From the photokina Floor: Hands on the Nikon D750

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A new full-frame alternative for serious shooters, the Nikon D750 provides a mix of exciting features. Like the previous Nikon D610 and D810, the D750 offers professionals and serious enthusiasts a viable alternative to the pricey pro models, such as the formidable flagship Nikon D4S. As you’d expect, the new D750 falls midway between the D610 and D810 in terms of price and features, with a 24.3MP FX-format sensor and a high-density 51-point AF system derived from the D4S.

The new D750 feels very solid and extremely well balanced, and while it is certainly no lightweight in any sense of the word, it is very comfortable to handhold. Among its chief attractions: A 6.5 fps full-res maximum burst rate for capturing extreme action and sports, group-area AF for superior focusing and tracking accuracy with rapidly moving subjects, and sensitivity up to ISO 51200.

Its newly developed sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor are designed to provide enhanced low-light performance; our quick seat-of-the-pants observations indicate that Nikon’s claim of superior performance at high ISOs is on target.

The D750 also has a tilting monitor with a 3-axis hinge design that lets you raise it up to 90 degrees, downward to 75 degrees, and move it slightly outward to clear the eyepiece for composing stills and videos from a variety of angles. It is Nikon’s first FX-format camera with built-in Wi-Fi for transferring images and remote shooting using a smart device, a boon for nature and wildlife photographers. Our initial verdict: Well done, and likely to succeed even in this super-competitive market niche.

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