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Nikon D850: First DSLR to Score Top Marks on DxOMark Test
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, October 11, 2017 @ 09:00 AM (EST)

 

Camera tester DxOMark has published its scores for the new 45.7-megapixel full-frame Nikon D850 and given it a score of 100 overall—edging out the previous highest scorer, the 42.4MP Sony A7R II, which scored 98.

DxOMark writes: “The D850’s key strengths are its outstanding color (Portrait score) and dynamic range (Landscape score) at base ISO where it again ranks as the number one among all commercially available cameras we’ve tested for these attributes.” According to DxOMark, the performance of the D850’s sensor puts it in the hallowed company of the Phase One IQ180 digital back and Phase One P65 medium-format camera, each of which has an MSRP of some $40,000.

The D850 is marked down slightly for its low-light ISO performance, or “Sports score,” which is not surprising given the sheer number of pixels crammed onto its full-frame sensor. Unsurprisingly, it can’t compare with the insane high-ISO capabilities of the low-resolution (12.2MP) full-frame Sony A7s, for example. However, DxOMark still says that “photographers can be confident of low noise up to around ISO 3200 on the D850, and well beyond that with effective noise reduction in post-production.”

Read the full report here.

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