Studio Comparison

Our latest test scene is designed to simulate both daylight and low-light shooting. Pressing the 'lighting' buttons at the top of the widget allows you to switch between the two. The daylight scene is shot with manually set white balance aimed at achieving neutral grays, but the camera is left in its Auto setting for the low-light tests (except Raw, which is manually corrected during conversion). We also offer three different viewing sizes: 'Full', 'Print', and 'Web', with the latter two offering 'normalized' comparisons to more fairly compare cameras of differing resolutions by ensuring equivalent viewing sizes.

The Nikon D750 has a full-frame 24 MP sensor with the resolution, dynamic range, and ISO performance we've come to expect from the class-leading sensors in Nikon and Sony cameras. One will see a lot of detail resolved throughout our scene, more than a Canon 6D will resolve with its 20.2 MP sensor, although a similar 24 MP sensor without an AA filter will show a tad bit more resolution (at the cost of more false color and aliasing).

The Nikon D750 shows the same exceptional high ISO performance its closest predecessor D610 exhibited in Raw. The JPEG engine appears to have been tweaked to produce cleaner high ISO images, although the increased noise reduction can come at the cost of some high frequency detail smearing.

Compared to Canon's most recent full-frame offering, the Nikon D750 offers cleaner high ISO performance in Raw, showing less noise at ISO 25600 compared to the 6D. JPEG results appear roughly similar, with the Nikon retaining a tad bit more detail than the 6D. More than likely, this is because the extra noise at higher ISOs on the Canon 6D requires more noise reduction to produce smoother results, resulting in less detail.

The D750 besting the 6D shouldn't come as too much of a surprise with the 6D costing less and being aimed a bit more at the entry-level full frame. It's interesting to note, though, that the D750 (or the D610, for that matter) punches above its weight when compared to Canon's more expensive 5D Mark III. In fact, at ISO 51200, the D750 is on par with Sony's much-acclaimed 'low light king', the A7S.