Best cameras under $2000
Published Jun 24, 2020 | dpreview staff
24MP full-frame CMOS sensor | 51-point AF system | 1080/60p video
What we like:
- Excellent low light performance
- Superb AF, particularly subject recognition and tracking
- Wide Raw dynamic range
- Tilting LCD
What we don't:
- Small buffer when shooting bursts
- Limited, centrally concentrated AF points
- Mirror/shutter shock can cause blurry images
- Poor live view and 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 is a well-built camera with controls that will be familiar to anyone who has picked up a recent Nikon DSLR. The camera's grip is "just right" and the articulating LCD is good for video and high/low angle shooting. The camera has two card slots and sockets for headphones and a microphone. Despite its extensive customizability, the D750 remains accessible to beginners via scene modes.
The D750 boasts a comprehensive video and still photography specification
The D750 offers Nikon’s 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. Since not all points are cross-type, the AF system may struggle with off-center subjects. Battery life is rated at an impressive 1230 shots per charge.
The D750's image quality is excellent, with spot-on metering and shadows that remain relatively noise-free for pushing in post-processing due to its remarkable dynamic range. 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, 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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