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The Nikon D750 – A D700 Successor, or D600 Damage Control?

By Matthew Saville on September 12th 2014

Better not return that D810 after all, wedding photojournalists and “lifestyle” photographers!  The Nikon D750, in all its (numerically implied) D700-successor glory, has arrived.
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(Pre-order the Nikon D750 from B&H by clicking here!)

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Okay, maybe it’s not a Nikon D810 with a D4s sensor or D610 sensor.  However, if you’re not doing a double-take about this new FX (full-frame) Nikon DSLR, you should be!  Yes, it’s one part over-clocked D610 and two parts full-frame D7100, but to those with an open mind, this could be the mythical D700 replacement that thousands of photographers worldwide have demanded whined about for years now.  Let’s have a look at the specs!

D750 Specifications

  • 24.3 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-12,800 Natively (ISO 50 in LO and up to H-2 51,200)
  • 6.5 fps at full resolution
  • 51-piont AF system, with group area AF borrowed from D4s
  • Dual SD cards
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processor
  • 1080p, 60fps Video
  • Manual control of aperture during live view and video recording
  • Uncompressed HDMI output / recording
  • Flat profile picture, and new picture control settings
  • 91K pixel RGB meter, with face-detect in-viewfinder
  • Advanced Scene Recognition System
  • Built-in Wi-Fi!
  • Tilt-able LCD screen
  • Size: 5.5 “x 4.4” x 3.1 “(139.7 x 111.76 x 78.74mm)
  • Weight: 1 lb 10.5 oz (751.26g)
  • Price: $2299 body only, $3596 in a 24-120 kit

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Commentary on Features by Matthew Saville

Similar body design to the D610 / D7100?

Clearly, this camera should have been named the D650, or even just the D620, but Nikon wanted to send a clear message to all the folks wondering about a “true” D700 replacement: it’s time to stop wondering/wishing.

The camera’s body has almost nothing to do with the D810 (nor the hall-of-famed D700), it is entirely the offspring of a D610 and D7100.  This is a very good thing in the eyes of any D610 user or D7100 user who has grown used to the controls, but yearns for more performance.

However, not so much for any D800, D700, or even D300 user, who will be used to a slightly more robust feel and control layout.  To a hard-working professional, the “feel” of a camera is very important, and very subjective.  And just by looking at it, you can tell that the grip areas of this camera are clearly going to feel smaller in the hand, which for some is a show-stopper.  (Not me, personally).

..But with an articulated LCD Screen?

Actually, I’m happy that Nikon is offering this feature on such a high-end DSLR. I had feared they might never go down this road, sort of like how Canon has been terrified of putting a pop-up flash on a full-frame body.

As long as the “flippy” connection is robust, I don’t see any reason to complain about this.  The LCD is big and beautiful like the D810’s, and has color cast correction as well. I used to scoff at articulated LCDs too, but once I tried the D5300 on a few landscape photography and other shots, I fell in love. I almost miss the feature when I grab my D800E

Dual SD Memory Cards

Oh boy, this is going to earn Nikon even more hate comments than the articulated LCD!  Again however, I’m fine with dual SD cards. They are the card of the future, even for professional use. The Sony A7 series uses SD cards, and doesn’t even have dual card slots.  So, to this I say, *shrug*…

24.3 Megapixels

Is it the D610 sensor, or is it something truly re-designed like Nikon says it is?  We’ll have to wait and see.  The main surprise to me is, unlike almost every other camera in Nikon’s lineup, that this camera’s sensor still has an AA filter.  (In fact, the D610 sensor and the D4s / Df sensors are the ONLY sensors left in Nikon’s lineup to include an AA filter!)

Considering that Canon has sat at the 20-22 megapixel mark for many years now, it seems that 24 megapixels is a perfect balance these days.  Room to crop, but not so excessive as to consume your memory card space at an eye-popping rate.

Personally, I was really hoping that a true D700 replacement would use the D4s‘ 16 megapixel sensor, and go to town with some truly absurd high ISO quality (and higher FPS), but I suppose 16 megapixels is a little too underwhelming these days.

6.5 FPS natively, No word of more FPS using DX crop

Many D700 lovers were expecting to see 8 FPS natively, or at least with a battery grip.  While this may be a deal-breaker for some, it shouldn’t stop 90% of photographers in this camera’s market from clicking “buy” in my opinion.  Wedding photojournalism, which is one thing this camera is best suited for, certainly doesn’t demand more than 5-6 FPS.  Ask any grip-less Nikon D700 owner or Canon 5D Mark III shooter, and they’ll tell you!

As of yet, it is difficult to tell whether or not the MB-D16 can increase the shooting speed of the D750, but from Nikon’s literature, it seems decidedly incapable of any “over-clocking”…

51 Point Pro Autofocus (Borrowed from Flagship D4s)

One of the main things that all Nikon D610 shooters wished for was better AF, and the D750 delivers the goods.  Having personally reviewed the Nikon D810 (coming soon!), I gotta say the new AF system from Nikon is very impressive.

I still wish they had improved the phase-detect AF system’s overall spread in the viewfinder, and re-arranged the cross-type AF points to get closer to the rule of thirds areas, but that’s clearly just not in the cards for Nikon in this generation.

Image Quality

As always, the proof will be in the pudding.  With regards to ISO’s, usually you can write off those “H-1” and “H-2” settings as borderline useless, and the highest native ISO should be quite acceptable to most real-world users.  If so, this puts the D750 roughly on par with the Nikon D4s and Df, which are champions of low-light image quality.

However, unfortunately this will leave a lot to be desired for any video shooters who were hoping to see a camera that even remotely competed with the A7s’ impressive clean ISO 204,800 video footage. (A whole two stops past Nikon’s highest ISO and probably 3-4 stops beyond “usable”…)

All in all though, the image quality is guaranteed to be a stunner when it comes to image quality.


1080p / 60fps video

This is becoming quite standard on Nikons, (D3300, D5300, D810, D4s) but keep in mind that no Canon DSLR offers this yet, the last time checked. It may still not be enough to satisfy the video shooting crowd who clamors for 4K video nowadays.  Personally, I think it is far better to have killer quality video at 1080p, period.  (And apparently, so does a major broadcasting company!)

Price: $2,299

Last but not least, we get to the most important bit of info to most people, the price.  At $2300, this camera is clearly aimed at folks who are looking for more than the D610 offers, but don’t necessarily need the “behemoth” that is the D810. Despite not being a “D4s lite”, it is an amazing and tempting price for such a camera.

Simply put, Nikon has decided that this camera would sell better at $2300 than a D810+D4s lovechild for $3300. People will definitely buy it.

The question is, can this camera compete with the likes of the Sony A7 and A7r, which offer equal or better resolution in a smaller, lighter, and in some cases a more affordable package.  That’s another discussion that we’ll get into later, of course.

Accessory: MB-D16 Battery Grip

Since this new camera follows no previous form-factor (D610, D810, etc.), it apparently gets its own new battery grip.

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Pre-Order the Nikon MB-D16 for $485 on B&H by clicking here.

As mentioned, this is an “ordinary” battery grip as far as Nikon BG’s go, in that it doesn’t over-clock the D750‘s frame rate. It is, however, highly weather sealed and probably rock-solid as many Nikon BG owners in the past have noted. Even off-brand Nikon battery grips that are made of metal seem to have connectivity issues that cause a short-out of camera power when one of the batteries gets low and the grip attempts to seamlessly switch power sources.

Personally, I do think it’s a bit too pricey, especially considering that it can’t help the D750 achieve 8 FPS in FX mode. Then again, these things always come down in price eventually.

D750 vs D810 / D800: Your Need For Speed

Obviously, if FPS are just that important to you compared to anything else, then go for it.  Keep in mind though that the D810 can pull off 7 FPS if you use a vertical grip with AA batteries or D4 batteries, and offers 16 megapixels at 1.5x crop, which might be more useful to you if you’re a wildlife shooter who needs more reach than megapixels.

Honestly though, if you’re not a speed freak, the D810 (or for ~$2300, a used D800) …are the way to go for any serious pro who is in need of all the advanced functionality that its lineage has stood for.  Even in Nikon’s own press release video “demo”, they refer to it quite freely as a backup, a second camera, or a b-roll video camera for serious pros.

D750 vs D800 / D810: Low Light Performance

Speed differences aside, there’s a very good chance that the D750 will noticeably surpass the D810’s sensor at low-light, high ISO performance.  The question is, how much better is it?

I’ll guess (and remember this is only a hypothesis) that the D750‘s ISO will be within ~1 stop or so of the D4s / Df.  If it does this, my personal standards would mean that ISO 12800 is pretty darn usable, with ISO 6400 being so freely usable that I’d shoot official family formals with it in a dimly lit church if I had to.

D750 vs D700: Low Light Performance

Anyone still clutching to their scratched-up old D700’s will be able to go from highly usable IS0 3200, to decently usable ISO 12800.  That’s my wishy-washy way of saying that while it may not be exactly 2 stops better, it’ll be close enough.  Add or subtract a stop, based on your own personal standards.

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D750 vs D800 / D810: File Size Savings

Last, but not least, one thing that wedding and sports / wildlife photographers in particular have been whining about for years now is the behemoth size of 36 megapixel raw files. Not only did it consume memory cards at an alarming rate, it also choked the D800‘s frame rate and buffer.

As a 24 MP camera, you’ll theoretically save 33% in hard drive / memory card expenses each year.  This might not mean a lot to the casual shooter, but some wedding photographers, for example, might rack up a half-million images each year if they’re shooting as a team of 5-10+ people. That can go from “oh shut up, memory cards are just a few bucks” to “I can’t afford to spend an extra few thousand dollars to completely overhaul my workflow” pretty quick.

My opinion?  The D800‘s / D810’s 1.2x crop mode works pretty well when you’re interested in saving file size, and it offers (surprise, surprise) ~24 megapixels!

That, plus there’s always 12-bit lossy compression, instead of 14-bit un-compressed or lossless compression, and that can save a TON of space for a high-volume shooter.

So as a general photojournalist, I could see it going both ways.  Personally, I’m not gonna dump my D800E just to save a few bucks each year on hard drives, nor to gain a few FPS for action shooting. However, I totally understand if others decide this is the right path for them. I’d buy the D750 in a heartbeat as a lightweight travel camera, or an astro-landscape camera.  It simply has everything to do with the volume you shoot and your annual budget for storage solutions.

Don’t Count (Nikon) Chickens Before They Hatch

Okay seriously, folks, don’t return that D810 or sell off your D800 / D610 / D700 / D7100, not yet.  Unless, of course, you have a whole lot of faith in Nikon’s ability to, well, not drop the ball.  The D810’s white dot issue wasn’t bad at all, but the dirty sensor fiasco on the D600 was quite a skeleton in the closet.

So, wait at least a week or two after this camera hits shelves, then make your decisions. Personally, I do have high hopes, and if I weren’t foolishly eyeing used Df‘s right now, I’d pre-order a D750 immediately.

What About Canon?

I’m sure Canon users are rolling their eyes and saying “Finally, Nikon got around to competing with the 5D mk3, when the 5D mk4 is just around the corner for us!”

This is indeed partly true, with regards to competing against the 5D mk3’s low-light capability and shooting speed. The D800 series did fall short while the 5D mk3 claimed the title of “ultimate wedding shooter camera.”  I must admit, I’m very jealous of the mk3’s overall performance.

Also, for what it’s worth, the D750 doesn’t have 4K video while the CAnon 5D Mk4 is indeed strongly favored to have. (But I don’t count chickens, remember?)

Still, I can’t resist shaking my head when it comes down to the one thing that Canon used to brag about, especially from the early 2000’s to ~2008: image quality.  Across the board, Nikon’s sensors (admittedly, now made almost entirely by Sony) are noticeably superior to what Canon offers.  Even Nikon’s affordable DX sensor, offering 24 megapixels, has way more dynamic range (at ISO 100) than the flagship 1DX.

But that is a dead horse that has been beaten for years now, so I’ll just leave it at that.  Or this…

What about Sony?

As well-spec’d and affordable as the D750 is, I’m sure there will be lots of nasty remarks along the lines of “oh boy, yet another underwhelming DSLR update that is just the same as all the others, Nikon is  asleep at the wheel, I can’t believe this isn’t a mirrorless camera to compete with the Sony A7-series!”

Touche.  Except not quite yet, in my opinion.  What the D750 represents is still a superior option (for certain types of shooters) compared to the Sony A7, A7r, or A7s.  This camera is a workhorse for pro and advanced photographers, low-light wedding photojournalists, etc.

Sony is probably still 1-2 generations away from matching or beating the flagship autofocus performance of traditional phase-detect systems.  Until then, I don’t think Nikon is going to suffer by offering the D750 in the meantime.

(Hopefully, in the next year or so, Nikon will in fact debut a mirrorless camera that trounces everything Sony has worked so hard to offer recently!)

What Do You Think?

Is this camera going to be a huge success, or an utter failure?  Plenty of people will see it as one or the other, and in my opinion, the sales will be decently high for this camera.  Not like the FX-starved craze of D700 buyers, but at least on par with D800 sales, or better.  We’ll see!

Pre-Order Options

The Nikon D750 body-only will cost $2299, pre-order it on B&H here
The Nikon D750 kit with a 24-120mm f/4 VR lens will cost $3596, pre-order it here

Matthew Saville is a full-time wedding photographer at Lin & Jirsa Photography, and a senior editor & writer at SLR Lounge.

Follow his personal wilderness adventures: Astro-Landscapes.com

See some of his latest wedding photography featured on: LinandJirsa.com

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Nicholas Aujalay

    I am a D3 owner, bought it 2007 with 17-35/2.8 and 70-200/2.8 (I had some older primes and AF-D lenses from before), D700 was not out at the time, this was my first digital SLR, I am an amateur (travel, outdor, sports). Held the D700 in my hands a year later and tried to convince myself to like it since it was lighter, more practical and cheaper. For some reason did not fall for it (LCD AF boxes in finder vs pro red LED, smaller grip, still quite expensive at the time with battery grip etc) and I have stuck with D3 since. I am still waiting for a D700S or similar to complete (or replace) my D3. I have no doubt D750 is a better camera in many ways but would prefer a modern version of D700 – pro body, 1/800, sync 1/250, 5fps/8 w pack or similar, video, 24 mp is fine with me or I could even do 16mp. The U1/U2 are a plus for me, only thing I lack on the D3. If Nikon doesn’t deliver in a year or two will likely get a D750. For travel it sure looks perfect. Did D700 slash D3 sales? Maybe, I would likely never have bought a D3 if D700 was available but now coming from the pro level feel you just get used to the high end stuff of things… Not saying I am logical or reasonable in any way, just adding my point of view to the mix…

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  2. Paul Empson

    It’s almost the perfect wedding camera… if it had the uber-quiet shutter of the D810 I think it could be…
    I like it, just not quite enough….

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  3. Rafael Steffen

    Great coments and reviews of all this gap filling cameras and gear.

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  4. Nick Viton

    I can see the value of the articulated LCD for video, but not all that handy for pictures, considering focusing via LCD is excruciatingly slow.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Nick I think you’re forgetting a huge sector of users who will be going for the D750: adventure / astro-landscape photographers, who want a lighter camera than the 800-series, and wedding photojournalists, who do lots of high-angle / low-angle shooting as well.

      I’m pretty impressed with the live view AF by the way, it’s slower but it always nails focus if you give it the right point to focus on. And once you get used to an articulated LCD screen for astro-landscape photography, it’s REALLY hard to do without one!

      =Matt=

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  5. Christopher Snyder

    The camera in of itself is great. I think what most people are having difficulty with is the name. To call it the “D750” implies it should be in the same line as the D700. With the exception of the flash sync speed and shutter speed, I think they’ve done it. Where it’s lacking is the construction of the body. I know many like a nice, lightweight body because lugging around a beast can be daunting. Many, like me, prefer that “solid” feel we got from the D700 and now D800/10.

    My biggest issue with this is the same as I had on their other recent bodies…give us a 10-pin connector! I want to use an L-bracket but simply can’t without having to use their garbage infrared remote.

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    • Tony Benher

      I agree in the most part, I think my main issue is just the model number. Like I said before, if it was called a D650, I wouldn’t have even commented. I am seeing the points of many here and will just look for what fits my needs and the D750 does not fill it. I’m probably going to go with the D810. I honestly do not want the monster size files of 36 megapixels, but it has everything else I need. For those who say they don’t use shutter speeds over 4000, I just did last week, I also like using high speed sync and use my flashes often so any restrictions would be a bother. the FPS is going to be the biggest issue, but I think I’ll just keep my D700 for those needs. For weddings I’ll probably use the D810 with a zoom lens and the D700 with the wider lens, which I use more often for candids and really use the FPS during those moments. I know may complain about the weight and I’ve actually never had on issue with that and I am one of the few that actually likes it that way. I do work with kids and I’ve had my moments where they have knocked the camera to the ground more than once and even had some large splashes at the beach for my engagement shoots so a “pro” body is a must.

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  6. J. Cassario

    I keep hearing that Nikon needs to listen to it’s customers, which is pretty funny. Just by all the comments in this article, what camera would you design if you were Nikon? You have a good majority saying they will stick with their D7100, therefore a DX would suffice. Well, I’m pretty sure most D700 owners wouldn’t be happy with a DX sensor. Then you have the Nikon shooters jumping ship to go to the Sony system, because of the lighter bodies, and most asking Nikon to come out with something to compete. Well, then a body that is as heavy as a D700 doesn’t fit the bill, and I see a lot of complaining about its smaller and lighter body. The Df got ripped apart for its AF system not being the 51 point AF, so the D750 was given the 51 point AF and that just gets shrugged off. Everyone needs something different, bottom line. I shoot Nikon, Canon, and Leica so without actually shooting this camera, there is no way i will say that I’m disappointed in this. Is this a win win for everyone, absolutely not, but is it a disappointment, I doubt it.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Jay, I seriously think that is going to be the title of many D750 reviews lol…

      “The D750. Didn’t your mommy ever teach you that you can’t please everybody?”

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  7. Tom Walker

    I just don’t get it. On one hand, so many people leave SLRs to Fuji or Sony, becuase they complain about SLR gear being big and heavy. Everytime someone is reviewing mirrorless camera, they make it funny putting it next to ridiculously huge Nikon D4 or at least D800 laving simple message – these clumsy dinosaurs will extinct. And I always wonder – why do they not compare it to D610 or D7100? These are quite manageable to carry and superior to mirrorless at least in focussing and strobing.

    For me, D750 is absolutely perfect (just 1/8000 shutter would be nice). It has great sensor, great focussing, it is cheap for what it does AND it is nicely small and light.

    And now I see everyone is complaining, D750 is too small. So your point is to persuade Nikon to make it huge and heavy, so you can compain about it and few weeks later you declare you are seeling all your Nikon gear and getting mirrorless, that is a lot tinier than D750?

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    • Matthew Saville

      Very interesting point, Tom, and I agree.

      Personally, I DO NOT subscribe to the “big and chunky is better, I’m a pro so I need my camera to weigh like a pro camera…”

      My day job is weddings, and in that line of work I find myself hoisting a camera for 12+ hours straight. Yes, I know I should just suck it up and work out more, but that doesn’t preclude the fact that less weight on your shoulders / neck / back for 12+ hours a day is a good thing, period.

      My hobby is adventures, backpacking, and multi-camera timelapse production. So if I’m going to lug what feels like a cinder block around on my back, you had better believe that it needs to be a 2-3 camera system, NOT just one fat chunky body and a couple of brick-like pro lenses! (Or, if I only need to bring one camera, it had better be so light that I don’t even feel it’s there)

      So, all in all, I’m actually very excited about the D750, despite how it may disappoint a small group of demanding pros. (And a slightly larger group of people who just like to spectate…)

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  8. Rieshawn Williams

    I think it is a nice camera, but I will be sticking to my D7100. Hopefully one day I can go full-frame.

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  9. Kyle Ng

    Love your opinion on the camera. It does seem like Nikon is trying to cover their mistakes with the d600 fiasco. The timeline for the release of the cameras has been pretty quick. I’ll definitely give the d750 a look once people get their hands on it and give it their thoughts on how it performs in the field compared to other bodies. Always good to hear opinions on Nikon gear, especially coming from a studio that’s almost exclusively canon

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  10. Ralph Hightower

    Oh darn it! The 5D Mk IV is around the corner? I bought a 5D Mk III December 2013. Oh well, I’ve just taken photos with it and haven’t shot video. When is 4K going to be mainstream?

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  11. Chuck Eggen

    Sorry to carry-on but, when did Nikon put out a statement that they would produce a follow-up to the D700. I mean, they never labeled any camera the successor to the D700 did they?

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    • Tony Benher

      If they did or not, its implied by the number series and you know that. You know no one would complain if this was named the D650. Following other rumors of Nikon wanting to discontinue the D610 it just make sense this was not geared to the same people who love and still use the D700, but its probably the best we are going to get.

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    • Matthew Saville

      In a sense Chuck, you’re right. Nikon doesn’t OWE D700 owners anything. That was a classic camera, a workhorse, indeed.

      But we don’t know NIkon’s sales figures or profit margins. Maybe the D700, though it sold like hotcakes, was hard to turn a profit on. Who knows. Maybe the awesomeness of the D700 was a mistake that Nikon cannot afford to repeat? Personally I refuse to believe that, for now, but I can see how it would be possible.

      That, and there is one other thing I mentioned in another reply. Who are we to claim representation of the millions who bought a D700? Maybe the majority of D700 buyers were actually consumers / prosumers who just bought it because it was the ONLY cheap option at the time, and what they really wanted was in fact the D610 / D750! Has anybody ever thought about that?

      Nikon is probably trying to please too many people with the D750. I bet that the majority of people shopping in this price range are going to LOVE the D750, and only a select few are going to continue seeing a gap in their lineup that neither the D750 nor the D810 can fill.

      Nikon has, aside from a slight twinge of annoyance at the form factor, done the absolute best thing for its market base.

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    • Chuck Eggen

      I agree totally Matt. That was what I was trying to articulate. Has any other maker done such? I don’t know but Nikon set a mark that was hard to live up to. That’s now miserably obvious. I feel for those that hoped for another iteration of the D700 phoneme but like you, I’m pretty sure the D750 will pan out to be a great camera. With the comments I’ve seen, it has nowhere to go but up.

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  12. Tony Benher

    Here is my biggest gripe, if this is a true “upgrade” why are they DOWNGRADING some features? It should start from the D700 as a base and use its features and add on. Why in a camera that is over 5 years old have a higher sync speed, higher flash sync, more frames per second and in a pro body, but now we lose those features? they are all necessary in some way to someone and the 5 year old camera is used professionally to this day, so why sell it as an enthusiast upgrade camera and not place it as maybe a lower end pro camera? I am also tiered of all the reviewers stating that 6.5 fps is “enough”. Every one has different needs and I work with Wedding and Family photography, which has children involved and in almost every shoot, I have required the use of all my native 7fps and I even got the battery pack to add on that last frame. I do not want 36 megapixels, and 24 is a great jump which makes for a more competitive size and sharpness in the finished product compared to other “upgraded” shooters. I can’t understand how a camera that has to process more megapixels also has a higher frame rate, even if it is only half a frame more. Losing the professional grade features keeps me from doing my job. Plus (again working with children) a tough pro body is essential.

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    • Matthew Saville

      I do agree with this, Tony. For example if I were to go straight from my D700 to the D750, instead of the D800e I currently use, …I would certainly miss a few of the design features.

      However, with just a few small customizations, I think they can overcome all of this. Give it a decent buffer, and make as many buttons as possible highly customizable, and all they’ve done is offered a true D700 replacement that fits a newer, lighter form factor. It’s not about prosumer vs pro. It’s about what people will buy. And Nikon has probably been listening to people’s complaints about the D700 for years; weight and heft and control layout might not have been a problem to us, but we can’t definitively say that we represent the majority of D700 owners, can we?

      All in all, I think Nikon is just going the route they think would make the most D700 users happy. And complain all you want but it is highly likely that most D700 owners were prosumers who wanted THIS camera in the first place, not necessarily a D4s lite or a D810 on crack.

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    • Thurmon Holliday

      I ask the following question out of ignorance (I am a prosumer with a D600 and no desire to buy a D750). If the D750 had a pro body and higher FPS (let’s say 8) why would anyone buy a D4?

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    • Matthew Saville

      Thurmon, because as pro as the D750 is, it’s still not nearly as pro as the D4. Even with 8 FPS, there would still be plenty of shooters who need what the D4 offers.

      If, on the other hand, you’re asking hypothetically what if the D750 had 8 FPS and ALSO a D810 body, well then yes that would cut into D4 sales more significantly than what we have here. But some would still need the D4. Mainly the folks who would stop buying the D4 would be the wannabe pros anyway, who really don’t need the D4 in the first place.

      That’s sort of what happened with the D3 and the D700, but not quite. The D700 did indeed kill D3 sales, and probably in a big way. But Nikon simply knew they had to make the D700 as badass as it was, to put an end to Canon’s tauntingly superior (and absurdly affordable) 5D “classic”. And the D700 did just that, it trounced the 5D in the two respects where that camera fell FLAT on its face: AF & FPS.

      In short, the D700 was a calculated move by Nikon to “stop bleeding”, and will probably not need to happen again in Nikon’s eyes.

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  13. Chuck Eggen

    I agree Anders. As an owner of a D700 even the D610 is a better camera. I loved my D700 until the new Nikons hit the market. It still is a great camera but it doesn’t hold a candle to the new sensors. I think most of the complaining comes from the desire to have a cheap (price) camera that will do almost everything the Flagship does. It’s not really about the technology. It’s more about having a flagship body at half or less the price. Technology in the new bodies is leaps and bounds ahead of the D700. Again, while it’s a great camera if you have nothing else, it’s not on par with todays tech. I’m going to buy the D810. I can always shoot in 1.5 crop mode and still have pixels remaining that didn’t exist with my D700. Farewell old friend. You served me well even if only for a short time. For anyone that wants to dispute this please make me an offer for my babied D700. You might be surprised to find it in your collection.

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    • Tony Benher

      I think everyone can agree that the newer cameras have better sensor, obviously. The issue isn’t people whining for all of the features for half the price, its about finding its place in the market. The D750 is an upgrade to the D610 so its more geared to enthusiast growing into a full frame camera. Nikon does not offer a camera that truly fits where the D700 does. The D 810 is a great camera, but it holds people back in some fields, such as wildlife, sport or even lifestyle photographers. Speed, ease of use, and mobility are king in these fields. In fields where you can take your time to set up for a picture make corrections etc the D810 is superb. Yes the D4s would probably be a great camera for the aforementioned fields, but its WAY out of most professionals price range. Using FPS as an example, the D4s has 11 fps, and the D700 only has 7 (8 with the grip) so it was higher than the other in the line up, but not faster than the D4s. Remember, in the end, these are tools and require the right features to be useful to the professional using them. The D750 maybe perfect for you, but this just shows that those using the D700 have a specific need that Nikon just has not yet filled correctly.

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    • steven faucette

      i’d be interested in buying your d700. my d300 died recently

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    • Matthew Saville

      Hi Steven,

      It’s been a while since I owned a D700, unfortunately, I’m a D750 guy now. I’d highly recommend buying one used or Grey Market though, if I were you!

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    • steven faucette

      contact me regarding your d700.

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  14. Anders Madsen

    I’m coming from a completely different place than most of the commenters here: I’ve been a Canon shooter since 2006 and recently decided to buy into the Nikon system with a D610 plus the 35/50/85 f/1.8 lenses as a replacement for my Canon 1Ds MKII.

    Now, the Canon is old. Very old, in the digital world. However, for a number of years, it was considered the finest DSLR ever made, by some, even after the release of the Canon 1Ds MKIII. This is definitely a pro-grade camera, no doubt about it.

    So, when some claims that the D610 (and by extension, the D750) is not “Pro” enough, I’d really like to know if they ever shot with one of these cameras? Because, truth be told, after buying the D610, my very pro-grade Canon 1Ds has taken exactly ZERO images. None. Zip. Nada.

    Build quality? Win for Canon, but the D610 still feels like a tool, not a toy (which, by the way, the Canon 6D definitely felt like to me).

    Image quality? No contest, there are 8 years between the sensors and that shows, not only in terms of high-ISO performance, but also dynamic range. Win for Nikon by a mile or more.

    Autofocus? This is what surprised me: After reading about the very tight cluster of AF points in the center of the viewfinder of the Nikon, it was odd to find that the AF-points in the D610 had almost the exact same coverage as the Canon 1Ds. Yes, there are slightly fewer points, and yes, with the mid-range lenses I have chosen, AF sometimes seems to be slightly less responsive than the 1Ds with an L-series 28-70 f/2.8, but we are really splitting hairs here.

    So, long story short: To all the people worrying about the D750 not being “Pro” enough, you really should go out and try it before making any assumptions. I make my living from a D610 (no sports or birds in flight, though) and I have never had a customer complain about the images. Yes, if I get a customer that requires the resolution of the D810, I will probably invest in it, but otherwise I really see no reason to be dissatified with my D610, and that the D750 should not be able to replace the ageing D700 is simply silly talk.

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    • Nick Viton

      Anders, are you planning on upgrading your D610 for the D750? If not, why not?

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    • Matthew Saville

      Hey Anders, thanks for the insight! Your points are very useful for real-world shooting. I think if everyone was this practical / realistic about their shooting habits, we wouldn’t have such a huge flame-up every time a new camera is released.

      But then again, if nobody ever complained, camera makers would get complacent and start slacking off. I think that is something that happened to Canon actually. In 2005-2006 it was 99.9% fanboys singing from the rafters about how delighted they were with their system, and how image quality was amazing and nothing else mattered. Well, that bit Canon in the ass real quick.

      Thanks again for your comment. I’m glad people are thinking on both sides of the fence here!

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    • Vince Arredondo

      I can’t agree more with you Anders. I’m a wedding photographer using a D600 as a workhorse. So far so good. As you stated, I haven’t worked with a professional body yet so I’m not missing does features. I’m a professional, and the D600 has been performing as a professional camera so far. The complains I had about it have been addressed very well with the D750.
      I’m excited to see the camera and to see the reviews and hands on.

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  15. Rex Barcarse

    I was holding out on the D810 and waited for the D750 announcement to make my decision. I already have D600, and upon seeing the D750 announcement my next FF would be D810!

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  16. Vince Arredondo

    Coming from D600 this is a great improvement. D6X0 is a great camera and the big disadvantage was the 39 focus points which has been addressed very well IMO. Also, 6.5 fps is not a big deal for me, what matters is the buffer size. I don’t know how big is it, but according to a reader from photographylife.com it is 15 shots which is not good at all.

    Pricewise, I think is right on the spot. I would upgrade with eyes closed from my D600, but right now I’m focused on glass. I have 3 lenses I want to acquire before updating my body.

    I can say Nikon did good. They put a lot of the D810 on a compact camera. I remember a lot of people saying “if the D600 would have 51 fp it would be totally worthy” now that is a reality people are complaining about the viewfinder, ergonomics. IMHO this is a superb camera. I agree, it needs to be tested in real life, specially buffer and high ISO performance. Hopefully it will excel. Let’s see in a few weeks.

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    • Dave Lyons

      It never ceases to amaze me what these people bitch about! lol

      They basically just got a better 5dm3 for a grand cheaper and lord have mercy ship in the trucks of kleenex for all their tears. It’s pathetic

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  17. Chuck Eggen

    Well I have a D700, D4, and D800. I waited for this announcement to decide what my next purchase will be. I like most of what the D750 offers and hoped it would be the bridge/backup between my D800 and D4. Nikon never advertised this camera as an action camera. That was just what everyone hoped for. I too hoped it would be a combination of action and video. I must say the D750 is a lot more camera than my D700. Some don’t like the new body material but I’m not sure that’s fair. Carbon Fibre construction seems likely to be as strong as Magnesium and doesn’t have a memory when beat on. IQ is far improved by the looks of new camera sensors so we can predict that’s a plus. Two additional stops of ISO. Base low ISO 100 vs 200. WiFI for those that want it. Yes it has WiFi built in for those that want it. TWO memory car slots, that’s a plus. Video that’s on par with most DSLRs on the market. And yes, only 6.5 FPS but, I never shot continuous with my D700 anyway. All in all, this is a replacement for the D700. And if anyone wants to dispute it just buy a new D750 and I’ll trade you my D700 for it. Now, with that said, I will probably buy the D810 only because it fits better into my camera line up.

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    • Matthew Saville

      If you have a D4 and a D800, then how badly do you really need to fill the gap in between? I’m just wondering in truthfulness what the purpose of such a camera would be. Personally I simply can’t afford a D4, so that’s my issue there. But for anyone who CAN, I’m just wondering what the interest is in such a camera. You have the best of both worlds, and the gap in between doesn’t really need to be filled THAT badly, from what I can tell…

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    • Chuck Eggen

      Matthew, it’s really never a case of need with me. Truth is I just want it. Please don’t beat me up too bad. Some people buy expensive cars and accessories, I like photography and all the bells and whistles. Or at least all I can afford. I’ll have enough equipment to open a studio soon. I just need the skill to to go with it. That’s why I follow SLRlounge.

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    • Tony Benher

      Mathew, what affordable full frame camera is there for wild life, sport, and life style from Nikon right now? The D4s is out of reach of most. The D750 is a decent , but it was given limitations that will only hinder instead of allow for proper photography. Especially since it was already in the D700. They could’ve added the newer sensor in the exact same body and features and I would’ve been happy. Its one thing if Nikon didn’t “upgrade” certain features, but to downgrade them is insulting.

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    • Tony Benher

      *The D750 is a decent…solution, but* Sorry I left that word out by accident.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Hey Chuck I’m not beating you up at all, I just wanted to understand the thinking behind it. I TOTALLY understand “want vs need”, and there’s no problem with simply wanting something! Money is for spending, that’s what I say, and why not spend it on exactly what you want.

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    • Matthew Saville

      @ Tony Benher, hey I do totally agree with you. We should have seen this be a D810 with more FPS. That would have been the ultimate. Hell they could have grabbed some old D4 or even D3s sensors off the shelf and slapped it in the new D810 body, and I would have been utterly thrilled. I didn’t need the D4s or Df sensor, let alone the D610 sensor, not for action and wildlife and such.

      So yeah, this isn’t the absolute best camera for that purpose, however it’s certainly no slouch either, and at the price it’s going to be hard to resist for the types of photographers you described. The bottom line is that the proof is in the pudding. This thing may prove to have better low-light AF capability (-3EV rating) than any other Nikon ever, and 6.5 FPS is nothing to sneeze at for all but the most dedicated action sports shooters.

      I think Nikon just named it the D750 to put that last nail in the D700 successor’s coffin. Now, let’s see if they make a D450 next LOL, that is somehow dissimilar enough from the D7100 to interest us…

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  18. Michael Lombardo

    Anyone know what handheld gimbal was use in those videos?

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  19. Eric Sharpe

    This camera is perfect for my needs. I’m going in. Finally.

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  20. David Hill

    Like many, I have waited with eager anticipation. Mainly as I want a second camera. My thinking being that I would use my D700 as the second/back up body and buy the 750 new etc etc. Well, my instant reaction is that I will simply buy another D700. I will of course look at and try the 750 but if it is similar in size to the 600/610 and the old D7000 that I had, it just simply wont fit and sit in my hands nicely. Nikon, you need to work more like Fuji….start to listen to what your clients want and make cameras for your clients. Look at the X100T. Simple changes that clients wanted have been made…….very frustrated.

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    • Matthew Saville

      David, that was my reaction to the D800- I bought a 2nd D700.

      Then, for landscape photography, (my hobby) I eventually bought a D800e. And I haven’t grabbed my D700’s since then! Of course that’s just me, if anyone else shoots high volume and still loves their D700, then a D800 + D700 combo still make a great candids+portraits kit. You should strongly consider a ~$2000 used D800 instead of a 2nd D700…

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    • Dave Lyons

      Nikon sells about 4x as many cameras as fuji… I’m sure they have a much better grasp on “what their customers want” then you all seem realize.

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  21. Misael Reyes

    I shoot with two D700’s and a D600. I love the D600’s image quality but hate the AF on it. The D700’s are amazing but I always wished for a little more resolution and at least a stop better in ISO performance. For my needs, the D750 fits perfectly (almost). Would have loved 250 flash sync and 8000 shutter speed.

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    • Matthew Saville

      regarding the flash sync ceiling, and the lack of a flash port, will be solved the day that Nikon offers a built-in radio wireless flash, which could be soon. That, plus other flash systems are allowing high-speed flash beyond the sync ceiling now too.

      So, while I feel your pain, I don’t think it’s going to get any better than this. So you can safely make your decision now.

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  22. Michael Chapman

    I agree with the comments above. Of course, that could change if I had one in my hand shooting with it.

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  23. Jimmyt Roberts

    Truly disappointed with Nikon on this camera. I want/need a pro level camera to replace my 300s as do many who shoot the DX format. This rebranded 7100 with a FX sensor does nothing for me. I see my next FX upgrade moving from my d600 to the 800 series as the price point between the 800 series and d750 is not enough to stop at the d750 model. Nikon you need to start listening to your customer base again, not making decisions based on ease of assembly line modifications.

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    • Nick Viton

      With you on that, JimmyT. This “D750” is what the D610 should have been.

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    • Steven Pellegrino

      Those were my thoughts – they took a 7100 and put an FX sensor in it. I’m very satisfied with my 7100 and don’t see an additional $1,200 worth of value here.

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    • Dave Lyons

      A d7100 with a fx sensor is a d610, so not sure why people try and use that as a bitch point.

      If this camera is made to be a direct competitor to the 5d m3 (which is what’s missing from nikon’s line up) then a smaller, lighter body makes sense and seems like Nikon IS listening to their customers because y’all are always whining about how heavy everything is so they gave you a body that would ease your “suffering” and then of course y’all bitch about it… its a never ending daycare.. i swear! my god lol

      Why are you all bitching about Nikon? Jesus look at what they have given you in the last few years, hell i can’t even think of them all THEN look at canon.. let’s see… a 70d that still has the same IQ & dr as my 30d had in 2007 & a t5 that has the same parts but worse specs as it’s predecessor 8 years ago had. OH BUT they mighttttttt finally get a 7d m2 (that looks like a 70d in a 7d body) i’m sure it will continue with pitiful IQ & DR. And a “possible 5dm4” next year… maybe…. and yet here are people whiny about nikon releasing things too fast.

      Personally I wait and see what images i get off of a body before saying it doesn’t work for me. I prefer get past all the hype and use the thing and see what it really is. How it feels in hand doesn’t mean much to me because after 3-4 days i’m used to it.

      “With you on that, JimmyT. This “D750″ is what the D610 should have been.”
      Well my late 2013 Macbook Pro is what my 2004 Macbook Pro shoulda been!! lmfao… sorry man but that’s just not thinking right.

      6d – d610 : entry fx
      5d – d750: pro mid level fx (or wedding/portrait body)
      xx – d810: landscape/product/studio
      1dx – d4s: big gun

      The 5d was a dagger for canon, it only seems right that Nikon finally fills that hole and removes that dagger and now (possibly) has flipped the table on canon and has covered all their bases but now nikon has the body that the canon people want in the d8xx line and I see nothing in the foreseeable future to change that unless canon finally cowers to sony for some sensors.

      IMO, this pretty smart move. Further more the rumored d9300 (or whatever it is) that could be the fabled d400 is probably in the works but probably got put on hold with d600 fiasco and getting this massive 5d hole plugged which is a much bigger issue than a d400. If the d750 turns out to be as good or better than the 5d for weddings then that’s a better profit stream than a d400.

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    • Nick Viton

      @Dave: “A d7100 with a fx sensor is a d610”. ?
      lmfao… sorry man but that’s just not thinking right.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Steven Pellegrino, if you’ll recall in 2007-2008, the D300 and D700 were the same exact price apart, I believe. So this is nothing new, at all, and it’s ~$500 cheaper than back then despite inflation and a horrible Yen vs USD probably too…

      Just food for thought…

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    • Dave Lyons

      nick…

      “I would be remiss not to point out that the D7100 has a twin: the D600. The D7100 has a DX (1.5x crop) sensor and the D600 has an FX sensor (no crop). Other than the things that go along with that, there are very few differences between the two models. Nikon gave the D7100 the 51-point AF and the D600 the 39-point AF system, there are one or two menu items and other specifications that are different, but otherwise they’re pretty interchangeable. Indeed, they’re built in the same plant in Thailand using pretty much the same manufacturing line. Thus, those of you who read my D600 review will be experiencing a bit of deja vu”

      http://www.dslrbodies.com/cameras/current-nikon-dslr-reviews/nikon-d7100-review.html

      I’m sure Thom has A LOT more credibility on Nikon than anyone here, so I do believe my thinking is right

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    • Nick Viton

      You’re missing the point Dave

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  24. John Cavan

    I don’t think D700 shooters waiting for what they considered to be a more appropriate successor are going to be happy with this. It has a slower frame rate, slower shutter speeds, no AF-ON, slower flash sync, etc… I’m missing the compelling reason for this camera I guess, it looks like a marginally better D610.

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  25. Nick Viton

    A recycled D7000 body. I was hoping for a pro body. Oh so close.
    Le sigh…

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