I had been using Nikon D700 for almost 5 years. After my friend lend me Nikon D750 and Sony A7II, I had a feeling that D700 is too old. Also, I am thinking to start shooting video, D700 cannot shoot video. Therefore I had been thinking to upgrade. The biggest challenge for me is to choose between Nikon D750 vs Nikon D810.
What Nikon D700 is Missing
1. It only gives 12MP
I want to resume uploading to stock agency, 12MP is definitely losing customers. Also, more megapixel allow me to have more flexibility in post processing. After trying out Sony A7II and Nikon D750, I feel the power of 24MP.
2. ISO performance is not good
When I first buy D700 a few years ago, its ISO performance is incredible comparing to my old Nikon D90. However, when time goes by, newer sensors are released which totally beat D700. Both D750 and A7II can give clean usable image even under ISO3200 which is CRAZY! I can never use more than ISO1250 in D700 for my photography job.
3. It can't shoot video
Yes, I am practicing video...with a Canon 500D. I don't know why even a low end DSLR have video function while D700 do not. At first I think this is not important because I never shoot video. But now I have to shoot with my iPhone 6 and 500D which is not convenient.
What Should I Upgrade?
If I have enough budget, I would definitely go for D4s. However, that price gap is huge. D4s is totally unaffordable for me at the moment.
D600 is positioned as beginner full frame DSLR which is not my cup of tea. Although it is cheap, it preform not as good as I need.
D750 vs D810, What Do I Consider?
I'd like to compare a few aspect between D750 and D810 by my photography style and style. These comparison is based on what I think and you may disagree. Feel free to discuss what you think in the comment section.
Both D750 and D810 are in my budget range. D750 is USD780 cheaper. A few hundreds less can give me extra cash to grab another lens, maybe a fisheye.
However, what Nikon interests me is the 200-500mm f/5.6. This is not cheap and I am not going to buy it in a short time. Therefore D810 is still manageable.
My main focus now is landscape photography. More megapixels mean more flexibility in post. D750's 24MP is already great. But the 36MP D810 is just awesome. I give 2 score for this part to D810.
I tried D750 but not D810 before my upgrade. The noise control in D750 is just awesome. After reading lots of ISO battle between D750 and D810. I have no comment that D750 is a bit better than D810.
However, I do landscape photography in most of my time. The lowest native ISO in D810 is 64 while D750 is ISO100. That means that I can have long exposure easier.
I’ll give this a draw.
I have been searching a lot of product review and testing on the dynamic range but none of them seem gives persuasive result. Therefore I can only compare this by the specification, which mean D810 wins.
Flipping LCD Display
This may not be useful of some of you, but, to me, this is a great function. When I shoot in a low angle, I have a hard time to compose and focus. If the LCD monitor can be flipped out, I can compose and focus easily by using the live-view function.
Overall, D750 is 1 score losing D810 in my point of view. I am not say that you should choose D810 too. As a landscape photographer, 36MP means a lot, a bigger output, more flexible on post crop, sharper image, and etc.
The true is, most people do not need 36MP like me. Such a huge megapixels also bring problems like more time on rendering jpg, eating up hard drive faster, and more. If you are not perfectionist like me, D750 is more suitable for you. It is lighter, faster, having WiFi, having flipping LCD, and more.
So, how do you think for my choice? Which one will you choose? Leave a comment and let’s discuss.