• 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 45.7 megapixels
  • ISO 64 - 25,600
  • APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.9 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Nikon D850 advantages over Nikon Z 30

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1840 vs 330 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Higher-res screen
    590k vs 346k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • More pixels
    45.7 vs 20.9 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon Z 30 advantages over Nikon D850

  • Less expensive
    $697 vs $2197*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    59 mm vs 78 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    2 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    390g vs 915g
    Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
    900 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.0 fps vs 7.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 102400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Class-leading resolution; Excellent dynamic range; Very good high ISO performance; Very fast AF and burst shooting; Durable weather-sealed body; Improved ergonomics; Touchscreen; Dual card slots; 4K video.

  • Live view/video mode still uses sluggish contrast-detect AF; Viewfinder only tests at ~98% coverage; No 4K at 60p; 30-minute video clip limit; Focus peaking not supported with 4K.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5DS R

Nikon D850
Canon 5DS R
  • $2597
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1729
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
Nikon Z 30
Canon 5DS R
  • $697
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1729
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony A99 II

Nikon D850
Sony A99 II
  • $2597
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon Z 30
Sony A99 II
  • $697
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Pentax K-1 II

Nikon D850
Pentax K-1 II
  • $2597
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $1747
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • High resolution composite
Nikon Z 30
Pentax K-1 II
  • $697
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1747
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon EOS M50 II

Nikon D850
Canon EOS M50 II
  • $2597
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Nikon Z 30
Canon EOS M50 II
  • $697
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Newer
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Nikon Z fc

Nikon D850
Nikon Z fc
  • $2597
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Top deck display
  • $957
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect
Nikon Z 30
Nikon Z fc
  • $697
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $957
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Thinner
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