New Nikon D780: 4K Video, N-Log, Eye AF
The D780 continues many of the traits which made the D750 so popular, combining features from Nikon’s higher tiered offerings within a lighter, cheaper body.
It’s an exciting choice for a wide range of photographers, thanks to its diverse capabilities. The camera is capable of working with fast-moving subjects, shooting portraits with its eye-detection autofocus, and even recording HDR movies.
The D780 still has a 24.5-megapixel full-frame sensor, but now has backside-illumination (BSI) that should further boost the camera’s low-light performance. ISO speeds are now available up to 51,200, and expandable to 204,800.
The image processor has also been upgraded to the Expeed 6 chip found in the latest Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras.
Nikon says the autofocus system is also much-improved, making use of an algorithm from the pro-level flagship D5 DSLR camera.
When using Live View, the D780 has the same 273-point AF system as the Z6, and supports continuous electronic shutter speeds of up to 12 frames per second, while the mechanical shutter can fire at up to 7 frames per second.
Eye-Detection AF is also appearing for the first time in a Nikon DSLR, allowing you to track multiple eyes in real-time to nail the focus when capturing images of people.
The D780’s video capabilities are comparable to the Z6’s, with 4K/30 and 1080p/120 options and 10-bit output with N-Log or HLG HDR.
There’s a tilting 3.2-inch screen that has gained touch functionality, while the body continues to be rugged and weather-sealed.
Nikon has also added USB-C connectivity and charging along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support to export your files with ease.
Nikon is selling the D780 later this month for $2,299.95 body-only or $2,799.95 bundled with a 24-120mm f/4 lens. It is currently available for pre-order.