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The D780 makes a strong case for itself as a video camera. It comes with high-quality, oversampled 4K footage and great video autofocus, slow-motion Full HD capture, and retains separate settings for both stills and video – especially handy for shooters that dabble in both disciplines. There's plenty of room for both headphone and microphone sockets, and the camera can output a 10-bit Log signal to an external recorder over HDMI. There's focus peaking if you don't want to rely on autofocus, and zebra warnings will help you control your exposure.

Perhaps the biggest knock against the D780 is simply due to its DSLR design. There's no electronic viewfinder option, and since the mirror has to flip up to shoot video, you cannot use the optical viewfinder either. There's also no in-body image stabilization, but a stabilized lens or enabling the camera's electronic stabilization can smooth your footage out. Lastly, the tilting screen mechanism isn't as versatile as a fully articulating one for those who want to start vlogging.

In the end, DSLR cameras face stiff competition in general from mirrorless cameras when it comes to video. But for users who have a good collection of F-mount glass, or those who want to use older AF-D lenses for video and get good autofocus, the D780 is your best bet.