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Nikon D780 Review (2020)


Introducing the next evolution of Nikon FZ-format DSLR the Nikon D780. The D780 stands in top-line of DSLR technology which brings your camera ventures and passionate works to life. It is the replacement of the Nikon D750 which was advanced with the new 24 megapixel and the new EXPEED 6 processor. The D780 is one of the advanced machines including autofocus, video performance, interval shooting is significantly improved and with more mirrorless capabilities to the DSLR.

Nikon D780 Specifications

Body Design

The body was made with strong magnesium alloy with the same ergonomics unchanged compared to its predecessor D750. Now the important change in the appearance of the D780 is the absence of in-built flash. The D780 now gains the dedicated AF-ON button on its back panel made so simple without re-configuring AE-L/AF-L button. The video/still switch, that had the live view button is now shifted to a more prominent position for greater usability.  The dedicated metering and ISO buttons have also swapped positions. On the D780, the ISO button has moved up top near the shutter release and the metering button is positioned on the back, to the left of the screen which is opposite to the D750.

Nikon D780 360 Degree View

  • Body type – SLR- Digital Camera
  • Camera Format – FX
  • Body material – Magnesium alloy
  • Weight of the body only – Approx. 755 g
  • Weight of the body (including batteries, memory card without body cap) – Approx. 840 g
  • Dimensions – Width 143.5 mm x Height 115.5 mm x Diagonal 76 mm
  • Operating Environment – Temperature: 0 °C to 40 °C (+32 °F to 104 °F) Humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)
  • Lens Mount – Nikon F Mount
  • Shutter Type – Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic front-curtain shutter; electronic shutter
  • Slower shutter speed – 30 sec (extendable to 900 s by 1/3 or 1/2 steps in mode M)
  • Fastest shutter speed – 1/8000 sec
  • Shutter life – 2,00,000 Shots
  • Mirror Lock-Up – Yes
  • Memory Card Slots – 2 Secure Digital (SD) cards. The card in Slot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage or separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; pictures can be copied between cards.
  • Battery description – Rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL15b battery, EN-EL15a/EN-EL15 batteries can also be used
  • Battery Life – CIPA rated 2260 shots
  • Charging AC adapter – EH-5d/EH-5c/EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5B power connector
  • Tripod Socket – 1/4 in

Sensor and Processor

The 24megapixel CMOS sensor is now powered by the new EXPEED 6 processor in order to deliver high performance and can produce high image quality. This processor gives power for more speed and more accurate for the two AF systems for more versatile and agile performance.

  • Sensor type – CMOS
  • Sensor photo detectors – 24.5 Megapixel
  • Actual Pixels – 24.5 million
  • Effective Pixels – 25.28 million
  • Sensor size – 35.9 mm x 23.9 mm
  • Max resolution – 6048 x 4024
  • Other resolutions – FX (36×24) image area: (L) 6048 x 4024 ( 24.3 million) (M) 4528 x 3016 ( 13.7 million) (S) 3024 x 2016 ( 6.1 million) DX (24×16) image area: (L) 3936 x 2624 ( 10.3 million) (M) 2944 x 1968 ( 5.8 million) (S) 1968 x 1312 ( 2.6 million) 1:1 (24×24) image area: (L) 4016 x 4016 ( 16.1 million) (M) 3008 x 3008 ( 9.0 million) (S) 2000 x 2000 ( 4.0 million) 16:9 (36×20) image area: (L) 6048 x 3400 ( 20.6 million) (M) 4528 x 2544 ( 11.5 million) (S) 3024 x 1696 ( 5.1 million) Photographs taken while filming movies at a frame size of 3840 x 2160: 3840 x 2160 Photographs taken while filming movies at other frame sizes: 1920 x 1080
  • Processor – EXPEED 6
  • Bit Depth – NEF (RAW): 12 or 14bit
  • Aspect Ratio – 1:1, 3:2, 16:9
  • Colour space – sRGB, Adobe RGB
  • Colour filter array – Primary colour filter
  • Continuous shooting speed – Up to 7 fps CL: 1 to 6 fps (viewfinder photography); 1 to 3 fps (live view photography) CH: 7 fps; when shooting NEF/RAW pictures during silent photography, either 8 fps (bit depth 14 bits) or 12 fps (bit depth 12 bits) QC: 3 fps


Now the D780 is more capable of low-light photography with the perfect image quality of high resolution. The noise reduction was improved at high ISO, and also deep shadows also have less noise as compared with the D750. The D780 facilitates for the sharper image and high detail at base ISO. The anti-aliasing filter works well for providing great suppression of false-color resulting in accurate and pleasing skin-tones.

  • Image ratio – 3:2
  • ISO Auto – 100 – 51200
  • Minimum ISO – 50
  • Maximum ISO –204800
  • White Balance presets – 12
  • White Balance Bracketing – Provided
  • Custom white balance – Provided with 6 slots
  • File format – NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit / RAW+JPEG/ JPEG
  • Maximum Resolution – 6048 x 4024
  • Picture Styles – Auto, Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat Creative Picture Controls (Dream, Morning, Pop, Sunday, Somber, Dramatic, Silence, Bleached, Melancholic, Pure, Denim, Toy, Sepia, Blue, Red, Pink, Charcoal, Graphite, Binary, Carbon); selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls

Optics & Focus

The D780 has updated algorithms and higher resolution metering sensor subject tracing uses the 51 AF-points from the viewfinder. The camera is now developed with a high-performance AF system with the help of the EXPEED 6 processor. 

  • Focus Mode – Single-servo AF (AF-S), Continuous-servo AF (AF-C), AF mode auto-switch (AF-A, still photography only), full-time AF (AF-F, movie recording only); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
  • Lens mount – Nikon F Mount
  • Compatible Lenses – Types G, E, and D. During viewfinder photography, the electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster. With lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster, the electronic rangefinder supports 11 focus points.
  • Lens Aperture – Instant return, electronically controlled
  • Focal length multiplier – 1x

Auto Focus

  • Number of focus points – Viewfinder photography: 51 points; Live view: 273 points
  • Cross-type – 15
  • Autofocus Sensitivity – -3 to +20 EV
  • AF Mode – Single- Viewfinder photography: Single-point AF, 9-, 21-, or 51- point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, group-area AF, auto-area AF Live view: Pinpoint AF (still photography only, single-servo AF/AF-S), single-point AF, dynamic-area AF (still photography only, continuous-servo AF/AF-C), wide-area AF (S), wide-area AF (L), auto-area AF

Screen and Viewfinder

The D780’s optical viewfinder is capable of sensitivity to -3EV and the monitor are capable of sensitivity at -5EV with the 273 phase-detection points as same as Nikon Z6. This is a huge improvement over the D750 since it uses contrast-detection in live view. Both the speed and performance of the subject tracking are more improved in both viewfinder and live view to give a crisp and clear detailed image at 12fps burst.

  • Screen Type – Tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle
  • The Screen size – 3.2in
  • Screen dots – 2,359,000
  • Touch screen – Provided
  • Live view – Provided
  • Viewfinder Type – Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
  • The Viewfinder coverage – FX: 100%, DX: 97%, 1:1: 97% H and 100% V, 16:9: 100% H and 97% V
  • Viewfinder Eye Point – 21 mm
  • Viewfinder Magnification – Approx. 0.7x
  • Diopter Adjustment – -3 to +1 m

Photography Features

The Nikon D780 is made for all kinds of photography in which it can deliver its high performance and image quality without any compensation. The RAW image is capable of providing high dynamic range with plenty of detail and good noise reduction performance at higher ISO.

  • Exposure modes – Auto, P: programmed auto with flexible program, S: shutter-priority auto, A: aperture-priority auto, M: manual EFCT
  • Special effects modes: night vision; super vivid; pop; photo illustration; toy camera effect; miniature effect; selective color; silhouette; high key; low key U1 and U2: user settings
  • Drive modes – S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), QC (quiet continuous shutter-release), Self-timer, MUP (mirror up)
  • Metering modes – Matrix, Center-weighted, Spot, Highlight-weighted metering
  • Exposure compensation – ±5 in Photo, ±3 for video (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 steps)
  • Metering Range – –3 to +20 EV
  • Live View AF system – 100% frame coverage
  • Built-in flash – Not provided
  • External flash – Can be attached or used
  • Flash Maximum sync speed – X=1/200 s; synchronizes with the shutter at 1/200 s or slower
  • Flash Compensation – -3 to +1 EV (1/3 or 1/2 Steps)
  • Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) – i-TTL flash control, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, Color Information Communication, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, unified flash control
  • Accessory Shoe – ISO 518 hot-shoe
  • Flash Modes – Front-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, slow sync, red-eye reduction with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off
  • Flash-ready Indicator – Lights when the optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output

Video or Movie Features

The D780 provides 4K UHD videos with full pixel readout. This is also compatible with transforming dramatic movement into super high-speed continuous shooting at 120fps. The D780 is now capable of making a video with the 10-bit N-log and has an in-built HDR(HLG) movie output.

  • Video RAW recording – 10-bit N-Log, HDR (HLG) movie output
  • Video Compression – H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
  • Videography Format – MOV, MP4
  • Frame Rate – 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD); 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p 1920 x 1080; 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p 1920 x 1080 (slow-motion); 30p x4, 25p x4, 24p x5 * Actual frame rates for 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 119.88, 100, 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively * Quality selection available at all sizes except 3840 x 2160, 1920 x 1080 120p/100p, and 1920 x 1080 slow-motion, when quality is fixed at high
  • Audio Recording – Built-In Microphone (Stereo) or External Microphone – external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity adjustable
  • Audio File Format – Linear PCM, AAC
  • Audio Input and Output – Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)

Other Special Features of Nikon D780

The D780 is powered with instantly lighten or darken an image with the in-camera overlay or further enhance the depth of field in an image with the focus shift feature for focus stacking photography. Experiment true versatility with the improved multiple exposure function – take your images to a new level.

  • Focus Stacking – Available
  • Active D-Lighting – Selected from, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off
  • Time-lapse recording – Provided
  • Wireless – Built-in
  • Wi-Fi – 2.4 GHz band
  • Bluetooth – Version 4.2
  • Storage types –2 Secure Digital (SD) card
  • USB Connectivity – Type C Connector (Superspeed USB)
  • HDMI Connectivity – Type C HDMI connector
  • Port Provided – Microphone, Headphone
  • Remote control – Yes (Wired, wireless, smartphone)
  • Self-timer – 2s, 5s, 10s, the 20s

Best Lenses for Nikon D780

The Nikon D780 can be influenced by the wide variety of NIKKOR F-mount Lenses to provide great detail, sharpness, and accurate color and also high AF performance.

List of Best Common Lenses for Nikon D780

Best All-in-one Lens

  • AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR

Most Common Standard Zoom Lenses

  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR

Best Standard Prime Lenses

  • AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
  • AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G
  • Lens AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G

Best Macro Lenses

  • AF-S MICRO NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED
  • AF-S VR MICRO-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED

Top Standard Zoom Lenses

  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR

Best Wide-angle Zoom Lenses

  • AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15MM F/3.5-4.5E ED
  • AF-S DX NIKKOR  10-24mm f/3.4-4.5G ED
  • Lens AF-S NIKKOR 14–24mm f/2.8G ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR

Best Wide-angle Prime Lenses

  • PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8 G ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24mm F/1.4G ED
  • Lens AF-S NIKKOR 28mm F/1.4E ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 35mm F/1.4G ED

List of Best Specialized Lenses for Nikon D780

Best Indoor Sports Lenses

  • AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
  • Lens AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II
  • AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
  • Lens AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm F/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR

Top Outdoor Sports and Wildlife Lenses

  • AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 400mm F2.8E FL ED VR
  • Lens AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 600mm F/4E FL ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 800mm F/5.6E FL ED VR

Best Portrait Lenses

  • AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G
  • AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G
  • Lens AF-S VR MICRO-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED

Best Travel and Street Lenses

  • AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
  • Lens AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G
  • AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR

Nikon D780 Rating

As per the reviews and features of D780, the ratings for this camera stand 4.6/5. Professional Photographers consider this camera is best for wildlife, Sports, and Adventure because of its high frame burst. If we consider other genres like wedding photography, fashion photography, product photography, commercial or advertising Photography also wildlife, etc., it will be helpful because of its high color profile and its details and it will surely exhibit great performance. For travel enthusiasts or vloggers or video creators, it will be more useful because of its 4K UHD output at high speed. It is so this helps all the users waiting to buy a budget camera with developed flexibility and agility. Further, this rating is given to Nikon D780 as per the survey of Photomentor PRO.


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