It has not been 3 months since Nikon released the long-awaited update to the D800 / D800E cameras with the D810 announcement and we now have another camera in Nikon’s full-frame line-up. Without a doubt, the Nikon D750 is a very capable camera and most likely will be quite popular for a while. Thanks to its updated high-end autofocus system, which is supposed to deliver even better results than the high-end Nikon DSLRs (including the Nikon D810 and D4S), and excellent detection range of -3 EV, the D750 will be a tool of choice for many Nikon shooters. With its attractive price of $2300 MSRP, one might wonder what feature differences there are between the new D750 and the Nikon D810, which we highly praised in our 9 page review. While our upcoming tests and review will show image quality and other differences, meanwhile, let’s take a look at how the two compare in terms of specifications and ergonomics / handling.
Let’s take a look at how the two cameras compare in terms of specifications:
Nikon D750 vs D810 Specification Comparison
|Camera Feature||Nikon D750||Nikon D810|
|Sensor Resolution||24.3 Million||36.3 Million|
|Sensor Pixel Size||5.9µ||4.88µ|
|Low Pass Filter||Yes||No|
|Dust Reduction / Sensor Cleaning||Yes||Yes|
|Image Size||6,016 x 4,016||7,360 x 4,912|
|Base ISO||ISO 100||ISO 64|
|Native ISO Sensitivity||ISO 100-12,800||ISO 64-12,800|
|Boosted ISO Sensitivity||ISO 50, ISO 25,600-51,200||ISO 32, ISO 25,600-51,200|
|Image Processor||EXPEED 4||EXPEED 4|
|sRAW File Support||No||Yes|
|Viewfinder Type||Pentaprism||Pentaprism with improved coatings|
|Viewfinder Coverage||100%, 0.70x||100%, 0.70x|
|Viewfinder Eyepoint||21mm (-1.0 m¯¹)||17mm (-1.0 m¯¹)|
|Built-in Flash||Yes, with flash commander mode||Yes, with flash commander mode|
|Storage Media||2x SD||1x CF, 1x SD|
|Electronic Front-Curtain Shutter||No||Yes|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||6.5 FPS||5 FPS, 6 FPS in DX mode, 7 FPS with MB-D12 battery grip|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 to 30 sec||1/8000 to 30 sec|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/200||1/250|
|Shutter Durability||150,000 cycles||200,000 cycles|
|Exposure Metering Sensor||91,000-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering III||91,000-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering III|
|Highlight Weighted Metering||Yes||Yes|
|Full aperture metering during Live View for stills||Yes||Yes|
|Spot White Balance in Live View||Yes||Yes|
|Preset White Balance||1-6 possible||1-6 possible|
|Autofocus System||Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX II||Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX|
|Number of AF Points||51 AF points, 15 cross-type||51 AF points, 15 cross-type|
|Detection Range||-3 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 68°F/20°C)||-2 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 68°F/20°C)|
|AF Detection||Up to f/8 (11 AF points)||Up to f/8 (11 AF points)|
|Video Output||MOV, Compressed and Uncompressed||MOV, Compressed and Uncompressed|
|Video Maximum Record Time||20 min in 60p, 30 min in 30p||20 min in 60p, 30 min in 30p|
|Video Maximum Resolution||1920×1080 (1080p) @ 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p||1920×1080 (1080p) @ 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p|
|Audio Recording||Built-in stereo microphone|
External stereo microphone (optional)
|Built-in stereo microphone|
External stereo microphone (optional)
|Highlight Display (Zebra Stripes) in Live View||Yes||Yes|
|Interval Timer Exposure Smoothing||Yes||Yes|
|Timelapse Exposure Smoothing||Yes||Yes|
|Number of Images in Timelapse / Int Timer||9,999||9,999|
|LCD Size and Type||3.2″ diagonal TFT-LCD Tilting||3.2″ diagonal TFT-LCD|
|LCD Resolution||1,229,000 dots||1,229,000 dots|
|One Click Zoom||Yes||Yes|
|Picture Control||Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat||Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat|
|Exposure Bracketing||2 to 5 frames in steps of 2 or 3 EV|
2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
|2 to 5 frames in steps of 2 or 3 EV|
2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
|White Balance Bracketing||2-9 exposures in 1, 2 or 3EV increments||2-9 exposures in 1, 2 or 3EV increments|
|Wi-Fi Functionality||Built-in||Eye-Fi Compatible, WT-4a|
|Battery||EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery||EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery|
|Battery Life||1,230 shots (CIPA)||1200 shots (CIPA)|
|Battery Charger||MH-25a Quick Charger||MH-25a Quick Charger|
|Weather Sealed Body||Yes||Yes|
|Weight (Body Only)||26.5 oz. (750g)||31.1 oz. (880g)|
|Dimensions||140.5 x 113 x 78mm||146 x 123 x 81.5mm|
|MSRP Price||$2,299 (as introduced)||$3,299 (as introduced)|
Unlike the D750 vs D610 comparison chart, where the D750 proved to be better in every way, the situation with the Nikon D810 is a bit different. First of all, there are big differences in sensor technology between these cameras. The Nikon D810 has a very high resolution 36.3 MP sensor, while the D750 has a 24.3 MP sensor. While we cannot yet draw any conclusions in terms of image quality differences, I am sure differences won’t be dramatic once images are down-sampled to the same resolution. Sensor technology has matured to the level where most sensors behave similarly, so I doubt that Nikon has done something different this time with the D750. The D810 will most likely hold its dynamic range crown with its impressive performance at ISO 64 and its pixel-level sharpness will be superior, thanks to the omission of the optical low-pass filter (OLPF). At its native resolution, the Nikon D750 is 1.5 fps faster than the D810, although the latter can potentially get up to 7 fps in DX mode. Sadly, the D750 does not offer any speed increase with the battery grip.
The Nikon D810 also leads in terms of maximum shutter speed (1/8000), flash sync speed (1/250) and shutter durability. The D810 also has the ability to shoot in sRAW mode, whereas the D750 does not have this capability (although as we have demonstrated in our previous articles, using the sRAW format is not a wise choice).
Let’s see how the two compare in terms of buffer capacity. The below chart is extracted from this page:
|DSLR||Image Type||FX Size||DX Size||FX Buffer||DX Buffer||Cont. Shoot|
|Nikon D750||NEF (RAW), Lossless compressed, 12-bit||21.0 MB||10.5 MB||25||100||3.8 sec|
|Nikon D810||NEF (RAW), Lossless compressed, 12-bit||31.9 MB||14.6 MB||47||100||9.4 sec|
|Nikon D750||NEF (RAW), Lossless compressed, 14-bit||26.9 MB||13.1 MB||15||48||2.3 sec|
|Nikon D810||NEF (RAW), Lossless compressed, 14-bit||40.7 MB||18.3 MB||28||97||5.6 sec|
|Nikon D750||NEF (RAW), Compressed, 12-bit||19.2 MB||9.8 MB||33||100||5.1 sec|
|Nikon D810||NEF (RAW), Compressed, 12-bit||29.2 MB||13.3 MB||58||100||11.6 sec|
|Nikon D750||NEF (RAW), Compressed, 14-bit||23.9 MB||11.9 MB||21||100||3.2 sec|
|Nikon D810||NEF (RAW), Compressed, 14-bit||36.3 MB||16.4 MB||35||100||7.0 sec|
|Nikon D750||JPEG Fine (Large)||12.6 MB||6.2 MB||87||100||13.4 sec|
|Nikon D810||JPEG Fine (Large)||18.1 MB||8.6 MB||100||100||20.0 sec|
Based on the above, it is pretty clear that despite the slower speed of the D810, it would be a much more suitable tool for continuous shooting. The D750 has smaller files and yet its buffer is the same as on the D600/D610 cameras, fitting just 15 RAW files in 14-bit Lossless Compressed format. The D810 lasts about twice longer in pretty much every RAW mode.
When it comes to ergonomics, the D810 is a very comfortable camera to use. As you can see in the comparison image on the top of the page, the D810 has a slightly curved grip, which fits my hands perfectly. When compared to my D800E, the D810 is much more comfortable to hand-hold – its ergonomics are truly excellent. And although Nikon pointed out that the grip on the D750 has also been extended a bit more for comfort, I doubt that its smaller size and lack of curvy edges would provide similar experience. Due to space issues, Nikon moved the Function button way lower and closer to the mount on the D610/D750, which is not very easy to get to, especially with thick mount lenses.
The back of the camera is where one would notice differences in ergonomics and handling. Nikon decided to make the back of the D750 a lot like the D610 rather than the D810. There is no AF-ON button and if one chooses to use the AE-L / AF-L for focusing, it is located a bit too far from the rear dial, which is not a very comfortable location. Also, instead of the large and comfortable multi-selector switch, there is a smaller, plastic version that is not as comfortable to use. At the same time, Nikon definitely made the D750 more comfortable to hand-hold than the D600/D610 cameras. The side door got textured rubber just like the D810 and the grip got extended, as noted above.
Where the D750 clearly stands out is smaller and lighter camera body, superior autofocus system (although that remains to be seen), better focus detection range, tilting LCD screen, better exposure bracketing options, built-in Wi-Fi, slightly better battery life and best of all – a thousand dollar difference. In addition, I really love the U1 / U2 memory bank system on the D600/D610/D750 cameras. I rarely ever use the bank system on my higher-end cameras, because they cannot be saved and switching between banks is more painful, as there are two separate sets of banks in the menu system.
So which one to choose? I would say that depends on your priorities and budget. For a landscape or architecture shooter, the answer is pretty clear – the D810 is the way to go. For everyone else, the D750 is going to be an excellent choice. The reality is, most people don’t need 36 megapixels, so instead of spending $1K towards a better camera, why not spend it on better glass? I would pick a D750 with the 20mm f/1.8G, 35mm f/1.8G and 50mm f/1.8G any time over a D810 with the 28-300mm. Oh boy, I hope John Sherman does not read this, or he will be prepping a part 3 to his last post and I will not stand a chance!
Hi I am thinking about buying a camera for wedding shoot and traveling photography. But I am confuse which camera is better
D810 IS the CHAMP!!!
(Sorry mu inglish… )
I have a big problem with the dust on the d750. As to think rid myself of it. Even after going to Nikon cleaning, it is certain that the dust is still there, different but it seems even worse.
I do not know if the d810 also have this problem. But I have seen, people complaining about the same problem in d750. Can you say something about this?!?
The d750 appears to be the best camera in the Nikon lineup. I actually like the carbon fiber body, dampens vibrations as I use a tripod often and I like type 24 megapixel. 36 is great for portraits, 24 great for landscapes, handheld photography and everything else. Nikon just has to get their qc. Department in line.
Nasim.. I would like to know how D750 stands against D810 in built quality department, though both are mentioned as ‘weather sealed’
Sayed, while we are awaiting Nasim’s comment to your question I thought I would add my comment. I am currently shooting with the D750 almost exclusively. I find the build quality to be very good and my cameras, depending upon assignment, take a bit of a beating. (Should I decide to sell the bodies at some time, I will never get pristine price.) I used the D-4s for many years but that camera was overkill for me so I switched to the D800e and then the D810. Although the D810 is a wonder in certain situations I found it to be more than needed 85% of the time and therefore I sold mine and opted for a three body kit of D750’s.
If you indeed shoot sports or like outdoor wildlife or landscape work, my advice to you, weather sealed or not, is to obtain several rain coats for your camera lens combinations and have them with you when necessary. If you do not want to spend the money for the high priced, high end rain coats, B&H Photo, carries a line of plastic disposable ones in their Rugged line. They make them to fit all size camera lens combinations and there is one that will also fit over an installed flash unit.
I think the D750 has become my go to camera because…to coin an old expression from the Timex watch company…it takes a licking and keeps on ticking. The D750 isn’t usually the problem in crowds of people of other photographers for me, it always the lenses I worry about. No matter what you spend on a lens, it can always get knocked out of commission faster than the D750 body will.
Thank you Mike.. your detailed answer is appreciated. Actually I’m an enthusiast, not a pro. I’ve one more doubt. Suppose we use Nikon D750 in crop mode (DX). Then equivalent focal length will be multiplied by 1.5. My question is that how this will affect to other aspects such as DoF, High ISO quality etc.? Can we enjoy the qualities of FF sensor in DX mode? Does the DX mode in D750 degrade image quality? Sorry for my poor knowledge in this regard
Sayed, I’m glad you found my response useful. To address further the new questions I have to say that as a pro, I use lenses of focal length that get me the results I want in FX. I have played with the DX mode several times and let me say actually, dropping down to DX from FX doesn’t really change the focal length but rather the Field of View, giving the appearance of greater focal length. Another consideration here is when dropping down to DX you also drop the number of megapixels. Although image quality is not degraded that much, depending upon the enlargement size of the final print, you will not obtain the exact same resolution as you would from the full FX 24mp sensor. Keep in mind also that the D750 has three modes of use.Certainly there is the FX full frame,the DX at 1.5 and another 1.2 mode,each will sacrifice megapixels but useful to play with.
As for the high ISO compatibility I’ve shot at hight ISO in each mode and find hight quality resolution with very low noise in each.
Sorry for the strange look of this reply. I must have hit some button on the keyboard and it screwed up the printing
Sayed, looks like posting fixed the strange look of my text. Never mind. LOL
I have both the 750 and the 810 they both have their purpose I shoot my 810 for portrait and landscape and my wife uses the 750 for wedding and for sports though either camera is very capable of both the image quality is certainly better of the 810 if you are on focus if not its not forgiving the 750 is on point and though I like both I am a big handed guy so the 810 works for me
I have both 750 and 810 love them both except the eye piece on the 750 falls of when packing in the bag at times. I can say the extra Mp of the 810 can be a bakin saver and a curse when it come to focus not as forgiving as the 750 depends what you are shooting off the three legs definitely the 810 night or day holding a 80-400 shooting sport use the 750 thats my findings and honest opinion.
Nasim, thanks for your comparison.
Now, I have my D750 in reparing its shutter problems. This camera also had a problema when was launched last year. Too many problems. That’s because I’, thinking of changing to D810. What do you recommend?. I use my camera every weekendo for sport (Spanish football of my son) and portraits and still life. Thaks for your suggestions !!
Which camera would you recommend for Wildlife photography.
If its too good to be true, it is probably a scam. They have probably stripped everything out of the box (battery, battery charger, strap, eyepiece shield, and rubber eye-cup and will try to sell them to you separately at an inflated price. Somehow they are going to try to make the original price of the camera by pressuring you to by something.