24.5 Megapixel Monochrome Camera
Nikon D780 converted to monochrome.
Sample Picture #1 resized smaller
100% Crop of Sample Picture #1
Another 100% Crop of Sample #1. Center of air cleaner. Reflections show interior of shop.
Sample Picture #2
100% Crop Sample #2
Key Features and Specs
- Updated 24.5-megapixel full-frame backside illuminated sensor
- EXPEED 6 image processor
- Native ISO range of 100-51200; expandable to 204800
- Similar Live View features as Nikon Z6
- 273 on-chip phase-detect sensors with Face/Eye tracking AF
- OVF focusing: 51-point AF system with D5 algorithms
- Updated shutter: 900s up to 1/8000s
- 7fps continuous burst; 12fps with Silent Shooting in Live View
- 4K video up to 30p; Full HD up to 120fps
- 10-bit N-Log
- 4K in-camera timelapse creation
- USB-C in-camera charging
- 2x UHS-II SD cards
- Tilting 3.2-inch touchscreen
- Weather-sealed construction
For optimal results from a monochrome camera, shoot in RAW and use a processor that understands that the camera sensor is monochrome debayered. One of the best current processors is Monochrome2DNG fro Iliah Borg who also wrote FastRawViewer and RawDigger.
Some free options are DarkTable and RawTherapee using the monochrome debayer option.
A Mac-only really good processor is Accuraw Monochrome
Even without shooting in RAW and using optimal post processing, at 8-bit JPG, the difference between the D850M and D850 is painfully obvious. When comparing the D850M to a D850, the D850 blacks don't even look black - more like a dark grey. Details and tonality that are completely lost by a D850 appear with the D850M. And with the lack of Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) pixels that a mirrorless camera has, you don't get any of the PDAF sensor artifacts (with PDAF, a array pattern of pixels on the sensor are only used for focusing which can result in the array becoming visible in the picture).