Nikon D780 Body Digital SLR Camera
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The technical details behind this camera
A fantastic addition to the Nikon range, succeeding the Nikon D750, the new D780 delivers remarkable refinements in image quality, performance and versatility. It sets the standard for next-generation cameras featuring an evolved autofocus (AF) system and high AF precision in low light situations. As a result, shooting with higher accuracy is achieved with better clarity and no time lag. The D780 is further complemented by NIKKOR’s extensive selection of high-performance interchangeable F mount lenses along with improved battery life, all condensed into a compact, high performing body.
Capture Subjects with Precision
Be it adrenaline-filled motor sports or precious moments on a wedding day, the D780 offers two powerful AF systems to suit different situations. Experience smoother and faster AF accuracy with the advanced 273-point hybrid AF which automatically switches between focal-plane phase detection AF or contrast-detection AF that covers approximately 90% of the image area. Enhanced accuracy achieved with Eye-detection AF is also readily available. For viewfinder shooting, the D780 uses a 51-point AF with 15 cross-points employing an algorithm equivalent to Nikon’s FX-format flagship, the award-winning Nikon D5 that delivers a powerful acquisition performance. Equipped with the 180K-pixel RGB sensor, EXPEED 6’s powerful calculation capabilities and improved AF fine tune greatly increases the precision and accuracy of automatically controlled functions including autofocus (AF), auto exposure (AE), and auto white balance (AWB). Perfect for subject acquisition during night shots and concerts, the D780 excels in low-light illumination. Swiftly capturing all the action in high-speed continuous shooting at up to approximately 7fps with both viewfinder shooting and live view photography. The silent photography mode is ideal for sensitive situations, using full pixels with up to approximately 12fp. This camera’s focus shift automatically takes images while moving focus position from the starting point to infinity (max. of 300 shots) for focus stacking. This makes the camera ideal for jewellery, portraits and landscape photography.
Expressive Moviemaking Capabilities
Featuring an effective pixel count of 24.5 megapixels and high sensitivity at ISO 51200 (expandable to ISO 204800), the D780 also supports 4K UHD with full pixel readout, Full HD/120p recording, allowing users to record movies that make the most of wide-angle lenses' and broad angles of view delivering edge to edge sharpness. AF speed and AF tracking sensitivity can also be set during movie recording which means smooth focusing is possible, utilising the advantages of focal-plane phase-detection AF. For serious videographers and video creators, enjoy the 10-bit N-Log profile or the new HDR (HLG) profile for true-to-life movie output with HDMI 10-bit output. This HDR (HLG) picture profile supports instant HDR workflow which allows acquisition of rich tonal gradation movies without colour grading. Increasing workflow efficiency, this camera’s timecode output makes it easier to synchronise footage to other movie materials by recording time information. Syncing with equipment that supports ATOMOS Open Protocol is also available in 4K UHD. The camera’s auto time-lapse movie production function in-camera also enables users to view the footage instantly after interval timer shooting. Other useful moviemaking features include electronic vibration reduction and focus peaking, making D780 a full-fledged tool for aspiring to professional moviemakers.
Ingenious operability and connectivity
For those who enjoy long exposure or astrophotography, the D780 is now capable of extending its shutter speed up to 900 seconds making it possible for more creative output. High-Speed Frame Capture of 2-megapixel images at up to 120fps in Full HD movie recording, or 8-megapixel images at up to 30 fps with 4K UHD movie recording, both with AF/AE tracking, are also possible with this camera. Through the D780’s retouch menu, users can adjust the in-camera image overlay to lighten or darken even after shooting. Images adjusted using the Special Effects mode can also now be saved as RAW images. The D780’s touch-operable, tilting, high-resolution, approx. 2359k-dot, 3.2-in. monitor enables detailed confirmation of the subject during playback zoom. The camera features a negative digitiser, using the optional ES-2 Film Digitising Adapter, that easily converts films into digital data for added enjoyment. Other significant D780 features include its energy saving design that supports longer shooting time, and a double memory card slot compatible with UHS II SD cards. For the user’s comfort and ease, the retouch menu sees changes with improved trim and resize options, while a new user interface with flexible and easy-to-see menu is introduced. These features enable users the ability to capture their creations with greater ease and convenience. Responding to a wide range of communication needs, the D780 also features SnapBridge with RAW transfer and filtering settings, Bluetooth® remote control operation, together with enhanced built-in Wi-Fi functions and WT-7/A/B/C compatibility.
Top three Reasons we think you will love this camera
- Traditional Nikon look and feel meet cracking new technology
- Amazing video to futureproof your shooting
- Speed and usability
Our experts opinion
Technical mumbo jumbo aside this is a great addition to the range and a refreshing commitment from Nikon to the ongoing development of the DSLR. It’s got a myriad of technical reasons to purchase this camera, but even more fundamentally, we love the speed and usability and think that our customers will love the familiar Nikon look and feel in this innovative product.