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
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