Is the Nikon D850 the best camera ever made?

A benchmark within the industry and trusted standard when it comes to camera and lens quality measurement and rating, DxOMark, who is recognised for providing the most rigorous hardware testing, has just given the flagship Nikon D850 a score of 100 for overall image sensor performance. This officially makes the D850 the best camera they have ever tested, and the first to ever score 100.

Nikon D850
Nikon D850

The result pushes the Sony A7R II into second spot with a not-so-shabby score of 98. Nikon is clearly on a roll here, and the fact that they are producing consistently high quality gear for photographers is to be commended. They come is at equal 3rd with the D810 on 97 and equal 5th with the D800E on 96 points.

DxOMark's conclusion is glowing, stating that the camera is “in a class of its own for image quality.”

The introduction of the first BSI sensor in a full-frame Nikon DSLR with a super-high 45.7Mp resolution puts the Nikon D850’s image quality on par with, and often better than, medium-format cameras. The first DSLR to hit 100 points — rather apt for Nikon’s hundredth anniversary year — puts the Nikon D850 in a class of its own for image quality. At base ISO, it’s unrivaled for color in the DSLR class, and its headline dynamic range score is outstanding, too.

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.

To read the full report, get a breakdown of the result, and see how the D850 compares to its competition, follow this link to DxOMark.