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  • 24.3-Megapixel CMOS Imaging Sensor
  • 3.2-Inch, 1,229,000 dot Tilting LCD Screen
  • Nikon F-Mount
  • TTL exposure metering using 91,000-pixel RGB sensor
  • 51-point AF system
  • 15 cross-type sensors
  • Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX II autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection
  • Dedicated Video Record Button
  • iAuto mode
  • Full 1080p HD video recording @ 60fps
  • Pop-up flash unit
  • Commander Mode for external flash units
  • Live View Shooting
  • Built-in WiFi
  • Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
Pros
  • Overall outstanding image quality
  • Dedicated Video Capture Button for video recording, which allows the shutter release to capture images even in Movie Mode
  • 51-point AF is incredibly fast and accurate in all lighting conditions
  • Fantastic collection of NIKKOR lenses for all situations
  • Complete control over the powerful video features
  • High Res, Tilting 3.2-inch LCD screen
  • Amazing performance for a Full-Frame camera
  • Excellent Battery Life
  • Built-in WiFi lets you share anywhere
  • Competitively priced Full-Frame camera
  • Audio Input
  • HDMI output
  • Dual SD card slots
Cons
  • Large body when dSLR and ILCs are getting smaller and easier to carry.
  • No built-in GPS
Timing Test Results
  • Power up to first image captured = 0.4 seconds
  • Shutter lag when prefocused = less than 1/10 of a second
  • Shutter lag with autofocus = approx. 1/10 to 2/10 of a second
  • Shot to shot delay wo/flash = 0.24 seconds
  • Shot to shot delay w/flash = 1.26 seconds
  • High Speed Burst = 6.9fps
  • All tests were taken using a SanDisk Extreme UHS-1 32GB SDHC memory card, Program Mode, ISO auto, Flash off and all other settings at the factory defaults unless noted otherwise.
Bottom Line
The Nikon D750 is an outstanding Full-Frame dSLR. A great mix of performance and image quality, you will get the best of both worlds. Along with the outstanding performance, Nikon has also included some great convenience features like a tilting LCD and Built-in WiFi connectivity.
Pick This Up If...
You are looking for an upgrade from your current Nikon dSLR. Perfect for anyone with an older Full-Frame, looking for their first Fill-Frame or anyone that will mainly be shooting video and looking to save a little money over the D810.
The newest entry to Nikon's dSLR lineup is the powerful D750. Sporting a 24.3-Megapixel FX-format CMOS imaging sensor, EXPEED 4 image processor, 51-area AF system with 15 cross-type sensors and a 3D Color Matrix Metering III sensor with a 91,000-pixels, Tilting 3.2-inch LCD, built-in WiFi and the same video capabilities as the D810; this is an incredibly powerful camera in a smaller, more compact body than most full-frame dSLRs. Along with these amazing components, the camera also features a slew of automatic and creative features that allow anyone to pick up and shoot with this camera. From full automatic shooting to some great camera effects modes, there are plenty of creative modes for images, even if you are not sure how to create them on your own. For the more advanced users that this camera is really designed for, the camera will do everything you can imagine, and it will do it well. The camera is available body-only or in a kit with the 24-120mm VR zoom lens.

Two great features that are just making their way to these higher end dSLR models are a very welcome on the D750. First Nikon has finally built-in the WiFi feature, no more attachments necessary to share your images with the world. As long as you have a smartphone or tablet with cellular service, you can connect the camera and instantly share your images (so long as you have a good cell signal). The WiFi connection also allows you to view and copy the images from the camera to your phone. Once connected your phone can also be used as a remote to control the camera. The second great feature is the high resolution tilting LCD screen. While some people do not like having a LCD screen that moves, we find that it adds some versatility to the camera. It allows you shoot in awkward situations, over or around, with accuracy. No need to point, shoot and pray that you get the shot that you are after.

While the D750 is a compact Full-Frame dSLR, it is still a very large when compared to all point-n-shoots, and most consumer dSLR models. It fits very nicely into larger hands, but can be a little overwhelming to smaller hands or when it has the battery grip attached. There are controls spread all around the camera, and unless you are already familiar with an upper-level Nikon camera, they will take some time to adjust to. That being said, once you have an idea of them, they seem to be well placed and allow for easy access to many of the more common shooting settings. This allows you to spend more time shooting and less time flipping through the menu systems.
Composing and viewing your images is accomplished with either the pentaprism optical viewfinder or the 3.2-inch tilting LCD. The viewfinder offers full 100% field-of-view both horizontally and vertically with the FX-format imaging sensor. Dioptic adjustment allows anyone to adjust the viewfinder to their own eyesight. Camera and shooting information can be seen within the viewfinder thanks to a clear information screen. This screen even shows your AF points while shooting.

Your second option is to use the 1,229k dot, 3.2-inch LCD screen. This is responsible for all of your Live View shooting in both still and video shooting modes. It also allows you to see your shooting adjustments in real time, as the camera will show a preview of what it will capture on the screen. Its high resolution makes it great for spotting detail and checking focus on the go. For extreme lighting conditions, the brightness can be adjusted so that it is easy to see all the time.

If you are looking for a full-frame camera that stands above the rest on performance, than the D750 is worth a look. When turned on, it can capture its first image in just 4/10 of a second. Shutter lag and the AF system in good or just decent light is lightning fast, taking less than 1/10 of second. Live View on the other hand took roughly 1.5 seconds to focus and capture an image. In single shot mode, we were able to capture 5 images in just 1.2 seconds, but when we added the built-in flash it slowed to 6.3 seconds, giving you a delay of over a second between your shots. You will be able to fire much faster with an external Speedlite. For our high speed burst shooting test, we set the camera to f/4 at ISO 12,800. With these settings we were able to reach 6.9fps for approx. 30 images, surpassing the 6.5 that Nikon claims is possible. All of our tests were completed using a SanDisk Extreme UHS-1 32GB SDHC memory card, Program mode, ISO auto and all other settings at the factory defaults unless noted otherwise.

Shooting outdoors with D750 is a pleasure. The many lightning-fast AF modes and accurate metering modes work very well in just about every shooting situation, as well as the more challenging situations that we encountered during our Nikon Press trip. Our outdoor samples show everything that we would like to see from a top-shelf, full-frame dSLR. Its overall quality is outstanding with tack-sharp AF, incredibly accurate exposures and fantastic colors. Our outdoor images show very little if any image noise, and any image flaws or aberrations have been controlled very well or eliminated. The 24-120mm VR zoom lens that is available as the kit lens with camera gives you more versatility than a standard kit lens, while the f/4 maximum aperture allows for beautiful bokeh effect. We really enjoyed using this lens during the tests, and very few situations occurred where we were wishing for a different lens to shoot with.

Our indoor sample shots give us a much better look at the quality throughout the camera's ISO range. The camera performed amazingly through most of the ISO settings, not showing any noticeable noise until ISO 1600, where it started to show in some of the colors and shadows. ISO 6400 is where most of the fine details start to fade away and the image becomes less sharp when looking at 100%. Even at ISO 12,800 the noise level is very low for the setting, allowing it to be used when necessary. All of these settings will produce excellent prints with very little visible noise.

Assisting with your low-light images, the D750 features a small but powerful pop-up unit. This pop-up unit is also used as the commander flash to wirelessly trigger an external unit like the SB-500. We used several SB-500 units with multiple cameras at once while capturing the DSC_1423 and DSC_1452 sample images.

For the most part, shooting portraits with the D750 is just like any other dLSR, using the AF system or Manual focus and shooting through the optical viewfinder. Using Live View, however, allows the camera to use its face detection software. The camera is excellent at detecting and following faces, even those that are not directly facing the camera. This is an easy way to ensure that your focus and exposure are correct when you really need them to. It also makes it easy to shoot some difficult portrait shots, such as a night portrait.

On our trip we tried to put some of the camera's special shooting modes to the test. HDR worked well in many of our situations, as we had large variations in lighting conditions quite often. The camera gives some control over these images, allowing you to adjust the amount/intensity of the images that are captured. When combined they vary the strength of the final effect. Multiple exposure was fun, but did not offer the same amount of control, just allowing you to choose the number of images (2 or 3). We would also like to have been able to adjust the intensity of each image. Finally we got a feel for the selective color effect. Choosing up to three colors, the camera will get rid of the rest, creating a beautiful black and white image that shows off just the colors that you have picked.

Video shooting with the D750 truly entitles another review within itself, but here is the condensed version. This is one of the best dSLRs on the market for shooting video, providing the exact same features and functions as the D810. Along with capturing full 1080p HD video at up to 60fps, the camera also offers complete control over all aspects of the video. A slew of inputs and outputs allow for great features like external audio or attaching an external monitor. Some great time-lapse features are also available in the video menu. The D750's video quality is outstanding; providing crisp, clear video with great color that looks amazing when played back on a HDTV. As far as audio, the inputs allow for excellent audio recording, while the built-in stereo mic works the same as any other digital camera. It will pick up all of the sounds around the camera, including wind and background noises that take over the audio tracks.

Powering the D750 is a 7.0V, 1900mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. This battery is capable of capturing up to 1230 images on a single charge using CIPA standards, or up to 4420 images (no flash) according to Nikon's own testing methods. While using the camera, we were able to spend an entire day shooting without running out of power. This also includes a small amount of Live View, movie recording and viewing of images as well. A spare battery is always recommended, especially for long days of shooting. Nikon offers a battery grip that doubles the battery life of the camera by adding an additional battery. This also increases the size of the camera noticeably, which could make it a less comfortable for shooting and well as carrying. A single battery charger is included with the camera, making it easy to keep your battery and a spare or two charged and ready to go if you plan ahead.

Bottom Line - The Nikon D750 is a powerful FX-format (Full-Frame) dSLR that combines the high resolution of the 24.3-Megapixel sensor with the speed of an APS-C camera, capturing photos at up to 6.5fps. This large, but light-weight camera body is easy-to-carry and very comfortable to shoot with. Both image quality and performance really shine, making this camera a must-see for anyone looking to upgrade to an FX-Format camera, or just looking to replace an existing camera. With a MSRP of US $2,299.95, this is an average price for a mid-level full frame, and an excellent buy if you have a nice collection of Nikkor lenses to use with it.


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