Nikon D750 Review: Nikon D750 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body

Nikon D750 Review

Nikon D750 Review

With years of experience producing professional cinematography equipment, Japan-based Nikon offers a diverse range of mid to high range full-frame DSLRs that raise the technological and aesthetic bars to new levels. The Nikon D750 represents a major leap in Nikon’s journey since it succeeds the much-vaunted D700 and claims to be comparable to pricier models like the D810 and the D4. By comparable, Nikon means that users would be able to utilize the 24.2MP sensor with 51-point autofocus, EXPEED 4 engine, a range of professional video shooting capabilities and inbuilt WiFi to achieve unmatched clarity and versatility regardless of the type of photography.

Technical Specifications

  • 3MP Full Frame image sensor with 91,000 RGB pixels
  • Expeed 4 Image Processor for fast and accurate processing
  • Time lapse capabilities of up to 9,999 in-camera shots
  • 2 inch Vari-Angle LCD with 1.2k dots for superior image reproduction and clicking at odd angles.
  • ISO range of 100 to 51,200 for remarkable low light clarity
  • Compatible with all DX lenses from Nikon
  • Shoots 60fps 1080p video and allows for range of pro tools like concurrent uncompressed and compressed video recording
  • WiFi and remote sensitivity built-in

Setting Up the Nikon D750

Since the D750 is a meant to cater to professionals, Nikon assumes that users would have already budgeted for a separate lens kit or would have lenses from their previous Nikon camera. To this end, the basic set includes only the camera body along with accessories like strap, battery and battery charger. Unlike the cheaper D3300, the D750 kit comes with the battery charger included, thus saving users the trouble of obtaining a charger separately. Further, as one would expect, the unit is compatible with all Nikon DX lenses provided proper settings are applied.

Once you have removed the packaging and checked the parts for any malfunctions, you can set up the camera for use:

  • Notice the eyelets for the strap on the left and right sides of the camera. While the manual suggests placing the strap on the right side, you can choose the left if you find the latter convenient.
  • Take the battery and note the battery compartment of the charger below the two LED indicator lights.
  • Place the battery in the compartment
  • There would be a small charger attachment included separately comprising of the charging prongs. Push it into a small slot below the wall adapter latch.
  • Slide the latch to turn the prongs 90 degrees such that they are now facing downwards/upwards when the charger is held horizontally.
  • Put the charger in the charging socket and note that one of the LEDs has started glowing orange.
  • As the battery undergoes charging, remove the lens cover on the front side of the camera.
  • Attach the lens of your choice. If you’re new to DSLR photography, you should be able to find two markers – one red and one white – on the lens body. Align them with similar markers on the body of the camera and insert the lens.
  • Rotate the lens till it fits snugly.
  • Once the battery is completely charged, remove it from the charger and place it in the battery compartment.
  • Unlike some of the entry level units from Nikon, the SD card compartment in the Nikon D750 is located on the side of the camera. Open it and insert one or two SD cards.
  • Close the SD card compartment and find the handgrip on the right side of the camera. Holding the handgrip, accustom yourself to the weight of the camera.
  • Press the power button on the right side of the camera and wait for the Nikon logo to appear.
  • Thereafter, you would be asked to set the interface language and time. Once these have been set, the unit is ready for photography.

Notes:

  • Older lenses compatible with the D750 may have somewhat different attachment markings from newer ones. Consult the lens manuals for more information.
  • Users noted that the two SD cards supported by the unit could be similar or different.
  • During setup, you may be asked to set the function of the second SD card. It is advisable to choose the second card’s function as “Overflow” or “Backup”.

Basic Photography and Operations

Many users have commented this unit for providing a lightweight alternative to the heavier D4. However, they argue that the lightness has been achieved by making the dials more complex and due to the manual being a poor guide to photography, it may take some time to get accustomed to the functions. Below we provide the simplest possible means of taking photographs and managing the camera:

  • Compared to its Canon competitors, the Nikon D750 comes with a deeper handgrip. Place the fingers of your right hand firmly in the handgrip and hold the lens and camera firmly in your left hand.
  • Note the markings on the top of a large circular dial on the top left side of the camera. This is the mode dial and rotating it would allow you to cycle between full Auto, Aperture priority, shutter priority, etc. Set it to full Auto (A) for now.
  • Quite interestingly, Nikon has disposed of the separate shutter release dial and instead created a collar that encircles the mode dial. For basic photography, it is best to leave the shutter release collar dial untouched (i.e. at default settings).
  • Look through the viewfinder and notice the four AF area brackets. Place your subject within the four brackets and adjust the zoom till you are satisfied with the clarity of the object/subject.
  • Press the shutter release button located on the top-right side of the camera if the camera has not yet focused properly on the subject, it would do so now. A black dot should appear at the bottom left side of the viewfinder. This suggests that the subject is in focus. If it is still not in focus, a leftward arrow would suggest focus is between subject and camera or a rightward arrow would suggest the focus is behind the subject. Adjust zoom and your position and press the button halfway again.
  • Press the button completely to take the picture.
  • Just below the mode dial set two buttons – playback and delete. Press playback anytime to view previous clicks. Press the delete button twice to delete photos you don’t want.

Advanced Photography Modes

  • Low Light Photography – As a worthy successor to the D700, the D750 was expected to be a champion at low light photography, especially since the ISO levels have been raised to ISO 51000. While some users have minor grouses, most argue that the Nikon D750 is far better than the D810 and even the D4 in terms of low light capture. One user noted that compared to the D650, the D750 locks onto subjects in low light conditions with far greater ease and speed and this allows it to excel even when the human eye cannot make out the differences.
  • RAW and JPEG Imaging – Courtesy of the EXPEED 4 processor, RAW imaging has been rated very high by DPReview, a professional camera reviewing website. JPEG is also quite admirable, beating competitors like the D810 quite easily.
  • Megapixels and Zoom – Users comparing the unit to the 18MP competitors (including the Canon EOS Rebel T5) noted that while the lower-MP cameras appeared to have less noise because of the lower resolution. One user surmised that if the 24.3MP were reduced to the same level, the noise levels of the D750 would probably be lower than those of competitors and equal to that of costlier D4.

Speaking of zoom, opinions differed as users applied different lenses and got different results. Generally, zoom appeared to be simple and did not produce any distortions. Some users warned that while DX lenses are supported, the camera settings have to be changed to tell the camera whether it should change to DX mode whenever a DX lens is detected or remain in FX mode.

  • Video Capture – One of the main complaints of many users was that the video capturing capabilities of the D750 are a slight climb-down from the D700. However, the ability to record uncompressed and compressed video simultaneously at high frame rates was appreciated. Some users wished the frame rates of the D700 had been maintained, but they were often content to trade the excess weight of the D700 for the marginally lower capabilities of the D750.
  • Flash – Users had no trouble attaching flashes to the accessory shoe on the top of the camera and achieving great results. Some users who shot flares in certain conditions found black bands appearing at the top of their images. Nikon realized this mistake and provided aggrieved users a free hardware and software fix. Once this had been achieved, most users had no issues with the flash.
  • Vari-Angle Display – The 91,000 dot display articulates between 75 degrees on one side and 90 degrees on the other to provide great shots even when it is not possible to stay behind the camera. While many users noted that this was somewhat unnecessary, a few did note that it saved them the trouble of lying in the mud or standing on tiptoes to click images.

Warranty

Nikon offers a simple warranty claim system for its one-year limited warranty on the body and all accessories. Lenses and other accessories purchased separately are covered by their own warranties and are not covered under the package warranty.

Pros

  • Light but professional build quality with decent waterproofing.
  • Excellent sensor with fast image processing for accurate and beautiful images.
  • Excellent ISO achieves perfect lock-on in low light conditions.
  • Great set of pro video capturing tools included in the camera for professional videographers.
  • Wide range of shutter speed controls for the discerning photographer
  • 51,000 point autofocus one of the best in the market.
  • Accurate flash operation (after fix)

Cons

  • No lens included in the kit
  • Some video capabilities slightly lower than predecessor D700

Conclusion

While the lack of a lens kit might be a complaint of those moving from lower end DSLRs like the D3300, the fact that the camera itself covers virtually every requirement of professional photography means that this omission would not be greatly noticed. Indeed, the combination of excellent focus, fast and accurate processing and a great range of creative options easily make this camera one of the favorites in the professional segment of the DSLR market.

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