The Nikon D780 makes a robust case for being one of the best full-frame DSLR you should purchase. It’s the follow-up to 2014’s D750, a digicam that was — and stays — extraordinarily common. Whereas lots of the specs haven’t modified dramatically on paper, is there sufficient packed into Nikon’s latest DSLR to warrant an improve? For most individuals, sure, however some photographers will likely be simply effective sticking with the D750.

Key variations


  • 24MP sensor
  • 1080p video
  • Distinction-detection AF in stay view
  • 6.5 fps steady taking pictures
  • 1,230-shot battery life
  • 1.2-million-dot tilting LCD


  • New BSI 24MP sensor
  • 4K video
  • Part-detection AF in stay view
  • 7 fps steady taking pictures (12 in stay view)
  • 2,260-shot battery life
  • 2.36-million-dot tilting LCD
  • No built-in flash

Sensor and processor

Nikon D780 Daven Mathies/Digital Traits

By way of decision, each the D750 and D780 supply 24 megapixels. Nonetheless, the D780 makes use of a brand new BSI (backside-illuminated) sensor with a dual-gain construction, letting you lengthen the ISO to 204,800 — 2 stops above the D750. Native ISO vary has additionally been improved, from 100 to 51,200, in comparison with the D750’s 100 by means of to 12,800. As a result of we’re coping with two full-frame sensors, neither system will disappoint when taking pictures in low gentle, however the D780 actually has the sting on its predecessor.

The D780 additionally has the Exceed 6 processor, an improve over Exceed four within the D750. As well as producing pictures with much less noise, it helps the D780 attain sooner steady taking pictures velocity and carry out face- and eye-detection autofocus in stay view.

That’s to not say the D750 was in any respect dangerous. Its picture high quality holds up properly in the present day, and in most conditions received’t be noticeably totally different. Its through-the-viewfinder efficiency additionally stays aggressive, though the D780 positively leaps forward for stay view.


For viewfinder taking pictures, each cameras use the identical Superior Multi-CAM 3500FX II autofocus sensor with 51 factors. Nonetheless, the D780 borrows the up to date focusing algorithm from the flagship D5, which Nikon says means sooner, extra dependable autofocus. We’re coping with effective margins right here (the D750 was already fairly good), however we did discover the D780 provided glorious monitoring efficiency in our testing — to what diploma it was higher than the D750 is tough to say with no side-by-side comparability.

However in stay view, the D780 actually outdoes itself. Its new sensor is constructed with 273 on-chip phase-detection AF factors, making for a lot sooner efficiency than the D750’s contrast-detection-only live-view autofocus. Mixed with the processing energy of the Exceed 6, photographers can now take pleasure in options like face- and eye-tracking in stay view. The stay view efficiency is so good, in truth, that we discovered it almost at all times preferable to taking pictures by means of the viewfinder, besides when it got here to high-speed topic monitoring.

Capturing efficiency

Even again in 2014, the shutter efficiency of the D750 left us feeling underwhelmed. For a digicam of its class – after which value level — having a max shutter velocity of 1/4000 was a bit disappointing. Fortunately, Nikon has introduced the D780 in control by giving it the shutter mechanism out of the pro-level D850, with a max velocity of 1/8000 second. That’s nice for working in vivid gentle or capturing quick topics, one thing sports activities and wildlife photographers will love.

However it didn’t simply get sooner. The D780 may also maintain its shutter open longer, as much as an spectacular 15 minutes, with out going into bulb mode. The D750 is proscribed to 30 seconds. That makes the D780 way more engaging to long-exposure followers, like panorama shooters and astrophotographers.

On the subject of steady taking pictures velocity, there’s not a lot to separate the 2 cameras. The D750 tops out at 6.5 frames per second, simply half a body shy of the D780’s 7 fps. That’s fairly mediocre in in the present day’s market and is actually nothing to get enthusiastic about, but it surely’s nonetheless lots for many events. Want extra velocity? The D780 can attain 12 fps in stay view utilizing the silent digital shutter and 12-bit RAW.


Again in 2014, we wrote the D750 had “very good 1080p video recording.” It stays true, however in a world the place 4K has develop into customary, it reads somewhat dated.

That was coming at a time when Nikon was seldom a part of the dialog when it got here to the greatest video cameras. My, how instances have modified. The D780 inherits more-or-less the identical video mode because the mirrorless Nikon Z 6, and that’s factor. It shoots 8-bit 4k video (3,840 x 2,160) at 24 or 30 fps internally, or 10-bit into an exterior HDMI recorder. When recording externally, you even have the choice of utilizing Nikon’s N-Log flat shade profile for preserving extra dynamic vary, nice for many who don’t thoughts spending a while color-correcting their footage in publish. The D780 additionally shoots 1080p up 120 fps for 5X slow-motion playback at 24p.

The D750 has a recording restrict of 20 minutes, whereas the D780 shoots as much as 30 minutes. Each cameras have a built-in stereo microphone and the choice of attaching an exterior microphone for higher sound high quality in addition to headphones for monitoring.


The designs and performance of the cameras usually are not too dissimilar. The D780 appears to be like barely much less like a brick, but it surely’s nonetheless a DSLR. Up prime the dials stay the identical, though a brand new ISO button has been added for sooner entry with out pulling your eye from the viewfinder.

Nikon D750

At first look, the rear of the cameras look equivalent. However on nearer inspection, you’ll discover that the stay view button has been moved from the underside right-hand facet as much as the correct of the viewfinder. This has given house to the data button on the D780. The auto-exposure/autofocus lock button has been moved barely decrease on the D780, making room for a devoted AF-On button. These are minor, however appreciated, modifications — we simply want Nikon had included an AF joystick.

Not surprisingly, the burden of each cameras is sort of equivalent. The D750 weighs 29.5 ounces whereas the D780 weighs 29.6 ounces, so it weights over so barely extra regardless of having tossed the built-in flash. The D780 can also be a bit bigger in each dimension, though it’s troublesome to inform.

Battery and storage

DSLRs are recognized for having nice battery life, and the D750 was prime of its class in 2014 with a battery rated for 1,230 exposures. Not content material to depart properly sufficient alone, the D780 pushes that to 2,260 exposures (though, not having a built-in flash offers it an edge in official CIPA battery testing).

Each cameras even have two SD-card slots, helpful for backup, overflow, or separate RAW+JPEG recording. The one slight distinction is that the D780 reads higher-speed UHS-II playing cards, versus UHS-I on the D750. Excessive-speed playing cards will assist clear the picture buffer sooner throughout steady taking pictures, and may also offload information sooner to your pc to avoid wasting you time throughout import.

Additionally serving to to decrease these import instances is the D780’s USB-C port, which is many instances sooner than the D750’s older USB 2 port.

Time to improve?

A cursory take a look at the spec sheet could not present it, however the D780 is actually a much-improved model of the D750 — and so it needs to be, contemplating the period of time that has lapsed. However for nonetheless photographers who don’t want the superior video or stay view capabilities, the D750 stays workhorse digicam.

If you happen to’re not at the moment a D750 proprietor and contemplating between it and the D780, we actually suggest the latter. Nonetheless, on the time of writing, you may choose up a D750 for $1,500, whereas the D780 asks you to fork over $2,300. It’s a big value distinction that’s value it should you can afford it, however that additional $800 might additionally go to lens.

Backside line

Purchase the D780 should you shoot each stills and video or may benefit from its higher stay view efficiency. Eye-detection is a recreation changer for portraiture, particularly at vast apertures.

Purchase (or maintain onto) the D750 should you don’t want stay view, don’t care about video, or take pleasure in having the ability to set off distant Nikon Speedlights from the built-in flash.

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