To be clear, I've not done much more than handle the D850 so far. Until we've spent a lot more time testing the camera, we won't know whether it's as good as its specs suggest it should be. But if it can deliver on a significant proportion of this promise, it'll be one hell of a camera. That would make Nikon look like a company fresh for the next round, rather than unsteady on its feet and heading for the canvas.
True enough, it's been a difficult couple of years for Nikon. The company's mirrorless 1 System never seem to have found its audience, at least not based on the limited US and European sales figures I've seen. The company has had an awkward run of very public recalls and apparent lapses in quality assurance and control: from oil spots in the D600, to battery recalls and faulty shutters on some D750s. To compound these woes, the company generated a lot of excitement with the announcement of the DL series: a trio of 1" sensor compacts that got as far as the company's paid pros before Nikon was forced to cancel the project due to problems with the processors.