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Nikon D780 vs Nikon D800

Portability
57
Imaging
77
Features
89
Overall
81
Nikon D780 front
 
Nikon D800 front
Portability
54
Imaging
73
Features
80
Overall
75

Nikon D780 vs Nikon D800 Key Specs

Nikon D780
(Full Review)
  • 25MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Bump to 204800)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 840g - 144 x 116 x 76mm
  • Announced January 2020
  • Superseded the Nikon D750
Nikon D800
(Full Review)
  • 36MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Boost to 25600)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 900g - 146 x 123 x 82mm
  • Introduced June 2012
  • Succeeded the Nikon D700
  • Newer Model is Nikon D810
Photography Glossary

Nikon D780 vs Nikon D800 Overview

Below, we will be contrasting the Nikon D780 and Nikon D800, both Advanced DSLR cameras and both are produced by Nikon. There exists a crucial gap among the sensor resolutions of the D780 (25MP) and D800 (36MP) but they possess the exact same sensor dimensions (Full frame).

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The D780 was released 7 years later than the D800 and that is a fairly serious gap as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras come with the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before delving through a complete comparison, below is a brief summation of how the D780 matches up against the D800 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D780 over the Nikon D800

 D780 D800 
IntroducedJanuary 2020June 2012Fresher by 93 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution2359k921kCrisper screen (+1438k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Nikon D800 over the Nikon D780

 D800 D780 

Common features in the Nikon D780 and Nikon D800

 D780 D800 
Manually focus More precise focusing
Screen dimension3.2"3.2"Identical screen sizing
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen

Nikon D780 vs Nikon D800 Physical Comparison

If you are looking to carry your camera frequently, you will have to think about its weight and dimensions. The Nikon D780 has got outer measurements of 144mm x 116mm x 76mm (5.7" x 4.6" x 3.0") having a weight of 840 grams (1.85 lbs) and the Nikon D800 has dimensions of 146mm x 123mm x 82mm (5.7" x 4.8" x 3.2") accompanied by a weight of 900 grams (1.98 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you have at the time. The following is the front view sizing comparison of the D780 against the D800.

Nikon D780 vs Nikon D800 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the D780 and D800 is 57 and 54 respectively.

Nikon D780 vs Nikon D800 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D780 vs Nikon D800 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's tough to picture the difference in sensor sizing just by researching specifications. The visual below should give you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the D780 and D800.

To sum up, both of these cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit different resolution. You should expect the Nikon D800 to provide you with greater detail as a result of its extra 11MP. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop pictures much more aggressively. The younger D780 should have an advantage when it comes to sensor technology.

Nikon D780 vs Nikon D800 sensor size comparison

Nikon D780 vs Nikon D800 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D780 vs Nikon D800 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D780 Portrait photography highlights
Nikon D800 Portrait photography highlights
86
you can focus manually
megapixel count amazing (25MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
offers face detect autofocus
saves RAW files
83
you can focus manually
MP count fantastic (36 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
features face detection autofocus
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon D780 Street photography details
Nikon D800 Street photography details
71
screen tilts up and down
sensor size is large (Full frame)
saves RAW files
comes with touch to focus
weather sealing
good high ISO (51,200)
lack of image stabilization
60
great sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW files
environment sealing
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D780 Sports photography advice
Nikon D800 Sports photography advice
82
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
megapixel count amazing (25MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
offers tracking focus
weather sealing
better than average battery (2,260 per charge)
comes with phase detect autofocus
lack of image stabilization
74
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
MP count fantastic (36 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
features tracking autofocus
environment sealing
supports phase detect autofocus
max frames per second low (4.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D780 Travel photography info
Nikon D800 Travel photography info
71
better than average battery (2,260 shots)
weather sealing
connects via bluetooth
comes with touch to focus
megapixel count amazing (25MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
66
environment sealing
MP count fantastic (36MP)
has built in flash
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D780 as a Landscape photography camera
Nikon D800 as a Landscape photography camera
81
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
nice screen size (3.2 inches)
megapixel count amazing (25 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
good high ISO (51,200)
saves RAW files
weather sealing
better than average battery (2,260 shots)
has dual storage slots
lack of image stabilization
79
you can focus manually
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
decent sized screen (3.2 inch)
MP count fantastic (36MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW files
environment sealing
has double storage slots
does not have image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D780 Vlogging highlights
Nikon D800 Vlogging highlights
32
built-in touchscreen
offers face detect autofocus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
does have microphone jack
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
30
features face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with external mic port
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
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Nikon D780 vs Nikon D800 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D780 and Nikon D800
 Nikon D780Nikon D800
General Information
Company Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon D780 Nikon D800
Type Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Announced 2020-01-07 2012-06-11
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
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Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor dimensions 35.9 x 23.9mm 35.9 x 24mm
Sensor area 858.0mm² 861.6mm²
Sensor resolution 25MP 36MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 5:4 and 3:2
Maximum resolution 6048 x 4024 7360 x 4912
Maximum native ISO 51200 6400
Maximum boosted ISO 204800 25600
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Min boosted ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 51 51
Cross focus points 15 15
Lens
Lens mounting type Nikon F Nikon F
Number of lenses 309 309
Focal length multiplier 1 1
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3.2" 3.2"
Screen resolution 2,359k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology - TFT Color LCD with 170 degrees wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x 0.7x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 900 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 7.0 frames per sec 4.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes no built-in flash Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain, High-speed sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync - 1/250 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
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 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 424 (24 fps)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 840 gr (1.85 lbs) 900 gr (1.98 lbs)
Dimensions 144 x 116 x 76mm (5.7" x 4.6" x 3.0") 146 x 123 x 82mm (5.7" x 4.8" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 95
DXO Color Depth score not tested 25.3
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 14.4
DXO Low light score not tested 2853
Other
Battery life 2260 images 900 images
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL15b EN-EL15
Self timer Yes Yes (2 to 20 sec, 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2 or 3 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible) Compact Flash (Type I), SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-I compliant
Storage slots Dual Dual
Launch cost $2,297 $2,999