Yesterday we were lucky enough to attend the exclusive launch event for the Nikon D850 at Loft Studios in London. Not only were we blown away by Nikon’s latest addition to their camera family, but we were also blown away by the event they put on.
The day started with the expected presentation, which explained in great detail all the awesome features of the D850. There are lots of things that got us excited, which we will get on to in a minute.
After the presentation we devoured a lovely lunch and were then split off into four groups. Nikon had set up four studio situations with four incredible Nikon professional photographers – Tom Miles – Sports/Action, Ross Harvey – Wedding, Richard Peters (Ambassador) – Wildlife, Amy Shore (Ambassador) – Car. Nikon provided great scenarios for us to test the camera in, all with fantastic variation. We had half an hour with each set to test out the D750 with a range of Nikon lenses. It was clear to see the thought that went into every aspect of the day from the Nikon team – it was quite incredible.
We loved the wedding set. It was the ideal situation for the camera to best tested with humans in a situation that the D850 is really beneficial.
Hungry Eye’s Editor-in-Chief, Luke Woodford says: “The new silent shooting mode on Live View as a fantastic feature of this camera. It’s no secret that Nikon’s don’t have the quietest shutter but now with with mode you can be as discreet and unobtrusive as you need to me. It’s obviously great for capturing natural moments at weddings and it also means you can get up close and personal with your doing street photography too.”
The wildlife set also created a real buzz and everyone got great images.
The set for Richard Peters, Nikon Ambassador.
Photo by Luke Woodford using the Nikon D850.
Tom Miles set up a real action-packed situation, which was fantastic for testing out the D850’s incredible 7-9fps.
After testing out the camera in all the situations, we just didn’t want to put it down. We have listed the specifications below but apart from the silent mode, our favourite features are option to have different size raw files and the touch screen. Get your hands on one and see what you like best!
Summary of main features
Resolution: 45.7 megapixels of effective resolution. Richly detailed 45.4 MP files. Back-illuminated FX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter.
Speed: shoot at 7 fps. Or shoot full-resolution images at 9 fps when using the optional MB-D18 Multi-Power Battery Pack (with the EN-EL18B battery inserted).
Light sensitivity: the powerful EXPEED 5 image processor delivers exceptionally clean images across the ISO range of 64–25600, extendable from 32 to 102400 (equivalent). The full ISO range is available for 4K video shooting too.
Precision: the same phenomenal 153-point AF system as the flagship D5 offers sensitivity down to -4 EV at the central point (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F). Metering down to -3 EV enables precise automatic exposures even when the only light is the light of the moon.
4K video with no crop factor: record full-frame 4K/UHD movies at 30p, with no crop-factor limitations. Shoot more than three hours using the MB-D18 Multi-Power Battery Pack.
In-camera 4K timelapse: film 4K timelapse movies in-camera, and harness the D850’s 45.7 effective megapixels to create spectacular 8K timelapse movies in post.
RAW flexibility: shoot 45.4 MP RAW size Large, 25.6 MP RAW size Medium, or 11.4 MP RAW size Small (both Medium and Small are 12-bit lossless compressed).
Any environment: extensive weather sealing readies the D850 for harsh environments. The same full-button illumination seen on Nikon’s D5 ensures easy handling under the blanket of night.
Fast storage media: a dual card slot unit enables use of a UHS-II SD card and an XQD card—the fastest combination possible.
At the end of the day we even peeped some classic 100th anniversary Nikon gear, we obviously had to take a couple of photos.
Thank you Nikon for an amazing launch and fantastic new camera. The Nikon D850 will be available to buy from the September 7th 2017 and will cost £3,499.99 [RRP].