Nikon D750 Field Test
Nikon D750 Field Test Part I
In the hand & in the field: physical features and general shooting
Introduction. The Nikon D750 is Nikon's newest full-frame (FX) camera body, and it packs numerous features into a compact and lightweight form. Featuring a 24.3 megapixel sensor and Nikon's latest EXPEED 4 image processing, the D750 produces excellent images across much of its ISO range (the native range is 100-12,800). The D750 also contains an improved version of the autofocus sensor found in the D810. In Nikon's ever-growing FX camera line-up, the D750 slides in between the Nikon D610 and D810 camera bodies released earlier this year. The D750 combines various specifications from both cameras, but it also offers some unique features that really shine out in the field, such as a tilting LCD and built-in Wi-Fi -- both firsts for a Nikon FX camera body.
Camera Body and Handling. The D750 feels sturdy and is comfortable to grip. The grip is noticeably deeper than the camera I primarily shoot with, a Nikon D800E. This increased depth allowed me to get a solid grip on the camera even though it's relatively small. The main command dials are easy to reach and give nice tactile feedback as adjustments are made. However, the function ('Fn') button, is not easily reached when gripping the camera. Similarly, both the 'Mode' and the 'Release Mode' dials require precision to release and adjust, which slowed me down out in the field. I found myself missing the dedicated 'Mode' button on my D800E that allows me to make quick mode adjustments with my right hand while shooting.
See how the D750 feels in the hand and performs out in the Maine wilderness!
Nikon D750 Field Test Part II
Performance deep-dive: AF, high ISO, HDR, exposure and more
In Part I of my Nikon D750 Field Test, I discussed the camera's handling, usability, and performance in good lighting conditions. The greater challenge for a camera, however, occurs in difficult lighting conditions, and the D750 delivers excellent results in these situations.
Autofocus Performance. The D750 features a new Multi-Cam 3500 II autofocus sensor, which is an improved version of the autofocus sensor found in the D810. It has a 91k-pixel RGB sensor to offer excellent scene recognition. The D750 is able to detect and accurately autofocus with numerous subjects in various lighting conditions. For dynamic area AF, the D750 can focus with 9, 21, or 51 autofocus points and also 51 points in 3D tracking AF mode. In instances where the camera cannot accurately focus on your desired subject, you can set the autofocus to individual points or group-area AF (a small cluster of points). Changing autofocus mode is easily done by pressing the AF mode button on the front of the camera body and using the command dials. You can change focus modes when shooting as the information is displayed in the viewfinder. Likewise, focus points are illuminated in the viewfinder when shooting.
Take a deep-dive on the D750's performance with AF, high ISO, exposure & more!