I took the Nikon D750 out on a field test, and experienced its high depiction capabilities first hand. In this article, we first look at how the image quality of the D750 fares from a professional photographer’s point of view, while taking into account the effects of the newly equipped Picture Control. We will then check out the camera’s high-ISO depiction capabilities in night photography, and see how much image quality has improved thanks to the EXPEED 4. Finally, we shall take a look at the camera’s AF system with enhanced focus detection in extremely low-light situations as dark as -3 EV. (Report: Toshiya Hagihara)
AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR/ FL: 16mm/ Aperture-priority Auto (f/11, 1/5 sec)/ ISO 100/ WB: Direct sunlight
The Picture Control was set to Landscape. The shot was taken with the Clarity, Contrast, and Brightness parameters set to +4, +1, and +1 respectively.
It could be said that Nikon began a new chapter in imaging with the release of the D810; the D750 is the second part of that chapter. My impression from the field test is that the camera has unquestionably high depiction capabilities in terms of details, producing rich gradations. It is also able to produce a strong sense of depth.
Even when compared with the D610, which is also an FX-format model and has the same pixel count, the D750’s depiction capabilities gives you the sense that it is a cut above, thanks to the advanced EXPEED 4 and the new Picture Control system. In particular, mastering the new Picture Controls will endow you with even more creative flexibility to create photographic works. With the new Clarity parameter, you can adjust the sense of clarity while maintaining the gradations and brightness of the image. Moreover, the parameter can be set precisely in increments of 0.25 steps, just as on the D810.
The newly added Clarity parameter in Picture Control. Setting a positive value adds sharpness to the image, while setting a negative value adds a soft impression. When you want a tack sharp image of misty landscape, choose a positive value. Choose a negative value when you want your portraits or flower photos to have a soft effect.
Both images: AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR/ FL: 24mm/ Aperture-priority Auto(f/11, 1/30 sec)/ISO 100/ WB: Direct sunlight/ Picture Control: Standard
The photo from the D750 is clearer, so it seems to benefit from having EXPEED 4 and the new Picture Control. It appears to be able to depict the detailed parts in even finer detail.
The Picture Control (Flat) is also worthy of attention. It utilises a tone curve that is closer to a straight line than the Neutral setting, allowing you to obtain an extremely rich amount of data on your subject. As such, you could say that this setting is for taking RAW images that will be post-processed, as it allows you to take an even wider range of expressions by making the most of the rich light information it obtains from the FX-format 24.3-megapixel sensor.
Shot using the Picture Control, Flat. While it does not appear to be a sharp image as is, it contains a large amount of data that can easily be used for post processing.
This image is the Flat image after post-processing. It looks bright and lively. The Flat image file maintains abundant subject information with minimal artificial processing, which makes it easy to achieve your ideal finish through post-processing.
The new Flat option was added on the D750, which allows you to capture more data for your subject, making it suitable for RAW image post processing.
The D750 could also be seen as a camera that performs well in dim locations or for night photography. At any rate, focus detection capability in dim conditions of -3 EV is a stunning spec that surpasses the capability of high-end models such as the D810.
The D750 holds a massive advantage when carrying out autofocus shooting in conditions where it is difficult to see even with the naked eye. During night photography, autofocusing is stable. Scenes in dim conditions such as those of wildlife moving around at night and subjects illuminated by LED lighting can all be captured using autofocus. In fact, the D750 makes shooting in dark locations more comfortable.
I was also impressed with the quality of images taken at high ISO sensitivity. Even when compared to the D610, the images are surprisingly beautiful. The autofocus performance and quality in the high-ISO range of the D750 makes this camera a reassuring partner to have on your side for night photography.
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Equipped with a sensor with focus detection capabilities at -3 EV. At this degree of brightness, the autofocus works without any problems.
AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G/ FL: 50mm/ Aperture-priority Auto (f/8)/ WB: Direct sunlight
I took shots at each of the following ISO sensitivity levels and compared them with shots taken using the D610. The quality of the shot using ISO 1600 on the D610 is about the same as the shot using ISO 6400 on the D750. This demonstrates the high level of noise reduction performance achieved by the advanced EXPEED 4.