Introduction

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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.

Key Specifications:

  • 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.

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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.

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Controls and customization

This D780 is chock-full of customization options. It also offers on of the best Auto ISO implementations around.

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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.

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Image quality

Browse our studio test scene and see how the Nikon D780 stacks up against its other 24MP full frame peers (hint: quite well).

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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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Video

The D780 inherits all the video-related specifications and features offered in the mirrorless Z6. Which is to say, it’s got cinema chops.

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Conclusion

If you’re going to read one thing read this! We’ll tell you everything you need to know about the D780 and how it did in our testing.

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Sample gallery

Rugby match, street cat, new apartment flats. Dark bars, rocking guitars, views from afar. Pool-side, pork-fried, Puerto Rican pride. See all this and more at our one stop shop sample gallery.

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Specifications

Here is where you’ll find all the nitty gritty details.

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