is available in camera but a number of images and sizes may persuade you otherwise. I found this to be more trouble than it is worth. Hopefully, Adobe adds a native focus stacking feature in Lightroom or Photoshop otherwise this is too much work.

Stuff I hope improvements:

  • Stop the megapixel race, and improve the quality of the image across the spectrum. Don't know why adding more is now all that important but image quality is at this point in the game I would rather have a cleaner image than more pixels.
  • Price is too much. Technology should be seeing decreased pricing- I think Nikon gear across the board is a bit much.
  • Mixed Media - get on the same sheet of music.

The birth of the new mirrorless hybrid Nikon 900 will be in two years and will be an FX mirror-less hybrid; the Nikon 900 will trump everything before it and advance Nikon shooters to Nirvana, stay tuned.

I really enjoy using my D850 and hope to post many images here and update this Nikon D850 review over time.

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