Nikon D780 Camera

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.

  • 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
  • Storage Media: SD, SDHC (UHS-II compliant), SDXC (UHS-II compliant)
  • Monitor Size: 3.2 in. diagonal
  • Monitor Type: TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle. Approximately 100% frame coverage, 11-level manual brightness adjustment, and color balance control
  • Battery / Batteries: EN-EL15b Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
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D780 is a single-lens reflex digital camera with 24.5 million effective pixels from NIKON. D780 is capable of bringing every spectacular vision to life and inspiring completely new ways to create.

D780 24.5 Megapixels Full Frame Digital SLR Camera

NIKON D780 Full Frame Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera



Nikon’s D780 is a full-frame digital SLR with a 24.5-million-pixel backside illumination CMOS sensor. Combined with the fast EXPEED 6 image processor, this delivers native sensitivities up to ISO 51200, opening up more possibilities for creative photography. Its tilting LCD touchscreen helps photographers and video operators get the shot they want, even from high or low angles. This successor to the Nikon D750 brings a slew of upgrades such as superior image processing, better video capabilities (up to 4K UHD/30p with N-Log*), slow motion and time-lapse. Furthermore, the vastly improved hybrid AF system ensures fast autofocus when shooting and filming using the LCD screen.
*Footage is recorded only to the external device; it cannot be recorded to the memory card inserted in the camera.

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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.*

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.*

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

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.

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.

The D780 uses an included universal USB Type C cable for connection to computer or the EH-7P charging adapter (sold separately).

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.

D780 Warning: For Your Safety

Do not use while walking or operating a vehicle.

Failure to observe this precaution could result in accidents or other injury.

Do not disassemble or modify this product. Do not touch internal parts that become exposed as the result of a fall or other accident.

Failure to observe these precautions could result in electric shock or other injury.

Should you notice any abnormalities such as the product producing smoke, heat, or unusual odors, immediately disconnect the battery or power source.

Continued operation could result in fire, burns or other injury.

Keep dry. Do not handle with wet hands. Do not handle the plug with wet hands.

Failure to observe these precautions could result in fire or electric shock.

Do not let your skin remain in prolonged contact with this product while it is on or plugged in.

Failure to observe this precaution could result in low-temperature burns.

Do not use this product in the presence of flammable dust or gas such as propane, gasoline or aerosols.

Failure to observe this precaution could result in explosion or fire.

Do not directly view the sun or other bright light source through the
lens or camera.

Failure to observe this precaution could result in visual impairment.

Do not aim the flash or AF-assist illuminator at the operator of a motor vehicle

Failure to observe this precaution could result in accidents.

Keep this product out of reach of children.

Failure to observe this precaution could result in injury or product malfunction. In addition, note that small parts constitute a choking hazard. Should a child swallow any part of this product, seek immediate
medical attention.

Do not entangle, wrap or twist the straps around your neck.

Failure to observe this precaution could result in accidents.

Do not use batteries, chargers, or AC adapters not specifically designated for use with this product. When using batteries, chargers, and AC adapters designated for use with this product, do not:
• Damage, modify, forcibly tug or bend the cords or cables, place them under heavy objects, or expose them to heat or flame.
• Use travel converters or adapters designed to convert from one voltage to another or with DC-to-AC inverters.

Failure to observe these precautions could result in fire or electric shock.

Do not handle the plug when charging the product or using the AC adapter during thunderstorms.

Failure to observe this precaution could result in electric shock.

Do not handle with bare hands in locations exposed to extremely high or low temperatures.

Failure to observe this precaution could result in burns, or frostbite.

Nikon D780 For Dummies (Book)

  • Chapter 1: Exploring the Nikon D780’s Controls
  • Chapter 2: Setting Up the Nikon D780
  • Chapter 3: Working with Nikon D780 Peripherals
  • Chapter 4: Automatically Capturing Great Photographs
  • Chapter 5: Specifying Image Size and Quality
  • Chapter 6: Using the Tilting Monitor
  • Chapter 7: Creating Images with Live View
  • Chapter 8: Recording Movies with Live View
  • Chapter 9: Getting the Most from Your Camera
  • Chapter 10: Using Advanced Camera Features
  • Chapter 11: Shooting Like a Pro

Mastering the Nikon D780 (Book)

  • Chapter 1: Introduction and Initial Camera Setup
  • Chapter 2: Playback Menu
  • Chapter 3: Photo Shooting Menu
  • Chapter 4: Movie Shooting Menu
  • Chapter 5: Custom Setting Menu
  • Chapter 6: Setup Menu
  • Chapter 7: Retouch Menu
  • Chapter 8: My Menu and Recent Settings
  • Chapter 9: Metering, Exposure Modes, and Histogram
  • Chapter 10: White Balance
  • Chapter 11: Autofocus, AF-Area, and Release Modes
  • Chapter 12: Live View Photography
  • Chapter 13: Movie Live View

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Model number


Lens mount

Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)

Effective angle of view

Nikon FX format

Effective pixels

24.5 million

Image sensor type

35.9 × 23.9 mm CMOS sensor

Image sensor total pixels

25.28 million


Approx. 143.5 × 115.5 × 76 mm (5.7 × 4.6 × 3 in.)


Approx. 840 g (1 lb. 13.7 oz.) with battery and SD memory card but without body cap; approx. 755 g/1 lb. 10.7 oz. (camera body only)