Review: Nikon’s D750 DSLR

Video DSLRs

D750: Video features

D750 on set
Zooming in: Audio Video Pro’s editor using the D750 on our sample film
Although Nikon can be credited with starting the DSLR revolution, video features on many of its cameras have lagged behind the competition more recently. This is a great shame, given the robustness of Nikon cameras, the wide choice of lenses for them, and the number of photographers who own Nikon gear.

When it comes to video Nikon cameras have had their quirks, such as short recording times, and apertures that cannot be changed in Live View, to name but two.

In many ways, the D800 was the first Nikon to really compete with Canon, Panasonic and Sony for video features, and the camera can produce some very pleasing results. Its successor model, the D810, is better still. With the D800 (now replaced by the D810) Nikon ironed out some of its biggest video limitations, especially by adding the ability to change apertures in Live View. The two cameras also have a feature called “power aperture”, to allow for smooth iris adjustments from the camera body, on auto lenses with conventional, stills f-stops.

This feature has carried over to the D750. And Nikon has gone a step further, by adding 50fps/60fps frame rates, for smoother video or for basic, half-speed slow motion.

The other new feature is the ability to record full HD video both internally, and via HDMI, at the same time.

The D800 and D610 are unable to output full HD over the HDMI connection and record to a card; with a card present, video is limited to 720p or 1080i, or internal recording in 1080p but with 1080i out over the HDMI port. This is despite Nikon supporting a “clean” HDMI out signal (without settings information overlays).

By removing this limitation, Nikon has made the D750 a much more practical proposition for video production.

Internal recording in Nikon’s cameras is not bad by any means. The company’s h.264 compression is efficient, but its cameras lack the higher recording bitrates offered by Canon and Sony on their premium models.

Next: External recording and media