Camera Review – Nikon D750

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Next up in my Camera review series is the Nikon D750.

I’ll start by saying I’ve used this camera for about 5 months and shot about 12-15k frames on it.

I’m kind of a nerd. So when I saw that Nikon released the D750 with a smaller body, better sensor (than the D610) tilting screen and wi-fi, I just had to give it a try. Even though I had moved completely to mirrorless about a year earlier, with the Sony A7, I’m one of the few people who made to switch BACK to a big full frame DSLR and lenses. At least for a while…



Nikon D750: Key Specifications

  • 24MP Full-frame CMOS sensor (with AA filter)
  • Flip up/down 3.2″ 1,229k-dot RGBW LCD screen
  • 6.5 fps continuous shooting
  • Improved 51-point Multi-CAM 3500FX II AF system (sensitive to -3EV)
  • 91,000-pixel RGB metering sensor with face detection and spot-metering linked to AF point
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Highlight-weighted metering
  • 1080/60p video recording
  • Powered aperture for control during live view/video
  • Group Area AF mode
  • Simultaneous internal recording and HDMI output
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Image above was shot at ISO 12800.

Image Quality

Image quality on the Nikon D750 is excellent, amazing even. Both RAW and JPEGs are rendered beautifully with great colors and sharpness. Dynamic range is excellent as well. It’s Low light ISO performance is second to few in its category and second to NONE at 24mp. I’ve gotten shots at 12800 ISO that were very usable, where I couldn’t achieve that on any other camera with that quality and detail. The lens lineup is vast for Nikon. It all depends on your wallet, but there is something for everyone. Both cheap lenses like the 50mm 1.8G and 85 1.8G Or very expensive like the Nikon 85 1.4G or the 70-200 2.8 VR 2. I’ve owned them all at some point and have to say that this is where DSLRs still have an inherent advantage over Mirrorless systems, IF you have the pocketbook to match. Video quality is also great. Well done Nikon for coming a long way on the video front. I was very impressed.

 

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Autofocus

Autofocus on the D750 is truly amazing. I can say with confidence it’s the best I’ve ever used. (I’ve never shot with a D4s or 1Dx). Its group area AF mode is not just a marketing gimmick, it’s truly tracks subjects superbly, yet at the same time gives you some choice in composing your frame. The system works great in low light making this the perfect camera for wedding shooters or simply kids running around at home on a cloudy day. It’s hard taking pictures of my two little critters indoors, but for the first time autofocus actually kept up with them.

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Build Quality

Build Quality is very good. Although I would prefer a little more metal, I know for a DSLR it would make it much too heavy. So Build Quality is about the same with any other Nikon or Canon is this price range. It does have weather sealing.

Score – 8/10


Handling

The grip is amazing, the buttons are well placed and it’s just like every other full frame Nikon. I do wish it had a touch screen. They can put one in the cheaper D5500 but not here? Why the hell not? I know most Pros won’t care about a touch screen, but in 2014-2015 it should really have one. Even my microwave, fridge, car, and washing machine all have touch screens. It blows my mind some of the choices Nikon and Canon make sometimes to save money. If you like handling on Nikons, you’ll love the D750.

 

Innovation

I’ll be honest, there is not much new that the D750 brings to the table. Sure it has better ISO performance but that’s more of an evolution than true innovation. I guess it has the first tilt screen in a full frame DSLR? That’s not true innovation though, they could have done that 5 years ago and chose not to… I really can’t think of anything that couldn’t have been done 2 years ago… Its autofocus system is excellent.

 

Shooting experience

I was really torn about rating this one. But then I thought about it and its greatest flaw and weakness in my eyes is actually the fact it’s a …. DSLR… its size and weight makes it a big negative for my purposes of street, travel, events, family etc… this was one of the main reasons I ended up selling it. I was taking it out with me less and less. Mind you im NOT a pro. I call myself a “power user” And for MY uses, it’s simply too big and intrusive. I hate how everyone looks at you when you walk around with it, I hate how it just SCREAMS “hey im about to take your picture”. This is of course highly subjective and someone who likes the DSLR form factor would probably score it 10/10.. in 2015 that someone isn’t me.

 



Value

This depends on what  you consider value. If you stack it up against any Canon full frame camera it’s a great value.. if you stack it up against the Sony A7 mk ii… not so much. I would say average overall for full frame. It is however, along with the D810, the best and most versatile DSLR on the market.

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Nikon D750 Camera Body 
Nikon D750 w/ 24-120mm f/4G VR KIT

Conclusion

The Nikon D750 is an amazing DSLR. It’s possibly the best all-purpose DSLR ever made. Everything from its image quality to its speed is excellent. However, I’ve come to the conclusion that for my personal needs, im done with DSLRs for good. The fact that I would take it with me to shoot less and less compared to my smaller mirrorless cameras, proved that to me once and for all. If I was a pro wedding photographer or anything that relied on my gear to make a living with, the D750 would be at the top of my list along with the Nikon D810. I can highly recommend the Nikon D750 to anyone looking for a solid all-around full frame DSLR that does everything well. But I would also recommend giving the Sony A7 mk ii or the Fuji X-T1 a try before you make your choice. Mirrorless is the future and the D750 is part of an excellent but dying breed.

 

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Nikon D750 Camera Body 
Nikon D750 w/ 24-120mm f/4G VR KIT



 

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Final Score

Best used for: Low light, Wedding, Portrait, Sports, Landscape, video (pretty much anything)

Not great for: Travel, Street. (mainly due to size and weight)

 

8 Responses

  1. Bob

    Why in the world would you want a touch screen? Most of them have so many dirty fingerprints on them it’s hard to see thru them. I’m happy there is no touch screen, that’s for iPads.

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    • vladbusuioc

      Its very useful for reviewing photos, zooming, checking critical focus, etc. Its one of those things, that if you’ve used a good one, its hard to go back to NOT having it. Do you NEED it? No… but for the price it should be absolutely included at the end of 2014 when this camera was released.

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  2. ailukewitsch

    Touch screens? Maybe if you are shooting landscapes with a camera in a tripod, but for anything else I don’t really see a need. I used to have an em5 and actually disable it. Never found a use for it. II dont really see why a pro camera will need a touch screen. If you are covering a journalist event, or a wedding, or sports, surely not. I don’t really see why a pro camera will need this, and actually it adds to the list of options that my go bad.

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  3. Todd Alan

    The first full frame DSLR with a tilt screen is the Sony a99, somehow it is always forgotten when people write reviews about the D750. Not only did it tilt but it was fully articulating. As far as DSLRs being a dying breed…. I don’t really buy into that. Maybe in another 10-20 years but mirrorless can’t keep up with the likes of the 7D Mk II, or the D750 and the 5D Mk III is still one of the best low light action cameras ever made and since I own the D810 currently, and have had the chance to compare files, the 5D Mk III beats the pants off of the D810 in low light high ISO settings. And, the 7D Mk II does as well. But I digress, DSLRs are going to be around for a long time. Until the likes of Rick Sammon, Joe McNally, et. al. start using mirrorless, there will always be a demand for the standard sized reflex mirror body. Now, if you want to talk about electronic view finders…. 😉

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  4. Todd Alan

    By the way, incredible images… I have to ask how you got them so danged sharp? I can’t get that with the D810, even on a tripod.

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  5. Brad J

    I really liked your review, it offered a perspective different from many reviews that say the “D750 is literally a deity,” without them giving an explanation. I find your perspective on mirrorless interesting though. I shot with DSLR’s for 5 years before buying a mirrorless camera, the NEX-6. In spite of it having the same sensor as my then main camera, the D7000, I absolutely cannot stand using it. It’s too big to fit in any normal size pocket, meaning I don’t take it everywhere as I do my phone. Because of that, it needs a camera bag…which means– why not just take the camera that I know I won’t miss a shot with. We do shoot different subjects though, so I see where you are coming from. I don’t have time to wait for the camera to turn on, for the EVF to switch on with the motion sensor, to switch batteries that die quicker due to the EVF, etc. my back hurts after a long day of shooting though, and I’m sure yours feels pretty good 🙂

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    • Vlad

      Great comments! I owned the nex6 at one point and let me just say the a6000 is much much better in every possible way. Especially with autofocus and speed.

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