This is a review guide covering the Nikon D750.
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Nikon D750 Summary
The D750’s greatest USP is that it is a lightweight full-frame DSLR.
These days everyone seems to be shifting to lighter cameras. Thus, the craze for mirrorless systems. In this situation a lightweight full-frame camera makes sense.
The million-dollar question, however, is if it makes sense to buy the D750 in 2021?
Well, the D750 shoots excellent stills and there is no doubt that it is a wonderful camera in that respect. Yes, the autofocusing part is not the best in the business.
It has only 15 cross-type AF points and a total of 51 AF points that are clustered towards the center of the frame.
Mirrorless systems offer more. But we have seen that low light performance is excellent. Plus, JPEGs straight out of the camera are sharp and vibrant.
Video features too are not the best in the business, considering that this is an older model but if you are not going to shoot professional videos then the full-HD resolution at 60 fps should be more than enough for you.
We feel overall that this is a decent buy for someone looking for a full-frame DSLR considering that it encompasses many of the features of the D810 plus including some refined ones.
Pros and Cons Nikon D750
My Pros With This Camera:
- Full HD videos at 60p
- High-res 3.2-inch tilting screen with a brilliant display.
- 51-point AF system
- Zebra highlights warning in videos
- Excellent group area AF system
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Twin recording system (HDMI and Internally) when shooting videos
- Power Aperture for smooth Aperture change during video shoots
- Microphone and headphone ports
My Cons With This Camera:
- No 4K video option
- No-touch option on the LCD screen
- No Log option in videos
- Continuous shooting speed is on the slower side
Nikon D750 Specs
When the D750 was launched back in 2014 it started as the first camera of a new series by Nikon. There was the D700, but it should not be confused as a part of the same series.
The D750 was originally designed to be a compact full-frame camera that combines the features of a D800 in a much more compact body.
Speaking of the D810 much of the features including the autofocusing mechanism are borrowed from that camera.
Under the hood, the D750 is powered by a 24.3-MP full-frame CMOS sensor and paired with an EXPEED 4 image processor.
The camera is capable of producing large fine JPEGs and RAW files of the size 6016 x 4016 pixels.
The continuous shooting speed capable of the D750 is 6.5 fps. That’s pretty much in the lower range.
This camera would not be useful for shooting sports or wildlife or fast action if you are a professional photographer.
You need something that offers at least 8 if not 10 frames per second.
On the other hand, if you are an amateur and trying out a full-frame all-rounder for the first time the D750’s specs will seem pretty decent.
The D750’s autofocusing system is powered by a 51-point AF system that has 15 cross-type AF points. A 91,000-pixel RGB metering sensor makes up the metering system of the camera.
Nikon D750 Design
The D750 is your typical Nikon DSLR, functional, easy to operate, and sturdy. Yes, the tilting screen at the back of the camera is a little different, but if you have used a Nikon DSLR ever, you will find yourself perfectly at home with the D750.
The back of the D750 is dominated by a large 3.2-inch 1229k-dot LCD monitor. The D750’s LCD screen uses an RGBW color array.
You may have noticed with your existing camera when reviewing your images under direct sunlight the rear LCD screen appears dull and washed out.
The White color pixel in the array on the D750 ensures that the LCD screen is bright enough to assist reviewing without issues even under direct sunlight.
Nikon D750 Image Quality
Although the D750 is much like the D810 with a few refinements here and there, there are some aspects on which the D750 loses out to the D810.
One of them is the fastest shutter speed. The D810 can fire at 1/8000th of a second, however, the D750 can only fire at 1/4000th of a second.
Most of you will feel that’s just one stop of light but for professionals who shoot in bright sunlight, it is a serious handicap.
They won’t be able to risk using an f/1.8 or f/1.4 lens wide open in bright sunlight. They might have to use a variable ND filter to manage.
Straight out of the camera the JPEGs are very good. The sensor produces beautiful clean images that are sharp and detailed (even with the Anti-Aliasing filter in place).
Colors are vibrant and skin tones in portrait shots don’t look overcooked. They are right on the money for me.
Is the image quality at par with that of the D810? Not quite. The D810 does not have a AA filter in place and that makes the image quality a bit more detailed than what’s possible with the D750.
The low light image quality of the D750 considering that it is now 7 years old technology is pretty good. It can still hold its own.
You can still do things like pushing the shadows in post-processing up to three stops and recover plenty of detail without inducing a lot of noise in the process.
The dynamic range for such processed JPEG files (processed from RAW) is also good.
Notwithstanding, modern BSI sensors with stacked sensor architecture have pushed the envelope of low light noise performance to serious levels and in that respect, the D750 does look old.
Nikon D750 Video Quality
The D750 shoots full-HD videos at a maximum frame rate of 60 fps.
For shooting everyday videos that are more than enough. You can shoot those stylish slow-motion videos when you playback footages shot at 60fps in normal 30 fps or the cinematic 24fps.
The D750 is capable of recording uncompressed footage to an external recorder. That said, it does not have Log but it has a flat picture profile which you can use to retain much of the dynamic range in your footage.
The camera also has a zebra highlights warning system which is very useful when metering the scene manually. But it lacks the other useful tool – Focus Peaking.
The lack of Focus Peaking means you will have to depend on the focusing ring and manually turn that to nail focus.
Autofocusing is the other option but it is too jittery and does not produce smooth results.
Additionally, the lack of a touch to focus option on the LCD screen is also not going to help precise focus rocking when you want to rock focus between more than one subject in a frame.
One thing that the D750 does have, however, is an Auto ISO feature. Auto ISO ensures that the camera can seamlessly balance the exposure when aperture and shutter speeds are fixed.
This feature is incredibly useful when you are shooting in manual mode. The manual mode allows you to set your preferred Aperture and Shutter Speed.
So the depth of field and exposure are in your control. To compensate for the changing light through, something that will always pester you when you shoot outdoors, Auto ISO is a must-have.
Also, very useful is the Power Aperture feature that has been provided in the camera. This features two dedicated buttons which allows for a subtle change of the aperture while recording videos.
Nikon D750 Overall Performance
The D750 is a decent camera and now that its price-tag has dropped significantly it seems like a great bargain.
Considering that it is still a decent full-frame camera many would be tempted to pick it up as their first full-frame or even their first DSLR ever.
In terms of still photography, the D750 is a decent camera. The autofocusing performance is not the same as the latest Nikon or Sony mirrorless, but it is decent.
Subject tracking is a bit sluggish as there is no Eye-AF such as in the modern DSLRs and mirrorless systems.
Even the 51 AF points seem too clustered when compared to some of the other full-frame cameras such as the D810.
The number of cross-type AF points is very few too. There are a bunch of cameras from other competing brands that have more cross-type AF points.
The lack of cross-type AF points means the camera will struggle in low light especially when the subject is towards the side of the frame.
This situation when the camera seems to be looking for focus is also known as Focus Hunting.
Another instance when this happens is when the scene does not have enough contrast. Line sensors are notorious for this issue.
We hope you enjoyed this review guide on the Nikon D750.
Consider everything we’ve reviewed as to whether this is the right camera for you!
Have fun, good luck, and keep photographing!
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Rajib is an avid travel photographer and an overall shutterbug. The first time he ever clicked an image was with an Agfa Click IV back in 1984. A medium format film camera. From that auspicious introduction to photography, he has remained hooked to this art form. He loves to test and review new photography gear. Rajib travels quite a lot, loves driving on Indian roads, playing fetch with his Labrador retriever, and loves photography. And yes, he still proudly owns that Agfa Click IV!