The WIN­NER IS…

All of the cam­eras on test have their strengths and weak­nesses, but the D750 is the best all-rounder

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Boast­ing a newer im­age sen­sor and aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem than any other cam­era in the group, the D750 com­bines the best of ev­ery­thing. It matches the D4s for its late-gen­er­a­tion Expeed 4 pro­ces­sor and top-flight me­ter­ing sys­tem, while the new 51-point aut­o­fo­cus mod­ule is ac­tu­ally bet­ter, with greater ac­cu­racy, es­pe­cially in low light, where it’s sen­si­tive down to -3EV. The D750’s im­age qual­ity is stun­ning, and pic­tures re­main clean and noise-free even at ul­tra-high ISOs. The max­i­mum burst rate of 6.5 frames per sec­ond is beaten only by the D4s.

The D4s re­mains the pro choice, with its bat­tle­ship build qual­ity, built-in ver­ti­cal grip and wide-rang­ing direct shoot­ing con­trols. The burst rate of 11 frames per sec­ond, with full-time aut­o­fo­cus and me­ter­ing, is in­cred­i­ble. How­ever, the megapixel count of 16.2 is start­ing to look a bit down­mar­ket.

For re­tain­ing fine de­tail in im­ages, the D810 is a clear win­ner. The trade-off is that high-ISO im­ages are rel­a­tively noisy, and im­age file sizes can be huge. Mean­while, the D610 is good value for an FX cam­era, but it can’t com­pete with D750 for AF, me­ter­ing and high-ISO im­age qual­ity. The Df cer­tainly has retro charm and its di­als en­able a very hands-on ap­proach to shoot­ing ad­just­ments. How­ever, the omis­sion of a video shoot­ing mode seems a need­less hand­i­cap and, again, it’s beaten by the D750 for over­all per­for­mance.

It’s definitely true that there are spe­cific cam­eras in Nikon’s FX line-up that best suit dif­fer­ent pho­tog­ra­phers. But for most of us, the D750 is the best buy by far.

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