Nikon D750

Does Nikon’s new full-frame D750 live up to its pre-launch hype? Head of test­ing An­gela Nicholson finds out...

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From its flip-out screen to su­perb de­tail, find out what we love about Nikon’s new full-frame cam­era for en­thu­si­asts

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Nikon D750

£1800, $2300

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.

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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.

One-piece won­der

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

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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

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