As a way to find out how good the Nikon D750 really is, Nikon invited us to a press event in Puerto Rico this year. The island provided tough and unique shooting environments that pushed both the photographers and cameras into situations outside of their normal comfort zones in order to see what the camera can actually do. Nikon arranged for us to shoot action, scenery and architectural situations in various lighting conditions, all designed to show how well the D750 could handle these various and quickly changing scenarios. They provided a slew of their top lenses, including the 24-120mm f/4G VR and 20mm f1.8G lenses. Throughout all of these situations, the D750 passed with flying colors.
As Nikon’s mid-range, FX format dSLR, the D750 features a 24.3-Megapixel FX CMOS imaging sensor, EXPEED 4 image processor, powerful AF system and a new 3.2-inch tilting LCD screen. They have also built-in the convenience of WiFi, so there is no need to attach an adapter to connect from the field. This has all been combined into a lightweight, easy to carry body that will feel right at home to current Nikon users. Video recording has not been forgotten about either. The same video features and capabilities found on the D810 are on the D750, making this a more affordable option for anyone who’s main use will be video recording over still images.
We put the 51-point AF system to the test with a few different events, led by an original Puerto Rican Salsa dance and some cliff jumping. The camera has several AF modes that were very useful, including the continuous AF in both single point and group settings and their 3D Color Matrix Metering III AF; all of which were able to accurately follow our subjects. The EXPEED 4 image processor really shined here as well, as it enabled us to shoot at 6.5fps at full resolution, so that we never missed the perfect shot. This burst rate runs out quickly shooting in NEF (RAW) format, but goes for quite a while in JPEG only mode.
The D750’s metering system was put to the test as well, with quickly changing lighting conditions and very high dynamic range situations. From beautiful sunrise and sunset shooting to the bright highlights and dark shadows of the Indian Caves at Arecibo. These situations also allowed us to take a look at the in-camera HDR feature as well, for instant HDR images. We were also able to shoot quickly on the beach during sunset. With horses running by, the camera did not struggle to evaluate the scene with ease, focus and capture crystal clear images in the fading light.
Sporting a 24.3-Megapixel, FX-Format full-frame imaging sensor, the D750 brings loads of resolution and detail to compliment its outstanding performance. The amount of detail within our images, from the vast landscape images of the island to the detailed brushstrokes of the murals on the sides of the buildings, is enough to impress anyone. All of our mural images were captured using the new f/1.8 20mm lens, making it easy to shoot on the very narrow streets of San Juan. Feel free to zoom in on our samples by clicking on them for a closer look!
Another great little tool that Nikon introduced to us is the SB-500 Speedlight. A compact and very portable external flash unit, it is not the most powerful Speedlight by any means, but its portability and the ease-of-use quickly grabbed our attention. It can be used on or off the camera with any Nikon camera with the built-in commander mode. It was incredibly easy to set up the camera with multiple flash units for a portable custom light setup on the go. During one of our shooting sessions, we had somewhere around 8 flash units being operated by as many as 6 cameras at once. The numbers were hard to keep track of because of photographers that were coming and going as the shooting was taking place. Any camera that was set to the same channel was able to join in. For a flash with only 2 AA batteries, the multiple units that we used held up very well to the constant firing.
Bottom Line – Nikon succeeded in challenging us as well as the cameras with their exciting press event. They pushed us into new situations, where we could really test the camera’s abilities. It provided us with a fresh perspective, outside of our normal testing where we could get a different look and feel while testing the camera. Overall the trip was excellent and we were able to use the camera’s abilities to provide you with the outstanding quality sample images that are displayed above. Check back in the next few days to see our hands on D750 Preview, which will include a full samples gallery with links to the full-sized, unedited photos.