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    The D850 actually produces some incredibly nice images (with good glass) considering the 8-bit 4:2:0 limitations. I've shot a short run-n-gun handheld project and a couple of long interviews, one with green screen.

    For hand-held without any stabilization, it's obviously not so great. I did have a folded monopod attached to help, and was using a couple of the rare Nikon lenses with image stabilization, but due to size/weight/form factor it was very shaky--mostly for this I was shooting 1080p120 so that of course made the shots stable. The sensor has some strong rolling shutter fx.

    For the first interview I shot out ProRes HQ to an Inferno. The subject had fairly weak lighting with the background being a window on a sunny day. I was impressed with how much I was able to retrieve from the highlights in the background--again, given the 8-bit 4:2:0 limitations. Shot 1080p24.

    The second interview was cut to 25 minutes, all green screen. Also shot 1080p24 out to an Inferno, running 2 mics through a zoom, into the camera and then into the Inferno (I didn't want to deal with offsetting the sync lag by going straight from the zoom to the Inferno's xlrs). Got a really nice key with 5 chroma and 1 ultra key. Footage also held up well to color grading to match different scenes.

    Did some test 4K test shots but that's it so can't comment on 4K performance. It's a good camera for stix and probably gimbal, not good for hand-held or whip pans.

    I've just ordered an FS5m2 to be my A Cam, with kit lens and an active adapter to utilize the image stabilization of the Nikon ES lenses. This will be used for all run-n-gun, as well as studio shots, going out up to 4Kp60 ProRes Raw. The D850 will be my B Cam.

    EDIT: I should mention that the still images from this sensor are absolutely incredible.
    Last edited by Saddler; 05-30-2018 at 02:55 PM.


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    Thanks for the info Saddler.

    Have you done much shooting with the D850/Inferno combo?

    One thing I just can't get confirmation on from anywhere is whether the D850 can output the 120p over HDMI - any chance you've tested this with the Inferno?
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    Quote Originally Posted by deltoidjohn View Post
    I'm not expecting the Nikon's to be proper video or cinema cameras, but I've shot on the 5DmkII & mkIII in the past and am hoping things have improved a little since then. !
    The good news is Nikon is way way ahead of Canon's old 5Dmk2/mk3 cameras! In fact Nikon had been ahead of Canon DSLRs in many areas for years and years now.

    The bad news: still not going to be as great as shooting with say a Panasonic or Sony, or a dedicated video/cinema camera.

    However if you at least pair it with a good camera op monitor such as a SmallHD Focus or SmallHD 502 then you'll be pretty sorted for some of your needs at least.

    Oh and get a Sound Devices MixPre3 as well if you'd like a very portable/compact rig paired with an audio recorder which will be automatically triggered over HDMI.

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    - Is the 1080p slow-mo usable? Or is it pretty much the same 5DmkII-level 1080p we've had for nearly 10-years?
    Haha! No, it is better than that for sure. Don't worry, if you're coming from Canon DSLR shooting I think you'll have the potential to be perfectly happy shooting with Nikons! (aside from the lack of DPAF & ML)
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