The Nikon D850 has taken a huge step towards being crowned the best DSLR camera EVER after receiving a score of 100 by image quality testers DxOMark. It has been a DSLR worth waiting for since Nikon released the teaser video (above) back in July.
Published earlier this month, the DxOMark testing lab scored the Nikon D850 at 100 marks. That’s two marks above the 42.4MP sensor of the Sony A7R II and the overall highest ever ranking scored for a DSLR.
Succeeding the Nikon D810, which was surpassed by the Sony A7R II’s (42.4MP) and the Canon EOS 5DS R’s (50.6MP) sensors, the D850 features many new upgrades.
One new feature is the impressive 45.7MP full frame backside-illuminated (BSI) sensor, although still only second to the Canon 5DS series (50.6MP). Another is the 7fps continuous shooting (with an option for 9fps with the Vertical Grip) that brilliantly lends itself as an option to action and sport photographers.
“First full-frame BSI sensor breaks new ground for image quality as the first DSLR sensor to achieve an overall DxOMark score of 100 points.”
As well as a higher pixel count Nikon have increased shooting speed and boosted sensitivity. They have improved live-view, included a natural light auto-white balance option and produced the largest optical view-finder ever seen on a Nikon DSLR. While also introducing a new zero-vibration electronic shutter to shoot the sharpest possible images.
They have kept the EXPEED 5 processing engine from the D500, D7500 and D5 models, and have also included the brilliant 153-point auto focus system from the flagship D5 model.
Nikon D850 other features
- 3.2″ LCD tilting touchscreen with 2.35m dots
- 1840 shots-per-charge battery
- XQD and SD card slots
- ISO 64-25,600 (expanded to 32-102,400)
- 30s-1/8000s shutter speed
- Wi-fi and low-energy Bluetooth
- 4K UHD video recording at 30fps
- 8K timelapse
- Built-in microphone and headphone socket, USB 3.0, HDMI
- Weighs 915g (body only)
Price: £3499.99 (body only)
Available: 7th September 2017
Also announced with the D850 was the Vertical Grip (£369.99) and ES-2 Negative Digitser (£139.99). See the SRB DSLR Slide Copiers (Negative Digitiser) for just £49.95.