NIKON'S D750 is being hailed as the new leader in its class, and for good reason.
It's a superb camera built for high-speed action, high resolution photography, as well as the most difficult of low light situations.
And the video quality is something to be seen.
I put the D750 to the test in a variety of difficult situations, including a memorial service for a friend, an open microphone night in a local pub, an engagement party, a school production and graduation (video snippet above), and an early morning sunrise on the beach.
For performance, image quality and value for money, it is certainly one of the most impressive sub-professional cameras around.
At about $2500 just for the body, this camera is not aimed at the casual shooter.
Its specs are designed to suit those looking to step up in the world of photography.
The D750, includes better photo quality, new autofocus and metering, faster continuous shooting, 1080/60p video, built in Wi-Fi, a tilting LCD, better battery life and USB 3.0 support.
It is also has the smallest and lightest body among the Nikon FX-format models.
It offers 24.3 megapixel shooting and up to 6.5 frame per second continuous shooting for up to 100 JPEG shots.
With that sort of fire-power, if you are trigger-happy you will certainly appreciate the dual SD card slots.
The camera's slimmer body layout includes a new handgrip with added depth for a more secure, and very comfortable hold.
Even at a very dim -3 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F), a level at which the human eye has difficulty seeing, the D750 performs well.
In addition to single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, and auto-area AF modes, it features the same new group-area AF mode as that employed by the D4S and D810.
While dynamic-area AF uses only one initial AF point, group-area AF utilizes five AF points simultaneously, like a net.
This allows you to focus sharply even on an unpredictably moving subject, while avoiding unintentional focus on the background.
Shooting movies with the D750
Nikon says the D750 is the its first camera to feature a specially designed movie-shooting menu with preset control settings, ideal for creating cinematic quality videos easily and efficiently.
With the option to switch between FX and DX movie formats, you can even change the angle of view without switching lenses or the camera's position.
You can also now change the aperture silently during shooting with power aperture control, which removes the need to rotate the command dial.
The built-in microphone comes with wind noise reduction, which was very handy on the beach, while you can easily adjust sound recording levels, something that proved handy shooting the end of school play.
It may not be the cheapest camera in its class, but it is certainly a step up from previous models and certainly worth checking out if you want to take your photography or video to the next level. My only real gripe was the camera could be a little sluggish in live view mode.
SPECS AT A GLANCE
- 24.3 megapixel FX-format CMOS image sensor.
- Full HD (1080p) video at 50/60 frames per second with full control of shutter speed, aperture and audio.
- A 3.2 inch Vari-angle LCD view screen.
- 51-point AF system with 15 cross-type sensors, 91,000-pixel RGB sensor autofocus
- Using carbon fibre and magnesium alloy body styled with a deep grip handle