Nikon’s D750 is an FX-format DSLR aimed at advanced and pro shooters, with a feature list cherry-picked from other DSLRs in the company’s lineup, plus some new ones that provide adept enthusiasts with the powerful combination of pro-caliber photo and video features with image quality.
Nikon’s 51-point AF system, the same used on Nikon’s high-end DSLRs, is on board. The Advanced Multi-Cam 3500-FX II AF focus system also tracks fast moving wildlife or sports, even at the rapid, high-speed burst rate of 6.5 frames per second (fps), at full resolution. Similar to the Nikon D4S, the D750 features the 91,000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Meter III and its fast AF system uses 15 cross-type AF sensors for enhanced accuracy, with 11 cross-type sensors that are fully functional up to f/8.
In addition to normal, wide area, face priority and subject tracking AF modes, the D750 also features the new Group Area AF mode for enhanced accuracy. Challenging light such as a poorly lit wedding reception is also no problem for the D750, says the company, as the AF system has been improved with the ability to lock on to subjects in as little as -3 EV illumination, a first for any Nikon DSLR.
The D750 is Nikon’s first FX-format DSLR with a tilting Vari-Angle LCD, with robust construction to meet the needs of working in the field. The 3.2-inch high-resolution screen tilts to accommodate shooting overhead, at waist level and is ideal for shooting photos or HD video on a tripod.
For those serious about using a DSLR for video, the D750 delivers the same level of functionality found in the D810, with the maximum amount of manual control that’s essential for production applications.
The D750 features a newly developed 24.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, said to deliver rich colours, beautiful gradation and a vast dynamic range.
The new camera features the Expeed 4 image processing engine, similar to the pro-level D810 and D4S. In addition to increasing energy efficiency and performance, Expeed 4 contributes to the overall image excellence with noise reduction performance and other benefits.
The broad ISO range extends from 100-12,800, expandable from (Lo-1) 50 to (Hi-2) 51,200.
Highlight Weighted Metering is said to be ideal for capturing stage performances and events, preventing blown-out highlights in photo and video.
The D750 also features the latest generation of Nikon’s Advanced Picture Control settings. The “Clarity” setting enhances midtones to emphasize intense image details and “Flat” Picture control is used for a broad tonal range, which is ideal for photo and video applications. Picture controls are also customizable in .25 increments, for maximum versatility in any shooting situation.
The D750 features the same level of advanced video functionality as the D810. The camera can capture video in Full HD 1920×1080 resolution at 60/30/24p and gives videographers and multimedia artists full manual control, including aperture adjustment. Like the D810, the Power Aperture feature provides smooth transitions while adjusting the aperture during recording, and in manual mode, users can control shutter speed and ISO.
Video footage can be recorded to the dual SD memory card slots, or simultaneously output to an external recorder or monitor via HDMI for a variety of applications. Camera operators will also enjoy features such as headphone and microphone jacks, Zebra stripes to spot overexposed areas, as well as the ability to select frequency ranges for the internal stereo microphone. For time lapse, the camera utilizes Exposure Smoothing, a feature that creates balanced exposure transitions between frames when using the time lapse or intervalometer feature.
The D750 is Nikon’s first full frame DSLR to include built-in Wi-Fi. Using Nikon’s free Wireless Mobile Utility App, users can connect with their compatible mobile device, such as a smart phone or tablet. Once connected, a tap on the screen engages autofocus, while the camera can be triggered remotely, making it easy to position the camera in areas where access could be difficult. Once downloaded, users can also utilize popular applications and social networks to share images. The feature can also be used to scout and send location photos to clients, or instantly deliver photos processed with the in-camera editing features.
For professional photographers and videographers, the camera also has the capability to transmit images over FTP using the WT-5a wireless transceiver plus the UT-1 Communications Unit. With these optional accessories, the camera can be triggered and controls operated in HTTP mode using the web browser of a mobile device. Live view as well as start/stop recording can also be enabled remotely, providing the ability to capture otherwise impossible footage, for example when the camera is mounted on a crane.
The camera is manufactured using a “monocoque” structural skin technique, which adopts durable carbon fiber for the front body and front cover, and resilient magnesium alloy for the rear cover and top cover. The structure is also sealed and gasketed to resist dust and moisture, and the shutter has been tested to 150,000 cycles. To further enhance build quality, the LCD screen is joined to the camera using a durable three-axis metal mount, designed to withstand the rigours of professional use. Users can also opt to compose through a bright viewfinder with 100% frame coverage, with shooting info displayed using organic EL illumination.
For those upgrading from a DX-format lens system the D750 can also shoot in DX mode at 10.3-megapixels. The camera is compatible with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS) using the camera’s built in flash to control remote Speedlights for creative lighting possibilities. The new MB-D16 battery pack will also be released with the camera, to provide users with extended battery life as well as a functional vertical grip.
You won’t have long to wait for the camera; it’s due to hit retail late this month. The Nikon D750 DSLR will be available on September 25, says Nikon Canada, at a suggested price (MSRP) of $2,549.95 for the body only. The D750, kitted with the AF-S NIKKOR 24-120 mm f/4 VR lens, will be available at an MSRP of $3,299.95 beginning October 16. This slots the camera between the D610 and D800.