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
Build and Handling
Nikon D750 Review – Build and Handling
“Rugged and highly agile” were the words used by Nikon to describe the D750 at its launch. It’s a fair summary, as the D750 features a monocoque body design like we have seen on the Nikon D5300 and Nikon D3300. The front of the camera is constructed from a mix of thermoplastic and a lightweight carbon fiber to reinforce it. The rear and top – the places most likely to take a knock – are reassuringly made from magnesium alloy which brings the weight to 840g with battery and card. This is still quite heavy, especially when compared to some of the polycarbonate DSLRs available, or compact system cameras. However, users can be assured of the sturdiness and high level of build quality offered by the D750.
When developed, a lot of the internal components of the D750 had to be moved around to fit inside the monocoque body structure. The benefit of this is reduced size; measuring just 140.5 x 113 x 78mm, the D750 is 4mm slimmer than the D610, despite its tilting screen.
Although it’s smaller in size than some of its stablemates, the D750 still feels very balanced. This is largely thanks to the very deep grip on the front of the camera. I found when I was walking with the camera coupled with the Nikon f/2.8 70-200mm lens that it still felt very secure in hand.
Many of Nikons pro-orientated cameras, such as the D810 and the Nikon D4s, feature no mode dial and instead have buttons for core camera settings in its place – namely ISO, White Balance, Picture Quality and Metering. However, Nikon D750 is more akin to the enthusiast photographer’s range of cameras and strikes similarities with the D610 for control layout.
With a mode dial featured on the top left, most of the controls of core settings are taken care of by the buttons running down the left side of the LCD, and adjusted using the front and back scroll wheels. Unlike the D810 there is no AF-ON button that is usually found positioned next to the AF-L/AE-L button – this is instead controlled by a half pressed shutter button. One of the benefits of this button is customisable and is very useful for locking focus or engaging the continuous AF, and it’s a touch disappointing not to see it included on the D750. However, this is perhaps to be expected on a non-professional camera.