Nikon D780 SLR camera review: comparable to the potential of flagship cameras

   In a blink of an eye, Nikon released an upgraded version of the D750 D780, equipped with the same 24.5 million back-illuminated sensor and EXPEED6 image processor as the Nikon Z6. Its positioning has always been very controversial. I personally think it is for users who want to upgrade to the D610 and D800, but do not want to give up their original F-mount lens. Therefore, this unit combines the characteristics of the D850 and Z6. It can be said that there is a certain “weight”. Is it just a new name or has it been reborn? Let’s take a look at the evaluation of this D780.

Nikon D780 SLR camera review: comparable to the potential of flagship cameras

  1. Appearance comments

After    got started, the first impression was that it was very similar to the Nikon D850, without the built-in flash, the warship head, handle and other designs were similar to the D850.

Nikon D780 SLR camera review: comparable to the potential of flagship cameras

The back cover and top of the D780 are designed with an integrated body structure made of aluminum alloy. The body size is about 143.5×115.5x76mm, and the body weight with battery is about 840g.

Nikon D780 SLR camera review: comparable to the potential of flagship cameras

The Nikon D780’s handle design is also very sophisticated. It draws on the button layout of the Z6 mirrorless camera, placing the video button, ISO and exposure compensation buttons next to the shutter, which is a very good design.

Nikon D780 SLR camera review: comparable to the potential of flagship camerasNikon D780 SLR camera review: comparable to the potential of flagship cameras

   The design of the mode turntable is also quite streamlined , Similar to the Z6 mirrorless camera, this is also one of the current trends, putting more operations on the touch screen. The shoulder screen remains unchanged and can display basic shooting parameters.

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   Nikon D780 uses a flip-flop 3.2-inch 2.36 million pixel touch screen, Nikon’s LOGO adjusted to the upper left corner of the screen. The buttons on the back have also been optimized and adjusted, but they are still not equipped with a lever.

Nikon D780 SLR camera review: comparable to the potential of flagship cameras

Nikon D780 uses a 51-point autofocus system, equipped with 15 cross-type sensors, and the performance has been significantly improved. This is due to the powerful EXPEED6 image processor and through the scene recognition system, about 180,000-pixel RGB sensor can obtain detailed subject information, which is more accurate and compact in 3D tracking mode. In the optical viewfinder, -7EV ultra-low light focusing can be achieved.

Nikon D780 SLR camera review: comparable to the potential of flagship cameras

Nikon D780 still uses the dual SD card slot design and can support UHS-II SD cards at the highest.

Nikon D780 SLR camera review: comparable to the potential of flagship cameras

A lot of changes have been made to the interface. The first is to put the microphone and headphone jacks on top, replace the mainstream Type-C interface, and support USB charging. The dust cover becomes the Z6 design, which is convenient for installing rabbit cages and other equipment.

Nikon D780 SLR camera review: comparable to the potential of flagship cameras

Nikon D780 uses EN-EL15b battery, as mentioned above, this is a rechargeable battery, so you don’t have to worry about battery life during the journey.

Nikon D780 SLR camera review: comparable to the potential of flagship cameras

There are also two buttons next to the F mount, namely Pv and Fn. The handle also has a familiar red.

Nikon D780 SLR camera review: comparable to the potential of flagship cameras

There are everything that should be on the F mount. The body motor, aperture lever, aperture ring, etc., can be compatible with existing F mount lenses. What I want to mention here is that the shutter speed range of D780 is extended to 1/8000s~900s, which is correct to you, it is 900s. This is very convenient for friends who photograph the stars.

Nikon D780 SLR camera review: comparable to the potential of flagship cameras

The manual auto focus mode lever and focus mode buttons are equipped, as well as the familiar FX nameplate. On Nikon’s product line, full frame will be named in FX format, and APS-C frame will be named in DX format. Well, it seems that D780 is really different from the past, so let’s take a look at the image quality test.

  2. Image quality test

   This link uses Nikon D780 body with AF-S50mmf/1.4G lens, all body optimizations are turned off, in A mode, the aperture value is f/8, and the shooting is different Compare the ISO files and the test results are as follows:

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   In the sensitivity range of ISO100 to 6400, the image quality of the Nikon D780 can be said to be quite good. The performance of the detail texture and the edge details are very clear and unambiguous. It can be said that there is no pressure at all. Sensitivity as high as ISO12800 to ISO51200 starts to have obvious noise, but it does not affect the use. With such an extreme sensitivity of ISO204800, it is rarely used, but it is better to use it urgently than not to see it.

  3. Real shot proofs

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  4. PConline evaluation room summary

Nikon D780 SLR camera review: comparable to the potential of flagship camerasNikon D780 SLR camera review: comparable to the potential of flagship cameras

   Many people say that Nikon D780’s cancellation of internal flash is a move that matches the D850. In fact, I think internal flash is really true in some cases. Very useful, although very tasteless, but these are also different. The biggest feeling of this new machine is that it is very affordable. It can be used as an upgraded full-frame or entry-level full-frame. It also incorporates some of the usage habits of the Z6 mirrorless camera, allowing him to have both the shell of the SLR camera and the core of the mirrorless camera. This is a development trend of the SLR.

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