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Richard Wong is im­pressed to see Nikon’s new en­thu­si­ast-level DSLR punch­ing above its weight

What is the best DSLR on the mar­ket right now? It’s quite a dif­fi­cult ques­tion to an­swer, but to me it’s prob­a­bly the Nikon D810 be­cause it’s such a re­fined cam­era, with a 36MP sen­sor that is sec­ond to none. But for some pho­tog­ra­phers the D810 may be just a lit­tle bit too much — a bit too much res­o­lu­tion, a bit too heavy, a bit too ex­pen­sive.

And so Nikon has re­leased the D750, which is in many ar­eas just as good as the D810, but is also a lot more friendly and not as de­mand­ing to en­thu­si­as­tic pho­tog­ra­phers.

For a start, it is quite a bit smaller and lighter than the D810, thanks to its new light­weight car­bon-fi­bre com­pos­ite ma­te­rial. The 24MP full-frame sen­sor is not as picky as the D810’s 36MP in terms of your lens se­lec­tion and shoot­ing tech­niques, but still de­liv­ers ex­cel­lent im­age qual­ity and dy­namic range. At over $1000 cheaper than the D810, the price tag is def­i­nitely also a lot friend­lier.

On the flip side, the max­i­mum shut­ter speed is only 1/4000s and the buf­fer im­age is re­ally a bit too small, es­pe­cially when you are shoot­ing at its max­i­mum 6.5fps burst rate. But apart from that, it’s vir­tu­ally a mini D810. It has the same pro­ces­sor, same me­ter­ing sys­tem, and the same 51-point aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem as the D810. I say the same aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem, but ac­tu­ally the one on the D750 is the lat­est and great­est ver­sion and works re­ally well un­der very dim light — bet­ter than any Nikon I’ve ever used. This al­lows full uti­liza­tion of the cam­era’s ex­cel­lent high ISO sen­sor per­for­mance when you are shoot­ing in very dark places.

If you are also a videog­ra­pher, the D750 is hands down the best-ever video DSLR from Nikon. Not only it can record at 1080p at 60fps and has pretty much ev­ery im­por­tant fea­ture you’ll need, the out­put video is just re­ally sharp and beau­ti­ful. The new tiltable LCD screen would also help when you are shoot­ing videos at high or low an­gles.

And fi­nally, the D750 has built-in Wi-Fi. In the age of Face­book and Instagram, this is re­ally handy when you want to share pho­tos while on the road, and it al­lows you to use your smart­phone as a cam­era re­mote.

I said in the be­gin­ning the D750 is a very good cam­era for en­thu­si­ast pho­tog­ra­phers, but there re­ally isn’t much dif­fer­ence be­tween it and a big­ger, heav­ier pro­fes­sional DSLR like the D4 and D810 when it comes to im­age qual­ity and fea­tures. If I had to buy a new work cam­era to­day, I would have a hard time choos­ing be­tween this and the amaz­ing D810.

Dy­namic range: 135mm, 1/800s, f/2, ISO 100

Con­tin­u­ous fo­cus: 200mm, 1/1600s, f/2.8, ISO 100

Sony a6000 mir­ror­less com­pact

Canon Pow­erShot G7 X com­pact

Nikon D750 DSLR

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