The WIN­NER IS… Nikon D750

In the en­thu­si­ast cat­e­gory, Nikon’s latest SLRs are also their great­est, in both the FX and DX camps

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The D750 is the out­right win­ner of the group. It’s a phe­nom­e­nal cam­era that com­bines supremely ac­cu­rate, re­li­able and con­sis­tent aut­o­fo­cus, me­ter­ing and auto white bal­ance per­for­mance, equat­ing to sump­tu­ous im­age qual­ity time af­ter time. The body is com­pact and light­weight for a full-frame cam­era, with ex­cel­lent han­dling and in­tu­itive yet highly ad­vanced con­trols. The tilt­ing rear screen is an ex­tra bonus for Live View and movie shoot­ing, en­abling you to com­pose shots from tricky an­gles.

Nat­u­rally, the D750 is out­classed by the D810 when it comes to out­right res­o­lu­tion, but it fights back with squeaky-clean im­age qual­ity un­der low-light­ing con­di­tions, even at very high ISO set­tings. Ul­ti­mately, the more ex­pen­sive D810 is only re­ally worth con­sid­er­ing if you’re de­ter­mined to cap­ture the ab­so­lute max­i­mum of fine de­tail and tex­ture in your photos, at the ex­pense of clean high-ISO im­ages.

At the lower end of the full-frame price scale, the older D610 is a good buy at the price, but it sim­ply can’t match the D750 and D810 for im­age qual­ity or re­li­ably con­sis­tent me­ter­ing and auto white bal­ance. The D610 also has a rel­a­tively low-rent 39-point aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem.

Mov­ing to DX-for­mat bod­ies, the D5500 and D7200 both have a lot to of­fer. The D5500 is in­cred­i­bly com­pact and light­weight. It lacks ad­vanced di­rect-ac­cess con­trols for most shoot­ing set­tings, but the ar­tic­u­lat­ing, touch-sen­si­tive screen is some com­pen­sa­tion. Even so, the D7200 wins out, with slightly richer im­age qual­ity, more con­sis­tent me­ter­ing and top-per­for­mance aut­o­fo­cus. For our money, it’s Nikon’s best DX cam­era ever, and a real im­prove­ment over the D7000 and D7100.

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