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 – Performance
Inside the D750 is a newly designed Multi-Cam 3500FX Mark II Autofocusing module. With this AF module comes the ability to focus at -3EV, whereas the Mark I version used in the D810 is only sensitive down to -2EV. Put simply, some of the D750 focus points are sensitive enough to focus in near darkness.
Like the D810, the D750 offers a total of 51 autofocusing points. Fifteen of these are cross-type points and 11 points sensitive to f/8 – intended for use with lens and teleconverter. In AF-S users can select Auto Area AF (51 points), Single Point AF and Group Area AF. Using the D-pad at the back it’s quick and easy to position a single point of group of AF points around the scene while looking through the viewfinder.
In AF-C continuous focusing users can select 9, 21 or 51 points, Auto Area AF (51 points) Group area AF and 3D tracking. There’s a level of intelligence added to the AF tracking thanks to the 91,000-dot colour sensor. This helps the D750 stay locked onto moving subjects with increased accuracy.
Thanks to the new AF module, the autofocusing is incredibly fast even in low-light situations. Also, in live view the contrast detection AF does a good job of finding focus reasonably quickly. It’s absolutely brilliant to see a professional grade AF system on an enthusiast DSLR.
The 91,000 pixel RGB colour and metering sensor from the D810 is carried over to the D750, along with the Highlight Metering Mode which prioritises the areas of highlight and specifically meters to ensure highlight detail isn’t blown. This has been a popular feature with wedding photographers in order to avoid blown out highlights on wedding dresses, and I found it to be equally useful when shooting sunsets, using it to maximise highlight detail and then bringing up the shadows in post-production.
In spot and evaluate modes the metering performs well, giving accurate exposures even in challenging conditions. Due to the large array of focus points the spot metering works particularly well.
With the same colour sensor as the D800E and D810, the D750’s colour rendition is similar to those fantastic cameras. Shooting across a variety of subjects, I found the colours to be well-saturated, punchy and totally rich. One feature that’s been added to the D750 is the ability to perform spot white balance adjustment in live view. This is very useful for videographers, as they can quickly and easily be assured the white balance is correct for their scene.