Value For Money9.5/10
- Excellent Image Quality
- Superb AF performance
- Excellent Dynamic Range
- Lightweight Body
- Dual Card Slots
- Excellent High ISO Performance
- Max Shutter Speed 1/4000s
- No Touch Screen
- No 4K Video
Nikon D750 Digital Camera Review
Does buying it in 2020 make sense?
The Nikon D750 has long been considered as one of the most well balanced Full Frame camera ever made by Nikon. Launched in 2014, people may say that it is getting a little long in the tooth. So does it make any sense to buy it in 2020?
Incredibly Yes!!! It makes a lot of sense buying this superbly efficient and powerful performer in 2020, seeing especially how the rates have tumbled. I mean you can buy a brand new D750 for less than $1500. Used ones in great nick, will cost you around $900.
Now let’s see why the D750 is still such a big deal.
Nikon D750 Camera Specs
- Weight-Body 750gm
- Sensor Size-FX
- ISO-Auto 100-12800 (Expandable 50-51200)
- 5 fps continuous shooting
- 91,000-pixel RGB metering sensor with face detection and spot-metering linked to AF point
- LCD Screen-Tilting (No Touch)
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- 1080/60 Video
- Dual card slots
- Internal recording and simultaneous HDMI output
- Weather Sealed-YES
When launched, the D750 sat right between the D610 and the D810. It was a smooth amalgamation of the ease of use displayed by the D610 and the pro features of the D810. In short, the D750 was and still remains a pro-level camera that suits both professionals and amateurs. This was not limited to its performance capabilities only but was also inherent in the way in which it was built. It inherits its build quality and ergonomics from the more expensive D810.
The D750 has the same 51 point AF system from the D810 and the mighty D4S (an improved version in fact), 6.5 fps burst shooting mode (Faster than the D810), 91000-pixel RGB metering sensor, a tilt screen on the back. The D750 has the same video specs of the more expensive D810, the same OLED Viewfinder and the Flat picture control mode, and powered aperture control. The only drawback I see is that the minimum shutter duration tops out at 1/4000 of a second. I do wish it could go as far as 1/8000 but that’s asking too much. The D750 has two SD card slots so you don’t run out of storage and as insurance against card failure.
Nikon D750 Ergonomics
The D750 is built primarily of a combination of magnesium alloy and the carbon-reinforced thermos plastics. The primary reason behind the plastic construction could be the integration of the Wi-Fi antenna, or it could just be cost-saving, but apart from that, the device feels solid in hand. The plastic construction also results in weight-saving which means it’s an excellent system for long, tiring shoots.
The grip is a little deeper than contemporary Nikon models and is easy and comfortable to hold.
The Nikon D750 has a top plate LCD for critical information display and shooting modes, drive mode, and battery. There is a small inbuilt flash and the exposure mode dial sits on the left. There are buttons for metering, exposure compensation, and movie recording on the right.
The LCD on the back has the same specs as the one found on the D810 but is an articulating model to facilitate high or low angle shooting. It has 1.2M dot resolution and does not support a touch interface, which may be an issue nowadays.
The Nikon D750’s viewfinder is identical to the one found on the D810. It’s a 0.7x magnification unit and is large and easy to use. The OLED panel displays detailed information such as picture control, a virtual horizon, and also allows gridlines for easier composition. There are 2 card slots for storage.
The Nikon D750’s battery (EN-EL15) is rated at around 1230 shots (CIPA Standard).
Nikon D750 Controls & Menu System
The Nikon D750 features customization options at par with its finest modern-day equivalent. There are 5 customizable buttons. Each can be assigned a variety of tasks making it easy to customize the D750 as per your personal preference.
The D750’s menu system is exactly what you will find on any Nikon DSLR. The categories are all color-coded to ensure easy identification and use.
Nikon D750 primary features
Now it’s nigh impossible to list all the D750 features here so I will cover the most important ones.
The D750 has the same 91000-pixel RGB metering sensor used in the D810 and the D4S. This was then a proper pro-grade feature and is still impressive today. This sensor allows accurate metering and the ability to detect faces. Spot metering linked to a selected AF point is also supported. This also allows a rudimentary eye to detect features and allows easy movement tracking. The latest firmware released in early 2019 also fixed a variety of issues with distortion control on select lenses.
Another feature that takes advantage of the powerful metering sensor is the Highlight weighted metering. This allows capturing the entire dynamic range during disproportionate lighting conditions. Images captured this way can then be brightened by turning on the Active D-Lighting at Extra high Settings. Switching to flat picture control brings back everything that was in shadows. This can be pretty helpful when you want to preserve highlight tones (for example, Concerts or events with spotlights).
The D750’s Auto ISO mode allows you to set maximum sensitivity and minimum shutter speed. Now, this is standard in most DSLR’s, however, the D750 takes it up a notch. When the minimum shutter speed is set to auto, the camera takes the focal length into consideration. Therefore, using the 24-120mm kit lens it will use 1/30 sec at wide-angle and 1/125 sec at telephoto, which follows the 1/focal length rule. The rate of change can then be adjusted in full-stop increments by setting it in the shutter speed sub-menu. This way you can let the camera use slower or faster shutter speeds depending on your subject.
The Nikon D750 features built-in Wi-Fi. Working in conjunction with Nikon’s wireless mobile utility, it allows you to remotely control the camera and also download photos on the phone.
Nikon D750 Autofocus
The D750 inherits the AF system found in the D810 and the Nikon D4S. This has now been further upgraded to make it more sensitive. This ensures better AF performance and reliability in low light situations, with less hunting.
The D750 offers a single point, 9, 21 or 51 points dynamic-area AF. It also has 3D tracking, auto-area AF supporting face detection, and group area AF. The Live View mode features Face priority, Wide-Area AF, normal area AF, and subject tracking.
The D750 features on 15 cross-type AF points. These are the central AF points in the covered area. Wider cross-type AF points implementation reduces hunting for focus as you leave the center of the focus area.
The D750 focuses well in low light situations and we found it capable of focusing down to light levels between -2 and -3 EV. The entire spread of the D750’s focus points are all rated down to -3 EV, which makes low light AF performance extremely impressive.
I won’t really discuss Face detect and subject tracking capabilities in detail, however as in 2020, these are features expected even in the most base DSLR models. Suffice to say that both these features work just as well as the latest cameras in the market. I must, however, add that, I have noticed that even though the AF point may not be on the nearest eye, just tracking the face, the nearest eye is in focus, with the lenses like the 58/1.4, 85/1.4, and 105/1.4 at f/1.4. This is a testament to how well set up the AF system is in the D750 and another reason why despite its age, this still remains a very contemporary system.
Nikon D750 Video Performance
The Nikon D750 shares video performance specs with the much more expensive D810. The D750 can record Full HD video at a variety of frame rates: 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p (it can do 720/60p/50p as well). You can choose from FX or DX (1.5x) crop modes, as you can with stills. There are two quality settings available, appropriately named normal and high, which have bit rates of approximately 22 and 38 Mbps, respectively.
There are 3 exposure modes available in movie mode. The program, Aperture Priority, and Manual Modes. Any time the camera is in Auto ISO mode, you retain access to exposure compensation, so you can decide the output brightness. The camera also inherits the Power Aperture feature that allows you to dedicate two function buttons to smoothing open and close the aperture during movie recording. This produces a much more pleasing effect than turning the control dial, which makes the aperture jump loudly between 1/3EV steps, and is a huge advantage over more basic Nikon models that provide no aperture control in video.
The D750 features a microphone and a headphone port and you can adjust the microphone sensitivity and frequency response of the audio being recorded.
The D750 features a Flat picture control, something that is available in most new systems today. This provides greater latitude for adjusting color and tone in post-processing.
Nikon D750 Image Quality
The Nikon D750 produces exceptional images even right out of the box. The D750’s photos feature excellent color and pleasing skin tones.
High ISO performance
The Nikon D750 is what we call ISO-invariant. This means that whether you achieve correct brightness at the point of shooting or in post-processing, the images will look more or less the same. This also is indicative of the high dynamic range the Nikon D750 has. This ensures very little noise in images being taken irrespective of the ISO.
The D750’s ISO-invariance means that the camera’s low noise floor isn’t just a benefit when shooting wide dynamic range scenes – it’s also useful in circumstances where you might consider using a high ISO setting on the camera.
No one can argue about the D750’s image quality, it’s simply excellent. The sensor in the D750 produces high-resolution images with very little noise and an exceptional amount of dynamic range. Noise levels are very low, even at the highest sensitivities. Low-contrast detail does get smudged at the highest sensitivities in JPEGs, which can be remedied by switching to Raw.
|Saturation & Hue Accuracy|
Very vibrant colors with slightly below average hue accuracy.
|Exposure and White Balance|
Indoors, incandescent lighting
Vibrant color, but with mixed exposure accuracy. Options like Active D-Lighting and contrast adjustment would help when faced with harsh lighting conditions like these.
|Sharpness & Detail|
Excellent sharpness and detail, though default sharpening and contrast are a bit high. Minimal noise suppression artifacts at base ISO.
|ISO & Noise Performance|
Very good detail versus noise up to ISO 6400.
|Extremes: Sunlit, dynamic range and low light tests|
Very high resolution with high default contrast, though excellent dynamic range. Excellent low-light performance, capable of capturing bright images in near-complete darkness.
The Nikon D750’s dynamic range is just astounding. Out of the box shots are amazingly good (although there is the tendency to overexpose by 1/3 stop). But it’s the amount of information the D750 can capture when you are exposing for the highlights is surprising. Brighten the image in post-processing and you get the perfect shot with hardly any increase in noise.
Nikon D750 Long Term Review Conclusion
So is the Nikon D750 a good choice in 2020? If high quality stills performance is your primary requirement, then there are hardly any competitors today who can match the Nikon D750, especially at that price point.
Even today the D750 delivers astoundingly good image quality, amazing dynamic range, and excellent low light performance.
Take into account its size and weight and you have an extremely easy to operate pro-grade camera which will deliver amazing images.
If its 4k video that matters, then it’s a different scenario altogether. The New Nikon D780 (Successor to the D750) is a good choice. The Nikon Z6 is an even better choice, especially for video. Sony A7 III is an excellent choice as well, along with the Canon EOS R.
The Nikon D750, even today is one of the best Full Frame cameras in existence.
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