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“I am full freedom” Nikon D750 review is finally here. There are tons of other reviews or overviews out there, but they are usually based on the spec sheets and the press kit. Today, I am providing you a full owner’s review. I purchased the Nikon D750 in early February and used it since for professional works. A real world testing, weather sealing capability, personal thoughts, and more. Welcome to JYJ Photography and let’s get started with the review.

I started my photography career using Canon gears, but I had to switch to Nikon because Nikon D750 outperformed Canon DSLR’s at $2,000 range. Click the image on the right to see all my reasonings for the switch.

  Visit my blog to see all the reasons why I switched to Nikon from Canon.
Visit my blog to see all the reasons why I switched to Nikon from Canon.

Specifications

  • [FX] Full Frame ( 36mm X 24mm ) 24.3 Megapixel CMOS Sony Sensor
  • Max Image Resolution:  6016 X 4016
  • 100% Coverage Viewfinder with 0.7X Magnification
  • 6.5 Frames Per Second
  • 51 AF Points, 15 Cross Type, 11 AF Point supported on f/8
  • 91,000 RBG Metering Sensor
  • Low Light Focus Up to -3EV
  • TTL Phase Detection with 3D Focus Tracking via Multi-CAM 3500FX II
  • Native ISO 100 – 12,800 ( Expandable to 50 – 51,200 )
  • 1080p Video at 60/50/30/25/24 FPS
  • Expeed 4 Image Processor
  • Built in Wi-Fi
  • Tilt Screen

Nikon D750 is capable of anything that you can possibly imagine. I bolded some key features that make the D750 the best full frame DSLR on the market today. Nikon D750 have equal or better autofocusing system than both Nikon D4S or D810. Low light shooting is even better thanks to sensitive -3EV autofocusing system. 60 frames per second 1080p video recording is a plus for those seeking for videography in the future. But, the specifications doesn’t mean anything. Real world performance is more important. Let’s take a look.

 

Build Quality

Nikon D750 is made out of half magnesium alloy and half carbon reinforced thermoplastic (aka. carbon fiber). Back and top of the D750 is magnesium alloy, and front and bottom is carbon fiber. Even with this rather complicated construction, it features weather sealing gaskets throughout the body. Although Nikon D750 is half metal and half plastic, it is tough and rugged.

 

Autofocusing & Low Light Capabilties

I am portrait and wildlife photographer, and autofocusing must be precise and accurate for me to create sharp images. So far, in my experiences, I had no problems with autofocusing. Even with old school screw driver autofocusing system using 80-200mm f/2.8ED, it is fast and super accurate.

Darkness is no longer an issue for you to take pictures using D750. Whether it is indoor or night time, this camera will focus in the dark. Nikon D750 will get you the shot you want under any circumstances.

I was inside the cave at Calico Basin shooting portraits. Couple of iPhone flash lights were used to brighten up the cave. This image was shot at ISO 8,000, and we are yet to see hardly any noises.

 

ISO Performance

ISO performance is the reason why photographers pay premium for a camera. Along with great low light autofocusing performance, Nikon D750 also have stunning ISO performance. It beats Canon 5D Mark iii and Nikon D4S in my opinion.

ISO performance of Nikon D750 is certainly unbeatable. Image on the top is ISO 8000, and is very usable. Image on the right is ISO 2000, and is as clean as ISO 800. I was afraid of using ISO 800 when I had Canon 7D, but now, I am not afraid to use high ISO.

 

Weather Sealing

Not everyone is comfortable putting their camera under the extreme weather condition. I was not comfortable with it either, but I decided to test out the weather sealing myself. Raining in Las Vegas is quite rare, but lucky me, we had some series of rain. I was out in the rain for good 15-20 minutes constantly shooting. Nikon 50mm f/1.8G is only partially weather sealed, so I had to wipe the waters off around the focus ring.

I guess the weather sealing really works, because my camera didn’t die. I was little bit worried on top display and the buttons, but none of them are affected by the rain. Good work Nikon.

Please do not try! Although professional cameras are built to withstand, it is still sensitive electronic device. 

 

Image Quality

Image quality is very subjective matter because everyone has different standards. Even so, if I were to talk about image quality, it is simply fantastic. 14.5 stops of dynamic range allows you to create mind blowing images and shadow recovery is at its finest. You can recover any colors or details from the shadow or blown highlight. From landscape to portrait photography, Nikon D750 does an amazing job.

 

Personal Thoughts & Conclusion

I’ve used many different cameras so far. I was lucky enough to use Canon 40D, Canon 7D and Mark ii, Canon 5D Mark iii, Nikon D750, and Nikon D4S. Out of all, I can comfortably say Nikon D750 is the best choice. I still miss the full magnesium alloy body and its rugged grip on 7D Mark ii. I still miss the metallic shutter sound of Canon 5D Mark iii. I still miss crazy 11 frames per second burst on D4S. But, for practicality and usability, Nikon D750 is all around the best performer.

I hope this review informed you something about the Nikon D750. If you have any questions regarding Nikon D750, please let me know! Use the links below to go to Amazon.


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You can purchase Nikon D750 at Amazon. Use the link below to be redirected. Refurbished models are priced at $1,665 at Nikon USA website.

  • Comments
    • Yes and no. Back of the screen is weather sealed to protect from water getting into the display module. Cables are steel reinforced, but I have not heard it being fully weather sealed. If you are worried about it, make sure to close the screen all the way.

  • Hmm is anyone else encountering problems
    with the pictures on this blog loading? I’m trying to figure out if
    its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.

    Any responses would be greatly appreciated.

    • I am still in process of switch from Squarespace to WordPress. Many images weren’t fully automatically transferred over, so many old blog posts may have issues with images.
      Within few weeks most blog should have correct set of images. Thank you so much!

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