2017 Roundup: Semi-Pro Interchangeable Lens Cameras $2000+
24.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor | 51-point AF system | 1080/60p video
What we like:
- Excellent AF, particularly subject recognition and tracking
- Excellent low light performance
- Wide dynamic range
- Tilting LCD
What we don't:
- Small buffer when shooting bursts
- Limited, centrally-concentrated cross-type AF points
- AF frame coverage is limited
- Mirror/shutter shock can caused blurred images
- Poor live view / movie AF
The Nikon D750 boasts a comprehensive video and still photography specification which includes a tilting rear LCD screen and an improved version of the 51-point AF system found in the D810 and D4s. The D750 can focus down to -3 EV, which means that every single AF point in the D750 can be used in lower light than most, if not all, DSLRs.
The D750 offers Nikon’s latest EXPEED 4 processor and offers a maximum ISO sensitivity of 51200, with continuous shooting up to 6.5 fps. A 91,000-pixel RGB metering sensor works in conjunction with the AF system to provide snappy AF with face detection and industry-leading '3D' subject recognition and tracking, which has an almost uncanny ability to accurately stick to moving subjects - no matter where they move to in the frame. It's worth noting that AF frame coverage is limited compared to a D810, and only the central 15 of the 51 AF points are cross-type. This can cause off-center points to experience hunting in challenging lighting scenarios, particularly with low contrast subjects.
The high-res RGB metering sensor also ensures accurate exposure and white balance, with spot-metering linked to AF point, face-biased metering, and fine-tuning options for individual metering modes. Highlight-weighted metering is a nice addition, and can be used to expose for and retain highlights. Meanwhile, shadows remain relatively noise-free for pushing in post-processing (or using 'Flat' picture control in-camera) due to the D750's remarkable dynamic range, which is class-leading among sensors around the 24MP mark. This is a boon for shooting high contrast scenes. Low light image quality is nearly class-leading due to remarkably low noise levels. But beware, we did occasionally run into issues with image-softening mirror/shutter shock, especially when shooting at longer focal lengths and with vibration reduction engaged on some VR lenses.
Video is captured at up to 1080/60p, and features like 'Flat' log gamma picture control (also available for stills), zebra stripes and auto ISO in manual mode make the D750 a powerful tool for videography, as well as stills. Video quality from the D750 is overall very solid, with good detail and color. Built-in intervalometer and time-lapse (with exposure smoothing) functions are a bonus. It's worth noting though that there are a few mirrorless cameras available in this class that offer even better video quality and specification.
Built-in Wi-Fi and tilting screen are much-welcomed features in a Nikon DSLR of this class, and almost everyone will appreciate the light body and massively improved grip that makes the camera much more one-hand-holdable than previous iterations. Overall, it's hard to beat the value of the D750 as a well-rounded, stills photography powerhouse.
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