The Nikon D750 Full-Frame DSLR: Pro Features and FX-Format Quality in a...

The Nikon D750 Full-Frame DSLR: Pro Features and FX-Format Quality in a Portable Body


Melville, NY—Nikon’s D750 DSLR provides enthusiasts with a combination of pro-caliber photo and video features with FX-format image quality. Inheriting some of the best elements from Nikon’s full-frame pro cameras, it adds new and refined features aimed at sparking creativity and sharing memories.

Nikon also announced the SB-500, a compact multimedia Speedlight, along with its fastest ultra-wide-angle lens yet—the AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED.

“The Nikon D750 is the camera many have been waiting for; never before has this level of functionality and vast feature set been offered in a full-frame DSLR, at such an attractive price,” said Masahiro Horie, director, Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “These new products, including the SB-500 Speedlight and 20mm f/1.8 lens, are meant to directly address those who care about image quality and want the gear that will help drive their passion to the next level.”

Within a lightweight, sealed and gasketed body built for durability, the D750 houses a 24.3 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor; a 150,000-cycle-tested shutter; the Expeed 4 image processing engine found in Nikon pro-level DSLRs; a 91,000-pixel 3D color matrix III meter and the same 51-point autofocus (AF) system used in Nikon’s high-end DSLRs. The combo produces images with exceptionally low noise in a variety of lighting conditions, and the ISO range extends from 100–12,800, expandable from (Lo-1) 50 to (Hi-2) 51,200.

The “Advanced Multi-Cam 3500-FX II AF” system is designed to track fast-moving wildlife or sports, even at a high-speed burst rate of 6.5 frames per second (fps), at full resolution. It uses 15 cross-type AF sensors for enhanced accuracy, with 11 cross-type sensors that are functional up to f/8. In addition to normal, wide area, face priority and subject-tracking AF, there’s the new group area AF mode for enhanced accuracy. And the AF system was improved with the ability to lock on subjects in as little as -3 EV illumination.

The D750 is Nikon’s first FX-format DSLR with a vari-angle LCD; the 3.2-inch, 1,229K-dot screen tilts to accommodate shooting overhead, at waist level or for shooting photos and video on a tripod. Photographers can also benefit from its bright, 100%-frame-coverage viewfinder with shooting info displayed using organic EL illumination.

The camera features the latest generation of Nikon’s advanced picture control settings. The “clarity” setting enhances mid-tones to emphasize image details and “flat” picture control can be used for a broad tonal range. Picture controls are also customizable in .25 increments.

For videographers, the D750 offers the same video functionality as the D810, known in studios and on-set for its professional production pedigree. The camera captures Full HD 1,920×1,080-resolution video at 60/30/24p and gives multimedia artists full manual control, including aperture adjustment. Like D810, the power aperture function provides smooth transitions while adjusting the aperture during recording, and in manual mode, users can control shutter speed and ISO. In addition, its FX and DX-format crop modes make it easy to adjust the focal range without swapping lenses.

Other notable video features include dual SD memory card slots, simultaneous output to an external recorder or monitor via HDMI, headphone and microphone jacks, zebra stripes to spot overexposed areas, and the ability to select frequency ranges for the internal stereo microphone.

Another first for a Nikon full-frame DSLR is built-in Wi-Fi, which enables photographers to share their images and capture remotely. Using Nikon’s free Wireless Mobile Utility app, they can connect with a smartphone or tablet, and once connected, a tap on the screen engages autofocus and the camera can be triggered remotely. When content is downloaded, photogs can use popular applications and social networks to share images, bringing full-frame image quality to the feeds of friends and family on the fly.

For professional photographers and videographers, the camera can transmit images over FTP using the WT-5a wireless transceiver plus the UT-1 communications unit. With these optional accessories, the camera can be triggered and controls operated in HTTP mode using the web browser of a mobile device. Live view and start/stop recording can also be enabled remotely.

The Nikon D750 is compatible with more than 80 FX and DX-format Nikkor lenses. For those upgrading from a DX-format system, it can shoot in DX mode at 10.3MP. It also supports Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS) using its built in flash to control remote Speedlights for creative lighting possibilities. The MB-D16 battery pack will also be released with the camera ($485), to provide extended battery life as well as a functional vertical grip.

Nikon’s D750 DSLR has a suggested retail price of $2,299.95 body only. It is also available as a kit with the AF-S Nikkor 24–120mm f/4 VR lens for $3,599.95.

AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED Lens
The AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED is the latest addition to Nikon’s f/1.8 series of FX-format lenses. This is Nikon’s first ultra-wide-angle lens with an f/1.8 aperture, allowing users to shoot in challenging light and create images with a pleasing separation between subject and background. With a 94º angle of view (FX), the lens is suited for architecture, interiors, wide-angle landscape and group portraits. When paired with the compact D750, it is also a solution for video applications that call for shooting in cramped quarters. This AF-S lens also provides quiet and fast autofocus, an internal focus design, and Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat to reduce ghost and flare. $799.95.

SB-500 Compact Video Speedlight
This compact Speedlight and LED video light covers a wide 16mm/24mm (FX/DX). The controls on the SB-500 are simplified, to make it easier to explore the possibilities of creative lighting with Speedlights. For full control over illumination, the head of the Speedlight has a 90º vertical swivel to bounce light off ceilings, and it rotates 180º for soft lighting effects. For remote lighting possibilities, the SB-500 can be integrated into a CLS system with two-group/two-channel control. The LED light (100 lux) provides an option for lighting video and can be operated independently. Additionally, the SB-500 Speedlight is powered by only two AA batteries, reducing its weight and size. $249.95.