DSLR cameras are wonderful gadgets. You click a button and you capture millions of pixels that can almost recreate what your eyes saw.
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It is magical. And in the last one decade or so, these cameras have become very powerful and efficient. Nikon and Canon – the two companies that rule the DSLR camera market – have become so good at making them that even the cheapest of these cameras are capable of clicking magical images.
While this has been good for consumers, for camera makers it has posed a challenge. When a user can click awesome images with a camera he bought in 2008, how do you sell him a new one in 2012 or in 2014? In the last few years, Nikon has tried to address this problem by expanding the pie: It is aggressively courting new DSLR camera users by bringing down the prices of its products across the line-up. It is also wringing out every bit of performance it can from the existing (almost a decade old) DSLR camera technology until something new, something radically new, comes out. Nikon D750, launched a few months ago, is a camera epitome of this strategy. And it is so good that for many photographers it could be the last camera they buy. Curious? Let’s introduce you to the Nikon D750. The D750 is a full-frame DSLR camera. In other words, this means it uses a full-frame image sensor (35.9mm x 24mm) just like other full frame cameras. To put it in perspective, this image sensor is almost 50 times bigger than the one in a mobile like the iPhone 5S. Even compared to what cameras like the Nikon D7100 and Canon 70D have, this image sensor is almost two times bigger.
In theory, bigger image sensor means better images (among other things) but we will talk about that in a while. Full-frame cameras are big. And bulky. Compared to a small camera (or even something like the Nikon D3100, which is an entry level DSLR camera), the D750 is big. But compared to other full-frame cameras, it is pleasantly compact. It weighs around 800 grams, which is lighter than the 1kg Nikon D810 or almost 1.2kg Nikon D4S, and is relatively shorter. The D750 uses a body made of magnesium alloy and carbon fibre. Nikon says it’s more durable than the D610 and we can tell you that it feels like that.
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It is also weather-sealed just like almost all other full-frame cameras. The Nikon D750 is a fully-loaded camera. In terms of position on the basis of its price, it sits between Nikon D610 and Nikon D810. And to justify its position, it borrows from both the D610 and the D810. The image sensor can pump out 24-megapixel images. Actually, this is the same (or may be slightly tweaked) image sensor that is inside the D610. In other aspects, the D750, at least on paper, is closer to the D810. It has 91K RGB metering found in the D810 and Nikon D4S. It has the 51-point AF system that is similar to the one in the D810. Nikon calls the AF system in the D750 MultiCam 3500FX II while the AF system in D810 is dubbed MultiCam 3500FX. Out of the 51 points, 15 points in the middle of the frame are cross type.
Or in other words, these 15 points are much more sensitive and should focus faster. The D750 has an ISO range of 100-12800 along with one low and two high modes. The high modes bump ISO to 25600 and 51200 while the low can mode can be used to drop it down to 50, if required. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 and the shutter is rated for 1,50,000 releases. The camera shoots 6.5 frames per second in continuous high mode, making it the fastest full-frame DSLR camera short of the D4S and Canon 1DX. It can save images in two SD cards and it can shoot videos in up to 1080p/60FPS. It tracks anything that moves: The 51-point focus system in the D750 is the best, or at least pretty close to the best, that Nikon offers in the D4S, which is professional camera with a price of over Rs.4 lakh. The D750 is fast in acquiring focus. But even mid-range DSLR cameras can do. Where the D750 pulls ahead of others is in tracking. Combined with the AF-C and 3D or Group mode available in Nikon DSLR cameras, the AF system in the D750 tracks moving subjects, like a bike rider or a dog chasing after a ball, with uncanny accuracy. Nikon D750 vs Canon 6D: The D750 is a much better camera in almost every aspect.
If you are not invested in the Canon ecosystem, which means you don’t already have Canon lenses etc, go for the Nikon D750. Canon 6D is cheaper by around Rs.15,000 but considering what the D750 offers in terms of auto-focus performance and image quality, the Canon camera is overpriced. Nikon D750 vs Nikon D610: In India, the price difference between these two cameras is less than Rs.10,000 in market. In terms of image quality, both the D610 and the D750 are almost same. But in our aspects, like AF tracking and ISO performance the D750 is better and worth the premium. Nikon D750 vs Nikon D7100: The D7100 is a DX aka APS-C camera. It terms of image quality, AF performance, ISO performance, the D750 beats the D7100 silly. But the D7100 gives you more reach. This means if you like to shoot birds and don’t want to spend lakhs of rupees on expensive telephoto lenses, the D7100 is a better bet. Nikon D750 vs Canon 5D Mark III: The D750 outclasses or matches the 5D Mark III in almost every aspect. The only area where the Mark III is better is in durability and ergonomics. The Canon camera has a full metal body and a button layout that is much more sensible. But it also costs almost Rs.70,000 more than the D750 in India. Not worth its price. Not at all.
Nikon D750 vs Nikon 810: This camera is the D750’s biggest competitor. The D750 has slightly faster AF system and is lighter but the D810 has a full metal body, more sensible button layout and an image sensor that captures wonderful 36-megapixel images. If you want absolutely best image quality and a pro body, go for the D810.
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Though you will spend almost Rs.60,000 more compared to what you will pay for the D750 and that makes the D750 a better value. Nikon D750 vs Canon 7D II: The 7D Mark II, released just months ago, is an APS-C camera just like the D7100. But while the D7100 is aimed at enthusiasts, the 7D Mark II is a professional body, with top notch autofocus. It is a camera made to shoot action. In terms of image quality, the D750 is much better. But if are going to mostly shoot sports or wildlife, the 7D Mark II is a beast with its 10 frames per second shooting speed and top class auto-focus.