Nikon D780

Nikon D780 front
  • 25MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Boost to 204800)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 840g - 144 x 116 x 76mm
  • Released January 2020
  • Earlier Model is Nikon D750
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison

Nikon D780 summary

Nikon D780 is Nikon's Advanced DSLR camera initially released on January of 2020. The camera comes with a 25MP, BSI-CMOS Full frame size sensor with a full resolution of 6048 x 4024.

Nikon released this camera as a way to replace the previous Nikon D750 (Read Full Comparison)

The D780 is positioned #2 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras and over all #16 out of 1428 for digital cameras in our collection. Please look at our Smart camera finder to find camera rankings based on your personalized factors.

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Nikon D780 family

The Nikon D780 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can look at all previous and more recent models as well as important specs.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D780 front thumbnailNikon D78025MPFull frame7.0 fps2020
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
D780 vs D850
46MPFull frame7.0 fps2017
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Nikon-D810A front thumbnailNikon D810A
D780 vs D810A
36MPFull frame5.0 fps2015
Nikon-D750 front thumbnailNikon D750
D780 vs D750
24MPFull frame6.5 fps2014
Nikon-D810 front thumbnailNikon D810
D780 vs D810
36MPFull frame5.0 fps2014
Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
D780 vs Df
16MPFull frame6.0 fps2013
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Nikon-D610 front thumbnailNikon D610
D780 vs D610
24MPFull frame6.0 fps2013
Nikon-D600 front thumbnailNikon D600
D780 vs D600
24MPFull frame5.5 fps2012
Nikon-D800E front thumbnailNikon D800E
D780 vs D800E
36MPFull frame4.0 fps2012
Nikon-D800 front thumbnailNikon D800
D780 vs D800
36MPFull frame4.0 fps2012
Nikon-D700 front thumbnailNikon D700
D780 vs D700
12MPFull frame5.0 fps2008
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Nikon D780 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of benefits and drawbacks of the Nikon D780 based on aspects that are oftentimes regarded as necessary in a camera.

comes with HDMI support
comes with headphone jack
comes with mic jack
delivers RAW formats
good battery life (2,260 CIPA)
good ISO range (51,200)
good minimum ISO (100)
has dual storage slots
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
high resolution screen (2,359 thousand dot)
includes face detect focus
includes Top LCD display
includes tracking focus
manual focus
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
nice screen size (3.2 inch)
resolution is great (25 megapixels)
screen tilts
sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports bluetooth
supports focus via touch
supports phase detect auto focus
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
touch screen
weather proofing
does not feature selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
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Nikon D780 Sensor information

The Nikon D780 houses the Expeed 6 processor chip. The dimension of the sensor on the Nikon D780 is 35.9mm x 23.9mm (Full frame). The 858 mm² sensor can capture 6048 x 4024 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 25 megapixels and gives a native ISO range of 100 to 51200. The ISO can also be widened electronically to 50 to 204800. RAW photos are saved which means that you have more room to maneuver in post.

The image below displays the D780's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The D780 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is presented in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D780 dimensions

Nikon D780 is 1.85 lb (840g / 29.63 oz) and the overall size of the camera is 144mm x 116mm x 76mm (5.7" x 4.6" x 3.0"). The weight of average Advanced DSLR camera is 776g and the Nikon D780 is similar as compared with its rivals.

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The following is a photo of the Nikon D780 with a soft drink to help you to have a feel for its size.

Nikon D780 dimensions scale

The top view here will highlight the button design on the D780.

Nikon D780 topview buttons dials

Nikon D780 Lens information

The D780 works with the Nikon F mount and has 308 lenses on the market today. Here is some of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the D780.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Samyang-10mm-f2.8-ED-AS-NCS-CS-Nikon-F-DX lensSamyang 10mm f2.8 ED AS NCS CS10mmf/2.8 580g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-16-35mm-f4G-ED-VR lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f4G ED VR16-35mmf/4.0 685g
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Sigma-APO-Macro-180mm-F2.8-EX-DG-OS-HSM-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM180mmf/2.8 1640g
Nikon-AF-P-Nikkor-70-300mm-F4.5-5.6E-ED-VR lensNikon AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR70-300mmf/4.5-32 680g
Nikon-AF-S-DX-Nikkor-16-80mm-F2.8-4E-ED-VR lensNikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR16-80mmf/2.8-4.0 480g
Sigma-12-24mm-F4-DG-HSM-Art-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art12-24mmf/41151g
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Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-200-400mm-f4G-ED-VR-II lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm f4G ED VR II200-400mmf/4.0 3360g
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Nikon D780 Connectivity

The D780 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can transfer photos and usually adjust settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

A few apps also give a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external screen. A good number of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Nikon D780 Video information

The highest possible video quality on the Nikon D780 is 3840 x 2160 and it can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 2160p can provide a great quality for video. You can easily downsample to 1080p to get cleaner video. Be mindful of the considerable file sizes and make sure you own good SD cards with good write speed. The camera does feature both headphone and mic jack making it really useful whilst capturing sound.

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Nikon D780 Weather Sealing

Nikon D780 provides weather proofing making it a very good candidate to use during tough climates. This can be especially beneficial whenever you are unsure about the conditions you may face during outdoor photography.

Nikon D780 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon D780 comes with a 3.2 inch tilting display screen with a resolution of 2,359 thousand dots.

Moreover the display screen is touch friendly which means that you can easily change focus point and adjust settings with your fingers. The D780 also has a Top LCD display so it’s possible to instantly view your settings.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Nikon D780 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.7x

In those bright outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders will be very useful.

Nikon D780 Shutter information

Nikon D780 can shoot continuously at 7.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000 sec.

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Nikon D780 Flash and Hot shoe information

Nikon D780 includes external flash support but does not have built-in flash.

Nikon D780 Autofocus information

Nikon D780 includes both Phase Detect Auto Focus along with Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker & precise than Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detect which makes it handy for people photography.

The Sensor comes with 51 focus points to select from. Nikon D780 has touch to focus. You can use your fingers to shift focus points. It also comes with Tracking Auto Focus for subjects that move. Nikon D780 boasts manual focusing in case it is required during low light conditions or you need to have more precise control on focusing.

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Nikon D780 Battery life

The battery life (EN-EL15b) on the Nikon D780 is designed to last for 2260 shutters as per the CIPA requirements which is above the usual for its category. The average Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 has got the best (2260) battery life within this kind of cameras.

Following is a collection of Advanced DSLR cameras which have the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D780 front thumbnailNikon D7802260 yesnoyes
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
D780 vs D850
1840 yesyesyes
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Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
D780 vs Df
1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
D780 vs 90D
1300 yesnoyes
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
D780 vs D500
1240 yesyesyes

Nikon D780 for specific styles of photography

The following graph provides a rundown of the Nikon D780 for specific styles of photography. To see more, check out the specific section below.

Nikon D780 Portrait photography highlights

The Nikon D780 receives a score of 87 which is brilliant, and means the camera is a terrific fit for portraits. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor size, support for RAW photos plus the option to utilize off-camera lighting.

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you can focus manually
megapixel count great (25MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
provides face detect focus
supports RAW files

Street photography with Nikon D780

Getting a nice score of 72, the Nikon D780 is a very decent option to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
screen tilts up and down
big sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW files
includes touch to focus
weather proof
great ISO range (51,200)
does not have image stabilization

Nikon D780 Sports photography highlights

A wonderful sports photography points tally of 83 indicates the Nikon D780 is a fantastic choice for photographing sports. A camera needs very good tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
megapixel count amazing (25MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
includes tracking focus
environment proofing
great battery power (2,260 per charge)
has phase detect auto focus
lack of image stabilization

Nikon D780 Travel photography highlights

Weight is very crucial when getting a travel camera. All round, the Nikon D780 gets a nice 71 as a travel camera which is a very decent fit for your travels.

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better than average battery pack (2,260 shots)
weather sealing
supports bluetooth
provides focus via touch
amazing MP (25 megapixels)
does not have a selfie friendly display

Nikon D780 Landscape photography details

In case you're looking to purchase a camera for landscape photography, the most critical aspect will be image quality. The Nikon D780 and it's great grade of 82 for a landscape camera is a brilliant option in the current market.

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you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inch)
amazing megapixels (25MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
good high ISO (51,200)
supports RAW files
environment proofing
good battery pack (2,260 per charge)
has dual storage slots
lack of image stabilization

Vlogging with Nikon D780

A vlogging camera ought to offer a moving display screen, mic input and ideally IBIS. Considering everything, the Nikon D780 is not really suitable as a vlog camera as it gets a really bad rating of 32.

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touch screen
comes with face detection focus
high res video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
comes with external mic socket
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization

Nikon D780 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the D780, below is a collection of the highest rated cameras which fall in to the family of Advanced DSLR.

The graph down below shows you a bird's eye view of the D780 compared to it's highest ranking rivals suggested above.

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General Information
Model type
Nikon D780
Advanced DSLR
Body design
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Expeed 6
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
35.9 x 23.9mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
6048 x 4024
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
Maximum enhanced ISO
Min native ISO
Min enhanced ISO
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points
Cross type focus points
Lens mount type
Nikon F
Total lenses
Crop factor
Display type
Display size
3.2 inch
Resolution of display
2,359 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
Continuous shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash modes
no built-in flash
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
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
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
840g (1.85 lb)
144 x 116 x 76mm (5.7" x 4.6" x 3.0")
Battery life
2260 photos
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Time lapse feature
Storage media
Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible)
Storage slots
Price at release