Nikon D750 Review

 

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Welcome to the newest and brightest recent offering in the world of DSLRs, Nikon’s D750. Breaking new boundaries, and allowing for greater creative freedom, this is the new star of its class in the DSLR market. This also may very well be your best option for any DSLR camera, that is— unless you are a professional and need a camera body specifically for shooting sports, and need the even greater buffer, fps rating, and faster shutter that the flagship DSLRs offer (but of course at a considerably higher price tag).

The D750 is a fantastic choice even as a first DSLR for someone who has the resources to invest into a camera body to bypass the entry level DSLR cameras, and/or is ready to step into the full frame market. There are many more options and higher performance with the D750 compared to these cameras, and we will argue, well worth your money.

 

Compared to other Nikon DSLRs

The D750 does share the same features of some of Nikon’s higher end cameras— including the video capabilities of the D810 (up to 60 frames a second in HD). It is also D750.screen2possible to send uncompressed video footage to an external HDMI recorder, while simultaneously saving this footage to a SD card (in camera). With this aptitude to produce high quality video, it is also an excellent tool of choice for event videographers or amateur filmmakers. The D750 also shares the fully customizable 51-point auto focus of the D810 and D3s. A key feature of this surpassing all of the rest of the Nikon DSLR lineup— in its ability to focus in extremely low light at up to −3EV, a Nikon first.

 

Multiple angle LCD screen

This camera is the first full frame DSLR to have built in Wi-Fi. (more on this). It is also the first in its class to have a tiltable LCD screen. This opens up more creative possibilities with the D750 being agile enough to attain unique or tough to get at angles.

 

 

Versatility

The D750 is indeed a great choice for many pros. As a hybrid tool for fast action stills through bright daylight into dim indoor lighting, this camera is extremely versatile. Capture of a wide dynamic range is one of its greatest strengths, having a range of 14.5 EV. The D810 is the only full frame DSLR to outrank it at 14.8 EV. The D800 and D610 place 3rd and 4th, respectively. (DxO Mark)

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Upgrade Path

As an upgrade for an owner of D700, a potential buyer may be better suited to the D810, as the D750 is not exactly a complete overhaul and update of the D700. (The D750 has a max shutter speed of 1/4000 while the D700’s is 1/8000.) Some D700 users may also lament the lack of the ‘AF-On’ button. But even as a replacement to the D3s in some situations— the D750 is an excellent choice for many shooters. My opinion is that the rest of the great qualities the D750 brings to the full frame DSLR market outweigh any disadvantage here. Besides, if you are looking for that 1/8000 shutter speed on your camera body, you are likely looking for the higher burst rate and buffer of a flagship DSLR.

 

Depending on your needs, and what type of photography you’re doing, this camera and you may be very much well suited to go out and create amazing images. Many commercial and especially wedding photographers are amazed at this very capable camera body and its versatility. It is unsurpassed within its class and beyond in several categories, including dynamic range, high picture quality at high ISO, and focusing in low light.
The D750 hit shelves September 23, 2014, and has already garnered the attention of many photographers, even some willing to switch to Nikon for the amazing attributes of this camera.
The build of the D750 features a monocoque design utilizing magnesium alloy for the rear and top plates and carbon fiber reinforced thermo plastics for the front part of the body, and front plate. (For comparison the D610 is constructed of magnesium alloy and plastic).

Design

D750.leftThanks to this new design process, and also advances with being able to fit more inside the body, the d750 is smaller and slightly lighter than the D610. The D750 also has a deeper grip than both the D610 and D800. Some have argued that this is a step backwards in design: the more narrow grip, smaller overall dimensions. Although the D750 is indeed smaller looking, it did not feel to me to be too small, and fit in my hand quite comfortably. I would argue that this may be a necessary step from Nikon in order to stay competitive with the burgeoning mirrorless market— That is if these full frame DSLRs do not become smaller in their design, the mirrorless system cameras will inevitably have an even greater advantage going forward with their smaller dimensions and lighter weight. Additionally, who can honestly complain about a smaller, lighter DSLR to lug around… especially when that camera happens to outperform some of its rivals and predecessors.

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Connectivity

The D750 comes out of the box Wi-Fi ready and can be paired with a smart device and operated remotely. The shutter may be fired from the smart device while in this mode. The screen of a compatible phone or tablet may also be used as the live view screen, opening up even more creative possibilities.
Utilizing this built in Wi-Fi, you may transfer files to a smart phone or tablet, then doing quick edits, and posting them online or sending via email. For faster data transfer, images may be transferred via FTP using the WT-5A Wireless Transmitter + UT-1 Communication Unit ($374.95). GPS tagging capabilities can be added with the Nikon GP-1A GPS Unit ($279), allowing you to record latitude, longitude, altitude, and time metadata.
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Price

With a price tag slightly higher than the D610 at release ($2296.95), the D750 is still relatively affordable. It is $1k less than the D810 and has the capabilities of a professional camera body. So unless you have an actual need for the extremely acute detail and color bit depth of the D810 (you are doing high-end studio work or are a dedicated landscape photographer, for example), the D750 is the way to go.

With the D750’s ability to focus in low light, its dynamic range, great image quality at high ISO, and a relatively fast shutter, it is a superb tool of choice for an advanced amateur, wedding photographer, up and coming artist or film maker, or seasoned pro.

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Nikon D750 specs at a glance:

Sensor

24.3 Megapixel CMOS, FX format, full frame, 35.9mm x 24mm

Shutter

Max: 1/4000 second
Min: 30 sec, bulb
Continuous: 6.5 fps

Sensitivity

ISO 100 to 12,800, (expandable to 50 and 25,600).

Video

HD (1,280 x 720)                        60, 50, 30, or 25 fps.
Full HD (1,920 x 1,080)              60, 50, 30, 25, or 24 fps.

Connectivity

Wi-Fi                                         Built in
GPS                                           Via GP-1A GPS Unit

Autofocus

Type                                         Multi-CAM 3500FX

AF points                                  51 unique with 9,21, or 51- point arrays, and 15 cross-
type variants.

Focus modes:                          Single servo (AF-S) used for any still photography

Continuous servo (AF-C) for continually tracking a moving subject

Predictive focus tracking (AF- A) for automatic selection
between AF-S and AF-C depending on status of subject

Viewfinder

100% coverage with 0.70x magnification

921k dot, 3.2 in. LCD

Optics

Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G and D lenses, and all FX lenses. DX lenses may be used with an automatic crop factor of 15.3. 11 focus points available for lenses used with teleconverters of an effective aperture of f/8 or faster

Flash

Sync Speed:    1/250 s

Has a built in flash, which can be used as a Commander for multiple different light sources across 3 different channels for refined control.

Design and Build

Weight:     31.7oz.(900g) body only

Dimensions:     5.7 x 4.8 x 3.2 in. (146 x 123 x 81.5mm)

Additional Features

Built in time lapse function- allows for choosing number of shots, interval of time between them, and also delay if needed. Up to 8 hours maximum shooting time. Has exposure smoothing feature to ease the transition between exposures

Built-in HDR mode (2 frames up to 3 EV apart)

 

 

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Nikon announces new DSLR camera, Wi-Fi ready with a full frame sensor and tiltable LCD screen.

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This new camera— the D750, was announced September 12, and will be released September 23, 2014. It will be Nikon’s first full frame DSLR to have a vari-angle LCD. This will enable easier view of the live view screen and framing shots or video when shooting macro down low or also when reaching up high above ones head, having the screen pointing straight down.

Possessing built in Wi-Fi, the D750 allows for very quick file transfer to smart phones or tablets.
This also enables remote control of the shutter with a smart device (via Wi-Fi). More to come on this in our upcoming full review.
The D750 will feature the 51-point autofocus system of the D810 and a smaller, leaner body with a deep grip– closer in size to the D610. Nikon will also include the popular and useful U1 and U2 settings of the D610 on the mode dial. These handy settings allow the photographer to easily recall a group of settings for quick access– for example to quickly switch between shooting people and landscapes without changing multiple settings, and/or menu diving.

Employing the video capabilities of the D810 and D4s, the D750 is ready to shoot full HD video at up to 60 fps. The D750 also shares the auto-focus capabilities of these cameras, which is among its best attributes. Another stellar addition to this camera is that it will also be able to focus in very low light down to –3EV!

For further details, please see our upcoming full review of the Nikon D750 here

Digital Camera Sensor Sizes Compared: Different sensor sizes and what it means for your image quality.

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The image sensor in a digital camera takes the place of the film plane, and collects light that is converted into an electronic signal. Sensor size is the most important aspect of digital imaging, and far more influential in determining the quality of a given image than other factors, namely the number of megapixels. When considering the sensor size of a camera, understand that size definitely matters here– the larger the size of the sensor, the greater the ability to achieve very fine detail in the image, and thus, larger printing sizes and an ability to crop the image down and still retain detail.

6548257287_a61e7497c8Dot pitch, also known as pixel pitch, is a measurement of the distance between pixels on the image sensor, therefor an indicator of the size of these pixels. A larger sensor has a larger dot pitch, which means larger pixels, and in turn enables the sensor to collect more light and capture an image of relatively higher resolution. This is especially the case in lower lit scenes where a higher ISO would be used. Using a higher ISO on a camera with a large image sensor produces less noise than using a higher ISO on a camera with a smaller image sensor.

 

Some of the most common sensor sizes (smallest to largest), and examples of their typical camera bodies:

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1/2.3″      Mainstream compact cameras. These sensors are very limited in capturing light in low lit scenes without flash because of their small sensor size (and also smaller pixels on the image sensor.

 

1/1.7″     Most typical of higher end compacts, e.g. Nikon Coolpix P340, Canon PowerShot S95, Pentax Q7 (entry level mirrorless interchangeable- lens camera)  (MILC). 

 

2/3″       Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom (Ultra zoom fixed lens compact, released 2004), Nokia Lumia 1020 (current leader in resolution for cell phones)

 

1″       Sony RX100, FujiFilm X-S1, Nikon 1 Series cameras.  These cameras tend to bridge the gap between compact cameras and the larger and more expensive APS-C and Four-Thirds cameras.

 

4/3″          A relatively new camera system introduced by Olympus and Panasonic in 2008. Allows for compatibility of  lenses and camera bodies between different manufacturers.

 

Fovean         (Now owned by Sigma) A different sensor design that collects data via photosites in separate stacked sensors for each primary color wavelength (red, green, and blue). Although this sensor size is unique to Fovean type sensors, Sigma’s latest DSLRs employ a APS-C sized sensor (23.5 x 15.7)

 

APS-C (green)           Canon EF-S format DSLRs- such as the 7D, and Rebel Series

 

APS-C (light blue)      Nikon DX format DSLRs (e.g. D7100, D5300), Sony NEX-7

 

APS-H        Sony Alpha 7S, Leica M8, Canon EOS-1D Mark IV (released Oct. 2009).  An older sensor size that will likely not be seen again, at least in main stream DSLRs.

 

Full Frame      Most prosumer and all pro level DSLRs: e.g. Nikon D610, Nikon D800 (FX format), Canon 5d Mk III (EF format), Sony a99 (Alpha Series), Leica M9 (digital rangefinder camera). As these sensors are identical in size to a piece of 35 mm film they are referenced as “full frame”.  (There is still debate about the use of this term in the photography world.)

 

 

Sensors have come a long way since the advent of DSLRs right before the dawn of the 21st century.  They have also become more affordable to produce for maunufacturers, as it usually goes with technology these days. This occured with the introduction of complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) sensors, which are indeed less costly to manufacture and also use less power than earlier charge-coupled device (CCD) type sensors.  While both types perform the same function of converting light into electrons, CMOS sensors are used more often these days (Nikon has not put a CCD type sensor in a new camera since the D3000 was announced in the fall of 2009).  For the sake of comparison, the first Nikon DSLR was the Nikon D1 (announced June 1999) with a 2.74 MegaPixel CCD type sensor (23.7 x 15.6mm), and retailed for about $5,000.

 

6865492030_b9878b6ab3_cIt used to be that the larger the sensor (or film size), the larger the camera body, and also the larger the lens needed to place the larger image onto the sensor. This is starting to change with the advent of mirrorless cameras, and now even compact cameras sporting full-frame sensors— such as Sony’s fairly new Cyber-Shot RX-1.

At 36 mp, the Nikon D810 currently offers the highest resolution available (at least for DSLRs), although there are rumors of Canon bringing out a high resolution series of the EOS later this year.

 

 

Photo credits:

Image sensor on green circuit board:
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Medium sized photo of image sensor utilizing focus stacking:
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Large photo of image sensor mounted on circuit board:
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