Behold the Nikon D850 with 8K Time-lapse! (Kinda)

Big news, Nikon fans. In celebration of Nikon's 100th Anniversary, the D850 is coming... soon? Sometime this year? Early next year? Eventually? Okay, to be fair, we don't actually know many of the details -- the press release doesn't even include an official picture of the D850 body -- nor any firm specifications, save for these:

Nikon IS developing the successor to the Nikon D810 DSLR which, for those unaware, is effectively the Vice President of Nikon's Full-Frame FX-format DSLR camera systems. Nikon says the new D850 "will be a formidable tool for creators who will not compromise on exceptional image quality and versatility, including both aspiring and professional photographers as well as hobbyists who capture landscapes, weddings, sports, fashion, commercial imagery and multimedia content creators."


The Nikon D850 is going to feature 8K Time-Lapse as showcased in this GORGEOUS first video shot with the camera:


Okay, so if the D850 is the next gen D810, what can we expect from this FX Format camera? Since there are no hard facts about the D850, let's make a few guesses and eventually look back here to see how the final product compares. Again, these aren't even rumors -- just hunches.

Based on this D810's history and the company's more recent releases -- the D500 & D7500 -- my personal guess is that, in addition to 8K Time-Lapse, the D850 will boast:

  • an FX format Full-Frame CMOS image sensor with no optical low pass filter (of course!), but will it still be 36.3MP or go for more pixels? I hope it stays the same or reduces pixel count.

  • I bet we see the introduction of an EXPEED 6 (or dual EXPEED 5) image processor since that 5 is already available in much more affordable cameras.

  • 4K video is a given, but the real question will be whether or not it's locked to 8-bit or if there will be 10-it HDR capabilities (please make it so, Nikon)

  • at least 10fps high-speed shooting. Here's hoping the D850 can beat the D500, though this will depend on the processor and megapixel count.

  • a tilting Touchscreen display (maybe even a vari-angle).

  • A broader ISO range of at least 100-51,200 that is expandable to Lo 1 and Hi 5 (50 - 1,640,000 equivalent).

  • Wi-Fi / NFC / Bluetooth.

  • An MSRP around the $3,000 dollar mark.