Singapore, 27 August 2017 – The new Nikon D850 introduces some hot engineering breakthroughs that elevates the D850 to Nikon’s pantheon of greatness. For starter’s, the D850’s new full=frame CMOS image sensor packs a whopping 45.7 megapixels of resolution for unrivalled dynamic range and razor-sharp detail. The D850’s also flaunts a broader ISO sensitivity range of 64-25600, allowing long-exposure work to be accomplished even without an ND filter. It’s also the first Full-Frame Nikon D-SLR to support 4K 30 UHD video and even 8K Time-lapse recording*.
Coupled with 153 autofocus points and you’ve got a action-photography powerhouse in your hands, and what better way than to try that out than at the Singapore MX Beach Race 2017, held at Sentosa’s Tanjong Beach! Thrill-seekers and bike enthusiasts thronged the sands to watch their favourite bikers battle it out in the dunes. Nikon Singapore had invited us down to try out the D850 and there was ample room for me to get some high impact shots, armed with the Nikon D850 FX D-SLR, and the Nikkor 20-70mm f2.8 zoom lens.
Frankly, the D850’s continuous shutter speed of 7fps (up to 9fps with the optional MB-D18 Multi-Power Battery Pack) isn’t the fastest in this day and age, but it’s a very easy camera to shoot action with. All these rapid-fire shots were taken handheld under cloudy skies and saved onto an XQD card, and the pictures turned up way better than we expected! The D850’s custom 45.7mp image sensor was also pulling in enough light that I never had to ramp up the ISO, open up the aperture or reduce the shutter speed. With this new Nikon flagship, beginners and advanced photographers alike could really do some amazing work.
Note: The D850 we tried out were sample units and not for sale, and at the time of this article Nikon Singapore have yet to firm up the release date and retail price of the Nikon D850. In North America and Europe this camera will be available in September for approximately USD$3,299.95.
*8K Time-lapse video is recorded as still images on the D850, requiring post-processing work. 4K Time-lapse videos can be natively recorded.