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Nikon D780 DSLR Camera (Body Only)

BH #NID780 • MFR #1618
Nikon D780 DSLR Camera (Body Only)
Key Features
  • 24.5MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 6 Image Processing Engine
  • UHD 4K30 Video; N-Log & 10-Bit HDMI Out
  • Multi-CAM 3500 II 51-Point AF System
Mixing a contemporary imaging approach with traditional form and function, the Nikon D780 is a versatile DSLR excelling in both photography and video applications. Featuring a 24.5MP full-frame CMOS sensor, high-resolution stills and video recording are possible, and the sensor features a BSI design for heightened clarity and reduced noise levels to suit working in a variety of lighting conditions. This sensor also enables a wide sensitivity range from ISO 100-51200, which can be expanded to ISO 50-204800, along with a quick 7 fps shooting rate with the viewfinder or 12 fps in live view. This sensor also permits UHD 4K video recording up to 30 fps using either full-frame or cropped areas. Full HD recording up to 120 fps is available, too, along with integrated N-Log Gamma and HLG settings for refined color control.
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Nikon D780 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 224.5MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor and EXPEED 6 Processor
  • 351-Point Multi-CAM 3500 II AF Sensor
  • 4UHD 4K Video Recording
  • 5273-Point Hybrid AF System
  • 6Body Design
  • 7Scene Recognition System and Exposure Metering

Mixing a contemporary imaging approach with traditional form and function, the Nikon D780 is a versatile DSLR excelling in both photography and video applications. Featuring a 24.5MP full-frame CMOS sensor, high-resolution stills and video recording are possible, and the sensor features a BSI design for heightened clarity and reduced noise levels to suit working in a variety of lighting conditions. This sensor also enables a wide sensitivity range from ISO 100-51200, which can be expanded to ISO 50-204800, along with a quick 7 fps shooting rate with the viewfinder or 12 fps in live view. This sensor also permits UHD 4K video recording up to 30 fps using either full-frame or cropped areas. Full HD recording up to 120 fps is available, too, along with integrated N-Log Gamma and HLG settings for refined color control.

Complementing the imaging, when working with the viewfinder, a 51-point phase-detection autofocus system is available, which includes 15 cross-type points for greater accuracy in low-light conditions. When working in live view or recording video, a 273-point Hybrid AF system is used that blends on-sensor phase-detection points and a contrast-detection system for quick performance and excellent subject tracking, including support for Eye-Detection AF.

At its core, the D780 relies on the familiarity and tradition of a DSLR, including a 0.7x-magnification pentaprism optical viewfinder, along with a large 3.2" 2.36m-dot tilting touchscreen LCD. Dual UHS-II SD memory card slots offer flexible storage and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth also enable wireless file transferring along with remote camera control from a mobile device.

24.5MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor and EXPEED 6 Processor

Chosen for its versatility, the full-frame 24.5MP CMOS sensor provides apt resolution, fast readout speeds, and impressive low-light performance. Its BSI (back-illuminated) design, along with the EXPEED 6 image processor, help to achieve especially clear results with reduced noise levels to suit working with the full native sensitivity range of ISO 100-51200, which can be extended to ISO 50-204800. For working with moving subjects, a 7 fps continuous shooting rate is available when using the optical viewfinder, but when working in Silent Live View mode, up to 12 fps shooting is possible in raw or JPEG.

51-Point Multi-CAM 3500 II AF Sensor

When working with the optical viewfinder, the Multi-CAM 3500 II AF sensor utilizes 51 phase-detection points to quickly and accurately acquire focus on subjects. This system is sensitive down to -3 EV and also features 15 cross-type points for even greater accuracy in low-contrast situations. Benefitting the use of telephoto lenses and teleconverters, 11 of the focus points are also sensitive down to an aperture value of f/8. 3D Tracking, a part of the intelligent Scene Recognition System, also works to benefit maintained focusing on moving subjects for greater accuracy when shooting at high continuous shooting speeds.

UHD 4K Video Recording

In addition to stills, the D780 utilizes the sensor and processor combination to also realize highly capable video performance. UHD 4K recording is possible using either the full-frame area or a DX crop area in 30p, 25, or 24p frame rates and Full HD 1080p video recording is also supported at up to 120p for slow motion playback. Files can be saved to the in-camera memory cards or as an uncompressed file to an optional external recorder via HDMI out.

Rounding out the video capabilities, the D780 also integrates the N-Log gamma for capturing flat-looking footage that maximizes dynamic range and color grading control during post-production. HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) can also be used to produce HDR content. Other additions are the ability to output high-quality 10-bit data over HDMI and an Electronic VR function for smooth handheld shooting. Focus Peaking can be used to benefit manual focus control and a Zebra Stripes option is also available to help detect over-exposed areas within the frame. Audio recording can be handled using the built-in stereo microphone or an optional external mic can be added via the 3.5mm stereo jack for greater control over quality, and live monitoring is possible via the headphone jack.

Additionally, beyond video recording, in-camera time lapse recording is also possible, with the ability to record sequential 2MP stills at 120 fps.

273-Point Hybrid AF System

When working in live view or when recording video, a Hybrid AF system is used that features 273 phase-detection points on the sensor, which cover approximately 90% of the imaging area. This helps to achieve fast and accurate focusing performance for both stills and video and also avails sophisticated subject tracking technologies, including Eye-Detection AF. This focusing system works in low-light down to -4 EV, or down to -6 EV in the dedicated Low-Light AF mode for stills.

Body Design

  • A bright pentaprism optical viewfinder covers 100% of the frame with a 0.7x magnification.
  • Large 3.2" 2.36m-dot rear LCD screen features a tilting design to suit working from high and low angles. It is also a touchscreen, and affords intuitive control over playback, menu navigation, and touch AF and touch shutter functions.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enable wireless transferring of files and remote camera control from linked mobile devices via the Nikon SnapBridge app.
  • Dual SD memory card slots both support the UHS-II standard for fast read/write speeds and enable more flexible file storage, such as overflow recording and in-camera file duplication.
  • EN-EL15b lithium-ion battery provides approximately 2260 shots per charge.

Scene Recognition System and Exposure Metering

The intelligent Scene Recognition System with 3D Color Matrix Metering III utilizes a 180,000-pixel RGB sensor to evaluate and analyze all aspects within a scene, including brightness, contrast, subject distance, and the scene colors, to quickly determine an accurate exposure and white balance setting to best render the scene at hand. The information gathered is also checked against onboard reference images to ensure consistency from image to image in regard to exposure, white balance, i-TTL flash settings, and subject-tracking AF performance.
UPC: 018208016181

Nikon D780 Specs

Lens MountNikon F
Sensor ResolutionActual: 24.92 Megapixel
Effective: 24.5 Megapixel (6048 x 4024)
Sensor Type35.9 x 23.9 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Image StabilizationNone
Mirror Lock-UpYes
Capture TypeStills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeMechanical Focal Plane Shutter, Electronic Shutter
Shutter SpeedElectronic Front Curtain Shutter
1/8000 to 900 Seconds
Bulb/Time ModeBulb Mode, Time Mode
ISO SensitivityPhoto/Video
100 to 51,200 in Auto Mode (Extended: 50 to 204,800)
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Highlight Weighted, Matrix, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Metering Range-3 to 20 EV
White BalancePresets: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual, Shade
Continuous ShootingUp to 12 fps at 24.5 MP
Up to 7 fps at 24.5 MP
Interval RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/5/10/20-Second Delay
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes1:1
4016 x 4016
3008 x 3008
2000 x 2000
6048 x 3400
4528 x 2544
3024 x 1696
Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Bit Depth14-Bit
Internal Video Capture
Recording ModesH.264/MOV
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p
Recording LimitUp to 29 Minutes, 59 Seconds
Video SystemNTSC/PAL
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio Recording AAC Audio
2-Channel LPCM Audio
External Video Capture
External Recording Modes10-Bit via HDMI
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160)Full HD (1920 x 1080)
IP StreamingNone
Media/Memory Card SlotDual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Video I/O1 x Mini-HDMI Output
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
Other I/O1 x USB Type-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Data Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
1 x Nikon DC2 Input
Power I/O1 x USB Type-C Input/Output
WirelessBluetooth, Wi-Fi
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Resolution2,359,000 Dot
Display TypeTilting Touchscreen LCD
Secondary DisplayTop: Status Display
TypeOptical (Pentaprism)
Eye Point21 mm
MagnificationApprox. 0.7x
Diopter Adjustment-3 to +1
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF, Full-Time Servo, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
Autofocus PointsPhase Detection: 51 (15 Cross-Type)
Phase Detection: 273
Autofocus Sensitivity-3 to +19 EV
Built-In FlashNo
Flash ModesFirst-Curtain Sync, Off, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
Maximum Sync Speed1/200 Second
Flash Compensation-3 to +1 EV (1/3, 1/2, 1 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash SystemiTTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Battery Type1 x EN-EL15b Rechargeable Lithium-Ion (Approx. 2260 Shots)
Tripod Mounting Thread1 x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Accessory Mount1 x Hot Shoe Mount
Material of ConstructionMagnesium Alloy
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.65 x 4.55 x 2.99" / 143.5 x 115.5 x 76 mm
Weight1.85 lb / 840 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.59 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.75 x 7.15 x 5.4"

Nikon D780 Reviews

Love It!

By Deborah
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-06

I spent quite a bit of time researching full-frame vs mirrorless cameras. Ultimately, I chose the Nikon D780 full frame DSLR because of all the great reviews that I read, and I love it. The D780 has all the buttons in the right place. The AF-on eliminates the need for back button focusing because there is a dedicated AF-on button and it's in the back! In fact, the placement of an ISO button is positioned on top of the camera, next to the off/on button, which makes changing the ISO very convenient. Also, there are two slots for SD cards which is a must for me. It you are looking for a full frame DSLR, the D780 is the best choice with an affordable price.

Perfect if you still need a DSLR

By Scott
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-01

Mirrorless is like electric cars, it's taking over where you want it or not. It's an evolutionary change but worth it, with a higher usable ISO, silent shooting in live view (only noise is the mirror clack when you turn it off/on) and 4K video output. Pictures are great and it overall is faster than my 750's. I haven't had it long enough to see how the shutter holds up--the previous failure point of the 750. I use the older D series lenses as they're built like tanks and lately have gotten very cheap. Sadly at the rate things are going this may be the last prosumer DSLR that Nikon will make, and it's made so little impression a lot of photographers don't even know it exists.

Incredible camera

By Kip
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-21

I purchased the D780 to replace my D90, (which suffered an unfortunate dunk in a river). The D780 has surpassed my expectations so far. It is truly an incredible piece of equipment, and I couldn't be happier with my purchase.

But where's the owner's manual?

By Clair
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-07

Great camera, but a challenge to learn all the bells and whistles without an owner's manual. I requested one and was instructed to download a PDF. After spending nearly $3K on a camera and lens, you'd think an included owner's manual would be a no-brainer.

Combines best of both worlds

By Nicole
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-15

I have owned this camera for 6 months now, and I use it for portraits and weddings. It has mirrorless capabilities with DSLR quality I love. I love the placement of buttons and its not overly done with buttons on the front. Only complaint - you cannot add a camera grip, but honestly don't need it - just replace the batteries one at a time. the battery compartment is a pain to open but other than that, very reliable.

Very good photo results, but body feels somewhat cheap.

By Mike
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-01

Purchased refurbished from B&H. Will be used in addition to a Nikon D7500, not with the thought of replacing it. B&H shipped within hours of ordering via 2 day FedEx on a Wednesday, with expected delivery on Friday. It arrived in Portland OR Thursday afternoon but sat there until Monday morning. 2-day shipping turned into 5 days. Bad FedEx. Packaging was mostly okay, but the camera was in thin bubble wrap with the ability to move freely inside the white Nikon refurb box. Would expect a little bit better than that. Right out of the bag, I could feel the cheapness of the body compared to the D7500. It feels lighter and more plastic-y. The dials do not have the snappy feel of the D7500, they feel soft and cheap as they are rotated. When I pick up the D7500 and exercise the buttons and dials, I feel a good quality camera. With the D780, it feels a bit more like a toy to me in comparison. Cost cutting I suppose. Seems to be right up there with not including a printed manual. Printing a 900 page PDF is a pain. Bad Nikon. Other than the cheap feel, the camera looked brand new and untouched out of the bubble wrap. All accessories were there and work fine. I checked the shutter count on the first picture I took ... it was 1. Basically a brand new unused camera, assuming Nikon doesn't reset these things. Battery also reports as being brand new. Having said all of that, when I couple the D780 with the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 G2 lens, the results have been phenomenal. I knew to expect improvement using the full frame Tamron lens on a full frame Nikon body compared to the DX D7500, but they were beyond my expectations. I have taken some really nice pics with this lens and the D7500, but now my expectations and excitement to use the D780 body are quite high. The clarity/sharpness and the colors are outstanding. The ISO performance in low lighting is very good. Even with only 24.something megapixels, reasonable cropping of images hasn't caused any noticeable loss of image quality. Good Nikon. Good Tamron. My real intent on getting the D780 was for the carried over from the Z 6 video capabilities to do astrophotography / nighttime time lapses, unfortunately, here in the PNW, November was a very cloudy rainy month with little opportunity to try it out. I am looking forward to using the silent mode to capture long astrophotography time lapses and not increase the shutter count, and I will continue to enjoy the still photo results I have seen so far. The D7500 doesn't have a low pass filter, where the D780 does, so it will be interesting to see if I can see any differences in detail between the two cameras taking the same images of the sky at night. I hope not to have to buy another camera body again for a very long time, however, I really hope Nikon reverses direction in using cheaper materials. Given the toy-ish feel of this camera body, I'm glad I bought at a refurb price. I would have been willing to pay full price for a new one (or even more) if the same level of quality of the D7500 was there. This doesn't feel like a $2300 camera. Good thing the features and image quality are there.

Awesome upgrade!

By Torsten
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-31

Probably my last DSL before everything goes mirrorless but this camera is worth it. As a long time Nikon DSL user, the immediate learning curve is quick. Very good layout. I was surprised by how light and actually small the body was. Everyone says mirrorless bodies are so much more compact but I don't find the D780 to be heavy or cumbersome at all. Besides needing a major upgrade in tech and going full frame, high on my list were focusing systems and low light capability. This camera does both very well. It's first real workout was shooting swimming at an indoor pool for my daughter's swim team. Low light and fast action, so this was a good test. The various focus options are excellent; with choices between focus areas, and tracking combined with shutter burst modes you are sure to get the money shot in most sequences. The focus system kept up with the swimmers, it was very fast. Low light handling has come a long way. Indoor pool lighting is horrible but at about ISO 800 I was able to get good exposure and speed. After the pool tests, I'm confident this camera will be able to handle anything outdoors or any other creative situations I throw at it. Regarding battery life, I shot heavy for two hours and the battery indicator might have moved one notch. I have one 64gig memory card which yields 1.2k exposures (raw). And to think there are actually dual cards slots so you have a ton of space to shoot. (I don't do video). The display screen is awesome for review and you can scroll through the many picture review options (depending on what you set in the menu) that we are all familiar with; histograms, highlights, focus, etc. The touch screen zoom is great for checking focus. I am looking forward to digging in a little more as time goes on but I can tell this camera will be great for some time to come and glad I finally upgraded.

Very pleased with the D780

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-20

Everything I expected so far, and still learning about all of the included features. Very pleased with this purchase.

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does the d780 have aa filter?

does the d780 have aa filter?
Asked by: Roger
yes it has
Answered by: stuart e
Date published: 2021-04-16

Does the d780 have GPS for location stamping?

Does the d780 have GPS for location stamping?
Asked by: Glenn
You can also connect your smartphone with Bluetooth while running Nikon snap bridge to automatically add location data to your photos as you take them.
Answered by: Thomas
Date published: 2020-05-27

Shutter count on this one?

Shutter count on this one?
Asked by: Donna
Because our Q&A section persists even after a used item is sold, we do not list temporary/non-persistent information on our new-item product listings for the Nikon D780. Please contact our used department via phone or live-chat and we can quickly get you information on the condition on our used Nikon D780.
Answered by: Jeremy
Date published: 2022-02-06

Does auto-focus work while shooting external ...

Does auto-focus work while shooting external 10-bit video in N-log?
Asked by: Khaled
most likely yes.
Answered by: stuart e
Date published: 2020-01-14

How is the D780 with Astrophotography?

How is the D780 with Astrophotography?
Asked by: Aaron
The Nikon D780 is a good choice for astrophotography. The features I like are full frame sensor, long exposure noise reduction, low noise at high ISO, long shutter settings in manual exposure mode, good battery life and good low-light focus. The features I wish it had are lit buttons and star tracking.
Answered by: Marty
Date published: 2020-08-20

Does it have hdr mode?

Does it have hdr mode?
Asked by: CARNEY
The D780 has the same hdr features as the D750. For jpegs, it combines two photos taken at different exposures. For raw or jpegs, you can bracket up to 9 exposures and then combine using external apps such as Lightroom. There is also a feature for jpegs called ActiveD Lighting which increases exposure for shadows and reduces exposure for highlights.
Answered by: Marty
Date published: 2020-03-29

Will this work with my Phottix Odin II ...

Will this work with my Phottix Odin II transmitter?
Asked by: David
Had not tried until today. Flash fired perfectly using PHottix Odin II transmitter on the D780 and the Phottix Odin II TTL Flash Trigger Receiver. Flash used was the SB-800. All setting in manual mode. Should work in TTL if configured correctly.
Answered by: Dennis
Date published: 2021-09-02

Any warranty?

Any warranty?
Asked by: Charles
This Nikon D780 DSLR Camera (Body Only), would have a 1 year manufacturers USA warranty.
Answered by: Moe
Date published: 2022-02-04
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