Nikon D85O Real World Review
Now a Reality
The D850 SOLD out during pre-orders mostly due to all the CANON people jumping ship and putting in their orders, you find these folks on Youtube a couple years ago bashing Nikon now praise what Nikon delivered. Coming in the next 2 years is the mirrorless D900 hybrid, setting the stage for the Sony folks to come to the Nikon side... Jokes aside... here was my strategy and initial review of my D850.
To ensure I received an early release I ordered two, one from a major NY outlet B and something and the second order from a smaller camera store. I was happy to see the smaller camera store able to deliver the camera on the day it was released, while the larger NY store sent out notices they are sorry.... so I, cancel the order that does not ship, sorry Big Box Camera Store.
Now that I have the D850: I like all the improvements over the D800 and D810. However, both the D800 and D810 are very nice DSLRs.
- The Tilt Touch screen is a winner. Like the D500, I use the touch-tilt screen all the time and it makes my photography so much more fluid out in the field, only now this touch screen has menu inputs at your fingertips. Big, Bright, and as sensitive as any smartphone, the responsiveness of my touch inputs are quick and fast. I do still notice lag in some menus like going from menu to picture view - but not that troublesome or annoying.'
- The large roomy viewfinder. WOW! Looking through the viewfinder is amazing, the eye-relief and field of view through the pentaprism reminds me of my F5 only better. Very bright with a large view of what you are looking at - almost perfect 1:1 framing with a 1% error on side of capturing more than what you see - which is good. The D500 has a similar concept, your framing adds about 1% more to the image than what you see - this is great when you have critical compositions, errs on the side of safety.
- 4K Video. Now full frame 4K at 8 bit. Be prepared to get your shots close to perfect using this codec @ 4gb files. Although I am not a video-centric person I do appreciate the addition of this feature, I like bringing home a few clips of wildlife in high resolution - amazing. More to come on the video features.
- The Silent Mode. This might be the one reason you wanted a mirror-less camera, but Nikon figured how to do it with an optical DSLR and makes your shooting silent. But don't be fooled, you trade something in return - like the real-time optical feedback and rely on electronics, but I am still glad this feature is available.
- Compatibility. Nikon retains the history and culture of it are customers.
- Speed. Well, to maximize speed you need a $400.00 battery grip + $350.00 charger = $850.00 which is still on back-order. 7 fps is nice and reasonable considering the file sizes
- Timelapse. Built-in and allows you to edit the files outside the camera.
- Low ISO. Nikon understands photography and the legacy of film, ISO base setting of 64 is a blessing - Thank you! Clean images.
- Focus. 100 cross with over 153 total focusing points across the sensor, same as the D5.
- Back-lighted buttons. Finally, finally yes, you can see the buttons in dim light. The D500 added this to the stack and I love it.
- WiFi and BlueTooth. Great to see this added for those who need it, I am not one who depends on either but glad it is there.
- Focus Stacking. Do you do Macro? good news - bad news. Yes, it is available in camera but a number of images and sizes may persuade you otherwise. I found this to be more trouble than it is worth. Hopefully, Adobe adds a native focus stacking feature in Lightroom or Photoshop otherwise this is too much work.
Stuff I hope improvements:
- Stop the megapixel race, and improve the quality of the image across the spectrum. Don't know why adding more is now all that important but image quality is.
- Price is too much. Technology should be seeing decreased pricing- I think it is a bit much.
- Mixed Media - get on the same sheet of music.
The birth of the Nikon 900 will be in two years and will be an FX mirror-less hybrid; the Nikon 900 will trump all before it and advance Nikon shooters to Nirvana, stay tuned.