In a world of camera leaks and rumors, Nikon just threw up its hands today and announced that the Nikon D850, successor to the D810, is under development and coming soon.
Of course, we all knew a D810 successor is in the works – just as every other major camera has a successor in the works. So, what do we actually know about the D850 other than the model number?
In Nikon’s press release, the only info about the actual camera is as follows:
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.
Essentially, “it’s better than the D810.”
Still, that’s a pretty high standard. Just get the shutter right though.
Notably, Nikon announced the D850 development on the company’s 100th anniversary (July 25, 2017). Nikon has been celebrating this milestone for over a month now and it seems rather obvious that it wanted to drop some big news on the actual birthday of the company. Additionally, Nikon likely wants to cut into the Canon’s 5D Mark IV and Sony’s A7 series sales, and appease those Nikonians who are getting a little antsy for a D810 replacement.
A Nikon D850 teaser video (below) and B&H’s product page for the D850 both highlight 8K Timelapse as a feature.
Other than 8K Timelapse, the only concrete spec released today is the FX (aka full frame) sensor on board. Nikon highlights a high resolution and high speed as well. Considering the D810 offers 36MP, and Sony is around the corner with 42MP on the A7R II, could the D850 reach for 50MP or beyond?
Stay tuned for updates on the Nikon D850.