A cracking full-frame camera kicks off this issue’s reviews
he latest addition to Nikon’s full-frame camera line-up, the D750 sits above the D610 and below the Nikon D810 in the SLR range, and is aimed at enthusiasts. At its heart is a newly designed 24.3-millionpixel CMOS sensor and an Expeed 4 processing engine. Unlike the 36MP D810, however, there’s an antialiasing filter over the sensor.
This sensor and processor combination enables a native sensitivity range of ISO 100–12,800, with extension settings taking this to ISO 50–51,200. It’s also possible to shoot at up to 6.5 frames per second. Some sports photographers may have been hoping for something a bit faster; perhaps 8fps or more.
Better news for action fans is that Nikon has given the D750 a new Multi-Cam 3500 II autofocus module, an updated version of the one in the D810. This has 51 points, 15 of which are the more sensitive cross-type and 11 that operate down to f/8, which is especially useful for photographers who want to use an extender with their telephoto
Tlenses. As in the D810, the new Group Area AF mode is available to help when shooting subjects that are comparatively small and against a high-contrast or distracting background.
Exposure metering is handled by a 91,000-pixel RGB sensor. There’s also a useful highlight metering option, calibrated to take greater note of the brightest part of the scene to prevent it from being burned out.
Enthusiast videographers will appreciate the Full HD video recording at up to 60p, microphone port, headphone port, audio level fine-tuning, Spot White Balance mode, Flat Picture Control mode, and Zebra patterns to indicate which areas are in danger of burning out. The D750 can also output uncompressed footage via an HDMI connection to allow high-quality recording to an external device.
Build and handling
Nikon has used a monocoque construction for the D750. A combination of magnesium alloy and carbon fibre means it has a good solid feel without excessive weight. It’s reassuring to know that the camera has the same degree of weatherproofing as the D810. Inside there’s a Kevlar/carbon fibre composite shutter, which has been tested to 150,000 cycles.
The D750 looks similar to the D610. However, the mode dial on
Above A tilting screen on a full-frame SLR – about time too,