Final Update Before Announcement: So much for keeping this under wraps before the announcement this week. We now know the entire spec sheet thanks to official Nikon slides that were supposed to be part of the unveiling event in China.
45.75MP full frame CMOS sensor
New and improved version of SnapBridge
No built-in GPS
Tiltable LCD (3.2″, 2.36 million dots)
Fully functional touchscreen: supports touch AF, touch shutter and touch menu
Memory card slots: one SD and one XQD
AF system from the D5 (153 points, 130% frame coverage compared to the D810, all AF points @ -3EV, middle/center crosshair sensor @-4EV)
New smaller AF point
No built-in flash
Back illuminated buttons
Built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
8K time-lapse video capabilities
4k UHD video in FX format (with no crop)
No EVF or hybrid viewfinder
Slo-mo full HD 120fps video
The SD slot will support UHS-II
Improved LiveView split-screen display
Improved silent shooting mode: fully-silent, no-sound electronic shutter in live view (6 fps silent shooting, no mechanical movement, can shoot up to 30fps @ 8MP with the electronic shutter)
Improved battery life
Lighter than the D810
Native ISO range: 64-25,600
ISO 64 extendable down to ISO 32 (Lo1 = 32, Hi 2 = 108,400)
7fps without grip, 9fps with grip (MB-D18a battery grip and the EN-EL18a battery)
51 images raw buffer at 14-bit RAW
0.75x optical viewfinder (largest ever on a Nikon FX cameras)
180k RGB meter
No AA filter
Supports for Nikon wireless transmitter WT-7
Built-in focus stacking: up to 300 pictures with up to 10 levels of focusing steps (still need external software)
Price will be CNY 23,999 or around $3,600 (source: multiple online retailers)
Announcement date could be August 16th
RAW sizes: small, medium, large
New 1:1 mode
New natural light AWB
Update 7/31: More rumors keep rolling in and most are definitely in the plausible if not likely category. The D850 is being characterized as a baby D5. Makes sense in that the D7500 is a baby D500. FPS rumors have it at 10fps and a 46-megapixel sensor. That’ll make landscape photographers happy. Pricing rumors are coming out of Europe have it 1,000 Euros over the D810 which will continue to be sold. We will keep updating as more information becomes available.
The updates keep rolling in. Nikon Rumors has the first press shots of the Nikon D850. Beats all the mock-ups. Spec updates below.
Now there are rumors floating around the D850 will have a hybrid optical/EVF setup. That’s not confirmed, but would be interesting. It gets extra credence as Nikon is working on a professional mirrorless camera. Why not integrate the EVF into a camera slated for release soon.
As for those wondering if Nikon is teasing the D850 and we will end up waiting a year. That’s doubtful. Look how many companies have opted for quick teases and then announcements. If they want to tamp down on leaks, this is the best way. Teaser video followed by a quick announcement.
D850 Confirmed. We knew Nikon was waffling between the D820 and D850. They seem to love the number five at this point. And now we have an official video. Still nothing confirmed spec wise, but we do have an official video. Yeah, I want one.
Quick update on the latest spec rumors. The AF system for the Nikon D820, or D850, will incorporate the same system used in the Nikon D5.
The successor to the Nikon D810 is getting serious rumor attention now. The Nikon D850 is the camera which has everyone buzzing. While the D7500 is great and essentially doubles as a baby D500, we are all slaves to the high megapixel count. And the rumors are hinting at the megapixel wars heating back up.
What’s not mentioned is the price. Current Nikon 810s are selling on [amazon link=”B00LAJQVR6″ title=”Amazon” /] for just under $2500. If they want to rain all over Sony’s a9 parade, that would do it. Not likely, but the camera manufacturers could stand a price war benefiting consumers instead of slow rise higher for many markets.
What do you think of the rumors? The megapixel count sounds like a lock to me. I’m interested in the controls, and how they integrate the AF we love from the D500 and Nikon’s latest offerings into a higher megapixel DSLR. This post will be continually updated as more rumors come across or get firmed up.