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Nikon D700 vs Nikon D780

Portability
54
Imaging
57
Features
56
Overall
56
Nikon D700 front
 
Nikon D780 front
Portability
57
Imaging
77
Features
89
Overall
81

Nikon D700 vs Nikon D780 Key Specs

Nikon D700
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 6400 (Increase to 25600)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 1074g - 147 x 123 x 77mm
  • Released October 2008
  • Refreshed by Nikon D800E
Nikon D780
(Full Review)
  • 25MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Increase to 204800)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 840g - 144 x 116 x 76mm
  • Released January 2020
  • Older Model is Nikon D750
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Nikon D700 vs Nikon D780 Overview

Below, we are evaluating the Nikon D700 vs Nikon D780, both Advanced DSLR cameras and both of them are offered by Nikon. There exists a sizable gap among the image resolutions of the D700 (12MP) and D780 (25MP) but they enjoy the exact same sensor sizing (Full frame).

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The D700 was brought out 12 years earlier than the D780 and that is a fairly significant difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before going straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a short view of how the D700 grades versus the D780 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D700 over the Nikon D780

 D700 D780 

Reasons to pick Nikon D780 over the Nikon D700

 D780 D700 
ReleasedJanuary 2020October 2008Fresher by 136 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display dimension3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution2359k922kClearer display (+1437k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Nikon D700 and Nikon D780

 D700 D780 
Manual focus Very exact focusing
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen

Nikon D700 vs Nikon D780 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry your camera often, you have to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Nikon D700 provides exterior dimensions of 147mm x 123mm x 77mm (5.8" x 4.8" x 3.0") having a weight of 1074 grams (2.37 lbs) while the Nikon D780 has dimensions of 144mm x 116mm x 76mm (5.7" x 4.6" x 3.0") having a weight of 840 grams (1.85 lbs).

Contrast the Nikon D700 vs Nikon D780 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are working with at the time. Below is the front view overall size comparison of the D700 vs the D780.

Nikon D700 vs Nikon D780 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the D700 and D780 is 54 and 57 respectively.

Nikon D700 vs Nikon D780 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D700 vs Nikon D780 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's hard to imagine the gap in sensor sizing merely by going through specs. The visual here might give you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the D700 and D780.

As you can plainly see, the 2 cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but different resolution. You can expect to see the Nikon D780 to provide greater detail having its extra 13 Megapixels. Greater resolution will enable you to crop pics much more aggressively. The older D700 will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Nikon D700 vs Nikon D780 sensor size comparison

Nikon D700 vs Nikon D780 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D700 vs Nikon D780 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D700 Portrait photography highlights
Nikon D780 Portrait photography highlights
64
focusing manually
large sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
MP count low (12MP)
86
focusing manually
resolution is high (25 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
comes with face detection focus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Nikon D700 as a Street photography camera
Nikon D780 as a Street photography camera
53
large sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
environment proofing
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
heavier than competitors in class (1,074g)
71
has a tilting screen
sensor size is great (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
comes with touch focus
weather proofing
above average high ISO (51,200)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D700 as a Sports photography camera
Nikon D780 as a Sports photography camera
59
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
large sensor size (Full frame)
environment proofing
good battery life (1,000 per charge)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (12MP)
82
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
resolution is high (25 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
comes with tracking autofocus
weather proofing
better than average battery pack (2,260 per charge)
comes with phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon D700
Travel photography with Nikon D780
53
good battery life (1,000 per charge)
environment proofing
built-in flash
heavier than competitors in class (1,074 grams)
MP count low (12MP)
does not contain selfie friendly display
71
better than average battery pack (2,260 CIPA)
weather proofing
has bluetooth
comes with touch focus
resolution is high (25 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D700 Landscape photography advice
Nikon D780 Landscape photography advice
67
focusing manually
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
large sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
environment proofing
good battery life (1,000 per charge)
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (12 megapixels)
81
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
nice screen size (3.2 inches)
resolution is high (25 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
above average high ISO (51,200)
supports RAW formats
weather proofing
better than average battery pack (2,260 CIPA)
two card slots
no image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D700 as a Vlogging camera
Nikon D780 as a Vlogging camera
9
no video
32
touchscreen
comes with face detection focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
does have external microphone socket
display is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
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Nikon D700 vs Nikon D780 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D700 and Nikon D780
 Nikon D700Nikon D780
General Information
Company Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon D700 Nikon D780
Type Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Released 2008-10-07 2020-01-07
Physical type Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Chip Expeed Expeed 6
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor measurements 36 x 24mm 35.9 x 23.9mm
Sensor surface area 864.0mm² 858.0mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 25 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4256 x 2832 6048 x 4024
Maximum native ISO 6400 51200
Maximum enhanced ISO 25600 204800
Minimum native ISO 200 100
RAW support
Minimum enhanced ISO 100 50
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 51 51
Cross type focus points - 15
Lens
Lens mount type Nikon F Nikon F
Amount of lenses 309 309
Crop factor 1 1
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display diagonal 3" 3.2"
Resolution of display 922k dots 2,359k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display tech TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.72x 0.7x
Features
Min shutter speed 30s 900s
Max shutter speed 1/8000s 1/8000s
Continuous shutter rate 5.0fps 7.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance - no built-in flash
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain no built-in flash
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/250s -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 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
Maximum video resolution None 3840x2160
Video format - MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) Yes
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 1074g (2.37 pounds) 840g (1.85 pounds)
Dimensions 147 x 123 x 77mm (5.8" x 4.8" x 3.0") 144 x 116 x 76mm (5.7" x 4.6" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 80 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 23.5 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.2 not tested
DXO Low light rating 2303 not tested
Other
Battery life 1000 pictures 2260 pictures
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL3e EN-EL15b
Self timer Yes (2 to 20 sec) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Storage type Compact Flash (Type I) Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible)
Card slots One Dual
Price at release $2,700 $2,297