Nikon D780 Body
Versatility meets agility.
For those who express themselves without labels, the D780 is capable of bringing every spectacular vision to life and inspiring completely new ways to create. Versatility through the splendour of full frame photography and 4K video, slow motion, time-lapse, remoteless long exposures and a host of impactful creative shooting tools to keep inspiration flowing. Agility through major technological enhancements like a 180K-pixel Advanced Scene Recognition System, superb phase-detect autofocusing in photo and video and easy wireless image transfer to keep up with every creative demand. The D780 is a creator's dream come true. And as the successor to the expectation-shattering D750, it's a serious upgrade in terms of speed, image processing, video capability, autofocus performance and so much more.
Impeccable image quality with dazzling detail.
The D780 boasts a 24.5MP backside illuminated FX full frame sensor, capable of remarkable light gathering for highly detailed photos and videos with ultra shallow depth of field and sharp, clean low light shots. Welcome to the brilliance of full frame.
AF breakthroughs for stills and video.
Optical viewfinder lovers will see the power of Nikon's proven 51-point AF system in perfect clarity. A newly-equipped autofocus algorithm borrowed from the flagship D5 and 15 cross-type sensors take the D780's focusing prowess to the next level with ultra quick, accurate and sharp Auto Area autofocusing. In Live View, photos and videos benefit from an incredibly intelligent and robust 273-point phase-detection AF system that detects and tracks subjects brilliantly throughout the entire frame.
A huge leap in cinematic technology for DSLR lovers.
Bring every spectacular vision to life with the versatility and agility of the full frame Nikon D780. Designed around a brilliant, high resolution 24.5 MP backside illuminated FX sensor, an incredibly intelligent and robust AF system and next generation EXPEED 6 image processing, both full frame stills and 4K video benefit from the same impressive detail, clarity and stellar low-light performance. Inspiring slow motion and time-lapse video, remoteless long exposures, exhilarating shutter speeds and wireless image transfer, all right at your fingertips and ready to meet every creative demand.
Source detail retention with 10-Bit N-Log or new HDR (HLG).
Both N-Log and new HDR (HLG) shooting formats preserve more detail, dynamic range and contrast in video. Use N-Log for footage intended for post-process colour grading or HLG for immediate, beautifully vibrant playback on displays with HLG HDR support.
All of your footage can be time-coded in-camera for easier synchronising and logging, especially when working with multiple cameras.
With Eye-Detection Autofocus in Live View mode, the D780 tracks and locks focus on your subject’s eye using its powerful 273-point PDAF system, ensuring critically sharp portraits.
Disruption-free silent shooting at 12 FPS.
The perfect photo isn't worth ruining the perfect moment. In Live View, you can shoot in complete silence at full resolution without compromising any of the D780's staggering photo quality. And with the mirror out of the equation, high speed shooting is increased to an incredible 12 FPS.
Tilt, touch, swipe, pinch.
The tilting touchscreen LCD makes it easy to get the shot, even from high or low angles. Use Touch AF, Touch Shutter control and navigate menus, playback and more as if you were using a touch-enabled smart device.
Ready for action.
Improved 7 frames per second high speed shooting makes the most of the D780's incredible autofocus system and flagship AF performance for spot-on subject acquisition and tracking.*
*17% faster compared to D750's 6.5 frames per second.
EXPEED 6. Two steps forward. No looking back.
Powering the newest generation of Nikon DSLR and mirrorless cameras, the EXPEED 6 image processing engine is both the brains and the muscle behind the camera’s stunning photo and video quality, AF performance, low-light clarity, colour reproduction and more.
Exhilarating shutter speeds to 1/8000s.
Elusive wildlife and incredible athleticism are just another opportunity for the D780 to shine. With breakneck shutter speeds up to 1/8000 second, dynamic fast action is frozen in time with incredible detail and sharpness, freeing you to get the most from your fast aperture lenses.
Time-bending long exposures. No Remote Necessary.
Beautifully fluid, long exposure photography is easy to achieve with the D780's selectable in-camera shutter speeds.* Now, captivating star trails and waterscapes can be captured without a remote timer, just like the D810A specialty model, all the way up to 15 minutes.
*In M mode, exposures longer than 30 seconds are selectable up to 900 seconds (60, 120, 180, 240, 300, 480, 600, 720, 900 seconds are available) when activated in the custom settings menu.
A Breakthrough in low light.
The D780's exceptional low light performance is nothing short of liberating. Highly sensitive with minimal noise, the D780 achieves ISOs up to 51,200 (expandable to ISO 204,800), eclipsing the coveted D850.
Highly-refined scene recognition.
The D780's genius 180K-Pixel Advanced Scene Recognition System takes the guess work out of getting the perfect shot. In an instant, the dedicated RGB sensor recognises crucial information about the scene and makes precise automatic adjustments to ensure the accuracy of the shot's exposure, focus, white balance and more.
Style-defining creative filters.
The D780 includes 20 unique, high quality Creative Picture Controls, all of which can be previewed in real-time and applied to both photos and videos. Spend more time in the field focusing on being creative and less time post-processing.
Special effects with a safety net.
Love the special effect on that last shot but wish you had the original RAW image? Not a problem. The D780 simultaneously captures and saves the unaffected RAW image in 6 out of 10 special effects modes.
Flexible time-lapse options.
Incredible time-lapse photography can be created with the D780 using the traditional interval timer, in-camera time-lapse feature, or a new mode that creates a time-lapse image in-camera from photos captured with the interval timer, offering the best of both worlds.
Multiple ways to create multiple exposures.
With the D780, surreal, expressive multiple exposure photography can be created traditionally while shooting consecutive photos or by combining any photo previously shot with the camera using the retouch menu.
Focus stacking made easy.
For images where focus throughout the entire composition is essential—product and jewellery photography, landscapes—Focus Shift Mode automatically takes a series of images while continuously adjusting the focus position (up to 300 shots).*
*Final image compositing requires third party software.
Very well connected.
Transfer photos and videos wirelessly to your smart device via the SnapBridge app over the D780's built-in Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth. Connect to your computer over Wi-Fi or through a wired or wireless LAN connection.*
*LAN connection requires use of the optional WT-7/A/B/C Wireless Transmitter.
The D780 is built for extreme durability using rugged magnesium alloy and carbon fibre materials to protect the sophisticated technologies inside and optimise handling.
Extensive weather sealing.
Thoroughly sealed to keep dust and moisture out, especially around all moving parts and buttons, for worry-free durability.
Use the D780's dual UHS-II SD card slots to customise your workflow. Set them up for overflow, backup, or separating RAW and JPEG photos.
Energy saving reliability.
A major advantage of shooting with a DSLR is the battery performance. The D780 allows for up to 2,260 shots per charge, a life saver for long outings and interval timer photography.
Convenient charging and file transfer.
The D780 uses an included universal USB Type C cable for connection to computer or the EH-7P charging adapter (sold separately).
Ultimate lighting control.
Make subjects stand out, enhance natural and available light and add artistry and drama to any scene with Speedlights engineered and optimised specifically for Nikon cameras.
Lenses for every subject.
Unlock your creative vision and your camera’s full potential with over 90 currently available NIKKOR lenses and hundreds of legacy Nikon F-Mount lenses—each optimised to deliver stunning results across a variety of applications.
Digitise the gems from your film days with the D780's full 24.5 MP using the optional ES-2 Film Digitiser Adapter on a compatible Micro-NIKKOR lens.
What's in the box?
- 1 x Nikon D780 Body Only
- 1 x EN-EL15b Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
- 1 x MH-25a Battery Charger
- 1 x UC-E24 USB Cable
- 1 x AN-DC21 Strap
- 1 x BF-1B Body Cap
- 1 x DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
- 1 x DK-31 Rubber Eyecup
- Lens Mount
- Nikon F Mount
35.9mm x 23.9mm
IMAGE SENSOR TYPE
Image sensor cleaning Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX-D software required)
IMAGE AREA (PIXELS)
FX-format (L) 6,048 x 4,024 (M) 4,528 x 3,016 (S) 3,024 x 2,016 DX-format (L) 3,936 x 2,624 (M) 2,944 x 1,968 (S) 1,968 x 1,312 1:1 format (24 x 24) (L) 4,016 x 4,016 (M) 3,008 x 3,008 (S) 2,000 x 2,000 Photographs In Movie Live View (16:9) (L) 6,048 x 3,400 (20.6 MP) (M) 4,528 x 2,544 (11.5 MP) (S) 3,024 x 1,696 (5.1 MP) Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 3,840 x 2,160: 3,840 x 2,160 Photographs taken while filming movies at other frame sizes 1,920 x 1,080
EFFECTIVE PIXELS (MEGAPIXELS)
- File Format Of Still Image
NEF (RAW): lossless compressed, compressed 12 or 14 bit JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx 1:4), normal (approx 1:8), or basic (approx 1:16) compression (size priority); Optimal quality compression available NEF (RAW) + JPEG: single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
- Picture Control
Auto Creative Picture Controls (Dream, Morning, Pop, Sunday, Somber, Dramatic, Silence, Bleached, Melancholic, Pure, Denim, Toy, Sepia, Blue, Red, Pink, Charcoal, Graphite, Binary, Carbon) Flat Landscape Monochrome Neutral Portrait Standard Vivid Selected Picture Control can be modified Storage for custom Picture Controls
- File Type
DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0 DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) EXIF 2.3 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) PictBridge
SD SDHC (UHS-II compliant) SDXC (UHS-II compliant)
Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
LENS COMPATIBILITY AT A GLANCE***
AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible Metering with AI lenses
Instant-return type Electronically controlled
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)
VIEWFINDER DIOPTER ADJUSTMENT
21mm (-1.0 m¯¹)
0.7x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0m–1)
VIEWFINDER FRAME COVERAGE
FX (36x24): Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical 1.2x (30x20): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical DX (24x16): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical
AI-P NIKKOR lenses DX lenses (using [DX 24 x 16] image area) Non-CPU AI lenses (modes A and M only) Other AF NIKKOR lenses (excluding IX NIKKOR lenses and lenses for the F3AF) Types G, E, and D (some restrictions apply to PC lenses) 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.
Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane Mechanical shutter Electronic front-curtain shutter available in quiet shutter-release, quiet continuous shutter-release, and mirror up release modes
FRAME ADVANCE RATE
SHUTTER RELEASE MODES
Continuous high-speed [CH] mode Continuous low-speed [CL] mode Mirror-up [Mup] mode Quiet Continuous Release Quiet Shutter Release Self-timer Mode Single-frame [S] mode
FLASH SYNC SPEED
1/200 sec. Synchronizes with shutter at 1/250s or slower (flash range drops at speeds between 1/200 and 1/250s)
CONTINUOUS SHOOTING OPTIONS
CL: 1-6 frames per second (viewfinder photography); 1-3 frames per second (live view photography) CH: 7 frames per second; when shooting NEF/RAW pictures during silent photography, either 8 frames per second (bit depth 14 bits) or 12 frames per second(bit depth 12 bits) Quiet Continuous Mode: 3 frames per second
2, 5, 10, 20 sec.; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 sec. Timer duration electronically controlled
SLOWEST SHUTTER SPEED
FASTEST SHUTTER SPEED
TOP CONTINUOUS SHOOTING SPEED AT FULL RESOLUTION
TTL exposure metering using 180,000-pixel RGB sensor Live view: TTL exposure metering performed by image sensor
Aperture-Priority (A) Manual (M) Programmed auto with flexible program (P) Shutter-Priority (S) Special Effects Modes (night vision; super vivid; pop; photo illustration; toy camera effect; miniature effect; selective color; silhouette; high key; low key) U1 (user setting 1) U2 (user setting 2)
AUTOMATIC EXPOSURE SCENE MODES
DIGITAL VARI-PROGRAM MODES
EXPOSURE METER COUPLING
-3 ± 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering) 2 to 20 EV (spot metering) 2 to 20 EV (highlight-weighted metering) Figures are for ISO 100 and f/1.4 lens at 20 °C/68 °F
Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame. Diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15, or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circle) Matrix: 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G, E, and D lenses); Color Matrix Metering II (other CPU lenses); Color Matrix Metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data Spot: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used) Highlight-weighted: Available with type G, E, and D lenses; equivalent to center-weighted when non-CPU lens is used
–5 to +5 EV; -3 to +3 EV when filming movies (choose from step sizes of 1/3 and 1/2 EV) available in P, S, A, M, and EFCT modes
2 to 5 frames in steps of 2 or 3 EV 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Yes Luminosity locked at detected value
Auto Extra High High Normal Low Off
EXPANDED ISO SENSITIVITY OPTIONS
Lo-1 (ISO 50 equivalent) Hi-1 (ISO 102,400 equivalent) Hi-2 (ISO 204,800 equivalent)
HIGHEST EXPANDED ISO SENSITIVITY
Hi-2 (ISO 204,800 equivalent)
LOWEST EXPANDED ISO SENSITIVITY
Lo-1 (ISO 50 equivalent)
ISO 100-51,200 Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 204,800 equivalent) above ISO 51,200; auto ISO sensitivity control available
SINGLE-POINT AF MODE
HIGHEST STANDARD ISO SENSITIVITY
LOWEST STANDARD ISO SENSITIVITY
BUILT-IN FLASH DISTANCE
AUTOFOCUS FINE TUNE
Viewfinder photography: 51 points with [All points] selected for Custom Setting a6 [Focus points used], 11 points with [Every other point] selected Live view: 273 points with [All points] selected for Custom Setting a6 [Focus points used], 77 points with [Every other point] selected Still photography, [FX (36x24)] image area, single-point AF
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), widearea AF (S), wide-area AF (L), auto-area AF
Autofocus (AF): 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
IMAGE SENSOR FORMAT
Viewfinder photography: -3 to +19 EV Live view: -5 to +19 EV; -7 to +19 EV with low-light AF Figures are for ISO 100 at 20 °C/68 °F. 2 Still photography using single-servo AF (AF-S) and apertures of f/1.4 at dark end of range and f/5.6 at bright end of range; ISO 100; 20 °C/68 °F
Viewfinder photography: TTL phase detection performed using Advanced Multi-CAM 3500 II autofocus sensor module with support for 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors; f/8 supported by 11 sensors); autofocus fine-tuning supported Live view: Hybrid phase-detection/contrast-detect AF performed by image sensor
FLASH SYNC SPEED
MAXIMUM AUTOFOCUS AREAS/POINTS
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
1/200 Synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 sec. or slower Auto FP high-speed sync supported
TOP FP HIGH SPEED SYNC
Up to 1/8000
Viewfinder photography: TTL flash control performed by RGB sensor with approximately 180K (180,000) pixels Live view photography: TTL flash control performed by image sensor (i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlightweighted metering; standard i-TTL fill-flash for digital SLR supported)
FLASH SYNC MODES
Front-curtain sync (normal) Rear-curtain sync Red-Eye reduction Red-Eye reduction with slow sync Slow sync Off
- White Balance
"Auto (3 types) Natural Light Auto Cloudy Direct Sunlight Shade Incandescent Fluorescent (7 types) Flash Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K) Preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view) All except choose color temperature with fine-tuning"
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, AF-assist for multi-area AF (viewfinder photography), unified flash control
FLASH SYNC TERMINAL
TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle Approximately 100% frame coverage, 11-level manual brightness adjustment, and color balance control
8.1 cm (3.2 in.)
MONITOR ANGLE OF VIEW
Brightness and angle adjustment available
- Movie Format
4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 30 fps 4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 25 fps 4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 24 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 120 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 100 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 60 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 50 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps Slow-motion: Full HD 1,920x1,080 30p (x4) Slow-motion: Full HD 1,920x1,080 25p (x4) Slow-motion: Full HD 1,920x1,080 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 3,840 x 2,160 (when quality is fixed at high) and 1,920 x 1,080 slow-motion (when quality is fixed at normal)
LIVE VIEW SCENE AUTO SELECTOR
LIVE VIEW SHOOTING
Photography Live View Mode Movie Live View Mode
Built-in stereo or external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity adjustable
MOVIE AUDIO RECORDING FORMAT
MOVIE VIDEO COMPRESSION
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
MOVIE FILE FORMAT
MOVIE MAXIMUM RECORDING TIME
20 minutes at highest quality 29 minutes 59 seconds at normal quality
MOVIE FRAME SIZE (PIXELS) AND FRAME RATE
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
LIVE VIEW AUTOFOCUS
Hybrid phase-detection/contrast-detect AF performed by image sensor
LIVE VIEW AF-AREA MODE
Auto-area AF Eye-detection AF Face-priority AF Wide-area AF Normal-area AF Pinpoint AF (still photography only) Subject-tracking AF
LIVE VIEW LENS SERVO
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F) Manual focus (MF)
- Other Functions
IN-CAMERA IMAGE EDITING
Color Balance Color Outline Color Sketch Distortion Control D-Lighting Edit Movie Filter Effects Fisheye Image Overlay Miniature Effect Monochrome NEF (RAW) Processing Perspective Control Quick Retouch Red-Eye Correction Resize Selective Color Side-by-Side Comparison Straighten Trim
GP-1 GPS unit GP-1A GPS unit
Audio input: Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported) HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector Headphone Connector Hi-Speed USB Type C USB connector (SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen1); connection to built-in USB port is recommended
BATTERY / BATTERIES
EN-EL15b Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL15a/EN-EL15 batteries can also be used. Note, however, that fewer pictures may sometimes be taken on a single charge with the EN-EL15 than with an EN-EL15b/EN-EL15a. EH-7P Charging AC adapter can be used to charge EN-EL15b batteries only.
BATTERY LIFE (SHOTS PER CHARGE)
Approx. 2,260 shots Movies: Approx. 95 minutes
MH-25a Quick Charger
EH-5d/EH-5c/EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5B Power Connector (available separately)
- Operating Temperature
- 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
WEIGHT (G) (BODY ONLY)*1
Approx. 840 g (29.7 oz.) camera body only
LENGTH X HEIGHT X WIDTH (MM) (BODY ONLY)*
Approx. 143.5 x 115.5 x 76mm (5.7 x 4.6 x 3 in.)
0.64cm (1/4.) (ISO 1222)