Nikon D750 Review
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|Full model name:||Nikon D750|
(35.9mm x 24.0mm)
|Viewfinder:||Optical / LCD|
|Native ISO:||100 - 12,800|
|Extended ISO:||50 - 51,200|
|Shutter:||1/4000 - 30 seconds|
|Max Aperture:||4.0 (kit lens)|
5.5 x 4.4 x 3.1 in.
(141 x 113 x 78 mm)
includes batteries, kit lens
|Full specs:||Nikon D750 specifications|
Placed between the D610 and D810, the Nikon D750 borrows from both models for a fantastic all-around multimedia DSLR. With a 24.3MP full-frame sensor and fast EXPEED 4 processor, the D750 captures outstanding, highly-detailed images with excellent dynamic range and high ISO performance. The D750 also has class-leading burst shooting capabilities and excellent low-light AF. With an articulated LCD screen and other high-end movie features, the D750 is also a great option for multimedia producers and videographers.Pros
Outstanding image quality with great dynamic range and high ISO performance; Class-leading burst rate; Very good 51-pt AF system; AF system works in very low light; Deep, comfortable handgrip; Articulated LCD monitor; Excellent battery life; Uncompressed 4:2:2 HDMI video output; Built-in Wi-Fi.Cons
Buffer fills quickly with 14-bit RAW; Sluggish Live View AF; Shutter speed tops out at 1/4000s; OVF coverage closer to 97%; Weak low-pass filter is great for detail but higher risk of moire.Price and availability
Available at a list price of US$2,300 or thereabouts body-only, the D750 is also sold in a kit with the AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4 VR zoom lens for about US$3,600. A MB-D16 battery grip is also be available with a suggested list price of US$485.Imaging Resource rating
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Nikon D750 Review
by Mike Tomkins
Overview posted 09/11/2014
10/30/2014: Field Test Part I: Physical features and general shooting
11/13/2014: Field Test Part II: Performance Deep-Dive
12/03/2014: Image Quality Comparison & Print Quality Analysis
03/26/2015: Flare Issue Repair & Conclusion
It's been a long time coming, but the spiritual successor to the much-loved Nikon D700 is finally here. A lot has changed in the market since the D700 was introduced as Nikon's first truly affordable full-frame enthusiast DSLR back in 2008, and likewise, the brand-new Nikon D750 is replete with new features that bring it right up to date. Not surprisingly, given that it arrives on the scene some six years after the D700's debut (and almost three years after it was discontinued), the Nikon D750 is a new camera from the ground up.
Even its place within the line has changed: No longer is it the most affordable full-frame option in Nikon's DSLR lineup. Instead, the D750 now sits in between the existing Nikon D610 and D810, although its US$2,300 pricetag is closer to that of the former. And its specification is also something of a hybrid of the two, although in some areas it treads its own path. (In fact, at least one feature is completely unique among Nikon's FX-format line.)
The D750's 24.3-megapixel, full-frame sensor is similar to that in the Nikon D610, but it's paired to the more powerful EXPEED 4 processor from the D810. Full-resolution performance is just slightly better than either camera at 6.5 frames per second, while the sensitivity range falls somewhere in between.
Also borrowed from the D810 are the Nikon D750's high-res 91,000-pixel RGB metering sensor and 51-point Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus module, although the latter has been refined and now works in even lower light down to -3EV. (That's a record for a Nikon DSLR of any format.)
However, its exposure system is more akin to that of the D610, with the same 1/4,000th second top shutter speed, 1/200th second flash sync speed, and 150,000 cycle shutter life. The highlight-weighted metering mode of the D810 does make the cut, though.
The D750's pentaprism viewfinder is similar to those of the D610 and D810, but its large, high-res 3.2-inch LCD monitor is now articulated, which is a first for a Nikon FX-format camera. Also new is in-camera Wi-Fi wireless networking, although you can still use the external Wi-Fi dongle if you need wired connectivity or to maximize battery life, since the UT-1 Communication Unit has its own separate battery pack. And speaking of battery life, that's better than ever before: The Nikon D750 is rated as good for 1,230 shots on a charge, surpassing both the D610 and D810.
Add in a brand-new body with a unique design that allows it to constructed both slimmer and lighter than ever before, while maximizing handgrip depth for a comfortable hold in the process, and the Nikon D750 looks to offer a lot of camera for the money. Available at a list price of US$2,300 or thereabouts body-only, the D750 is also sold in a kit with the AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4 VR zoom lens for about US$3,600. A MB-D16 battery grip is also available with a suggested list price of US$485.
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Let's take a closer look at the Nikon D750, and see how it compares to its siblings!
Nikon D750 Walkaround
by Mike Tomkins
Although spiritually it's a successor to Nikon's original enthusiast full-frame camera, the D700, in terms of its design and control layout the Nikon D750 is more closely-related to the slightly more affordable D610, which now forms the entry-point to the company's FX-format DSLR line. For that reason, we'll be drawing our comparisons against that model.
Although the two look quite similar externally, the Nikon D750 is the more futuristic beneath the skin. The reason? A brand-new construction method using what Nikon is referring to as a "monocoque" structural skin for the front panel, which wraps around to most of the camera's base as well.
This front skin, constructed from a carbon-fiber composite, is capped with magnesium-alloy panels on top and at the rear, completing an overall shell that, says Nikon, is "unprecedentedly slim" for an FX-format camera, and which allows a deeper handgrip without increasing the camera's size.
In fact, the D750 is about 0.1 inches (4mm) slimmer than its entry-level sibling. The light carbon-fiber panels also help keep weight to a minimum, with a result that the D750 is around 0.3 ounces (10g) lighter than the D610.
But switching to a carbon-fiber composite front deck isn't the only change that Nikon had to make to provide the deeper handgrip -- our understanding is that the camera's internals have also been significantly rearranged. Motors for the shutter mechanism and aperture control, for example, had to be relocated. The battery slot, too, was redesigned to place the battery pack parallel with the camera's rear deck, rather than the more typical position spanning the depth of the handgrip.
Pick the camera up and you notice that it's relatively compact and lightweight for the class, and that the handgrip is more comfortable with slightly more generous room for your fingertips, wrapped around the grip and nestled beside the lens mount. It still feels solid and like a quality piece of kit, though -- and of course, it's still weather-sealed, with an array of dust and water-resistant seals throughout.
Seen from the front, the Nikon D750 looks very similar indeed to the D610. All controls are in approximately the same places, but the new model is just slightly less rounded-off than its sibling, and the base beneath the mirror box a little wider. Really, though, there's not much to call between the pair.
Moving to the top deck, the difference in depth is immediately noticeable when you compare both cameras side by side. The D750's handgrip protrudes just a little less, and yet thanks to the reduction in body depth on both sides of the mirror box, it provides quite a bit more room for your fingers. It also angles inwards towards the body more steeply, so the grip doesn't feel quite so thick. The controls, though, are all in essentially the same locations.
It's once you move to the rear that a greater difference becomes apparent. For one thing, the brand-new, articulated LCD of the Nikon D750 is obvious, thanks both to the seam around its edges that shows it can be moved, and to two small protrusions that serve to give your fingernail grip to pull out the top of the monitor.
And while at first glance the column of buttons lining the LCD looks similar, once you take a closer look you realize that the Retouch / Picture Control button of the D610 is gone, making way for the Help / Protect / White Balance, Playback Zoom In / Quality, and Playback Zoom Out / ISO Sensitivity buttons each to move up one spot. At the bottom of the column, space is freed up for an i-button as seen in cameras like the D7100, which can be used to pull up the information display, or to adjust settings in live view and movie modes.
Jumping across to the other side of the LCD monitor, the changes are simpler. Nothing has been removed, it's just been rearranged, with the Info button moving above the Four-way Controller pad with its locking switch, and the Live View button surrounded by the Still / Movie switch. The small three-hole grille between these latter two controls is the speaker, and just right of this, the card access lamp. Otherwise, everything else is much where it was located on the D610.
Switching to the left-hand side (as seen from the rear), the selection of controls and access panels is much the same, but the arrangement of the latter has changed. Where the D610 had, top to bottom, a flap for the headphone and microphone jacks, another for the USB and HDMI ports, and finally one for the remote control, the D750 shuffles everything downwards so that the remote control terminal can be moved to the top. There's also a tiny little logo above the topmost access panel cover, hinting at the presence of Wi-Fi wireless networking connectivity in-camera. But we'll come back to that in a moment.
Next, we move to the right side, where the only thing we really have to say is that yes, that handgrip is definitely less deep overall. It protrudes a little less both from the front and rear of the camera, and should make for a little easier fit in smaller camera bags, at least without a lens attached.
And finally, we move to the base of the camera. Although there's not a huge amount to see here, there are several things worth noting. Firstly, the tripod mount has moved forwards a little, and in the process rather further from the sensor plane. Secondly, as noted previously you can see that the battery pack now faces across the camera, rather than sideways to sit inside the handgrip. And thirdly, with the battery compartment door now further back, the connector for the optional portrait / battery grip has jumped across the camera to the other side.
Nikon D750 Flare Issue & Repair
A few months after the Nikon D750 began to arrive in customers' hands, reports began surfacing of strange flare and dark banding problems in certain shooting conditions, such as with strong overhead, studio lighting directed towards the camera, or shooting towards the sun. In our investigation of the issue, we found that the issue was due to internal reflections from the autofocus sensor optics. We covered this phenomenon in-depth, and you can read about it here, where we tested the D750 along with other full-frame DSLRs in both studio and natural lighting conditions.
It wasn't long before Nikon issued an official response that it was investigating the problem, and soon thereafter, they instigated an official repair program for affected cameras -- which were limited to a certain range of serial numbers -- free of charge. We ended up with two review samples of the D750, and one of our review samples happened to be in this particular range of serial numbers. We sent our unit for the fix, and after it was returned, the flare issue was gone. The images below show the difference between an unmodified early D750 and the second D750 after the fix was applied:
Unaltered early D750
It's important to note that our discussion here is now just for historical reference; all currently-shipping D750s are constructed using the updated design and components.
So what was actually repaired or changed inside the camera? We took some close-up shots of the original and updated D750s to find out...
Original AF sensor housing structure.
Updated AF sensor housing structure. Notice the additional anti-reflective coating applied to the front of the AF housing. It's a little harder to see in this image, but it also appears that the openings in the top of the AF housing are a bit narrower (the rectangular openings don't extend quite as far back as on the original).
When the mirror is raised, a light-baffle flap drops partially over and behind the AF assembly. Here, we've (gently!) tugged the baffle upright on the original body, to show its shape. Note in particular the little lip that protrudes at the top. When the baffle is in its normal position during an exposure, this extension ends up behind the AF assembly, between it and the bottom of the sensor.
Here's the upgraded light baffle structure. Notice the larger protruding lip at the top of the flap structure. During exposures, this projection extends further into the gap between the AF assembly and image sensor, to better block any stray light refracted or reflected by the AF optics.
Nikon D750 Technical Insights
Like a D610 and a D810 put together, but with some key tweaks
A full-frame sensor and speedy processor. The core of the Nikon D750 is a 24.3-megapixel, FX-format CMOS image sensor that, while identical to that in the D610 in terms of resolution, is described by Nikon as being newly-developed. And as in the D610, the sensor sits under an optical low-pass filter that helps fight moiré, aliasing and false color.
Unlike that camera, though, the Nikon D750 pairs its sensor with the same next-generation EXPEED 4 image processor seen previously in the D810. This allows a slightly swifter burst-shooting rate of 6.5 frames per second according to Nikon's in-house testing. By way of contrast, the D610 and D810 top out at rates of 6fps and 5fps respectively, albeit with the Nikon D810 having to handle a much greater quantity of data for each frame.
The sensor and processor pairing of the Nikon D750 also best the D610 with a wider sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 12,800 equivalents, expandable to encompass everything from 50 to 51,200 equivalents. The D610's standard sensitivity range is ISO 100 to 6400 equivalents, expandable to cover ISO 50 to 25,600, so the D750 wins out at the top end in both standard and expanded ranges. The D810, meanwhile, offers a standard range of ISO 64 to 12,800 equivalents, expandable to ISO 32 to 51,200, so that camera is matched by its more affordable new sibling at the top end, but can offer even lower sensitivity at the bottom end of the range.
Click to read about the Nikon D750 tech insights!
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!
Nikon D750 Image Quality Comparison
Nikon's latest full-frame DSLR is another stellar performer.
Below are crops comparing the Nikon D750 with the Nikon D810, Canon 5D Mark III, Fujifilm X-T1, Pentax K3 and Sony A7. All of these models sit at relatively similar price points and/or categories in their respective product lineups as advanced enthusiast or professional-level cameras.
NOTE: These images are best quality JPEGs straight out of the camera, at default settings including noise reduction and using the camera's actual base ISO (not extended ISO settings). All cameras in this comparison were shot with our very sharp reference lenses. Clicking any crop will take you to a carrier page where you can click once again to access the full resolution image as delivered straight from the camera. For those interested in working with the RAW files involved: click these links to visit each camera's respective sample image thumbnail page: Nikon D750, Nikon D810, Canon 5D Mark III, Fujifilm X-T1, Pentax K3 and Sony A7 -- links to the RAW files appear beneath those for the JPEG images, wherever we have them. And remember, you can always go to our world-renowned Comparometer to compare the Nikon D750 to any camera we've ever tested.
Nikon D750 Print Quality
The D750 images look fantastic digitally. What about in the real world?
The latest full-frame Nikon DSLR certainly does not disappoint in the printing department. All the way up to ISO 400, images from the Nikon D750 are practically noise-free and full of crisp, sharp fine detail and great colors, making it possible for very large prints. At the mid-range to higher ISOs, prints remain very pleasing to the eye with minimal noise. ISO 800 images can still manage impressivly large prints, and even at the extreme end of the ISO scale, the D750 still manages to produce images that make acceptable prints. Read on for all the details!
Nikon D750 Conclusion
Outstanding image quality, low-light AF and high ISO performance
The much-loved Nikon D700 finally gets its long-awaited upgrade as the Nikon D750. With the 2008 debut of the D700, Nikon finally had an affordable, more compact, enthusiast-level full-frame camera alternative to the large and expensive D3. Now, Nikon has a trio of such cameras, with the D750 squeezing in above the D610 and below the D810, and forms a hybrid camera of sorts by borrowing features and specs from both the D610 and D810.
Featuring a similar high-resolution 24.3-megapixel full-frame sensor as in the D610, the D750, on the other hand, pairs it with the faster EXPEED 4 image processor from the D810. The metering sensor and autofocus system are also borrowed from the D810 (though the AF system here is tweaked for better low-light AF), while the exposure system -- like maximum shutter speed and flash sync -- as well as life span of the shutter is shared with the lower-end D610. Of course, the D750 has a few unique tricks up its sleeve too, such as being the first full-frame Nikon DSLR with a tilting rear LCD, a slimmer body design with a deeper handgrip, and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. The battery life is also rated better than both the D610 and the D810.