The release of the Nikon D750 camera was met with mixed reactions because of the confusion surrounding its abilities. Many prosumer camera enthusiasts didn’t think it fit that niche like the D300 series cameras. Others noted that the D750 was not in the mirrorless frame format. Still other people wanted nothing to do with the D750 because they thought that it did not build on the good features of the D600 cameras.
Nikon’s statement that touted the camera’s pro features seemed to fall on deaf ears. However, fast forward to today, and the D750 has proved itself as a capable camera. In this article, we will slice and dice the Nikon D750, compare it with its competitors, and explain why we think that it one of the best DSLR cameras you can buy.
What Is the Nikon D750?
The Nikon D750 camera is a DSLR camera that is a cross between consumer cameras and professional cameras. Regarding features, it ranks midway between the consumer model, the Nikon D610, and the professional model, the Nikon D810. The D750 camera has a 24 MP sensor and looks small for a camera with such abilities. The Nikon D750 is, in fact slightly smaller than inferior cameras like the D600 and the D610.
Physical Design - While previous Nikon consumer cameras have a rigid metal alloy frame at the back and a plastic front, the D750 replaces the plastic on the front with carbon fiber. This camera is weather sealed just like the D810.
Nikon claims that its structure is both water- and dust-resistant, but we urge users to tread with care when using the camera in wet conditions as this camera--or any other DSLR--is not water-proof. In fact, a careful look at the camera reveals that the card-slot and other spots on the camera may be vulnerable to moisture.
Regarding physical appearance, the D750 has a pronounced resemblance to the D610, but it also has several minor changes. Unlike the D610, the D750’s top LCD is smaller and some buttons are in different places.
You will also quickly notice that the rear LCD can be tilted up and down and has 1.3m dots, an increase from the 910k on the D610. The camera has a plastic cap that can be strapped on the neck to cover the eyepiece. This, in our view, is not ideal.
Buttons and Menus - Like many consumer DSLRs, the Nikon D750 has a mode dial and not buttons for Scene Exposure modes. There are no dedicated buttons for White balance, ISO, and Auto Focus.
But don’t let the lack of buttons for those features deceive you into thinking that those features are missing: the menus do have professional grade features, including interval shooting, re-assigning ISO, multiple exposures, and more. The camera also has a U1 and U2 position on the mode dial for programming the menu.
Performance - Compared to professional cameras, there are some features in which the Nikon D750 is clearly lacking. Its shutter’s maximum speed is 1/4000 of a second and it can only sync with flash to 1/200. But the built-in flash still has 39ft GN.
The camera uses a 91k-pixel sensor for metering and a 51-point autofocus system, which are features we are more used to seeing on pro models. The D750 autofocus system performs so well in low light conditions that even some pro cameras can’t compete.
This camera's continuous shooting is not impressive, though, and the maximum is a paltry 6.5 fps. The shutter is good, with the worst case being 87 shots with JPEG format and 15 shots with raw files.
Nikon’s sensor has a base ISO of 100 and a maximum of 12,800, with the possibility to set 50, 25,600 and 51,200 in the options. The sensor supports auto ISO and has an AA filter. If you use DX crop, you can obtain 10.33MP images.
Audio/Video Recording and Connectivity - This camera has decent video recording abilities, and it supports several video formats including 1080p and 720p at 60, 50, 30, 25, and 24 fps. It has an external mic and headset jacks located on the side, and it has a whole menu reserved for video settings.
You can also manually control exposure while recording video, a feature more associated with pro cameras. The D750 has built-in Wi-Fi and you can easily control the camera via Nikon’s Android or iOS apps.
The Nikon D750 costs about $$. You can buy this camera at Amazon, B&H, Nikon’s official store, among other stores.
How It Compares
We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.
- Full frame 243 megapixel CMOS image sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor
- Full HD 60/50/30/25/24p video
- Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and compatibility with the WT-5a + UT-1 Communication Unit
- Shoot up to 65 fps at full resolution Frame size (pixels) : 1920 x 1080
- Pro Video feature set including: Simultaneously record uncompressed and compressed, Manually control ISO, shutter speed and aperture while recording-even use Power Aperture control for smooth iris transitions and Auto ISO for smooth exposure transitions
At around $$, the D750 is in the same price range as its fierce rival, the Canon 6D MII
EASE OF USE
The Nikon D750 has a litany of features that are not available on other prosumer cameras. But unlike pro cameras, which have dedicated easy-to-use buttons for many of the features, the D750 buries many of those pro-grade features in the dial and menus. This makes it a bit difficult to use, especially when using the camera for the first few times.
The Nikon D750 is a beast of a camera when it comes to performance. The battery is good and will do over 1300 shots unless Wi-Fi is activated. This camera also has an autofocus system that beats that of the likes of the Nikon D800Es and Nikon D810s, and it focuses significantly faster than the Nikon D610.
This camera does not disappoint when it comes to write speeds and achieves incredible write speeds of up to 95 mbps on SD cards (if you use a 10 UHS-1 card). The 24MP sensor is also pretty good although it doesn’t seem much different from that of the D610. Also, the amp-type noise, JPEG renderings are better on the D750 than on the D610.
Nikon improved on its consumer cameras when designing this camera, replacing the plastic front with carbon fiber. The D750 is a well-designed camera that should get the job done for years.
Nikon D750 comes with a one-year warranty unless you buy an extended warranty.
Sony A7 II
- World's first 5-axis in-body image stabilization in a full-frame camera.
- Use your favorite lenses without blur from camera shake.
- Capture stunning images with full-frame, 24.3MP resolution.
- Fast hybrid AF with phase-detection - 30% faster than a7.
- Viewfinder Type:0.5-type electronic viewfinder (colour)
The Sony Alpha A7 II is a full-frame mirrorless camera. Perhaps the most popular feature of this camera is image-stabilization. Like the Nikon D750, this camera’s sensor is 24 MP. This camera uses a hybrid auto-focus system with 117 phase-detection and 25 contrast points. The camera has an E-mount that supports FE, E, and A-mount lenses.
The Sony A7 II is built with the Bionz X image processor, and like the D750, it has a tilting LCD with an impressive 2.36M dot OLED viewfinder. The A7 II has good video recording abilities and is capable of recording in 1080p up to 50 Mbps using the XAVC S codec. The camera is equipped with Wi-Fi and can be controlled through apps.
The Sony A7 II can be bought for about $.
EASE OF USE
The camera has some dedicated buttons including the one for AF/MF but, like the Nikon D750, others functions targeted towards professionals like Exposure and ISO are buried under a dial and in the menu.
The Sony A7 II produces decent shots. Its 117 point phase-detection AF is pretty fast. The camera also starts up fast. However, this camera disappoints in the performance of its battery. The battery life of this Sony camera is a paltry 350 shots. This camera can record video in 1080p in XAVC S, AVCHD and MP4.
The Sony A7 II is covered with a solid and all-metal frame with a stainless steel lens mount and a 5-axis SteadyShot.
This camera has a one-year warranty
Pentax K-1 II
- 36 MP AA filter-less shake reduction sensor with APS-C crop mode for compatibility with Pentax k-mount lenses
- Hand Held Pixel Shift Resolution that allows 4 images to be complied into an superior image with increased color rendition and sharpness
- Engine Accelerometer for reduced image noise, faster focusing and increased image sharpness
- Magnesium Alloy, Weather Resistant body for every demanding situation
- Astro-tracer extended exposure mode with reduced star trails
The Pentax K-1 Mark II is a weather-sealed full-frame DSLR camera with a 36MP sensor. The camera has a built-in GPS with a compass and Astrotracer function. The camera is equipped with Wi-Fi.
One of the most popular features on this camera is the Shake Reduction II system. This camera is sturdy and has some controls that include extended exposure modes and scissor action articulating rear screen. The camera is built on the PRIME IV image processor.
The Pentax K-1 II costs around $$$ on B&H.
EASE OF USE
Although feature rich, most of these features are hidden away in dials and menus.
Overall, the Pentax K-1 II is a high-quality camera. It has an incredible image stabilization system, dubbed Shake Reduction II System by Pentax. However, its shooting speed is disappointing with a maximum of just 4.4fps.
This camera looks ancient, but it has a solid build with several well-built controls.
This camera has a one-year warranty.
Canon 6D MII
- 26.2 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor
- Optical Viewfinder with a 45-point All Cross-type AF System. Compatible Lenses: Canon EF lenses (excluding EF-S and EF-M lenses)
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-detection & Full HD 60p
- DIGIC 7 Image Processor, ISO 100-40000. GPS, Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth low energy
- Vary-angle Touch Screen, 3.0-inch LCD
The Canon 6D Mark II is a 26 MP semi-professional DSLR camera built with a full-frame body. The camera has a 35.9 x24 mm sensor. You can shoot with a maximum resolution of 6240 x4160 pixels with this camera. This camera has a fully articulated 3” touchscreen selfie-friendly LCD screen with a 1,040k dots resolution.
The camera has an optical viewfinder with a 98 percent coverage and a maximum shutter speed of 6.5 fps. One of the obvious features that is lacking on this camera is a built-in flash.
But the camera is equipped with a flash shoe on which you can mount an external one. The AF system of this camera has 45 focus points, and the camera has the intelligent face detection feature.
In the video recording arena, this camera can record in full HD at 24p-60p fps and bit rates of up to 60 Mbps in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats. The camera has a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The Canon 6D MII has a has a good battery and can shoot 1200 shots on one charge.
The Canon 6D MII costs about $$.
EASE OF USE
The combination of buttons, dials, and touchscreen LCD makes it useable in several situations.
This camera’s sensor and auto-focus abilities are comparable to the Nikon D750. It also has a good battery that can shoot 1200 photos.
This 765g, 144 x111x 75 mm camera is well built. It is weather resistant and can withstand the rigors of semi-professional use.
This camera comes with a one-year warranty.
The Nikon D750 is one of the best DSLR cameras semi-professional users can buy. It’s fast write speeds of up to 94 MP, super-fast auto-focus speeds, tilting LCD, and a quality battery that lasts over 1300 shots make it a prize for serious photographers.
Users who want a higher resolution sensor may consider buying Pentax’s K-1 II. But apart from its 36 MP sensor, there are no other vital areas in which the K-1 II edges out either the Canon 6D MII or the Nikon D750.
We believe that ultimately, the search for a good camera for semi-professional users should focus on the Nikon D750 and the Canon 6D MII. This is, perhaps, not surprising given the two company’s historical dogfights in the DSLR market. Although, the Canon 6D MII’s 26 MP sensor edges out the D750’s 24 MP sensor. We believe that the D750 is a slightly better camera overall.
Consumer users who don’t want to spend too much on a camera and don’t mind buying a mirrorless camera can settle for the Sony A7 II. But be prepared to put up with dramatically diminished performance regarding battery life, image quality, and other issues that automatically come because of the mirrorless technology of the Sony A7 II.