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Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD14

Portability
57
Imaging
77
Features
89
Overall
81
Nikon D780 front
 
Sigma SD14 front
Portability
59
Imaging
43
Features
30
Overall
37

Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD14 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
  • Introduced January 2020
  • Succeeded the Nikon D750
Sigma SD14
(Full Review)
  • 5MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 800 (Bump to 1600)
  • No Video
  • Sigma SA Mount
  • 750g - 144 x 107 x 81mm
  • Revealed September 2006
  • Old Model is Sigma SD10
  • Later Model is Sigma SD15
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Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD14 Overview

Following is a extensive review of the Nikon D780 versus Sigma SD14, both Advanced DSLR cameras by manufacturers Nikon and Sigma. There exists a crucial gap among the resolutions of the D780 (25MP) and SD14 (5MP) and the D780 (Full frame) and SD14 (APS-C) possess different sensor measurements.

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The D780 was announced 13 years after the SD14 which is a fairly serious gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras offer the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before getting through a comprehensive comparison, below is a concise synopsis of how the D780 matches up vs the SD14 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D780 over the Sigma SD14

 D780 SD14 
RevealedJanuary 2020September 2006More modern by 162 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display sizing3.2"2.5"Larger display (+0.7")
Display resolution2359k150kSharper display (+2209k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sigma SD14 over the Nikon D780

 SD14 D780 

Common features in the Nikon D780 and Sigma SD14

 D780 SD14 
Manually focus More accurate focus
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen

Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD14 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry around your camera regularly, you should think about its weight and size. The Nikon D780 offers exterior measurements of 144mm x 116mm x 76mm (5.7" x 4.6" x 3.0") and a weight of 840 grams (1.85 lbs) and the Sigma SD14 has specifications of 144mm x 107mm x 81mm (5.7" x 4.2" x 3.2") and a weight of 750 grams (1.65 lbs).

Compare the Nikon D780 versus Sigma SD14 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you use during that time. The following is the front view overall size comparison of the D780 versus the SD14.

Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD14 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the D780 and SD14 is 57 and 59 respectively.

Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD14 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD14 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be hard to imagine the difference in sensor sizes merely by going through specifications. The picture here will give you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the D780 and SD14.

To sum up, both of these cameras enjoy different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The D780 having a larger sensor is going to make achieving shallow DOF simpler and the Nikon D780 will show extra detail with its extra 20 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop photos far more aggressively. The newer D780 should have a benefit with regard to sensor technology.

Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD14 sensor size comparison

Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD14 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD14 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D780 Portrait photography information
Sigma SD14 Portrait photography information
86
you can focus manually
fantastic megapixels (25 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
comes with face detection focusing
saves RAW files
49
has manual focus
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW files
no liveview feature
low resolution sensor (5 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Nikon D780 Street photography details
Sigma SD14 Street photography details
71
screen tilts
large sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW files
has focus via touch
environment proof
very good ISO range (51,200)
no image stabilization
48
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW files
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
max ISO too low (800)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D780 Sports photography highlights
Sigma SD14 Sports photography highlights
82
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
fantastic megapixels (25 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
comes with tracking autofocus
environment proof
good battery (2,260 shots)
has phase detect AF
no image stabilization
29
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
no liveview feature
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
low resolution sensor (5MP)
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D780 Travel photography factors
Sigma SD14 Travel photography factors
71
good battery (2,260 CIPA)
environment proof
supports bluetooth
has focus via touch
fantastic megapixels (25MP)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
42
has built in flash
doesn't have Timelapse recording
low resolution sensor (5 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D780 Landscape photography highlights
Sigma SD14 Landscape photography highlights
81
you can focus manually
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
pretty good screen size (3.2 inch)
fantastic megapixels (25 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
very good ISO range (51,200)
saves RAW files
environment proof
good battery (2,260 per charge)
has double storage slots
no image stabilization
43
has manual focus
swap lenses (Sigma SA mount)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW files
tiny screen (2.5")
no liveview feature
lack of image stabilization
low resolution sensor (5MP)
max ISO too low (800)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D780 Vlogging factors
Sigma SD14 Vlogging factors
32
built-in touchscreen
comes with face detection focusing
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
has external mic port
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
9
can't shoot video
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Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD14 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D780 and Sigma SD14
 Nikon D780Sigma SD14
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Sigma
Model Nikon D780 Sigma SD14
Type Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Introduced 2020-01-07 2006-09-26
Physical type Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by Expeed 6 -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS (Foveon X3)
Sensor size Full frame APS-C
Sensor measurements 35.9 x 23.9mm 20.7 x 13.8mm
Sensor surface area 858.0mm² 285.7mm²
Sensor resolution 25 megapixels 5 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Max resolution 6048 x 4024 2640 x 1760
Max native ISO 51200 800
Max enhanced ISO 204800 1600
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Min enhanced 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 focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 51 -
Cross focus points 15 -
Lens
Lens mounting type Nikon F Sigma SA
Number of lenses 309 76
Focal length multiplier 1 1.7
Screen
Type of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3.2 inch 2.5 inch
Resolution of screen 2,359 thousand dots 150 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100% 98%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x 0.6x
Features
Min shutter speed 900 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 7.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range no built-in flash -
Flash options no built-in flash -
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/180 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
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 -
Max video resolution 3840x2160 None
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 840g (1.85 lb) 750g (1.65 lb)
Dimensions 144 x 116 x 76mm (5.7" x 4.6" x 3.0") 144 x 107 x 81mm (5.7" x 4.2" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 2260 shots -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model EN-EL15b -
Self timer Yes Yes (10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible) Compact Flash Type I or II
Card slots Two 1
Pricing at release $2,297 $198