Nikon D750 Review: The Best DLSR Ever?

Introduction

There was a time when full-frame DSLR bodies were only for the top notch photographers. Those huge sensors remained dreams for enthusiasts until Nikon and Canon started making cameras like the D600, D810, Canon 5D Mark II and 6D.

Enter the Nikon D750. Sitting right between the D610 and D810, this full-frame DSLR ticks all the right boxes and let me tell you why you have found your next full-frame body in the Nikon D750.

What’s in the camera?

Let’s start with the heart and brains of the camera. The Nikon D750 sports a 24.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor with an Expeed 4 processing engine. What this means is excellent dynamic range, a speed of 6.5 fps and a native ISO range of 100 to 12,800. This camera handles high ISOs very well and you don’t need to worry about unbearable noise till you get to 6400. The details and dynamic range are made even better because of the lack of a proper OLPF filter – a filter which may decrease sharpness – and the 91,000 pixel RGB metering sensor. In short, manual or auto, the Nikon D750 can handle any kind of light.

Nikon has also put in the new Multi-CAM 3500 II autofocus model, which is the next version of the autofocus system present in the clearly professional D810. On top of all this, you get a 51-point autofocus capability with 15 cross-type points, which ensure coverage of the whole scene and precise focus in light as low as -3 EV.

Coming from the insides to the outer body itself, you’ll find a 3.2” tilting LCD screen – which allows you to capture images from new angles and create unique shots.

In terms of speed, I think sports photographers would be a bit disappointed. 6.5 fps is not something ground-breaking, but buffer makes up for this. In JPEG fine large, this camera can take around 80 images, and in 14-bit RAW, around 12 images. These numbers are better than average, and will easily deal with family vacations and kids’ sports.

 

It’s equally good for videographers too.

The Nikon D750 has the same video specs as the D810. This means powered aperture control, which removes one of the biggest quirks of Nikon cameras – not being able to change aperture during live view. Moreover, Nikon did another smart thing by providing ‘Flat’ picture control and Zebra warnings; although no focus peaking. The camera also offers Auto ISO control and exposure control in manual video shooting.

The video modes available are 1080p and 720p in 24, 25, 30, 50 and 60 fps. Sadly, no 4K. Another nice feature you do get is internal recording with 8-bit 4:2:0 video with a max of 38 mbps compression. Another thing, the 750 has external microphone and headset jacks. Don’t get bored, the technical jargon ends here.

It’s not over. Even though people initially thought of the D750 as an “inbetweener” camera which only adds to the confusion created by the D600-D800-D700 space, the camera is certainly a class apart. Just read on! There’s a lot more to the Nikon than you think.

What can the Nikon D750 do?

 

Body and Design

The Nikon D750 is quite simply a slim version of D810 in a D610 body. For such a capable camera it is very compact compared to other full-framed DSLRs.

The camera feels heavy, but reassuringly so. It just “feels” right when you pick it up and start shooting. The grip is deep and has a rubberized texture which makes it comfortable for long use and prevents accidental slip of the hands. With a weight of 840 grams (with a memory card and battery), the DSLR is certainly on the heavier side, but it’s magnesium alloy body frame with ‘carbon fiber reinforced’ plastic gives it durability.

You will feel the quality in your hands.

On the top of the D750 is a small LCD screen with all the basic settings and the battery life of the camera on display for quick reference. There is also a lockable exposure mode PSAM dial with a secondary shooting mode dial which can be turned only when another lock beside it is pressed. Besides all this, you will find the regular button placement of Nikon on the D750 – with exposure compensation, movie mode and metering mode right beside the shutter and power button.

Performance

Apart from a sturdy body and comfortable ergonomics, the camera has a few more tricks up its sleeve. The D750 has two SD card slots, which you can set up as you wish. Once card can serve as an exact duplicate of the other and be a backup, or it can add an extra card in case the first one fills up, or one can be used exclusively for RAW and the other for JPEGs.
Aside from having a screen that can point up or down – though not fully articulating – the D750 is the first full frame camera from Nikon to also have Wi-Fi. This feature is easy to set up and can be used to quickly transferring photos and using your phone as a remote shutter button.

 

As you would have guessed, the Nikon D750 performs exactly like it is supposed to. Fast, accurate and customizable with Wi-Fi, a tilt screen and a new autofocus system. The camera works beautifully. The 97% coverage viewfinder with 0.7x magnification is one of the best in its class and renders bright views of the scene. It has a bright OLED display to give you all the settings and representing all the 51 autofocus points.

The combination of a 91,000 pixel metering system and 51-point autofocus system not only allows the D750 to track subjects from fore-to-aft, but also from left-to-right, up-and-down. If something comes in front of the subject you are tracking, the D750 will almost never jump away from its target (and there’s a setting that allows you to bias this). The camera also has face detection when shooting with the viewfinder, which gives people priority over closer subjects. The image quality is also excellent, with lots of recoverable details available in the highlights and the shadows.

Sample Photos

Pros

1. A 24 MP full frame sensor with an OLPF filter that is specially designed to not reduce sharpness.
2. Weather sealing with a magnesium alloy body.
3. Lots of customizable buttons with advanced options like focus tweaking and quiet shutter.
4. A very deep and comfortable grip.
5. Excellent autofocus system with reliable focusing down to -3 EV.
6. Very good dynamic range, especially in RAW.
7. Excellent video controls like manual audio levels, headphone jack, a big partially articulating screen, and Flat picture style and power aperture.
8. Dual SD card slots and in-built Wi-Fi.

Cons

1. Live View autofocus still not as quick and reliable as Canon’s Dual Pixel technology.
2. A weight that may feel like a lot to a few people.
3. Only 6.5 fps with a limited buffer.
4. Maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 rather than 1/8000. Something that action shooters and bird photographers might need.
5. Wi-Fi app of Nikon has very few options and pales in comparison to Sony’s app.

Verdict

It’s not often that we get camera that does nearly everything right, especially when there are thousands of cameras flooding the market. The Nikon D750 is one of those, due in large part to its top-notch sensor and autofocus system. It also wins points for its excellent build, image quality and video features. While it has a few flaws, they’re minor and won’t affect the majority of photographers. The Nikon D750 is perfect for the enthusiast who wants to take their photography to the next level with advanced, manual photography and get images of the highest possible quality.

SCORE : 9/10

 

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