Nikon DSLR D780


Camera Body Only

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 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, AF performance and so much more.

Product Description

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 color grading or HLG for immediate, beautifully vibrant playback on displays with HLG HDR support.


Built-In Timecode

All of your footage can be time-coded in-camera for easier synchronizing and logging, especially when working with multiple cameras.


Eye-Catching AF

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.


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, color 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 (in M mode, exposures longer than 30 seconds are selectable up to 900 seconds when activated in the custom settings menu).

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.


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 recognizes 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 jewelry photography, landscapes—Focus Shift Mode automatically takes a series of images while continuously adjusting the focus position (up to 300 shots).*


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.*


Built Tough

The D780 is built for extreme durability using rugged magnesium alloy and carbon fiber materials to protect the sophisticated technologies inside and optimize handling.


Extensive Weather Sealing

Thoroughly sealed to keep dust and moisture out, especially around all moving parts and buttons, for worry-free durability.


Storage Flexibility

Use the D780’s dual UHS-II SD card slots to customize 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 optimized 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 optimized to deliver stunning results across a variety of applications.


Negative Digitizing

Digitize the gems from your film days with the D780’s full 24.5 MP using the optional ES-2 Film Digitizer Adapter on a compatible Micro-NIKKOR lens.

Type: Single-lens reflex digital camera

Lens Mount: Nikon F bayonet mount

Effective Pixels (Megapixels): 24.5 million

Sensor Size: 35.9 mm x 23.9 mm

Image Sensor Format: FX

Image Sensor Type: CMOS

Total Pixels: 24.92 million

Dust-Reduction System: 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

File Format Still Images: 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; NEF (RAW): lossless compressed, compressed 12 or 14 bit

Storage Media: SD; SDHC (UHS-II compliant); SDXC (UHS-II compliant)

Card Slot: 2 Secure Digital (SD)

File System: Compliant with 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

Viewfinder: Eye-level Pentaprism Single-Lens Reflex Viewfinder

Viewfinder Frame Coverage: FX (36×24): 100% horizontal and 100% vertical (Approx.); 1.2x (30×20): 97% horizontal and 97% vertical (Approx.); DX (24×16): 97% horizontal and 97% vertical (Approx.)

Viewfinder Magnification: 0.7x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0m–1) (Approx.)

Viewfinder Eyepoint: 21mm (-1.0 m¯¹)

Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment: -3 to + 1m¯¹

Focusing Screen: Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII with AF Area Brackets (grid lines can be displayed)

Reflex Mirror: Instant-return type

Lens Aperture: Instant-return type, Electronically controlled

Depth-of-Field Control: Yes

Lens Compatibility at a Glance: AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible, Metering with AI lenses

Compatible Lenses: 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.

Shutter Type: Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane; Electronic front-curtain shutter available in quiet shutter-release, quiet continuous shutter-release, and mirror up release modes; Mechanical shutter

Shutter Speed: 1/8000 to 30 sec. in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, extendable to 900 sec. in mode M; Bulb; Time; X200

Fastest Shutter Speed: 1/8000 sec.

Slowest Shutter Speed: 900 seconds (15 minutes) (Long exposure M* mode)

Flash Sync Speed: Up to 1/200 sec.; Synchronizes with shutter at 1/250 sec. or slower (flash range drops at speeds between 1/200 and 1/250 sec.)

Bulb Shutter Setting: Yes

Shutter Release Modes: Continuous low-speed [CL] mode; Continuous high-speed [CH] mode; Mirror-up [Mup] mode; Quiet Shutter Release; Quiet Continuous Release; Self-timer mode; Single-frame [S] mode

Continuous Shooting Options: CL: Up to 1-6 frames per second (viewfinder photography); 1-3 frames per second (live view photography) CH: Up to 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: Up to 3 frames per second

Top Continuous Shooting Speed at Full Resolution: 7 frames per second

Self-Timer: 2, 5, 10, 20 sec.; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 sec. (Timer duration electronically controlled)

Exposure Metering System: TTL exposure metering using 180,000-pixel RGB sensor

Metering Method: 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

Metering Range: -3 ± 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering); 2 to 20 EV (spot metering); 2 to 20 EV (highlight-weighted metering)

Exposure Meter Coupling: CPU; AI

Exposure Modes: 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)

Exposure Compensation: ±5 EV in increments of 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV in P, S, A, M, SCENE, and EFFECTS modes

Exposure Bracketing: 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

Exposure Lock: Yes; Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button

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

ISO Sensitivity: 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

Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity: 100

Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity: 51, 200

Lowest Expanded ISO Sensitivity: Lo-1 (ISO 50 equivalent)

Highest Expanded ISO Sensitivity: Hi-2 (ISO 204,800 equivalent)

Expanded ISO Sensitivity Options: Lo-1 (ISO 50 equivalent); Hi-2 (ISO 102,400 equivalent); Hi-2 (ISO 204,800 equivalent)

Long Exposure Noise Reduction: Yes

High ISO Noise Reduction: Low; Normal; High; Off

Active D-Lighting: Auto; Extra High; High; Normal; Low; Off

D-Lighting Bracketing: 2 frames using selected value for one frame; 3–5 frames using preset values for all frames

Single-Point AF Mode: Yes

Dynamic AF Mode: Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)

Auto-Area AF Mode: Yes

Autofocus System: 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

Detection Range: Viewfinder photography: -3 to +19 EV; Live view: -4 to +17 EV; -6 to +17 EV with low-light AF (still photography using single-servo AF/AF-S and f/2.0 lens, ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)

Lens Servo: Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status; Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used

AF-Area Mode: 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), wide-area AF (S), wide-area AF (L), auto-area AF

Focus Lock: Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing A (AE-L/AF-L) button

Focus Modes: 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), wide-area AF (S), wide-area AF (L), auto-area AF

Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points: 51

Autofocus Sensitivity: Viewfinder photography: -3 to +19 EV

Live view: -4 to +17 EV; EV; -6 to +17 EV with low-light AF (still photography using single-servo AF/AF-S and f/2.0 lens, ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)

Autofocus Fine Tune: Yes

Flash Bracketing: 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

Built-in Flash Distance: 39 ft. (ISO 100)

X-Sync Speed: 1/200

Top FP High Speed Sync: Up to 1/8000

Flash Control: 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

Flash Compensation: -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV

Flash-ready Indicator: Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output

Accessory Shoe: Yes

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

White Balance: Auto (3 types); Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K); Cloudy; Flash; Fluorescent (7 types); Incandescent; Natural Light Auto; Preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view); Shade; All except choose color temperature with fine-tuning

White Balance Bracketing: 2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV

Live View Shooting: Photography Live View Mode; Movie Live View Mode

Live View Lens Servo: Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F); Manual focus (MF)

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 Autofocus: Hybrid phase-detection/contrast-detect AF performed by image sensor

Movie Metering: TTL exposure metering using main image sensor

Movie Maximum Recording Time: 20 minutes at highest quality; 29 minutes 59 seconds at normal quality

Movie File Format: MOV

Movie Video Compression: H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding

Movie Audio Recording Format: Linear PCM

Movie: 4K UHD 3,840×2,160 / 30 fps; 4K UHD 3,840×2,160 / 25 fps; 4K UHD 3,840×2,160 / 24 fps; Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 120 fps; Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 100 fps; Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 60 fps; Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 50 fps; Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 30 fps; Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 25 fps; Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 24 fps; Slow-motion: Full HD 1,920×1,080 30p (x4); Slow-motion: Full HD 1,920×1,080 25p (x4); Slow-motion: Full HD 1,920×1,080 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)

Movie Audio: Built-in stereo or external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity adjustable

Monitor Size: 3.2 in. diagonal

Monitor Resolution: 2,359,000 Dots

Monitor Type: TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle; Approximately 100% frame coverage, 11-level manual brightness adjustment, and color balance control

Monitor Angle of View: 170-degree wide-viewing angle

Monitor Adjustments: Brightness and angle adjustment available

Virtual Horizon Camera Indicator: Yes; Also visible in Live: View Modes; Also visible in Viewfinder

Playback Functions: Auto 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

In-Camera Image Editing: Color Balance; Color Outline; Color Sketch; D-Lighting; Distortion Control; 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

Image Comment: Yes

Interface: 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

Wi-Fi Functionality: Yes (Built-in)

Smart Device App Connectivity: SnapBridge

Bluetooth: Yes; Communication protocols: Bluetooth Specification Version 4.1; Operating frequency: Bluetooth: 2402–2480 MHz; Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402–2480 MHz; Maximum output power (EIRP):; Bluetooth: 1.4 dBm; Bluetooth Low Energy: –0.1 dBm

GPS: GP-1 GPS unit; GP-1A GPS unit

Save/Load Camera Settings: Yes

Total Custom Settings: 54

My Menu: Yes with customization

Recent Settings: Yes

Supported Languages: The languages available vary with the country or region in which the camera was originally purchased.

Date, Time and Daylight Savings Time Settings: Yes

World Time Setting: Yes

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): 2,260 shots (CIPA)

AC Adapter: EH-5d/EH-5c/EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5B Power Connector (available separately)

Battery Charger: MH-25a Quick Charger

Tripod Socket: 1/4 in.

Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth): 5.7 in. (143.5 mm) x 4.6 in. (115.5 mm) x 3 in. (76 mm)

Approx. Weight: 29.7 oz. (840 g) (camera body only)

Operating Environment: 0–40 °C (+32–104 °F)