With a full-frame 24.3-million-pixel sensor and an updated autofocusing module, is the Nikon D750 the perfect all-rounder? Callum McInerney-Riley finds out in our Nikon D750 review
Nikon D750 Review – Introduction
It feels like the dust has only just settled on the announcement of the Nikon D810, and now Nikon has announced a fifth addition to their current full frame DSLR line-up.
The new Nikon D750 occupies a space between the D610 and the D810. Nikon says this camera is targeting enthusiast photographers and is designed with the aspirational and hobbyist photographer in mind.
The D750 has the same 24.3-million-pixel resolution of the D610 but also inherits many of the great new features we saw on the D810, such as highlight protection metering and flat video recording. The D750 adds a few unique features of its own too, bringing quite a few full-frame firsts such as a tiltable LCD screen and a newly developed autofocusing module.
On paper, the D750 is an enthusiast DSLR smattered with some eyebrow-raising professional standard specifications and a host of neat features.
At the heart of the Nikon D750 is a 35mm full frame FX CMOS image sensor with a resolution of 24.3-million-pixels. This is the same resolution boasted by the Nikon D610, although Nikon says this is a newly designed sensor. Unlike the Nikon D810 and the D750’s DX sensor stablemates, the D750 has an optical low-pass filter which will prevent moiré patterning at the expense of some finer detail.
The D750 features the latest Expeed processor, the Expeed 4, and Nikon claims improvements to the Automatic White Balance accuracy and the in-camera processing of JPEG images have been made. The Expeed 4 also allows for a respectable shooting speed to 6.5 frames per second at full resolution. For those who’d like to gain more reach from their lenses, the D750 also has a 1.5x DX Crop mode as well as a 1.2x Crop Mode. Utilising the former reduces the image size to 3936×2624 pixels (a resolution of 10.3-million-pixels), whereas the 1.2x crop mode has the effect of reducing the resolution to 16.7 million-pixels from 24.3 million-pixels, with a maximum image size of 5008x3336pixels.
One of the perks with the D810 was that by shooting in the DX crop mode and adding a battery grip it was possible to shoot at 7 frames per second. The trade-off though was that only a x1.5 preview could be seen in the viewfinder and the crop resulted in a 15.4-million-pixel resolution image. Even though the D750 is 0.5 frames per second slower than the D810, the advantage of a 24.3-million-pixel resolution image with full viewfinder field of view is likely to be far more appealing to the enthusiast wildlife and sports photographer.
The native ISO sensitivity of the D750 is ISO 100-12,800 and there are a further three extended settings: Lo-1 which is ISO 50, Hi-1 which is ISO 25,600 and Hi-2 which is ISO 51,200. This is a full stop higher native ISO and a full stop extended ISO above the D610.
The D750 breaks new ground, being Nikon’s first full-frame DSLR to have built-in Wi-fi connectivity. Previously, non-Wi-fi-enabled Nikon DSLRs relied upon an additional Wu-1a adapter ,which would cost around £45 extra. It’s encouraging to see this added into a Nikon camera by default.
Using an Android or iOS smartphone or tablet coupled with the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility app, users can browse through their pictures, download images and then send or share them quickly and easily. The connectivity also extends to remote-controlled shooting, which allows users to see live view from their smartphone or tablet.
Lots of features we saw in the Nikon D810 have made their way to the Nikon D750, particularly in the area of video. It’s great to see Zebra Striping has been passed down. This is a tool to warn users when areas of highlight detail are blown out in video by displaying stripes over the affected areas. Also, the Flat Picture Mode allows users to record video with minimal processing in order to maximise it for sharpening and colour grading in post-production.
Video can be captured in full HD 1940×1080 with a choice of 60, 50, 30, 25 or 24 fps. For users looking to record video through changing exposures there’s Power Aperture and Auto ISO. In Auto ISO, the ISO sensitivity changes gradually and Power Aperture opens the lens iris seamlessly during live view. As a result the exposure transition is very smooth and doesn’t change suddenly in full stops like on some cameras.
In addition to the Wi-fi functionality the D750 also supports EyeFi Cards for quick and easy file sharing with a mobile device. Thanks to its dual SD card slots, two SD cards can be used at the same time, allowing for different file types written to each.
If you use the D750’s Wi-Fi by connecting directly to its broadcast ID using a smartphone or tablet, it’s important to set a password to secure your connection. This is done from the Wireless Mobile Utility app – tap the cog icon top right, and set a password in the ‘WMA Settings’ submenu. See here for our step-by-step guide.