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Nikon D750 Review - Updated

Read our updated review of the Nikon D750. The mid-range 24mp full-frame Digital SLR from Nikon is now 6 years old, but with 6.5fps continuous shooting and built-in Wi-Fi it could it be the bargain you're looking for? Updated Feb 2020.


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Nikon D750 DSLR (11)

The Nikon D750 is Nikon's "mid-range" enthusiast / advanced amateur Digital SLR from Nikon and features a 24.3megapixel 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 now available for around £1199 body only, or roughly half the price second-hand. The Nikon D750 is positioned above the Nikon D610, which remains on the market. 

Nikon D750 Features

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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. The camera is also smaller than the Nikon D600 / D610 and offers improved battery life. Nikon released the replacement for the D750, the Nikon D780, in January 2020.

Find out the differences between the two cameras in our Nikon D780 Vs D750 Comparison.

The Nikon D750 was 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.

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Nikon D750 Key Features:

  • 24.3 megapixel FX full-frame CMOS sensor (New)
  • 3.2inch (1229k dot RGBW) screen with 170-degree viewing angle 
  • 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 
  • 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 balance, 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

Also announced alongside the Nikon D750 is the 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 - find out more on the Nikon SB-500 in the news story.

Nikon D750 Handling

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The Nikon D750 has a solid weather-sealed body, a deep grip as well as ample rubber grips, meaning the camera feels extremely well built. The layout of controls feels very familiar to anyone who has used recent Nikon Digital SLRs, with an almost identical layout of buttons and switches as the Nikon D610, although D610 users will notice be the smaller top LCD display. The tilting 3inch screen is a high-resolution unit and offers excellent viewing angles, as well as adjustable monitor colour balance.

There have been a number of recalls carried out on the Nikon D750, with Nikon providing free repairs when needed. As these were in 2014, and 2015, the cameras available on the market today should not be affected by these issues. You can find more information on Nikon's website, as well as check your serial number.

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The D750 is one of the most compact full-frame digital SLRs from Nikon, and weighs 750g, although it does feel quite heavy if you attempt to use the camera with one hand. The hand-grip is large and comfortable with a good-sized rear rubber thumb grip, as well as rubber covering the memory card cover. There is also rubber on the left-hand side of the camera giving some additional grip, although the majority of the left side of the camera is used for the side ports.

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The rear has a number of buttons and controls to give direct access to WB / ISO / Colour settings as well as shooting modes with a secondary dial neatly placed under the main mode dial. Like the main mode dial, this secondary drive dial can only be turned when you press the release button, and features quiet mode, quiet continuous mode, mirror lock-up mode, as well as the standard self-timer and continuous shooting options. There is a soft rubber eye surround, as well as dioptre adjustment, and the controls and dials for changing aperture/shutter speed and shooting settings fall easily to hand, making it easy and enjoyable to concentrate on shooting. The optical viewfinder is large and clear, with dioptre adjustment, and in DX mode the 51 AF points cover the whole DX/APS-C area.

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The menus are clearly laid out and the screen is extremely clear with excellent viewing angles. The menu system on the camera is split into seven sections: Playback, Photo Shooting, Movie Shooting, Custom Setting Menu, Setup, Retouch and My Menu. Navigating the settings is fairly straightforward and you can press the “?” button to bring up help on any setting. My Menu can be customised to allow quick changes to your favourite settings.

Screenshot 2014 10 01 13 12 52   Screenshot 2014 10 01 13 12 59
Main screen   View photos
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Remote shooting   Playback

 

Wi-Fi features - To use the Wi-Fi features of the Nikon D750, you simply connect to the Wi-Fi network of the D750 once you have switched it on, in the camera menus. You need to install Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility (WMU) onto your iOS or Android device and then you can remotely control your camera as well as browse and copy photos. By default, there is no Wi-Fi password setup on the D750, so for security setting up a Wi-Fi password is recommended. 

 

Firmware updates:

Since the camera's release, there have been a number of firmware updates released for the camera, which you can download on the Nikon website. Firmware updates include support for new lenses, and accessories (such as the WT-7 wireless transmitter), released after the Nikon D750 was made available. There are also updates and fixes to give improved performance, and reliability, as Nikon fix any bugs or operation issues they've found. If you're looking at your Nikon D750, make sure your camera has been updated to version 1.10 or higher, as there are a number of fixes made available with v1.10.

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Battery life - Battery life is rated at 1230 shots according to Nikon / CIPA test results, which is excellent, and is even longer when not using flash. For the ultimate battery life, the optional battery grip is said to give over 8000 shots!


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Comments


I usually refrain from criticizing a review, but this one was terrible. The foremost feature of the D750 is its advanced 51-point AF system, borrowing from the D810, and D4s, but improving on it. Nevertheless, there is no mention in the review (except in the copy-and-pasted feature list), and it is not even in the Pros and Cons summary. Did the reviewer spend even five minutes with the camera?

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joshwa Plus
9 914 1 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2014 4:04PM
Hi,

I'm guessing you missed the sections where AF performance is mentioned? Under sample photos, in the conclusion, and in the pros, where we mention how well the focus system performs in low light conditions. We've also tested the speed of focus under the "Speed" heading.

Hope this helps,

Thanks
Josh
No, I saw it fine. The ability to focus in -3 EV has nothing to do with capturing fast moving action. The 6D can focus in -3 EV low light but is abysmal for fast action photography. In fact, the main criticism leveraged against both the D600/610 and 6D was precisely the AF, whether it be the very poor frame coverage of the Nikon, or the non-existent coverage of the 6D other than the super center point.
2 Oct 2014 11:42PM
If they had given it a pro body similar to the d800/810 I reckon Nikon couldn't keep up with the demand,it would then have been a true modern D700 update.
jayatu 9 India
3 Oct 2014 6:44AM
Anybody please help me to know if it is better than d700 for action and wildlife photography .
1 Nov 2014 7:30AM
OVERATED AND OVERPRICED TYPICAL OF NIKON.
User_Removed 15 4.3k 2 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2015 7:31AM
I bought one, I got fed up waiting for a replacement for the D300s.
I currently use a D7100 and my main subjects are garden birds (bos) and Landscapes.
I owned the camera for one month and have now sold it.
It has a number a drawbacks, especially for the wildlife photography.
The focus points are all right in the middle of a small part of the viewfinder, even when you select the smaller crop size.
On the D7100 in the 1.2x crop the focus points almost fill the screen.
Using the smallest size of crop on the D750 gives you an image that is smaller in MP than you get using the smaller size crop on the D7100.
I'd bought the D750 hoping the QS (Quiet shutter) mode would be good for wildlife and it's certainly quieter than the normal shutter and it's a faster version than on the D7100 but it's not particularly quiet.
The landscape shots were okay but to be honest I've never understood this thing about FX being so much better, I frame the shot to include what I want in the picture and zoom in with the lens if I need to leave something out.
The articulated screen is good for macro.
I have now sold the camera, taking a loss of £500, so it was an expensive mistake.
Having looked on Ebay I see others are also selling almost new D750's so I guess I'm not alone in finding drawbacks to this camera and hopefully my comment here might save someone else from making this wrong turn.
Nikon obviously have no intention of bringing out a D400 despite people wanting to stick with crop sensors. A msitake which will drive people like me away from Nokon.
26 Feb 2020 11:48AM
Iíve only had this camera for a little over a month, but so far I love it. Iím still learning about all of the functions and capabilities, so I may update once Iíve had and used it a bit longer. Itís my first full frame camera and boy what a difference from a cropped sensor. I would definitely recommend this camera as an entry into full frame. The body of the camera is super lightweight, which I love.
ardo 11 Canada
26 Feb 2020 2:52PM
HI Johnesits
I own mine for over 6 years, and had a free shutter replacement, not because the shutter created me any problems, but because my serial number was included in a nikon list. They cleaned it and replaced the shutter, the camera looked brand new after receiving it from nikon service depot. I always loved its pic quality (low-noise; high dynamic range; colors), compared to my DX D90-D7000-D7100. Beause it has a very small buffer I decided 3 years ago to get a Nikin D500 (DX) for BIF pics. A year ago I bought a second hand D800, whow.... more noise than the D750, but 36K pixels makes a big difference, my lenses looked better. Its my first used camera and it won't be my last. The D800 I bought had 35K pics, and I paid $650 us (900$cdn) with 3 months warranty from the camera store.

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