Choosing between Nikon D610, Nikon D750 or Nikon D810

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The long wait for a D700 replacement is now over. It has been six years since the D700 came out. The Nikon D700 was such an awesome camera at the time because it was basically a Nikon D3 in a smaller body. The exact same sensor, specification, ergonomic design but without the full body and burst FPS.

Unfortunately with the introduction of the D810 and now the D750, we can clearly see Nikon is steering way from such strategy developing a smaller version of its best pro body camera. The Nikon D750 has the same price tag as the D700 back in 2008. Apart from that,  there is nothing else suggest it is a replacement of the D750. It wouldn’t take Nikon six years to replace a camera, so clearly the replacement of the D700 has split into a more advance high MP no AA filter Nikon D810 and a semi advance D750. This may not be a bad idea since there are more and more intake on Full Frame (FF) cameras. Providing an option for a semi advance DSLR is definitely a good move. But from a price point of view, we are no longer getting a D700 equivalent deal.

There are a couple of interesting new features on the D750, a tiltable LCD that is great for videoing and Wifi capability.  The primary specs is very close to the D810 but with a newly developed 24MP sensor. The body ergonomic is more resemble to the D610, it looks like a D610 rather than a D810. In fact , the ergonomic design has taken a step backwards compare to the D700. Here is why the D750 is not a replacement of the D700.

  • A mode PASM  dial has been put back
  • No AF-on button
  • VF has no cover, reverted to the D610 design
  • No CF, using dual SD cards
  • Max shutter speed reduced to 1/4000s

Is that a bad thing? Not really, the new Nikon D750 opens up another option for those who want a more advance camera  than the entry level FF DSLR D610, but do not want to bare the high price of the D810 by sacrificing a few features.

Final Thoughts

The D750 is a stunning camera with much of the advance specs like 51 points AF system, high ISO capability, Wifi and HD video. For its price nearly $1,000 cheaper than the D810, it is certainly a very attractive camera. We can all put an end to waiting for a D700 replacement, the world is different now and  Nikon has decided to offer three very capable FF DSLRs that will suit your needs. Still deciding between the Nikon D610 or D750 or D810?

If you are still exploring the FF DSLR world, get the Nikon D610.

If you are on a tight budget looking for FF DSLR, get the Nikon D610 or a second hand D800/800E.

If you are an existing D700 user, get the Nikon D810 if you want a full upgrade, otherwise get the Nikon D750 if you can put up with the sacrifices.

If you are an advance user and looking for a very capable FF DSLR, get the Nikon D810.

If you are looking for bang for buck FF camera, get the Nikon D750.

If you can’t live without the AF-ON button and 1/8000s max. shutter speed, get the Nikon D810.

 

Here is a spec comparison between the Nikon D610 vs D750 vs D800.

 

Model

Nikon D610

Nikon D750

Nikon D810

Resolution

24.3million

24.3million

36.3million

Image Processor

EXPEED 3

EXPEED 4

EXPEED 4

Dynamic AF Mode

Number of AF points: 9, 21, 39 and 39 (3D-tracking)

Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)

Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)

Metering Sensor

2,016-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering II

91,000-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering III

91,000-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering III

ISO Sensitivity

ISO100-6400
Lo-1 (ISO 50)
Hi-1 (ISO 12,800)
Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)

ISO100-12,800
Lo-1 (ISO 50)
Hi-1 (ISO 25,600)
Hi-2 (ISO 51,200)

ISO64-12,800
Lo-1 (ISO 32)
Hi-1 (ISO 25,600)
Hi-2 (ISO 51,200)

Frame rate per second

6FPS

6.5FPS

5FPS

Viewfinder Eyepoint

20.6mm (-1.0m¯¹)

21mm (-1.0 m¯¹)

17 mm (-1.0 m¯¹)

Fastest Shutter Speed

Up to1/4000

Up to1/4000

Up to1/8000

Monitor Size

3.2in. diagonal

3.2in. diagonal (Tiltable)

3.2in. diagonal

Monitor Resolution

921,000Dots

1,229,000Dots

1,229,000Dots

Built-in Wi-Fi

No

Yes

No

Card Slot

2 Secure Digital (SD)

2 Secure Digital (SD)

1 CompactFlash© (CF) card and 1 Secure Digital (SD) card

Movie

Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 50 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 30 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 25 fps

Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 60 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 50 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 50 fps

Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 60 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 50 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 50 fps

Movie Audio

Built-in microphone, monaural
External stereo microphone (optional)

Built-in microphone, stereo
External stereo microphone (optional)

Built-in microphone, stereo
External stereo microphone (optional)

Battery Life (shots per charge)

900shots (CIPA)

1,230shots (CIPA)

1,200shots (CIPA)

Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth)

5.6in.(141mm)x4.4in.(113mm)x3.2in.(82mm)

5.6in.(140.5mm)x4.5in.(113mm)x3.1in.(78mm)

5.8in.(146mm)x4.9in.(123mm)x3.3in.(81.5mm)

Approx. Weight

26.8oz.(760g)camera body only

26.5oz.(750g)camera body only

31.1oz.(880g)camera body only

Price

$1899

$2399

$3299

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Kent is a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He and his team specialise in modern and contemporary weddings. Kent has his work published in international magazines and is a regular author to a number of photographic publication. He is fascinated by photographic equipment and enjoys showcasing the gear used in creating his images. You can find him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google+
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