Nikon D750 Camera Review: Still a Contender

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The Nikon D750 camera is a significant release of the company as its a full frame DSLR which provides many of the features of the D610 and the D810, while sitting in between the two. Some aspects such as faster continuous shooting and improved autofocus system better than what can be found in the D810 and with a 24MP sensor, there’s plenty in here to be a very versatile camera.

Although the camera was released in 2014, its still a contender today, so let’s see what’s in the box and if it’s still worth buying.

Design

Those familiar with the D610 will be right at home here. The layout is very much the same, only the info button has been moved to near the rear control pad. The camera itself is made out of carbon-fiber reinforced thermoplastics and magnesium alloy. Solid feeling and clearly crammed full of features. The rear tilting LCD screen is a great addition and feels very solid to use. Not everybody prefers a tilting rear screen mainly as it can be knocked and damaged, but this one feels solid enough to take regular wear and tear.

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The top of the camera looks very similar to the D610. The usual exposure mode dial and Nikon control screen take up most of the room. There are also additional buttons for video record, metering, exposure compensation, and the shutter release button, which is surrounded by the power dial. The rear tilting screen is basically a movable version of the one found on the D810 which can move up and down, but is not fully articulated.

One nice thing about Nikon cameras is the amount of customization. Most of the buttons are assignable and can be set to many submenu items. For instance, the OK button can be used in live view, shooting and playback, along with zooming in 100% in playback mode. Plenty here to keep your most used functions at finger length.

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When it comes to features the D750 has loads, too many to list, but we will go through some of the more important ones. The metering system comes from the D810 and does a great job of tracking subjects, along with fancy features like Highlight-weighted Metering which helps with preserving highlight tones. Auto ISO give you plenty of options like maximum ISO values and minimum shutter speeds. Continuous shooting has been increased to 6.5fps, Wi-Fi has also been added which allows you to control of the camera or to transfer images.

The autofocus system on the Nikon D750 doesn’t disappoint with a 51-point Multi-CAM 3500FX AF system rated to -3 EV. The spread of AF points is between the D610 and the D810, with the rest of the system lifted straight from the D810. Single or multipoint focus, 3-D tracking, auto area, face detection and group area AF are all featured, similarly in live view.

Clearly there are lots of features packed into the D750 which should cover most applications.

Image Quality

Low light level focusing is extremely good on the camera, offering the same type of levels as found in the D810. Face detection works extremely well, as does the 3D focus tracking. These are very helpful, especially in video mode where a person’s face or eye can be accurately tracked as long as there are adequate light levels. As far as auto focus and tracking go there are no complaints here.

Video facilities are another section which has been ported over from the D810. full HD can be recorded at 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p with an option for full frame or crop modes. Quality settings can be at either normal or high which can translate to either 22 and 38 Mbps. P, aperture or manual modes are the options with the video, depending on how much manual control you want. Dedicated video people will like the addition of Zebra pattern, but there isn’t any focus peaking. There are included mic and headphone sockets with the ability to adjust both in camera. Video can also be outputted as 8-bit uncompressed 4:2:2 via HDMI. There are plenty of additional features like flat picture control which provides low contrast footage, for better postprocessing and timelapse modes. The D750 may not replace a dedicated cam., but it does a very good job, especially if you’re happy with HD footage.

Depending on the lens being used, you really cannot fault the dynamic range. There’s enough detail in stills to be able to pull up shadows in postprocessing and still get a great image. The default picture profiles make images look punchy and with a bit of exposure compensation are a good way to capture images on the fly, especially for events or weddings.

As per overall image quality, colors come out well defined and vibrant, giving very nice skin tones and detail. At base ISO levels you really can’t fault the images. Cranking the ISO up to its max and lowering noise reduction still produces reasonable images, with less than expected grain, but still being soft — and yet still very impressive.

How Does It Compare?

In reality most people eyeing up the D750 will be from the Nikon camp. The main contenders will be the D610 and D810. As the D750 borrows from both, it can be seen as a nice happy medium. But, the ultimate decision will come down to your budget and if extra features and resolution are your main priority. All three cameras are great workhorses and can’t be faulted much for their functionality and quality.

 Nikon D750 Nikon D810
Sensor 24.3MP CMOS 36.3MP CMOS with on OLPF
AF system 51 points 51 points
ISO 100-12,800 64 -12,800
Video 1080/60P 1080/60P

Conclusion

In a roundabout way the D750 is a more cost-effective, lower resolution version of the D810. But, it also brings more to the table with an improved autofocus system, tilting LCD and a few other features. Image quality is excellent on the D750 with low noise levels and fantastic dynamic range.

It’s not completely perfect, but if you want an all round camera that has great detail, dynamic range and loads of features, then the D750 is still a great contender.

Pros
Great image quality
AF system
ISO performance

Cons
Narrow focus point range
Max shutter speed of 1/4000
Not so good smart phone app

Review Breakdown
Design 90%
Performance 100%
Camera 90%
Battery 90%
Price 90%

The Review

Nikon D750

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