Today Nikon introduced yet another full-frame DSLR, the Nikon D750. Featuring the same 51-point autofocus system as the D810 and the D4S, 24.3 MP sensor, 6.5 FPS of continuous shooting speed, built-in Wi-Fi, advanced movie recording options and a tilting screen, the camera packs quite a bit for its $2,299 MSRP price tag. Placed above the Nikon D610 and below the D810, the D750 has an interesting mix of features from both. On one hand, it has a slightly faster frame rate than the D810, a slightly tweaked focus system and pretty much all the movie recording features of the D810. On the other hand, with the exception of the tilting screen, its ergonomics and body build closely resemble the lower-end D610. So what is this camera and why the D750 name? Is it finally the Nikon D700 successor that many of us have been waiting for? Let’s take a closer look at the camera and talk about what has changed.
Many photographers have been waiting for a true D700 replacement, because they did not want the 36 MP D800/D810 cameras, or the inferior focus system and lower build of the D600/D610. In addition, many wildlife and sports shooters wanted to have a camera with less pixels and more speed, which these cameras simply did not provide. A true replacement for the D700 meant an “action” camera with a robust AF system, sufficient number of pixels, fast speed, large buffer, a pro build and superb ergonomics.
Sadly, the D750 does not address all of these concerns and thus cannot be called a true D700 successor. Although Nikon did deliver an updated autofocus system, the “Multi-CAM 3500 FX II” (rated down to -3EV), which is supposed to be more sensitive than the first version of the autofocus module found on the D810 and D4S, the camera is maxed out at 6.5 fps with or without a grip and its build and ergonomics resemble the D610/D7100 much more than the D700 or the D800/D810 series cameras. There is no dedicated AF-ON button, the top camera dial is very similar to the one found on the D600/D610/D7100 DSLRs, no remote or flash sync ports, smaller multi-button navigation control and other limitations of lower-end DSLRs. In addition, despite Nikon’s recent trend in removing the OLPF / anti-aliasing filter, the Nikon D750 still retains one. At the same time, the price point of $2,299 for this camera is not something one could really complain about. I could see a lot of anger in people if the D750 was priced at $3K, but at its current price, it seems like it will be a great value for many photographers, especially those that are considering moving up from DX cameras.
I will be honest – when I first heard about the D750, I was confused. I just could not make sense out of the D750 name. It has been 6 years since the D700 was introduced and considering that the current models for full-frame cameras are in their second iteration (D610 and D810), I wondered why Nikon did not simply name this camera the D710. But after I read the specs earlier today, I realized that giving it a D710 name would have made it look like a successor to the original D700, which it is obviously not. At the same time, given the price point of the camera and its features, I think D650 would have been a better choice, although perhaps Nikon did not want to associate it with a camera line that got a lot of negative press after it was introduced.
Personally, I welcome the introduction of the D750, because it will push the price of the D610 further down, making full-frame even more affordable. We have already seen D600 prices go as low as $1500 for refurbished models and looks like we will soon start seeing even higher price cuts, especially closer to the holiday season.
Let’s take a closer look at the Nikon D750 specifications:
Nikon D750 Specifications:
- Sensor: 24.3 MP FX, 5.9µ pixel size
- Sensor Size: 35.9 x 24mm
- Resolution: 6016 x 4016
- DX Resolution: 3936 x 2624
- Native ISO Sensitivity: 100-12,800
- Boost Low ISO Sensitivity: 50
- Boost High ISO Sensitivity: 25,600-51,200
- Processor: EXPEED 4
- Metering System: 3D Color Matrix Meter III with highlight weighted metering
- Dust Reduction: Yes
- Weather Sealing/Protection: Yes
- Body Build: Rear and Top Magnesium Alloy Covers
- White Balance: New White Balance System with up to 6 presets
- Shutter: Up to 1/4000 and 30 sec exposure
- Shutter Durability: 150,000 cycles, self-diagnostic shutter
- Storage: 2x SD slots
- Viewfinder Coverage: 100%
- Speed: 6.5 FPS
- Exposure Meter: 91,000 pixel RGB sensor
- Built-in Flash: Yes, with Commander Mode, full CLS compatibility
- Autofocus System: Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX II with Group Area AF
- AF Detection: Up to f/8 with 9 focus points (5 in the center, 2 on the left and right)
- LCD Screen: tilting 3.2 inch LCD with 1,229K dots
- Movie Modes: Full 1080p HD @ 60 fps max
- Movie Exposure Control: Full
- In-Camera HDR Capability: Yes
- Battery Type: EN-EL15
- Battery Life: 1230 shots
- USB Standard: 3.0
- Weight: 750g
- Dimensions: 141 x 113 x 78 mm (5.55 x 4.45 x 3.07″)
- Price: $2,299.95 MSRP
Note that the Nikon D750 only weighs 750 grams. Nikon indicated that they used carbon fiber and other lightweight material to reduce the camera’s weight, which makes the D750 actually a little lighter than the D610. If you are into flash photography, you might be disappointed to find out that the sync speed is limited to 1/200, just like on the D610.
Nikon D750 Product Information
Here is the official information from Nikon on the D750:
Bring your vision to life with Nikon’s first full-frame D-SLR to feature a tilting Vari-angle display and built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity. With pro-caliber video features inspired by the D810, the same autofocus and metering system used in the D4S and D810, a newly designed 24.3MP FX-format CMOS image sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor, the D750 delivers a feature set unlike D-SLRs its size. A monocoque design keeps the camera remarkably slim, compact and lightweight, and a control layout based on Nikon’s flagship cameras makes for comfortable, intuitive handling. The D750 will deliver superb performance.
Full-frame freedom, outstanding agility and the convenience of built-in Wi-Fi®.
For those who find inspiration everywhere, who switch between stills and video without missing a beat, who want the look only a full-frame D-SLR can achieve and who love sharing their shots, the D750 is the tool to unleash your artistry. With features inspired by D4S and D810, the D750 brings dazzling image quality, cinematic video capabilities and pro-inspired handling in a nimble design with a tilting Vari-angle LCD and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Enthusiasts upgrading from a DX-format D-SLR will marvel at the D750’s full-frame performance. Pros seeking a primary or secondary camera for fast-paced shoots will appreciate the D750’s familiar handling and speed. And filmmakers looking for a compact D-SLR to bring a production to life or to capture B-Roll will find the D750 a perfect fit. The D750 is a thrilling centerpiece of an exceptional imaging system.
Ignite your creative desires
A serious tool for serious shooters
The D750 has a feature set unlike full-frame D-SLRs its size. It uses the same autofocus and metering technology as the D4S and the D810—Nikon’s powerful 51-point AF system with 15 cross-type sensors and 3D Color Matrix Metering III with a 91,000-pixel RGB sensor. It’s fast and responsive; shoot 6.5 fps at full resolution. And it’s endlessly versatile; shoot stills in multiple formats, video with enhanced definition, smooth time-lapse sequences up to 9,999 shots in-camera and more—all with stunning sharpness and rich tonality. Open new compositional possibilities with its 3.2-inch 1,229k dot tilting Vari-angle LCD display, or use a compatible smartphone or tablet as a remote monitor for Live View shooting.
Take your passion to the next level
24.3MP FX-format sensor and EXPEED 4
Like every Nikon full-frame D-SLR, the D750 achieves a level of image quality few other manufacturers can match. Its newly designed 24.3MP FX-format CMOS image sensor is paired with EXPEED 4 image processing for fast frame rates, a low noise, wide ISO range of 100 to 12,800 (expandable up to ISO 51,200), Full HD video with enhanced definition and reduced noise at high ISO sensitivities, minimal moiré, jaggies and false colors and a Nikon first—autofocus performance down to -3EV. Paired with the versatile array of full-frame or DX-format NIKKOR lenses, the D750 is capable of telling any story you can imagine.
Cutting edge HD video capabilities
With professional video capabilities inspired by the D810 and an array of inputs and outputs, the D750 is as well-suited for recording daily life and events as it is for filmmaking and videography. Simultaneously record uncompressed and compressed Full HD 1080 footage at 60/50/30/25/24p. Manually control ISO, shutter speed and aperture while recording—even use Power Aperture control for smooth iris transitions and Auto ISO for smooth exposure transitions. Use Highlight Display with zebra stripes to confirm exposure, apply Flat Picture Control for easier color grading in post and record at low and high angles with the 3.2-inch tilting Vari-angle LCD.
Built-in Wi-Fi sharing and remote control
Sharing and transferring your favorite D750 photos is fast, easy and fun. Wirelessly connect to the D750 with a compatible smartphone or tablet, browse the camera’s memory card, download your favorite shots and then email them, text them or upload them to your favorite website. You can also use your smart device as a remote monitor and control for the D750—see what the camera sees and fire the shutter. For faster wireless transfers, transmit images over FTP using the WT-5A Wireless Transmitter + UT-1 Communication Unit. (Advanced shooters can use a web browser on a smartphone or tablet in HTTP mode to operate camera controls and begin Live View shooting.)
Enjoy the view
A first for a Nikon full-frame D-SLR, the D750 features a 3.2-inch 1,229 dot tilting Vari-angle LCD display. It has RGBW alignment and color balance customization, so it can be matched to an external monitor. Use it to shoot from high and low angles, to spot-select white balance during Live View shooting, to access the intuitively redesigned Info. display or to change settings quickly from the separate Photo Shooting and Movie Shooting menus. Match your view and your vision with the 100% coverage optical viewfinder, which has a bright, clear organic EL display system for making adjustments without taking your eye off the action.
- D750 Body Only
- EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
- MH-25A Battery Charger
- UC-E17 USB Cable
- AN-DC14 Strap
- BF-1B Body Cap
- DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
- DK-21 Rubber Eyecup
- NikonView NX2 CD ROM
Nikon D750 Images
Nikon D750 Marketing Material and Videos
Nikon D750 Product Tour:
Nikon D750 Power Unleashed:
Introducing the Nikon D750 HD-SLR:
Nikon D750: Unchained:
Nikon D750: Inspiration Unchained: