Nikon D800 vs Nikon D750: Which Full Frame DSLR is Better?

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Nikon D800 vs Nikon D750: Which Full Frame DSLR is Better?

Nikon D800 and D750 are two affordable enough full frame DSLR cameras. These cameras are available for under $2,000. There is a story about these two full frame DSLR cameras from Nikon.

D800 was announced by Nikon in 2012 and has been replaced by D810 which was announced in 2014. Meanwhile, D750 was announced by Nikon in September 2014. This camera adopts some technologies from D810, but with smaller body. That is why there are no significant differences between these two cameras in terms specs. In fact, they have a precisely the same sensor size.

Both cameras earned good enough receptions since released. For instance, D800 was given a a Gold Award by DP Review. So was D750. These two cameras also earned good enough score during the DxOMark test. D800 earned the score of 95 while D750 earned the score of 93. Take a look at the table we have created below to see the differences between the specs of Nikon D800 and D750.

Specs comparison: Nikon D800 vs Nikon D750

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From the table above, you see that the sensor of Nikon D800 has a higher resolution than D750. However, when it comes to size, there is no difference at all. As we said above, these two cameras have precisely the same sensor size. Regarding the sensor, we are going to cover it on the next section. For now, let’s talk about other specs.

The first thing we are going to analyze is ISO range.

Due to the large sensor these cameras have, higher ISO range might is not too crucial since larger sensor has a better low-light sensitivity. But still, higher ISO range will help you a bit in certain condition. Higher ISO range gives you more flexibility to use higher shutter speed. Nikon D750 offers higher ISO range than D800. Conversely, Nikon D8000 offers longer shutter speed range than Nikon D750. You can see the differences on the table above.

The combination of ISO and shutter speed (and also aperture) will determine how much lights caught by the camera sensor. The combination between ISO, shutter and aperture is known as exposure triangle. If you are looking for a camera to take the pictures of moving objects, you need the one with more autofocus points. Both Nikon D800 and D750 have the same amount of autofocus point, 51. But Nikon D750 is capable of capturing more images per shutter pressing since it has more frame rates than D8000.

Nikon D800


Nikon D750



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Despite a large sensor offered by these two cameras, there is no special feature offered by Nikon D800 and D750 regarding the video recording capability. They are only capable of recording videos with the maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 aka full HD. However, the videos recorded using D750 will look smoother since it has more frames, 60 fps compared to 30 belong to D800.

Since Nikon D800 is an older model, it doesn’t offer an advanced feature on the screen section. The screen of Nikon D750 has a higher resolution.

The screen of Nikon D750 has the resolution of 1229000 which also can be tilted compared to D800’s screen which only 921000. The screen of Nikon D750 and D800 have the same size, 3.2-inch. Other advantage of Nikon D750 over D800 also cover connectivity. D750 has a Wi-Fi feature to allow you transferring photos you took to smartphone/tablet via Nikon’s SnapBridge app. The same feature is not available on D800. One other thing that makes D750 better than D800 is battery life. The battery of Nikon D750 can be used to take about 1230 photos per charging compared to D800 which only capable of taking about 900 photos per charging.

Sensor comparison: Nikon D800 vs Nikon D750

Nikon D800 and D750 are DSLR cameras with a full frame sensor. This means they have a large sensor. As we have mentioned, the sensor of these two cameras have precisely the same size with the crop factor of 1.0. However, they have a different resolution. While the sensor of Nikon D800 has the resolution of 36.3 MP, the sensor of Nikon D760 has the resolution of 24.3 MP. As a result, Nikon D800 is capable of generating photos with higher maximum resolution than D750.

Body comparison: Nikon D800 vs Nikon D750

Nikon D750 is arguably the smaller version of D810 since uses some technologies from it. Because of this, the overall body dimension of Nikon D750 is smaller than D800 which is the predecessor of D800. The body of Nikon D750 is about 11 smaller than D800 while for the weight, Nikon D750 is about 25 percent lighter. The weight of Nikon D800 reaches the number of 1 kg which it not too cool for travel photographers.

Photo results comparison: Nikon D800 vs Nikon D750

All cameras are made with the same purpose of generating good photos. How good the photos generated by a camera model, that’s the difference. In general, digital cameras with larger sensor like D800 and D750 are capable of generating better photos since they have a richer color-depth.

However, how good the photos can be generated by a camera model is determined by many factors. On the technical factors, there are lens and settings other than sensor that determine the quality of the photos generated by a camera. We have selected some examples of photos taken using both Nikon D800 and D750 from Pixabay so you don’t need to conduct an online research yourself. There is also an EXIF data on each photo which you can read to figure out the applied settings as well as the used lens type.

  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon D750


Given that full frame DSLR cameras have an expensive price, both Nikon D800 and D760 can an alternative for photographer enthusiasts who can’t wait to buy their first full frame camera. For professional-grade full frame cameras, the price of these two cameras are affordable enough.

One thing. Both Nikon D800 and D760 are old models. Nikon D800 uses Expeed 3 image processor while Nikon D750 use Expeed 4 image processor. Currently, there has been a newer version of Nikon’s image processor, Expeed 5, which is used by Nikon D850. Both Nikon D800 and D750 have a precisely the same sensor size, but the sensor resolution of Nikon D800 is higher than D750. These two cameras have equivalent specs. No camera is superior over each other. On DxOMark, these two cameras also have a high enough score. Nikon D800 with 95 and Nikon D750 with 93.

The advantage of Nikon D750 over D800 is that ot comes with Wi-Fi feature and longer battery life. Also, it offers a slightly smoother video quality. But overall, these two cameras are equal enough.

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