Over the past year or so, full frame cameras have become affordable and easy to use like never before. They can still be intimidating for amateurs given the sheer number of features they pack when compared to a bridge or compact camera, but they also pack features that make it easier to be used by people who are more familiar clicking photos on a smartphone.
I have finally found the time to take the Nikon D750 for a spin. The camera has been around for a few months, but is still fresh of the mint when you look at the features it has to offer. To start with it is a Fx format camera, but you will need to read that somewhere as this is among the more compact full frame cameras. The hardware features are all vintage Nikon, and always a fumble for someone like me who is a dedicated Canon user. Also for the first time in a Nikon full frame DSLR, there is a 3.2-inch vari-angle LCD display that make shooting those tough angles really easy.
Specs: 24.2MP FX CMOS sensor | 3.2-inch wide viewing angle TFT-LCD | 1/4000 to 30 sec shutter speed | ISO 100 -12,800 (max Hi-2 for ISO 51,200) | 51-point (3D-tracking) AF | EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery – 1,230 shots | 6o fps Full HD video | 750 gram
Price: Rs 1,34,450
How good is the still shooting abilities?
This is a superb still camera, one that is as versatile as a DSLR can be. I tried the camera for a variety of shots, especially a lot of low light ones and was very impressed. The review was done using a Nikkor VR 50mm f1.8 lens. So I was a bit limited in what I could shoot as there was no zoom to play around with. However, this is an ideal lens for portraits and wide landscape shots, the latter, however, is a hard thing to do when you are in New Delhi.
I used the camera primarily to shoot flowers — something I do more with my smartphone these days — which are easy to come by in spring. I even tried some of the shows in twilight and the results were very impressive, at least to me. I loved how the colours stood out even in the slightly underexposed shots — with most other cameras they end up being very dull. The auto-focus is very fast, and the 51-point AF gives a depth of field that add a soul to photos.
How good is the video?
Like other new full frame DSLRs, the D750 is a great broadcast quality video camera. It is fast and stays in focus without much effort. Also, it is hard to miss the audio recording quality of the camera without any accessories. In fact, the settings comes with a lot tweaks that let you improve the audio even further. The addition of the vari-angle LCD makes it easier to get those tight shots, especially for those shooting news. The auto ISO adjust while shooting videos means the low-light shots are really great. Also, you can concentrate more on the framing than the lighting.
The D750 comes with a built-in Wi-Fi module that works with the Nikon WireelssMobileUtility smartphone app. It is without doubt one of the simplest camera WiFi systems around. The camera creates a WiFi network of its own into which the phone can easily connect. It took me under 3 minutes to download all 8GB of photos and movies I had shot using the camera into my Android phone. This feature will be really convenient for those who have to quickly upload the photos online from wherever they are. The only issue here is that a .jpeg image shot on the camera will be around 5MB each. Also, you will need a really good smartphone to be able process these images.
Not really. I did find the video previews a bit weird with a burnout showing on the LCD whenever there is a white in the frame. Except for that I did not find any major issues with the camera.
Should you buy it?
Yes, if you are looking for a full frame camera that can take on all your photography needs without being too hard to handle. This camera is ideal for those who will also be shooting a lot of video. The WiFi feature is an added bonus. But remember this one does not come cheap and would not be a great pick for amateurs who do not know whether they are serious about their photography.