Stunning 8K Time-Lapse Video Shot Using the Nikon D850

In case you didn’t already know what a beast of a camera the Nikon D850 is, another incredible 8K time-lapse video has surfaced created using the D850’s powerful 45.7-megapixel sensor and the built-in interval timer.

I was initially hesitant to give too much praise to the Nikon D850. After all, I’m still rather fond of my current workhorse of a camera, my Nikon D810, and I paid an arm and a leg for it. Admittedly, one area where the D850 excels dramatically over the D810 is when it comes to creating time-lapse videos. The D810 is no slouch in this department by any means, however, the D850 is capable of cranking out these clips at a remarkable 8K resolution using advanced technology that Nikon claims will separate time-lapses created using the D850 from all others. I don’t even own a 4K television or monitor yet, but at the rate things are going, I wouldn't be surprised to see 8K monitors and televisions popping up in advertisements on the sidebar of my favorite websites soon.

The captivating video from Nikon was shot in southern Africa by photographer Marcel Van Oosten. Keep in mind that in order to upload the video to YouTube, the footage was converted down to 4K UHD.

[via Nikon Imaging Japan]

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John Crisp's picture

Awesome is the only thing that comes to mind.

Alex Armitage's picture

Very curious how the foregrounds were lit.

Oliver Kmia's picture

In this type of shot, use lights on battery with very very low settings because the exposure for stars is usually around 15-30 sec at ISO2000-6400 and large aperture (f1.4 to f2.8) and anything more than dim light would be overexposed.

Alex Armitage's picture

Usually a flashlight of seemingly low power is more than enough even for a few seconds. That's why I'm curious what was used. I'd love to know!

Ben Pearse's picture

Marsel used several Flare Pros from Orfos as they apparently don't have a real hotspot.

Alex Armitage's picture

Any idea for how long? Turned on a off in a stationary spot? Shot around? Blended? SO MANY QUESTIONS :)

David Penner's picture

If you are doing timelapse nothing will beat just doing it manually and then processing it with lrtimelapse.

Anonymous's picture

If the method you describe is better, which you didn't say, you'll have to point out the differences to me. Aside from "Holy Grail" TL's, I can't think of anything.

Brandon Mount's picture

Even with a fast 100mb wifi connection trying to watch the vid at 1440/60 I just get buffering. Looks great at 720. 😀

That's because a 100Mb wifi connection isn't 100Mb.

Johnny Rico's picture

Doesnt really do much for me? Either Fstoppers or Petapixel posted one about Norway/Iceland (not sure where, but that part of the globe) a few months ago, now that was stunning.

Ansel Spear's picture

Another time-lapse lacking a narrative. Random images jumping from night to dawn and back to night again.

Christoph .'s picture

I'm on board for the idea, but I'm yet to see why this "timelapse" mode is really any different from just using a regular intervalometer that's been in the Nikon lineup for years... I've seen the exposure smoothing but not really a lot of info about it.

It would be nice for Nikon to market this feature a little better by explaining why it's different to any bog standard intervalometer with a different calculator on it other than throwing "8K" in front of it.

Paulo Macedo's picture

Time to watch this amazing 8K timelapse on my 2.5K IPS display at home, better yet, i'll watch this on my cheap wallmart 1080p 32" TV :D
Sarcasm Off:

This is pretty cool, i'm trying to recycle my Canon T1i, by removing the low cut filter and adding an Hydrogen Alpha filter to it to use it on timelapses and spacelapses. 200€ mod, let's see how fair it handles the task with a Sigma 18-35 1.8 :)