Nikon D850 to Be Baby Nikon D5? More Specs Rumored

Nikon D850 to Be Baby Nikon D5? More Specs Rumored

There are no shortage of Nikon D850 rumors these days. Following up previous news that Nikon shooters should be happy about, the additional features, pricing, and release date information once again found by NikonRumors set the stage for what continues to be an increasingly optimistic outlook for the D850.

According to a NikonGear.net forum post found by NikonRumors, a user claims to have spoken with Nikon Austria, which gave him quite a bit of information about the Nikon D850. First, it will feature 10 fps without the battery back. While my own assumption must be that this would almost have to be in a cropped DX mode in a lower resolution, the report also claims that the D850 will be a sports-capable camera with 46-megapixel resolution. Still, this could be taken as "sports-capable" (in DX mode) with "46-megapixel resolution" (when you're shooting slower). This doesn't help clarify much, but it does put a solid number on how fast one can shoot; and it's in line with the preivous more-than-eight-fps rumor.

The camera will also supposedly be released in October at a $1,000 premium over the D810, which will apparently continue to be sold alongside the D850 (probably the same for the D810A if this is the case). That would put the price at a very fair $4,000 if all of this is true (and if Nikon doesn't bump the D810 price down just a bit with the release of the D850).

While the D850 should make use of the same EN-EL15a battery pack as most of Nikon's smaller DSLR bodies today, there will be a new battery grip, presumably to fit the new body. Meanwhile, there is now a rumored release date of October 2017.

Again, all features considered, this new body still seems a bit too good to be true, especially at "just" $4,000. But again, none of these rumors suggest that we aren't necessarily talking about a 46-megapixel body that shoots full resolution at 5-6 fps, 24-30-megapixel DX-mode at 10 fps, and 4K video. That would still be a quite capable, very respectable camera. Surely, this could be considered a baby D5. But I would still stand to call it an all-in-one. With a 46-megapixel sensor, this would be an entirely different beast, DX-mode or not. With the D5's autofocus system, I'm still waiting to hear what the real drawback to the D850 would be. This would make it over 30-percent cheaper, would give it better image quality, and would make it lighter — all for the handicap of a couple frames per second? If Nikon does this, they should hope to be nearly sold out of their current D5 stock.

Would you get the D850 for $4,000? As always, these are all very much rumors and very far from first-hand accounts with people that would actually know what's going on. So don't count on anything just yet.

[via NikonRumors]

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Kyle Medina's picture

If they want to do good by this camera they have to keep it at the same price of the d810 launch. Though they say this is a completely different camera line from the D8xx. With the name of d850 it seems like it would be successor not a side camera like the 5ds/r are to the 5d series.

Anonymous's picture

I understand your reasoning but don't agree with it. If they called it Brownie, they should charge in accordance with the feature set.

Spy Black's picture

The only criticism I have is that it is rumored to have two different storage formats, one XQD and one SD card slot. This means you can't have redundant RAW archiving if you plan to shoot events that need high speed shooting. For those of us who have no need for high speed shooting, it requires us to spend extra on a proprietary overpriced storage format (XQD) just to have redundant RAW archiving. Make it one or the other, but not both.

It will probably be similar to the D810 or the D5. Both of those cameras don't have any issues with duel raw recording. And we shoot with the D5, and regular CF cards for both slots, and have never had an issue with speed, even at 14fps on duel raw.

Spy Black's picture

Glad it's working for your particular shooting, but tests performed on the D500 show that the SD slot is running at roughly half the UHS-II bus speed, so if you run both cards together you're only as fast as your slowest bus, which apparently is half speed UHS-II, which is still somewhat faster than full speed UHS-I.

I wish it had dual XQD.

Nissor Abdourazakov's picture

Ordering as soon it will be announced

Christopher Nolan's picture

Just waiting for my NPS notification so I can purchase, ..... gonna be another winning D8XX series for sure!

David Ferebee's picture

Man. I can't see alot of photographers spending $4000 for this camera. Nice features and all. But most will go out of business trying to buy it. They need to keep it near the $3000 range to be successful. I think. My D800 is still doing the job.

Andrew Richardson's picture

If $1,000 is enough to put you out of business, you are probably only doing this part time or are not running your business well.

Lol, totally agree with Andrew on this one. Any business that would fold for a $1k difference in gear price(and normally people only buy cameras every 3-4 years) isn't going to last long no matter the price of a camera. If you think you need this camera, but can't pay for it in three shoots or less, you need to change your thought process about a business should work. A professional doesn't actually need a flagship camera, a professional can make almost any camera work. I can make the same amount of money with a D600 instead of my D5/D810 year after year. But owning a flagship camera helps me work more efficiently, and therefore allows it to pay for its self time and time again. If the gear you own doesn't easily pay for itself every year, then you don't need it, and you're just wasting money. And if you think that the $1000 difference is the main thing that is holding you back, you probably haven't thought it through. You will likely have to upgrade your memory cards, computer, hard drive space, and server speed to be able to handle the larger files. An extra $1k for the camera is the last of your worries..

Christopher Nolan's picture

I would buy this camera if it were $7500, ...... think about its life span if you replace it when the next version comes out in 2, 2 and half years, this camera will probably generate close to $125-$150K of revenue for me during that time period, ..... maybe the old version would do the same, or even a D3300@$600, who know, who cares, .... it is right tool and the better tool for the job, ...... anyway

TJ Jackson's picture

If all of these specs are true, yes - will jump on it from day one.

Costas Constantinou's picture

I would be seriously tempted to upgrade my D750 to this one in order to have the D5's autofocus and the D810's hi res capabilities in one small(ish) body. Not having a pop up flash would be a deak breaker though as I use the pop up extentively either to add a small sparkle in my subject or, more importantly, to command the SB910 off camera very quickly.. Having to carry triggers and set them up each time I want to use my flash off camera is not something that I look forward to.

Adam Ottke's picture

I think you'd be surprised at the ease with which you can set up just one trigger these days. There are smaller non-pocketwizards -- tons of options -- out there these days that are fast, efficient, and reliable. It's not that bad. And it gives you the added flexibility of NOT having any on-camera light (which might be better in many situations). If that's not enough, you can always get an SB-700 or even a little SB-400 to fill the gap. Just a thought... (Nikon, hire me to sell these! I can do it! haha)

Nick Black's picture

But why carry extra junk if it could be built in? And what about TTL? Extra batteries are a pain too. A built in commander is a must.

Adam Ottke's picture

If I had to guess, it'd be because having one less thing to break and one less place for water to get in beats out requirement of carrying a small flash that most pros carry with them anyway (if they even need one).

No camera is perfect. Sure, this is a compromise in some ways. But Nikon simply creates what it thinks pros will want. Most people that I know that get the non-built-in-flash pro models agree, but of course, not everyone will.

Hooman Mesri's picture

IBIS would make a big difference for me. Also, I am not sure how the Nikon lenses can handle 46/7mp?!... not many of them could get close to 36!.. any thoughts?

Adam Ottke's picture

I don't have much hope, but boy do I agree and wish they'd include IBIS (or IBVR? ha). But as for the lenses, I think they're actually quite amazing. I don't know all the latest tests, I suppose. But I know the newest f/1.8g series is surprisingly sharp, etc. I think the lenses should do just fine.

I've been shooting professionally since 2011. I've Been using the d800 with the 14-24 and 24-70. I usually wait for a third iteration with product evolution cycles, as one generation is usually very incremental. As a real estate and commercial photographer I don't see anything in this new camera to pursuade me to upgrade. I I really want cleaner images. But I find it hard to believe that the higher resolution is going to be conducive to that. I have no need for higher frame-rates. The better focusing and 4K is nice to have but isn't essential. How about the but a better GUI in the camera. I'd like to have "real" user presets for my shooting. The presets offered now are a joke. And honestly, how many people shoot time lapse. The novelty wears off very soon. It almost seems the this camera could function as a sports camera and one could crop in tight for compelling frames. And it might substitute as "poor mans" camera as one can use a shorter lens and crop in. Maybe medium format is in my
Future, given the type of photography I do.