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Nikon D750 (SB-500) Hands-On Preview

We go hands-on with the new Nikon D750 full-frame Digital SLR, and have a look at the new SB-500 speedlight.

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Nikon D750 (2) (Custom)

The Nikon D750 is the latest enthusiasts / advanced amatuer Digital SLR from Nikon, and features a 24.3 megapixel full-frame sensor, 6.5fps continuous shooting, built in Wi-Fi, a compact weather-sealed body, and a tilting 3.2inch screen. The camera is due to go on sale on the 23rd of September, with an RRP of £1799 body only. The Nikon D750 is positioned above the Nikon D610, which remains on the market.

Updated: Read our full Nikon D750 review.

Nikon D750 Features

Nikon D750 (15) (Custom)

The D750 is said to be the ultimate enthusiasts camera, with professional features at an affordable price. The Nikon D750 will be considered by many to be the long awaited update to the Nikon D700, and with a new sensor it offers an extended ISO range, as well as focusing in low-light down to -3EV. 

Nikon D750 Key Features:

  • 24.3 megapixel FX full-frame sensor - New sensor
  • 3.2inch (1229k dot RGBW) screen with 170 degree viewing angle - monitor colour balance can be customised
  • ISO50 - ISO51200 (expanded range)
  • 6.5fps continuous shooting (FX and DX)
  • EXPEED 4 image processor - improved NR performance, higher definition, higher AWB accuracy, improved number of continuous shots
  • Updated Nikon Picture Control (as D810) new clarity setting, finer adjustment and expanded brightness range, flat rendering option (delivers widest dynamic range)
  • 1080/60p video - with minimal jaggies and moire - multi-area mode full HD D-movie (FX and DX) - new dedicated movie shooting menu (see below)
  • Movie: centre weighted metering and highlight weighted metering, auto ISO possible in M mode, power aperture during movie recording, size of focus area can be changed. Video zebra pattern display, the camera will also output to HDMI, allowing dual recording to SD and external devices
  • Sound improved, stereo mic built in on left and right of optical axis, sound level indicators
  • Rugged body - weather sealed - shutter tested to 150,000 cycles
  • Compact and lightweight - monocoque construction with carbon fibre, magnesium alloy plates, weighing 750g
  • Redesigned internal design to give a deeper grip and shorter body, grip is also improved
  • New 51 point AF, Multi-Cam 3500 II, enhanced low light performance, focusing down to -3EV, new group area AF (as featured in the D810), 15 cross type sensors, and 11 f/8 compatible focus points.
  • FX / 1.2x and DX format shooting modes - in DX mode the focus points cover the whole area
  • Spot white blance, during live view
  • i button gives quick access to settings, as featured on other recent Nikon DSLRs
  • Extended battery life of 1230 shots (CIPA with flash), or 4420 when flash not used, 55min video time, using EN-EL15 battery
  • Dual slot SD memory cards,
  • Advanced scene recognition, face detection, 3D colour matrix metering
  • Highlight weighted metering as per D810
  • Wi-Fi - allows remote shooting, upload to social networks using your smartphone, Eye-Fi card also supported
  • Special effects, selective colour, colour sketch, silhouette, high key, miniature, low key, night vision

The Nikon D750 is the first full-frame Nikon FX camera with a tilting monitor, and the 3.2inch screen tilts up 90 degrees, as well as tilting down 75 degrees. An optional MB-D16 battery grip is available that can take EN-EL15 or 6x AA size batteries, giving over 8000 shots per charge when used with the battery in the camera.

Nikon D750 Photos of Equipment

With a solid weather-sealed body, and a deep grip as well as ample rubber grips, the camera feels extremely well built with the layout of controls and buttons feeling very familiar to anyone who has used recent Nikon Digital SLRs. The D750 features updated menus, including a dedicated video menu, which can be seen below:

Nikon D750 General Article Images

Read the Nikon D750 News Story.

Also announced alongside the Nikon D750 is a new Nikon SB-500 speedlight, with a guide number of 24, built in LED lights for video illumination, the LEDs are rated at 100lx with 5400k colour temperature. The speedlight is powered by 2x AA batteries. The head is compatible with Nikon's Creative Lighting System, and the head tilts up 90 degrees as well as rotating 180 degrees.

The Nikon SB-500 has an RRP of £199.

Nikon SB500 (3) (Custom)

Find out more on the Nikon SB-500 in the news section.

Updated: Read our full Nikon D750 review.

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Photographs taken using the Nikon D750

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themak 6 1.0k Scotland
12 Sep 2014 10:18AM
That's the one.

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12 Sep 2014 7:35PM
Just a pity they didn't give it the full pro body,it would have then been a winner.
DouglasMorley 10 30 1 Canada
13 Sep 2014 12:09AM
Having not too long ago purchased a D610 I find myself reeling at the increasing pace of new camera introductions. Were I thinking of moving up from DX, not having bought an FX camera, I guess that this D750 would be an excellent choice. However I do despair at the prospects of this camera being updated within a year. It may be loaded with a thousand and one bells and whistles but it'll never make anyone a better photographer. It just makes photography that much easier. Then again - maybe not, just more complicated.
DouglasMorley 10 30 1 Canada
13 Sep 2014 12:41AM
One further observation would be: If you are happy with all the offerings and facilities on the D750 and decide to purchase it, given the 150,000 life of the shutter, stick with it, just as I will stick with my D610, and make the most of what it offers without being sidelined and dumping it for a 50 MP upgrade which is sure to come in a few months. Too many excellent hardly used cameras appear far too often for sale because 'dealer's delights' have succumbed.
NeilSchofield Plus
13 1.6k 1 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2014 8:03AM
It looks like an excellent camera designed to compete with the Canon 5d series

However full the frame might be, it ain't no D400 though
themak 6 1.0k Scotland
15 Sep 2014 1:14PM
Don't understand the theme of the pixel war continuing unabated - this has the same 24MP as the D610. It does have other features that could get me into FF, like the 52 point focussing which should populate the frame better than the 39 point one from my 'old' D7000 that they've stuck the D600 and even the Df with. Swivelling screen is good for me also. I do still miss the solidity of the old D300 a little, but this is quite a bit lighter than that was. I'm daft enough to carry these things up mountains, so every little helps.
17 Sep 2014 11:33PM
It would be interesting to know what features on the D810 are missing on the D750 That is something that a reviewer could do which would to save us poor photographers having to strain our brains. The price differential is not all that great between the two.

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