The D750 is Nikon’s third full-frame DSLR this year, 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. Impressively though – with the exception of its 24 megapixel sensor – the D750’s build quality, ergonomics and feature set have much more in common with the more expensive of the two.
What’s new and cool: Latest generation AF system, tilting 3.2″ LCD, 6.5 fps shooting, advanced video functions
The D750 offers faster continuous shooting than the D810 (6.5fps), an ‘improved’ version of the D810’s 51-point AF system (more on that later), a 91,000-pixel RGB metering sensor, a now tilt-able 3.2″ RGBW LCD screen (which is otherwise the same), and the same OLED viewfinder display. The D750 also inherits the same video specification as the D810, which itself incorporated the refinements that Nikon has been adding with each successive DSLR release. In this instance, that means powered aperture control, the new ‘Flat’ picture control mode and the addition of zebra overexposure warnings (though no focus peaking yet). The D750 also offers Auto ISO control in manual exposure video shooting, retaining exposure compensation.
It’s a shame that the D750 does not feature the Split Screen Display Zoom feature of the D810 and some people will miss 1/8000 minimum shutter duration but aside from these omissions, arguably the only other thing of any significance that the D810 offers which the D750 doesn’t is those extra 12 million pixels.
While Nikon is calling it ‘newly developed’, the D750’s 24MP sensor is likely to be based on the sensor found in the D610, and includes an AA filter – bucking the recent Nikon trend. As such, we’re not expecting the D750 to come close to the D810 for critical resolution, but on the plus side, it produces smaller files, and is a faster camera as a result.https://www.youtube.com/embed/KSCVRsaNx5c?rel=0&autohide=1&wmode=transparent
Nikon D750: Key Specifications
- 24MP Full-frame CMOS sensor (with AA filter)
- Flip up/down 3.2″ 1,229k-dot RGBW LCD screen
- 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
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- 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
D750 versus D610 versus D810
|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|
|51-points with 15 cross-type|
(Multi-CAM 3500 II)
|51-points with 15 cross-type|
|Metering System||2,016 pixel RGB sensor||91,000 pixel RGB sensor||91,000 pixel RGB sensor|
|ISO sensitivity range||100-6400|
|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|
|Maximum frame rate||6 fps||6.5 fps||5 fps|
|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.)|
Pricing and Accessories
The D750 has an MSRP of $2299/£1799 body only or $3599/£2349 with the 24-120mm F4G lens. In the rest of Europe it’s priced at €2149 for the body and £2699 with the 24-85mm F3.5-4.5G lens.
|The optional MB-D16 grip can hold an additional EN-EL15 or six AA batteries.||The GP-1A GPS receiver plugs into the camera’s accessory terminal.|
Aside from lenses and external flashes, one of the most popular D750 accessories will be its pricey MB-D16 grip. The grip can hold another EN-EL15 or six AA batteries (with included adapter) and also has additional controls for portrait shooting. Like the D750 itself, the grip is weather-sealed.
Travelers can use the GP-1A GPS receiver, which attaches via the hot shoe and connects to the accessory port (to which you also plug in wired remotes).
If the built-in Wi-Fi isn’t good enough for you, there’s the UT-1 Communications Unit which can send photos directly to a computer or FTP server over Ethernet (or wirelessly, if you buy the adapter).
|Review timeline:September 12, 2014: Original preview published|
November 25, 2014: Controls, shooting experience, studio test added
December 19, 2014: Review completed with features, AF, video, lab tests, and conclusion pages.