The Nikon D780 is the successor of the D750, which was widely regarded as one of the most capable DSLR cameras in the history of the industry. It is still constructed around a 24 megapixel sensor and a 51-point autofocus system, but the more you dive into it, the more you realize that it is a far more powerful machine: a DSLR that has learnt a lot from mirrorless cameras.
Nikon D780 Price in USA
Many elements of the camera’s behavior, including autofocus, video performance, and interval shooting, have been greatly enhanced, bringing a lot of the Z6’s capabilities to Nikon’s venerable F-mount. These improvements were made possible by Nikon’s commitment to continuous improvement.
The Nikon D780 is currently available with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $2,299.95 (which is the same price as the D750 in 2014), or it may be purchased as a kit with the AF-S 24-120mm F4G ED VR lens for $2,799.95.
At the time of publication, a number of US stores were providing customers who traded in any digital camera with a discount of $300 off the purchase price of a new Nikon D780. The exterior of the D780 is quite similar to that of its predecessor, as is the case with a large number of other DSLRs, however the interior of the camera has been extensively reworked. Let’s have a peek.
The D780 promises to have essentially the same pixel count as its predecessor, the D750, which was released a little over five years ago. However, the sensor in the D780 (which is almost certainly shared with the Z6 and a host of other cameras) incorporates virtually every advancement that has become standard since that time.
The fact that it has a backside illuminated (BSI) design is perhaps the aspect that is least interesting about it. Other than the fact that the light-sensitive areas of each pixel are closer to the front of the sensor, which may increase the light collecting at the corners of the sensor, this is unlikely to have a significant impact on the image quality (which is unlikely to be a major problem on an F-mount camera).
When shooting via the viewfinder, the D780 employs a 51-point autofocus module, much like its predecessor did. However, it adds the 180,000-pixel RGB metering sensor and AF algorithms found in the D5 to give more complex subject tracking.
Nikon D780 Specifications
|MSRP||$2299 (body only), $2799 (w/24-120mm lens)|
|Body type||Mid-size SLR|
|Body material||Magnesium alloy|
|Max resolution||6048 x 4024|
|Other resolutions||3936 x 2624 (DX crop)|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||25 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||25 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Full frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm)|
|Color space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|ISO||Auto, 100-51200 (expands to 50-204800)|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||50|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||204800|
|White balance presets||12|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, normal, basic|
|File format||JPEGRaw (NRW, 12 or 14-bit)|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View|
|Autofocus assist lamp||No|
|Number of focus points||51|
|Number of cross-type focus points||15|
|Lens mount||Nikon F|
|Focal length multiplier||1×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Minimum shutter speed||900 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/8000 sec|
|Exposure modes||ProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe)|
|Flash X sync speed||1/200 sec|
|Drive modes||SingleContinuous lowContinuous highMirror-upQuiet shutterQuiet continuousSelf-timer|
|Continuous drive||12.0 fps|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)|
|Modes||3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 120p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 100p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM|
|Storage types||Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible)|
|USB||USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (mini HDMI)|
|Wireless notes||802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.1|
|Remote control||Yes (via wired, wireless or smartphone)|
|Battery description||EN-EL15b lithium-ion battery & harger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||2260|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||840 g (1.85 lb / 29.63 oz)|
|Dimensions||144 x 116 x 76 mm (5.67 x 4.57 x 2.99″)|
People who favor the DSLR format will find the Nikon D780 to be an excellent choice for all-around photography and videography. It is well-built, with a comfortable grip for shooting, and a wide range of configuration options. The performance of the autofocus system is, for the most part, good. However, discrepancies between the autofocus that is performed in live view and the autofocus that is performed through the finder may create some confusion. Despite this, the battery life is excellent, and there is a dedicated smartphone app that provides reliable communication.
- Excellent 24MP full-frame sensor.
- 7 frames per second in bursts with tracking.
- Electronic shutter speed of 12 fps
- LCD display that can be tilted.
- Video focusing using phase detect technology.
- Charging done within the camera.
- 4K resolution and a flat profile.
- There is no stabilization for the image sensor.
- There is a restricted range of coverage for the viewfinder autofocus.
- The costlier option to using mirrorless technology.