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Nikon D780 vs Nikon D810

Portability
57
Imaging
77
Features
89
Overall
81
Nikon D780 front
 
Nikon D810 front
Portability
54
Imaging
75
Features
78
Overall
76

Nikon D780 vs Nikon D810 Key Specs

Nikon D780
(Full Review)
  • 25MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Push to 204800)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 840g - 144 x 116 x 76mm
  • Revealed January 2020
  • Previous Model is Nikon D750
Nikon D810
(Full Review)
  • 36MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 12800 (Increase to 51200)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 980g - 146 x 123 x 82mm
  • Revealed June 2014
  • Older Model is Nikon D800
  • Updated by Nikon D850
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Nikon D780 vs Nikon D810 Overview

On this page, we will be comparing the Nikon D780 and Nikon D810, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras and both of them are built by Nikon. There exists a sizable gap between the sensor resolutions of the D780 (25MP) and D810 (36MP) but both cameras offer the same sensor measurements (Full frame).

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The D780 was manufactured 5 years later than the D810 and that is quite a significant difference as far as technology is concerned. Both cameras have the same body design (Mid-size SLR).

Before diving into a in depth comparison, here is a quick highlight of how the D780 matches up vs the D810 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D780 over the Nikon D810

 D780 D810 
RevealedJanuary 2020June 2014Fresher by 68 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution2359k1229kCrisper screen (+1130k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Nikon D810 over the Nikon D780

 D810 D780 

Common features in the Nikon D780 and Nikon D810

 D780 D810 
Manually focus Very exact focusing
Screen dimensions3.2"3.2"Equal screen measurements
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen

Nikon D780 vs Nikon D810 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to carry your camera often, you will want to take into account its weight and proportions. The Nikon D780 provides outer dimensions of 144mm x 116mm x 76mm (5.7" x 4.6" x 3.0") accompanied by a weight of 840 grams (1.85 lbs) whilst the Nikon D810 has measurements of 146mm x 123mm x 82mm (5.7" x 4.8" x 3.2") having a weight of 980 grams (2.16 lbs).

Look at the Nikon D780 and Nikon D810 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you have chosen at the time. Here is a front view physical size comparison of the D780 versus the D810.

Nikon D780 vs Nikon D810 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the D780 and D810 is 57 and 54 respectively.

Nikon D780 vs Nikon D810 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D780 vs Nikon D810 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it's hard to envision the difference between sensor sizing only by reading through technical specs. The graphic below will give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the D780 and D810.

As you can tell, the 2 cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same MP. You can expect the Nikon D810 to resolve extra detail due to its extra 11 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop pictures a bit more aggressively. The fresher D780 is going to have an advantage in sensor technology.

Nikon D780 vs Nikon D810 sensor size comparison

Nikon D780 vs Nikon D810 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D780 vs Nikon D810 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D780 Portrait photography highlights
Nikon D810 Portrait photography highlights
86
has manual focus
great MP (25MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
includes face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
85
focusing manually
fantastic MP (36MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports face detect focus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon D780 Street photography features
Nikon D810 Street photography features
71
has a tilting screen
sensor size is great (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
comes with touch focus
environment proof
great high ISO (51,200)
no image stabilization
56
sensor size is large (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
environment proof
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
heavier than competition (980 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D780 as a Sports photography camera
Nikon D810 as a Sports photography camera
82
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
great MP (25 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
includes tracking focus
environment proof
better than average battery life (2,260 CIPA)
comes with phase detect autofocus
no image stabilization
76
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
fantastic MP (36 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports tracking focus
environment proof
great battery life (1,200 CIPA)
comes with phase detect auto focus
max fps very slow (5.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon D780
Travel photography with Nikon D810
71
better than average battery life (2,260 per charge)
environment proof
connects via bluetooth
comes with touch focus
great MP (25 megapixels)
does not posses selfie friendly display
63
great battery life (1,200 shots)
environment proof
fantastic MP (36MP)
flash built-in
heavier than competition (980g)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D780 as a Landscape photography camera
Nikon D810 as a Landscape photography camera
81
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
good sized screen (3.2 inch)
great MP (25MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
great high ISO (51,200)
delivers RAW files
environment proof
better than average battery life (2,260 per charge)
2 card slots
no image stabilization
80
focusing manually
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
pretty good screen size (3.2")
fantastic MP (36 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
does not have anti aliasing filter
delivers RAW files
environment proof
great battery life (1,200 CIPA)
two card slots
no image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D780 as a Vlogging camera
Nikon D810 as a Vlogging camera
32
touchscreen capability
includes face detect autofocus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
does have mic support
does not posses selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
28
supports face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have mic socket
screen isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
heavier than competition (980g)
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Nikon D780 vs Nikon D810 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D780 and Nikon D810
 Nikon D780Nikon D810
General Information
Make Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon D780 Nikon D810
Category Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Revealed 2020-01-07 2014-06-26
Physical type Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Expeed 6 EXPEED 4
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 25 megapixel 36 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 5:4 and 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 6048 x 4024 7360 x 4912
Maximum native ISO 51200 12800
Maximum enhanced ISO 204800 51200
Minimum native ISO 100 64
RAW files
Minimum enhanced ISO 50 32
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 51 51
Cross focus points 15 15
Lens
Lens mount Nikon F Nikon F
Total lenses 309 309
Focal length multiplier 1 1
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3.2 inches 3.2 inches
Resolution of screen 2,359k dots 1,229k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen technology - TFT-LCD (WRGB)
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x 0.7x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 900 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 7.0 frames per second 5.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range no built-in flash 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings no built-in flash Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, redeye reduction, redeye reduction w/slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize - 1/250 secs
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 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Optional
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 840 grams (1.85 pounds) 980 grams (2.16 pounds)
Physical 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 Overall score not tested 97
DXO Color Depth score not tested 25.7
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 14.8
DXO Low light score not tested 2853
Other
Battery life 2260 shots 1200 shots
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL15b EN-EL15
Self timer Yes Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs for up to 9 shots)
Time lapse recording
Storage type Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible) SD/SDHC/SDXC, CompactFlash (UDMA compliant)
Card slots 2 2
Launch pricing $2,297 $1,999