Nikon D850 review Verdict
Because of its combination of high pixel count and fast shooting rate along with a wide sensitivity range, Nikon is pitching the D850 as two cameras in one and it’s a reasonable argument that makes the launch price (£3,499.99/$3,296.95) a little more palatable.
Photographers normally have to choose whether they want high resolution or high frame rates and sensitivity settings, but the D850 is like a boosted D810 combined with the D500. It’s extremely capable with a very fast, accurate focusing system and a sensor and processor combination that delivers high-quality images.
Bar a relatively minor niggle that I also have with other Nikon DSLRs, the handling is excellent. The grip is deep and comfortable to use and all the controls are within easy reach. Changing focus mode, AF point selection mode and AF point is all very easy with the camera held to your eye and you look through the large, bright viewfinder. The touchscreen is also very responsive and it provides an excellent view of the scene.
To summarise the Nikon D850, it’s a well-built camera with a high-level specification that delivers first-rate images in tricky situations.
Should I buy the Nikon D850?
If you’re looking for a high-quality DSLR that can be used in poor weather and get moving subjects sharp or deliver large images with lots detail then the Nikon D850 is an excellent choice. Its price puts it beyond the reach of many but its full-frame sensor, flagship processor, high-quality build and extensive feature set as well as the two-cameras-in-one functionality go a long way to justifying it.
One word of caution, however, while the video quality is very good, this is not the camera to chose if you want to use autofocusing in video mode.