Nikon D780 Review
All product photography by Dan Bracaglia
The Nikon D780 is a replacement for the D750, one of the most well-rounded DSLRs ever made. It's still built around a 24MP sensor and 51-point AF system but the more you dig in, the more you discover it's a much more capable machine: a DSLR that's learned a lot from mirrorless.
Many aspects of the camera's behavior, including autofocus, video performance and interval shooting have been significantly improved, bringing a lot of the Z6's capabilities to Nikon's venerable F-mount.
- 24.5MP BSI CMOS full-frame sensor with on-sensor phase detection
- 7 frame per second shooting (12 fps in 12-bit electronic shutter mode)
- UHD 4K capture at up to 30p from the full width of the sensor
- 51-point AF module supported by 180,000 pixel RGB metering sensor
- 273 point on-sensor PDAF in live view (sensitive to -4 EV)
- 3.2", 2.36M-dot touchscreen
- Shutter range of 900 - 1/8000 sec
- 10-bit video output over HDMI
- 2260 shots per charge with viewfinder
- Dual UHS-II SD card slots
- Snapbridge Bluetooth and Wi-Fi system (with Raw and video transfer)
The Nikon D780 is available now with an MSRP of $2,299.95 (the same price as the D750 in 2014), or as a kit with the AF-S 24-120mm F4G ED VR lens for $2,799.95.
At the time of publication, some US retailers are offering $300 off the price of a new D780 with the trade-in of any digital camera.
What's new and how it compares
The D780 uses elements borrowed from both the D5 and Z6 to deliver a camera that's a big step forward from the D750 it replaces.
Body and handling
The D780 has no built-in flash, but it does have a touchscreen and one of the best interfaces on the market for stills/video shooters.
Controls and customization
This D780 is chock-full of customization options. It also offers on of the best Auto ISO implementations around.
Is it right for you?
Whether you're looking to photograph people or animals, landscapes or action, events or studio work, we'll break down whether the D780 is the right option for you.
Browse our studio test scene and see how the Nikon D780 stacks up against its other 24MP full frame peers (hint: quite well).
Autofocus and performance
The D780 isn't the fastest camera in town, but a deep buffer and excellent AF performance make it a solid choice for sports or action.
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