Does Nikon’s new full-frame D750 live up to its pre-launch hype? Head of testing Angela Nicholson finds out...
From its flip-out screen to superb detail, find out what we love about Nikon’s new full-frame camera for enthusiasts
Nikon has revamped two of its leading professional-level full-frame D-SLRs this year. It was therefore reasonable to expect something simpler in the full-frame line-up to be reworked or, as turned out to be the case, introduced.
Nikon’s latest full-frame camera, 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-million-pixel CMOS sensor and an Expeed 4 processing engine. Unlike in the D810, however, there’s an anti-aliasing filter over the sensor to mitigate Moire patterning, at the cost of slight softening of images.
This sensor and processor combination enables a native sensitivity range of ISO100-12800, with extension settings taking this to ISO50-51200. It’s also possible to shoot at up to 6.5 frames per second, though some may have been hoping for something a bit higher.
Better news for action fans is that Nikon has given the D750 an all new Multi-CAM 3500 II autofocus module, an updated version of the one in the D810. It has 51 AF points, 15 of which are the more sensitive crosstype, and 11 operate down to f/8 – especially useful for photographers who want to use an extender with their telephoto lenses. As in the D810, the new Group Area AF mode is available to help when shooting small subjects against a high-contrast or distracting background.
Exposure metering is handled by a 91,000-pixel RGB sensor and there’s also a highlight metering option which is calibrated to take greater note of the brightest part of the scene to prevent it from being burned out.
Enthusiast videographers will appreciate the ability to record Full HD video 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.
Other highlights include twin SD/ SDHC/SDXC card ports, seven Special Effects modes (as in the D5300) and the ability to take up to 1,230 shots without flash on a single charge of the EN-EL15 Li-ion battery.
Nikon has used a monocoque construction for the D750 (something previously seen on the DX-format D3300 and D5300), and by using a combination of magnesium alloy and carbon fibre has given it a good solid
We’ve been hoping to see more flexible screens on Nikon D-SLRs, so the tilting one on the D750 is very welcome. The D750 has an optical viewfinder too, though we’d recommend Live View for focusing manually