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Nikon D750 professional grade DSLR revealed with tilting LCD screen

Tilting LCD display could make Nikon's D750 the ideal professional digital SLR for videographers

Nikon has officially announced the D750, the first professional-grade, full-frame digital SLR camera to include a tilting LCD display for easier shot composition and more convenient video shooting. Revealed ahead of the Photokina trade show in Cologne, due to kick off next week, the D750 slots in between the D610 and D810 as Nikon’s lightest pro-DSLR to date.

According to the company, it had to completely redesign the internal components in order to fit the 3.2in, 1.2-million dot LCD screen. It tilts up around 90 degrees, and although it can’t flip out at all, it’s a major improvement over the fixed LCD screens found on most other professional digital SLRs. Despite the addition, Nikon has actually managed to make it significantly lighter than its other models at just 750g.

Tilting screens aren’t usually found on professional grade cameras because it makes them harder to waterproof, but that hasn’t stopped Nikon. The D750 uses a monocoque construction, with carbon fibre on the front, and magnesium alloy on the back and top, and is both weather-sealed and gasketed to keep out dust and moisture.

The D750 has a 24.3-megapixel, FX-format CMOS sensor, which according to Nikon is an entirely new development and produces “image quality that’s nothing short of astounding.” Paired with the Expeed 4 image processor found in the D810 and D4S, it uses a 51-point autofocus system with 15 cross-type AF sensors. Burst shooting up to 6.5fps isn’t quite as fast as those higher end cameras, however, which may make it unsuitable for sports photography.

Instead, it might be best suited to low light. With a 100-12,800 ISO range, extended up to ISO 51,200 equivalent with Nikon’s Hi2 mode, and the ability to focus at -3EV, it should compete directly with Canon’s 6D when it comes to gig photography and other low-light situations.

When it comes to video, the 750D can shoot 1080p footage at 24, 30 or 60fps, with full aperture control during filming. The Power Aperture mode seen on the D810 is borrowed here to smooth out transitions. The LCD display will also display zebra stripes if your footage is overexposed. There’s space for two SD cards inside, so you shouldn’t need to worry about running out of space.

Nikon expects the D750 to go on sale in the UK from the 23rd of September as a body-only package, with prices starting from £1,799.99. A kit with a bundled 24-120 f/4 lens should be arriving later in October.

We’re expecting the D750 to be on display at Photokina next week in Cologne, so will be sure to get some hands-on first impressions as soon as we can.

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