The Nikon D750 – End User Review
24th January 2015, Singapore – By now, at this time that I am writing this article, there are already tons & tons of technical reviews out there on Nikon’s latest FX (Full Frame) DSLR. You can easily find them all over the internet or pop over to Dpreview for a complete review if you are looking for one. Over here, we are more interested on how the Nikon D750D performed from the user-experience from an end-user. As an user & reviewer, I had touched almost every model/ brand of DSLR out there in the market and prior to the D750, my last encounter with a Nikon DSLR was a D810 & the D610. The D750 seems to be the “in-between” model for the earlier mentioned models.
Photo: Shot from a restricted location at North Buona Vista Road, Singapore. The D750 meters well & works seamlessly with the Nikkor 24-120 f/4 producing contrasty images with lots of details and interesting colors.
The Nikon D750 is a 24mp Full-frame DSLR. It has a CMOS sensor coupled with an AA filter – in Nikon language, this is FX. It features a fast 6.5 fps continuous shutter with a better (compared to earlier models) 51 points “Multi-CAM 3500FXII” AF system. This means you can focus & lock on to your subject faster and you can burst your shutter to capture fast-moving moments. The tiltable LCD screen is very useful when you have to shoot really low or have to raise over head and shooting in Live view mode.
Video recording are pretty standard on the Nikon D750 with its capability to capture 1080/60p video, but what may be more interesting to users may be the built-in Wi-Fi that allows the user to instant save or share photos with a little configurations.
Before we get to my review, let me just share the differences between the Nikon D750 and the earlier D610 & D810. To start, all 3 DSLRs here are Full Frame cameras (FX). The D610 & D750 both comes with a 24.3 megapixel CMOS sensor while the D810 has a little more edge with its 36.3 megapixel CMOS. When it comes to metering light & colors, the D610 has a rather standard (these days) 2016 pixel RGB sensor but the D750 & D810 has a whopping 91,000 pixel RGB sensor.
Another important difference to note is, the D610 focuses through the 39 focus points (+9 cross type) Multi-CAM 2700 engine while both the D810 & D750 are doing its thing through 51 focus points (+15 cross type) engine – the only slight difference here is, the D810 is running on the Multi-CAM 3500 engine while (Surprise!) the D750 get the Mark II version of the 3500. I find the D750 does focus faster and more sensitive than the D810 when I did the comparison test. (All 3 DSLRs went through the test with the same lenses which includes the Nikkor 24-120mm F4 & the Nikkor 50mm F1.8D)
For light speed, and with every new DSLR launched into the market, most photographers of any discipline will ask this question – ISO how ah? Well, it is as if you will be really shooting in the insane range of 12,800 all day but it is good to know that the D750 has an ISO range of 100-51,200 (after expansion) which is on par with the D810 while the D610 still gives you a 100-25,600 range although it knows that you won’t use it anyway. 🙂
Over to shutter speed, both the D610 & D750 has a fastest speed of 1/4000th second while the D810 was made for capturing even faster subject and peaking out at 1/8000th second. With that capability to shoot such speed, Nikon gave both the D610 & D750 a lifespan of 150,000 releases while the D810 gets another 50,000 more. Seems fair huh?
Photo: Street photography? Don’t worry, the D750 is capable for that too.
The other “most searched info” on the above 3 DSLRs are none other than the memory storage. Both D610 & D750 both comes with 2 SD Card slots while the D810 uses 1 SD Card Slot and has 1 Compact Flash Card slot. The next few things that I will be comparing and highlighting will put the new D750 into limelight.
The new Nikon D750 has a tiltable 3.2 inch LCD screen with 1.2 million dots, although similar to the D810, the LCD on the D810 cannot be tilted. The D610 were given a fixed 920,000 dots unit only – speaking of product ranking/ placement. And among the 3 FX, the new D750 has a faster frame per second of 6.5 fps than the cheaper D610 with a moderate 6fps and the mightier D810 at 5fps. Getting your photos online, the Nikon D750 comes with a built-in Wi-Fi while the other 2 relies on optional transfer transmitter.
And the next interesting point, the D750 battery life (claimed to shoot 1230 shots) seems to last longer than the D810 by 30 shots and it can shoot 330 shots more than the D610. Lastly, on the camera body weight (with battery only), it weight a mere 755g as compared to the slightly heavier D610 (760g) and the lot more heavier D810 (880g).
The other thing I like about the new Nikon D750 is the improved (and expanded) scene mode. The D750 comes with the scene control for Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up, Night Portrait, Night Landscape, Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Pet, Candlelight, Blossom,
Autumn Colors & even for Food.
On using the Nikon D750, it looks like a D610 on 1st look, but the D750 surely feels much more solid in terms of built. A clever combo of magnesium alloy & engineering thermo-grade plastic really made both cameras stand apart from each other in the product line. On the buttons and controls layout, it’s very similar to the D610 or the cheaper mass market D7100 for advanced users. Some will say that the D750 will feel, shoot and behaves like the recent DSLRs from Nikon, I agreed with this but I will also add that the D750 may the “opening model” for other newer & more advanced bodies to come. Probably after the D750, I reckon more Full Frame bodies will come our way with some cues (or hints) from the D750. Possibly more solidly-built bodies, better handling feel (the handgrip on the D750 is awesome).
In conclusion, the new Nikon D750 scores a lot more points than its earlier siblings. But please don’t get it wrong, the D610 & D810 are very capable cameras – just made differently and for other market. I must say that Nikon did a great job by pulling off the D750 with the “in-between” factor. The Nikon combined elements from the lower D610 & the higher D810 and came out with an unique & capable DSLR that has the best of both worlds and created a product segment on its own. And a successful attempt at that.
So should you buy the new D750?
Go get it.
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