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The Nikon D780 is a full-frame prosumer DSLR that’s been designed with both photographers and videographers in mind. It’s an update to the D750 that incorporates features found in the Z6. Key features include:

  • 24.5MP FX-format CMOS sensor; EXPEED 6 processor

  • Multi-CAM 3500 II 51-point autofocus system

  • Sharp images and excellent low-light performance

  • UHD 4K30 Video; N-Log & 10-Bit HDMI out

24.5MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor. The Nikon D780’s versatile full-frame CMOS sensor balances high-resolution images with great low-light performance and fast readout speeds. It offers a normal ISO range of 100-51,200, with the ability to extend to 50-204,800 when needed. The EXPEED 6 image processor enables continuous shooting at 7 fps with the viewfinder or 12 fps RAW or JPEG in live view.

51-Point Multi-CAM 3500 II Autofocus Sensor. When you’re shooting stills with the viewfinder, this autofocus sensor acquires fast, accurate focus on your subject thanks to its 51 phase-detection points. This system works in low light down to -3 EV, and its 15 cross type points keep focusing accurate even in subpar light. Eleven of the focus points are sensitive down to an f/8 aperture value, meaning that you can use telephoto lenses and teleconverters without worry. The intelligent Scene Recognition System helps you maintain focus on fast-moving subjects when you’re working at high continuous shooting speeds.

273-Point Hybrid Autofocus System. When you’re working in live view or capturing video, the D780’s Hybrid AF system offers 273 phase-detection points that cover 90% of the image area both vertically and horizontally for fast, accurate performance. This system is sensitive down to -4 EV, but the dedicated Low Light AF Mode brings that down to -6 EV for still shooting. You can also use Eye-Detection AF for improved subject tracking. The Hybrid Autofocus mode automatically switches between phase and contrast-detect systems, which makes it ideal for video.

UHD 4K Video Capture. The D780 isn’t just for ultra-sharp stills; it’s capable of in-camera 4K UHD recording at 24/25/30p, Full HD at up to 120p for slow-motion playback, and uncompressed output to an external recorder via HDMI mini out. The N-Log and Hybrid Log Gammas let you capture flat-looking footage with a high dynamic range, the Electronic VR feature gives you smooth handheld shooting, and you get 10-bit data output over HDMI. You can also record sequential 2MP stills at 120 fps for in-camera time lapses. Unlike previous Nikon DSLRs, the D780 includes focus peaking and zebra warnings. You can capture stereo audio in-camera or externally via 1/8-inch mic input, while a separate 1/8-inch headphone input enables precision audio monitoring.

Scene Recognition System. The intelligent Scene Recognition System uses an 180,000-pixel RGB sensor to evaluate and analyze every element of a scene, and then quickly apply the best white-balance setting to render that scene.

High-Quality Build. With the D780, you’re getting a magnesium-alloy chassis and shell that feel great. The 3.2-inch 2.36m-dot tilting rear touchscreen LCD is a welcome addition for video shooters and photo shooters alike, and the large pentaprism optical viewfinder offers 100% frame coverage and 0.7x magnification.

Other Notable Features. Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity allows wireless image capture, review and transfer from a smartphone with the Nikon Snapbridge app installed. Dual UHS-II-compatible SD/SDHC/SDXC slots give you recording flexibility, and the D780 uses the Nikon EN-EL15b rechargeable battery (one included) that’s rated for 2,260 shots per charge.

Aspect Ratio

1:1, 3:2, 16:9

Audio File Formats

AAC, Linear PCM (Stereo)

Audio Recording

Built-In Microphone (Stereo)
External Microphone Input (Stereo)

Autofocus Points

Phase Detection: 51 (15 Cross-Type)
Phase Detection: 273

Autofocus Sensitivity

-3 to +19 EV


1x EN-EL15b Rechargeable Lithium-Ion (Approx. 2260 Shots)

Bit Depth




Built-in Flash


Camera Type



USB Type-C (USB 3.1), HDMI C (Mini), 3.5mm Headphone, 3.5mm Microphone

Continuous Shooting

Up to 12 fps at 24.5 MP
Up to 7 fps at 24.5 MP

Dedicated Flash System




Diopter Adjustment

-3 to +1

Exposure Compensation

-5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)

Exposure Modes

Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority

External Flash Connection

Hot Shoe

External Video-Recording Modes

UHD 4K (3840 × 2160)
Full HD (1920 × 1080)

Flash Compensation

-3 to +1 EV (1/3, 1/2, 1 EV Steps)

Flash Modes

First-Curtain Sync, Off, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction

Focus Type

Auto and Manual Focus


Continuous-Servo AF, Full-Time Servo, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF





ISO Range

Auto, 100 to 51200 (Extended: 50 to 204800)

Image File Formats


Image Stabilization


Interval Recording


Item Type


Maximum Resolution

6048 × 4024

Maximum Sync Speed

1/200 Second

Memory Card Slot


Metering Modes

Center-Weighted Average, Highlight Weighted, Matrix, Spot

Metering Range

-3 to 20 EV

Mirror Lock-Up


Monitor Resolution

2,359,000 Dot

Monitor Size


Monitor Type

Tilting Touchscreen LCD


Nikon F

Operating Temperature

32 to 104°F


Actual: 24.92 Megapixel
Effective: 24.5 Megapixel

Recording Limit

Up to 29 Minutes, 59 Seconds

Self Timer

2/5/10/20-Second Delay

Sensor Dimensions

35.9 × 23.9mm

Sensor Size

Full Frame

Sensor Type


Shutter Speed

Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
1/8000 to 30 Seconds
1/8000 to 900 Seconds
Bulb Mode
Time Mode

Video Encoding


Video Recording Modes

UHD 4K (3840 × 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p
Full HD (1920 × 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p

Viewfinder Coverage


Viewfinder Eye Point


Viewfinder Magnification

Approx. 0.7x

Viewfinder Type

Optical (Pentaprism)


1.85 lbs.

White Balance

Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual, Shade





Nikon D780

Battery - Nikon EN-EL15b

Camera Strap

Charger - Nikon MH-25a

Charger - Non-Polarized MH-25 Plug for Nikon

Manual - Nikon D780 Cheat Sheet / Paper Manual

Nikon Body Cap

Nikon DK-21 Rubber Eyecup