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Nikon D780 vs Nikon D800E

Portability
57
Imaging
77
Features
89
Overall
81
Nikon D780 front
 
Nikon D800E front
Portability
54
Imaging
73
Features
80
Overall
75

Nikon D780 vs Nikon D800E Key Specs

Nikon D780
(Full Review)
  • 25MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Raise to 204800)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 840g - 144 x 116 x 76mm
  • Launched January 2020
  • Replaced the Nikon D750
Nikon D800E
(Full Review)
  • 36MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Increase to 25600)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 900g - 146 x 123 x 82mm
  • Released June 2012
  • Replaced the Nikon D700
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Nikon D780 vs Nikon D800E Overview

Below, we are analyzing the Nikon D780 versus Nikon D800E, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras and both of them are produced by Nikon. There is a sizeable difference between the sensor resolutions of the D780 (25MP) and D800E (36MP) but they possess the exact same sensor measurements (Full frame).

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The D780 was introduced 7 years later than the D800E and that is quite a large gap as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before we go in to a more detailed comparison, below is a simple overview of how the D780 matches up vs the D800E in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D780 over the Nikon D800E

 D780 D800E 
ReleasedJanuary 2020June 2012Fresher by 93 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution2359k921kSharper display (+1438k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Nikon D800E over the Nikon D780

 D800E D780 

Common features in the Nikon D780 and Nikon D800E

 D780 D800E 
Manually focus Very accurate focus
Display dimension3.2"3.2"Identical display measurements
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Nikon D780 vs Nikon D800E Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to carry your camera frequently, you're going to have to consider its weight and proportions. The Nikon D780 features outer measurements of 144mm x 116mm x 76mm (5.7" x 4.6" x 3.0") accompanied by a weight of 840 grams (1.85 lbs) and the Nikon D800E has measurements of 146mm x 123mm x 82mm (5.7" x 4.8" x 3.2") accompanied by a weight of 900 grams (1.98 lbs).

Analyze the Nikon D780 versus Nikon D800E in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you have chosen during that time. Here is the front view scale comparison of the D780 and the D800E.

Nikon D780 vs Nikon D800E size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the D780 and D800E is 57 and 54 respectively.

Nikon D780 vs Nikon D800E top view buttons comparison

Nikon D780 vs Nikon D800E Sensor Comparison

Often, it's tough to visualise the contrast between sensor sizing merely by checking specs. The graphic below might provide you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the D780 and D800E.

As you can plainly see, both of these cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but not the same MP. You should expect to see the Nikon D800E to give more detail using its extra 11MP. Greater resolution will also let you crop pics much more aggressively. The younger D780 is going to have an advantage when it comes to sensor tech.

Nikon D780 vs Nikon D800E sensor size comparison

Nikon D780 vs Nikon D800E Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D780 vs Nikon D800E Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D780 Portrait photography details
Nikon D800E Portrait photography details
86
you can focus manually
high MP (25 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
provides face detection focus
delivers RAW formats
83
focusing manually
fantastic megapixels (36 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
has face detection focus
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon D780 as a Street photography camera
Nikon D800E as a Street photography camera
71
screen tilts up and down
large sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
supports touch to focus
weather sealing
great ISO range (51,200)
no image stabilization
60
big sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW files
environment proofing
no moving screen
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D780 Sports photography factors
Nikon D800E Sports photography factors
82
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
high MP (25MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
provides tracking autofocus
weather sealing
good battery life (2,260 CIPA)
supports phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization
74
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
fantastic megapixels (36 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
has tracking autofocus
environment proofing
sensor has phase detect auto focus
max frames per second very slow (4.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D780 as a Travel photography camera
Nikon D800E as a Travel photography camera
71
good battery life (2,260 CIPA)
weather sealing
supports bluetooth
supports touch to focus
high MP (25 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
66
environment proofing
fantastic megapixels (36 megapixels)
built-in flash
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D780 Landscape photography info
Nikon D800E Landscape photography info
81
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inch)
high MP (25MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
great ISO range (51,200)
delivers RAW formats
weather sealing
good battery life (2,260 CIPA)
2 card slots
no image stabilization
79
focusing manually
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inches)
fantastic megapixels (36MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
no low pass filter
exports RAW files
environment proofing
has dual storage slots
no image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D780 Vlogging features
Nikon D800E Vlogging features
32
touchscreen enabled
provides face detection focus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
comes with external microphone support
display is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
30
has face detection focus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes external microphone jack
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
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Nikon D780 vs Nikon D800E Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D780 and Nikon D800E
 Nikon D780Nikon D800E
General Information
Brand Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon D780 Nikon D800E
Category Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Launched 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 measurements 35.9 x 23.9mm 35.9 x 24mm
Sensor surface area 858.0mm² 861.6mm²
Sensor resolution 25 megapixel 36 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 5:4 and 3:2
Full resolution 6048 x 4024 7360 x 4912
Max native ISO 51200 6400
Max boosted ISO 204800 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Minimum boosted ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
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 size 3.2 inches 3.2 inches
Screen resolution 2,359 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech - TFT Color LCD with 170 degrees wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x 0.7x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 900 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 7.0fps 4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings no built-in flash Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain, High-speed sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync - 1/250 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
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)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
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 840g (1.85 lb) 900g (1.98 lb)
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 96
DXO Color Depth score not tested 25.6
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 14.3
DXO Low light score not tested 2979
Other
Battery life 2260 images 900 images
Battery format 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 2 2
Cost at launch $2,297 $2,389