Nikon D850 JPG engine is really good.

After examining the RAW files from the Nikon D850 in Capture One and comparing them to the camera-generated JPGs I’ve come to a a surprising conclusion:  this may be the first camera I choose to shoot exclusively in JPG mode.

The out of camera JPGs are that good.

My JPG settings for the D850 are:

  • Picture Control: Neutral
  • Active D-Lighting: Auto
  • White Balance:  Auto-0
  • Vignette Control: Normal
  • Auto Distortion Control: On
  • High ISO noise reduction: Off

With these settings, I can get to within 95% of where I want the files to be, right out of the camera.  This is an incredible time-saver.

—Peter.

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5 thoughts on “Nikon D850 JPG engine is really good.

  1. Dave Uhlig says:

    I’ve been shooting jpegs exclusively since I got to Nikon. When working wedding and portrait photography, it’s a huge time saver and I haven’t noticed any drop in image quality.

  2. Sanctified!

    See, here’s the thing. I once wrote in a forum post that JPEGs are liberating – kind of like shooting slides. I shoot b&w JPEGs and I like how my cameras (Sonys) render b&w. There is no need to process them further.

    I was challenged on that point by someone who said that it’s just as easy to shoot RAW, apply a preset, and export. This is true. But… if you’re giving photos to clients/recipients on the spot, you don’t have to worry about whether or not they have a good RAW converter, or if they know how to work it.

    Also, you don’t even need to open the application in the first place. You can edit JPEGs without any application at all – I just use the spacebar and Cmd-D in Mac OS X (duplicates are then resized if necessary without the need to alter the original).

    Of course if your exposure is too far off, you’re f****ed. 😀

  3. andygemmell says:

    So purchased a Fuji x100F yesterday. Sold my M6. Just growing tired of film and the costs adding up (Mark….sorry!) and found I was not picking up my camera as much. So it called for a gear change! So with x100F I’ve found you need LR CC account to process files!

    Though I’m happy to say I’ll be a dedicated JPEG photographer with this camera. Not D850 level but pretty good for my purposes with camera.

    • Congratulations Andy!

      I’ve been previously tempted by the X100 line of cameras and even Mark owns (or owned) one.

      Too bad about the LR CC requirements but in the X100 you have a camera known for its superlative JPG output.

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