Leaked Nikon D850 marketing slides confirm core features

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Rumours around Nikon’s upcoming D850 has set the internet ablaze, with fans of the Japanese photography giant’s next flagship camera becoming increasingly impatient for an official reveal.

While there’s no word on when exactly that will happen, it does seem to be imminent, as a collection of Chinese marketing slides seem to have let the cat out of the bag early. Nikon Rumours has translated the slides, using the information contained within them to confirm many of the camera’s features.

It looks like the Nikon D850 will indeed feature a 45.7MP sensor, aligning up nicely with rumours that pegged its sensor to come in between 45 and 46MP. The camera will also feature a tilting 3.2-inch vari-angle 2.359mp touchscreen When used with a separate battery pack the D850 will be capable of shooting at 9fps.

The slides also suggest that the camera will indeed feature 4K video capture, allow for 8K timelapse filming and sport an ISO range between 64 and 25,600. It’ll also have a 153-point Auto Focus system, and a 180,000 RGB sensor.

The rumours of the hybrid viewfinder seem to be unfounded though, as it’ll sport an Optical View Finder with 0.75x magnification. This isn’t especially surprising, given Nikon’s habit of improving through iteration.

In a recap, Nikon Rumours put together all of the camera’s features in an easy to follow bulleted list:

  • 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
  • Joystick selector
  • 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: Chinese forum)
  • Announcement date could be August 16th
  • RAW sizes: small, medium, large
  • New 1:1 mode
  • New natural light AWB

We expect Nikon to reveal the camera properly this week – with suggestions that it’ll be as soon as Wednesday.

Last Updated: August 14, 2017

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