Nikon Z5 vs Nikon D850

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon Z5 and Nikon D850. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufactured by Nikon.

Nikon Z5 were released 2020 and Nikon D850 was released 2017. That is a 3 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon Z5 2020
Nikon D850 2017

Type of camera

Nikon Z5 is a Mirrorless camera while Nikon D850 is a DSLR camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts of sensor (called "Nikon FX") which means that if you compare these cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Since both cameras have a Full frame sensor there will be no crop factor.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Nikon Z5 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
Nikon D850 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Nikon Z5 has a 24 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D850 has 46 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon Z5 24 MP
24160256 pixels
6016 x 4016
Nikon D850 46 MP
45441024 pixels
8256 x 5504

Nikon D850 has a 88 % larger resolution than Nikon Z5. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon Z5 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D850. Nikon Z5 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Nikon D850 has 64 to 25600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon Z5 100-51200
Nikon D850 64-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon Z5
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D850

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon Z5 can shoot up to 4,5 pictures per seconds and Nikon D850 can shoot up to 9 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon Z5 4,5
Nikon D850 9

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Nikon Z5 and Nikon D850 can shoot movies.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Nikon D850 weighs 1005 gr (equal to 2.22 lb) which is 49% heavier than Nikon Z5 and its 675 gr (or 1.49 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon Z5 675 gr
1.49 lb
Nikon D850 1005 gr
2.22 lb

Nikon Z5 vs Nikon D850 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon Z5 and Nikon D850, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Nikon Z5
Nikon D850
Name Nikon Z5 Nikon D850
Manufacturer Nikon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Nikon Z5
Nikon D850
Release Year 2020 2017
Release Date 2020-07-21 2017-07-25
MSRP 1399 USD 3299 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon Z5
Nikon D850
Camera Type Mirrorless DSLR
Sensor
Nikon Z5
Nikon D850
Sensor Size Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
Sensor Type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Resolution 6016 x 4016 pixels 8256 x 5504 pixels
Megapixels 24 MP 46 MP
Image Processor EXPEED 6 EXPEED 5
Image
Nikon Z5
Nikon D850
ISO Range 100 - 51200 64 - 25600
White Balance Presets 12 14
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
(Sensor Shift (5 axis))
No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW + TIFF
Optics & Focus
Nikon Z5
Nikon D850
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 273 151
Lens Mount Nikon Z

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon Z5
Nikon D850
Articulated LCD Tilting Tilting
Screen size 3.2 3.2
Screen dots 1040000 2359000
Touch screen Yes Yes
Screen type TFT LCD TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Electronic Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 200% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8x 0.75
Viewfinder Resolution 3689400 0
Photography features
Nikon Z5
Nikon D850
Frames per second 4,5 fps 9 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash No No
Built-in Flash Range N/A N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon Z5
Nikon D850
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
H.264
MPEG4
Video resolution 1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Nikon Z5
Nikon D850
Memory Card SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC
XQD
Connectivity
Nikon Z5
Nikon D850
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes Yes
Headphone Port Yes Yes
Wireless Yes
Built-in (802.11ac (dual band) + Bluetooth)
Yes
Built-In ( 802.11b/g + NFC + Bluetooth 4.1 LE)
Remote Control Yes (via smartphone) Yes (wired, wireless, smartphone)
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Nikon Z5
Nikon D850
Enviromentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details EN-EL15c lithium-ion battery & charger
EN-EL15a lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 470 shots 1840 shots
Width 134 mm 146 mm
Height 101 mm 124 mm
Depth 70 mm 79 mm
Weight 675 gram 1005 gram