Nikon D850 Review: Best Camera Ever?

Nikon D850 Review: Best Camera Ever?


Nikon brought us and many other members
of the photography press to an event in Oregon to review the 45 megapixel
full-frame d850. It would be better a few horses would look over here! We’ve
done a bunch of portrait shoots with the D850 both at Nikon press events and for
our own business. It’s a workhorse. The colors and skin tones look spectacular
the metering system finds faces and nails the exposure basically every time.
The ultra-low base ISO 64 provides cleaner images than other
cameras, providing these smoothest skin tones. At its base ISO 64 it hass the
greatest dynamic range of any full-frame camera. I was able to recover these
shadows from total darkness. You can recover two-and-a-half stops of blown-out highlights. For portrait of wedding photographers who don’t want to
deal with the full 45 megapixels, it’s easy to scale it down in-camera two
smaller RAW files. So far I love shooting with the D850 as much as I’ve loved
shooting with D810. It’s intuitive and it’s got really practical features. Now I
can use the touch screen to scroll through my photos and zoom. It’s got a
Rate button which is great when you’re shooting a lot of pictures for a
portrait session and it’s got an amazing lens selection. You can have the best
camera in the world if you don’t have good glass to go with it, it’s useless. So
I’m using the *105mm* f/1.4. It’s handling this backlighting beautifully.
It’s so crisp and it’s sharp. Check out these pictures! After six months the
D850 has proven to be reliable and powerful enough for professional
portrait and wedding use. NIkon’s new 70-200 f/2.8 overcomes the limitations
of its predecessor, and the 105 f1.4 is now our favorite portrait prime. True
silent shooting in Live View mode helped us get candid street photography – I love that the thumbstick allows me to
quickly put the focusing point on different eyes and the autofocus systems
can keep a person in focus even when they’re moving like that that’s perfect
for weddings and events the mirrorless sony a7 r3 has high detection autofocus
so i don’t even have to change the AF point that’s even better except that in
a side-by-side test I found that the d8 50s focusing accuracy to be about 30%
at nailing focus to close headshots with very shallow depth-of-field
they both got the job done however oh it’s working
nikon snap bridge is still the worst Wi-Fi app from any of the major camera
manufacturers with canons being the best when we need to share pictures from our
nikon we use an SD card reader into our smartphone or tablet rather than messing
with the Wi-Fi app it gets the job done a feature that I really enjoyed for
landscapes is this tilty screen it means that I can get a lower angle without
having to land my stomach or awkwardly make the tripod shorter it also has
focus peaking so I can make sure that my subject is in focus and it has touch
focusing which is really nice you can even touch and take a picture all in one
step the Live View touch focusing isn’t perfect it took a few times for me to
get the shot in focus but it still works better than other Nikon cameras when
you’re picking out a camera for landscape you have to think about the
glass that goes with it Nikon has incredibly sharp wide-angle
glass for landscape like the 14 to 24 which we use for most of this trip so so
far my experiences with the D 850 are as impressive as I had hoped that they
would be well the deed 50 s large size makes it more cumbersome than mirrorless
cameras the image quality durability and lens selection are unbeatable it’s in silent mode so I should dream
light and I guess it’s working instead of to take a second I just like want to
make sure it’s working I guess I heard just straight down guess
it’s going the d50 is the greatest time-lapse camera ever made seriously 45
megapixels that should create 8k video or do a full two times crop for 4k video
allowing zooms and pans in post-production to save yourself
processing time the d50 can record time lapses directly to a 4k video file
however I found the flickering made these files unusable a later use silent
mode to schedule a time-lapse from my hotel room without waking myself up the
screen even turns off to maximize battery life the sony a7r 3 doesn’t have
a time-lapse feature at all you have to use a separate intervalometer I would
never choose the da 50 as a dedicated video camera I would miss the electronic
viewfinder and flip forward screen in my panasonic gh4 but as a hybrid shooter
who switches between Stills and video the d50 is a great choice the 4k video
is gorgeous available both full frame and with a 1.5 x crop and even cleaner
than the sony a7r 3 well it lacks the smooth focusing of the Canon 5d Mark for
the ability to shoot without a crop and use a real video codec making a much
better video camera than the Canon for the way most people shoot
of course the lack of sensor stabilization means walking shots aren’t
as smooth as mirrorless cameras the focus tracking while recording video is
better than the other night guns that we’ve seen but you probably wouldn’t
want to use it while shooting action $3,300 nikon d80 is a jack-of-all-trades
the visitor master of sports we shot over 3,000 frames of motocross kayaking
and soccer at both day and night to put it to the test okay the audio was a little rough at
this nikon press event that you can buy a $400 vertical grip at two hundred
dollar battery and a thirty dollar charger to speed the d50 from seven
frames per second to nine point shooting sports you’re gonna come across problems
with lighting the lighting might not always be ideal you can’t always move
the athletes but the great dynamic range on the D 850 allows you to bring up the
shadows if you want or you can use high speed sync in a flash like I’m using and
I’m just filling in the shadows you can easily configure this camera
have two AF on buttons that means you can have two different auto focusing
modes and that’s incredibly helpful for wildlife and sports photography it
buffers at about forty full frame Ross shots which means aggressive shooters
need to carefully budget your shooting to avoid missing the best moment if you
switch to JPEG or DX mode the buffering problems disappear DX mode lets me crop
in camera 1.5 times producing 20 megapixel pictures it’s like they packed
at D 500 into my full-frame camera and the digital zoom essentially turns my
700 200 into a 70 to 300 without a teleconverter after having to Canon 5d
cameras ruined in a sudden rainstorm we understand the importance of weather
sealing to outdoor photographers compared to the sony a7r 3 the d 50
seems to have much better weather sealing if you need high megapixels and
you need to be out in any conditions the d 50 is your best choice the Lightroom
has gotten faster building previews for thousands of 45 megapixel pictures
remains a torturous time-consuming process if you don’t need the megapixels
you can drop the resolution in camera and speed up processing while reducing
your storage costs if you’re a Nikon d810 sports shooter upgrade to the D 850
for the better focusing system and to get 80% more frames per second with the
vertical grip but don’t upgrade for the image quality on action shots we really
couldn’t tell a difference shooting handheld with a nikon 7200 f28 e-either
at ISO 64 or ISO 6400 in practice in the real world the movement during action
shots will negate the extra detail of the higher megapixel sensor the closest
competitors are Nikon’s purpose-built sports cameras the $1,900 D 500 and the
$6,500 d5 the D 500 is half the price of the D 850 with grip and it shoots a full
10 frames per second however the D 500 has a permanent 1.5 x crop when you
can’t get close enough and need to crop anyway the two cameras produce
essentially identical images at any ISO the D 850 however gives you the choice
to shoot full-frame when you want to providing cleaner and sharper pictures
especially at higher ISOs that’ll make a huge difference in image
quality during night games and dimly lit indoor sports the D 850 is the better
camera but if you’re just shooting your kids games the D 500 will give you good
enough results for half the price nikons 3d focusing uses the camera’s metering
system to track subjects as they move around the frame across multiple
focusing points in our testing 3d focusing on the D 5 and D 500 was
amazing blowing away similar features in Canon and Sony cameras but the da 50
despite having the same focusing system as the D 5 and D 500 just didn’t do as
good of a job it constantly lost track of subjects even jumping to players on
the other team with different colored jerseys or even to the background it
caused us to miss so many shots that we turned off 3d focusing and use the
thumbstick to manually select the focusing point if you love 3d focusing
and other cameras you might not be happy with it on the D 850 in summary the D
850 is our favorite DSLR of all time the only camera that even comes close is the
sony a7r 3 subscribe and click the notification bell to watch our upcoming
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watch these two videos watch this video for a free tutorial for the D 850 and
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100 Comments

  • Tony & Chelsea Northrup

    May 19, 2018

    Buy the Nikon D850 here: http://sdp.io/d850
    Our wildlife review: http://sdp.io/d850WL
    Our tutorials: http://sdp.io/tutorial

    Reply
  • Majestic77

    August 31, 2018

    DSLRs are too complicated. For everyday use, bridge cameras and smartphones work the best.

    Reply
  • Princess Pingu

    August 31, 2018

    Useful info there. ..Please advise. d500 vs d850 for portraits, wedding and landscape?. Is FX really required for portraits? Is FX image quality significantly better or will the d500 can be reasonably close in quality of these type of shots.?

    Reply
  • Tello Escamilla

    September 1, 2018

    You should have compare that d850 to the canon 5 dsr

    Reply
  • Anas Khaja

    September 1, 2018

    https://youtu.be/k32Wjn4hqak

    Reply
  • aryan deore

    September 2, 2018

    and i am still stuck on a 1200d

    Reply
  • TY RexGaming

    September 5, 2018

    That's more than 200k in INR

    Reply
  • TY RexGaming

    September 5, 2018

    I can't afford.. Poor me😂😂

    Reply
  • Steve Lee

    September 6, 2018

    17,000 pictures taken with the Zeiss 35mm Distagon f/2 on Nikon D850 and D750 https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/page1

    Reply
  • sunnydays

    September 9, 2018

    Hi Tony, I usually use the camera for wildlife shooting. Currently I have a D3400 but would like to update and torn between the D500 and D850. Since it’s a substantial difference in price, I want to make sure to make the right choice. I’m not a pro by any means and still somewhat a novice when it comes to DSLRs. Which camera would you recommend?

    Reply
  • BIG HORN MGTOW

    September 10, 2018

    BaHaHaHaHa!!!
    And your average person is going to spend 5 thousand dollars for a camera, get out of here my friend because you're on the wrong format. You need to be on the Enlightenment/Elite channel not youtube

    Reply
  • EastVan Photography

    September 11, 2018

    The problem I find with portrait photography is that it's the model that makes the photo, not the camera or the photographer. Give me that camera and that model and I can do the same. That's not what photography is in my opinion. A damn robot could do the same, and that's not art.

    Reply
  • In The Shed Backyard Bird Photography

    September 16, 2018

    I dunno, my Canon 7d mkii produces images similar to this. I bet many wouldn't be able to tell most cameras from one another in a blind taste test.

    Reply
  • Marco Viale

    September 16, 2018

    Flickering on time laps? That's awful ! Was your fault by setting up the camera or the D850 is actually unable to record time laps?

    Reply
  • Martin Peter

    September 19, 2018

    Hi guys how D850 works with Tamron 24-70 G2? please , thank you

    Reply
  • Paolo Caffeina

    September 22, 2018

    hi, have you problems with hot pixel in long exposure. I've too much hot pixels that randomly appear in pics [ https://imageshack.com/a/img922/9503/dTPmEW.jpg ]

    Reply
  • Rochester Swift

    September 27, 2018

    If you want to stand out like a sore thumb, sure. Ostentation can be an impediment to casual, street and discrete photography.

    Reply
  • Abhitanshu Soni

    October 4, 2018

    nikon D850 build in intervalometer sucks…. not at all for manual long exposure photography. can u make video about it plz…….

    Reply
  • Sanjay Bradford

    October 6, 2018

    thicc

    Reply
  • Navajo Joe

    October 16, 2018

    that ass

    Reply
  • Mark Graves

    October 21, 2018

    It's pronounced OryGun for crying out loud!

    Reply
  • 360-MEDIA

    October 26, 2018

    Great video. follow the recommended links here for purchase. But, whatever you do, Just don't buy your camera from Abes of Maine. See Ripoff Reports. Their website is misleading, their sales team is misleading. Actually outright deceitful.

    Reply
  • D800Lover

    October 27, 2018

    Why does Nikon fix Snapbridge?

    Reply
  • Bokimon

    October 28, 2018

    Canon still the best.

    Reply
  • harleyman

    November 1, 2018

    Is the pictures from a default out of the box D850? I miss the fuld spec for the setup

    Reply
  • aquilegia

    November 7, 2018

    Wich SD card is the best for Nikon d850? are the good the: Sony 128gb Extra Pro SDHC UHS-II 260MB/s or the Lexar 128GB Professional 1000x SDXC UHS-II or the SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I 128 GB ?

    Reply
  • FordFracture

    November 9, 2018

    This is what I dont understand they dump all that time and money and technology into this little black box of wonder but they skimp on the wifi ? If your not gonna do it right why even do it at all !

    Reply
  • First Last

    November 14, 2018

    Ha, Brasada Ranch.

    Reply
  • nyc mubi photography

    November 17, 2018

    Never see journalists shooting mirrorless Sony or Fuji.
    That tells you all.

    Reply
  • Dimitris Tsagdis

    November 19, 2018

    What is the weight of the D850 with the battery grip that gives you the 9fps.

    Reply
  • fitri Ajew

    November 22, 2018

    can someone give me one D850 for free ?? PLEASE I really want it

    Reply
  • Maher Aldous

    November 25, 2018

    Beautiful and Thank you ^_^ 😀 🙂

    Reply
  • Nedim Mujic

    November 25, 2018

    Hi, I have D750 lenses, do I have to buy new lenses now? Thanks

    Reply
  • Closet Grasshopper

    November 25, 2018

    Dude Tony, I wanna cum all over Chelsea's tits. She's so hot.

    Reply
  • Mathews Hoyt

    December 3, 2018

    Easter Egg @ 57 seconds…

    Reply
  • Stephen Smith

    December 11, 2018

    @0:57 do I see Fro Knows Photos (Jarid Polin)??

    Reply
  • James Kirk

    December 11, 2018

    Sponsored, humm ?
    ²

    Reply
  • MatthiasAI

    December 12, 2018

    I know Im gunna sound 12 but it must be said…. GODAMN The thic-ness overwhelming!! xD

    Reply
  • KanonMadness

    December 17, 2018

    the only thing is that since the quality is crazy awesome… during portraits you can see all the imperfections in the model's face… which mean a lot of photoshop postroducion

    Reply
  • JBulsara A

    December 23, 2018

    sure, with a machine gun you will eventually nail the moment.

    Reply
  • Slaab of Meat

    December 27, 2018

    Surprised the shutter button wasn't just held down for the sake of holding it down then complaining about filling the buffer like the A9. 200 pictures of the ice skaters doing the same pirouette please……yaaayyyy!

    Reply
  • DIsmayedConfuse

    December 27, 2018

    No lens shade?

    Reply
  • Angelo Cella

    December 28, 2018

    0:56 Jared Polin ??

    Reply
  • Asif Ferrose

    December 29, 2018

    Best ever vdo ever I have seen… i hope the cost of making this vdo is something expensive.. great.. got a proper overview of the product.. need to learn when I use it

    Reply
  • Rich Barschdorf

    January 9, 2019

    I agree with you on SnapBridge it’s terrible.

    Reply
  • Allen A

    January 31, 2019

    D850 = GOAT

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  • Dan 2016

    February 1, 2019

    Best camera ever! Medium format analogue cameras are still better and they take true photographers to use them. When I see cameras like this, crammed with shit you don't even need, I see people who are to lazy to learn how to understand light and not wanting to learn theory starting with something like a 35mm analogue camera. Cameras like this don't make you a good photographer, they make you less skilled. Great photos don't come from high megapixels and auto focus, they come from a creative mind, visionm understanding light and the cameras fundamental settings.

    Reply
  • Carl Bishop

    February 2, 2019

    Good don’t they talk shite

    Reply
  • Massi Mant

    February 6, 2019

    Tony. Your voice is. so… soothing haha srly Idk why but your voice is so relaxing to listen to lol all the best from Germany!

    Reply
  • Newys

    February 10, 2019

    Nikon made a good desicion in using a Sony made (IMX309) sensor for this camera.

    Reply
  • Nikhil

    February 12, 2019

    Another Nikon camera featuring sony sensor……………….

    Reply
  • Praveen Ram

    February 13, 2019

    O:57 Jared polin

    Reply
  • Pat B

    February 17, 2019

    Samples from d810 and d850 do not show an amazing increase in IQ, the samples also show a somewhat sterile look akin to a crop camera. How is this possible? Too many pixels crammed?

    Reply
  • Ravi Chander

    February 23, 2019

    excellent video and good info, i had a nikon d3s for past 8 years and i couldn't get a xtra battery for it in india so i sold it and bought a d7200 i have many fx lenses and also dx lenses, after seeing your video iam going to buy a D850 camera , thanks for your video

    Reply
  • Mega Color

    February 26, 2019

    the Best Camera Ever is the one you have with u at all times.

    Reply
  • Dudley Hollister

    March 1, 2019

    How many full frame raw files for buffering?

    Reply
  • محمود ال ابراهيم Mahmood Ibrahem

    March 1, 2019

    I really need this d850 😜 https://amzn.to/2VvLaSS

    Reply
  • Nhat Nguyen

    March 12, 2019

    what kind of small tripod is it at 3:54?

    Reply
  • Alexey sol

    March 13, 2019

    What about frontcamera?

    Reply
  • Cristobal Sepulveda

    March 14, 2019

    This is my dream camera, and the one I am currently saving up for. This will be more than an upgrade from my D3100.

    Reply
  • Shadows Galore

    March 17, 2019

    That expression at 0:55 🙂

    Reply
  • kvdgadj

    March 20, 2019

    Who has the money to buy a D850. Only upper class.

    Reply
  • LetFreedomSPK

    March 25, 2019

    I need help!
    Should i upgrade my body from D750 to D850 if you have the money or get the Nikon 105mm f1.4?

    my current gear is:
    NikonD750
    85mm F1.4
    24-70mm F2.8
    70-200mm F2.8

    Reply
  • Nathaniel Niebergall

    March 27, 2019

    As a Canadian, your pronunciation of "Oregon" offends me greatly.

    Reply
  • Peanut

    March 31, 2019

    I love my D850 ^^

    Reply
  • blissfulbaboon

    April 8, 2019

    Lacks sensor stabilization??????

    Reply
  • Phil

    April 20, 2019

    Nice curves 😉

    Reply
  • Spazza42

    April 29, 2019

    0:57 Jared Polin! Cheeky…

    Reply
  • weed smoker

    May 6, 2019

    Lady you are fine af be my wifey 😅

    Reply
  • Martin M

    May 8, 2019

    what is that lens on 1.09?? 85mm what??

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  • Alex Nikon

    May 18, 2019

    That is the best camera. Though, I say the best camera ever made is the D500. Both are reliable, and well made. Mirrorless doesn’t have a chance.

    Reply
  • Arshid Jadoon

    May 22, 2019

    Price

    Reply
  • Robert Alexander

    May 28, 2019

    Can you tell me your top 3 lenses for the d850

    Reply
  • Amran Ilham377

    June 8, 2019

    would you like to donate your nikon camera for me to use to start a small photo business.

    Reply
  • Willports

    June 10, 2019

    300,000 actuations this year on D850, no replacement box yet, no indications of any issues, i never shoot anything but jpeg small at events and correctly expose, there is no editing in my job, its straight from camera to clients hand. D850 has 1 ergonomics issue if you rotate a lot, apart from that had no issues with it. I bang through 2 gripped batteries a day and the camera is bloody hot yet it still plods on like a tank. I shoot spot, as AF can hunt especially if there is bright light right next to your focus point if your in 9 point or group, as the edge points pick pull you out, single point gives you much better control. I shoot mainly around the 10,000 iso mark and SS 1000/1250, its very rare to get lower, however when you do and your able to bring that ISO down the colours are so rich and thats again from Jpeg Small – quality Medium(11mb files) which is why I would immediately swap to a 25mpx camera if good enough one released and leave the D850 for backup/Portrait/landscape work, in the mean time its my main sports camera. P.S D5 i had and returned after it went faulty, after that i stuck with what i know and trust and thats the D850

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  • Dr Spaseebo

    June 20, 2019

    A shame ~ am having trouble with the audio, quite muffled.

    Reply
  • Mario Pllumbi

    July 1, 2019

    6:45 SONY is the best. that is what it means 😎

    Reply
  • ted brown

    July 9, 2019

    She nailed the major point in taking tack sharp photos and that is good glass. If you don't have good glass then it's useless. her words not mine.

    Reply
  • Rapi Bengkalis

    July 11, 2019

    Good

    Reply
  • Nikhil

    July 24, 2019

    Sony sensor

    Reply
  • 384842

    August 7, 2019

    Doesn't like Canon 5dMk4? Canon's EF lenses better than Nikons Nikkor, isn't it?

    Reply
  • Gibson Weasel

    August 8, 2019

    If you end up in the middle of nowhere!!! with some bad weather!! nothing beats the D700/D3! 🙂 I wish Nikon would bring back the old Japanese build quality!!! and button placement that worked so well

    Reply
  • ThothHeart Maat

    August 9, 2019

    What is comparable in Canon? I like the crop mode..

    Reply
  • ThothHeart Maat

    August 9, 2019

    It's funny watching videos about the top cameras out there and hearing reasons why they kind of suck…

    Reply
  • Jevgenijs Kozlovskis

    August 9, 2019

    I am from the future: she switched to Sony.

    Reply
  • Code Bunny

    August 19, 2019

    This camera tempts me but only because of the 500mm f/5.6 that Nikon have that would give me a cheeper overall wildlife setup than Canon gives.

    Reply
  • Hec

    August 26, 2019

    Hello Tony, i have a question why do you say that the cropped image is 20 megapixels when you divide 45.4 megapixels by 1.5 the result is 30.26 Best regards

    Reply
  • Tanmay Rout

    September 5, 2019

    D7500 or d750 which one is batter bro only for photography plz reply 🙏🙏

    Reply
  • E-Nonymouse

    September 11, 2019

    Wireless connectivity still sucks across the board, granted i've not tried a cannon but i'm not surprised about that. With the d800E I had to use a seperate intervalometer/wireless controller to get proper flexibility because the integral interval controls in it sucked. Hahnel had a really nice small foot print unit for that.

    Reply
  • E-Nonymouse

    September 11, 2019

    Skip lightroom, go with Capture One.

    Reply
  • Stevie Beats

    September 12, 2019

    great review, thanks

    Reply
  • Alexandra Read Artwork

    September 19, 2019

    Oy thing that would bother me is how damn loud this camera is when taking pictures.

    Reply
  • richardhalo

    September 20, 2019

    How to get these:
    – be born rich
    or
    – get rich

    Reply
  • Jewel Bunch III

    September 28, 2019

    Thanks again for making this video helping me decide which one to buy Nikon D850 vs Nikon D810

    Reply
  • HDR Daily

    October 2, 2019

    Getting the Z7 instead of a D850 is becoming less interesting.

    Reply
  • Mackenzie Hughes

    October 6, 2019

    People still mispronounce Oregon and it’s so crazy to me 😂🤦🏻‍♀️

    Reply
  • Sidheek Sabeelas

    October 17, 2019

    I checked both Nikon and canon … Both r focusing poor but Sony 👌

    Reply
  • davin2002

    October 27, 2019

    Funny, this is a pro camera? i think not.

    I bought some cameras secondhand used by professionals – so i got some insight to what they are looking for in a new camera, when discussing their next purchase; – they didn't care for more features or ultra high mega pixel or DR possibilities, they only want to know if it works ergonomically, and if it can handle harsh abuse during work assignments or in their studio.
    if, and only if the customer demands high quality they will rent the camera for certain shoots.

    The rest is just bulk, or they know will not work in the field

    One of the main thing as a pro is to know your camera in and out, so you can focus on the picture, and not fiddle with settings, or chimp. ( in front of your customer, under fire, or just inches away from a blow to the head)

    The less settings / options the better, also less things to break on a camera.

    Reply
  • CamdenBloke

    October 30, 2019

    But how does it compare to my Nikon F3?

    Reply
  • RichardvBrown

    November 8, 2019

    Info commercial

    Reply

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