Body & Design

The D750's control layout is very similar to that of the D610 but an even closer match for the enthusiast-targeted D7100. Other than the re-positioning of the 'Info' button to above the rear control pad, the rear button layout is identical to that of the APS-C model.

But, while it may look a lot like a D610, the D750 is better built and lighter, thanks to a combination of 'carbon-fiber reinforced thermoplastics' and magnesium alloy. This physical impression is backed-up by a small, arguably trivial point, but one that we've come to recognize as a sure-fire differentiator between Nikon's low/mid-range DSLRs and its higher-level models: namely that the multi-selector button can be customized for one-click magnification in image review mode. It's a small thing, but a huge time-saver, especially for quickly checking focus after you've taken a shot.

In your hand

The overwhelming impression given by the D750 in our hands is one of density. It's clear that Nikon has packed a lot into the D750's compact frame, and while hard to describe, the camera definitely gives an impression of being heavier than expected, and reassuringly solid. Ergonomically there are no surprises here - as noted above, the D750 offers much the same handling and shooting experience as other recent Nikon DSLRs - specifically the D610 and D7100.

The one exception is the grip, which is deeper and, in our opinion, easier to hold than on any Nikon DSLR in recent memory.

When it comes to Nikon DSLRs, we've come to associate articulated rear LCDs with lower-end models but the flip-out LCD cradle on the back of the D750 is one of the more solid-feeling examples we've encountered, and it doesn't give any impression of decreasing the camera's overall durability.

Top of Camera

From the top, the D750 looks a lot like the D610 and D7100. A lockable exposure mode dial dominates the upper left of the top plate and a more-or-less standard Nikon control cluster sits to the right of the flash housing. There are buttons for metering, movie recording, and exposure compensation, as well as the shutter release which is surrounded by the power/LCD illumination switch. The movie button is one of many on the D750 that can be customized.

The top-mounted LCD screen serves as a quick reference for key exposure and shooting settings including shooting mode, drive mode, image quality and battery life (among other parameters).

Tilting LCD screen

The D750's LCD screen offers the same specification as the screen on the back of the D810 (1.2M dot, RGBW layout) but is articulated - a first for Nikon's FX DSLR lineup. The hinged design is less versatile than a fully-articulated joint, but still much more useful for video capture and high/low angle shooting than a fixed screen.

Optical viewfinder

The D750's viewfinder is effectively identical to that in the D810. Its 0.7x magnification is absolutely typical for its class, as you can see from the diagram below, meaning it offers one of the largest and nicest-to-use finders you can get, without moving up to a pro-grade sports DSLR.

The D750's finder features an OLED panel, which can display more detailed information than on a typical viewfinder, such as the currently selected Picture Control, and also allows for gridlines or a virtual horizon to be turned on when you need them. The panel also allows for easier viewing in bright light.