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The 24.5 MP D780 DSLR camera with next generation image processing for full frame stills and 4K UHD video lets you easily share images wirelessly and is packed with creative features.
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 splendor 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.
Display SKUVBA560AG
TypeSingle-lens reflex digital camera
Lens MountNikon F Mount
Mount TypeNikon F Mount
Picture AngleFull-frame/FX-format
Image Sensor
Sensor Size35.9mm x 23.9mm
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Pixels24.92
Dust-Reduction SystemImage 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
File System
File Format Still ImagesNEF (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 ControlAuto 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 SystemDCF (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
Storage MediaSD SDHC (UHS-II compliant) SDXC (UHS-II compliant)
Card SlotDual Slots
ViewfinderEye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
Lens Compatibility at a Glance***AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible Metering with AI lenses
Depth-of-Field ControlYes
Lens ApertureInstant-return type Electronically controlled
Reflex Mirrorn/a
Focusing ScreenType B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)
Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment–3–+1 m–1
Viewfinder Eyepoint21mm (-1.0 m¯¹)
Viewfinder Magnification0.7x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0m–1)
Viewfinder Frame CoverageFX (36x24): Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical 1.2x (30x20): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical DX (24x16): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical
Compatible LensesAI-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.
Shutter TypeElectronically-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 Raten/a
Shutter Release ModesContinuous 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 Speed1/200 sec. Synchronizes with shutter at 1/250s or slower (flash range drops at speeds between 1/200 and 1/250s)
Continuous Shooting OptionsCL: 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
Self-timer2, 5, 10, 20 sec.; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 sec. Timer duration electronically controlled
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at Full Resolution7 fps
Exposure MeteringTTL exposure metering using 180,000-pixel RGB sensor Live view: TTL exposure metering performed by image sensor
Exposure ModesAperture-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 Modesn/a
Scene Modesn/a
Shooting Modesn/a
Digital Vari-Program Modesn/a
Exposure Meter CouplingCPU AI
Metering Range-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
Metering MethodCenter-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
Exposure Compensation–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
Exposure Bracketing2 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
Exposure LockYes Luminosity locked at detected value
Active D-LightingAuto Extra High High Normal Low Off
Expanded ISO Sensitivity OptionsLo-1 (ISO 50 equivalent) Hi-1 (ISO 102,400 equivalent) Hi-2 (ISO 204,800 equivalent)
Highest Expanded ISO SensitivityHi-2 (ISO 204,800 equivalent)
Lowest Expanded ISO SensitivityLo-1 (ISO 50 equivalent)
ISO SensitivityISO 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 ModeYes
Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity51200
Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity100
Focus / Autofocus
Built-in Flash Distancen/a
Autofocus Fine TuneYes
Focus ModesViewfinder 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
AF-Area ModeViewfinder 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
Lens ServoAutofocus (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 FormatFull-frame/FX-format
Detection RangeViewfinder 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
Autofocus SystemViewfinder 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 Speedn/a
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points51
Flash Compensation-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Flash-ready IndicatorLights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
Accessory ShoeYes
X-Sync Speed1/200 Synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 sec. or slower Auto FP high-speed sync supported
Top FP High Speed SyncUp to 1/8000
Flash ControlViewfinder 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 ModesFront-curtain sync (normal) Rear-curtain sync Red-Eye reduction Red-Eye reduction with slow sync Slow sync Off
White Balance
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 Terminaln/a
White Balance Bracketing2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV
Monitor TypeTFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle Approximately 100% frame coverage, 11-level manual brightness adjustment, and color balance control
Monitor Resolution2,359,000 (XGA)
Monitor Size8.1 cm (3.2 in.)
Movie4K 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 Selectorn/a
Live View ShootingPhotography Live View Mode Movie Live View Mode
Movie AudioBuilt-in stereo or external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity adjustable
Movie Audio Recording FormatLinear PCM
Movie Video CompressionH.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Movie File FormatMOV
Movie Maximum Recording Time20 minutes at highest quality 29 minutes 59 seconds at normal quality
Movie Frame size (pixels) and frame raten/a
Movie MeteringTTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Live View AutofocusHybrid phase-detection/contrast-detect AF performed by image sensor
Live View AF-Area ModeAuto-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 ServoAutofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F) Manual focus (MF)
Monitor Angle of View170°
Monitor AdjustmentsBrightness and angle adjustment available
Voice Memo Functionn/a
In-Camera Image EditingColor 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
InterfaceAudio 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
Playback FunctionsAuto Image Rotation Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) Highlights Histogram Display Index Marking Location Display Movie Playback Movie Slideshow Photo Information Photo Slideshow Picture Rating Playback with Playback Zoom Playback Zoom Cropping
Wi-Fi FunctionalityYes (Built-in)
GPSGP-1 GPS unit GP-1A GPS unit
Maximum Log Recording Time 0
Total Custom Settings54
Supported LanguagesThe languages available vary with the country or region in which the camera was originally purchased.
Battery / BatteriesEN-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
Date, Time and Daylight Savings Time SettingsYes
World Time SettingYes
Weight (g) (body only)*1Approx. 840 g (29.7 oz.) camera body only
Environment0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
Length x height x width (mm) (body only)*Approx. 143.5 x 115.5 x 76mm (5.7 x 4.6 x 3 in.)
Tripod Socket0.64cm (1/4.) (ISO 1222)
Battery ChargerMH-25a Quick Charger
AC AdapterEH-5d/EH-5c/EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5B Power Connector (available separately)
Animal Eye AF0
NIKKOR F Lens Specs
Built-in FlashNo