• Medium format 2,169.5mm2
  • 101.1 megapixels
  • ISO 50 - 12,800
  • 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 45.7 megapixels
  • ISO 64 - 25,600

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Differences

Phase One XF 100MP advantages over Nikon D850

  • Larger sensor
    Medium format vs 35mm
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • More pixels
    101.1 vs 45.7 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    3600 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 200 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Nikon D850 advantages over Phase One XF 100MP

  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs No
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Fast startup
    ~0.20 vs 10.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Thinner
    78 mm vs 160 mm
    Thinner
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/125 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    2 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lighter weight
    915g vs 2196g
    Lighter weight
  • Higher-res screen
    590k vs 384k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.08 vs 0.33 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster RAW shooting
    7.1 fps vs 0.6 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • 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

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • 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 Leica S (Typ 006)

Phase One XF 100MP
Leica S (Typ 006)
  • $48990
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $14995
  • Medium format
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner
Nikon D850
Leica S (Typ 006)
  • $2997
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $14995
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Pentax 645Z

Phase One XF 100MP
Pentax 645Z
  • $48990
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Touchscreen
  • $5664
  • Medium format
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
Nikon D850
Pentax 645Z
  • $2997
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $5664
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Leica S (Typ 007)

Phase One XF 100MP
Leica S (Typ 007)
  • $48990
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Touchscreen
  • $19995
  • Medium format
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoot 4K video
Nikon D850
Leica S (Typ 007)
  • $2997
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $19995
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon 5DS

Phase One XF 100MP
Canon 5DS
  • $48990
  • Medium format
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Thinner
Nikon D850
Canon 5DS
  • $2997
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Has anti-aliasing filter

Compared to Sony A99 II

Phase One XF 100MP
Sony A99 II
  • $48990
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Touchscreen
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D850
Sony A99 II
  • $2997
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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