When it comes to wildlife photography, high megapixel cameras aren't normally the first kind of cameras that most people tend to think of. Cameras such as the Canon 1DX Mark II, the Nikon D5, and the Sony a9 come to mind, due to their incredible burst rates, rugged build quality, and amazing autofocus systems. Tony Northrup, an avid wildlife photographer, believes the Nikon D850 to be the best camera for wildlife photography. In his latest video, Northrup describes in detail why he believes this to be true and based on the information he presents, it's difficult to argue against his points.
Having a fast and accurate autofocus system is vital for wildlife photography, your subject may not only be moving quickly but the movement may not be easy to predict. Northrup describes the autofocus system in the D850 as "astounding" as it seems Nikon may have improved the autofocus system even beyond that of the Nikon D500 and D5. The extra megapixels are extremely useful for cropping and with wildlife photography, the trick is to try and get as close to your subject as possible. The DX mode in this cameras has been done really well, the viewfinder gets cropped in and the focus points cover the majority of the cropped section. This allows for much better and effective composition with less time needed in post.
Compared to the Canon 5DS R, the D850 is much faster and once combined with the grip it can shoot almost as fast as the D500. This makes the D850 a really well balanced high megapixel fast camera. The dynamic range as demonstrated in his previous video is significantly better than the 5DS R making the files far more flexible to recover detail in dark eyes and shadowed areas. Lastly, the buffer is very respectable when shooting full sized raw files, however, switching over to JPEG extends its ability to shoot all the way up to 200 images.
All in all this camera is becoming more and more impressive with every new review and really starting to look like the best camera ever made.