When it comes to classic and yet classy camera brands, Nikon rates among the very best in the business. The brand has manufactured so many outstanding camera models to their name and the introduction of another masterpiece in the D850, only shows they can only get better. Launched a few years ago, the D850 is a credible upgrade to the D810 released earlier and dons even more outstanding features and specs.

In this comprehensive review, we will delve into the Nikon D850’s core specifications, reviews, and its price in the current market in Zambia.

Nikon D850 Price in Zambia

Based on reports from the current market, the Nikon D850 can be purchased for anything between KW1.2 million and KW1.4 million. The variation in the prices is a result of certain factors which include the place and period of purchase. The currency exchange rate at the period also affects the price the smartphone goes for. The current global unease as a result of the pandemic has significantly limited the rate of importation of products, thereby affecting the prices of related products.

Nikon D850 Key Features

The Nikon D850 is not just a camera, it’s a statement. It comes packed with a 45.7MP BSI CMOS sensor and offers 7 fps continuous shooting with AE/AF (9 with battery grip and EN-EL18b battery). The camera also features a 153-point AF system linked to a 180,000-pixel metering system.

For video enthusiasts, the D850 offers UHD 4K video capture at up to 30p from full sensor width and 1080 video at up to 120p, recorded as roughly 1/4 or 1/5th speed slow-mo. It also provides 4:2:2 8-bit UHD uncompressed output while recording to card.

The Nikon D850 is equipped with 1 XQD slot and 1 UHS II-compliant SD slot. Its battery life is rated at 1840 shots. The camera also features a 3.2″ tilting touchscreen with 2.36M-dot (1024×768 pixel) LCD and illuminated controls.

The camera also offers 19.4MP DX crop (or 8.6MP at 30fps for up to 3 sec), SnapBridge full-time Bluetooth LE connection system with Wi-Fi, and advanced time-lapse options (including in-camera 4K video creation).

Nikon D850 Review

Let us take a deeper look at the features and specifications of the Nikon D850.

Body and Design

The body of Nikon D850 is mainly made from magnesium alloy and looks like the D810 in some way. The newer model boasts a flip-up/down cradle for its rear screen, just like the D750. This makes the model way better in terms of resolution and also touch-sensitive. Unlike the D5 and D500, The touch sensitivity is usable in live view mode and for navigating between menus, unlike the ones in D5 and D5000. The touch sensitivity can also be used in playback mode.

One of the most obvious differences between the D850 and previous models is the difference is the viewfinder hump – D850 does not have an inbuilt flash. In its place, there is a flash sync socket or users will need to get a WR-radio control trigger set, which includes the WR-R10, WR-T10, and the WR-R10.

Time Lapse

Just like the previous models, the Niko D850 features inbuilt intervalometer functions. This allows the user to capture time-lapses without the need for any external accessories. The intervalometer functions can be easily combined with the camera’s shutter live view mode. This helps significantly avoid or reduce vibration on the mechanical shutter.

The D850 can collect the images together in a 4K video. It can also retain the full resolution files of the images, which will further allow the user to create a full resolution time-lapse in external software. The brand uses the D850’s high resolution to brand it 8k Time-lapse, with the images exceeding the dimension of 7, 680 by 4, 320 video format.

High Resolution

The Nikon D850 dons a backside illuminated sensor, which means that the light assembling elements of the receiver are nearer to the surface of the chip. This significantly increases the sensitivity and efficiency of the sensor, by basically enhancing the low light performance of the camera. It also makes the pixels closer to the edges of the sensor to better gather light approaching with high incidence angels, thereby improving bordering image quality.

Just like the largely successful Nikon D810, the D850 boasts an appreciable ISO 64 mode. This mode allows the camera to bear more light in bright environments and conditions. The camera has almost the same dynamic range advantage as the D810, which means the camera should compete healthily with the medium format sensors present in the likes of the highly-rated Fujifilm GFX 50S and the in-demand Pentax 645Z.

Video Capabilities

One of the standout plus in this department is that the D850 is the first Nikon DSLR to capture 4K video right from the full width of its sensor. The camera can shoot at a bit rate of about 144 Mbps at 30p, 24p or 25p. The camera can also deliver uncompressed 4:2:2 eight-bit UHD to an external recorder when the user is recording to the card. The Nikon D850 subsamples to capture videos, in turn dropping the level of factor capture and growing the risk of moiré, as well as with a theoretic drop in low light enactment. The Nikon D850 can shoot at about 60p at a resolution of 1,080. The slow mode can capture at about 120 frames per second and delivering at 42p, 25p, or 30p depending on the setting. When on the 1080 mode, the camera delivers focus peaking, which is accessible for 4K shooting.


The Nikon D850 marks a great improvement when compared with the previous models in the same series. They guarantee value for money with amazing picture and video qualities and overall delivery. Whether you are a professional photographer or a hobbyist, the Nikon D850 is a worthy investment, offering a blend of high performance, robust build, and affordability, especially considering its price in Zambia.

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