The very awaited Nikon D850 was launched. But is worth the investment?

A lot of people, including me, were very excited when I found out that the successor of the Nikon D810 will be launched. Although a lot of us thought that the model name will be D820, it seems that Nikon skipped some numbers. Therefore we have the new D850 for which the expectations were really high. But actually is worth the investment? Is the price of the new Nikon D850 worth the price or should you stay with the actual D810. For this reason we will make a One to one comparison between Nikon D850 and D810. I invite you to check the pictures of the new model over the older D810.

Nikon D850 images

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Nikon D810 images

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Sensor comparison Nikon D850 vs D810

There were a lot of rumors related to the sensor Nikon will put insider the D850. We know now that we have a 45.7 Mpx sensor. Even the 36.3 Mpx sensor of the D810 were enough for large prints, but this one is huge. It is clear that Nikon aimed to have a competing sensor with the Canon’s EOS 5 DS and 5 DS R models. Thankfully the new sensor is back-illuminated which improves the overall performance of this sensor. Motorized by the EXSPEED 5 image processing sensor, which by the way is the same on D5, we are able to shoot up to ISO 51,200 instead of ISO 25,600 on the D810. Thereby low light shooting has been improved.

If needed this can be extended to ISO 102,400 in the case of the new model and ISO 51,200 for the previous model.

Video capabilities Nikon D850 vs D810

Nikon D850Another aspect which has been improved due to the new sensor is the video capabilities of this puppy. If the D810 was only able to shoot Full HD at 60 fps, we have ultra HD or 4K capabilities on the new one at a frame rate of 30 fps. I keep telling to everyone. Although we still lack the presence of 4K capable monitors/TVs on the market, this is a standard. It is only a  matter of time until the market is filled with the necessary gadgets. Consequently the D850 want’s to keep up the pace with the trends. Both models feature ports for HDMI cables, as well as for headphones and external microphones. Thereby they could easily be used to record professional-quality footage.

Additionally the Nikon D850 has 8K time lapse shooting capabilities. Some of you might be asking yourselves what to do with 8K as even 4K is quite challenging to be edited. In fact, the great benefit of having 8K is that you can easily re-frame a shot without any quality loss in 4K. Or you can convert 8K to 4K which will improve the image quality. Either way this is a real benefit. We cannot deny this point.

Therefor this is more than a camera meant to take pictures. Correct me if I am wrong, but this is a really great camera for videographers as well. At least spec wise I think that this can be easily used for pro grade video shooting.

Burst rate

The D810 has a 36.3 Mpx sensor and a burst rate of 5 fps which is not a sluggish camera. It seems that the engineers from the Nikon have done some magic with the new D850. With a 45.7 Mpx camera, like the D850, they have managed to achieve 7 fps. For this reason your first reaction might be that additional 2 fps is not a big deal. Well guess what? You are totally wrong? Why? Because we are speaking about a 25% more megapixels which need to be exposed. Additionally we are speaking of 2 fps more than the D810. That is not something easy to achieve.

Nikon D850 wtih Grip

But, if you thought that this is the end of the story I have some more info for you. With the addition of the grip you can pull 9 fps. Now things start to change. That is 80% more fps than the older D810. What can you do with 45.7 Mpx and 9 fps? Well guess what? SPORTS. Not only you will have a the possibility to use this camera to capture sport event, you will have the possibility to make large prints. How is this possible?

Due to the 153 AF points of the D850, out of which 99 are cross typed you can achieve this kind of performance. In comparison the Nikon D810 has only 51 AF points, out of which 15 are cross typed. This camera is made for fast action. Another important thing is that this is done with en mechanical shutter.

Viewfinder and screen

Good news in this part as well. While both of the models have an eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder, the D850 has a magnification of 0.75x, while the D810 has only 0.70x magnification. When if comes to screen size, this remained the same. We have a 3.2 inch LCD screen, but:

  • the D850 has a tilt touch screen with a 2,359,000 dots
  • the D810 has not tilting, no touch screen with only 1,229,000 dots

The tilting of the screen certainly will help when you will want to take some low angle shots. But this is also useful when you need to raise the camera about your head. Tilting the screen certainly will help you to take the framing just right.

Build and design

In any case, both cameras feature a magnesium alloyed shell which makes them a durable product. Thanks to this you can use this camera in the toughest conditions. Regarding the weight, the D810 is slightly lighter with its 980g than his newest brother with 1005g. The difference is not big so probably it won’t bother you if you are already used to the D810.

One nice touch Nikon did with the D850 was adding illuminated buttons. This makes the camera more easier to use, especially in the dark. This feature is not present on the D810.

Additional features on the D850 include an electronic shutter. Certainly this is important when you don’t want to be in the center of the attention because of the shutter sound. This is perfectly true during weddings.

Macro photographers will find also an interesting feature as there’s an impressive Focus Bracketing mode, which automatically takes up to 300 shots that can be subsequently merged together to create a single image with front-to-back sharpness.

Battery life

This is an important aspect when it comes to shooting. The older D810 offered a battery life of 1200 shots which is very nice for event shooting. However, the newest family member, the D850, performs better from this aspect. Thanks to a newer battery this can achieve 1840 images on one single charge. This is 50% improvement. Using the D850 with the MB-D18 grip and EN-EL18b battery you can achieve, pay attention, a whopping 5140 shots between charges. That means you can more ore less shoot a hole event in one single go.

Conclusion

Before the D850 arrived there was a lot of speculations ongoing on the Internet. It is not bad because it means that everybody was waiting for the new camera. One of the biggest questions was related to price. Let’s see the price on Amazon for both cameras.

Nikon D810 sells for $2795.95 and you can purchase it following this link: Amazon and Adorama.

Nikon D850 seels for $3296,.95 and you can purchase it following this link: Amazon  and Adorama.

Finally the price difference is only $500. If you ask yourself if is it worth to upgrade? I would say certainly yes. If you have the money I think it is a great investment. The additional features the D850 offers are worth more than the D810. But one important matter is clear. Not everyone needs that 45.7 Mpx sensor, nor the higher ISO or tilt screen. If you are a pro who needs a work horse then this seems to be a great investment.

Generally my personal opinion is that glass is more important than body, but there always is an exception from the rule. What do you think? Would you pay $500 more for the D850 than the D810? If I had the money right now I would. Therefore I invite you to share your thoughts in the comment section below and thank you for reading this article.

As a bonus below you can find a one to one comparison table between both cameras.

 Nikon D850Nikon D810
PRICE$3299.95$2799.95
TYPE
TypeSingle-lens reflex digital cameraSingle-lens reflex digital camera
Lens MountNikon F bayonet mountNikon F bayonet mount
IMAGE SENSOR
Effective Pixels (Megapixels)45.7 million36.3 million
Sensor Size35.9 mm x 23.9 mm35.9 mm x 24 mm
Image Sensor FormatFXFX
Image Sensor TypeCMOSCMOS
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution7 frames per second5 frames per second
Image Area (pixels)FX-format
(L) 8,256 x 5,504 (45.4 million)
(M) 6,192 x 4,128 (25.5 million)
(S) 4,128 x 2,752 (11.3 million)
1:2 format (30 x 20)
(L) 6,880 x 4,584 (31.5 million)
(M) 5,152 x 3,432 (17.6 million)
(S) 3,440 x 2,288 (7.8 million)
5:4 format (30 x 24)
(L) 6,880 x 5,504 (37.8 million)
(M) 5,152 x 4,120 (21.2 million)
(S) 3,440 x 2,752 (9.4 million)
1:1 format (24 x 24)
(L) 5,504 x 5,504 (30.2 million)
(M) 4,128 x 4,128 (17.0 million)
(S) 2,752 x 2,752 (7.5 million)
DX-format
(L) 5,408 x 3,600 (19.4 million)
(M) 4,048 x 2,696 (10.9 million)
(S) 2,704 x 1,800 (4.8 million)

FX-format photographs taken during movie recording
(L) 8,256 x 4,640 (38.3 million)
(M) 6,192 x 3,480 (21.5 million)
(S) 4,128 x 2,320 (9.5 million)

DX-format photographs taken during movie recording
(L) 5,408 x 3,040 (16.4 million)
(M) 4,048 x 2,272 (9.1 million)
(S) 2,704 x 1,520 (4.1 million)
FX-format
(L) 7,360 x 4,912
(M) 5,520 x 3,680
(S) 3,680 x 2,456
1:2 format (30 x 20)
(L) 6,144 x 4,080
(M) 4,608 x 3,056
(S) 3,072 x 2,040
5:4 format (30 x 24)
(L) 6,144 x 4,912
(M) 4,608 x 3,680
(S) 3,072 x 2,456
DX-format
(L) 4,800 x 3,200
(M) 3,600 x 2,400
(S) 2,400 x 1,600
File Format Still ImagesJPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx 1:4), normal (approx 1:8), or basic (approx 1:16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed; large, medium, and small available (medium and small images are recorded at a bit depth of 12 bits using lossless compression)
TIFF (RGB)
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal Quality
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with Fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed; small size available (12-bit uncompressed only)
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
TIFF (RGB)
Storage Media1 XQD card and 1 Secure Digital (SD) card
SD
SDHC (UHS-II compliant)
SDXC (UHS-II compliant)
XQD Type Memory
CompactFlash© (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA)
SD
SDHC
SDXC
Card SlotEither card can be used for primary or backup storage or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; pictures can be copied between cards.1 CompactFlash© (CF) card and 1 Secure Digital (SD) card
VIEWFINDER
ViewfinderEye-level Pentaprism Single-Lens Reflex ViewfinderEye-level Pentaprism Single-Lens Reflex Viewfinder
Viewfinder Frame CoverageFX (36x24): 100% horizontal and 100% vertical (Approx.)
1.2x (30x20): 97% horizontal and 97% vertical (Approx.)
DX (24x16): 97% horizontal and 97% vertical (Approx.)
5:4 (30x24): 97% horizontal and 100% vertical (Approx.)
1:1 (24x24): 97% horizontal and 100% vertical (Approx.)
FX (36x24): 100% horizontal and 100% vertical (Approx.)
1.2x (30x20): 97% horizontal and 97% vertical (Approx.)
DX (24x16): 97% horizontal and 97% vertical (Approx.)
5:4 (30x24): 97% horizontal and 100% vertical (Approx.)
Viewfinder Magnification0.75x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0 m–1) (Approx.) 0.70x (Approx.)
Viewfinder Eyepoint17 mm17 mm
Viewfinder Diopter AdjustmentBuilt-in diopter adjustment (-3 to + 1 m¯¹)Built-in diopter adjustment (-3 to + 1 m¯¹)
Focusing ScreenType B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII with AF Area Brackets (grid lines can be displayed)Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII with AF Area Brackets (grid lines can be displayed)
Reflex MirrorQuick-return typeQuick-return type
Mirror Lock UpYESYES
LENS
Lens ApertureInstant-return type
Electronically Controlled
Instant-return type
Depth-of-field ControlYes
Pressing Pv button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (other modes)
YES
Lens Compatibility at a GlanceAF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
Metering with AI lenses
AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
Metering with AI lenses
Compatible LensesAF NIKKOR lenses, including type G, E, and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC lenses), and DX lenses (using DX 24 x 16 image area), AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only).
Electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supports 15 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster, of which 9 points are available for selection).
IX NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses cannot be used.
AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G, E, and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC lenses) and DX lenses (using DX 24 x 16 1.5x image area), AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (exposure modes G and H only).
Electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supports the 11 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster).
IX NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses cannot be used.
SHUTTER
Shutter TypeElectronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter
Electronic front-curtain shutter available in quiet shutter-release, quiet continuous shutter-release, and mirror up release modes
Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
Shutter Speed1/8000 to 30 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV, Bulb, Time, X2501/8000 to 30 sec.
Bulb
Flash Sync SpeedUp to 1/250 sec.
Synchronizes with shutter at 1/250s or slower
Auto FP High-Speed sync supported
Up to 1/250 sec.
Synchronizes with shutter at 1/320s or slower (flash range drops at speeds between 1/250 and 1/320s)
Shutter Release ModesContinuous low-speed [CL] mode
Continuous high-speed [CH] mode
Mirror-up [Mup] mode
Quiet Shutter Release
Quiet Continuous Release
Self-timer Mode
Single-frame [S] mode
Continuous low-speed [CL] mode
Continuous high-speed [CH] mode
Mirror-up [Mup] mode
Quiet Shutter Release
Quiet Continuous Release
Self-timer Mode
Single-frame [S] mode
Continuous Shooting OptionsFX-format
CH: Up to 9 frames per second

With an EN-EL18b Battery inserted in a MB-D18 Power Pack:
CL: 1-8 frames per second
CH: 9 frames per second
Quiet Continuous Mode: 3 frames per second
Other power sources:
CL: 1-6 frames per second
CH: 7 frames per second
Quiet Continuous Mode: 3 frames per second
FX-format
CH: Up to 5 frames per second
CL: Up to 1-5 frames per second
5:4 format
CH: Up to 5 frames per second
CL: Up to 1-5 frames per second
DX-format
CH: Up to 6 frames per second
7 fps in DX-crop mode when using optional MB-D12 battery pack and EN-EL18a battery
CL: Up to 1-6 frames per second
1:2 format
CH: Up to 6 frames per second
CL: Up to 1-6 frames per second
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution7 frames per second5 frames per second
EXPOSURE
Exposure Metering SystemTTL exposure metering using approximately 180K (180,000) pixels RGB sensorTTL exposure metering using 91,000-pixel RGB sensor
Metering MethodCenter-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame. Diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15, or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circle)
Matrix: 3D Color Matrix Metering III (type G, E, and D lenses); Color Matrix Metering III (other CPU lenses); Color Matrix Metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data
Spot: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Highlight-weighted: Available with type G, E, and D lenses
Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame
Matrix: 3D Color Matrix Metering III (type G, E, and D lenses); Color Matrix Metering III (other CPU lenses); Color Matrix Metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data
Spot: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
Highlight-weighted: Available with type G, E, and D lenses; equivalent to center-weighted when non-CPU lens is used
Metering RangeISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F
-3 ± 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering)
2 to 20 EV (spot metering)
0 to 20 EV (Highlight-weighted metering)
0 to 20 EV (3D Color Matrix, center-weighted metering or highlight weighted metering)
0 to 20 EV (spot metering)
Exposure Meter CouplingCombined CPU and AICombined CPU and AI
Exposure ModesAperture-Priority (A)
Manual (M)
Programmed auto with flexible program (P)
Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
Aperture-Priority (A)
Manual (M)
Programmed auto with flexible program (P)
Shutter-Priority (S)
Exposure Compensation±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Exposure Bracketing2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
-2 EV in 1/3, 0.7, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 step increments
+2 EV in 1/3, 0.7, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 step increments
-3 EV in 1/3, 0.7, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 step increments
+3 EV in 1/3, 0.7, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 step increments
2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Exposure LockYesYes
Picture ControlAuto
Flat
Landscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Portrait
Standard
Vivid
Flat
Landscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Portrait
Standard
User-customizable Settings
Vivid
SENSITIITY
ISO SensitivityISO 64 - 25,600
Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 32 equivalent) below ISO 64 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 102,400 equivalent) above ISO 25,600; auto ISO sensitivity control available
ISO 64 - 12,800
Lo-1 (ISO 32)
Hi-1 (ISO 25,600)
Hi-2 (ISO 51,200)
Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity6464
Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity2560012800
Lowest Expanded ISO SensitivityLo-1 (ISO 32 equivalent)Lo-1 (ISO 32 equivalent)
Highest Expanded ISO SensitivityHi-2 (ISO 102,400 equivalent)Hi-2 (ISO 51,200 equivalent)
Expanded ISO Sensitivity OptionsLo-1 (ISO 32 equivalent)
Hi-1 (ISO-51,200 equivalent)
Hi-2 (ISO-102,400 equivalent)
Lo-1 (ISO 32 equivalent)
Hi-1 (ISO 25,600 equivalent)
Hi-2, (ISO 51,200 equivalent)
Long Exposure Noise ReductionYesYes
High ISO Noise ReductionLow
Normal
High
Off
Yes
Normal
High
Off
Active D-LightingAuto
Extra High
High
Normal
Low
Off
Auto
Extra High
High
Normal
Low
Off
D-Lighting Bracketing2 frames using selected value for one frame
3–5 frames using preset values for all frames
2 frames using selected value for one frame
3–5 frames using preset values for all frames
FOCUS / AUTOFOCUS
Single-Point AF ModeYesYes
Dynamic AF ModeNumber of AF points: 9, 25, 72, or 153 point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, group-area AFNumber of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)
Auto-Area AF ModeYesYes
Autofocus SystemNikon Advanced Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection and fine-tuning, and 153 focus points (including 99 cross-type sensors and 15 sensors that support f/8), of which 55 (35 cross-type sensors and 9 f/8 sensors) are available for selectionNikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection
Detection Range-4 to +20 EV (ISO 100, 68°F/20°C)-2 to 19 EV (ISO 100, 68°F/20°C)
Lens ServoAutofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status
Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous-servo AF (AF-C); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status
Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
AF-area Mode9, 25, 72, or 153 point Dynamic-area AF
Auto-area AF
Single-point AF
3D-tracking
Group-area AF
9, 21 or 51 point Dynamic-area AF
Auto-area AF
Single-point AF
3D-tracking (51 points)
Group-area AF
Focus LockFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing the center of the sub-selectorFocus can be locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF)
Focus ModesContinuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF
Full-time Servo (AF-F)
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Normal area AF
Predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area available in Live View and D-Movie only
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Normal area AF
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area AF
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points15351
Autofocus Sensitivity-4 to +20 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)-2 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Autofocus Fine TuneYesYes
FLASH
Flash Bracketing2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV
X-Sync Speed1/2501/250
Top FP High Speed SyncUp to 1/8000Up to 1/8000
Flash ControlTTL: i-TTL flash control using RGB sensor with approximately 180K (180,000) pixels; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL fill-flash for digital SLR with spot meteringTTL: i-TTL flash control using 91,000-pixel RGB sensor are available with built-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, SB-400, or SB-300; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighting metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash Sync ModesFront-curtain sync (normal)
Rear-curtain sync
Red-Eye reduction
Red-Eye reduction with slow sync
Slow sync
Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
Front-curtain sync (normal)
Rear-curtain sync
Red-Eye reduction
Red-Eye reduction with slow sync
Slow rear-curtain sync
Slow sync
Off
Flash Compensation-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Flash-ready IndicatorLights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full outputLights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
Accessory ShoeYesYes
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)CLS SupportedCLS Supported
Flash Sync TerminalYesYes
WHITE BALANCE
White BalanceAuto (3 types)
Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K)
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Fine-tuning
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Natural Light Auto
Preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view)
Shade
Auto (2 types)
Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K)
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view)
Shade
White Balance Bracketing2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV
LIVE VIEW
Live View ShootingPhotography Live View Mode
Movie Live View Mode
Photography Live View Mode
Movie Live View Mode
Live View Lens ServoAutofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F)
Manual focus (MF)
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F)
Manual focus (MF)
Live View AF-Area ModeFace-priority AF
Wide-area AF
Normal-area AF
Pinpoint AF
Subject-tracking AF
Face-priority AF
Wide-area AF
Normal-area AF
Subject-tracking AF
Live View AutofocusContrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
MOVIE
Movie MeteringTTL exposure metering using main image sensorTTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Movie Maximum Recording Time29 minutes 59 seconds
Each movie will be recorded across up to 8 files of up to 4 GB each. The number of files and the length of each file vary with the options selected for Frame size/frame rate and Movie quality.
20 minutes at highest quality
29 minutes 59 seconds at normal quality
Movie File FormatMOV
MP4
MOV
Movie Video CompressionH.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video CodingH.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Movie Audio Recording FormatLinear PCM
AAC
Linear PCM
Movie4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 30 fps
4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 25 fps
4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 24 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 60 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 50 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps
Slow-motion: Full HD 1,920x1,080 30p (x4)
Slow-motion: Full HD 1,920x1,080 25p (x4)
Slow-motion: Full HD 1,920x1,080 24p (x5)
Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively
Quality selection available at all sizes except 3,840 x 2,160 (when quality is fixed at high) and 1,920 x 1,080 slow-motion (when quality is fixed at normal)
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 60 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 50 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps
Movie AudioBuilt-in microphone, stereo
External stereo microphone (optional)
Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
Built-in microphone, stereo
External stereo microphone (optional)
MONITOR
Monitor Size3.2 in. diagonal3.2 in. diagonal
Monitor Resolution2,359,000 Dots1,229,000 Dots
Monitor TypeTilting TFT touch-sensitive LCDWide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
Monitor Angle of View170 -degree wide-viewing angle170 -degree wide-viewing angle
Monitor AdjustmentsBrightness, 5 levelsBrightness, 5 levels
Brightness control using ambient brightness sensor
Virtual Horizon Camera IndicatorYes
Also visible in LiveView Modes
Also visible in Viewfinder
Yes
Also visible in LiveView Modes
Also visible in Viewfinder
PLAYBACK
Playback FunctionsAuto Image Rotation
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images)
Highlights
Histogram Display
Location Display
Movie Playback
Movie Slideshow
Photo Information
Photo Slideshow
Picture Rating
Playback with Zoom
Playback Zoom Cropping
Auto Image Rotation
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images)
Highlights
Histogram Display
Image Comment
Movie Playback
Movie Slideshow
Playback with Zoom
Slideshow
In-Camera Image EditingD-Lighting
Distortion Control
Filter Effects
Image Overlay
Monochrome
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Red-Eye Correction
Resize
Side-by-Side Comparison
Straighten
Trim
Trim Movie
Color Balance
Color Outline
Color Sketch
D-Lighting
Distortion Control
Edit Movie
Filter Effects
Fisheye
Image Overlay
Miniature Effect
Monochrome
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Quick Retouch
Red-Eye Correction
Resize
Selective Color
Side-by-Side Comparison
Straighten
Trim
Image CommentYesYes
INTERFACE
InterfaceAudio input: Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Headphone Connector
SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0 Micro-B connector); connection to built-in USB port is recommended
Ten-pin remote terminal: Can be used to connect optional MC-30A/ MC-36A remote cords, ML-3 modulite remote control sets, WR-R10 (requires WR-A10 adapter) or WR-1 wireless remote controllers, or GP-1/ GP-1A GPS units
HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Headphone Connector
NTSC
Stereo Microphone Input
Super Speed USB 3.0
Wi-Fi FunctionalityStandards: IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
Operating frequency: 2412–2462 MHz (channels 1–11)
Maximum output power: 8.5 dBm (EIRP)
Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK
Eye-Fi Compatible
WT-5A
BluetoothYes
Communication protocols: Bluetooth Specification Version 4.1
Operating frequency: Bluetooth: 2402–2480 MHz
Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402–2480 MHz
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GPSGP-1 GPS unit
GP-1A GPS unit
GP-1 GPS unit
GP-1A GPS unit
Save/Load Camera settingsYesYes
POWER
Battery / BatteriesEN-EL15a Rechargeable Li-ion BatteryEN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery
Battery Life (shots per charge)1,840 shots (CIPA)
Movies: Approx. 70 minutes of HD footage
1,200 shots (CIPA)
AC AdapterEH-5c/EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5B Power Connector (available separately)EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5B Power Connector (available separately)
Battery ChargerMH-25a Quick ChargerMH-25a Quick Charger
MISCELLANEOUS
Tripod Socket1/4 in.1/4 in.
Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth)5.8 in. (146 mm) x 4.9 in. (124 mm) x 3.1 in. (78.5 mm)5.8 in. (146 mm) x 4.9 in. (123 mm) x 3.3 in. (81.5 mm)
Approx. Weight32.3 oz. (915 g)
camera body only
31.1 oz. (880 g)
camera body only
Operating EnvironmentTemperature: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: Less than 85% (no condensation)
0–40 °C (+32–104 °F)

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