Should you upgrade to a Nikon D850?
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Should you upgrade to a Nikon D850?

The D850 was just announced, and by all accounts it's shaping up to be a very impressive camera. Depending on what kind of photography you prefer, the D850 might be a useful upgrade to a current Nikon DSLR, and a compelling alternative for someone looking to switch from a rival system.

In this article, I'm going to imagine that you're interested in the D850, and considering it to replace or sit alongside your current camera. For the sake of maintaining focus on spec and performance, I'm also going to assume that you're fine spending $3300, plus another $900 or so for the optional grip and a D5 battery + charger, if you want to take the D850 up to 9 fps. Where money is mentioned at all, it's mostly where the D850 costs substantially more than the camera you might be considering upgrading or switching from.

Mostly I'll be focusing on how the D850 stacks up against other current and previous-generation Nikon DSLRs, but I've added three slides at the end of this article, giving a basic picture of how it compares against competitive full-frame cameras from Canon, Ricoh and Sony.