Nikon D750

The D750 is Nikon’s third full-frame DSLR on 2014, and for a lot of our readers, it might be the most significant. Sitting between the more affordable D610 and the pro-grade, high-resolution D810, the D750 borrows elements from both cameras.

 For those who find inspiration everywhere, who switch between stills and video without missing a beat, who want the look only a full-frame DSLR can achieve and who love sharing their shots, the D750 is the tool to unleash your artistry. With features inspired by D4S and D810, the D750 brings dazzling image quality, cinematic video capabilities and pro-inspired handling in a nimble design with a tilting Vari-angle LCD and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Enthusiasts upgrading from a DX-format DSLR will marvel at the D750’s full-frame performance. Pros seeking a primary or secondary camera for fast-paced shoots will appreciate the D750’s familiar handling and speed. And filmmakers looking for a compact DSLR to bring a production to life or to capture B-Roll will find the D750 a perfect fit. The D750 is a thrilling centerpiece of an exceptional imaging system.

Key Specification

  • Full frame 24.3 megapixel CMOS image sensor (with AA filter) and EXPEED 4 image processor.
  • Full HD 60/50/30/25/24p video.
  • Tilting Vari-angle LCD display (Flip up/down 3.2″ 1,229k-dot).
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and compatibility with the WT-5a + UT-1 Communication Unit.
  • 6.5 fps continuous shooting
  • Improved 51-point Multi-CAM 3500FX II AF system (sensitive to -3EV)
  • 91,000-pixel RGB metering sensor with face detection and spot-metering linked to AF point
  • Highlight-weighted metering
  • 1080/60p video recording
  • Powered aperture for control during live view/video
  • Group Area AF mode
  • Simultaneous internal recording and HDMI output

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Nikon D750 Specs

Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Body material Magnesium alloy, carbon fiber
Sensor
Max resolution 6016 x 4016
Other resolutions FX: 4512 x 3008, 3008 x 2008, 1.2x crop: 5008 x 3336, 3752 x 2504, DX: 3936 x 2624, 2944 x 1968, 1968 x 1312
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 25 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Expeed 4
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array Primary Color Filter
Image
ISO Auto, 100-12800, expandable to 50-51200
Boosted ISO (minimum) 50
Boosted ISO (maximum) 51200
White balance presets 12
Custom white balance Yes (6 slots)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal, Basic
File format
  • JPEG
  • Raw (NEF, lossless compressed, compressed 12 or 14 bit)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 51
Lens mount Nikon F
Focal length multiplier 1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3.2
Screen dots 1,229,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT-LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Child
  • Sports
  • Close-up
  • Night Portrait
  • Night Landscape
  • Party/Indoor
  • Beach/Snow
  • Sunset
  • Dusk/Dawn
  • Pet
  • Candlelight
  • Blossom
  • Autumn Colors
  • Food
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)
Flash modes Auto, Auto FP high-speed sync, auto w/redeye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync w/redeye reduction, fill flash, rear-curtain sync, rear-curtain w/slow sync, redeye reduction, redeye reduction w/slow sync, slow sync, off
Flash X sync speed 1/200 sec
Drive modes
  • Single-frame [S] mode
  • Continuous low-speed [CL]
  • Continuous high-speed [CH]
  • Quiet shutter release
  • Quiet continuous
  • Self-timer
  • Mirror lockup
Continuous drive 6.5 fps
Self-timer Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Highlight-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (2-9 exposures in 1, 2, or 3EV increments)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC (dual slots)
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port Yes
Wireless Built-In
Remote control Yes (Wired or wireless)
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes (Water and dust resistant)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description EN-EL15 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 1230
Weight (inc. batteries) 750 g (1.65 lb / 26.46 oz)
Dimensions 141 x 113 x 78 mm (5.55 x 4.45 x 3.07)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS Optional
GPS notes GP-1/GP-1A

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Body

 The D750’s control layout is very similar to that of the D610 but an even closer match for the enthusiast-targeted D7100. Other than the re-positioning of the ‘Info’ button to above the rear control pad, the rear button layout is identical to that of the APS-C model.

But, while it may look a lot like a D610, the D750 is better built amd lighter, thanks to a combination of ‘carbon-fiber reinforced thermoplastics’ and magneisum alloy.

The overwhelming impression given by the D750 in our hands is one of density. It’s clear that Nikon has packed a lot into the D750’s compact frame, and while hard to describe, the camera definitely gives an impression of being heavier than expected, and reassuringly solid. Ergonomically there are no surprises here – as noted above, the D750 offers much the same handling and shooting experience as other recent Nikon DSLRs – specifically the D610 and D7100.

 From the top, the D750 looks a lot like the D610 and D7100. A lockable exposure mode dial dominates the upper left of the top plate and a more-or-less standard Nikon control cluster sits to the right of the flash housing. There are buttons for metering, movie recording, and exopsure copmensation, as well as the shutter release which is surrounded by the power/LCD illumination switch. The movie button is one of many on the D750 that can be customized.

The top-mounted LCD screen serves as a quick reference for key exposure and shooting settings including shooting mode, drive mode, image quality and battery life (among other parameters).

The D750’s LCD screen offers the same specification as the screen on the back of the D810 (1.2M dot, RGBW layout) but is articulated – a first for Nikon’s FX DSLR lineup. The hinged design is less versatile than a fully-articulated joint, but still much more useful for video capture and high/low angle shooting than a fixed screen.

Key Specs Compared

Nikon D610 Nikon D750 Nikon D810
Sensor resolution (type)
24.3MP CMOS
24.3MP CMOS
36.3MP CMOS (no OLPF)
Autofocus System
39 points with 9 cross-type
(Multi-CAM 2700)
51-points with 15 cross-type
(Multi-CAM 3500 II)
51-points with 15 cross-type
(Multi-CAM 3500)
Metering System
2,016 pixel RGB sensor
91,000 pixel RGB sensor
91,000 pixel RGB sensor
ISO sensitivity range
100-6400
(25,600 expanded)
100-12,800
(51,200 expanded)
64-12,800
(51,200 expanded)
Max shutter speed
1/4000th
1/4000th
1/8000th
Shutter rating
150,000 releases
150,000 releases
200,000 releases
Accessory connector
Multi-interface
Multi-interface
10-pin screw-in type
Memory card slots
2 SD slots
2 SD slots
1 SD, 1 CompactFlash
Aperture control in live view/video
No
Yes
Yes
LCD
Fixed 3.2″
920k dots
Tilting 3.2″
1.2m dots
Fixed 3.2″
1.2m dots
Maximum frame rate
6 fps
6.5 fps
5 fps
Movie Mode
1080/30p
1080/60p
1080/60p
Wi-Fi
Optional WU-1b
Built-in
Optional WT-5A
Battery life (CIPA)
900 shots
1230 shots
1200 shots
Dimensions
141 x 113 x 82 mm
(5.6 x 4.4 x 3.2 in)
140.5 x 113 x 78mm (5.6 x 4.5 x 3.1 in)
146 x 123 x 82 mm
(5.8 x 4.9 x 3.3in)
Weight (with battery)
760 g (1.7 lb)
755 g (1.7 lb.)
880 g (1.9 lb.)

Optical viewfinder

The D750’s viewfinder is effectively identical to that in the D810. Its 0.7x magnification is absolutely typical for its class, as you can see from the diagram below, meaning it offers one of the largest and nicest-to-use finders you can get, without moving up to a pro-grade sports DSLR.

 The D750’s finder features an OLED panel, which can display more detailed information than on a typical viewfinder, such as the currently selected Picture Control, and also allows for gridlines or a virtual horizon to be turned on when you need them.

 91,000 pixel RGB metering sensor

The D750 inherits the same 91,000 pixel RGB metering sensor used in the D800/810 and D4/s. This is definitely a pro-grade feature, and a step up from the 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensors in the D610 (and D7100). It’s also higher resolution than the 63-zone metering system found on the Canon EOS 6D and 5D Mark III, but not the EOS 7D II, which has 150,000 pixels.

 

Video

The D750 can record Full HD video at a variety of frame rates: 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p (it can do 720/60p/50p as well). You can choose from FX or DX (1.5x) crop modes, as you can with stills. There are two quality settings available, appropriately named normal and high, which have bit rates of approximately 22 and 38 Mbps, respectively.

With professional video capabilities inspired by the D810 and an array of inputs and outputs, the D750 is as well-suited for recording daily life and events as it is for filmmaking and videography. Simultaneously record uncompressed and compressed Full HD 1080 footage at 60/50/30/25/24p.

The power aperture feature allows for smooth transitions while you change the F-number (which is something many Nikon DSLRs cannot do at all). Zebra pattern is also available, but Nikon is yet to produce a DSLR with focus peaking.

The D750 has a microphone and headphone port, and you can adjust the microphone sensitivity and frequency response of the audio being recorded. The choices for frequency response are wide-range (the default) and vocal range.

Image Quality

If you’ve been reading the previous pages of this review then you already know that the D750 has a lot going for it. That’s also true for image quality, which is exceptional.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Excellent photo quality
  • Superb AF system with subject/face recognition and tracking
  • Reliably focuses down to -3EV
  • Impressive amount of dynamic range
  • Competes with class-leaders in high ISO performance
  • Spot metering linked to AF point
  • Useful 3.2″ tilting LCD
  • Large optical viewfinder with easy-to-see shooting data
  • Small, lightweight full frame body with deep, ergonomic grip
  • Best-in-class burst mode
  • 1080/60p video with uncompressed HDMI output
  • Flat Picture Control captures wide dynamic range for photo/video post-processing
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Dual SD card slots

Cons

  • Limited buffer capacity affects continuous shooting
  • Narrow focus point layout compared to D810
  • Limited number of cross-type AF points
  • Max shutter speed of 1/4000s
  • Tends to slightly overexpose (though easy workaround exists)
  • Slow AF in live view
  • Smartphone app offers nearly no camera control
  • Mushy 8-way controller on rear

One of the areas still showing growth in the otherwise struggling camera market are full-frame interchangeable lens cameras. Up until recently, Canon and Nikon were the only games in town, with Sony shaking things up with its Alpha 7 mirrorless cameras in 2013. All three manufacturers have brought the price down on their full-frame cameras, with the hope of enticing photographers to move up from Four Thirds and APS-C models.

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