Nikon D850 first DSLR to hit 100 points on DxOMark

Nikon obviously has delivered a hit: the D850 is the first DSLR camera to get 100 points on DxOMarks sensor test:

Its predecessor D810 already had a very high 97 score. That the best-selling D850 now hits 100 points fits perfectly for Nikon’s hundredth anniversary year.

Nikon D850

Nikon today announced the D850, the successor for the D810.

  • 45.7 Megapixel BSI sensor without low pass filter
  • Three raw modes delivering 45.7 MP, 25.6 MP or 11.4 MP
  • Quite fast 7 fps with AF or 9 fps with the battery grip
  • The excellent 153 point autofocus system from the flagship camera D5 (99 cross-type sensors), providing 30% wider coverage than the D810
  • The largest optical viewfinder on any Nikon DSLR (0.75x)
  • ISO 64 to 25,600 (with boost 32 to 102,400)
  • 4k video at 24/30 fps, Full HD 1080p at up to 120 fps
  • 8k time lapse
  • Finally focus peaking (1080p-only) and zebra stripes, uncompressed 4:2:2 8-bit 4K HDMI output and microphone/headphone inputs
  • Finally illuminated buttons like the D5
  • Redesigned shutter and mirror mechanism to better handle shutter shock
  • Tilting 3.2″ 2.36M dot touchscreen
  • Dual card slots (XQD and SD)
  • Snapbridge to connect to a mobile app (but it will transfer 46 MP file over bluetooth, probably not a good idea)
  • Weather sealed magnesium alloy body

Available in September for a MSRP of $3,299.95 or EUR 3.800

Seems like a very capable camera and probably offers the quality of the Fujifilm GFX 50S combined with the autofocus performance of the Nikon flagship D5.

First test report on Nikon D5: killer AF and low ISO

Ole J Liodden had a Nikon D5 for two months and made 50,000 exposures. He now posted a very interesting field review:

  • He reports serious improvements when using long lenses and speaks about a killer AF: “This is a big upgrade, and made photographing with 600/4.0 lens and 2.0X extender even in low light conditions possible.”
  • “Based on the jpg-files I have reviewed and edited, the image quality up to ISO 12 800 looks very clean. I would not have any problems including most of these ISO 12 800 images in my image bank or for high quality printing”
  • “Based on what I can see in the jpeg-files the High ISO performance is seriously improved”
  • He ends with “sets new standards especially regarding the AF-system and High ISO performance”

Read the full D5 report at his site.

Nikon D500 – the new DX king

Nikon has announced the long awaited followup to its D300/D300s:

  • 20.9 MP DX sensor
  • 153 AF points
  • 10 fps
  • 200 shot RAW buffer
  • 4k video

Nikon D5 specs

Nikon finally has announced the specs of the new Nikon flagship D5:

  • 20.8 MP full frame
  • 12 fps with AF, 14 FPS without AF
  • Complete new Autofocus module featuring 153 AF points (99 cross type)
  • Better RGB-sensor (doubled in resolution)
  • 4k video
  • Native ISO ranging from 100 to 102,400
  • Boosted ISO ranging from 50 to 3,280,000
  • Touchscreen

The upgraded auto-focus should bring drastic improvements for all sports photographers and will bring even better low light focus ability.