Hands on: Nikon D850
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Hands on: Nikon D850

Before today, Nikon DSLR shooters seeking a new pro-level body had to choose between the resolution-oriented D810 or speed-oriented Nikon D5. But no longer – the D850 is built for speed and resolution.

It uses a 45.7MP BSI full-frame sensor – a sizable resolution jump over the D810's 36.3MP chip. Its maximum burst rate with autofocus is 7 fps – also a nice jump over the D810's 5 fps. And, if you need more speed, combining the new MB-D18 grip with an EN-EL18b battery allows the D850 to shoot at 9 fps for up to 51 Raw files (using an XQD card).

That's not as fast as the 12 fps burst offered on the Nikon D5, but it's enough speed for most sports or action photography, with more than twice the pixel count offered by the D5 (and at almost half the price).