Nikon Releases D850 Teaser: Will it be the new low-light monster?


Nikon last night announced development of its D850 full-frame camera.  We've known for some time that Nikon is, of course, working on a successor to the D810, but now we actually have a solid tease.

Nikon put out a press release last night and also put out a video on the new Nikon D850 page.

My Personal Guesses on Specs

  • ISO and low light performance will be the headline feature of the camera
    • It seems tough to watch the video without getting the clear impression that Nikon is focusing on low light performance on this camera (GREAT call, Nikon!)
  • 8 frames per second
    • The press release specifically says “The D850 will exceed the expectations of the vast range of photographers that seek the high resolution and high-speed capabilities that only a Nikon of this caliber complemented by NIKKOR lenses can offer.”  The fact that they mention speed makes me think they want this thing to shoot a bit quicker than the D810.  They also mention “sports” in the press release.
    • The current D810 only shoots 5 frames per second, which really lags behind the competition.
    • I don't think they'll go over 10 frames per second because the D5 is 12fps and I don't think they'd want to compete with their flagship camera
  • 40.2 megapixels
    • Perhaps using a revamped version of the Sony a7rii sensor that is improved for low light performance?  It's a shot in the dark (see what I did there?), but I don't think they'll go crazy on resolution since their teaser seems to clearly be touting the low light capabilities of the sensor.
    • Can't be fewer than 33.1 megapixels since it's advertising 8k timelapse.  8k video is 7680 x 4320 pixels, which equals 33.1 million pixels.
  • SD and XQD Card Slots
    • I think they'll include XQD even though I wish that weren't a focus by Nikon.  Nikon put XQD in the D5 and I expect them to do the same thing here.
  • 8k timelapse in-camera
    • The advert says 8k timelapse.  Obviously you can do that already by just taking a normal interval timelapse with a camera of at least 33.1 megapixels right now, so this must mean that they'll be processing the timelapse in-camera.  That would take a MONSTER processor to be able to do that, so that's why I'm bullish on the frame rate of this camera.
  • 4k video
    • I think this one is a given since it's a Nikon.  Canon?
  • Announcement in Mid-September with first shipments in November
  • Priced at $3,496
    • The D810 was priced at $3296 when it was announced in 2014.

Full Text of the Press Release from Nikon

“July 25, 2017

MELVILLE, NY – Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the development of the next generation full-frame, high-resolution, high-speed digital SLR cameras with the upcoming release of the highly anticipated Nikon D850. This announcement coincides with Nikon’s 100th anniversary of its establishment, which is celebrated today.The D850 will be a formidable tool for creators who will not compromise on exceptional image quality and versatility, including both aspiring and professional photographers as well as hobbyists who capture landscapes, weddings, sports, fashion, commercial imagery and multimedia content creators.

The D850 is the successor to the D810, which has been highly praised by its users for offering extremely sharp and clear rendering, with rich tone characteristics. This powerful new FX-format digital SLR camera is engineered with a range of new technologies, features and performance enhancements that are a direct result of feedback from users, who demand the very best from their camera equipment. The D850 will exceed the expectations of the vast range of photographers that seek the high resolution and high-speed capabilities that only a Nikon of this caliber complemented by NIKKOR lenses can offer.

To learn more about the Nikon D850, please visit nikonusa.com/d850.  Information regarding the release of this product will be announced at a later date.”

Source: Nikon USA

2 thoughts on “Nikon Releases D850 Teaser: Will it be the new low-light monster?”

  1. Oh, yes… they started developing it. As the 6G mobile network in under development, 16K video us under development, iPhone 9 is under development, … time will tell …

  2. Not sure if it will have XQD, depends how they want to use that within their lineup, might just reserve it for the flagships. I think generally it has to do everything the A7R II does and better and I imagine low light performance will be the real focus of this camera.

    Jack | http://www.globesnapper.com

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