The Nikon D850 was just awarded the first full 100 overall score ever given out to a DSLR by the testing lab DxOMark. The D850 now sits alone in the top spot on the camera leaderboard, with the full-frame mirrorless Sony a7R II sitting at #2 with a score of 98.
This is the first time a full-frame backside-illuminated sensor has appeared in a Nikon camera, and it’s a sensor that “breaks new ground for image quality,” DxOMark says. The D850 has the best color and dynamic range at base ISO among all commercially available cameras tested by the lab — it’s so good it rivals medium format sensors in some aspects.
“At base ISO, the Nikon D850 image quality for color is unrivaled for a DSLR, although the mirrorless Sony A7R II and full frame compact RX1R II comes pretty close,” DxOMark writes. “The D850’s color is on par with the best results we’ve seen on medium-format sensors, such as the Phase One IQ180 digital back, and fractionally ahead of the Phase One P65.”
And another in depth review from photographylife:
Based on our preliminary research, the Nikon D850 looks like a very solid and impressive tool that can satisfy any photography need. Without a doubt, it is Nikon’s most technologically advanced camera to date. With its 45.7 MP full-frame BSI CMOS sensor capable of capturing extreme detail and superb dynamic range at ISO 64, the Nikon D850 is a dream camera for landscape, architecture and studio photography needs. Coupled with a high-end autofocus system from the Nikon D5 that has a total of 153 focus points (99 of which are cross-type and 15 of which are sensitive to f/8), -4 EV AF sensitivity, an advanced 181,000-pixel RGB meter, fast EXPEED 5 processor and impressive 7 frames per second (fps) continuous shooting speed that can be extended to 9 fps with the MB-D18 battery grip and amazing battery life, the D850 is also a formidable tool for photographing action, making it highly desirable for sports and wildlife photography. Videographers will love 4K full frame video recording with the ability to output 4:2:2 uncompressed video via HDMI, slow motion video, 4K and 8K timelapse recording and all other video-related features. And lastly, all the extra features such as focus stacking, tilting touch-enabled LCD screen, illuminated buttons, built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, weather sealed construction and dual card slots show that Nikon used everything it has in its arsenal to make the Nikon D850 a one-stop-shop, a “do-it-all” versatile camera. For the first time, Nikon merged two camera lines into one to make the D850 the most capable camera on the market. And without a doubt, it has succeeded in achieving that – the D850 is the best Nikon DSLR we have tested to date.
Hoping I will get one to try in the not too distant future. The camera was released for sale at 3 am eastern time on 8/24. From what I read online B&H has so far filled the orders of those that placed orders in the first few minutes. Given that I lazily waited until almost 9 am on 8/24 to order mine I may be waiting for some time to come.