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Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD9

Portability
57
Imaging
76
Features
89
Overall
81
Nikon D780 front
 
Sigma SD9 front
Portability
54
Imaging
39
Features
27
Overall
34

Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD9 Key Specs

Nikon D780
(Full Review)
  • 25MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Expand to 204800)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 840g - 144 x 116 x 76mm
  • Introduced January 2020
  • Older Model is Nikon D750
Sigma SD9
(Full Review)
  • 3MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 1.8" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 400
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • No Video
  • Sigma SA Mount
  • 950g - 152 x 120 x 79mm
  • Released November 2002
  • Updated by Sigma SD10
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Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD9 Overview

Following is a comprehensive assessment of the Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD9, both Advanced DSLR cameras by manufacturers Nikon and Sigma. There is a sizeable difference among the resolutions of the D780 (25MP) and SD9 (3MP) and the D780 (Full frame) and SD9 (APS-C) posses different sensor dimensions.

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The D780 was released 17 years after the SD9 which is a fairly large gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras feature the same body design (Mid-size SLR).

Before going right into a step-by-step comparison, here is a concise synopsis of how the D780 matches up against the SD9 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D780 over the Sigma SD9

 D780 SD9 
ReleasedJanuary 2020November 2002More modern by 209 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen size3.2"1.8"Bigger screen (+1.4")
Screen resolution2359k130kCrisper screen (+2229k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sigma SD9 over the Nikon D780

 SD9 D780 

Common features in the Nikon D780 and Sigma SD9

 D780 SD9 
Manual focus Dial accurate focusing
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen

Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD9 Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to carry around your camera frequently, you need to factor in its weight and size. The Nikon D780 has external measurements of 144mm x 116mm x 76mm (5.7" x 4.6" x 3.0") with a weight of 840 grams (1.85 lbs) and the Sigma SD9 has specifications of 152mm x 120mm x 79mm (6.0" x 4.7" x 3.1") and a weight of 950 grams (2.09 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you choose at that moment. Following is a front view scale comparison of the D780 against the SD9.

Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD9 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the D780 and SD9 is 57 and 54 respectively.

Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD9 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD9 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it can be difficult to imagine the difference in sensor sizes simply by researching a spec sheet. The pic underneath will provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the D780 and SD9.

Clearly, both cameras feature different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The D780 featuring a bigger sensor is going to make achieving shallow DOF easier and the Nikon D780 will result in extra detail as a result of its extra 22 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop shots way more aggressively. The younger D780 provides an edge when it comes to sensor innovation.

Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD9 sensor size comparison

Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD9 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD9 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D780 Portrait photography highlights
Sigma SD9 Portrait photography highlights
85
manual focus
high megapixels (25MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
comes with face detect focus
delivers RAW formats
47
you can focus manually
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
no liveview feature
low megapixels (3 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Nikon D780 Street photography info
Sigma SD9 Street photography info
71
tilting screen
sensor size is great (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
supports focus by touch
weather proofing
great ISO range (51,200)
no image stabilization
43
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
fixed screen
no image stabilization
heavier than average (950g)
low max ISO (400)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon D780
Sports photography with Sigma SD9
81
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
high megapixels (25MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
comes with tracking focus
weather proofing
better than average battery life (2,260 CIPA)
supports phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization
36
great max shutter speed (1/6,000s)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
no liveview feature
no image stabilization
low megapixels (3MP)
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon D780
Travel photography with Sigma SD9
71
better than average battery life (2,260 shots)
weather proofing
connects via bluetooth
supports focus by touch
high megapixels (25 megapixels)
does not have a selfie friendly display
29
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
heavier than average (950g)
low megapixels (3 megapixels)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon D780
Landscape photography with Sigma SD9
81
manual focus
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
good sized screen (3.2 inches)
high megapixels (25MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
great ISO range (51,200)
delivers RAW formats
weather proofing
better than average battery life (2,260 per charge)
2 card slots
no image stabilization
41
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Sigma SA mount)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
screen is small (1.8 inch)
no liveview feature
no image stabilization
low megapixels (3MP)
low max ISO (400)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D780 as a Vlogging camera
Sigma SD9 as a Vlogging camera
32
built-in touchscreen
comes with face detect focus
high video quality (3840 x 2160 resolution)
comes with mic support
does not have a selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
9
can't record video
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Nikon D780 vs Sigma SD9 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D780 and Sigma SD9
 Nikon D780Sigma SD9
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Sigma
Model type Nikon D780 Sigma SD9
Type Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Introduced 2020-01-07 2002-11-26
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Expeed 6 -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS (Foveon X3)
Sensor size Full frame APS-C
Sensor dimensions 35.9 x 23.9mm 20.7 x 13.8mm
Sensor area 858.0mm² 285.7mm²
Sensor resolution 25 megapixel 3 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Highest resolution 6048 x 4024 2268 x 1512
Highest native ISO 51200 400
Highest boosted ISO 204800 -
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Lowest boosted ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 51 -
Cross type focus points 15 -
Lens
Lens support Nikon F Sigma SA
Available lenses 309 76
Focal length multiplier 1 1.7
Screen
Range of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display sizing 3.2" 1.8"
Display resolution 2,359 thousand dot 130 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100% 98%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x 0.77x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 900s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000s 1/6000s
Continuous shooting speed 7.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash options no built-in flash -
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync - 1/180s
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 -
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 None
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 840 gr (1.85 lb) 950 gr (2.09 lb)
Physical dimensions 144 x 116 x 76mm (5.7" x 4.6" x 3.0") 152 x 120 x 79mm (6.0" x 4.7" x 3.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 2260 photos -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery ID EN-EL15b -
Self timer Yes Yes (10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible) Compact Flash Type I or II
Storage slots Two Single
Retail cost $2,297 $3,001