Nikon D750 Review – A Camera For All Seasons

Nikon D750 Review – A Camera For All Seasons

In this Review of the Nikon D750 you will discover why it has been such an evergreen camera.

There is a bit of technical information here but to be honest there is so much to this camera I doubt anyone except Nikon quite know what the full technical specs are.

Instead I like to concentrate on what is important to you as a photographer and that I have done based on my own experience both as a photographer and someone who has sold cameras for a living.

At the end of the day we want a reliable camera that will take great photos and prove to be a good investment.

The Nikon D750 is all that and more.

Nikon have produced an incredibly good workhorse that behaves and performs like a highly pedigreed equine that can sprint and stay the distance.

Nikon have done a wonderful job in producing an ergonomically designed body that somehow fits perfectly into both small and big hands.  Sounds crazy but I have really small hands for a male and I find the camera extremely comfortable with buttons and controls easy to use.  My mates with much bigger hands than me all say the same thing.

The battery has a capacity of over 1200 photos and is the standard EN-EL15 used by several of the Nikon cameras.

From a lens perspective the D750 can be used with all Nikon lenses dating back to 1977 and in some cases lenses going back to 1959.

With a burst rate of 6.5 frames per second and a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 sec there aren’t going to be too many subjects that will be too fast for this workhorse.

It’s wide dynamic range, high resolution, good low light  performance and super fast auto focusing go into making the Nikon D750 a truly superb camera.

In terms of years it may be a bit long in the tooth but in terms of technology and performance the Nikon D750 is still pretty much setting the pace.

It doesn’t matter what your chosen genre is the Nikon D750 will meet your needs.

The introduction of newer and different models, far from making the D750 redundant, have only made this wonderful camera more available to all of us with the price having come down substantially over the years.

Check out the current price on Amazon as a guide.

I hope you enjoy my Nikon D750 review – I certainly enjoyed compiling it for you.

Recommended For

  • Portraits
  • Street photography
  • Wedding
  • Action photographers
  • Wild life
  • Landscapes
  • Videographers

Not Recommended For

  • Extreme photography that requires a fast and big buffer
  • Frequent live view use
  • External camera control from smartphones 

Video Review

Introduction

The Nikon D750 was first introduced in September 2014 and immediately made a huge impression. It is still regarded as one of the top DSLR cameras as we enter 2019.

Originally designed as an entry level full-frame to fit somewhere between the Nikon D610 and D810, with more in common than the bigger D810, it has proved to be a very popular model for both professionals and enthusiastic amateurs alike.

A robust weather sealed body with familiar button layouts make it a very comfortable camera to use.

Let’s start with key specs for those more technically minded and then move on to more practical uses and the real reasons why it has proved to be such an amazing camera.

Key Specifications

Sensor Size:
Sensor Type:
Processor:

Megapixels:
Image Stabilisation:
ISO Range:
Focus Points:
Body:
Weight:
External Dimensions:
Weather Sealed:
Touchscreen:

Articulated Screen:
Shutter Speeds:
Maximum Frame Rate:
Storage Media:

Battery:
Battery Capacity:
Image Quality:
Focusing:
GPS:
WiFi:
Timelapse Recording:

Price as at January 2019:

Full Frame – 35.9 x 23.9mm
CMOS
Expeed 4
24.5
Lenses with Vibration Control (VR, OS etc.)
100 – 12,800 (expandable to 50 – 51,200)
51 of which 15 are cross points
Magnesium Alloy
835.5 g (29.5 oz) with battery
5.6 x 4.5 x 3.1 inches (141 x 1113 x 82 mm)
Yes
No
Tilting
30 secs – 1/4000th
6.5 fps
Dual Slots for SD/SDHC/SDXC
EN-EL15 Li-Ion Type 
1,230 Photos
RAW, JPEG fine and normal
CAM 3500FX II AF sensor. Fine tuning lenses available
No
Built in (no NFC)
Yes

Body only $1,296.95 (as at December 2018)

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Body, Menus and Controls

On picking it up

Despite its relatively big size the Nikon D750 has a light body, thanks to the combination of reinforced carbon-fibre plastic and magnesium alloy that go into making up the body. A new deeper grip that is so comfortable as to make one-hand handling almost an afterthought adds to, rather than detracts from, a feeling of solidness.

In terms of shooting features/menus etc. the camera is more closely aligned to the D810.  Outwardly the camera more like the D610 and an even closer match to the ever popular Nikon D7100.

Unlike the D810 and D610 the D750 has a very welcome tilting screen.  While not as flexible as a fully articulating screen it is handy for low/high shots and other awkward angles – particularly useful when using the video. It also helps when the rear screen is difficult to see in bright light; a slightly different angle of the screen often alleviates reflections. 

I might add that the tilt screen does not feel flimsy but is in fact rather solid and robust in its construction.

The Top View

The right hand side is a standard Nikon layout with buttons for movie recording (one of many buttons that can be customised), exposure compensation and metering. The power/LCD illumination switch surrounds the shutter release. 

Nikon D750 Review Top ButtonsThe top LCD screen provides a quick reference to current exposure settings.  These include (but are not limited)  shutter speed, ISO settings, White Balance, shooting mode, battery life and image quality.

On the left hand side you will find a dual lockable shooting mode dial. 

The top layer gives access to the various shooting modes; Aperture, Shutter, Manual, Program, Auto, Scene and 2  User-defined options.

The lower selector sets Single or continuous shooting, self-timer, quiet and mirror-up modes.  All can be adjusted on the fly.

On The Back of The Camera

On the left hand side of the camera are 7 buttons.

At the very top you have the Image Review button and next to that the Delete button.

Going down the left hand side of the LCD screen are 

  • Menu Selector button
  • White Balance and image lock button
  • Zoom “in” and Image quality selector button
  • Zoom “out” and ISO selector plus one of the green “reset factory settings” button
  • Information Display button
Nikon D750 Review Back button displayMoving over to the right hand side and keeping with a familiar Nikon layout we have:
  •  The main command dial on the top right hand corner
  •  Between the main command wheel and the LCD is the customisable AE-L/AF-L button.  Customisable options are: AE/AF lock, AE lock only, AE lock (hold), AF lock only AF-On (used for back-button focus), FV lock and None.
  • Below that you have an Info button to display settings on the rear LCD
  • Next is the 8 way controller used for navigating around menus, scrolling through images,  setting the focus point/s and the OK button which is primarily used to confirm a menu selection but can also be set to perform as a zoom when viewing images.
  • The final button on the back is the stills/movie selector surrounding the still shooting LV (Live View) button.

Moving to the Front of The Camera

On the front right of the camera we have the second command wheel that controls a number of different settings options, depending on which button you select in conjunction with it.  It can be customised to a great degree.  Most commonly used to change the aperture in manual mode – this is a factory setting that can be set to your own preference.

Also on the right hand side we have the modelling light (used to assist with focus in low light), the PV button and an FN Button.

Both the PV (Depth of field preview) and the FN buttons can be totally customised to:

  • DOF preview
  • AE/AF lock
  • FV lock
  • Flash off
  • Bracketing burst
  • +NEF (RAW)
  • AE lock only
  • AE lock (hold)
  • AF lock only
  • AF-On
  • Viewfinder virtual horizon
  • Viewfinder grid display
  • Matrix Metering
  • Center-weighted meterin
  • Spot metering
  • Highlight-weighted metering
  • My Menu
  • Access top item in My Menu
  • Playback
  • None

On the left hand side of the front of the camera there are 3 selector buttons.

At the very top is the flash button which engages the pop-up built in flash. The flash’s guide number is 13 m.  I deal for snaps the built-in flash can also be used as a trigger/commander for any additional off-camera flashes.

Nikon D750 Review Front ButtonsPress and hold the flash button down while using the two command dials allows you to select extra flash functions such as red-eye elimination, back curtain sync and exposure compensation.

The next button down is the “Bracket” selection button.  This button initiates the use of bracketing shots for things such as HDR.  Once again holding this button down while using the command dials brings up additional options such as number of shots to be bracketed and the EV compensation between each.

Further down we have the Auto/Manual focus switch which engages or disengages Auto Focus. 

The selector switch surrounds an additional button that, when pressed brings up additional options such as focus point selection, focusing modes (AF-A, AF-C and AF-S).

How?
Yes you guessed it – with the command dials.

I’m often surprised how many people aren’t even aware of this button and its quick access to these selections. 

A Little Secret …

The auto focus on the Nikon D750 is found in the body of the camera. When using lenses with built-in focus motors keep these (the lenses) on auto unless you switch to manual on the D750 body.  On switching to manual on the body ensure that you also switch the lens to manual.  Not doing so could result in damage to either or both focusing motors. 

The Nikon D750 In Day to Day Use

The crux of any camera is its usability and functionality.

The truth of the matter is the majority of us only have a passing interest in the detail of modern DSLRs and are more inclined to learn if they can do what we want them to do.

In this regard the Nikon D750 truly is a camera for all genres and is more than a “Jack of All Trades” and a “Master of Many” – as many a D750 user will attest.

If your genre is any of the following the Nikon D750 will do an outstanding job:

  • Portraits
  • Weddings and all occasions
  • Street photography
  • Landscapes
  • Action/sports/wildlife
  • Travel/blogging
  • Low Light conditions

It is simply an outstanding all round camera and when coupled, as it should be, with quality Nikon or third party lenses it is hard to beat.

Sure there are cameras that are faster in burst speed but at 6.5 fps the D750 is pretty fast with an acceptable buffer.

The D750 has outstanding dynamic range and in low light conditions the amount of detail that can be extracted without noise is truly amazing.

As one reviewer stated:

“The Sony-designed sensors capture an incredible amount of detail in the shadows and, when ‘pulled up’, make my Canon EOS 5D III look like a dinosaur”

Granted the 5D III is a bit of a “dinosaur” these days but it still shoots as good as the day it was launched.

Probably the most outstanding feature of the Nikon D750 is the focusing. Understanding and mastering its tracking capabilities takes your game to a whole new level.  This camera is fast and extremely accurate.

The resolution on the LCD is high and makes viewing images and menus in bright light so much easier.  I have to confess that, other than for landscapes, I am not a big user of the rear LCD screen and use it main for imager reviews and menu selection. 

Having a high resolution LCD screen would make videoing a lot easier in most lighting conditions – but again I am not a frequent videographer.

Talking of video – the video on the D750 is almost identical to that of the D810.

With three exposure modes (aperture, program and manual) the video can capture movies at 24p, 25p, 30p, 50p and 60p. You can video in either FX (full frame) or DX (crop sensor) mode.

The flat picture control in both video and still mode captures a wide dynamic range. The result initially appears as a dull image but a great deal of detail can be brought out in post processing, making the Nikon’s D750 one of the best videos and still cameras out there.

Let’s have a quick look at how the D750 compares with other brands and models with similar specs at the same price.

Comparison Chart

Drawing comparisons are useful when trying to compare apples with apples with no distracting or confusing information.

The Full frame cameras in the same specs and price range as the Nikon D750 are a little thin in numbers – what is this telling us?

My own personal opinion is that these cameras are a great introduction to the joys of full-frame photography at very reasonable prices.

The D750’s closest competitor is probably the Canon 6D Mk ii – see below for the differences.

Nikon D750

Canon 6D Mk ii

Pentax K-1

Megapixels

24

26

36

Native ISO Range

100 – 12,800

100 – 40,000

100 – 204,800

Shutter Speeds

30 Sec – 1/4000

30 Sec – 1/4000

30 sec – 1/8000

Burst Rate

6.5 fps

6.5 fps

4.4 fps

WiFi

Yes 

Yes with NFC and Bluetooth

Yes

Touchscreen

No

Yes

No

Articulating Screen

Tilting

Yes

Tilting

Weather Sealed

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

AF Points

51

45 All cross

33

Memory Storage

2 x SD cards

1 x SD

2 x SD Cards 

 

External Dimensions

5.5 x 4.4 x 3.1 in
141 x 113 x 78 mm

5.67 x 4.4 x 2.95″
(144 x 111 x 75 mm) 

5.39 x 4.33 x 3.39 in
137 x 110 x 86 mm

Weight

54.7 oz
1,550 grms

17 oz
765 g

35.63 oz
1,010 g

Battery Life

1230 Photos

1200 Photos

760 Photos

Price at January 2019

$1,296.95

$1,299.00

$1,499.00

Only 3 full-frame cameras in this price range with  similar features is testament to how prices are dropping. 
Can they drop any lower without hurting or will they be discontinued?

Conclusion

The Nikon D750 is a less expensive, lower resolution version of the bigger Nikon D810 yet it offers quite a bit more, with a faster burst mode, better autofocus system, built-in Wi-Fi and a tilting LCD screen.

A couple of  trade-offs in build quality, resolution and durability.

All this goes to make this a very impressive camera that any photographer would be delighted to own.

Pros

Cons

  • Excellent Image Quality
  • Very good dynamic range
  • Spot metering is based on AF point
  • Excellent Auto Focusing system with face /subject recognition and tracking
  • Dual card slots
  • Flat picture control captures a wide dynamic range that can be enhanced in post-processing
  • 1080/60 p Video with uncompressed HDMI output
  • 6.5 fps
  • Large tilting screen with high resolution
  • Excellent focusing in low light – down to -3 EV
  • Large optical viewfinder/clear shooting info
  • Built in WiFi
  • Ergonomically designed body that comfortable fits both small and large hands

.

  • Maximum shutter speed of 1/4000th sec.  
  • Slow auto focus when using live view 
  • Smartphone app control almost worthless
  • Limited number of cross type auto focus points
  • Slightly limited buffer capacity can hinder continuous shooting

That about wraps up this review of the Nikon D750 but as always please feel free to leave me your comments below.  I would love to hear your thoughts on this wonderful camera.

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