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Introduction

The market today is pretty filled with different DSLRs from different brands, each one better than the other in different aspects. Considering this, it can be pretty hard to choose the camera that meets your requirements the most, while sometimes, even if a product delivers everything you need, you’re just confused about whether you should get it or not.

So today, I decided to make a head-to-head comparison review about the Nikon D750 and the Canon 80D. You probably know this, but DSLRs have been the most popular option for professional photographers, videographers, and also by people who use it for commercial appliances. But don’t get me wrong, DSLRs are still popular, this is also why in this review we’ll be comparing two remarkable DSLRs which share similar specs, but of course, they differ in terms of features, and price.

If you’ve been reading my other reviews, then you probably know that I’ve made hundreds of reviews on DSLR cameras, anyhow, for the sake of the article, if you don’t know what a DSLR camera is, basically, it is a digital-single-lens-reflex camera which accepts the light directly through the optical viewfinder, while different from a mirrorless camera, which came second in line, they do not consist of a reflective mirror, which tells why they’re called mirrorless.

Okay, so let’s start with the reviews first, whereas, at the end of the article, we’re going to provide you with a comparison table to point out some of the most important differences and key features of them.

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Head To Head Comparison

Nikon D750

The Nikon D750 is one of the most popular cameras of Nikon’s FX-format DSLRs. It’s a simple tool which comes with lots of features and a decent performance in one mid-range package, well maybe that’s not the right term for some people, but that’s where it really ranks.

Design-wise, considering the fact that this is a DSLR camera yet the D750 boasts a really compact and light design that complements the ergonomics of the camera by making it preferable for travelers, and people who take their camera with them anywhere they go. It has a monocoque body which is made of a magnesium alloy, which means that the D750 is quite durable as well. In addition, it has a sculpted handgrip which is deep enough to deliver comfortable handling, while the texture makes it smoother, and it gives a great look to the overall design of the camera.

Anyhow, this is not really the best part of the D750, starting from the 3.2-inch 1,229k-dot vary-angle LCD screen display. As I’ve used the camera, I can assure that the display is top-notch, it delivers stunning details, it has a good preview even in outdoor light, but the fact that it can tilt just makes the camera perfect for videographers, as it is an essential feature to have if you intend on shooting from different angles.

However, it’s important to note that the screen is not touch-enabled, so for those users that are used to navigating through the menu or scrolling through images using the touchscreen, this may disappoint them.

Let’s see if the D750 pays the debt for the lack of a touchscreen in specs, shall we?

Did we mention that this is a full-frame camera? Yes, the D750 is armed with a 24.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, while it also combines with an impressive and fast image processor, the EXPEED 4.

This camera actually packs pretty high-end specs, and it’s perfect for still photography, but apart from that, it also has a remarkable autofocus system, which also makes it perfect for portrait photography and videography. More precisely, the D750 features a 51-point AF system, 15 cross-type, while it delivers a continuous shooting speed of 6.5-frames per second, so in terms of maintaining focus, you won’t have any problems or whatsoever.

But that’s not the best part since this camera also performs great in low-light, due to the ISO that goes up to 12,800 as native, and it can be boosted to a whopping ISO 51,200.

One of the most appealing features of the D750 is the extensive auto-bracketing which goes up to nine frames in 1/3 or 1/6 or 1 EV steps. But that’s not all since you also get to upgrade the Dynamic Range of the image sensor using the built-in HDR shooting, and as an addition, you get to choose from creative effects such as the Selective Color, Color Sketch, Miniature Effect and more in real-time to both stills and HD videos. Let’s also note that the optical viewfinder offers a 100% field-coverage, which is pretty impressive since you won’t be missing any details from the entire frame.

In terms of video recording, sadly enough, the Nikon D750 doesn’t offer 4K, but you get to record only at Full HD 1080p at 60/50/30/25/24p.

When it comes to connections, this particular camera includes the standard built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for instant sharing and transferring with compatible smartphone devices or tablets.

To sum up, the Nikon D750 is a reliable camera that has a decent performance, while it packs one of the finest imaging systems available, compatible with the full collection of FX and DX Nikkor lenses. It’s definitely an upgrade for many photographers, and I would highly recommend it to those who intend to do still photography, portrait photography as well as landscape mostly due to the availability of wide angle lenses for Nikon D750 and creative filters which can really enrich your image.

Nikon D750 Sample Images:

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Canon 80D

Second, at hand, it’s the Canon 80D. Now you’ve seen me make reviews about this camera, in fact, I’ve made a couple of them while comparing to another similar camera. It’s really enjoyable doing it all over again, since this is a very respective camera which packs some of the most high-end features out there, and it’s a fast performer which delivers astonishing image quality, but we’ll talk about later in this review.

First, let’s start by pointing out a couple of interesting facts about its aesthetics and ergonomics.

It’s becoming almost 4 years since this camera was first introduced in 2016, and as I still have it, I can safely say that the 80D packs some serious durability within. It is made of polycarbonate and it features a magnesium alloy chassis, but that’s not really the best part, it also has a dust-resistant and moisture-resistant body which prevents the camera from slowly deteriorating.

In advance, Canon has gone a bit different with this cameras’ handgrip, it features a wide sculpted deep grip that can accommodate larger hands the same as smaller ones. Personally, I find it to be quite comfortable to hold, so I don’t think you’ll have a problem with it too since I’m really a demanding user when it comes to these small details.

Another change for the 80D comes with many improvements if you compare it to previous Canon models, while if you compare it with D750’s LCD panel, this one clearly is better no only in terms of features, but also in numbers. For starters, the 3-inch screen has 1.04Million dots, while it is touch-enabled, and the same as the D750’s, it can tilt for shooting from different angles and viewing positions.

Performance-wise, similar to our first camera, the Canon 80D features a 24-megapixel sensor, but indifference from the D750, I find the image processor to be faster and better, having the DIGIC 6 which truly enhances the camera’s speed and image quality. Thus, it’s also important to note that due to these specs, the 80D has a continuous shooting speed of 6.4-frames per second, which again, it shares the same number as the D750, pretty similar, right?

Although, the autofocus system is where you can tell their differences, since it has a 45-point AF system, whereas the D750 has a 51-point AF. But no matter how good it may be in numbers, the 80D has two autofocus systems, one for using the camera and taking shots in the viewfinder, the other is for Live View and Video mode, and for more convenience, all the AF points are cross-type points, so judge if you will, but I find the 80D to be more convincing.

If I didn’t mention already, the 80D is surprisingly good in low-light, and I’m pointing out surprisingly good because, in most Canon DSLRs of this price range, I’ve seen many people complain about getting a noisy image in low-light. However, that’s not the case here, since with an ISO of up to 16,000, and expandable of up to 25,600, you not only get a noise-free image, but it also offers plenty of detail, unlike most competitors that have a common problem with delivers blurry images in extreme ISOs.

I see it pretty often with popular cameras, they lack one of the most in-vogue features for videographers, 4K. At first, I wasn’t really disappointed, but now that I see that this has become a pretty common feature in most entry-level and mid-range DSLRs, I’m really disappointed that Canon hasn’t included 4K in the 80D, sadly, you only get to record at Full HD 1080p.

Moreover, for image transfer or sharing, you can connect your camera via the built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, which is very practical and fast.

In the end, Canon 80D brings a lot more value for money that the Nikon D750 does, it’s mid-range DSLR which same as our first camera, it’s also great for portrait photography, landscape, stills, and events.

Canon 80D Sample Images:

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Nikon D750 vs Canon 80D Feature Comparison

Nikon D750 Canon 80D
Camera Type
Full-Frame DSLR
DSLR
Megapixels
24.3
24.2
ISO Range
100 to 12,800(51,200)
100-16,000(25,600)
Flip-Out Screen
Yes
Yes
AF Points
51 AF Points
45 AF Points
Viewfinder
Yes
Yes
Touchscreen
No
Yes
Video Recording
Yes
Yes
Sensor Size
Full-Frame CMOS
APS-C

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Conclusion

Now that we’ve gotten the comparison table out of the way, I believe that you have enough facts and knowledge to perfectly support your decision on whether you should get the Nikon D750 or the Canon 80D.

From my perspective, both of these cameras are reliable DSLRs which share similar specs and performance, however, their slight difference in price is what mocks me.

There’s no doubt, the D750 is truly a powerful DSLR, but if you’re after more value, then I would recommend the Canon 80. It’s not that it shares similar specs, but it’s more feature-rich, starting from the touch-enabled LCD screen, however, it is a bit weaker if you consider its autofocus system and their ISO performance.

In the end, consider what features you’re after more, and what type of photography you do, that’s how you’re going to know which one meets your requirements the most.

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