The WINNER IS…
All of the cameras on test have their strengths and weaknesses, but the D750 is the best all-rounder
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.