Nikon releases the D780 digital SLR camera

January 7, 2020

Equipped with a wide variety of functions including an advanced autofocus system


TOKYO - Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce the release of the Nikon D780, a Nikon FX-format digital SLR camera.

Succeeding the Nikon D750 (released in September 2014), the D780 is a high-performance digital SLR featuring a number of superior functions inherited from professional models, starting with its advanced autofocusing (AF) system for which 51 focus points have been adopted for viewfinder shooting. Additionally, the D780 is Nikon's first digital SLR employing the hybrid AF system for live view mode used by Nikon Z series cameras. This further demonstrates the next step up in AF performance with both viewfinder and live view shooting.

The 51-point AF system utilized with viewfinder shooting, that uses phase-detection AF technology, inherits the AF algorithm from Nikon's flagship D-SLR model — the D5 (released in March 2016). The algorithm, together with other innovations, is optimized for the D780 to achieve greater subject detection and tracking performance. The D780 is also the first Nikon digital SLR to utilize focal-plane phase-detection AF. The hybrid AF system, which automatically switches between focal-plane phase-detection AF and contrast-detect AF in accordance with the situation and conditions, covers approximately 90% of the frame when used with live view photography and movie recording. This applies both horizontally and vertically, with 273*1 focus points. In addition to demonstrating smooth and precise tracking performance while movie recording, the hybrid AF system supports Eye-detection AF*2, which automatically detects human eyes with still photography, greatly increasing flexibility with portrait photography. The D780 makes smooth and natural autofocusing possible with a wide variety of scenes — whether using the viewfinder or the monitor to frame stills and movies.

The camera features an effective pixel count of 24.5 million pixels, and utilizes a backside illumination CMOS sensor that is itself equipped with focal-plane phase-detection AF pixels. This, used in combination with the EXPEED 6 image-processing engine, realizes excellent high-sensitivity performance at the maximum standard sensitivity setting of ISO 51200. Even at higher sensitivity settings, noise is effectively reduced to preserve sharp and clear images. The D780 also supports recording of 4K UHD movies with high dynamic range utilizing the HDR (Hybrid Log-Gamma) standard. Shutter speeds of 1/8000 s to a minimum of 900 s (15 min.)*3 can be specified. In addition, the camera's buffer has been expanded to enable capture of approximately four times as many shots in 14-bit lossless compressed RAW (up to approx. 68*4) with a single burst of high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 7 fps*5 as was possible with the D750.

The D780 is a camera that will inspire those looking to demonstrate their creativity in a variety of ways to be even more creative through the great diversity in its capabilities — from the ability to photograph rapidly moving subjects, to portrait photography utilizing Eye-detection AF, and recording of HDR (HLG) movies that exhibit rich tones and gradations.

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