“A Full-Frame Sensor And Excellent Performance For A Decent Price”
The Nikon D750 is a prosumer level model which offers plenty of features from top-level professional cameras, at a slightly lower price point. It’s a full-frame DSLR and caters to photographers who want a fast camera with better low-light capabilities than APS-C models. It is also aimed towards professional photographers who want a secondary camera which performs well.
For many customers, the D750 – which is Nikon’s mid-range full-frame offering – is an interesting proposition. Priced at $2,299 for the body only, it is more expensive than the -level Dentry610 but much cheaper than the pro-level D810. Even though this model borrows elements from both cameras mentioned, it has more in common with the high-end model.
Although the D750 has a slightly inferior 24MP sensor, it shares the D810’s 91k RGB metering sensor and OLED viewfinder. Comparatively, it has an “improved” AF module and manages a faster burst rate (6.5fps) than the more expensive model. Interestingly, with the 24MP sensor (which is a derivative of the one found on the D610) Nikon has decided to go against the grain and not remove the anti-aliasing filter.
The D750 is a bit smaller than the D610 but has a chunky frame and is quite heavy at around 840g. It has a deep grip which makes it one of the easiest Nikon cameras to hold. A big design element in the camera is its tilting screen which is great for video and taking images from below eye-level.
Most of the important buttons are arranged around the display. The right of the top-plate has the secondary display while the left side houses the mode dial. From the layout, it becomes clear that the D750 is aimed at enthusiasts and not professionals. All the buttons can be accessed easily and even though it lacks some quick-control buttons which are present in the D810, there is very little to complain about.
Chassis construction sits in between mid-range and professional models. The front portion is made using plastic which has been reinforced using carbon fiber. The rear panel and top plate have the same magnesium alloy construction used in the D810. The idea is to use solid materials only in areas where the camera is likely to be struck during normal use.
Even though the body uses a fair amount of plastic, it feels remarkably well-built. The excellent hand grip gives it a sense of balance and ensures that it is ready to heavy-duty lenses form the DX and FX series.
The Nikon D750 has the same EXPEED 4 processor, Multi-Cam 3500FX II AF module and color sensor used in the D810 and the D4S, which makes it a very capable device.
Focusing is very fast, even in low light. The camera can focus even at -3EV (better than -2EV in the last iteration). Of the 51 AF points, 15 are cross-type and they are well spread out, which considerably improves tracking focus. For an enthusiast level DSLR, AF performance is superb.
In burst mode (6.5fps), the buffer manages to take about 15 RAW images before slowing down to 4.6fps. But, if you are shooting in JPEG (highest-quality), there is no drop in burst speed at all.
Live View performance is nothing to write home about. Even in optimal conditions, the camera takes around 1.5 seconds to focus on an object and shoot. On a related note, changing settings using the screen was a bit sluggish as well.
Image Quality and Video
As expected, the 24MP full-frame sensor in the D750 takes excellent photographs. Like the D810, dynamic range is 12.9EV at ISO 50. Even though there is an anti-aliasing filter, it still manages to capture an immense amount of detail. Color reproduction is bright and vivid, which shouldn’t be a surprise since it has the same sensor used in higher-end models.
Images are free of noise till ISO 400 and overall quality stays stable till ISO 1600. But, detail drops considerably at ISO 3200 and 6400. At higher ISOs, there is a slight loss in color saturation, especially when shooting in JPEG.
For people using DX lenses (instead of the FX used in Nikon’s full-frame cameras) the D750 has a special mode which crops images as necessary.
Compared to Nikon’s older full-frame cameras, video quality has improved. The camera comes with Auto ISO and Power Aperture modes which gradually alter settings to make sure that there is no jarring. It also has a ‘flat’ mode which sacrifices color depth for more dynamic range. Even though video looks bland in the camera, it offers more options in post-production.
- 24MP CMOS full-frame sensor
- Has an anti-aliasing filter
- EXPEED 4 image processor
- 5fps in burst mode
- 51-point Multi-CAM 3500FX-II auto-focus system
- Sensitive up to -3EV
- ISO 100 – 12,800 (expandable to 51,200)
- Maximum shutter speed – 1/4000
- 91,000-point RGB metering sensor
- Powered aperture during video/live view
- Dual SD card slots
- 1080p video @ 60fps
- Simultaneous HDMI output and internal recording of video
- 2-inch tilting LCD with 1.2million dots
- Superb image quality
- Great AF performance
- Good handling
- AF slow in Live View
- Wi-Fi could be better
If you are looking for an affordable full-frame camera, the Nikon D750 is one of the best in the market right now. It has plenty of features seen in pro-level models and some handy additions like Wi-Fi and a tilting screen. If you are upgrading from a low-level DSLR, the excellent performance and image quality offered by the D750 will knock your socks off.