Nikon D750

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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.

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 D610Nikon D750Nikon D810
Sensor resolution (type)24.3MP CMOS24.3MP CMOS36.3MP CMOS (no OLPF)
Autofocus System39 points with 9 cross-type
(Multi-CAM 2700)
51-points with 15 cross-type
(Multi-CAM 3500 II)
51-points with 15 cross-type
(Multi-CAM 3500)
Metering System2,016 pixel RGB sensor91,000 pixel RGB sensor91,000 pixel RGB sensor
ISO sensitivity range100-6400 
(25,600 expanded)
100-12,800 
(51,200 expanded)
64-12,800 
(51,200 expanded)
Max shutter speed1/4000th1/4000th1/8000th
Shutter rating150,000 releases150,000 releases200,000 releases
Accessory connectorMulti-interfaceMulti-interface10-pin screw-in type
Memory card slots2 SD slots2 SD slots1 SD, 1 CompactFlash
Aperture control in live view/videoNoYesYes
LCDFixed 3.2″
920k dots
Tilting 3.2″
1.2m dots
Fixed 3.2″
1.2m dots
Maximum frame rate6 fps6.5 fps5 fps
Movie Mode1080/30p1080/60p1080/60p
Wi-FiOptional WU-1bBuilt-inOptional WT-5A
Battery life (CIPA)900 shots1230 shots1200 shots
Dimensions141 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).

Nikon D750 specifications

Price
MSRP$2299.95 / £1799.99 / €2149 (body only), £2249.99 / €2679.00 (body + 24-85mm lens), €2799.00 (body + 24-120mm lens)
Body type
Body typeMid-size SLR
Body materialMagnesium alloy, carbon fiber
Sensor
Max resolution6016 x 4016
Other resolutionsFX: 4512 x 3008, 3008 x 2008, 1.2x crop: 5008 x 3336, 3752 x 2504, DX: 3936 x 2624, 2944 x 1968, 1968 x 1312
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 4
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary Color Filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100-12800, expandable to 50-51200
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
Boosted ISO (maximum)51200
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (6 slots)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal, Basic
File formatJPEGRaw (NEF, lossless compressed, compressed 12 or 14 bit)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points51
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots1,229,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT-LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.7×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modesProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual
Scene modesPortraitLandscapeChildSportsClose-upNight PortraitNight LandscapeParty/IndoorBeach/SnowSunsetDusk/DawnPetCandlelightBlossomAutumn ColorsFood
Built-in flashYes
Flash range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)
Flash modesAuto, Auto FP high-speed sync, auto w/redeye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync w/redeye reduction, fill flash, rear-curtain sync, rear-curtain w/slow sync, redeye reduction, redeye reduction w/slow sync, slow sync, off
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modesSingle-frame [S] modeContinuous low-speed [CL]Continuous high-speed [CH]Quiet shutter releaseQuiet continuousSelf-timerMirror lockup
Continuous drive6.5 fps
Self-timerYes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedHighlight-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing(2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (2-9 exposures in 1, 2, or 3EV increments)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC (dual slots)
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
WirelessBuilt-In
Remote controlYes (Wired or wireless)
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes (Water and dust resistant)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionEN-EL15 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)1230
Weight (inc. batteries)750 g (1.65 lb / 26.46 oz)
Dimensions141 x 113 x 78 mm (5.55 x 4.45 x 3.07″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSOptional
GPS notesGP-1/GP-1A

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Image Quality

If you’ve been reading the previous pages of this review then you already know that the D750 has a lot going for it. That’s also true for image quality, which is exceptional.

ISO 100, 1/4000 sec, f/1.8, 20mm, Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED lens

As the above photo illustrates very well, the D750’s photos feature vibrant color and pleasing skin tones. You can see that the camera (along with Nikon’s recently announced 20mm f/1.8G ED lens) resolves fine detail with ease.

ISO 450, 1/25 sec, f/4, 24mm, Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED lens

If you’re looking for noise, you certainly won’t find it in the photo above, which is taken in low light (in case you didn’t notice) at ISO 450. You will notice some chromatic aberration here, which is an issue related to the so-so 24-120mm f/4G lens used here. The D750 handled the white balance admirably in this scene.

Let’s see what happens when the ISO increases even more:

ISO 4000, 1/250 sec, f/4, 120mm, Nikkor 24-120mm F4G ED lens  (Download Raw conversion)

You will see some noise and lost detail (due to noise reduction) at ISO 4000, but it still looks pretty darn good. We grabbed the Raw version of the image and did some retouching, and the results are impressive in our opinion.

The one issue that we had related to image quality – which was touched upon on the Shooting Experience page – is the D750’s tendency to overexpose by about a third of a stop. That’s not a lot, but overexposure is still not desirable, as you’ll never get those highlights best. In our time with the D750 we usually kept the exposure compensation down -1/3EV. One other feature offered by the D750 is to ‘bias’ the metering in 1/6EV increments. In other words, you can set up the camera so when 0EV is display, it’s taking the bias into account.

Raw Improvements

Potential D750 buyers don’t need an explanation about why Raw is great, so let’s cut to the chase with another example. The photo below is taken in dim light at ISO 25600 with noise reduction set to low and, as you can see, has both smudged detail and false color.Go to full screen mode

D750 Raw improvementImage comparison toolImage size:

JPEGRAW

Download: JPEG (15.7MB)JPEGRAW

Download: JPEG (8.2MB), RAW (35.2MB)

Spending some time with Adobe Camera Raw we managed to reduce both of those issues and produce what we think is a more pleasing image. The adjustments we made are: sharpening 51 with a radius of 1.0, luminance NR 40, and saturation +19.

The D750 has a built-in Raw converter which allows you to adjust white balance, exposure comp, Picture Control, noise reduction, color space, vignette control, and D-Lighting. D-Lighting in playback mode is different than Active D-Lighting that produces a more desirable exposure at the point of capture.

Raw Dynamic Range

In recent years, the advances we’ve seen in sensor development effectively manifest themselves as greater Raw dynamic range, which is perhaps most easily understood as ‘processing latitude.’ For the most part, these differences in sensor performance are rarely visible in the cameras JPEGs – it’s when you start to process the Raws that you see the difference.

On the Shooting Experience page you saw an example of how you can push the shadows without adding noise. Below is another example which was exposed for the highlights and converted in ACR with the exposure pushed 3 stops.

Original JPEGConverted from Raw

The image above shows exactly what the D750’s sensor is capable of. Despite a 3 -stop increase in exposure, there’s virtually no noise or loss of detail. The highlights at the center of the photo are perfectly preserved.

This next example is heavily retouched by again illustrates how much is saved in those NEF Raw files.

Original JPEGRetouched Raw
Download original

When the photo was taken my colleague Rishi metered on the highlights, with everything else hidden in the dark. While it looks like there’s nothing in the black areas of the shot, the opposite is true: the camera has captured all of the detail and stuffed it into the Raw file. By doing some pretty hardcore Raw editing, we were able to turn darkness into detail while keeping the model and back wall properly exposed.

For those who are curious, these are all of the settings that were adjusted in ACR and Lightroom: White Balance: Tint = +10 | Exposure: +0.75 | Highlights: -37 | Shadows: +100 | Whites: -100 | Tone Curve: Highlights = +31, Lights = +45, Darks = -31. Custom +2 EV gradient from upper left to bottom right and -2 EV gradient from right to left of image applied in Lightroom.

Raw Files for Download

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