Nikon D850 Professional Touchscreen Digital Camera

Last updated: August 5, 2023

This digital camera boasts amazing autofocus and works wonderfully in low-light situations thanks to its sensor size and ISO range. It's also an extremely fast and responsive camera, which means you'll never miss that perfect shot.

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Product Details

Key Takeaway: A fast, responsive digital camera that works well in low-light situations.

In our analysis of 88 expert reviews, the Nikon Professional Touchscreen Digital Camera placed 5th when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

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.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

When it comes to high-ISO noise performance, again the D850 doesn't disappoint. Images up to ISO3200 display excellent levels of detail, with minimal noise, while at ISO3200 there's barely any luminance (grain-like) noise in images, and no hint of chroma (color) noise.
Speed is a tough contest with both cameras able to hit 9 fps, but with the no-fine-print speeds of 7 fps and 5.5 fps and the D850’s better autofocus, we’re giving the D850 the title here. The D850 also has a slightly higher flash sync speed — 1/250 compared to 1/200.
It’s not just the speed and the way the D850 is capable of processing such high volumes of data so quickly that impresses, either, as the AF response is as good as you get on the flagship Nikon D5. It’s insanely accurate and responsive, even when challenged with the fastest subjects and poorest of lighting conditions.
Native low ISO value of 64 offers class-leading dynamic range and rivals medium format options
Autofocusing was surprisingly fast when movie clips were recorded, despite the inevitable slowing that occurs in Live View mode. When a subject was focused before recording commenced, the camera seemed able to keep it sharp, readjusting quickly if people passed in front of the camera.
The D850 sports a 45.7-megapixel full-frame sensor, which is Nikon's highest resolution sensor yet and is also their first backside-illuminated (BSI) full-frame sensor. At both low and high ISOs, the D850's image quality is fantastic.
Tilt-shift lenses allow one to change the plane of focus essentially tilting it near to far to get close and far objects both in focus.

What reviewers didn't like

Live View focusing speeds could still be better, while the rather rudimentary SnapBridge connectivity offered is disappointing; but those issues aside, whether you're shooting weddings, landscapes, portraits, action or wildlife, the D850 won't leave you wanting.
The D850 isn’t as quick to lock focus using the contrast detection system for the live view mode while shooting video or stills.
The only other disappointment was SnapBridge connectivity, which didn’t perform faultlessly and wasn’t always reliable at transmitting images to my mobile device as they were taken.
Live view autofocus still clunky for both stills and video shooting
Having no flash, we could only test the review camera with tungsten, fluorescent and warm-toned LED lights. The auto setting delivered neutral colour rendition under fluorescent lighting and almost counteracted the slight warm cast of the LED lights. But it failed to remove the warm cast imparted by incandescent lights, although the residual bias was slight enough to be easy to correct in Photoshop.
It also includes some advanced features, making it Nikon's most versatile video DSLR yet. However, the fact that the camera still uses sluggish contrast-detect AF for live view and video really puts the D850 at a disadvantage for video compared to other 4K-capable ILCs on the market these days.
Anything higher than ISO 12800 looks pretty bad and that’s a given. Although one could heavily downsample images at ISO 25600, there is simply too much noise to deal with and there is not only loss of details throughout the image, but also quite a noticeable loss of colors. Shadow detail is heavily compromised. ISO 51200 and 102400 looks downright unacceptable to me.
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