Why the Nikon D750 Was Camera of the Year [2020 Update]

Nikon D750 24 MP FX-Format [2020 Update]

The Nikon D750 is a top end consumer DSLR for the advanced enthusiast or possibly a backup for the professional. It was introduced on September 12, 2014. It incorporates technologies from the professional series D810 but in a smaller and lighter body. The D750 fits in between the D610 and the D810. The D750 incorporates features from both cameras. The D750 is much closer to the D810 than the D610 with the exception of the 24 MP CMOS sensor.

What’s New in the D750?

  • Improved version of the 51 point AF system [Multi-CAM 3500FX II]
  • 3.2” Tilting Multi-angle TFT-LCD screen
  • 6.5 fps continuous shooting
  • 91K RGB metering system
  • Auto ISO control in manual exposure video shooting
  • Aperture control in Live view/video

Nikon D750 front

Nikon D750 back

Nikon D750 Specifications

  • FX-Format CMOS image Sensor
  • 24.3 MP max resolution
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processor
  • Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX II AF System
  • ISO 100 – 12,800 expandable to 51,200
  • 3.2” TFT-LCD tilting Vari-angle screen 1.229M dots
  • Dust Reduction System
  • File Format Still Images – JPEG and NEF
  • 2 SD card slots
  • Viewfinder Frame Coverage 100%
  • Shutter Speed 30 to 1/4000 sec
  • 6.5 fps continuous shooting speed
  • Self Timer 2, 5, 10, 20 seconds
  • Exposure Metering System 91K RGB sensor
  • 3D Matrix Metering III
  • Active D-Lighting
  • 9, 21, 51 point AF points
  • Full HD Video
  • Built in Microphone
  • Built in WiFi
  • Battery Life 1,230 shots
  • Shutter Life Rating 150,000 shots
  • Weight 750 grams or 26.5 ounces
  • Price New $1500 [Body Only] $1995 w/ 24 – 120 mm

Nikon D750 Improvements Over D610

The D750 has a new 51 point AF system, the Multi-CAM 3500 II, which replaced the older 39 point Multi-CAM 2700 AF system of the D610. This is a huge plus for the D750.The metering system was upgraded from a 2,016 pixel RGB sensor to a 91,000 pixel RGB sensor. ISO sensitivity range increased to 100-12,800 and is expandable to 51,200. The maximum shutter speed remains the same as the D610 at 30 – 1/4000 seconds. A really nice feature change is the tilting multi-angle 3.2” LCD screen. You can move the screen to many positions for easy viewing in difficult shooting positions. Continuous shooting frame rate was increased from 5 fps to 6.5 fps. Built in WiFi makes it really easy to upload images and video on the fly. No more USB cabling. Battery life was also increased by 30%. You can shoot 1,230 images before recharging the battery. Nice!

Nikon D750 Pricing [Buy at Amazon.com]

Nikon D750 Body Only New $1500
Nikon D750 w/ Lens $1995
Nikon D750 Body Only Used $900
Nikon D750 Used $1500 w/ Lens
Nikon D750 Refurbished $1849 w/Lens
Nikon D750 Body Only Refurbished $1329

Nikon FX-Format CMOS Sensor

The CMOS sensor is the most important component of a digital camera. It is directly responsible for image quality. The larger the CMOS sensor and the smaller the pixel size, the more light it can gather or collect thus producing larger and sharper images in all lighting conditions.

There are basically 2 CMOS sensor sizes, DX – 24 x 16 mm and the FX – 36 x 24 mm. The FX sensor is more than twice the size of the DX sensor and is much more expensive but produces much more vibrant and sharp images.

Advantages of the FX-Format CMOS Sensor

  • Scalability – allows 2 different configurations. One with more resolution which is great for large images and one with more sensitivity and speed which is ideal for sports shooting
  • Higher Sensitivity
  • Lower Noise
  • Larger Dynamic Range – collects more light
  • 100% field of view
  • Lens Compatibility – FX and DX lens are compatible
  • Less Lens Diffraction
  • Larger and Brighter Viewfinder

EXPEED 4 Image Processor

The Nikon Expeed is an image and video multi-core processor like the CPU in a computer. The Expeed 4 is the successor to the Expeed 3 and offers full HD video capture at 50-60 fps with improved contrast detection autofocus and Live Preview autofocus. The Expeed 4 is very energy efficient and uses less power than its predecessor. This extends battery life.

Advanced Multi CAM 3500FX II AF Sensor

The Auto-Focus system is one of the most important systems on a digital camera next to the CMOS image sensor. Unless you use manual modes for all of your shooting. But who does that? The AF sensor makes shooting action much easier or possible. Manual focus is almost not an option. The Advanced Multi CAM 3500FX II works very well in very low light settings. It is a highly sophisticated 51 point AF system and is well known to be highly accurate and solid. The real challenges for an AF system are fast moving subjects and very low light settings. This is where the 3500 II really shines.

Best Lenses for the Nikon D750

I prefer a small to medium macro/telephoto lens for the simple reason you can shoot a variety of pictures with a single lens. You can do macro shoots and telephoto shoots without changing the lens. I like that. I don’t like carrying 3 or 4 lenses with me on a shoot unless I have to. My “Go To” lens is the 24 – 120 mm. It handles macro and telephoto shoots wonderfully.

Here are my favorite Nikkor Lenses for the D750

  • Nikkor 24 – 70 mm AF-S FX f/2.8G or E
  • Nikkor 24 – 120 mm AF-S FX f/4G
  • Nikkor 18 – 140 mm AF-S FX f/3.5-5.6G

Nikon D750 Lens Pricing

I love the Nikkor 24 – 120 mm lens but it is expensive at around $1100 new. If you want this lens but the price is a bit much then look at a refurbished lens or a used lens. A refurbished Nikkor 24 – 120 MM AF-S FX lens will cost about $500 and a used one about $350. You can save half the cost of a new lens. These are bargains.

  • Nikkor 24 – 120 mm AF-S FX f/4G [New $1100 Used $350 or Refurbished $515]
  • Nikkor 18 – 140 mm AF-S FX f/3.5-5.6G [New $500 Used $180 Refurbished $235]
  • Nikkor 24 – 70 mm AF-S FX f/2.8G or E [New $1600 Used $750 Refurbished $1200]

The refurbished lenses are the best bargain. These lens are like new and have been inspected, cleaned and repaired if needed. These are marked down considerably and are practically a new lens.

Nikon D750 Comments

The Nikon D750 is a great all around camera that can be used effectively for most of your photographic needs. It is quite impressive to say the least.It has a lot to offer advanced enthusiasts and pro’s alike.The D750 offers a good balance of features such as sensor resolution, excellent auto focus system, image quality, ergonomics and price. Nikon’s high end professional cameras have a hard time competing with the D750. It’s that good!

The D750 does have some shortcomings though. The buffer capacity and frame rate are a bit low. The buffer capacity is the same as the older D610. The continuous frame rate is at 6.5 fps. Sports photographers will want much more. When shooting in 12-bit NEF RAW, you get 25 frames.

Used Nikon D750

The Nikon D750 is an amazing camera but it is not inexpensive. It retails for $1,999 new. You could save some money and look for a used or second hand D750. Used D750’s sell for about $1,500. That’s a savings of $499. You could also opt for a refurbished D750 for about $1,689. That’s a savings of $300 and you’re getting a “Like New” D750 that has been tested and cleaned professionally. Quite the bargain.

Let’s discuss “Used” now. Sometimes used items are in fair to poor condition. They may or may not be worth buying because you never know what you’re going to get. Sometimes you get Junk. I rarely buy Used items. However expensive items are ones that I will buy Used and especially expensive cameras like a D750.

Think about it. Nikon D750’s are about $2,000 new. Anyone who buys one at $2,000 is going to take really good care of it. Right? It’s EXPENSIVE. Especially photographers. They tend to take really good care of their tools of the trade. You won’t see D750’s that are dented or scratched. They are almost always in very good to excellent condition. They are a good bargain. [New and Used D750 at Amazon.com]

Refurbished or Renewed D750

So what is a refurbished D750?

Refurbished or Renewed means that the product was purchased new but later returned for a refund. It could have been returned for just about any reason from marks on the body to missing body cap or missing instructions or a broken box. It could also be returned because it was defective in which case it will be sent to a certified Nikon repair station and tested and repaired if needed. Now it will be resold but NOT as New but as Refurbished or Renewed and marked down in price.

Nikon D750 Comparisons

Let’s compare the D750 features with some of it’s closest cousins, the D810, D610 and the D850. You will see that the D750 is really hard to beat.

Nikon D750 vs D810

Nikon D810 Specs

  • FX-Format CMOS image Sensor
  • 36.3 MP resolution image sensor
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processor
  • Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX AF system
  • ISO 64 – 12,800 expandable to 51,200
  • 3.2” TFT-LCD screen 1.229M dots
  • Dust Reduction System
  • File Format Still Images – JPEG and NEF
  • 2 SD card slots [1 CF and 1 SD]
  • Viewfinder Frame Coverage 100%
  • Shutter Speed 30 to 1/8000 sec
  • 5 – 6 fps continuous shooting speed
  • Self Timer 2, 5, 10, 20 seconds
  • Exposure Metering System 91K RGB sensor
  • 3D Matrix Metering III
  • Active D-Lighting
  • 51 point AF points
  • Full HD Video
  • Built in Microphone
  • Battery Life 1,200 shots
  • Shutter Life Rating 200,000 shots
  • Weight 880 grams
  • Price New $1,339 [Body Only] $2995 w/ 24 – 120 mm Lens

Nikon D750 vs D810 Specs Comparison

Nikon D750 Nikon D810 Difference
FX CMOS 24.3 MP FX CMOS 36.3 MP D810 +
30 to 1/4000 sec shutter speeds 30 to 1/8000 sec shutter speeds D810 +
EXPEED 4 Image Processor EXPEED 4 Image Processor Same
ISO 100 – 12,800 ISO 64 – 12,800 D810 +
6.5 fps cont shooting 5-6 fps cont shooting D750 +
3.2″ TFT-LCD Screen 3.2″ TFT-LCD Screen Same
Optical Viewfinder 100% Optical Viewfinder 100% Same
Battery Life 1230 shots Battery Life 1200 shots D750 +
Full HD Video 1920 x 1080 Full HD Video 1920 x 1080 Same
Weight 750 grams Weight 880 grams D750 +
51 Auto Focus Points 51 Auto Focus Points Same
Advanced Multi-CAM 3500 FX II AF Advanced Multi-CAM 3500 FX AF D750 +

Reasons to Buy D750

The D750 gives the D810 a run for the money. Unless you need the absolute highest image quality, then buy the D810 otherwise, the D750 can get the job done and will pleasantly surprise you.

The biggest difference between the D750 and the D810 is the CMOS sensor and the ISO. The D810 will produce a larger image with more detail and under lower light but these 2 advantages are not always needed by some. The D750 will still produce amazing images.

Nikon D810 Comments

The D810 is a professional’s camera. It’s the best of the best and produces startling images in all settings. If your paycheck depends on your images and video, then you need the D810.

Nikon D750 vs D850

So how does the D750 stack up against the newest Nikon, the D850? The D750 is amazing but the D850 really blows it away. But what would you expect? The D850 is 3 years newer. A lot changes in 3 years in the electronics industry. Let’s take a look…

Here is a quick view into what’s improved in the D850; back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 4K video, 47.5 MP FX CMOS Sensor, Expeed 5 Image Processor and 153 Point AF System. Wow!

Nikon D850 Specs

  • FX-Format back-illuminated [BSI] CMOS image Sensor
  • 45.7 MP resolution image sensor [8256 x 5504]
  • EXPEED 5 Image Processor
  • Advanced Multi-CAM 20K AF system
  • ISO 32 – 102,400 expandable to 51,200
  • 3.2” TFT-LCD screen 2.36M dots
  • Dust Reduction System
  • File Format Still Images – JPEG and NEF
  • 2 SD card slots [1 XQD and 1 SD]
  • Viewfinder Frame Coverage 100%
  • Shutter Speed 30 to 1/8000 sec
  • 7 fps continuous shooting speed
  • Self Timer 2, 5, 10, 20 seconds
  • Exposure Metering System 180K RGB sensor
  • 3D Matrix Metering III
  • Active D-Lighting
  • 153 point AF points
  • 4K UHD Video
  • Built in Microphone
  • Battery Life 1,840 shots
  • Shutter Life Rating 200,000 shots
  • Weight 915 grams
  • Price New $2,999 [Body Only] $5100 w/ 105 mm Lens

Let’s take a look at the D750 specs next to the D850 specs so we can see the differences easily.

Nikon D750 Nikon D850 Difference
FX CMOS 24.3 MP FX BSI CMOS 45.7 MP D850 +
30 to 1/4000 sec shutter speeds 30 to 1/8000 sec shutter speeds D850 +
EXPEED 4 Image Processor EXPEED 5 Image Processor D850 +
ISO 100 – 12,800 ISO 32 – 102,400 D850 +
6.5 fps cont shooting 7 fps cont shooting D850 +
3.2″ TFT-LCD Screen 3.2″ TFT-LCD Screen Same
Optical Viewfinder 100% Optical Viewfinder 100% Same
Battery Life 1,230 shots Battery Life 1,840 shots D850 +
Full HD Video 1920 x 1080 UHD 4K Video 3840 x 2160 D850 +
Weight 750 grams Weight 915 grams D750 +
51 Auto Focus Points 153 Auto Focus Points D850 +
Advanced Multi-CAM 3500 FX II AF Advanced Multi-CAM 20K AF D850 +

Reasons to Buy a D850 over the D750

  1. Highest resolution images for enlarging [45.7 MP BSI CMOS]
  2. Fastest AF and image processing [Expeed 5 + Multi-CAM 20K AF}
  3. Fastest continuous shooting for action shooting like sporting events [7 fps]
  4. Shoot in very low lighting [ISO 32 – 102,400]
  5. Absolute most vibrant colors [FX BSI CMOS 45.7 MP sensor]
  6. Super high quality video [4K video]

Nikon D850 Pricing Options

  • Nikon D850 New [body] $2996
  • Nikon D850 New w/ 24 – 120 mm $4095
  • Nikon D850 Used [body] $2150
  • Nikon D850 Refurbished [body] $2650

Nikon D750 vs D610 Comparison

Both the D750 and the D610 are Full Frame [FX-Format} cameras with the same resolutions. The D610 was and is a fantastic camera. The Expeed 3 image processor is a good one but it’s not match for its successor the Expeed 4. The same goes for the Multi-CAM 3500FX II AF system of the D750. It’s much more advanced with increased accuracy and speed. It’s really hard to beat.

The D610 is unforgettably quiet, even in normal mode…and then there’s Quiet Continuous Mode. You’ll appreciate this when shooting wildlife, especially closeup. The D610 replaced the excellent D600. Everyone loved the D600. The D610 managed to improve on a great thing. That’s amazing.

Nikon D610 Specifications

  • FX-Format CMOS image Sensor
  • 24.3 MP max resolution
  • EXPEED 3 Image Processor
  • Advanced Multi-CAM 4800FX AF System
  • ISO 100 – 6400 expandable to 51,200
  • 3.2” TFT-LCD screen 920K dots
  • Dust Reduction System
  • File Format Still Images – JPEG and NEF
  • 2 SD card slots
  • Viewfinder Frame Coverage 100%
  • Shutter Speed 30 to 1/4000 sec
  • 6 fps continuous shooting speed
  • Self Timer 2, 5, 10, 20 seconds
  • Exposure Metering System 2016 pixel RGB sensor
  • 3D Matrix Metering II
  • Active D-Lighting
  • 39 point AF points
  • Full HD Video
  • Built in Microphone
  • Eye-Fi Compatible, WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter
  • Battery Life 900 shots
  • Shutter Life Rating 150,000 shots
  • Weight 760 grams or 26.5 ounces
  • Price New $1,500 [Body Only] $2,700 w/ 24 – 85 mm

Nikon D750 vs D610 Specs Comparison

Nikon D750 Nikon D610 Difference
FX CMOS 24.3 MP FX CMOS 24.3 MP Same
30 to 1/4000 sec shutter speeds 30 to 1/4000 sec shutter speeds Same
EXPEED 4 Image Processor EXPEED 3 Image Processor D750 +
ISO 100 – 12,800 ISO 100 – 6,400 D750 +
6.5 fps cont shooting 6 fps cont shooting D750 +
3.2″ TFT-LCD Screen 3.2″ TFT-LCD Screen Same
Optical Viewfinder 100% Optical Viewfinder 100% Same
Battery Life 1230 shots Battery Life 900 shots D750 +
Full HD Video 1920 x 1080 Full HD Video 1920 x 1080 Same
Weight 750 grams Weight 760 grams Same
51 Auto Focus Points 51 Auto Focus Points Same
Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX II AF Advanced Multi-CAM 4800FX AF D750 +

 Why Buy the Nikon D750 over the D610?

The NIkon D610 is a great FX-Format CMOS sensor camera and will capture stunning, vibrant images but the D750 has higher sensitivity with a much faster image processor. It’s AF system is also much faster and more accurate. The D750 is really hard to beat. It’s cost is so close to the D610 that it isn’t even a consideration.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you use the Nikon D750?

How to shoot video with the Nikon D750?

How do you change the ISO setting on the Nikon D750?

When did the Nikon D750 come out?
The Nikon D750 was introduced September 14, 2014.

Where to buy the Nikon D750?

What lenses are compatible with the Nikon D750?
All Nikkor camera lenses are compatible with the D750 which includes both DX and FX lenses.

How much is the Nikon D750?
The Nikon D750 retails for $1339 for Body Only and $2995 with a 24-120 mm FX Lens.

Nikon D750 vs D7500 which one to buy?
Here is a side by side comparison of the D750 and the D7500. The D750 will capture higher resolution and sharper images because it has a FX-Format CMOS sensor with 24.3 MP resolution.

Nikon D750 Nikon D7500 Difference
FX CMOS 24.3 MP DX CMOS 20.9 MP D750 +
30 to 1/4000 sec shutter speeds 30 to 1/8000 sec shutter speeds D7500 +
EXPEED 4 Image Processor EXPEED 5 Image Processor D7500 +
ISO 100 – 12,800 ISO 100 – 51,200 D7500 +
6.5 fps cont shooting 8 fps cont shooting D7500 +
3.2″ TFT-LCD Screen 3.2″ TFT-LCD Screen Same
Optical Viewfinder 100% Optical Viewfinder 100% Same
Battery Life 1230 shots Battery Life 950 shots D750 +
Full HD Video 1920 x 1080 4K Video 3840 x 2160 D7500
Weight 750 grams Weight 640 grams D7500 +
51 Auto Focus Points 51 Auto Focus Points Same
Advanced Multi-CAM 3500 FX II AF Advanced Multi-CAM 3500 FX II AF Same

How good is the Nikon D750?